World Adventurer and TV Host Leon Logothetis Embarks on this Year’s Mongol Rally

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Author and TV Host Leon Logothetis Shares Inspiration, Excitement, and Books

Leon Logothetis

I want to give back to the world, and one way to do that is by giving books. As much as I like to create situations where I get to have adventures, I also want to inspire others. A book is a vehicle for that inspiration.

For most people, taking a world adventure means jet-setting to popular and exotic locales, relaxing on a beach, and dining on world-class cuisine. For Leon Logothetis, TV host, world traveler and adventurer, and author of Amazing Adventures of a Nobody (Bettie Youngs Book Publishers, $14.95, ISBN: 978-0984308132), it means participating in the grueling Mongol Rally 2012 (http://www.mongolrally.com), a 10,000 mile trek from London to Mongolia. He will pass through 18 countries; over mountains, traversing deserts, and racing across some of the most remote terrain on the planet—all in a vehicle any used car lot would be embarrassed by.

Each team must raise a minimum of £1000 for charity (at least £500 of which goes to the Lotus Children’s Centre Charitable Trust—the official Mongol Rally charity), Logothetis is taking his efforts a step further. He is committed to donating one book for each mile he drives to First Book (http://www.firstbook.org), an organization that provides access to new books for children in need. Leon's goal is to reach a total of 10,000 donated books when he completes the five-week adventure.

“I chose to donate books because books have always inspired me and have helped shift my perspective of life and events,” says Logothetis. “I want to give back to the world, and one way to do that is by giving books. As much as I like to create situations where I get to have adventures, I also want to inspire others. A book is a vehicle for that inspiration.”

Logothetis’s Mongol Rally team is called Return of the Jedi and consists of him and his cameraman/co-driver. Driving a Daihatsu Terios across the rough terrain and armed with only a few essential items, such as computer gear, cameras, and an Auto-Repair for Dummies book, the team started their fantastic trip on July 14, 2012 and is recording a web series of their adventures. Additionally, Logothetis is blogging about the journey daily, and sharing updates via Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/leonlogothetis) and Twitter (@LeonLogothetis).

“I have a strong internal drive—a calling—to reach Mongolia,” he says. “I tried the Mongol Rally last year and crashed in Romania, ending my journey and almost my life. But as Winston Churchill said, ‘Never, never, never, never give up.’ I try to live my life by that. I’m not going to give up until I reach Mongolia. And in the process I’ll have an amazing adventure and be of service to as many people as I can.”

Leon Logothetis (http://www.leonlogothetis.com) is a world traveler, an author, and a fun loving television host. Prior to embarking on world adventures, Logothetis worked in a brokerage firm in London where he was, as he says, “uninspired and living with no sense of direction.” Tired of his life, he left it all behind—job, money, home, and even his cell phone—and hit the road with nothing but the clothes on his back and five dollars in his pocket. His journey took him from Times Square in New York City to the Hollywood sign in California. Throughout it all he relied on the kindness of strangers and the serendipity of the open road, all of which inspired a dramatic and life changing transformation in his life.

Since then, Logothetis has starred in a number of TV series, including three seasons of Amazing Adventures of a Nobody, which aired on the National Geographic Channel. He has also been featured on the popular MTV series MADE and on Discovery Europe’s travel show Destination Future. Leon has been featured in dozens of news outlets, including CNN, Fox News, BBC, and many more. He writes regularly for the Los Angeles Times, Outside Magazine, Psychology Today, and pens a blog on the Huffington Post. Leon currently resides in Los Angeles, C.A., with his beloved Boston terrier, Winston Churchill.

For more information about Leon’s Mongol Rally journey, to schedule an interview with Leon about his adventure or to obtain a review copy of Amazing Adventures of a Nobody, please call 866-404-4177 x1 or send an email to leon(at)target-marketing(dot)org.

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