Author, Journalist & Adventurer On 'Why We Travel'

Ash Bhardwaj on The Poddy!

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Ash really is my dream style of guest.

He is a wonderful speaker, incredibly open and curious and has achieved many of the types of things, I wish to one day emulate. I am very grateful to have gotten to spend this time with him.

He recently published his first book titled Why We Travel, and in discussion of his life and worldview I was privileged to have gotten to sit down with him in his home in London to record this very episode - there is a video available on youtube if you are keen (video on a go-pro but with professional audio).

Ash Bhardwaj is an author, journalist, film-maker and former British army who amongst his many expeditions has ventured the likes of 8500km along the Russian European border. Retraced secret missions of WW2 through Albania. Walked through India and The Himalayas, meeting the Dalai Lama on the way. Walked through Uganda and Sudan with Levison Wood which included the first summer crossing of the Bayuda Desert. Trekked the Mt Everest Base Camp with wounded soldiers. Worked on earthquake recovery in the Philippines. Trekked through the Jebel of Dhofar in the footsteps of the SAS, and that’s just a drop in the ocean of Ash’s experiences.

Navigate the timestamps to jump directly to the topics that might interest you most, but I will caveat that the first 30 minutes is likely of narrow interest only to my Australian and New Zealand audiences. We discuss potentially shaky ground which wasn’t planned but just serendipitously occurred. I asked Ash about what he perceived as the different histories of Australia and New Zealand relating to their indigenous populations (these both being countries Ash has spent much time in). Neither ash or I are experts on this, but we also don’t pretend to be, therefore I leave the judgement of whether you think we were right or wrong entirely in your hands. But if you continue we get into the themes of his book, his broader thoughts on over-tourism, travel trends, great travel writers, great travel writing and so much more. 

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