In this edition of Celebrity Travel Addicts, we speak with my good friend Mike Corey, the BBC Travel Show host and break-dancing marine-biologist-turned-world-adventurer behind Fearless & Far, formerly known as Kick The Grind. We chat with Mike Corey about traveling far off the beaten path, the BBC travel show, the unique and bizarre festivals he visits around the world, his passion for helping others fight their fears, and much more. Check out his favorite destinations around the globe and find out where he’s off to next!
I was a curious kid who spent my time finding creatures by rummaging in tide pools, and flipping over rocks. When I grew up, I found the biggest rock of them all!
At this point I’m travelling about 8 months of the year. I always try and find adventures that few people have filmed and experienced. Exploding hammer festivals, frog poison rituals, abandoned places…
I love the cultural aspect of going to these places that don’t see foreign travellers very often, as well as the genuine thrill of the unknown. I show up, and throw myself in the “mosh-pit” I feel the essence of travel is not really knowing what you’re getting yourself into
One of the beautiful things about being a television presenter is that there is no editing, or pre-production stress. You arrive, you experience, you talk. This isn’t as easy as it sounds, but once the project wraps you can take your mind off it. With YouTube, most of the work is before and after. I love them both for different reasons.
I grew up afraid. Most of all, I was terrified to speak and be in the spotlight. A lot has changed, and I love helping people change too. I’ve seen the dark side, and you don’t have to stay there forever. The first step to fighting fears is changing your language and attitude about it. It’s a misconception that some people feel fear, and some don’t. This is untrue. Skydivers, rock stars, YouTubers all feel fear. They just call it “excitement” and do it anyway. This is the big secret.
That you don’t have to explore the world from the tour pamphlet. It’s not as big and scary as you think. The best experiences you’re not going to find on a top 10 list.
Mexico, Philippines, Pakistan
Mexico: Cenote scuba diving in Yucatan, Paracutin volcano church in Michoacan, The firefly sanctuary in Tlaxcala, The Mayan temples in Chiapas, the food in Oaxaca
Mexican, Filipino, Italian
Any local Dim Sum restaurant. Soup Dumplings!
Vancouver, Canada. They have a massive fish tank.
Anywhere in Pakistan.
@LexieLimitless and I have had some epic adventures.
Haha working. Always working.
Venezuela, Turkmenistan, and Bangladesh were all pretty wild!
Travel will make you realize what’s important in your life. It will crack you open.
A yoga mat, about 50 pounds of cameras and computers, jasmine green tea, and a thermos.
Socotra in Yemen. It’s an incredible island.
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anaïs Nin
Namibia for some abandoned exploration!
Mike Corey never backs away from an adventure, no matter how strange it may be. As a Canadian adventure travel YouTuber and BBC Television host, Mike has been traveling the world for 8 years creating videos to inspire people to fight their fears while traveling. After graduating with a University degree in Marine Biology, Mike Corey created his YouTube Channel Fearless & Far. He now spreads his message both in front of, and behind the camera, to help people discover their best selves through fear.
Learn more about him on his website and follow him on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to learn more about him and his travel adventures around the world! You can also watch Mike Corey on the BBC Travel Show on the BBC World Channel.