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 WestAnwals in the HimalayasBadamiBaganBhut JolokiaBoulderingBrighton, EnglandBugs BunnyBuster JesikCliff campingColoradoDenaliDrew BanskyEdible insects in South East AsiaEffects of wilderness on your mindEstes ParkFirst SettlersGanesha 8+GoaGordon HemptonGrand CanyonHorseradishIndia Pale Ale (IPA)International Dark Sky ReservesInternational Space Station (ISS)IranJapanKii MountainsKombuchaKumano KodoKung Fu moviesMatt MikkelsenMount Teide National ParkMustang horsesNachi no ÔtakiNative AmericansNEOWISE cometNeil ArmstrongNorthern Lights in DenaliOystersPakistanPatagonia – Prefrontal Cortex – Quiet Parks InternationalRadioLab – Restaurant wars – Rings of SaturnRock climbingRock climbing in HampiRocky Mountain National ParkRyoei TakagiSheldon ChaletShugen-dōSiem ReapSunTED Radio HourTenerifeThe Dawn WallThe Overview EffectThe TimesTommy MoeTungabhadra RiverUtahVirginia Oyster TrailWasabiWyomingYosemite 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
by E’s Jammy Jams
Touch Tone
by The Mini Vandals

All photographs by Aaron Millar, and Armchair Explorer, unless otherwise stated

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