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after the jump: dylan thuras of atlas obscura (mp3)

In the big, wide world of the web, hundreds of sites claim to have the most interesting guides for traveling the globe. But my vote definitely goes to the amazing team at Atlas Obscura, an incredible site dedicated to truly unique spots across all continents. If you’re looking to discover a long-lost subway tunnel in Brooklyn or a natural bridge in India made from generations of tree roots growing together, Atlas Obscura can help you get there and tell you what else to see, try and experience along the way. I first heard about Atlas Obscura through Amy Azzarito, who was a fan of the site and befriended the team after we learned that they had an office in the same building as ours. After hearing about an amazing trip to Finland they all took together, and then experiencing first-hand one of Atlas Obscura’s Field Days, I knew I had to learn more.

Thankfully, co-founder and all-around adventurer/traveler Dylan Thuras was game to join me on-air to discuss the inspiration for the site and the incredible events they coordinate across the world. Dylan has always been interested in the odd and the unique during travel. After visiting The House on the Rock (made by a jilted former fan of Frank Lloyd Wright) during a family trip to Wisconsin as a child, Dylan wondered what other unexpected spots were hiding right here in the United States. That curiosity stayed with him and inspired Atlas Obscura, which now houses thousands of crowd-sourced (but team-curated) guides and travel tips that point out the truly incredible and off-the-wall places you can visit in your own backyard — or halfway across the world. Dylan joined me yesterday to talk more about travel, how it affects local communities and the way it can change your perspective on the world. He runs such an inspiring business and truly lives the mission he focuses on at Atlas. I hope you’ll enjoy his story as much as I did. Thanks to Dylan for joining me, and thanks to all of you for listening! xo, grace

“A lot of times, I’m talking about some exotic, crazy places, but there’s a place a mile from you — wherever you are. There’s some amazing thing quite close.” [7:25]

“The whole point of the Atlas is that it’s not just about these crazy faraway places . . . it’s about digging deep, knowing the context and realizing that there’s discovery to be made all around you.” [13:20]

— Dylan Thuras on After the Jump

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M

I’ve been visiting this site for years. It’s a little slow and clunky, but a great way to waste an hour, or an afternoon.

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joy @ imaginejoy

I really enjoyed this interview and want to thank you for introducing me to Atlas Obscura. This is right up my alley! If only I had known about it for my recent trip to Brazil… ahh well, looks like there are still offbeat adventures to be had at home! :-)

Fionna

Hi Grace,
Thanks for the great podcasts. I’ve been listening on my commute to craft school and they are inspiring to hear about so many people living a creative life. I also really appreciate the depth that you go into with the interviews. Thanks for making my commute much more interesting!
Fionna

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