I came across this travel series on Reddit yesterday (got as far as when he stores the diamond under his skin – *cringe*) and was reminded of some of the other travel series that I have seen.

I am a big fan of the Long Way Round series by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman, as well as their second one when they go the Long Way Down instead. If you don’t know, this is a TV series made with a bit of McGregor’s Star Wars money in which he and his mate travel the world by motorcycle. Very cool stuff. I learned about Russia’s Road of Bones through these shows and also came to really appreciate the diversity and beauty of Africa.

I’ve also seen a few episodes of Michael Palin’s travel shows on PBS (of which there are many). I remember really enjoying the one where he travels in Russia (or Turkey maybe?) and visits a barber. They light his ear hair on fire! On purpose! Oh my goodness.  I also like the romantic one where he crosses the channel on a fancy steamer and mails back his tux when they land. Won’t be needing to dress for dinner anymore!

Searching for those episodes, I came across this lovely little clip by Palin on the Independent where he gives some solid travel advice.

I also thoroughly enjoyed the book Eighty Days about Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s race around the world. This was purely a stunt to sell newspapers, both women racing to beat the fictional Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne.

For our family, the idea of taking THE TRIP is really just a response to having the opportunity to complete a perfect Venn Diagram. JBot really enjoyed talking a year off from work when TRex was born; we really enjoying spending time together as a family; and we really enjoy travelling together. For us it isn’t about capital A adventure, instigating the need to stash diamonds under our skin in case we get into danger, but rather a sort of more mellow, enjoyable experience.

I do rather like Nellie Bly’s advice on packing though (via brain pickings).