Alastair Humphreys is an English adventurer, author, and motivational speaker.
David Oakes is an actor known for his role in "The Borgias" and Prince Ernest in the ITV show "Victoria". David also runs the Trees a Crowd podcast "for those curious about the world around us."Charm, good looks and talent are just some of the things that I do not share with David. But the point of this podcast is precisely this: to find people whose lives appear to be very different to my own, and then seek out the overlaps, the commonalities, and the lessons I can learn from what they do. We discussed making a living in unpredictable and unreliable ways, the things that scare us, and how to deal with the imposter syndrome.PLEASE SUBSCRIBE TO THE LIVING ADVENTUROUSLY PODCAST(It’s completely free, zero hassle to do (click here), but really helpful for me trying to get a new podcast off the ground. If you’re feeling extra kind, please leave a review on the app – that really helps.)Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn (“Alexa, please play the Living Adventurously podcast”) or on your favourite podcast platform such as Overcast, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Breaker, Soundcloud, Castbox, NOTES If you enjoy listening to this episode over a cup of coffee and think it might be worth the price, you can buy me a coffee here: www. Keep up to date with future episodes (and my other adventures, projects and books) with my free monthly newsletter: Say hello on Twitter and Instagram: @al_humphreys David Oakes, Twitter, website, podcast. I was blessed with parents who had followed their dreams My dad gave up a lucrative career for one which was more emotionally and spiritually rewarding Had doubts about whether he would get work.  About half the people he trained with didn't make it The confidence you need at beginning you can sadly only get by doing I don't know what I want to do until I do it I know that I'm better than some people and not as good as other people It's not useful to doubt whether you are good It's the same fear level whether speaking to 10 or 1000 It's never too late to re-train, re-purpose, change direction Do something every day that scares you You spend most of your time out of work - you face constant rejection.  When you're the most famous actor in the world, the only way is down. I make sure to enjoy my life in between the work. I work to live, not the other way round. What made me miserable was comparing myself to other actors.  I have a rule which is to leave the house every day. Sound recordist Chris Watson - recording dawn chorus The little adventures of life are what makes life worth living I suspect that 'enough' does not exist Realising that everyone has exactly the same struggles and doubts and worries as us is really helpful. I keep a show journal - writing notes after every performance THIS PODCAST IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY KOMOOTYour very own outdoor experiences are waiting for you. Go explore more with komoot. Use the voucher code ADVENTUROUS to claim your free region maps bundle.The personalised planning and navigation tools ensure you plan the adventure that’s perfect for you. Komoot is Europe’s number 1 outdoor app, with route planning and navigation functionality, and strong community-driven inspirational features in the form of recommended Highlights and inspirational route Collections. It is used by nearly 10 million adventurers worldwide. Komoot is becoming the app of choice for cyclists and hikers the world over, with rapid community growth in the UK, the US and other parts of Europe. You can see my ride’s route on komoot here.★ Support this podcast ★
Alastair Humphreys, named as one of National Geographic’s adventurers of the year, has walked, cycled and climbed over seemingly every surface of the planet. He began his adventures in his early 20s, and since then has cycled more than 46,000 miles around the globe. Unusually for a professional adventurer, Alastair is now cutting down on his flights, and finds himself falling in love with Britain’s landscape. As such, we meet him two weeks into his month-long cycle around Yorkshire, where his only goal is to “see what happens”. Although he would quite like it all to himself, Alastair believes the outdoors are something we should all share and explore - that we shouldn’t worry so much about getting out there, living minimalistically and challenging ourselves. Find out how 9/11 and the war in Afghanistan came in the midst of his four year long travels, and how those events, incredibly, almost passed him by. Alastair explains how he’s constantly pulled between wanting to be a hobo, a vagabond, and wanting to find a place he can truly call home - and then once he’s done that, head north to take a selfie on the moon! For further information on this and other episodes, visit: See for privacy and opt-out information.
Alastair Humphreys left his cozy home in Yorkshire in August, 2001 on his bicycle. He returned home 4 years later, having cycled 46,000 miles across the world. Since then, he has played the violin on the streets of Spain, rowed across the Atlantic, pulled a cart through the desert, walked through India, canoed the Yukon and much, much more. He joins us for this episode to share how living an adventurous life is a possibility for everyone.Alastair's adventures, speaking, blog and books can be found on his website at www.AlastairHumphreys.comListener TribeWe have our own private social network for listeners of the Unmistakable Creative podcast. You can meet other listeners, discuss episodes, and we even have the opportunity to run live Q&A’s. Just visit to sign up.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Guest Alastair Humphreys Adventurer, microadventurer, keynote speaker, a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. Alastair Humphreys (@Al_Humphreys) | Twitter - Alastair Humphreys Graham’s guest this episode is professional adventurer Alastair Humphreys. They discuss finding adventure in the most unlikely places, balancing adventuring with parenthood, and how we spend our out-of-work hours. Alastair spent four years cycling around the world, walked across southern India, rowed the Atlantic ocean, ran six marathons through the Sahara desert, and busked his way through Spain with a violin he didn’t really know how to play. He shares highlights from his stories as well as his own approach to adventure/life balance, and how he’d trade it all in to play for Leeds United. Graham Allcott is the founder of time management training company Think Productive. This podcast is produced by Radio Burrito. Links How to be a Productivity Ninja Subscribe to Think Productive’s monthly tips newsletter Kelly camping kettle and stove Laurie Lee My Midsummer Morning: Rediscovering a Life of Adventure - Alastair’s book
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Nov 27th, 1976
City of London, England, United Kingdom
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5 hours, 28 minutes
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