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Thin Man Travels The World By Overnight Mail

HELSINKI, Finland – Travis Purn had an itch to travel. The only problem was he had no money. Did he let that stop him? Not so far.

Purn has been to 124 countries, and still has a few he intends to hit.

How does he do it? By overnight mail.

“Overnight mail is guaranteed”, he said. “If something happens and I’m delayed more than a day, for some reason, they return my money. All I need to do is to get myself out of the box. “

Whenever he can, he has someone waiting for him to help him break out of the mailing box.

Believe it or not, the 5’2”, 110 pound Purn is so flexible he’s like a contortionist.

He folds himself in half and almost flat into a reinforced box, and overnight mail’s himself from country to country.

A flight to Japan that would have cost him $1200. wound up costing only $117.

The problem is in getting someone in each country to pack him up, and mail him out once he’s ready to leave.

“You can only deal with people you trust,” Purn says. One time I got this guy who was so drunk, for a joke, he was gonna send me to the wrong country.   It’s a good thing I heard him through the box, and started pounding on the sides.”

Purn adds, “the key is to pack extremely light.   The service is reliable, and gets me there overnight, but you really can’t bring a lot with you when you’re traveling this way.   I just make sure I have enough water, a change of underwear, and maybe a couple of snacks, and I’m good.”

He likens himself to the men who used to cross the country by riding in empty railroad cars. He refuses to refer to them as “bums”, instead thinking of them as “men who knew the value of a dollar.”

“Why spend $1200. bucks when you can get there for $117”, he asks. “Sure it take a few hours longer, but at least I don’t have any crying kids around me, and there’s no guy next to me boring me to death with pictures of his grandkids.

Written by Jeffrey Gurian

Jeffrey Gurian

Jeffrey’s a comic and comedy writer who’s written for comedy legends such as Rodney Dangerfield, Joan Rivers, George Wallace, Phil Hartman, Richard Belzer, and Andrew “Dice” Clay, among many others. Jeffrey has performed stand-up at most of the big clubs in NY and L.A. and is known for being a regular on-air personality on Sirius XM’s Bennington Show. He writes a weekly column covering the comedy scene for The Interrobang called “Jumping Around with Jeffrey Gurian”, and has also written for MTV, National Lampoon, and many Friars Roasts. His Comedy Matters TV channel boasts over 450 video interviews with A-listers like Jimmy Fallon, Jim Carrey, Amy Poehler, Amy Schumer and even women NOT named Amy. His crowning achievement was getting his own column in the legendary Weekly World News called “ Gurian’s World of the Bizarre” which led to the creation of GNN (Gurian News Network) bringing you the most unusual stories in The Universe, missed by mainstream media.