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.
TV Baker Cynthia Stroud; Nigerian Childhood, Food Poverty and the Healing Power of Cake
TV baker and food judge Cynthia Stroud grew up in Nigeria, learning budgeting from her grandfather being paid in chickens and goats and about baking from her mother. In the UK she went from living off £10 a week, to running her million pound cake-making business, Pretty Gorgeous Cake Co, and being honoured by the Queen. Her charity Jedidiah UK supports people left in poverty due to the Covid-19 pandemic. With stories from Nigeria, New York, Toronto and being called ‘me duck’ in the sleepy town of Hert
Samantha Kelly; ‘Tweeting Goddess’ on Ireland’s Beauty, Hong Kong Bar Dancing and the People Who Inspire Us
From Rosslare Harbour in Wexford, Ireland, Samantha Kelly is the founder of global Women’s Inspire Network. We talk about inspiring female entrepreneurs, the people who have inspired us, arriving by boat to Ireland on the way to the Seychelles, working as a waitress in a Hong Kong Irish Pub, the joys of dancing on bars, the joys of Irish pubs, getting engaged in New York and how the human connection, the things that bond us and make us smile, are more important than ever. A truly uplifting episode.
Charles Spencer; Historic Monarchs, Worldwide News Reporting and the Ghosts of Althorp
Earl Spencer, best-selling author and historian, has a superb talent for bringing history to life. His new book, The White Ship, explores England’s worst ever maritime and royal disaster, a tragedy that changed the course of European history. From childhood trips to unknown Ibiza, friskings at the Russian border to covering everything from Cannes to Cairo as a news reporter, the late Princess Diana’s younger brother has fascinating travel tales.
Justin Somper: Bestselling Vampirates Author on Australian Beaches, New York’s Studio 54, Magical Coincidences and Not So Magical Prejudices
The year is 2505. The oceans have risen. A new era of piracy has dawned…Justin Somper’s vision of a future world in the bestselling Vampirates books has been very much influenced by his passion for Australia, which has lead to much exploring and also even his recent wedding on the beach. In the rain. As well as Australia we talk New York’s Studio 54 and Broadway, Washington DC’s homophobic hostel owner, the surrealness of Bangkok, hanging out with Isla Fisher in London and so much more.
Loyd Grossman CBE; 1960s New York, Ecclesiastical Sock Makers and How Food Completes Travel
Loyd Grossman, entrepreneur, author and broadcaster is well-known for presenting MasterChef, Through the Keyhole & much more. His passion for history and the arts has led to leading roles many cultural institutions and impeccably researched books. Loyd and Lisa talk food and travel, growing up in a US seaside haven, hippy days in late 60s New York, playing with Jethro Tull and how an elephant in Rome led to his new book about one of Europe’s greatest artists.
Lemn Sissay MBE; Lancashire Care Homes, Life’s Language of Travel and How Poetry Gave Him Wings
Lemn Sissay, writer and poet, was taken from his Ethiopian mother at birth and after a stinging rejection from foster parents at 12 spent his childhood in care. He published his first book of poetry age 17 and sold it to striking miners in Lancashire. Although a large part of him will ‘always feel like that rootless kid’, poetry, he says, gave him wings and he began his travels not just around the world but also the both physical and emotional journey to find his birth family.
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One of my weekly must listen to podcasts.
Love this show every week, never miss an episode, this weeks chat with Laura Hamilton was one of my favourites.