5 episodes

Travel, productivity and general mucking about... the good life abroad... the tendency to add prefixing letters to the word 'office'...

All of these things shouldn't be discussed in any length, and will.

Join me as I prance around in foreign countries, interview interesting people and discuss notions related to living and working abroad. All whilst failing to do any justice at all to any of the subjects at hand.

Wandering Desk Neil Bennion

    • Places & Travel
    • 5.0, 4 Ratings

Travel, productivity and general mucking about... the good life abroad... the tendency to add prefixing letters to the word 'office'...

All of these things shouldn't be discussed in any length, and will.

Join me as I prance around in foreign countries, interview interesting people and discuss notions related to living and working abroad. All whilst failing to do any justice at all to any of the subjects at hand.

    Odessa and Ukraine

    Odessa and Ukraine

    This week, my friend Alexander Woolley joins me to discuss Ukraine, and in particular the historic Black Sea port of Odessa.

    We cover various topics, including:
    Is it 'Ukraine' or ‘The Ukraine’ and the whole ‘correcting people's pronunciation ’ thing ... Being squashed between other countries (see also: Poland) ... The wonderful city of Odessa ... The Potemkin stairs (or are they steps?)
    Going to the opera / theatre ... Speaking the language ... Ukrainian food ... Sleeper train travel

    • 45 min
    Biking in Bali as a Beginner

    Biking in Bali as a Beginner

    In this episode I share my experience of learning to ride a motorbike (well, scooter) on the mean streets of Bali. Well okay, not exactly mean, but pretty freaking hectic for sure.

    I talk about:

    - The 4 reasons I was avoiding riding a scooter
    - What prompted me to just go for it
    - The speed pact I made with myself
    - The infamous Canggu shortcut
    - Riding in the rain
    - The single most amazing place I visited
    - Insurance, driving licenses and so on
    - Tips for people thinking of doing the same

    • 54 min
    Emigrating to Peru as a Family

    Emigrating to Peru as a Family

    In this episode I talk to Johnny Parsons from England who, together with his family, emigrated from their adopted home of Yorkshire to the Peruvian capital of Lima.

    Among other things, we discuss why they emigrated, how it was adapting to Lima and the incident that made him think twice about biking round Lima.

    • 52 min
    The Bali Episode

    The Bali Episode

    In this episode I talk about my recent time in that most instagrammable of places - the Indonesian island (province, even) of Bali.

    Find out about: The message I send to the future me every winter ... Why Bali ... First impressions of Ubud ... What can make it hard to acclimatise ... The hipster-surfer town of Canggu ... Bali as a vegan paradise ... The chain of islands that made my own trip so worth it ... How Bali is dealing with the problem of washed-up plastic ... Tips for your own trip to Bali.

    • 47 min
    Pandora's Backpack

    Pandora's Backpack

    In this, the first episode, I talk about how I left the comfortable corporate life behind to go on a life-changing trip, and how this changed my life for good, whether I liked it or not.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

Jamcalli ,

Relatable host and interesting, varied topics

Loving this podcast so far, the topics have been varied from the start, and the host is easy to relate to. Though I don't plan on traveling a huge amount, i really enjoy podcasts that have a mix of info and personal accounts/opinion so feel like you get to know the hosts. I really enjoyed the Bali episode (though I have never been there!) and am looking forward to listening to more on my way to work as it has been just about the perfect length so far.

AlexGFarns ,

Thought provoking!

Whilst it never materialised, I always wondered how I would find life on the road or even just a prolonged period of travelling.

Whilst listening to this, I found myself deep in thought, almost visualising in detail what it would be like to experience something similar, particularly all the new people that I would meet along the way and interesting places that I would visit. How do you move onto the next place though if you find yourself somewhere you really like, surrounded by new exciting friends? Would you even bother? Part of me would find it exciting, liberating and thoroughly enjoyable, amongst many other emotions, but then I’m quite sure that another part of me would feel unsure, perhaps a bit scared and pining for simple home comforts like going for a pint on a Sunday afternoon and watching the football.

I always find Neil’s work very thought-provoking. It sticks in the mind and I quite often find myself going back to it for further periods of reflection and this podcast is no exception. Perhaps one of these days, after listening to Neil’s fascinating accounts of his travels, I might actually find myself doing the same.

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