10 episodes

Road Junky features the kind of crazy travel stories that will leave you breathless, speechless and wondering whether you should just quit your job, grab a backpack and hit the road. We feature tales from travelers who walk the edge - and often fall off it.

Road Junky Travel Stories Tom Thumb

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Road Junky features the kind of crazy travel stories that will leave you breathless, speechless and wondering whether you should just quit your job, grab a backpack and hit the road. We feature tales from travelers who walk the edge - and often fall off it.

    Chased by Bedouin in the UAE

    Chased by Bedouin in the UAE

    When Tom Thumb came out of a rainbow gathering in the desert in Israel he discovered his friends were facing the death penalty in the UAE for smuggling drugs. A professional gambler in London paid for his ticket to go out and there and see if he could help. It ended up with him running down a mountain road, fleeing 2 Bedouin guys who were chasing him in a jeep..
    If you have a great story to tell and would like to feature it on the Road Junky podcast feel free to be in touch to tom@tomthumb.org
    Or just come and share it around the fire in the Sahara Desert at one of the Road Junky Retreats that take place each winter in Morocco.
    www.roadjunkyretreat.com
    Sound design for this episode by James Stevens
    Theme song by the No Mercy Sisters with Adam Most and Ali Rasim Kocal.

    • 19 min
    Getting someone out of jail in India (part 2)

    Getting someone out of jail in India (part 2)

    So just imagine: someone close to you is in jail, a terrible jail, in India and they're going to be there for 10 years. Your lawyer there, perhaps the least trustworthy person you've ever met, asks you to send $15,000 in advance to bribe a judge and get her out. Would you do it?
    This is the second half of the story of helping get a friend's girlfriend out of jail.
    If you have a great story to tell and would like to feature it on the Road Junky podcast feel free to be in touch to tom@tomthumb.org
    Or just come and share it around the fire in the Sahara Desert at one of the Road Junky Retreats that take place each winter in Morocco.
    www.roadjunkyretreat.com
    Sound design for this episode by James Stevens
    Theme song by the No Mercy Sisters with Adam Most and Ali Rasim Kocal.

    • 24 min
    Getting someone out of jail in India (part 1)

    Getting someone out of jail in India (part 1)

    When a friend called up Tom Thumb in 1999 to ask for his help getting his girlfriend out of jail in Delhi, India, he was on a plane a week later. She was facing 10 years behind bars after having been caught at the airport smuggling kilos of charas (hand rolled marijuana) out of India.
    It was the kind of dumb story he never should have got involved in. But then that's true of so many good travel stories...
    If you have a great story to tell and would like to feature it on the Road Junky podcast feel free to be in touch to tom@tomthumb.org
    Or just come and share it around the fire in the Sahara Desert at one of the Road Junky Retreats that take place each winter in Morocco.
    www.roadjunkyretreat.com
    Sound design for this episode by James Stevens
    Theme song by the No Mercy Sisters with Adam Most and Ali Rasim Kocal.

    • 30 min
    Escaping India On a Fake Visa

    Escaping India On a Fake Visa

    After hitchhiking to India in 1997, Tom Thumb was stuck there for a year and a half and by the time he managed to make some money to get a flight out his visa had long expired. It took some...creativity to furnish his passport with the necessary stamps to make it across the border.
    If you have a great story to tell and would like to feature it on the Road Junky podcast feel free to be in touch to tom@tomthumb.org
    Or just come and share it around the fire in the Sahara Desert at one of the Road Junky Retreats that take place each winter in Morocco.
    www.roadjunkyretreat.com
    Sound design for this episode by James Stevens
    Theme song by the No Mercy Sisters with Adam Most and Ali Rasim Kocal.

    • 15 min
    Self-Publishing a Book on the Beach in India

    Self-Publishing a Book on the Beach in India

    After hitchhiking to India with no money, Tom Thumb found himself penniless on the beach in Goa and his strategy for survival was to write a book, Hand to Mouth to India, about the journey there. Someone bought him pen and paper to write it and the manuscript was almost lost when a cow began to munch it while the author was getting a coconut.
    He sold the book on flea markets, at trance parties, on the beach and in cafes, before hitchhiking from Istanbul to Israel with 70 copies in his backpack which all tumbled out on the floor at the feet of immigration officials at the Israeli border.
    Hand to Mouth to India was then published in London in 2000 and is the main reason that he has the rather silly pen name of Tom Thumb.
    If you have a great story to tell and would like to feature it on the Road Junky podcast feel free to be in touch to tom@tomthumb.org
    Or just come and share it around the fire in the Sahara Desert at one of the Road Junky Retreats that take place each winter in Morocco.
    www.roadjunkyretreat.com
    Sound design for this episode by James Stevens
    Theme song by the No Mercy Sisters with Adam Most and Ali Rasim Kocal.

    • 20 min
    Attacked by Crows in the Himalayas

    Attacked by Crows in the Himalayas

    When a friend went to jail in Goa, Tom Thumb promised to take 37,000 rupees up to the charas dealer in the Himalayas and ended up renting a house there for the summer. For 15 dollars a month he lived in a clay and mud house at 2000 metres and spent a great deal of time alone communing with the lizards, spiders and crows.
    When at the end of the season he climbed up to a holy lake at 4300 metres (and took a few hits of LSD once above the tree line) the crows ended up attacking him..
    If you have a great story to tell and would like to feature it on the Road Junky podcast feel free to be in touch to tom@tomthumb.org
    Or just come and share it around the fire in the Sahara Desert at one of the Road Junky Retreats that take place each winter in Morocco.
    www.roadjunkyretreat.com
    Sound design for this episode by James Stevens
    Theme song by the No Mercy Sisters with Adam Most and Ali Rasim Kocal.

    • 22 min

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