The Pilgrim-ish Podcast – Review

In this Episode I talked about my experience with The Pilgrim-ish Podcast. The show is ongoing and features thoughts on traveling and interviews with the interesting people our host John Morin has met along the way.

PodApplaud- The Pilgrim-ish Podcast  

Welcome to PodApplaud, the Monday through Friday podcast that aims to enable your Podcast habit. I’m your host Seb, and today we are going to talk about The Pilgrim-ish Podcast.

The Pilgrim-ish Podcast is half introspection and half conversation in regards to experiencing new places, meeting new people, and living with intent, specifically when traveling. Episodes are usually about an hour long although there have been some outliers. Episodes release roughly on a weekly basis, of which there is currently 9.

The tag line for the podcast is: Join us as we discuss traveling adventurously, connecting meaningfully and living intentionally. Host and creator John Morin breaks the podcast into two sections, the first he calls dispatches, in which he explores a sentiment or idea he has come to realize during his time travelling. Such topics include: Travel moments, Delayed Culture Shock, Traveling with Depression, and Travel Photography Tips. The range of these topics can run from philosophical, or personal growth, to monologues about Morin’s personal experiences. There is often a short poetic bit in which a scene is illustrated with spoken word to put you in the travelling shoes for a moment. This first half of the show is very personal, we see things through Morin’s eyes. I commend the openness here, not everyone is willing to share their lives in such a way.

The second section of the podcast is an interview section. Here we meet the interesting folks that Morin has befriended along his journey. In the some episodes these conversations have a bit of a disconnect from the first half of the show.  Hearing from interesting everyday people has been a staple in the podcasting world, but I do think it is a better fit for this podcast in particular when the talks tie into the theme of the episode. One poignant example was the talk with Blair Benefield in episode 5, the episode that deals with depression while travelling. Blair rode across all of New Zealand on his skateboard in the name of the Ride Against Depression campaign, a campaign which he himself started. This was a great example of the show at what I think is it’s best. Episode 8 which focuses in upon the traditional Maori people of New Zealand was another episode that really showed off the potential of this podcast.

Ultimately the show has a lot of potential, and it is only early into the show’s life so I’m sure it will evolve to the point where each episode has a strong sense of cohesion. Part of me thinks it would be so fantastic if this was show released in seasons and our host John moved around each season, but that is way too much to ask or expect. I say this though, because John is at his best when he is discussing things he has a personal experience with, be that suprising aspects of New Zealand culture, or Travel Photography, so the more he experiences the more he would be able to convey in his evocative style.

Ok so here on PodApplaud I rate shows on a 1-5 scale, 1 is silence, 2 is a slow clap, 3 is applause, 4 is a round of applause, and 5 of course is a standing ovation! In the best episodes of The Pilgrimish Podcast I would say the show is definitely a super solid 4, but at this point more of the episodes are at a 3 for me. Highlights include episodes 5 and 8, I also really adore when we get that expressive transporting spoken word that puts us right into first person view of a moody travel moment. I have faith that this show is just spreading its wings now, testing a few different approaches and has a bright future ahead of it. I’d check this show out if you want to learn about one of the topics covered in the beginning portion of the episodes. Or if you want a new way to look at travel, not as something that will cure you of your woes, but instead offer you an opportunity to appraise yourself.      

So that’s been the show for today I hope you found it valuable If you wish to reach out to me you can find me on twitter @podapplaud or send an email to podapplaud@gmail.com Thank you for listening, and please tune in again.