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Todays guest is an award-winning author, adventurer and sustainability campaigner specializing in human-powered expeditions.
Now if you don’t you what this means, just remember the last time you thought you would pop to the shops, and you think “I’ll take the car, it will be so much easier”
Well our guest today is recognised by Guinness World Records as the first person to circumnavigate the Earth without using motors or sails.
Walking, cycling, and inline skating five continents, and kayaking, swimming, rowing, and pedalling a boat across the rivers, seas, and oceans.
This took thirteen years to complete, the 46,505-mile journey and was hailed “the last great first for circumnavigation” by the London Sunday Times.
But this is just a tiny part of what this guy is all about.
No life is more than just getting his name in the Guinness Book Of Records, as he has also visited more than 900 schools in 37 countries to date, involving thousands of students in a variety of programmes in conjunction with UNESCO’s Associated Schools Program Network.
He shares his tales of adventure and hardship to promote world citizenship, zero carbon emission travel, and awareness of individual lifestyle choices on the health of the planet.
This will be an amazing story of taking chances, inspiring the world, hardship, but savouring those life experiences that you can only get by putting yourself out there.
So when he was growing up in Catterick, Yorkshire, in Northern England was he inspired by the world and loved nothing more than flicking through the pages of an Atlas?
Can you just go into countries wherever you want or do you have to find the border crossings?
And does he get told by everyone that he meets that “Jason, I would love to be doing what you do” and think “Well why aren’t you then?”
Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Jason Lewis.
During the show we discussed such weighty topics as:
How he recalls sitting in a flat in Paris with his friend Steve Smith, and after a few beers decided that this was a challenge that really appealed as he felt that anyone can do it. They just needed to start.
Why it is so strange that in the UK that we fail to celebrate the winners and the high achievers, and do not like people to really go out and do something amazing.
How he would get pelted by stones thrown by the children in Tibet, and realised that he needed to start throwing back at them and found the kids loved it when he did so.
How we all look at the successful people in life and think that everything must have been put into place for them. We find it hard to believed that they truly worked at it.
How he now knows that the journey was just part of his life, and he is not going to be defined by his actions. They will simply be the starting point to even more personal missions.
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