40 – The Truth Behind Into The Wild: Lies, Abuse and An Unfortunate Ending


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We’re back with our regularly scheduled travel programming this week. Thanks for tuning in last week for our bonus episode, as we discussed a cause that is much more important than travel at the moment – Black Lives Matter.

Last week we published a very brief episode featuring 7 Black hosted podcasts to listen to. We wanted to quiet our voices to give space and support to our colleagues in the Black community. If you haven’t listened yet, please check out our latest episode: The Episode Where We STFU and Let Others Be Heard.


Vegas Reopens Its Doors

We kick off this episode with some very exciting news – there is travel news! As the world slowly starts to open up during this pandemic, we look forward to seeing what this means for the world of travel.

We chat about Las Vegas beginning to reopen. This week some casinos opened their doors to players. While the casinos are taking precautions, unfortunately a lot of players aren’t wearing masks! Yikes!


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Venice Opens, Venice Floods

Vegas isn’t the only world famous destination starting to open its doors to tourists. Venice, Italy has reopened to travelers looking to walk along its famous bridges and ride its gondolas. Italy was hit hard early during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now they’re slowly starting to open their doors again. Unfortunately, Mother Nature isn’t ready! Just as travelers returned Venice was hit with record high flooding.


The True Story Behind ‘Into the Wild’

Then for our main story, Christine uncovers the truth behind the famous story of Into the Wild. This is the story of a young man named Chris McCandless who wanted to ditch society and adventure completely off the grid. His story was made into a book called Into the Wild by Jon Krakaeur and into a movie of the same name. This is one of the most famous travel tales of all time, inspiring a generation of travelers looking for the ultimate adventure.


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Christine tells Jules exactly which part of the book was true and which part was… creative license. Spoiler alert: a lot was made up! We also chat about our impression of Chris from the book and the movie, and why he really wanted to leave his life and family behind.

Then we chat about the legacy Chris’ adventure has had on other travelers and the pilgrimage many take to his infamous bus in the Alaskan bush. To learn more about the story, check out these resources Christine used to research the story:

The Pilgrimage To The ‘Into The Wild’ Bus Keeps Getting People Stranded And Killed In The Alaskan Wilderness By Natasha Ishak

The fiction that is Jon Krakauer’s ‘Into The Wild’ by Craig Medred

Does ‘The Wild Truth’ Tell the True Story of Chris McCandless? By Alex Heard

Into the McCandless Bus

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