Wow.  What an experience.  I have traveled more this year for Ear Buds: The Podcasting Documentary than I have ever traveled.  I went to Australia and Japan.  And I have to say, it was an experience of a lifetime.  Loved them both, but Tokyo was absolutely amazing.  In Australia we met fans, fellow podcasters, and even drove at night into the outback in an off road vehicle in the middle of nowhere.  We didn’t want to, we were looking for a shot of a mine and never found it. And then the sun went down.  Hey, the perils of indie film.  But we had enough gas to get back.

Australia’s out back really feels like you are in the middle of nowhere, because you are.  When I got back to the hotel, the biggest cockroach I have ever seen was waiting for me in the bathroom.  And it looked at me like I had the wrong room. It was so big it took me a while to plan a strategy.  This wasn’t a tissue vs bug fight. I had to plan.  Two hours later I emerged victorious.

But Japan simply blew me away.  We had three great fans for guides.  Sanae, Andrea, and Andy.  It would not been as fun without guides.  And we pretty much couldn’t speak the language or read any signs, so there was that too.  But the culture just washes over you.  It’s such a weird mix of cutting edge technology and old traditions.  And you can see them not necessarily fighting with each other, but keeping their distance from each other.

We went to maid cafes, The Robot Restaurant, ancient temples, and I even stopped by Tokyo Disney. I want to go back.  There is so much to see and do.  And as crazy as this sounds, we were shooting some footage at the giant Buddha statue in Kamakura, and I got recognized.  I don’t get recognized in LA.  But Japan, yes.  Of course, I may stand out a bit more over there. And from podcasting.  Someone had been to LAPODFEST the year before.  It was humbling, and also brought home how much the world is just getting smaller and smaller.  A good thing.

But also when I was over there, I missed my family and everywhere I went I looked into little shops and thought about what I could bring back for the kids.  Of course, I brought them home mostly stuff from Tokyo Disney, which is awesome.  I only went ot DisneySea, which has all the cool Jules Verne theming. And Pokémon Center, of course.

When they are a little older I would love to bring them.  Right now, it’s a pretty long flight and I’m one of my kids is six.  Need I say more?

Travel expands your horizons and makes you a more balanced human being.  International travel does it tenfold.  You’re not the same person when you come back from the other side of the world.  And I think that’s the point.  The world is getting smaller, but you still need to see it.  Go out and enjoy it.  Just stay away from pirates.