Far East Travels
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About John Saboe

After traveling and living out some of my dreams of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, seeing the great migration on the Serengeti, mountain climbing in the Andes, cruising the Galapagos Islands, and finally taking a life-changing trip to Tibet/China/Nepal, I started feeling that continuing with my career in the corporate world of media was neither going to be a fulfilling or healthy life long term.

Content creator is a relatively new occupational term but I’ve been in fact creating media content most of my life having started a career in broadcasting in Canada while still attending high school. I’ve been a presenter, (DJ), news, sports in radio. I’ve worked as a live television host as well as a VJ for a U.S. television show. I’ve also voiced commercials and documentaries for a host of clients in Canada and the U.S. I’ve given back to the field as a broadcast arts instructor then finally making a full circle for several years as a senior executive in a large media corporation.

When I was downsized I decided to take some time out from corporate life and hit the road for a couple of extensive trips throughout Asia-Nepal, India, Singapore, and Taiwan. I allowed myself more time for travel than I could ever afford to in the past spending weeks in one city or a region immersing myself in the local culture while pondering the possibilities of a life abroad.

After spending several months traveling I returned home and made the decision to take a giant leap in my life and move to Asia. I would travel and share stories, transferring my skills as a broadcaster and advertising/marketing specialist to new media ultimately creating opportunities for myself on my own terms from podcasting to contract livestreaming, visual storytelling for social media sites, consulting, as well as creating content for my own channels.

It really felt like a calling, actually like there was no other choice if I wanted to be happy and live the life I truly envisioned. So I sold most everything I owned and moved to Asia, at first Taiwan, where I could travel easily throughout East Asia and Southeast/South Asia. I’ve just recently relocated to Vietnam, where I’m able to move conveniently around Southeast Asia while continuing to immerse myself even further into the nuances of the people and cultures of the region.

I have been blessed to have shared my adventures from trekking in the Himalaya-Nepal/India, to tasting street food in Vietnam and Malaysia. Exploring the jungles of Northern Laos and staying in Akha Villages to life in Taiwan from it’s fascinating history of Dutch/Chinese/Japanese rule to it’s incredibly vibrant festivals and rituals. This was the life I imagined and it has been unquestionably the most thrilling and rewarding role I’ve ever taken on as well as being one of my greatest joys.

I’ve made quite a few mistakes along the way, most of which I couldn’t have avoided in order to get to where I am now. As well there have been alot of sacrifices I’ve had to make that I didn’t forsee but I wouldn’t change any of it for a moment. I constantly remind myself that an unbeaten path is never easy and my reward has been a far richer life than what I left behind.

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Just as Rick Steves brought us Europe from every imaginable angle, John Saboe takes us to the far east in the same kind of unplugged and informative manner. John puts us on the streets with the locals, from the backstreets to the tourist hotspots, but with the warm perspective of an outsider. Highly recommended for travel buffs, or just those dreaming of being one.

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Far East Travels is one of my favorite podcasts. I’m always eager to download the latest one and hear where John is visiting. His insights on Asia are excellent and I highly recommend this podcast.


I listen to this podcast on a daily basis. John knows his stuff about the east and Asia. Every episode is full of little Easter eggs for great opportunity during travel. Seeing someone like John quitting the rat race and doing something great with his life that is so informative for everyone else looking to travel is an amazing inspiration. John’s podcast helps me through the day to know I’m working towards something and keeps my mind engaged with the world. There’s so much more in the world than what’s in front of you. One life, live it! Thanks John and keep ‘em coming!


John’s podcasts are top quality production. From the minute you tune in you can tell alot of time has been put in to ensure each episode has been properly researched with accurate and helpful information on his topics. Subscribe to his podcast! You’ll learn alot from his years of travels in Far East Asia.


This is the ultimate Theatre Of The Mind - because it’s real. Just sit back, close your eyes, and let John and his wonderful descriptions of travel take you there. Nothing quite like dodging yaks, an Irish Pub, porters playing volleyball and don’t forget to pile some more yak dung on the fire! John is a great storyteller and I look forward to the next audio podcast!


Love listening to this podcast whilst at work! Having travelled around Asia quite alot this reminds me of better times! John also has the most calming voice. Lovely to listen to and very informative! Thanks John!!

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I came across this podcast as the host John also hosts a Periscope show. The podcast makes you feel like you are there! I can’t wait til the next one!


Really great primer, for those who are fortunate enough to be traveling to touristy spots like Hanoi, Vietnam. We all want to be kind, trusting and respectful, but getting burned will undermine that good will and dampen an otherwise valuable travel experience. Acting preoccupied and putting up a wall in certain instances, seems like sound advice. Thank you.

Joseph Gallagher

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