12. Ewan McGregor
Known to fans as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy and the upcoming Disney + series, Ewan McGregor is also an avid motorcycle enthusiast and adventure-seeker. Together with his close friend and fellow actor/adventurer-in-spirit, Charley Boorman, the two set out on an epic journey around the world on their bikes.
In his first travel book, Long Way Round: Chasing Shadows Across the World, McGregor was inspired by a daydream he had while looking over a map of the world and the possibility of traveling across it on his motorcycle. He and Boorman began their adventure in London and from there rode across Eastern Europe, Mongolia, Russia, and then over the Bering Strait to Alaska, before continuing on through Canada, the U.S., and beyond.
In the sequel to his first travel book, Long Way Down: An Epic Journey From Scotland to South Africa, McGregor and Boorman set out on the road again, this time beginning at the northernmost tip of Scotland and ending their journey at the southernmost tip of South Africa. The inspiration for this second trip came from McGregor’s UNICEF visits to Africa. Along the 15,000 mile trek to their destination, McGregor and Boorman find some time to pay homage to Star Wars by stopping in Tunisia, the film location used for Tatooine.