Far From Home

Far From Home

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An 11,000 mile road trip from London to Mongolia in a really tiny car. What could possibly go wrong?


Medicine Man
Sep 5 • 28 min
Lucho is a traditional medicine man who describes himself as a “curandero,” or someone who heals. Using medicinal herbs, archeological relics, and hallucinogenic plants (as well as some special powers), he claims to have rid himself of diabetes and his…
Another Brick in the Wall
Aug 22 • 27 min
In 1998, political leaders in Northern Ireland signed a peace agreement they hoped would end 30 years of armed conflict between Catholic nationalists and Protestant loyalists. Decades later, the situation has improved, but cities like Belfast remain…
Learning to Throat Sing
Aug 13 • 22 min
Throat singing is one of the world’s oldest forms of music. It’s practiced by indigenous groups in several parts of the world, including South Africa and the Canadian Arctic. But mostly when people talk about throat singing, they’re referring to the style…
The Largest Fish Market in the World
Jul 25 • 28 min
For more than 80 years, Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market had a reputation for supplying some of the freshest and best quality seafood anywhere. But over the decades, it had become overcrowded, unsanitary, and unsafe. After years of planning, the city decided…
Visiting Chernobyl
Jul 11 • 36 min
If you’ve seen or heard about the recent HBO dramatic miniseries about Chernobyl, you might have wondered what it’s really like there today. I take a trip to the abandoned villages surrounding the reactor to find out for myself. Read more about my visit…
Far From Home: Season 2 trailer
Jun 18 • 1 min
People often say it’s a small world, but there are giant parts of the planet that most people never think about and billions of stories they’ve never heard. On Far From Home, award-winning public radio journalist Scott Gurian visits some of those places,…
24: Looking Back
Apr 30 • 39 min
I look back at our 11,000 mi. journey and discuss what it was like returning to everyday life.
23: The Finish Line!
Mar 20 • 36 min
After 53 days and 11,000 miles on the road, we finally near the finish line of our journey!
22: The Longest Day Ever
Dec 24, 2018 • 25 min
A combination of bad decisions and really bad luck lead to a complicated rescue and a really long day!
21: A Costly Mistake
Oct 1, 2018 • 30 min
After our cars get stranded in Mongolia, we contact the embassy and wait for help to arrive.
20: The Going Gets Tough
Jul 31, 2018 • 31 min
We finally arrive in Mongolia and see that its notoriously bad roads live up to their reputation!
19: One Surprise After Another
Jun 11, 2018 • 31 min
Borat jokes aside, Kazakhstan turns out to be fascinating, friendly, and full of surprises.
18: Wrong Way
May 2, 2018 • 25 min
After being told our car is on its last legs, we face several new challenges: climbing to the top of a 15k ft. mountain pass and getting horribly lost.
17: Stranded
Apr 3, 2018 • 30 min
After camping at 13,000 feet, our car refuses to start, and we get stranded in the most remote place we’ve been.
16: The Roads Get Rougher
Mar 5, 2018 • 29 min
We drive along the Afghan border on one of the most spectacular and potentially dangerous roads in the world
15: Whatever It Takes
Jan 31, 2018 • 33 min
While we wait for our car to be repaired in Bukhara, Uzbekistan, we encounter an endless list of unexpected challenges.
14: From Bad to Worse
Dec 18, 2017 • 25 min
After towing our broken down car to Bukhara, Uzbekistan, we finally get a proper diagnosis of what’s wrong with it.
13: Should We Stay or Should We Go?
Nov 10, 2017 • 31 min
After our car breaks down in Turkmenistan, we run into trouble trying to get it fixed
12: Breaking Down
Aug 23, 2017 • 23 min
A mechanic in eastern Turkmenistan repairs the hole in our radiator, but our car still won’t start.
11a: Bonus Episode – Voices From the Door to Hell
Jul 27, 2017 • 5 min
A bonus episode of conversations with other rally teams at Turkmenistan’s Door to Hell.
11: Just Plain Weird
Jul 9, 2017 • 36 min
We visit Turkmenistan, a profoundly odd country where we feel like we’re being watched.
10: Culture Clash
May 20, 2017 • 34 min
We visit Iran’s holiest mosque and break down again while driving across the desert.
09: An Eye-opening Experience
Apr 14, 2017 • 28 min
As American tourists, we’re pleasantly surprised by how welcome we feel in Iran.
08: Not What We Expected
Mar 22, 2017 • 25 min
Our road trip continues across Turkey, and we’re surprised by what we see.
07: The Real Rally Begins
Feb 27, 2017 • 29 min
The roads get rougher and our journey becomes more interesting in Eastern Europe.
06: Mad Dash Across Europe
Jan 26, 2017 • 27 min
We overcome our fears and throw our plans out the window as we drive across Europe.
05: Hitting the Road
Dec 21, 2016 • 27 min
After a year of planning, we go to southern England to embark upon our journey.
04a: For a Good Cause
Sep 15, 2016 • 12 min
I travel to Haiti to introduce you to the charity we’ll be supporting on our trip.
04: Final Preparations Before the Big Day
Aug 18, 2016 • 31 min
We make final preparations before setting out on our 11,000 mile journey.
03: What Will We Eat?
Jul 13, 2016 • 21 min
We figure out what two pescatarians will eat in the meat-loving countries of Central Asia.
02: What Kind of Car Do You Drive to Mongolia?
Jun 19, 2016 • 29 min
We make the most important decision of our entire trip: what kind of car to drive.
01a: Bonus Episode
Jun 9, 2016 • 10 min
A bonus episode featuring me being interviewed on The Backgrounder podcast.
01: Getting Started
Jun 2, 2016 • 28 min
The story of how this whole crazy adventure came about.
Far From Home: Season 1 Trailer
Mar 10, 2016 • 1 min
A new podcast documenting an 11,000 mile road trip I took last summer.