137 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 but a spirit for exploration to fabulous tales of exotic climes and incredible adventures. Celebrities, authors, sports people, politicians, 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.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 103 Ratings

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 but a spirit for exploration to fabulous tales of exotic climes and incredible adventures. Celebrities, authors, sports people, politicians, 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.

    Foy Vance; Childhood Church Building in Oklahoma, Growing up in Northern Ireland’s Music Scene, Recording in Muscle Shoals, Home-Schooling on Tour With Ed Sheeran

    Foy Vance; Childhood Church Building in Oklahoma, Growing up in Northern Ireland’s Music Scene, Recording in Muscle Shoals, Home-Schooling on Tour With Ed Sheeran

    Growing up in Northern Ireland, with his preacher father playing guitar and his granny always singing, for Foy Vance music and the nomadic lifestyle are somewhat ingrained. When Foy was a young boy his father moved the family to Oklahoma to build a church. Back in Northern Ireland he picked up the guitar and eventually immersed himself in the local music scene before moving to London (via a stint in Lanzarote!). He's travelled the US in search of music history, worshipped at the alter of Muscle Shoals, home-schooled his nine year old on a world tour with Ed Sheeran, hangs around with some of Hollywood’s royalty and, in true poetic style, calls a tiny village on the edge of the Highlands his ‘seabed’ home. A beautiful soul as well as one of our most heart-stirring singer song-writers.
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    • 49 min
    137. Jamie Klingler; Reclaim These Streets, Taking the Police to Court, Turning Your Life Around

    137. Jamie Klingler; Reclaim These Streets, Taking the Police to Court, Turning Your Life Around

    During the pandemic Jamie Klingler, underwent an incredible transformation from heavy-drinking party girl to sober, and losing 7 stone along the way. But it was the murder of Sarah Everard that led to her becoming the activist her mother always felt she should be and having co-founded Reclaim These Streets you’ll now see her all over the news battling for justice, women’s safety and more.  She grew up in Philadelphia, travelling the world working in media and events and was in the heart of New York City on 9/11. She’s traced her 3 adopted sisters’ heritage in China, spent time recovering in the Maldives, loves the Vietnamese fishing village of Hoi An, has followed in the footsteps of Steve Coogan in Italy and feels that fellow Americans need to travel more mindfully. 

    Watch Jamie’s inspirational Tedx here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtycbSeGp2I

    And find her here: https://jamieklingler.substack.com

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    • 50 min
    136. Jennifer Nand; Liverpool, The Cavern and When John Lennon Spat on her Nose

    136. Jennifer Nand; Liverpool, The Cavern and When John Lennon Spat on her Nose

    Jennifer Nand was just a young teen when the Beatles were at the start of their meteoric rise. Piling into her friend Jenny’s hearse to go watch the bands in The Cavern and other places across the city, hitching lifts home through the Mersey tunnel, being accidentally spat on the nose by none other than John Lennon, watching the debut performances of some of the UK’s most brilliant acts, rebelling on the Mersey Ferry, controversially dating then marrying Lisa's Indian-Fijian Dad and much more. Lisa talks to her mum in a home-coming trip to Liverpool and The Wirral!
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    • 44 min
    Hannah Bourne-Taylor; Ghana, Conservation and The Baby Bird That Nested in Her Hair

    Hannah Bourne-Taylor; Ghana, Conservation and The Baby Bird That Nested in Her Hair

    You might have seen recently a story that went viral, the woman who for three months let a baby bird nest in her hair. Of course the real story is a little bit more nuanced and to hear it directly from nature writer and conservationist Hannah Bourne-Taylor might well bring a little tear to your eye, On this episode, and in her book Fledging, Hannah tells the heart warming story of how, lonely and confused in Ghana, she rescued the little finch who in many ways actually rescued her. 


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    • 46 min
    Marc 'The Vet' Abraham OBE; Mumbai Slum-Dogs, Rescuing Bears in Ukraine, Operations in Thai Temples, Changing the Law

    Marc 'The Vet' Abraham OBE; Mumbai Slum-Dogs, Rescuing Bears in Ukraine, Operations in Thai Temples, Changing the Law

    Marc Araham, OBE, aka Marc the Vet, was inspired by his Holocaust survivor grandmother to change UK law and dramatically improve how we treat our pets. He’s vaccinated dogs in Mumbai slums, rescued dancing bears in Ukraine, operated in Buddhist temples in post-tsunami Thailand, battled dog-meat farms in South Korea, travelled deep into the Amazon Jungle and even rehabilitated inmates with pit bulls in US prisons. Marc's new book 'Be More Mosquito: How You Can Campaign & Create Change' is out in June 2022. And he even brought donuts round to Lisa’s. What a guy! 
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Cally Beaton; Vodka with Madonna, Panthers on the Loose and Joan Rivers’ Life-Changing Approval

    Cally Beaton; Vodka with Madonna, Panthers on the Loose and Joan Rivers’ Life-Changing Approval

    Stand-up comedian, star of comedy TV shows and host of the Namaste Mother******s Podcast, Cally Beaton, was a high flying TV exec until Joan Rivers noticed her comedic talent and gave her some life-changing advice. She’s partied at some of the world’s hottest events, knocked back Vodka with Madonna, refused to indulge Mariah’s puppies, narrowly avoided a panther on the loose in South Africa, almost been swallowed by a blizzard in Iceland after a boyfriend dumped her at the airport and much more. Recorded with Lisa in Malaga and Cally live from her laundry cupboard in Amsterdam.  
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    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
103 Ratings

103 Ratings

Jonny Rutter ,

Outstanding Podcast

This is hands down my favourite podcast.
Lisa really speaks to her audience as friends and always finds a different angle for subjects.
A delight to hear her mum’s history in Liverpool earlier today.
Very much looking forward to what’s in store next time.

Keep up the fine work Lisa !

Emma1985 ,

A must listen

I started listening to this podcast during lockdown and quickly found myself coming to the end of them as I just couldn’t stop…perhaps something to do with being stuck at home and listening to Lisa and her guests telling such wonderful stories. A nice easy listen, the guests are intriguing and I just love it ❤️

Gem-T-Travel ,

Fascinating guests!

Lisa has some amazing guests and I love to hear their inside stories. I particularly love Femi Oluwole and Lucy Siegle. And I LOVE the music question at the end. So true that travel and music go hand in hand!

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