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We're three podcasters from Ireland who are exploring the world, one obscure location at a time. Help us fund a second season!
We're three podcasters from Ireland who are exploring the world, one obscure location at a time. Help us fund a second season!
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80 Days: An Exploration Podcast is a podcast which brings to life lesser-known countries, territories, cities and locations from around the world, brought to you by three history and geography nerds in an internet-powered balloon. Inspired by Phileas Fogg’s whistle-stop tour of the world, we have decided to take the more leisurely approach, going one location at a time and finding out as much as possible and broadcasting an entertaining and informative romp through the history, culture and quirks of a new place every week. 

You can listen to Season 1 on our website www.80dayspodcast.com, and see the variety of places we’ve explored so far, from tiny Nauru in the Pacific Ocean to the vast Namibia on the west coast of Africa, and even often-overlooked territories like the Isle of Man. (Some clips are embedded at the end of this section

In order to make Season 2 even better than what has gone before, we are asking you, our listeners, for some support. If you have enjoyed what we’ve produced so far, then thank you for listening, and we hope you think we’re worth the investment. 

This campaign will allow us to invest in better equipment, dedicate time and resources to sourcing guests and provide some bonus content exclusively for backers. 80 Days is a free podcast, and we want to keep it that way, but it costs us a huge investment of time and money to make it the product which we are proud to share with you. All support would be greatly appreciated. 

 

Who are we?

The three presenters of 80 Days (Luke Kelly, Mark Boyle and Joe Byrne) are all originally from Ireland. We met in Maynooth University, where we loved telling stories about travel and crazy anecdotes - this hasn’t changed much, except geographically. Now the three of us have scattered to various corners of the globe, but we build on our relationship to make the podcast entertaining. We each have different backgrounds and interests, which allow us to approach places from all the angles necessary to get a comprehensive picture.


We have the track record of producing a season of 80 Days already to prove that we can keep this project moving forward. We are available for questions about this project at any time here, or via Facebook or Twitter.

The hosts: Joe, Luke and Mark
The hosts: Joe, Luke and Mark

What are people saying about us?

We’ve had plenty of good feedback from Season 1. We’ve been written up favourably by The Leinster Leader newspaper, The Bridge (Maynooth University’s alumni magazine) and the Global Irish Newsletter (published by the Irish Government Department of Foreign Affairs). Click on those links to see how others view the project. Most importantly we've also received many glowing reviews of the podcast from all over, with listeners, like you, reaching out to let us know what about it they enjoyed. Here are a sample of some iTunes reviews listeners have posted: 

  • “I wish history class had been more like this when I was in school! Joe, Luke and Mark have clearly done a lot of research on these episodes, but they make it conversational and fun. Also it's just cool (and appropriate) that they record remotely from three very differently parts of the world. It's like traveling without having to actually, you know...travel.” - (The Off-Screen Podcast, USA)
  • “Big picture; this podcast works. 3 guys talk about a little known place in the world. In the pocastwold its a nice change of pace” - (deadmanandevilman, USA)
  • “80 Days: An Exploration Podcast is a very enjoyable format. The hosts have good chemistry, and their episodes are well planned and educational. If you enjoy traveling the world, plan on traveling the world, or like to learn obscure world history, you need to subscribe to this podcast.” - (JDunlapMedia, USA)
  • “I listen to this podcast on my daily commute and it has a habit of transporting me to somewhere altogether different. From quirky trivia to sordid history and everything in between, 80 Days makes the places and territories discussed feel present in a really vibrant way.” - (seriousnotions, Ireland)
Some media coverage from the Leinster Leader and The Bridge
Some media coverage from the Leinster Leader and The Bridge
 

What do we want to do differently in Season 2? 

We want to make the forthcoming season of 80 Days even better than the first, with increased production values and more content. We want to upgrade our recording equipment and sound-proofing in our home studios to enhance audio quality. We want to maximise the impact of upcoming episodes by including guests or experts from the locations in the episode - finding and interviewing these people this will significantly add to the research process and costs, but will improve the insight we can provide. We would also really love to be able to provide more content on our website for people looking to learn more about places we’ve researched. 

Reaching our campaign goal (€350) would allow us to comfortably make the necessary upgrades to expand the scope and quality of the podcast to a level we would be really happy with and you would enjoy. The season will be released, starting in spring 2017.

The shirt we've designed for backers at the 'Towncar' level or above
The shirt we've designed for backers at the 'Towncar' level or above
 
Stretch goals for this campaign:
  •  €1000 would allow us to do field recording for at least one future episode, recording from a location in question would give a really authentic feel to the episode and give the opportunity for much more content, in terms of interviews, sounds, images and video. 
  • €1200 would allow us to start commissioning original music related to or from locations to complement the stories we are telling 
  • €1500 would allow us to produce a short video episode this season

And what do you get out of this? Well, obviously you get a second season of what we hope is your favourite podcast and the pride of knowing you helped make it happen! 

But that’s not enough credit. We’ve lined up a number of cool rewards to tempt you into helping us out. There something at every level. These are listed here on the page, these range from a minimum contribution which will get your name listed on our website in gratitude (up to €10), all the way up to you becoming our boss for a day by selecting a location for an episode in Season 2 and helping us craft it (for €100 plus). So in return for your support, you can get us to do that episode you always really hoped we’d do, or just make us do your holiday research for you! 

In between, we are offering some bonus content and an exclusive 80 Days t-shirt for Kickstarter backers. Browse through the rewards and pick the level that best suits you.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from 80 Days: an exploration podcast
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from 80 Days: an exploration podcast

 

Risks and challenges

Should this project not be successfully funded, we may struggle to achieve our aims of making the next season better, more extensive and more valuable for listeners.

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