Episode 078 – Aaron Millar | Journalist, Photographer, Travel writer, & Host of Armchair Explorer
Aaron Millar is a travel writer, journalist, and photographer. Over the years, he has been an artist manager, owner of an independent record label, and a presenter for National Geographic TV.
Now, he collects ‘wonders’ through diverse life experiences, which translates beautifully in his works.
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Aaron hosts a fantastic travel podcast called Armchair Explorer where The World’s Greatest Adventurers Tell Their Best Story From the Road.
This documentary-style production takes you right into the action, accompanied by cinematic sounds, brilliant narration, and heartfelt experiences.
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Listen to his story from growing up in Brighton, England, and travelling the world for amazing stories, to making a home in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA, and hosting a travel podcast to share great adventures.
An award-winning travel writer, Aaron regularly contributes to several international publications. He has written two books titled 50 Greatest Wonders of the World, and 50 Greatest National Parks of the World.
When not creating content, you can find him indulging in the outdoors, maybe climbing rocks, and exploring percussion instruments.
Also mentioned in this episode
Afghanistan – American West – Anwals in the Himalayas – Badami – Bagan – Bhut Jolokia – Bouldering – Brighton, England – Bugs Bunny – Buster Jesik – Cliff camping – Colorado – Denali – Drew Bansky – Edible insects in South East Asia – Effects of wilderness on your mind – Estes Park – First Settlers – Ganesha 8+ – Goa – Gordon Hempton – Grand Canyon – Horseradish – India Pale Ale (IPA) – International Dark Sky Reserves – International Space Station (ISS) – Iran – Japan – Kii Mountains – Kombucha – Kumano Kodo – Kung Fu movies – Matt Mikkelsen – Mount Teide National Park – Mustang horses – Nachi no Ôtaki – Native Americans – NEOWISE comet – Neil Armstrong – Northern Lights in Denali – Oysters – Pakistan – Patagonia – Prefrontal Cortex – Quiet Parks International – RadioLab – Restaurant wars – Rings of Saturn – Rock climbing – Rock climbing in Hampi – Rocky Mountain National Park – Ryoei Takagi – Sheldon Chalet – Shugen-dō – Siem Reap – Sun – TED Radio Hour – Tenerife – The Dawn Wall – The Overview Effect – The Times – Tommy Moe – Tungabhadra River – Utah – Virginia Oyster Trail – Wasabi – Wyoming – Yosemite National Park
Timestamps for reference
02:21 Living in Colorado
08:39 Spirit of the American West
10:19 Mention of Quiet Parks International
11:36 Why do we podcast?
14:56 Why we need to adventure?
20:03 Collecting wonders during our lifetimes
25:55 Sharing wonders with other humans
32:35 Effects of nature and natural surroundings
40:00 The Overview Effect
45:12 International borders and challenges in visiting certain countries
50:05 Religion and travel
51:55 Why does Aaron hate gin?
53:45 Spicy foods beckon
56:02 Exploring local flavors during travels
01:02:47 Looking up to the skies
01:10:27 We are nature!
01:13:26 What is Blue Dot Perspective, & the Armchair Explorer podcast?
01:17:24 A bit about Travel Writing
01:22:01 How being a traveller and adventurer influences parenting?
Show cover jingle courtesy of Icons8
Music by Nordgroove from Fugue
Episode background tunes courtesy of YouTube Audio Library
Bodele Depression (Mega-Chad Mix) by Jesse Gallagher
Gamela by E’s Jammy Jams
Touch Tone by The Mini Vandals
All photographs by Aaron Millar, and Armchair Explorer, unless otherwise stated