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  • Today, I’m joined by the travel writer and broadcaster, Simon Calder. He’s TV’s travel guru, and the travel editor at the Independent newspaper, where he’s known as “the man who pays his way” because he doesn’t accept any freebies from the travel trade - and in this episode, he gives some great tips for travelling on a budget. 

    Simon’s got a great story because his first job was at Gatwick airport, cleaning planes and working on security, and the notion of simply travelling abroad while working there felt like a distant dream. Now of course, he spends his life travelling the world - and this episode includes such a variety of fascinating and unusual locations that this had to be a ‘long haul’ feature length episode.

    Make sure you stay tuned for his all time favourites and hidden gems - there are some really interesting ones in there - I’m already dreaming up some travels from those. 

    Here’s a recap of the destinations mentioned:

    Swanage, Dorset, England Lake District, EnglandGuernsey, Channel Islands, EnglandGranada, SpainSkye, ScotlandIsle of Wight FestivalAconcagua, ArgentinaSantiago, ChileEast BerlinTirana, AlbaniaCubaNew York, USAMumbai, IndiaEsquinas Rainforest Lodge, Costa RicaPan American Highway - Nuevo Laredo, Mexico to PanamaMexico City, MexicoPuebla, MexicoWahaca, MexicoWuppertaler Schwebebahn, (Wuppertal Suspension Railway), Germany Tiraspol, MoldovaThe AzoresSyracuse, SicilyArctic Canada and Greenland cruiseCaribbean cruisingAlaska to Canada cruiseCuillin, Skye, ScotlandNepalMt Vinson, Antarctica

    You can follow Simon’s travels on his Twitter page, @Simoncalder - and tune in to his podcast which is on Soundcloud, it’s called Escape podcast. 

    Thank you so much for listening today. If you haven’t yet left a 5 star rating or a review, why not do so now! Your support is so greatly appreciated and most importantly, helps others to discover the podcast. 

    Don’t forget you can listen on Spotify, Apple podcasts, Castbox, Stitcher and pretty much all other podcast apps. 

    And to find out who’s on next week’s show come and find me on Instagram, I’m @hollyrubenstein I’d love to hear from you.

    I spoke to Simon at the beautiful Kensington Hotel, in London - thank you to them.

    Finally, a big thank you to this season’s sponsor, Mr & Mrs Smith - The Travel Club for Hotel Lovers. You can find Mr & Mrs Smith online and on Instagram @mrandmrssmith. Head over now to Mr & Mrs Smith and get £25 off your booking with the discount code, TRAVELDIARIES25. You can use this code more than once, just type TRAVELDIARIES25 when booking. T&Cs apply. Have a great trip!

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  • Today I’m joined by the historian and broadcaster, Dan Snow. You’re probably already a fan of his podcast, Dan Snow’s History Hit. Following in the footsteps of his journalist parents, Dan is now a mainstay on our TV screens, often presenting programmes linked to his love of history - and history and travel of course come hand in hand. 

    I enjoyed this chat with Dan so much that it had to be a “long haul” feature length episode. As well as bringing to life so many far flung destinations (check out that list below!) Dan’s insights into the meaning of travel, and the impact of travel, I found to be fascinating. I hope you do too! 

    Destination Recap:

    North WalesZanzibar, TanzaniaTimbuktu, MaliMount Assiniboine, Western CanadaMaui, Hawaii, USAAmsterdam, Holland Oberoi Hotel, Jaipur, IndiaIcelandVasa Museum, Stockholm, SwedenStockholm Archipelago, SwedenNorthumberland, EnglandLancashire, EnglandChinaDemocratic Republic of the CongoSyriaNew England, USASt Helena, South Atlantic OceanSao Tome & PrincipeMicronesia

    You can listen to Dan’s brilliant podcast, Dan Snow’s History Hit here. And check out his online history channel, HistoryHit.TV too.

    Thank you so much for listening. If you haven’t yet left a 5 star rating or a review, why not do so now! Your support is so greatly appreciated and most importantly, helps others to discover the podcast. Send a screenshot of your review to @hollyrubenstein on Instagram or Twitter to be in with a chance of winning a special Mr & Mrs Smith prize. 

    A big thank you to this season’s sponsor, Mr & Mrs Smith - The Travel Club for Hotel Lovers. You can find Mr & Mrs Smith online and on Instagram @mrandmrssmith.

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  • Today I’m joined by one of the most prolific magicians of all time - Dynamo.

    250 million viewers around the world tuned in to watch his award-winning TV shows, as he levitated in front of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro; and seemingly walked on water down London’s River Thames. 

    750,000 attended his last stadium tour, with famous fans from Jay Z and Snoop Dogg, to Gwyneth Paltrow and Ed Sheeran.

    And then, at the very peak of his success, he had to step away.

    As you’ll hear on this episode, Dynamo became so ill from the affects of Crohn’s disease that he spent months in hospital, thinking he would never be able to perform magic again. 

    Now, 5 years later, having come close to death, Dynamo’s resilience and determination mean he’s back. He’s been working on a new show which will take viewers on a magical journey across the globe. From Bradford to Japan, and Syria to Australia, these are the travel diaries of Dynamo. 

    Destination recap:

    Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USABradford, Yorkshire, England IndiaTokyo, JapanChūbu, JapanSyriaWolgan Valley, Blue Mountains, AustraliaLondon, EnglandHampstead Heath, London, EnglandChiltern Firehouse, London, England Bar Bruno, Soho, London, EnglandHarlem, New York, USAGorilla Trekking, Rwanda

    Dynamo will return to TV with his new show Beyond Belief on Sky One this Easter. 

    Thank you so much for listening. If you haven’t yet left a 5 star rating or a review, why not do so now! Your support is so greatly appreciated and most importantly, helps others to discover the podcast. Send a screenshot of your review to @hollyrubenstein on Instagram or Twitter to be in with a chance of winning a special Mr & Mrs Smith prize. 

    A big thank you to this season’s sponsor, Mr & Mrs Smith - The Travel Club for Hotel Lovers. You can find Mr & Mrs Smith online and on Instagram @mrandmrssmith. And thank you to the Marylebone Hotel for letting us record this episode in one of their beautiful suites. 

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  • Today I’m joined by the much loved chef, restauranteur and TV presenter, Tom Kerridge. 

    Tom’s worked in food since he was 18 years old, but he rose to fame when his pub in Buckinghamshire, The Hand and Flowers, went on to become the only pub in Britain with two Michelin stars. I, like many, got to know and love him on the BBC’s Great British Menu show, where he was the first chef to cook at the banquet two years in a row and he’s since gone on to release several best selling cook books and many popular TV shows. More recently, he’s made headlines with his dramatic 12 stone weight loss. As well as chatting a bit about that, Tom takes us on a journey across the UK, Europe, Asia and the US with his travel diaries, and lots of foodie recommendations along the way. 

    This is what I call a “long haul” episode - you’re getting a bit more this week because Tom is so lovely and we just couldn’t stop chatting. I hope you’ll really enjoy it.

    Destination recap:

    Isle of Wight, EnglandOstend, BelgiumAgistri, GreeceCrete, GreecePaphos, CyprusSingaporeHong KongNew York, USANorth Kent coast, EnglandWhitstable, EnglandThe Good Shed, Canterbury, EnglandThe Fordwich Arms, Canterbury, EnglandThe Compasses Arms, CrundaleThe Sportsman, SeasalterLaplandIndiaJapan

    Tom’s new book, Lose Weight and Get Fit, is out now, and you can watch the accompanying BBC 2 series on Wednesday nights at 8.30pm.

    Thank you so much for listening. If you haven’t yet left a 5 star rating or a review, why not do so now! Your support is so greatly appreciated and most importantly, helps others to discover the podcast. 

    And come and find me on Instagram, I’m @hollyrubenstein

    Finally, a big thank you to this season’s sponsor, Mr & Mrs Smith - The Travel Club for Hotel Lovers. You can find Mr & Mrs Smith online and on Instagram @mrandmrssmith.

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  • BAFTA winner and Oscar nominee, Dev Patel, is one of Britain’s finest young actors.

    He first graced our screens in the seminal teen drama, Skins, before going on to make his movie debut in Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire, which picked up eight Oscars, including Best Picture. 

    He’s gone on to star in many more critically acclaimed films, including The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and Lion, for which he won a BAFTA, and received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations.

    Now, he’s taken the lead role in Armando Ianucci’s adaptation of The Personal History of David Copperfield, which is already a critic’s favourite.

    Like in Season One, this episode I’ve called a short haul episode, because I didn’t have quite as much interview time as I normally do. The way that it tends to work with movie stars is you meet up in a hotel - in this case it was the Soho Hotel in London, which is a real celeb haunt - and you’re given quite a tight time slot before the next interviewer comes in. If you’ve seen Notting Hill, it’s like when Hugh Grant interviews Julia Roberts for Horse & Hound!

    Despite literally just getting off a flight from LA, Dev was as warm and down to earth as he seems on screen, and having shot movies and travelled all around the world in some fascinating locations, I really hope you’ll enjoy hearing his travel diaries.

    Destination recap:

    Gujarat, India Mumbai, IndiaChor Bazaar, Mumbai, India Alibag, IndiaTokyo, JapanSouth KoreaNorfolk, EnglandKoreatown, Los Angeles, USAQuarters, Los Angeles, USAToe Bang, Los Angeles, USAJohannesburg, South AfricaSoweto, South AfricaNew Zealand 

    Dev’s new movie, The Personal History of David Copperfield is out on January 24.

    Thank you so much for listening. If you haven’t yet left a 5 star rating or a review, why not do so now! Your support is so greatly appreciated and most importantly, helps others to discover the podcast. 

    And come and find me on Instagram, I’m @hollyrubenstein

    Finally, a big thank you to this season’s sponsor, Mr & Mrs Smith - The Travel Club for Hotel Lovers. You can find Mr & Mrs Smith online and on Instagram @mrandmrssmith.

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  • Today I’m joined by international treasure and culinary royalty, Rick Stein. 

    He’s graced our screens, and lined our bookshelves for over 25 years, cooking up cuisine from all over the world. Fish is his great love, served in his restaurant empire from Padstow, Cornwall to Sydney, Australia.

    Along with his travel diaries, we talk about the very surprising career path he originally pursued that had nothing to do with food; how the loss of his father led him on a real voyage of self discovery; and he reveals which destinations he’s tipping for this year’s culinary hit list. All that and more, coming up. 

    Destination recap: 

    Isles of Scilly, EnglandPadstow, Cornwall, EnglandCombrée, France Cantabria, Spain Clermont-Ferrand, Auvergne, France Jura, France Collioure, France,Perpignan, France Alice Springs, AustraliaIceland Rajasthan, IndiaLucknow, IndiaSydney, Australia Tbilisi, Georgia Bologna, Italy Trieste, ItalyBuenos Aires, Argentina 

    Rick Stein’s Secret France is out now and his accompanying TV series is on BBC iPlayer.

    Thank you so much for listening. If you haven’t yet left a 5 star rating or a review, why not do so now! Your support is so greatly appreciated and most importantly, helps others to discover the podcast. 

    And come and find me on Instagram, I’m @hollyrubenstein

    Finally, a big thank you to this season’s sponsor, Mr & Mrs Smith - The Travel Club for Hotel Lovers. You can find Mr & Mrs Smith online and on Instagram @mrandmrssmith.

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  • On today’s season finale of The Travel Diaries podcast, I’m joined by one of the world’s greatest chefs, Raymond Blanc.

    Raymond had a very humble start to life in rural France and his journey to opening Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, the internationally-renowned Cotswolds country house hotel where he’s been the chef patron since it opened in 1984 is nothing short of extraordinary. For half of his life, he’s held two Michelin-stars, the only chef in the UK to have retained two stars for so long. And of course in time, with his success, he has travelled the world, and has many stories to tell. 

    I spoke to Raymond at the Cheval Three Quays apartments, looking out at the London skyline. I don’t think I’ve ever met somebody overflowing with as much passion and joie de vivre as Raymond. It came as no surprise to hear that 34 of his protégés have gone on to win their own Michelin stars, including Marco Pierre White and Michael Caines. His passion is infectious.

    Destination recap:

    Franche-Comté, FranceSwitzerlandProvence, FranceBesançon, FranceKuching, Malaysia Japanese Tea House Garden, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, EnglandBarocay, Philippines Hong KongNice, Provence, France

    Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons celebrates 35 years this year.

    Thank you so much for listening. If you haven’t yet left a 5 star rating or a review, why not do so now! Your support is so greatly appreciated and most importantly, helps others to discover the podcast. 

    And come and find me on Instagram, I’m @hollyrubenstein - I'd love to hear from you.

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  • Today I’m joined by one of the world’s most influential and multi-award winning travel writers, the global editor in chief of Condé Nast Traveller UK and US, Melinda Stevens. She’s a trend setter, taste maker and considered by many to be travel royalty. 

    After beginning her writing career at Vogue Magazine, Melinda went on to become a columnist for the Sunday Times and Evening Standard, and the travel editor at Tatler, before taking the helm at Condé Nast Traveller.

    Reading Condé Nast Traveller - the way the writers would transport me to far flung places with the power of their words - was my inspiration for becoming a travel writer. So heading to its offices in the heart of London’s Mayfair, where the walls were lined with its iconic covers, was really thrilling.

    Unsurprisingly, Melinda has her finger on the pulse of the hottest destinations, which we of course discuss, as well as reflecting on some of the all time greats. And she gives a real insight into the makings of a top magazine. This is wanderlust guaranteed.

    Destination Recap:

    Frinton on sea, Essex, England The Long Mynd, Shropshire, England Bali, IndonesiaRoad trip from Seattle, Washington, through Idaho, Wyoming and MontanaRoad trip from Sun Valley Utah, through Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico Danakil Depression, EthiopiaKazakstan Charleston, South Carolina, USA                       The BahamasKerala, IndiaRajasthan, IndiaCala di Volpe, SardiniaAmilla Fushi, MaldivesHotel Escencia, MexicosLe Bristol, Paris The Mercer, New YorkLa Reserve, ParisHondurasBelgrade, Serbia Soviet Russia EgyptSleeper train from London to Scottish Highlands Belmond trainsJapan

    Condé Nast Traveller magazine is available in all good newsagents.

    You can follow Melinda's Instagram here, as well as the magazine here, for all the travel inspo you could ever need.

    Thank you so much for listening. If you haven’t yet left a 5 star rating or a review, why not do so now! Your support is so greatly appreciated and most importantly, helps others to discover the podcast. 

    And come and find me on Instagram, I’m @hollyrubenstein - I'd love to hear from you.

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  • Today, I’m joined by Gyles Brandreth. Summing up the life and career of Gyles is no easy feat. He’s a prolific broadcaster, actor, journalist, novelist, biographer and podcaster, and he was formerly an MP and Lord Commissioner of the Treasury. You'll have seen him on Celebrity Googlebox; Countdown's Dictionary Corner hundreds of times, as well as on numerous TV panel shows. He's even the President of the Association of British Scrabble Players!

    Through all these different jobs Gyles has travelled the world several times over, from Sri Lanka and Dubai to former Soviet Russia and East Germany. As you’ll hear, though, it’s the British seaside staycation that Gyles loves most.

    Destination recap:

    Norderney, GermanyIsle of Thanet, Kent, England Broadstairs, Kent, EnglandSwitzerlandCorfu, GreeceFranceIceland Isle of Wight, EnglandSri LankaIndiaDubaiSardiniaSicilyMexicoBelfast, Northern IrelandSwansea, WalesRussiaEast Berlin, East GermanyMekong Delta, Vietnam and CambodiaHeaven!

    ‘Dancing by the Light of the Moon - over 250 poems to read, recite and relish’ is out now.

    Thank you so much for listening. If you haven’t yet left a 5 star rating or a review, why not do so now! Your support is so greatly appreciated and most importantly, helps others to discover the podcast. 

    And come and find me on Instagram, I’m @hollyrubenstein

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  • Today I’m joined by James Lohan, the co-founder - and the Mr - of Mr & Mrs Smith, the much-loved boutique and luxury hotel booking service and travel club. 

    It all began when James and his wife Tamara (aka Mrs Smith) decided to go about creating their own boutique hotel guidebook, travelling the UK to dine the best spots for a luxurious weekend break. The book was a huge success, and the business has since grown to include a popular online booking service, and its membership programme now has more than a million global members.

    In 2014, James and Tamara received MBEs for their services to the travel industry, and when I asked James how many hotels he’s visited, he estimated a whopping 2000.

    As soon as we started chatting, I knew this had to be a long haul feature length episode. As a bit of a hotel junkie myself, this was just so much fun, listening to James zig zag across the globe from one extraordinary destination to the other. 

    Whatever you’re dreaming about, if you’re thinking of a weekend staycation or a mega honeymoon, I guarantee you’ll get some great inspiration from James.

    Destination recap: 

    Polzeath Beach, Cornwall, EnglandTresanton Hotel, Cornwall, England Blakes Hotel, London, EnglandThe Witchery, Edinburgh, Scotland Drunken Duck Inn, Lake District, England Le Manoir aux quat’saisons, Oxfordshire, EnglandUxua Casa, Trancoso, BrazilVik, Southern Iceland Deplar Farm, Troll Peninsula, Iceland Soneva Fushi, The Maldives Il Latini, Florence, ItalyJK Place, Florence, ItalyLime Wood, New Forest, England Reschio, Umbria, Italy Ett Hem, Stockholm, SwedenFoxhill Manor, The Cotswolds, England Morokuru, De Hoop Nature Reserve, South AfricaGeorgiaNamibiaRwandaIndia Menorca

    You can find Mr & Mrs Smith online and on Instagram @mrandmrssmith

    Thank you so much for listening. If you haven’t yet left a 5 star rating or a review, why not do so now! Your support is so greatly appreciated and most importantly, helps others to discover the podcast. 

    And come and find me on Instagram, I’m @hollyrubenstein

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  • Singer-songwriter Ella Eyre burst onto the music scene back in 2013 when she featured on the number one single, Waiting All Night, with Rudimental - which went on to win the BRIT award for best British single. She’s since toured the world, releasing hits like If I Go, Gravity, Came Here for Love and Just Got Paid and is now back with new material, most of which was written and recorded in Jamaica. We talk about her Maltese and Jamaican heritage, her obsession with Asian cuisine, the time she nearly became a professional swimmer, and her once in a lifetime performance on Richard Branson’s private island. 

    Destination Recap: 

    WalesMaltaBarcelona, SpainNecker Island, British Virgin IslandsFrenchman’s Cove, JamaicaFour Seasons Langkawi, Malaysia Lisbon, PortugalKanada-Ya restaurant, LondonSticks & Sushi restaurant, London La Clusaz, FranceMontreal, CanadaJapanSingapore Grand Prix 

    Ella Eyre's fabulous new single, Mama is out now on Island Records. 

    Thank you so much for listening. If you haven’t yet left a 5 star rating, why not do so now! Your support is so greatly appreciated and most importantly, helps others to discover the podcast. 

    And come and find me on Instagram, I’m @hollyrubenstein

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  • Today I’m joined by Levison Wood, the British explorer, photographer, best selling author, and TV presenter.

    You probably know him from his incredible walking expeditions, which he’s documented on TV. He’s walked the length of the River Nile, through Central America from Mexico to Colombia, and the length of the Himalayas from Bhutan all the way to Afghanistan.

    We talk about the time he hitchhiked from Nottingham to India - and his adventures along the way; what it was like driving an ambulance from London to Malawi in Southern Africa through 27 countries, and about his most recent and maybe most ambitious expedition yet, which was a 5000 mile circumnavigation of the Arabian Peninsula from Iran to Lebanon. 

    Destination recap

    GreeceMexicoLondon to Malawi driveColumbiaGrosny, Chechnya Southern YemenSouthern Dhoffar Mountains, OmanLebanonDamascus, SyriaSouth Africa Hitchhiking from Nottingham to India including Afghanistan GeorgiaByblos, LebanonIranCorfuNew ZealandVancouver IslandPapua New GuineaBiking through South America

    If you’d like to hear more from Levison, you can pick up a copy of his book, Arabia: A Journey Through the Heart of the Middle East. And he’s also written a gorgeous children’s book called Incredible Journeys, and that’s out now too.

    Thank you so much for listening. If you haven’t yet left a 5 star rating, why not do so now! Your support is so greatly appreciated and most importantly, helps others to discover the podcast. 

    And come and find me on Instagram, I’m @hollyrubenstein

    See you next time!

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  • Rachel Khoo is a cook, writer and TV presenter, who first rose to fame with her bestselling cookbook, The Little Paris Kitchen, a collection of recipes tested from her little Paris kitchen!

    The book was soon developed into her first TV series, and Rachel quickly became known by food lovers the world over, with several cookbooks and TV series that followed.

    Now, she lives in Stockholm with her Swedish husband and two children, and it’s this new beginning that’s served as the inspiration for her latest project, The Little Swedish Kitchen.

    Destination recap:

    Austrian borderLech, AustriaParis, FranceTokyo, JapanSydney, AustraliaLittle Brothers Bakery - Stockholm, SwedenStockholm, SwedenBrazilCornwall, England

    You can watch Rachel Khoo: My Swedish Kitchen on Thursdays at 9pm and 9.30pm on Food Network. 

    Thank you so much for listening. If you haven’t yet left a 5 star rating, why not do so now! Your support is so greatly appreciated and most importantly, helps others to discover the podcast. 

    And come and find me on Instagram, I’m @hollyrubenstein

    Thank you also to the sponsors of this episode, The Turquoise Holiday Company. If you've caught the wanderlust, head over to https://www.turquoiseholidays.co.uk/ and their Instagram page, @turquoiseholidays

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  • Today, I’m joined by Peter Grunert, the editor of Lonely Planet magazine. In fact, Peter is the editor of 13 different editions of the magazine around the world. And each is imbued with that spirit of adventure and a cultural understanding that makes it one of my favourite travel magazines - and as a result of our chat, I’ve added about 10 new destinations to my bucket list! We’ll be talking about so many incredible places from Bhutan and India, to Uruguay and Australia, and many more, which why is this my first long haul, bumper length episode. So, here is a real deep dive into the world of travel from one of its top experts. I hope you enjoy it. 

    Destination recap:

    Gwyneth, WalesWest Wittering, West Sussex, EnglandBrittany, France Mumbai, India Cannareggio, Venice, Italy Port Lincoln, South Australia Coober Pedy, South Australia Park Hyatt, Tokyo, JapanMashpi Lodge, Ecuador Kerala, India BhutanBradford, Yorkshire, England Saltaire World Heritage Site, Bradford, EnglandTenerife, Canary Islands Los Angeles, California, USAEswatini (formerly, Swaziland)UruguayBorroloola, North Australia

    You can find Lonely Planet Magazine in all good newsagents each month, and head over to their Instagram @lonelyplanetmag for all the travel inspo you could ever need. And follow Peter himself @petervg73 

    Thank you so much for listening. If you haven’t yet left a 5 star rating, why not do so now! Your support is so greatly appreciated and most importantly, helps others to discover the podcast. 

    And come and find me on Instagram, I’m @hollyrubenstein

    Thank you also to the sponsors of this episode, The Turquoise Holiday Company. If you've caught the wanderlust, head over to https://www.turquoiseholidays.co.uk/ and their Instagram page, @turquoiseholidays

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  • Style icon Lucy Williams is one of the UK’s most successful bloggers, with over 429,000 followers on Instagram. Starting her career as a fashion journalist for magazines like Stylist, In Style and Sheerluxe, her own blog Fashionmenow quickly amassed a huge following and became her full time job. On her blog, she documents her incredible travels, and some really useful guides. Lucy is now the face of many brands and a wildly successful jewellery designer with Missoma London. She’s visited some of the most beautiful places and hotels in the world, so if you’re after some travel inspo, this is the episode for you. 

    Destination recap:

    Abersoch, Wales The Fife Arms, Braemar, ScotlandZanzibar, Tanzania UgandaThe east of South AfricaSasaab, Samburu, KenyaLos Angeles, California, USAIbizaGreek IslandsBeltane Ranch, Sonoma, California Anopura, Jaipur, India Golborne Road, LondonLisboa Pattiserie, London Golborne Deli, LondonPentolina, Brook Green, London Tokyo and Kyoto, JapanThe PhilippinesWestern Cape of South Africa and NamibiaNorth Island, Seychelles 

    Visit Lucy’s blog, Fashionmenow for her travel guides and more, and follow her on Instagram, @LucyWilliams02

    Thank you so much for listening. If you haven’t yet left a 5 star rating, why not do so now! Your support is so greatly appreciated and most importantly, helps others to discover the podcast. 

    And come and find me on Instagram, I’m @hollyrubenstein

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  • This week, I’m joined by a bit of a national treasure. He’s a chef, an author, a presenter - most notably of one of my childhood favourites - Ready Steady Cook. It’s Ainsley Harriott. 

    Ainsley first trained as a chef in London, but it might surprise you that before becoming a TV star, he was part of pop duo The Calypso Twins, releasing a hit record in the nineties. He soon started presenting Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook and Ready Steady Cook, and spin-off shows around the world. His numerous cookbooks have sold over 2 million copies globally, and he continues to light up our TV screens today - this time with his new ITV series, Ainsley’s Caribbean Kitchen. 

    Destination recap:

    Jamaica, CaribbeanKew Gardens, London, EnglandNiederau, AustriaInterrailing in Europe Buenos Aires, ArgentinaWimbledon Common, London, England Cannizaro Park, Wimbledon, EnglandDominica, Caribbean

    Ainsley’s Caribbean Kitchen, Delicious Feelgood Cooking from the Sunshine Islands is out now. You can watch the book’s accompanying TV series, Ainsley’s Caribbean Kitchen, on ITV on Monday nights. 

    Thank you so much for listening. If you haven’t yet left a 5 star rating, why not do so now! Your support is so greatly appreciated and most importantly, helps others to discover the podcast. 

    And come and find me on Instagram, I’m @hollyrubenstein

    Thank you also to the sponsors of this episode, The Turquoise Holiday Company. If you've caught the wanderlust, head over to https://www.turquoiseholidays.co.uk/ and their Instagram page, @turquoiseholidays

    This episode was produced by Holly Rubenstein.

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  • The world’s greatest living explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, has led an extraordinary life, travelling to some of the most remote and dangerous places on earth. He’s climbed Mt Everest, traversed from the North to South Pole, discovered a lost city and ran 7 marathons in 7 days in 7 continents. He’s cheated death many times, and raised millions for charity along the way. Chatting in the lobby of a busy London hotel, we discuss that time when he cut off his own fingertips and how he was nearly cast as James Bond. All that, and more, coming up on Episode 3 of The Travel Diaries.

    Destination recap:

    Table Mountain and Kruger National Park, South AfricaMt EverestThe Garden Route, South AfricaCrossing of Antarctica Isle of Rhum, ScotlandMuscat, OmanLondon, EnglandShisr, Nejd Desert, OmanZambezi river trip, Tanzania

    Thank you so much for listening. If you haven’t yet left a 5 star rating, why not do so now! Your support is so greatly appreciated and most importantly, helps others to discover the podcast. 

    And come and find me on Instagram, I’m @hollyrubenstein

    This episode was produced by Holly Rubenstein

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  • When it comes to travel, names don’t get much bigger than Sir Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Group. On this short haul (bite size) episode of The Travel Diaries, recorded in the bustling lobby of the new Virgin Hotel San Francisco, Richard takes us on a journey around the world, from the mountains of Morocco to the plains of Kenya - and even into outer space. 

    Destination recap:

    Virgin Hotel San Francisco

    Menorca, Balearic Islands

    Necker Island, British Virgin Islands

    Ulusaba, South Africa

    Mahali Mzuri, Kenya

    Mount Toukbal, Atlas Mountains, Marrakech

    Kasbah Tamadot, Marrakech

    Virgin Voyages

    Virgin Galactic

    Thank you so much for listening. If you haven’t yet left a 5 star rating, why not do so now! Your support is so greatly appreciated and most importantly, helps others to discover the podcast. 

    And come and find me on Instagram, I’m @hollyrubenstein

    Thank you also to the sponsors of this episode, The Turquoise Holiday Company. If you've caught the wanderlust, head over to https://www.turquoiseholidays.co.uk/ and their Instagram page, @turquoiseholidays

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  • Since winning the Great British Bake Off in 2015, life has changed immeasurably for Nadiya Hussain. In this episode of The Travel Diaries, Nadiya explains that travel wasn’t even something she contemplated as a young stay at home mum of three, except to visit her family in Bangladesh.

    Now, as a TV presenter and author, she is travelling the globe, discovering her favourite destinations, learning more about herself than ever and getting recognised in the most remote situations imaginable. 

    Destination recap:

    Sylhet, BangladeshParis, FranceNepalToronto to Vancouver, Canada (1d 20hrs drive!)Koh Sukorn, Thailand Machu Picchu, PeruMauritius 

    Nadiya’s cook book, Time to Eat, is out now.

    Her BBC 2 series ‘Nadiya’s Time to Eat’ airs on Monday evenings at 8pm. Catch up on BBC iPlayer. 

    Thank you so much for listening. If you haven’t yet left a 5 star rating, why not do so now! Your support is so greatly appreciated and most importantly, helps others to discover the podcast. 

    And come and find me on Instagram, I’m @hollyrubenstein

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  • Subscribe now to The Travel Diaries, a brand new podcast series starting Tuesday July 23.

    Each week, travel and entertainment journalist Holly Rubenstein will be joined by an incredible guest, as she uncovers the places around the world and travel experiences that have shaped her guests' lives.

    Be transported to exotic and far flung places as Holly and her diverse lineup from across the arts and the world of travel, take you on a journey through eight key chapters of their life's travel diaries, from their earliest childhood travel memory and the first place they fell in love with; to their all time favourite destination, their hidden gem recommendation and what’s at the top of their bucket list. It's wanderlust guaranteed - so subscribe now!

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