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Welcome to Unpacked, a podcast built off its guests' bad luck, near misses, and very sketchy choices. Each week, join host Matt Kazacos as he talks with a well-travelled mate about their worst travel experience ever.
Jul 27, 2023
Episode 507: Roaring in Uganda
In the series finale of Unpacked, we trek our way through the forests of the Ugandan mountains, get up close and personal with a gorilla, and tackle the raging white waters of the Nile. Thanks to all the Unpacked guests and listeners out there who have joined me over these past 4 years and 40 episodes. This is Matt signing off, wishing you safe travels and great stories to come. Ciao. Outro Music: Banyabo by Rema Namakula
Jul 20, 2023
Episode 506: Pine Nut in Patagonia
This week on Unpacked, we have a severe allergic reaction on top of a mountain in South America. Outro Song: Allergies by Paul Simon
1 hr 15 min
Jul 15, 2023
Episode 505: Bears in British Columbia
This week on Unpacked, we take a 22-day work trip across Canada in search of the illusive spirit bear. Check out Mat and his partner Taylor's band - Echo and Bloom - via the link below! https://open.spotify.com/artist/5fqJ39nGUk2Nicn9kacTyb?si=t3h_nb4EScG_shDbvjoZYg Music Used: Rango Suite by Hanz Zimmer Outro Song: On My Way (from "Brother Bear") by Phil Collins
Jul 6, 2023
Episode 504: Swimming in San Francisco
This week on Unpacked, we recall our worst ever hotel stays, as well as a particularly bizarre experience in California.
Jun 29, 2023
Episode 503: Alone in Austria
This week on Unpacked, we go on a solo, three year, round the world trip in the 1980's! Music Used: The Shining Theme by Wendy Carlos, Rachel Elkind and Chuck Cirino Outro Song: Appenzeller Jodler by Mondscheintrio
Jun 22, 2023
Episode 502: Quest in Cancún
This week on Unpacked, we travel to Mexico and undertake a mission which lands us in a very sketchy situation. Music Used: La Pelea Con El Diablo by Octavio Meza and Martin Muriel Outro Song: Cancion del Mariachi by Antonio Banderas, Los Lobos and Cesar Rosas
Jun 16, 2023
Episode 501: Marathon in Auckland
Unpacked is back for a fifth and final season! This week, we travel to New Zealand and make a last minute decision to run our very first marathon. Music Used: Gonna Fly Now (Rocky Theme) by Bill Conti The Ecstasy of Gold by Ennio Morricone Outro Song: Running on Empty by Jackson Browne
1 hr 9 min
Jun 4, 2022
Episode 408: Taxi in Thailand
This week - on the season four finale of Unpacked - we discuss the fears, hypocrisies and snap judgements that often come with trusting strangers while travelling. Thanks to all my generous guests and lovely listeners this season! Unpacked will return for Season 5 in the not-too-distant future! In the meantime, check out our guest Rhys' awesome podcast "Rhys Salmon is an Overnight Success" wherever you get your podcasts and follow him @rhysjsalmon Outro Song: Ocean Man by Ween
May 29, 2022
Episode 407: Naked in Edinburgh
This week on Unpacked, we perform our first ever stand-up show at the biggest fringe festival in the world, before ending up naked, afraid and potentially homeless atop a mountain. Check out our guest George's amazing podcast "Bookish" wherever you get your podcasts and find him on Instagram @bookishcomedy! Outro Song: Edinburgh by The Lake Poets
1 hr 1 min
May 21, 2022
Episode 406: Heckled in Traralgon
This week on Unpacked, we tour rural Victoria with 50 Shades of Grey (the comedy musical!) and trek through Vietnam in search of sweet, sweet Pineapple. Outro Song: Gangsta's Paradise by Coolio and L.V.
May 14, 2022
Episode 405: Horse Racing in Guatemala
This week on Unpacked, we get mugged in London, ride a wild horse in Guatemala, and engage in intellectual discourse on the subject of mega-talls, mega-longs and mega-wides. Outro Song: Blazing Saddles Title Theme by Frankie Laine
May 7, 2022
Episode 404: Blackjack in Bangkok
This week on Unpacked, on our last day in Thailand, we go for an authentic, home-cooked meal with a friendly local and end up in a high-stakes and very sketchy game of blackjack. Outro Song: James Bond Theme by John Barry and Monty Norman
Apr 30, 2022
Episode 403: Best on Ground in Cambridge
This week on Unpacked, we make the incredibly bizarre trek overseas during one of the tightest lockdowns ever, and play a pivotal role in a historic match of footy. Outro Song: Up There Cazaly by Mike Brady and The Two-Man Band
Apr 24, 2022
Episode 402: Pregnant?!...in China and Vietnam
This week on Unpacked, we sample some of the finest - and not-so-finest - foods in Asia...but have we succumb to a stomach bug, or is there something else at play? Outro Song: Everybody Shits by The Jimmy C
Apr 17, 2022
Episode 401: Detained in Cyprus
This week on Unpacked, after we return to our ancestral homeland, we're detained in a Turkish-Cypriot airport and told we have no choice but to enlist in the military. Check out Mete's work via the link below and follow him on Instagram @mete.makes https://www.either-either.com/ https://www.instagram.com/mete.makes/ Outro Song: Istanbul (Not Constantinople) by The Four Lads
Jul 25, 2021
Episode 308: Filmmaking in Hong Kong
This week - on the season three finale of Unpacked - it's lights, camera, action on the darkened streets of Hong Kong, as we delve into the difficult and daring world of indie filmmaking. Outro Song by Judy Ongg
1 hr 5 min
Jul 18, 2021
Episode 307: Massages in Cusco
This week on Unpacked, we buy "brand-new" boots in St. Petersburg and get some very strange massages in Peru. Outro Song: What Dreams are Made Of by Hilary Duff
Jul 11, 2021
Episode 306: Poisoned in Cornwall
This week on Unpacked, we fight the Easter weekend traffic from Cornwall to London, as well as a truly severe case of food poisoning. Outro Song: Cornwall My Home by The Countrymen
Jul 5, 2021
Episode 305: Mishaps in Manhattan
This week on Unpacked, we travel to America for summer camp and nearly get arrested, lose all our luggage and save our friend from getting roofied. Outro Song: America the Beautiful by Ray Charles
Jun 27, 2021
Episode 304: Lost in Wandong
This week on Unpacked, we take the V-Line out to country Victoria for a camping trip, with plenty of hallucinogens and barely any water. Outro Song: Home Among the Gumtrees by John Williamson
Jun 20, 2021
Episode 303: Midwifery in Melbourne
This week on Unpacked, after a night out in Melbourne, we find ourselves on the side of the road at 4am, helping deliver a stranger's baby! Outro Song: Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again by The Angels
Jun 13, 2021
Episode 302: Return from Tokyo
This week on Unpacked, two brothers struggle to endure their long journey home, battling blood noses, screaming infants and perplexingly large airports. Outro Song: Taiyou Ga Kowai No by Kaoru Hibiki
1 hr 3 min
Jun 6, 2021
Episode 301: Kidnapped in Hanoi
This week, Unpacked is back with a bang for a third season, from a frightful bout of alcohol poisoning, to a gripping ride to rescue a mate being held hostage by the Vietnamese mafia. Outro Song: Het Thoi by Ngot
Aug 15, 2020
Between Season Bonus - Motorbiking in Mongolia
This week, on a special bonus episode, we take an old bike for grand tour across the untouched wilds of the Eurasian Steppe and the Gobi Desert. Unpacked will return for a brand new season in 2021! Outro Song: Yuve Yuve Yu by The Hu
May 21, 2020
Episode 208: Holidaying in North Korea
This week - on the season two finale of Unpacked - we travel to North Korea with our grandkids and find out how *description redacted*.
May 15, 2020
Episode 207: Outbreak in Ecuador
This week on Unpacked, the world goes into lockdown amidst our travels through South America, forcing us to scramble for flight home...
May 7, 2020
Episode 206: Pineapples in Champagne
This week on Unpacked, whilst teaching English in the French countryside, we find ourselves in the middle of an impossibly awkward cooking class.
May 1, 2020
Episode 205: Lunch in Ho Chi Minh
This week on Unpacked, we hit the streets of Vietnam's largest city for a spot of lunch with mum, but the restaurant is more than it seems.
Apr 24, 2020
Episode 204: Night in New York
This week on Unpacked, after months spent performing on a cruise ship in Bermuda, we go for a very strange job interview in a New York penthouse apartment.
Apr 16, 2020
Episode 203: Blacked Out in Britain
This week on Unpacked, we have one last big night at the pub in Northiam, England, only to wake up with a gash on our head and no memory of how it got there. Outro Song: Jerusalem by William Blake and Hubert Parry
Apr 9, 2020
Episode 202: Rabid in Bali
This week on Unpacked, we skip over to beautiful Bali, Indonesia for some fun in the sun, only to encounter an unwelcome nighttime intruder.
Apr 3, 2020
Episode 201: Escape to Bolivia
Unpacked is back for a second season, and what better way to start off the journey than with a hair-raising, bone-chilling, white-knuckle van ride across a deadly mountain pass during a blizzard...in the driest place on earth.
Jan 9, 2020
Episode 108: Bitten in Cambodia
This week - on the season one finale of Unpacked - we let the bedbugs bite in Cambodia and risk paying a hefty price!
Jan 2, 2020
Episode 107: "Dating" in Italy
This week on Unpacked, we're given an offer we can't refuse - pizzas in Cinque Terre.
Dec 26, 2019
Episode 106: Panicked in Peru
This week on Unpacked, while dazed and hungover, we abandon our unconscious friend, get chloroformed on a bus and embark on a brutal hike, all for the glorious prize of Machu Picchu.
Dec 19, 2019
Episode 105: Starstruck in Mumbai
This week on Unpacked, it's lights, camera, PANIC as we're held up on a film set in Mumbai, India! After listening, be sure to check out this wildly perfect piece of advertising - the making of which is the centre of our guest's story. https://youtu.be/qw1aEjWG45I
Dec 12, 2019
Episode 104: Trapped in Mullumbimby
This week on Unpacked, we get into a dicey situation on an organic banana farm in Mullumbimby, NSW.
Dec 5, 2019
Episode 103: Whiskeys in Shanghai
This week on Unpacked, we go for late night drink at an upscale bar in Shanghai, China.
Nov 28, 2019
Episode 102: Broke in London
From Victoria Falls to Victoria Station, in this episode we travel to London, England, to hear a young singer busk like her life depends on it. Outro Song: Scarborough Fair by Simon and Garfunkel
Nov 22, 2019
Episode 101: Tailed in Zimbabwe
In this, the very first episode of Unpacked, we travel to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe for a very tense cab ride.