Okay, Odyssey fans… this is it, the television show documenting my travels is being shown every TUESDAY at on the Nat Geo Adventure Channel, which is available in 40 countries across Asia and South America. If you can get it, great. If you can’t, you’re stuck with my YouTube videos until it gets broadcast on the BBC (fingers crossed) early next year!!
The eight episodes of season one cover the first 133 countries of The Odyssey Expedition – my journey from Uruguay to Egypt, starting on 1st January 2009 and finishing on 31st December 2009.
1. From Argentina to Guyana
2. Caribbean Castaway
3. From Cuba to Tunisia
4. Arrested In Africa
5. African Rough Road
6. Congo Chaos
7. Africa Island Hop
8. Pyramids Or Bust
As for the final 67 countries… (including Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran and North Korea) Lonely Planet TV have just bagged first refusal on the second series… WATCH THIS SPACE!!!
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hola Graham en serio si antes te admiraba ahora te has comvertido en mi idolo, ise un viaje por mi país a tu estilo e inspirado en tus viajes y en serio que es algo extremo y cansado pero es muy divertido. Yo no tube mayor problema con el trasporte pero aun así fue todo un reto. un saludo desde Mexico y que Dios te bendiga
I am from Colombia. I started to see your show enthusiastic, but I felt disappointed of your program when see less than 5 seconds on air of my beautiful and gorgeous country, you do not even showed your face. Did you really ever cross my country? I think you did not.
To let you know, The Panamerican Way from Chile to Alaska is not interrupted at “Tapon del Darien” because as you ignorantly said as a narcotraffic problem, the culprits of this are the vast nature and the jungle.
Anyway, best wishes. God bless you on your trip. And remember. Colombia: The only risk is wanting to stay. Youtubed this tail to find out.
Colombia is currently 16th out of 167 countries on my league of nations page, beating France, Croatia and Vietnam. After Bolivia and the US, it’s my top rated country IN THE ENTIRE WESTERN HEMISPHERE!!
Seriously, if you bunch of babies don’t stop whining that I didn’t spend more time there, I’ll drop it 150 places so it can hang out with the likes of Congo and Cape Verde.
Hey Graham, let me tell you that your program should be called ”how to cross borders by any means” because that’s what you do, how in the world can you say and writte the things that do just by crossing a country by mean of transportation, you crossed Colombia in 3 days by public transport and you claim to have acurate & veridic knowledge of the people and all the shy that you talk just by riding inside a bus? it is like to express my opinion about a country and it’s people just by trasiting through the airport; like say that all the dutch are drogies never been in Holand and say so because what I see in the CNN paparazi news and assertively assure my opinion by saying that I transited through Schipol airport in Amsterdam.
Most of the travel documentaries in Nat Geo are pretty good and have desent perspective like the long way down, by anymeans or world travellers but yours is just a joke pal.
Better grow up man and look where you come from learn about your culture and then express a real opinion after at least you spend a few days where you go, see the place and interact with the people.
Three things that you are obviously not aware of:
1. TV shows are EDITED. That means they cut stuff out. Otherwise series one would have been 150 hours long.
2. It is possible to visit a country more than once in a lifetime, and there are many to which I have been to before I raced through them (Colombia being one… there are 70 others).
3. Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman are millionaires with a massive team following them around in pair of 4x4s. They perpetuate the damaging myth that you have to be rich to travel the world. You don’t have to be rich, you just have to be motivated. If I listened to stupid, angry, whining little fuckers like you I would have never left the house.
well, your points are kind of valid but still I personally think that you should not express in the way you do about places and people like you did talking about (Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Venezuela) just to mention some, you say so many absurd and non sense things about the places and their people and you even just stand at the border with Belarus and Russia, what kind of knowledge you have about the people whi live there?
Regarding Charlie and Ewan, they are pretty good guys (well millionaires maybe) but good guys for sure, telling what they really see and how they feel about the locals not making up stories for what you listen in the news (again CNN & BBC paparazi news).
I have to agree that you don’t need to be rich to travel, I’m a Colombian engineer and I’ve been in over 40 countries some by work reasons others by pleasure and from all the places where I have been I have good and bad stories and memories and I stayed there aet the local food and interacted with the people, I don’t make stories or take as granted what I heard about the place like you do.
By last my wife is Belarussian and the place is great, Russia is also nice and with alot of history and culture not the shy that you talk. Scoussers are well known not only in UK by having a high opinion of themselves being liers and thiefs, I can not corroborate that as I never been in Liverpool but I have a very good scousser fried so I don’t go around telling people scoussers are thiefs & liers.
Do the decent thing and verify the things that you post before you do it, talk by talk is not the way to gain audience neither popularity.
Contrary to what Juan states “The Panamerican Way from Chile to Alaska is not interrupted at “Tapon del Darien” because as you ignorantly said as a narcotraffic problem, the culprits of this are the vast nature and the jungle.”
Just to clarify things, the Darien break has not been developed because of drug trafficking from Columbia and kidnappings. This is the reason why Panama has decided not to develop that area or put a road through it. Given that Juan is from Columbia, he is the ignorant person; anybody who has gone to Panama knows the reason why that area has not been developed and anybody who lives in Columbia should know it also if not they should get educated.
I myself have travelled through all the countries in Central America, Mexico and Canada by land to explore vast areas. Perhaps one day I will challenge Graham and do a global trek around the world by land also and give him competition. Keep up the good work, I bet you are inspiring young people to build a better world!
What the hell have I said about Belarus, Russia or Colombia that you take issue with? The KGB IS alive and well in Belarus and the country IS (sadly) run by a tyrannical megalomaniac who imprisons political dissidents – as we saw this very week following the clapping protests. This is all I said about the place, and it’s true – it’s not a comment on the people. If you want me to spend a few days in Minsk, I’m happy to do so after I finish The Odyssey, but I’m afraid you’re going to have to organise my visa, yeah?
As for Russia, all I say on my ‘League of Nations’ is this:
“I spent about 5 seconds in Russia before running back like a frightened deer, but my word St. Petersburg looks amazing. On the telly.”
Which is honest and fair. I’ve met loads of Russians on my travels and find them rather serious when sober and rather hilarious when they’re drunk… that’s not speaking for every single Russian, of course, but I think most Russians would (after a couple of vodkas) sheepishly agree with that national stereotype, just as, as a scouser, I’m happy to crack a few jokes at my city’s expense.
And Colombia? All I’ve said about Colombia is GOOD things. I spent some time there back in 2002 and love the bones of the place – and personally encouraged backpackers who were concerned about the security situation to go there and see it for themselves. You should be thanking me, not bitching at me on my website.
I’m not sorry that my TV show and blog is light-hearted and strives not to take things too seriously… and if all the constructive criticism you can offer is ‘you should have spent longer in country x’ well you obviously cannot grasp what I’m trying to do: which is to raise money for charity and set a Guinness world record… and to do so on a shoestring.
Instead of carping on at me for being an independent backpacker who travels on his own, organises and pays for all his own travels (I get no expenses), single-handedly films and presents his own TV show, writes all the 500+ blog entries you can read on this site himself, and maintains the damn site (while also editing YouTube videos when I’m allowed to), you would be better off focussing your energy writing to Ewan and Charley telling them how wonderful they are. Not that they’d read your messages (much less reply personally) but I’m sure “one of their people” might. Wooooooooo!!
Good one scaly boy, I congratelate your efforts and hard work for a good cause, well hope things get better but if you step up in the world of travel documentary making please review and verify your comments.
If some time you come to middle east (I live in Bahrain) then contact me and will help you to get around the place, also get a visa for Russia and Belarus and show you the place (maybe drink some real good vodka and not that Smithnof shy), by the way I have a house in Belarus so you can really see the place for yourself.
Colombia is still my home land where I grew up and still my parents live but there is many beautiful places full of great people around the world.
Hey Graham don’t listen to the knobs what your doing/did is amazing and its for CHARITY! I think people like Julio are just jealous that your doing a great thing and are able to travel the world on a budget. Really enjoyed the show hope to see more soon?? Also how good is Melbourne? Easily the worlds most liveable city!