En Route

Travel Video Podcast

En Route spotlights profound moments within amazing journeys. Meet travelers who have hiked, biked and hitchhiked across six continents; others who swam, sailed and kayaked the seven seas. Hear from professional athletes and entertainers whose entire lives are often extraordinary trips. Learn how those profound moments not only affected their journeys, but their entire lives.

About the Host

From the backseat of a Plymouth Fury III, seven-year-old John DeLeva made his first cross-country trip when his family moved from New York to California. He had to wait nine more years to get his own driver’s license but was soon off to the races – 22 more cross country trips, the youngest person to visit every county, borough and parish in America and banned by a national rental car company for “abusing the unlimited mileage privilege.”

John has averaged 247 days a year on the road over the past 30 years, traveling whenever and wherever possible to eat new foods, experience new cultures, meet new people and make damn sure no two days in a row are the same. He calls home wherever he wakes each morning and says every day on the road is a reminder that despite the hard edges of the world today, good people still outnumber bad about a hundred to one.

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About the Episode

Episode 4 – April 9, 2021

Minutes before departure with no cell service for the week ahead, a magazine editor in LA texted freelance travel writer Kyle Ellison asking for some edits on a big story. It was a major magazine feature, exactly what writers craved – taking adventures that lead to articles and future assignments. So, while his body remained busy loading a Land Rover for a 10-day safari into Africa’s famed Serengeti, Kyle’s mind needed to return to the Salkantay Trail in Peru to write about an alternative route taken to Machu Picchu.

“I had to transport myself back to Peru as we got deeper into Africa,” Kyle said with a chuckle. “It’s just what we do. And sometimes we have to be three places at once as we are on the way to a new place, editing the last story, and at the same time pitching future assignments.”

This episode of En Route was shot in Kula, Hawaii, where Kyle and his wife are raising three boys on the flanks of Maui’s Haleakala Volcano. “All three, including our 15-month-old, have passports. “The only thing that’s changing is instead of a couple we’ll be traveling as a family.”

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