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Unmapped with Mike Kelly

Unmapped is an exploration of the human desire for travel. Why do we travel? What do we learn from it? How does it enrich our experience of the world? What impact do our travels have on the rest of our lives? Mike speaks with pioneers, adventurists and trailblazers from around the planet, hearing their stories and unlocking the life secrets they’ve learned from their time on (and off) the beaten path. This Podcast has been produced by Bondi Radio Media Group, and creative illustrations of the host and authors contributed by Moral Studios.

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010 - Karina May Reyes - Protecting the Rainforests of the Most Beautiful Island in the World & the Sliding Doors of Life

As a Filipina growing up right by Sydney's famed Bondi Beach, its no wonder Karina grew up to have a love for the water and environment more broadly. As a passionate conservationist and more broadly interested in International Development, Karina has travelled the world contributing to projects protecting both the environment and welfare of marginalised communities wherever she goes. That journey brought her to become the Co-Founder of the Centre for Sustainability Philippines, a Not For Profit organisation focused on protecting what little is left of the Philippines biodiverse rainforests. Her efforts have started in the archipelago of Palawan - commonly referred to as the most beautiful island destination on the planet - where after years of effort, she has successfully lobbied to have a part of the province's forests declared as legally protected. Hers is a story of never giving up nor giving in, complete with the type of sliding doors moment that solidifies both the human spirit and the magical powers of this universe to deliver for those who deserve it.

59mins

4 Nov 2021

Rank #1

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009 - Jessica Koncz - Did I Live, Did I Love & Did I Matter?

From the sleepy city of Newcastle on Australia's East Coast, Jessica Koncz' (@jess_eatsee) star has shone ever brighter as she explores the world around her and the people in it. As the Founder of Eatsee and Crave Media, Jess is a proven businesswoman and entrepreneur, which she took to the next level in 2019 by winning Launch, a global accelerator program, picking up Jason Calacanis as an investor and moving to San Francisco to live the Silicon Valley dream. But to see Jess as a businesswoman would not even scratch the surface of what she offers to the world. Jess is the human personification of the growth mindset and the way she treats herself and those around her is what makes her truly special. A personal disclaimer: Jess is one of my best friends, but this means I have seen the effect she has on people. She lights up any room she walks into and almost every single person I know that knows Jess says she has changed their life for the better. Her philosophies on life are some of the most beautiful you will come across and the way she's able to use them to inspire those around her is incredible. She's a real privilege to watch in the world up close, and the impact she's had on my life has been profound. If you're looking to be 1% better to others around you or 1% happier in your own skin, this episode is for you.

40mins

28 Oct 2021

Rank #2

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008 - Mila Kriletich - Dating a Murderer, Torture & Trauma Plus The Healing Magic of the World

When a toxic relationship turned life-threatening, Mila's life changed dramatically. No longer able to justify living the life she was living and with suicide knocking, Mila put herself on a plane to India at the advice of her clairvoyant and behest of her family. The journey that follows offers up a beautiful and inspirational reminder of what the human mind can achieve and how the human soul can heal when given the opportunity to embark on a conscious pilgrimage. Trips through Asia and Europe created space for Mila to not only survive and thrive but find her true purpose: to use ink and tattoo body art to heal through traditional hand poke methods. The study and development of her craft spanned years and continents. As a result, Mila offers much more than an avenue to express oneself through body art. She uses spiritual tools and modalities she has learnt around the world to create and hold space for her clients, offering them a chance to heal their wounds as they rewrite the stories which have held them back from realising their true human potential. Trigger Warning: themes of mental health, suicide, and violent, toxic relationships are discussed. Please, please, please contact Lifeline (Australia) at 13 11 14 if you feel triggered to the extent you fear for your safety. If you're safe and would like to chat, feel free to reach out to either Mike or Mila. We've been there. We hear you. We love you. Purchase Mila's book, The Way of the Fire Tiger, here. Try the meditation Mila discusses in the episode here.

59mins

14 Oct 2021

Rank #3

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007 - Arjanna van Kan - From East to West to Global Yogi & Finding Yourself through the World

As you might guess from her yoga and surf loving tendencies, Arjanna hails from the island of Sri Lanka. After making her way to Australia for University and eventually corporate life, Arjanna realised this life wasn't for her. Seeking depth and clarity in her world, she turned to yoga and soon found herself traveling the world in search of knowledge and wisdom related to The Eight Limbed Path, or the path of Ashtanga. In the years that have followed, Arjanna has become a loved and respected role model and teacher for many of her students, imbuing her teachings with a sense of spiritual purpose, self-reflection and connection to the natural world. I know from experience: Arjanna is my teacher. When one meets a human being who so intuitively understands what it means to be spiritual, it resonates. Arjanna is one of those humans. She oozes authenticity, thinks deeply of the world and speaks well of our place in it. As a teacher and devoted yogi herself, running both classes and wellness retreats in different parts of the world, there's none better than Arjanna.

42mins

7 Oct 2021

Rank #4

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006 - Andrew Gutsell - Helicopter Rescues on Mt. Everest, Assessing Risk & Telling Someone You Can't Save Their Life

As one of the most distinguished helicopter rescue pilots in the world, Captain Andrew Gutsell (@andrew_gutsell) quite literally lives a life beyond your wildest imagination. Raised on the farms of New Zealand's South Island, Andrew's flying has taken him all over the world. In 2016, he landed in Nepal, where he became the Head Pilot at one of Nepal's premier Helicopter Rescue services. This put Andrew at the forefront of rescues on the planet's tallest mountain - Everest - and left him in charge of daring rescues in some of the most unforgiving terrain known to man. Perhaps more than the deeds themselves, this kind of career speaks volumes about the man. Andrew makes decisions on a daily basis which are the difference between life and death; for the client, himself and his crew. It takes a unique and special human to operate to their potential in these environments. With carnage often surrounding him, Andrew finds a clarity few could dream of. His perspective on life is rare and eye-opening.

1hr 5mins

30 Sep 2021

Rank #5

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005 - Danielle Hu - From Wall St to Waikīkī and Beyond, Plus Making Remote Business Your Job

Pack your laptop, get ideating on your next big idea and start looking for creative, co-working beach paradises. Today, Danielle Hu (@thewanderlover) is taking you into the life of a digital nomad. Danielle began life in New York, taking on Wall St after graduating from an Ivy League college. Once she realised a life stuck in an office staring at spreadsheets was not for her, she began methodically mapping out ways she could do what she loved: travel. Fast forward to 2021, Danielle travels the globe with online business. Having developed a successful Instagram following early in the app's life cycle, she moved into remote business coaching in order to teach others how they too, can design their lives. Curretly based in Bali, Danielle will never be too far away from either the waves or a co-working space.

56mins

23 Sep 2021

Rank #6

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004 - Scott Findlay - Cooking for Celebrities, Learning Under Gordon Ramsay & Being Held at Gunpoint in Russia

Before making the iconic Bondi Beach his home, Scott Findlay spent his years making waves on the international food circuit and surfing real ones the world over. From the humble town of Napier in New Zealand, Scotty took to the skies and found himself in London learning from Gordon Ramsey as a young chef. Following this apprenticeship, he fell into a flow of cooking for celebrities on music tours with regular surf trips & (mis)adventures between. His CV is impressive. He has cooked for the likes of Beyonce, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Rod Stewart, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Kanye West, Pink and many more. Scotty's status as chef-to-the-stars and his ability to create stunning and innovative dishes has seen him become a chef entrepreneur, with breakthrough concept Milky Lane becoming a wildly successful Australian Burger & Cocktail Bar. Now, Scotty is all in on Flave, a plant-based concept looking to take the world by storm.

42mins

16 Sep 2021

Rank #7

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003 - Jessica Zahra - Open Roads on a Motorcycle & The Mindset to Design your Life

From the moment she first revved a motorbike, Jess knew her life had changed. A true pioneer, Jess is renowned in her circles for being a trailblazin moto-travel maverick. She's the founder and CEO of Open Roads and Open Roads Rally, a brand ambassador for Royal Enfield, a freelance graphic and web designer, documentary creator and influencer. The dedication she commits to her purpose has led her to all corners of the planet. Whether she's riding through Europe with nothing but a tent, leading private motorcycle tours through the Himalayas, shooting documentaries in India or running multi-day motorcycle festivals in Australia, Jess is always striving to create the life she wants for herself and contributing to the community around her. She is one of the most inspiring individuals I have ever met and this episode has so much epic chat in it. Prepare to be inspired. I hope you enjoy it.

58mins

9 Sep 2021

Rank #8

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002 - Rahila Haidary (Part 2) - The Girl Given Hope and Those with None

On this episode of Unmapped, we conclude Rahila Haidary’s story. In episode 001, Rahila was threatened with death by the Taliban for attending school as a six year old girl, and we left off just as her Dad had smuggled her across the Pakistani border. Episode 002 follows her time in Pakistan, her father’s journey - by boat - to Australia, the eventual migration of her family and then her drive which led her to become a human rights advocate for the lies of Unicef and Humanitarian Affairs. The stark contrast between the hope and opportunity given to her as an Australian citizen after an entire childhood of instability is laid bare by the challenges of Afghanistan's current situation.

59mins

1 Sep 2021

Rank #9

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001 - Rahila Haidary (Part 1) - Fleeing from the Taliban & The Life of a Refugee

Hailing from the mountains of Afghanistan, Rahila defied Taliban control to attend school - a men only affair - at the age of six. When she was caught, she was threatened with death and was smuggled across the Afghani border to Pakistan in order to survive. She eventually made it to Australia as an asylum seeker and has since become an advocate for Muslim rights and an International Peace Ambassador, speaking frequently at conferences around the world, most notably at the United Nations Convention Centre in Bangkok, Thailand.

54mins

18 Aug 2021

Rank #10