87 episodes

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 Lisa Francesca Nand: Travel Journalist and Broadcaster

    • Places & Travel

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.

    87. Bonnie Rakhit; Fashion, Luxury Travel, Instagram, Coachella and Anti-Bullying Campaigning

    87. Bonnie Rakhit; Fashion, Luxury Travel, Instagram, Coachella and Anti-Bullying Campaigning

    Former fashion editor Bonnie Rakhit, The Style Traveller, has an enviable job combining luxury travel and fashion. Having been bullied badly as a child her aim now to start using her platform to raise awareness. We talk Instagram, blogging, iconic train journeys, iconic hotels, fashion front rows, racism, taking a beating, cave raves, dancing under the stars, Coachella, Leonardo Di Caprio snogging Rhianna, California convertibles and Instagrammers using profiles for meaningful causes.

    • 34 min
    86. Foreign Correspondent Humphrey Hawksley; Expelled from Sri Lanka, Death Threats in the Philippines and Cold War Espionage Thrillers

    86. Foreign Correspondent Humphrey Hawksley; Expelled from Sri Lanka, Death Threats in the Philippines and Cold War Espionage Thrillers

    Humphrey Hawksley's work as a BBC foreign correspondent has taken him to crises on every continent. He been expelled from Sri Lanka, had death threats from several extreme regimes, traced Graham Greene’s footsteps in Sierra Leone and the Cold War and espionage are prominent themes in his popular thrillers. On this episode we talk war zones, politics, the EU, Trump, guns, Russia, Iraq, Afghanistan and the pain of accidently tipping a well-known country music star on the streets of Nashville.

    • 43 min
    85. India Hicks; Family, Bahamian Island Life, Maharajahs’ Palaces and Rat Infested Hostels

    85. India Hicks; Family, Bahamian Island Life, Maharajahs’ Palaces and Rat Infested Hostels

    Entrepreneur and style icon India Hicks, daughter of designer David Hicks and granddaughter of Lord and Lady Mountbatten, is related to everyone from Prince Philip to Queen Victoria. India talks life on a remote Caribbean island, her famous and sometimes unconventional family, taking her 90-year-old mother to Iceland, backpacking in rat-infested hostels and the harrowing damage done by Hurricane Dorian. Oh and she also has the un-missable India Hicks Podcast (of which Lisa is producer).

    • 34 min
    84. Nicky Kelvin; The Points Guy UK on Mongolian Rockets, Israeli Biker Gangs, Dicing with Mugabe in Zimbabwe and Great Travel Deals

    84. Nicky Kelvin; The Points Guy UK on Mongolian Rockets, Israeli Biker Gangs, Dicing with Mugabe in Zimbabwe and Great Travel Deals

    The face of The Points Guy UK, a website showing us how to get the most from points and miles whose US site has over 75 million unique visitors a year. Nicky Kelvin’s own travel journey started with cheap flights courtesy of his cabin crew sister and moved on to climbing Kilimanjaro, accidentally setting fire to a Mongolian hillside, working as a photojournalist (oh and a Manny) in Israel and he was once forced to pay £600 for a jam sandwich in Zimbabwe in order to escape the Mugabe regime unscathed.

    • 34 min
    83. Dr Mandeep Rai; Global Values Expert on 150 Countries, Cultural Inspiration and Making that Leap!

    83. Dr Mandeep Rai; Global Values Expert on 150 Countries, Cultural Inspiration and Making that Leap!

    Exploring the hearts, minds & traditions of cultures around the world is Dr Mandeep Rai’s passion & in her book The Values Compass (recommended by the Dalai Lama!) & on this episode we question what makes us who we are; why the Turkish are hospitable, the Jordanians helpful & the Argentinians passionate? Mandeep has travelled to over 150 countries & loves more than anything how chance encounters with strangers can change your life. Plus inspirational thoughts on how we can embrace our own core values.

    • 29 min
    82. The Big Travel Podcast CHRISTMAS 2019 SPECIAL!

    82. The Big Travel Podcast CHRISTMAS 2019 SPECIAL!

    Giles Coren obsessed with Christmas, India Hicks in the Bahamas, Cosmo travel ed. Amanda Statham in Yorkshire, Rhik Samadder on Christmas Day in a Bangkok sex hotel, Dom Joly eating tinned tuna in Iran, festival guru Rob Da Bank on ‘fake Christmas’ in Dubai, Andy 'The Viking' Fordham on Chopper bikes, Paola Miggiuli the Tiny Italian on Columbian Christmas in Essex, Iain Lee on insane Christmas in Hawaii, Nasa astronaut John Herrington lost in Alaska & make-up artist Hannah Martin in Somerset. 

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

jennythefirst ,

Brilliant guests

This is my favourite travel podcast. I love the guests - from the well known ones to others I have never heard of but who have such interesting stories.

Chris Barr MCA ,

Excellent listen

Thanks for a excellent listen, great to have so of the wall subjects!

nancy beauty fan girl ,

Inspiring

Such a great travel show with great guests . Has inspired me to visit so many places....my list is getting longer and longer

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