“You need some type of chaos to achieve creativity.” – Michael Spencer Bown
Today’s episode is one of my all time favorites because today’s guest is known as the “most traveled man,” and is big hero of mine.
Mike Spencer Bown has not only visited every single country in the world, he has also immersed into some cultures by living with tribes. One thing about living with the natives is that he did not expect how good the people were. They took him in, welcomed him to their community, taught him local customs like hunting, and took care of him.
What is amazing about Mike is that he does all this traveling to share with everyone he meets. There was a even a time when somebody asked him to tell a story about his adventures; three weeks later, he was still going!
Adventure to him means freelance traveling – going in and not knowing what to expect, what’s going to happen next.
Stories you will hear in this episode:
- Battling a Mountain Lion
- Hitchhiking through Iraq during the war
- Spending 90 days alone in the wilderness
- Making coffee tables out of coffee wood and earning a huge profit
- Explanation of how world religions interact
- How Mike carried $80,000 USD on his person
- Learning to hunt with natives when he couldn’t speak the language
- The philosophy of capitalism vs. feudalism
“I consider the wilderness more dangerous than traveling” – Mike Spencer Bown
“Nepal is good for spiritual experiences – you can see deep time”- Mike Spencer Bown
“Try to work the people, not the system”- Mike Spencer Bown
“Learn to adjust to the culture you are in”- Mike Spencer Bown
“Try to meet interesting people and they give you ideas”- Mike Spencer Bown
“My stories have deviated from reality over time”- Mike Spencer Bown
“Conservative countries are family oriented”- Mike Spencer Bown
Continue the Adventure (Resources from this episode):
Mike on Facebook
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AOA 128 | Gunnar Garfors | A Story From Every Country
AOA 055 | Ladan Jiracek | Travel Wisdom From 80 Countries
AOA 118 | Chris Guillebeau | Born For This – Find the Work You Were Meant to Do
AOA 052 | Ben Keene | Creating Tribes Around The World