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In each of the following seven episodes, you will hear the story of a unique individual and a journey that changed his or her life.

The Flight that Changed
Everything
The Flight that Changed
Everything
The Flight that Changed
Everything
Episode 13

The Flight that Changed
Everything

KLM’s very first flight in 1920 almost didn’t take place.

It is now more than one hundred years since Albert Plesman dreamed of transporting people by air. This was a revolutionary idea that would ultimately lead to the establishment of KLM. But before this could happen, Plesman had a difficult challenge to overcome: organising KLM’s very first flight.

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The Magic
Light
The Magic
Light
The Magic
Light
Episode 12

The Magic
Light

Morten Hilmer's job is to protect the borders of Greenland.

Travelling by dog sled he travels across the vast empty plains that are home to polar bears, arctic foxes and musk oxen. Here, at this desolate location, Morten has an epiphany on what will become his life's destiny once he returns to civilization.

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The Record
Keeper
The Record
Keeper
The Record
Keeper
Episode 11

The Record
Keeper

An avid collector, Tony Wheeler's hobby inadvertently led to creation of Lonely Planet travel guides.

In the 70s he travels with his wife from Great Britain to Australia over land. Once they arrive Down Under, everyone wants to know how they did it. After filling pages and pages with travel tips, they wondered if there wasn't a better way to share their knowledge.

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Thicker than
Water
Thicker than
Water
Thicker than
Water
Episode 10

Thicker than
Water

The Forkan family trades in their home and all that is familiar for a nomadic existence.

Together with his three brothers and sisters, Paul has the time of his life. But when tragedy hits and threatens to tear the family apart, they become closer than ever. Together with his brother, Paul comes up with a brand that can both conquer and help the world.

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The Great
Escape
The Great
Escape
The Great
Escape
Episode 9

The Great
Escape

Emma Slade is an analyst at a major bank working at the top international level.

She is responsible for major investments and has everything perfectly under control. But then, during a business trip, she’s kidnapped. Emma’s life is flipped completely upside down, but this turns out to be the start of an incredible journey that ends far from the fast-paced financial world.

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Trial by
Fire
Trial by
Fire
Trial by
Fire
Episode 8

Trial by
Fire

Etana Jacobson has an innate curiosity about far-off, native cultures.

Her ultimate dream is to live with a tribe in one of the most remote areas of Australia. Outsiders are usually not accepted, but Etana is the exception. She is even given a special status - until she makes a huge mistake.

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Betrayed by 
the Sea
Betrayed by 
the Sea
Betrayed by 
the Sea
Episode 7

Betrayed by
the Sea

Ever since marine biologist Shannon Leone Fowler was a kid, she loved the ocean.

Whenever she can, she’s on the beach in California. While travelling, she meets the love of her life, Sean. They settle down on an idyllic island in Thailand. There her dream turns into a nightmare. Everything that matters to her is taken away in a few seconds - by the sea.

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The Hand of
God
The Hand of
God
The Hand of
God
Episode 6

The Hand of
God

After almost 60 years, the shipwreck of Rose's father gives her life a new direction.

The shipwreck of former naval officer Victor Clark made headlines in the 1950s. He washes up on tiny Palmerston Island in the Pacific Ocean. Who could have imagined that decades later this place would also play a crucial role in his daughter's life?

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Redemption 
in India
Redemption 
in India
Redemption 
in India
Episode 5

Redemption
in India

When the life of international model, Ries, collapses, he drags his sister Vera along in his downfall

Vera van Rijn is her brother, Ries’, confidant. She experiences how he establishes a relationship with Jean-Paul Gaultier and how he enters the international fashion world. But his jet-set life comes to a crashing halt with painful consequences for Vera.

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The Muse from 
Buenos Aires
The Muse from 
Buenos Aires
The Muse from 
Buenos Aires
Episode 4

The Muse from
Buenos Aires

A woman walking by unintentionally changes Todd's life in Buenos Aires.

Todd Leeloy is on a business trip in Argentina. An unknown woman who walks by makes an indelible impression on him, and he never forgets this image. She becomes his imaginary muse who whispers to him to quit his job and change his life.

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The Total 
Collapse
The Total 
Collapse
The Total 
Collapse
Episode 3

The Total
Collapse

When Dina's fast-paced life of glamour in New York comes to a screeching halt, she looks for a new purpose in life

Dina Kaplan works at the White House and leads a start-up in New York. Despite her success, she is plagued by her fears. When she no longer dares to cross the street, she makes a drastic decision: to leave everything behind and go on a journey.

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The 
Outsider
The 
Outsider
The 
Outsider
Episode 2

The
Outsider

During an intense journey in Kenya, Samba figures out his purpose in life: to conquer the world as a stand-up comedian

During an internship, Samba Schutte finds himself in a dusty little village deep in the heart of Kenya. Here he discovers his talent as a comedian. In his mud hut, he plots an ambitious plan: to make it big as a stand-up comedian in Hollywood.

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Living with 
Bears
Living with 
Bears
Living with 
Bears
Episode 1

Living with
Bears

Linda follows her heart to Alaska. She leaves everything behind and chooses a life in the wilderness

Linda Nijlunsing of the Netherlands has never taken the easy route. She had been travelling the world for years, until she met Big Jim in Alaska. She falls in love and moves in with him, far removed from civilisation. It turns out they both have very different ideas about the relationship.

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Your story?
Your story?
Your story?

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