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The Big Travel Podcast: Exploring Life-Stories Through Travel. Taking you on a journey of discovery, with a wonderfully diverse selection of characters, The Big Travel Podcast explores life-stories in travel; from childhoods with little money for much more than camping holidays to fabulous tales of exotic climes and incredible adventures. Politicians, Paralympians, famous faces from TV, radio, music, stage and screen, SAS soldiers, adventurers and ordinary people taking extraordinary journeys tell their story of life through travel, and through this, The Big Travel Podcast finds out what it is about travel that inspires us, that makes us laugh, love, cry and sometimes cringe yet above all keep travelling. The Big Travel Podcast is hosted by Lisa Francesca Nand, travel journalist, presenter, writer and filmmaker.

The Big Travel Podcast: Exploring Life-Stories Through Travel. Taking you on a journey of discovery, with a wonderfully diverse selection of characters, The Big Travel Podcast explores life-stories in travel; from childhoods with little money for much more than camping holidays to fabulous tales of exotic climes and incredible adventures. Politicians, Paralympians, famous faces from TV, radio, music, stage and screen, SAS soldiers, adventurers and ordinary people taking extraordinary journeys tell their story of life through travel, and through this, The Big Travel Podcast finds out what it is about travel that inspires us, that makes us laugh, love, cry and sometimes cringe yet above all keep travelling. The Big Travel Podcast is hosted by Lisa Francesca Nand, travel journalist, presenter, writer and filmmaker.
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The Big Travel Podcast: Exploring Life-Stories Through Travel. Taking you on a journey of discovery, with a wonderfully diverse selection of characters, The Big Travel Podcast explores life-stories in travel; from childhoods with little money for much more than camping holidays to fabulous tales of exotic climes and incredible adventures. Politicians, Paralympians, famous faces from TV, radio, music, stage and screen, SAS soldiers, adventurers and ordinary people taking extraordinary journeys tell their story of life through travel, and through this, The Big Travel Podcast finds out what it is about travel that inspires us, that makes us laugh, love, cry and sometimes cringe yet above all keep travelling. The Big Travel Podcast is hosted by Lisa Francesca Nand, travel journalist, presenter, writer and filmmaker.

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Episodes

69. Rob Da Bank; Festival Promoter, DJ & Record Label Boss on 90s Club Life, Camper Van Life and Bali Sabbaticals

6/12/2019
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Rob Da Bank started as a music journalist, reviewing the biggest bands, superclubs and DJs all over the UK. He’s had his own show on BBC Radio 1 and is the co-founder of Bestival & Camp Bestival. He’s a massive fan of travel – whether touring Europe in a yellow camper van called Stella, taking his four kids on sabbatical to Bali or DJing at some of the best parties all over the world. With his own very successful podcast too - The A to Z of Festivals – it’s Rob Da Bank. On this episode we...

Duration:00:33:12

68. Iain Lee; Eating Pig’s Vagina for I’m a Celeb in Australia, Getting Shot at In Pakistan and Carrying a Massive Roll of Sellotape Around Marrakesh

6/5/2019
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With a show on talkRADIO with the lovely Katherine Boyle – aka Flippin’ Kath, Iain Lee goes on tour, podcasts, has a TV show recorded from his bedroom and he’s a proper cult figure in radio. He’s eaten camel brains and a pig’s vagina for I’m A Celebrity in the Australian jungle, been caught in gunfire in Pakistan and wandered the souks of Marrakesh accompanied by the world’s biggest roll of Sellotape. With a delightful conversation about TV, radio, mental health and travel, it’s Iain...

Duration:00:43:52

67. Best-Selling Writer and Actress Carol Drinkwater; Life on the Olive Farm, Parisian Uprisings, Lebanese Olive trees and Stanley Kubrick

5/28/2019
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Carol Drinkwater has sold over a million books about her life on an Olive Farm in the South of France. She was the kinky nurse in A Clockwork Orange, James Herriot’s wife Helen in hit TV show All Creatures Great and Small and writes beautifully evocative novels that bring the sights, sounds and smells of France to life in a way that will make you feel you’re sipping rose on a vine-covered terrace overlooking the glistening Mediterranean in the warmth of the summer sun, with a bit of danger...

Duration:00:40:37

66. Biker and Producer Antonia Bollingbroke-Kent; Tuk Tuk from Bangkok to Brighton, Motor-Biking Frozen Siberian Rivers and Silk Road Adventures with Joanna Lumley

5/21/2019
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Antonia Bollingbroke-Kent balances a life of - big adventures with producing wonderful TV shows such as Joanna Lumley’s Silk Road Adventures. She once drove a bright pink Tuk Tuk from Bangkok to Brighton, did battle with 1000 semi-wild Mongolian horses in the footsteps of Ghengis Khan and nearly froze to death attempting to drive a motorbike and sidecar to the Russian Arctic. Often guided by her Granny’s mantra of ‘Do nothing, say nothing, until the police arrive’ Silk Road Adventures...

Duration:00:35:20

65. Adventurer and Author Alastair Humphreys on Cycling the World, Rowing the Atlantic and Chasing Laurie Lee through Spain

5/13/2019
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Alastair Humphreys left Yorkshire one day on his bike and didn’t return for four years, cycling through an incredible 60 countries. He’s walked across India, rowed across the Atlantic, run six marathons through the Sahara, crossed Iceland on foot, busked through Spain by facing his worst fears of performing (badly) in public and having found all that adventure hard when real life came calling, has pioneered the concept of #microadventures. A motivational and inspiration conversation with...

Duration:00:43:51

64. William Sutcliffe; 'Are You Experienced?' Author on India, Israel the Bolivian Salt Flats and Creating the Travel Book of a Generation

5/6/2019
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William Sutcliffe’s hilariously cynical take on backpackers and travellers, 'Are You Experienced?' is still inspiring globe-trotters all over the world. He instantly regretted a solo trip to Pakistan to get the train to Beijing, was horrified by the realities of life on the West Bank, ate nothing but marmalade sandwiches for days when travelling to the remote salt flats in Bolivia and yes a lot of the stories in Are You Experienced are autobiographical. And yes I do dare to ask him about...

Duration:00:59:54

63. Adventure Traveller Sam McManus; Ditching Corporate Life, Kalashnikovs in Remote Africa, Training in a Shaolin Monastery and the Amazon Jungle with Cigarettes and a Machete

4/10/2019
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Having done what many people dream of – ditching a corporate career to travel, the proud founder of adventure travel company Yellowwood Adventures, Sam McManus, has created the life of his dreams travelling to remote parts of Ethiopia, Iran, India, the Himalayas, Mongolia and more. He’s been woken up by 30 men with Kalashnikovs in remote African mountains, shaved his head and worn orange pyjamas in a Shaolin Monastery and set off into the Amazon jungle with not much more than cigarettes and...

Duration:00:40:16

62. Norwegian Explorer Erling Kagge; The Two Poles, Everest, Polar Bear Attacks and Life’s Long Walks

4/4/2019
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A life-changing solitary walk to the South Pole led to Erling Kagge writing best-selling book Silence; in the Age of Noise and the Norwegian explorer has a new book out about how walking can change and indeed save your life. He was the first person in history to reach ‘the three poles’, he’s explored New York’s sewers - sleeping in tunnels and meeting wonderful characters who lived there, he’s been attacked by a polar bear and won and confounded even the scientologists who thought he was...

Duration:00:31:44

61. Will Geddes; ‘The Real James Bond’ on Iraq, Afghanistan, Movies and Hollywood Stars

3/29/2019
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As one of the world's top specialists in counter terrorism, kidnap and personal security Will Geddes, aka ‘the Real James Bond or the real bodyguard’, has worked in hostile environments including Iraq, Afghanistan and… Hollywood. He felt most scared on the road from Basra to Baghdad, most happy in New York City and a relaxing break form work turned into a search and rescue operation in the 2004 tsunami. With close and personal connections to so many famous people, none of whom he can tell us...

Duration:00:43:23

60. Jamie Maddison; Adventurer and Ultra Runner on Nomad Life in Kazakstan, Camel Life in Uzbekistan and Eagle Hunters in Mongolia

3/18/2019
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Adventurer and ultra runner Jamie Maddison has run 100s of miles through vast deserts, lived with a nomad in Central Asia, raced on horseback with a crazy herder on the remote old postal roads in Kazakstan, pulled a camel through 100 miles of desert in Uzbekistan and lived with eagle hunters in Mongolia. With fascinating stories about how expeditions can challenge and change you and have a surprisingly lasting effect on mental and physical health. Jamie stars in the short film “All That’s...

Duration:00:38:13

59. Kris Hallenga; Coppa Feel Campaigner on Travel Plans Scuppered and Created, Beijing, Iceland, Australia and Disney

3/12/2019
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Aged just 22 Kris Hallenga returned from a trip to Beijing to be told she had incurable cancer. Ditching plans to travel the world she threw herself into building Coppa Feel, her wonderful charity. ‘Passion can take you to some incredible places’ she says, and her message HAS taken her to wonderful places - literal and metaphorical. She recently celebrated her ten year 'cancerversary' and has some inspirational words for us all about enjoying travel, enjoying life, enjoying every...

Duration:00:36:27

58. Elli Radinger; Living with Wolves, the Transformation of Yellowstone National Park and the Beautiful Bond Between Humans and Dogs

3/5/2019
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When in Germany in the 80s Elli Radinger was refused a job in space law because it was supposedly man’s work she gave it all up to dedicate her life to wolves and is now a world expert on the subject. In this fascinating episode I talk to Elli about watching wolves in the wild in America’s vast national parks, close encounters with bears, the incredible bonds wolves share in the pack and about some of the really lovely stories in her book the Wisdom of Wolves. On this episode we...

Duration:00:31:00

57. John Simpson; Over 50 Years as a Foreign Correspondent, Revolution in Iran, Bombed in Iraq, Jacuzzis in Belgrade and Hallucinating in the Amazon

2/27/2019
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Foreign correspondent and world affairs editor John Simpson has risked life and limb reporting for the BBC for over 50 years. The Tiananmen Square massacre, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Zimbabwe, Bosnia – you name it he was there. He’s been punched by a UK Prime Minister, bombed by US 'friendly fire', met Gaddafi in Bedouin tents across Libya, watched Saddam Hussein’s execution in court and whilst experimenting with some hallucinogenic offerings in the deepest Amazon was once hugged by a six...

Duration:00:49:42

56. Megan Hoskin; Rowing from the US to Hawaii, Falling Off A Mountain in Ecuador and Climbing in Nepal in During the Earthquake

2/18/2019
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Imagine rowing all the way from California to Hawaii, 2,400 miles over 62 days across the Pacific with nothing but two friends and some oars. Team Pacific Terrific broke records and came second in the Great Pacific Race. Megan Hoskin has such wonderfully evocative stories about what it feels like to be in the middle of the ocean when you’re closest fellow humans are the ones passing over in the plane and also about her mountaineering in Nepal, Ecuador and much more. Her short film Why Row...

Duration:00:31:25

55. Bookish Bronte: Instagram Book Photographer on Mary Queen of Scots, Tuscany, New York State’s Lake George and Championing Creative Introverts

2/11/2019
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Over on instagram a reading revolution has spurned many #Bookstagram stars, including the delightful Bookish Bronte aka Bronte Huskinson, 22 year old author, visual storyteller and creator of beautiful book photography. A self-appointed champion of creative introverts she loves finding the best book-friendly villages wherever she travels and finds her happy place in a picturesque beach town on Lake George in New York State. We talk Instagram ethics, magical realism, feminism and feminine...

Duration:00:30:10

54. Monisha Rajesh; Around the World by Train, the Siberian Galapagos, the Death Railway from Bangkok, Fascinating North Korea and Tibetan Nuns with iPhones

1/28/2019
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After writing Around India in 80 Trains Monisha Rajesh decided to tackle the whole world in 80 trains and left London on a journey that took in 45,000 miles across Europe, Russia, Mongolia, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Canada and America. Stopping at the world’s oldest lake in Siberia, taking the ‘death railway’ from Bangkok to Nam Tok and meeting Tibetan nuns with iPhones she has some wonderful, inspirational and entertaining stories for you in a conversation...

Duration:00:44:17

53. Levison Wood; Walking the Nile, Walking the Himalayas, Walking the Americas and a 5000 Mile Trek Around the Arabian Peninsula

1/17/2019
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Levison Wood is a British explorer, writer and photographer who’s travelled to over 100 countries, many of them in war zones, typically thought of as hostile or off the beaten track. His documentaries, best-selling books and photographs have enchanted people the world over. He’s walked the whole length of the Nile – the world’s longest river, walked the Himalayas where he survived a terrible car crash, diced with gang leaders when walking the Americas and recently returned from his most...

Duration:00:44:53

52. Liz Johnson; Paralympic Swimmer on Athens, Beijing, London 2012, Berlin, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, South Africa and more

1/15/2019
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Paralympian Swimmer Liz Johnson often she says how fortunate she is. She IS of course fortunate in many ways, she’s won golds, silvers and bronzes all over the world, competed for her country and been able to turn her passion into her life. But it hasn’t been without its challenges and heartaches from being born with Cerebral Palsy to the sad loss of her mum. A truly inspirational conversation about the challenges and joys of travel with one of the UK’s most impressive athletes. On this...

Duration:00:42:08

51. Sarah Breen and Emer McLysaght; Co Authors of the ‘Aisling’ books on the Irish Celtic Tiger, Crazy Nights in Berlin and Vegas and Creating the Irish Bridget Jones

1/8/2019
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A hungover conversation one day in Dublin between two best friends Sarah Breen and Emer McLysaght led to the creation of a loveable character called Aisling, who quickly became a Facebook phenomenon, then two best-selling books is now being made into a film by an Oscar winning production co. This episode explores the quirks of life in every small town, moving to the big city, the wild days of the Irish Celtic Tiger, crazy nights in Berlin, even crazier ones in Las Vegas and so much...

Duration:00:34:50

50. New Year's Special; New Year's Eve Across the World

12/30/2018
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From a haunted hotel in the Cambodian jungle to a dry New Year's Eve in Kuala Lumper it's Lisa's New Year's Eve special. Taking in Belgium, Holland, London, Malaga in Spain, Goa in India, Koh Samui in Thailand, Sydney in Australia, Fiji, Cambodia, Vietnam and random musings on Prince, Shane MacGowan and various characters met along with way. Happy New Year from the Big Travel Podcast!

Duration:00:26:09