Episode 38 – Around the World

For the next seven episodes on The Gone John Show feed, we are revisiting my original travel podcast series, Boarding Call.

Prior to embarking on my adventure to Asia in the fall of 2015, my plan was to produce a weekly travel podcast to talk with interesting travellers, feature unique destinations, and share advice from experts – along with providing some current travel news.

In May of 2015 – when life presented me the opportunity to go on my own travel adventure – I jumped at the chance.  However, Boarding Call went on to the back-burner and eventually a permanent hiatus.

With The Gone John Show and the Gone John blog being my primary focus of travel content creation these days, I’m winding down my Boarding Call online presence – and wanted to bring these seven shows into the fold.  The stories which were shared still stand up, and are as interesting now as they were when they were first published.

Following these seven episodes, new episodes of The Gone John Show will be forthcoming – so, stay tuned!

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Episode 35 – Mouse Tale

There are two quotes from Walt Disney which are relevant to this week’s show.

If you can dream it, you can do it.

Walt definitely had a big dream of his own – putting everything he owned on the line to open Disneyland in Anaheim, California in under a year.  It was an ambitious task – one that some people even called impossible.  That’s where quote number two comes in.

It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.

Seattle’s Christopher Wing also had a big dream that some people might say would be impossible.

A long-time fan of the film Around the World in 80 Days, Wing started thinking one day about what it’d be like to circumnavigate the globe himself.  80 days seemed excessive given how fast we can now travel – and a rather long time to be away from work.  But after doing some math, he figured it might be entirely possible to do the trip in 80 hours.

But Wing didn’t want to just stop in airports, he wanted to bring another passion of his along for the journey.  This was his love of Disney theme parks.  Aside from the original Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida, three other countries are home to Disney parks – France, Hong Kong and Japan.

After crunching the numbers and figuring out the logistics, Christopher’s mind was set – he was going to visit all five Disney theme park resorts (and 11 theme parks in total), and attempt to do it in under 80 hours.

On this week’s show, Chris talks about his long-time connection to Disney theme parks, why he made the trip, and how he pulled it off!

For more on Christopher’s Disney adventures, visit his website – Mouse Around the World.  Also, be sure to check him out on Twitter (@MouseATW), Instagram and on YouTube.

One of my favourite videos from Chris’ YouTube channel is of the fireworks he saw from his plane as he was arriving back in California at the end of the trip.  They seem like a perfect way to cap off what was a marathon adventure!

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