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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

78. On Location in Madrid with James Blick, Tapas Expert from Spain Revealed

10/8/2019
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An ‘on location’ episode! Lisa is in Casa Toni, a busy and traditional tapas bar in in central Madrid, with James Blick from ‘Devour Tours’ and the ‘Spain Revealed’ YouTube channel talking Spanish food, culture, history, beer, lamb neck glands, New Zealanders drinking in Shepherd’s Bush, Russian Roulette with padron peppers, Jesus nailed to the cross, General Franco, Civil War, flamenco, four metre pianos, Farah Fawcett hair, Barcelona, Cadiz, gentrification, is Spanish coffee good or...

Duration:00:41:33

77. Dom Joly; Childhood in a Beirut Warzone, Pink Floyd in Syria, Dark Tourism and in Search of the Yeti

9/25/2019
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For comedian Dom Joly, travel is in the blood. Born in Beirut he had what in his recent book, The Hezbollah Hiking Club, he describes as a curiously paradoxical childhood between a posh Oxford boarding school and a warzone. He dreamt of being a foreign correspondent, for his first travel book investigated ‘dark tourism’ and the world’s most unlikely holiday destinations and travelled the globe in search of mythical monsters such as Bigfoot and the Yeti, notching up almost 100 countries in...

Duration:01:03:24

76. Mimi Aye; Burmese Food Critic on Mandalay Inspired Recipes, Margate and Blasting Out Alanis Morissette in Japan

9/18/2019
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Mimi’s Aye’s effervescent observations about food have gained her a large following online and her new recipe book tells wonderful tales of a childhood spent between Burma and Kent. She’s been shadowed by by the ‘Military Informer’ on family holidays in Burma, is conflicted by seeing people flying over pagodas in hot air balloons and loves nothing more than exploring Japanese life and food and blasting out a bit of late night Karaoke. I’m delighted to have popped around to Mimi Aye’s house...

Duration:00:35:10

75. John Herrington; NASA Astronaut (Yes Really!) on Space, Native American Heritage, the US Wilderness and Inspiring the Next Generation

9/10/2019
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NASA astronaut John Herrington became the first ever Native American to travel to space during a historic mission to the International Space Station. He lives in the Idaho wilderness, flies his own plane, has cycled over 4000 miles cross-country from Washington to Florida and for his most recent adventure features as one of two inspiring U.S. trailblazers exploring America in Brand USA’s incredible film “Into America’s Wild”. His inspirational stories have landed him a well suited role as a...

Duration:00:36:39

74. Rhik Samadder; A Bangkok Sex Hotel Epiphany, New York Dwarf Punk and Snakes in the Mojave Desert

8/5/2019
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Waking up in a Bangkok sex hotel with his mum on his 30th birthday, Christmas Day, with no money and nothing to do but talk, lead to an epiphany for writer, actor and broadcaster, Rhik Samadder. He writes about battling depression and much more in his wonderfurful new book I Never Said I Loved You and on the podcast we talk feeling like he didn’t belong when growing up with Indian parents in London, forgetting trips to New York, losing all his money on a Singapore buffet breakfast and how...

Duration:00:40:28

73. The Arabian Wanderess, Esra Alhamal; Iran, Morocco, Eastern Europe and Mindful Muslim Millennial Travel

7/23/2019
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Known as the Arabian Wandress, travel blogger and artist Esra Alhamal is this week’s guest talking about what it’s really like to grow up as a female in Saudi Arabia, the beauty of Islamic architecture and her travels as what she calls a Muslim Millennial travelling mindfully around the globe. On this episode we cover: How she became The Arabian Wanderess Growing up in Saudi Arabia Getting a scholarship to study in the US Finding Manchester ‘had no technology’ compared to the...

Duration:00:38:11

72. Best-Selling Novelist Fiona Neill on Salvadorean Refugees in Nicaragua, the Mennonites of the Belize Jungle, Surfing Down a Volcano and Marie Claire

7/16/2019
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As a foreign correspondent for Reuters, best-selling novelist Fiona Neill worked with Salvadorean refugees in Nicaragua, learnt to make jewellery in the Andean mountains of Peru and travelled all over writing reports on civil war refugees. She ‘surfed’ down the side of an active volcano, survived revolutions and serious illness and even life as features editor of Marie Claire. Her new book - Beneath the Surface – is a gripping tale of secrets and lies set against the backdrop of the...

Duration:00:38:58

71. Graeme Simsion; The Rosie Project, El Camino De Santiago, Inner City Melbourne and a Writers’ French Idyll

7/2/2019
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With the publishing phenomenon of The Rosie Project and follow-up The Rosie Effect having sold over 5 million copies worldwide, the final of Graeme Simsion’s trilogy, The Rosie Result, is out now. There’s a proposed Hollywood adaptation in the works and even Bill Gates is even a fan. Travel is an integral part of all Graeme’s stories whether that’s rural France, his native Melbourne, a cosy house in Norwich or a grey day in Manchester. A lively and engaging conversation with this...

Duration:00:32:35

70. Andy "The Viking" Fordham; Legendary Darts Champ on Bublé in Vegas, Whale Watching in Durban, BBQs in Australia and Glasgow Rangers

6/19/2019
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Legendary darts champion Andy "The Viking" Fordham is as much known for his darts skills as he is for being the larger than life British sportsman the UK took to their hearts. Darts has taken him all over the world; parties in Vegas, beaches in Australia and many an hour in pubs across the land, which at one point saw him drinking over 80 bottles of beer in one night. A South East London boy, born and bred, this is recorded in Lisa and Andy’s mutual local pub, Blackheath’s The Royal...

Duration:00:40:52

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 Clockwork Orange's 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