10 episodes

There are lots of jokes about having a 'midlife crisis': you know, buying a sportscar, getting an unfortunate tattoo and trying to date people half your age. About 8 years ago I commenced a midlife crisis of my own. I am still living it, and I’m here to tell you that when it’s your own crisis, there’s nothing funny about it.



Mine was triggered by the breakdown of my long-term relationship, and leaving the career to which I had committed nearly my entire working life. And there was more to come.



I’ve spent the last eight years trying to rediscover meaning, purpose and passion in life. It’s been a tough time. I always had more overseas travel in the back of my mind, but it took until three years ago for me to feel like I had the strength for it. With no career, job, partner or house, it seemed as good a time as ever to head off for a while.



If you’ve ever found yourself questioning the big picture, or you’re just keen to have a look around, then you’re welcome to come along for the ride. I’m not sure where we’re going next, but perhaps that’s not the point. Whatever happens, it ain’t going to be dull.



Midlife Crisis Odyssey: a mainly lighthearted podcast about travel and existential crisis

Midlife Crisis Odyssey Jim Clayton

    • Society & Culture

There are lots of jokes about having a 'midlife crisis': you know, buying a sportscar, getting an unfortunate tattoo and trying to date people half your age. About 8 years ago I commenced a midlife crisis of my own. I am still living it, and I’m here to tell you that when it’s your own crisis, there’s nothing funny about it.



Mine was triggered by the breakdown of my long-term relationship, and leaving the career to which I had committed nearly my entire working life. And there was more to come.



I’ve spent the last eight years trying to rediscover meaning, purpose and passion in life. It’s been a tough time. I always had more overseas travel in the back of my mind, but it took until three years ago for me to feel like I had the strength for it. With no career, job, partner or house, it seemed as good a time as ever to head off for a while.



If you’ve ever found yourself questioning the big picture, or you’re just keen to have a look around, then you’re welcome to come along for the ride. I’m not sure where we’re going next, but perhaps that’s not the point. Whatever happens, it ain’t going to be dull.



Midlife Crisis Odyssey: a mainly lighthearted podcast about travel and existential crisis

    Podcast Episode 15. Outside the Pyramids of Giza

    Podcast Episode 15. Outside the Pyramids of Giza

    G’day all and welcome to the Midlife Crisis Odyssey Podcast, where not all who wander are lost, but some of us definitely are. Having spent the first day of my visit to the Pyramids of Giza getting a feel for the place, and venturing inside the Pyramids of Khufu and Khafre, I returned the following day ready for some wider exploration. If you would like to see the post for this podcast, you can find it here If you liked... Read More Read More

    • 9 min
    Podcast Episode 14. Inside the Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

    Podcast Episode 14. Inside the Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

    G’day all and welcome to the Midlife Crisis Odyssey Podcast, where not all who wander are lost, but some of us definitely are. After a 20 minute walk from my accommodation I arrived at the Giza Plateau. I paid to enter the site, and bought extra tickets to venture inside two of the Pyramids. Not only was I visiting one of the most amazing historic sites on earth, I was going to enter two of the spectacular ancient monuments! If... Read More Read More

    • 13 min
    Podcast Episode 13. The Panathenaic Stadium, Greece

    Podcast Episode 13. The Panathenaic Stadium, Greece

    G’day all and welcome to the Midlife Crisis Odyssey Podcast, where not all who wander are lost, but some of us definitely are. The Olympic Games are one of those things that make me feel like a kid again. Every four years it’s a two week festival of sport that has me enthralled. Consequently, when I arrived in Athens, I was keen to visit the Panathenaic Stadium to soak up a little Olympic History. If you would like to see... Read More Read More

    • 11 min
    Podcast Episode 12. Searching for Kiwis, New Zealand

    Podcast Episode 12. Searching for Kiwis, New Zealand

    G’day all and welcome to the Midlife Crisis Odyssey Podcast, where not all who wander are lost, but some of us definitely are. Whakatane is a little beachside town in the Bay of Plenty on New Zealand’s North Island. It’s known as the ‘Kiwi Capital of the World’, so I started walking the nearby forests tracks at night searching for kiwis. After many hours of walking in the freezing darkness, I decided that my fifth night of searching would be... Read More Read More

    • 9 min
    Podcast Episode 11. The Minibuses of Sharm El Sheik, Egypt.

    Podcast Episode 11. The Minibuses of Sharm El Sheik, Egypt.

    G’day all and welcome to the Midlife Crisis Odyssey Podcast, where not all who wander are lost, but some of us definitely are. I had been too nervous to jump on the taxi minibuses in Egypt’s heaving cities, but figured I couldn’t go too far wrong in the beachside resort town of Sharm El Sheik. Riding the minibuses turned out to be a really enjoyable local experience. If you would like to see the post for this podcast, you can... Read More Read More

    • 6 min
    Podcast Episode 10. A Chance Meeting in Wadi Rum, Jordan

    Podcast Episode 10. A Chance Meeting in Wadi Rum, Jordan

    G’day all and welcome to the Midlife Crisis Odyssey Podcast, where not all who wander are lost, but some of us definitely are. A chance meeting in Wadi Rum lead to an amazing experience amongst the ancient landscape of this fascinating part of Jordan. If you would like to see the post for this podcast, you can find it here If you liked this podcast, you may also like Podcast Episode 4. Driving In Tunisia , Podcast Episode 6. The... Read More Read More

    • 14 min

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