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This is the home of the Escape Podcast with Simon Calder. Plug in to gain insights into the best places to travel around the globe, with tricks and tips from the UK's best known authority on travel.

    Your 2020 Travel Wishlist - EP15 - Escape Podcast

    Your 2020 Travel Wishlist - EP15 - Escape Podcast

    Welcome to this week’s special episode of Escape, today we’re looking travel adventures for 2020 and Simon is bringing you his Wishlist, hoping to lift a bit of that winter gloom!

    Points of Interest:

    Montenegro: www.visit-montenegro.com

    London —> Tirana: https://www.google.com/flights?lite=0#flt=/m/04jpl./m/07m_f.2020-02-01*/m/07m_f./m/04jpl.2020-02-02;c:GBP;e:1;a:U2*U2;sd:1;t:f

    Sharm el Sheikh: https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Tourism-g297555-Sharm_El_Sheikh_South_Sinai_Red_Sea_and_Sinai-Vacations.html

    Dubia: www.visitdubai.com/en

    Luxembourg: www.lonelyplanet.com/luxembourg

    Schengen: https://www.visitluxembourg.com/en/moselle/schengen

    Tokyo 2020 Olympics: https://tokyo2020.org/en/

    Centre Parks Ireland: https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/center-parcs-ireland-longford-forest-family-holiday-a9025696.html

    Morecambe Bay Walk: https://exploremorecambebay.org.uk/see-and-do/morecambe-bay-cross-bay-walks/

    Hadrians Wall Walk: https://www.mickledore.co.uk/walking-holidays/hadrians-wall/?gclid=CjwKCAiA3OzvBRBXEiwALNKDP-4Fj_08K0ZfQt3kt7pwy8eDwD2cFNkiOJBszanDmMk44kO27HxhfxoCTlgQAvD_BwE

    Fowey, Cornwall: https://www.visitcornwall.com/places/fowey

    Chernobyl, Ukraine: https://realchernobyl.com/en/turs?gclid=CjwKCAiA3OzvBRBXEiwALNKDPwk9j1hc8FLbSEjyWOlNKak7nW7zVuLhbt20uxD1uSJEljd-HtiZZxoCoycQAvD_BwE

    Kiev, Ukraine: https://www.lonelyplanet.com/ukraine/kyiv

    Ways to explore North Africa: https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/morocco-travel-train-express-tgv-africa-high-speed-rail-line-a9213431.html

    The Falklands: https://www.falklandislands.com/

    • 15 min
    Top travel euphemisms - EP14 - Escape with Simon Calder

    Top travel euphemisms - EP14 - Escape with Simon Calder

    Welcome to this week’s episode of Escape with Simon Calder where we’re joined by expert travel guide, Paul Goldstein.

    This week Paul will be digging into travel euphemism, how to spend 48 hours in Barcelona and whilst on the topic of Spain, let’s discuss issues with drinking in the streets…
    
Contact Simon: Twitter @SimonCalder
Instagram @simon_calder

    Paul @paulgoldstein59
    Paul Instagram: @paulsgoldstein
    www.paulgoldstein.co.uk/
www.exodus.co.uk

    Points of Interest:

    0:14:22 Visit Barcelona - https://www.barcelona.com/
0:16:54 London —> Barcelona www.google.com/flights?lite=0#flt=LGW./m/01f62.2020-01-09*/m/01f62.LGW.2020-01-13;c:GBP;e:1;sd:1;t:f
    0:17:15 Barcelona Aerobus - http://www.aerobusbcn.com/en/?gclid=CjwKCAiAob3vBRAUEiwAIbs5TsQh3_Fc1UmxWzsCmhhoVj_UZRt4zriOTRLUVOdjB1tNPTO4NqyZRxoCiMgQAvD_BwE
    0:18:31 Granada, Spain - www.lonelyplanet.com/spain/granada
    0:19:28 Casa Viens - casavicens.org
    0:19:55 Picasso Museum - http://www.museupicasso.bcn.cat/en/
    0:23:08 Quantas non-stop London > Sydney - https://www.google.com/flights?lite=0#flt=/m/04jpl./m/06y57.2020-02-03*/m/06y57./m/04jpl.2020-02-16;c:GBP;e:1;a:QF*QF;sd:1;t:f
    0:27:26 Mersey Tunnels, Liverpool - https://www.merseytunnels.co.uk/
    0:27:33 Williamson Tunnels, Liverpool - www.williamsontunnels.co.uk/
    0:27:41 Western Approaches, Liverpool - liverpoolwarmuseum.co.uk/
    0:27:58 The Old Dock Experience - https://www.visitliverpool.com/things-to-do/old-dock-experience-p262861
    0:29:10 Simon Calder, Underground Liverpool - https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/liverpool-underground-visit-mersey-tunnel-western-approaches-beatles-a9075606.html

    • 31 min
    A guide to using a guidebook with DK Eyewitness - Ep13 - Escape Podcast

    A guide to using a guidebook with DK Eyewitness - Ep13 - Escape Podcast

    Welcome to this week’s episode of Escape with Simon Calder, we’re delighted to be joined once again by Georgina Dee, Head of Travel Publishing at Guidebook publisher DK Eyewitness.

    This week Georgina and Simon will be covering a masterclass in ‘how to use a guidebook’, 48 hours in this weeks city destination, Singapore, plus top safety tops for when visiting Prague. 

Contact Simon: Twitter @SimonCalder
Instagram @simon_calder

    0:03:15 Fly-drive Holidays USA - www.completenorthamerica.com/fly-drives/usa/
    0:03:48 7 Adventures, 7 days - www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/simon-calder-seven-adventures-days-series-river-fowey-cornwall-uk-travel-a9064716.html
    0:06:15 Dublin City Tour Bus - www.dublinsightseeing.ie/dublin-sightseeing-tour-bus/citytour
    0:08:18 Visit Singapore - www.visitsingapore.com/en/
    0:09:11 London Singapore - www.google.com/flights?lite=0#flt=/m/04jpl./m/06t2t.2019-12-01*/m/06t2t./m/04jpl.2019-12-16;c:GBP;e:1;sd:1;t:f
    0:09:11 London Singapore via Singapore Airlines - www.google.com/flights?lite=0#flt=/m/04jpl.SIN.2019-12-13*SIN./m/04jpl.2019-12-17;c:GBP;e:1;a:SQ*SQ;sd:1;t:f
    0:09:17 London Singapore Quantas - https://www.google.com/flights?lite=0#flt=/m/04jpl./m/06y57.2019-11-28.LHRPER0QF10~PERSYD1QF582*/m/06y57./m/04jpl.2019-12-11;c:GBP;e:1;sd:1;t:f;sp:2.GBP.112252
0:09:51 Chinatown, Singapore https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g294265-d317415-Reviews-Chinatown-Singapore.html
    0:09:59 Little India, Singapore - https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g294265-d324541-Reviews-Little_India-Singapore.html
    0:10:35 Arab Street Singapore - https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g294265-d324757-Reviews-Arab_Street-Singapore.html
    0:10:45 The Colonial District - https://www.roughguides.com/destinations/asia/singapore/colonial-district/
    0:11:05 Marina Bay Sands - https://www.marinabaysands.com/
    0:12:43 Tree Top Walk, Singapore - https://www.nparks.gov.sg/gardens-parks-and-nature/parks-and-nature-reserves/central-catchment-nature-reserve/treetop-walk
    0:14:09 DK Eyewitness - https://www.dk.com/uk/category/travel/
    0:23:05 Tintagel Castle - https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/tintagel-castle/
    0:26:04 - London Prague: https://www.google.com/flights?lite=0#flt=/m/04jpl./m/05ywg.2020-01-09*/m/05ywg./m/04jpl.2020-01-13;c:GBP;e:1;sd:1;t:f
    0:26:37 Safety & Security in Prague: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/czech-republic/safety-and-security
    0:27:20 N9 Bus Route - https://tfl.gov.uk/bus/route/n9/
    0:27:35 x26 Bus Route - https://tfl.gov.uk/bus/timetable/x26/

    • 28 min
    Best Safaris in Africa - Ep12 - Escape Podcast

    Best Safaris in Africa - Ep12 - Escape Podcast

    Welcome to this week’s episode of Escape with Simon Calder, this week we’re joined once again by adventure tour leader, photographer and wildlife expert, Paul Goldstein!

    Coming up in this episode, Paul will be conducting a masterclass on African Safaris, plus how to spend 48 hours in Vancouver and whether its still worth visiting the Caribbean during storm season.

    
Contact Simon:
    
Twitter @SimonCalder

    Instagram @simon_calder

    Contact Paul:
    Twitter: @paulgoldstein89
    Instagram: @paulsgoldstein

    0:01:09 BA Pilot Strike - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/topics/cdx5rv2k91zt/ba-pilots-strike
    0:07:27 Civil Aviation Authority - https://www.caa.co.uk/home/
    0:10:27 Visit Vancouver - https://www.tourismvancouver.com/
    0:10:44 Sydney Tourism - https://uk.sydney.com/
    0:11:22 Vancouver Public Transport - https://www.tourismvancouver.com/plan-your-trip/getting-around/transit-system/
    0:12:00 Stanley Park, Vancouver -https://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/stanley-park.aspx
    0:12:27 Vancouver Aquarium - https://www.vanaqua.org/
    0:12:43 Granville Island - https://granvilleisland.com/
    0:12:56 London  Vancouver, West Jet Air - https://www.google.com/flights?lite=0#flt=/m/04jpl./m/080h2.2019-11-21*/m/080h2./m/04jpl.2019-12-04;c:GBP;e:1;a:WS*WS;sd:1;t:f
    0:13:05 London  Vancouver, AirCanada - https://www.google.com/flights?q=air+canada+london+to+vancouver&source=lnms&mode_promoted=true&tbm=flm&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi5nOSi1OTlAhV1pHEKHZ1JDIkQ_AUIEigB#flt=/m/04jpl./m/080h2.2019-11-28*/m/080h2./m/04jpl.2019-12-02;c:GBP;e:1;a:AC*AC;sd:1;t:f
    0:13:19 YWCA Vancouver Hotel - https://ywcavan.org/hotel
    0:14:00 Capilano Suspension Bridge - https://www.capbridge.com/
    0:14:34 Grouse Mountain - https://www.grousemountain.com/
    0:15:05 Squamish Cable Car - https://www.seatoskygondola.com/
    0:16:34 Paul Goldstein, Exodus -https://www.exodus.co.uk/
    0:17:25 Maasai Mara - https://www.maasaimara.com/
    0:22:55 Cites - https://www.cites.org/
    0:23:42 East Africa Travel - https://www.lonelyplanet.com/east-africa
    0:26:00 Caribbean Travel - https://www.lonelyplanet.com/caribbean
    0:27:44 Blue Mountains, Jamaica - http://things-to-do-in-jamaica.com/blue-mountains-tour-in-jamaica/
    0:27:52 St Lucia - https://www.lonelyplanet.com/st-lucia
    0:28:04 Barbados - https://www.visitbarbados.org/
    0:28:22 Munich - https://www.lonelyplanet.com/germany/munich
    0:29:56 Belfast Londonderry train - https://www.thetrainline.com/train-times/belfast-central-to-londonderry

    • 31 min
    City Breaks: 48 Hours in Lisbon - Episode 11 - Escape Podcast

    City Breaks: 48 Hours in Lisbon - Episode 11 - Escape Podcast

    Welcome to this week’s episode of Escape with Simon Calder, we’re delighted to be joined by Georgina Dee, Head of Travel Publishing at Guidebook publisher DK Eyewitness.

    Georgina and Simon will be covering a masterclass in UK cultural tourism with children, 48 hours in Lisbon, plus the scams associated with the new New Zealand eVisa…
    
Contact Simon: Twitter @SimonCalder
Instagram @simon_calder

    0:00:30 DK Eyewitness Travel - https://www.dk.com/uk/category/travel/
    0:01:54 Computed Tomography - https://www.popsci.com/gdpr.html?redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww.popsci.com%2fct-scanner-airport-security-tsa%2f
    0:08:30 https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/destinations/lisbon/flights-to-lisbon
0:08:36 TAP to Lisbon - https://www.flytap.com/en-gb/?
    0:09:16 Lisbon Metro - https://www.metrolisboa.pt/en/
    0:09:39 Lisbon Aerobus -https://www.aerobus.pt/en-GB/Home-2.aspx?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIpIzDpJTE5QIVRojVCh07XgGJEAAYASAAEgJ4TPD_BwE
 0:10:50 Alfama Flee Market -https://lisbonlisboaportugal.com/Alfama-Lisbon/Feira-da-ladra-market-lisbon.html
    0:11:33 Cafe Brasileria - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caf%C3%A9_A_Brasileira
    0:12:32 Santa Justa Lift - > http://www.carris.pt/pt/ascensores-e-elevador/
    0:13:05 Time Out Market Lisbon - > https://www.timeoutmarket.com/lisboa/en/
    0:13:57 Military Museum, Lisbon -> https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g189158-d243615-Reviews-Museu_Militar_de_Lisboa-Lisbon_Lisbon_District_Central_Portugal.html
    0:14:34 Sintra, Portugal -> http://www.sintra-portugal.com/index.html
    0:16:12 Blenheim Palace -> https://www.blenheimpalace.com/visitus/opening-times/?
    0:18:00 National Trust - > https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/join-us?campid=PPC_Central_Membership_Google_Membership-Brand&dfaid=1&ds_rl=1199321&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-cu26JrE5QIVCNreCh2YXAB9EAAYASAAEgI6zfD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
    0:19:17 Science Museum, London - > https://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/visit
    0:21:10 Stockholm - > https://www.visitstockholm.com/
    0:23:02 eVisa New Zealand - > https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/our-online-systems/applying-for-a-visa-online/immigration-online/evisas
    0:23:37 eta New Zealand - > https://www.etanewzealand.com/
    0:24:16 Louve, Paris -> https://www.louvre.fr/en
    0:24:36 Musee, d’Orsay -> https://m.musee-orsay.fr/en/home.html

    • 25 min
    Disconnect to reconnect, ditching digital whilst travelling - Episode 10 - Escape Podcast

    Disconnect to reconnect, ditching digital whilst travelling - Episode 10 - Escape Podcast

    Welcome to Escape with Simon Calder, this week we’re delighted to be joined once again by the fantastic Lyn Hughes, co-founder of Wanderlust Magazine! 

    Contact Simon: Twitter @SimonCalder
Instagram @simon_calder
    Contact Lyn: Twitter @Wanderlust_Lyn

    Instagram @wanderlust.lyn

    0:00:35 Wanderlust Magazine - www.wanderlust.co.uk/
0:07:01 Poste Restante - https://www.postoffice.co.uk/mail/poste-restante
    0:08:19 Visit Georgia - https://www.visitgeorgia.ge/
0:08:42 Saint Helena - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Helena
    0:09:36 Georgetown, Guyana - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgetown,_Guyana
 0:11:50 Flights POS - > Georgetown -https://www.google.com/flights?lite=0#flt=POS./m/0fnm3.2019-11-02*/m/0fnm3.POS.2019-11-06;c:GBP;e:1;sd:1;t:f
    0:12:00 Flights London - > Georgetown - https://www.google.com/flights?lite=0#flt=/m/04jpl./m/0fnm3.2019-11-21*/m/0fnm3./m/04jpl.2019-12-04;c:GBP;e:1;sd:1;t:f
0:13:28 Hotel Tower - > https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g294078-d582334-Reviews-Tower_Suites-Georgetown_Demerara_Mahaica.html
    0:13:35 Cara Lodge - > https://caralodge.com/
    0:15:20 The Backyard Cafe -> https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g294078-d15209204-Reviews-Backyard_Cafe-Georgetown_Demerara_Mahaica.html
    0:18:14 The St. George’s Cathedral, Georgetown Guyana - > https://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g294078-d315738-i216780138-St_George_s_Cathedral-Georgetown_Demerara_Mahaica.html
    0:18:33 Seawall - > https://exploreguyana.org/seawall/
    0:18:57 Bourda - > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bourda
    0:19:15 Providence Stadium - > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Providence_Stadium
    0:24:12 Buenos Aires - > https://www.lonelyplanet.com/argentina/buenos-aires
    0:26:51 Yellow Fever - > https://www.wanderlust.co.uk/content/yellow-fever-know-the-facts/

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

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13 Ratings

Weechooky ,

If you don’t know who Simon Calder is.....

He’s the extremely knowledgeable bloke wheeled out by all the main broadcasters when there’s anything in the news about travel. He really does know his stuff and find his insights fascinating.

JoeJohnson200 ,

Joe

Been waiting for a podcast like this for ages! Great variety of topics and it’s already given me some holiday inspiration. Perfect sound quality, can’t wait for future episodes!

JDalmon ,

Escape

Great new podcast, looking forward to future episodes!

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