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Travel magazine, featuring travellers' tales, experiences and anecdotes

Excess Baggage BBC

    • Places & Travel
    • 4.4, 43 Ratings

Travel magazine, featuring travellers' tales, experiences and anecdotes

    The point and the pleasure of travel

    The point and the pleasure of travel

    In the last Excess Baggage, John McCarthy talks to three inveterate travellers: Sara Wheeler, who has written on Africa and the Antarctic, explorer Benedict Allen who has travelled in Siberia and New Guinea and documentary maker Simon Reeve who has just returned from the Indian Ocean. He asks them why they are driven to explore the world and what is the point of travel.

    Producer: Harry Parker.

    • 28 min
    Africa - Rwanda, Uganda and South Sudan

    Africa - Rwanda, Uganda and South Sudan

    John McCarthy discusses travel to the African countries of Rwanda, Uganda and to the world's newest country, South Sudan. With his guests, doctor Rob Summerhayes, paramedic Franz Opitz and forensic accountant Benedict Jenks - John finds out what attracts people to visiting a country with troubles past or present. All the guests are sensitive to the highly political issues that are involved in visiting such countries and have wide experience of travel to some of the world's hotspots. All have also spent considerable time in Central Africa developing considerable insight into those countries.
    Producer: Harry Parker.

    • 28 min
    Lake Titicaca - Manchester, Bolivia - Malaysia

    Lake Titicaca - Manchester, Bolivia - Malaysia

    John McCarthy meets the former debutante Meriel Larken who fell in love with Peru and rescued and restored a Victorian steam ship on Lake Titicaca. He is also joined by Chris Smith and Liz Peel who went by canoe through the Bolivian jungle in search of the village of Manchester; and Kung Fu expert Nick Hurst explains why he set off to Malaysia and China to spend time with his grandmaster Sugong.

    Producer: Margaret Collins.

    • 27 min
    Wildlife travel

    Wildlife travel

    John McCarthy explores wildlife travel with naturalist and tv presenter, Mark Carwardine, who has spent thirty years travelling around the world to observe and aid conservation of a huge range of species including whales, tigers, gorillas and sea birds. He is also joined by wildlife travel writer, James Parry, who has made a unique tour of the world's top twenty deserts chosen for their outstanding wildlife and landscape interest - and award-winning wildlife photographer, Andy Rouse, discusses his recent trips to Rwanda in relation to mountain gorillas, and to India to study tigers.
    Producer: Margaret Collins.

    • 27 min
    Iceland

    Iceland

    Sandi Toksvig goes to Reykjavik to look at aspects of tourism in Iceland and discovers that the volcanic eruptions and the financial crash there may not have been so bad for the country. As well as reminding the world of its geological attractions the crises have helped Iceland look at its cultural roots like the sagas and....knitting.

    Producer: Harry Parker.

    • 28 min
    Family Travel

    Family Travel

    John McCarthy takes a look at family travel with novelist Gill Lewis, who has taken her daughters spotting wildlife both abroad and in Scotland and Cornwall and Ben Hatch who toured Britain with his young children. And holiday lettings agent Wendy Shand explains how self-catering holidays can be more child friendly.

    Producer: Harry Parker.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

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So sad it's over! :(

Really upset it finished but happy its on saturday live now!

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Reliably great

Always worth the weekly wait

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Outstandingly well-informed interviewing, with a generous dollop of wit. Highly recommended!

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