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The Travel Diaries is a weekly interview series where entertainment and travel journalist Holly Rubenstein chats to a special guest about the travel experiences that have shaped their lives and their adventures around the world.

Be transported to exotic and far flung places as Holly and her diverse range of guests from across the arts and world of travel, take you on a journey through the eight key chapters of their life's travel diaries, from their earliest childhood travel memory and the first place they fell in love with; to their all time favourite destination, their hidden gem recommendation and what’s at the top of their bucket list. It's wanderlust guaranteed!

The Travel Diaries Holly Rubenstein

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The Travel Diaries is a weekly interview series where entertainment and travel journalist Holly Rubenstein chats to a special guest about the travel experiences that have shaped their lives and their adventures around the world.

Be transported to exotic and far flung places as Holly and her diverse range of guests from across the arts and world of travel, take you on a journey through the eight key chapters of their life's travel diaries, from their earliest childhood travel memory and the first place they fell in love with; to their all time favourite destination, their hidden gem recommendation and what’s at the top of their bucket list. It's wanderlust guaranteed!

    Dev Patel - Short Haul

    Dev Patel - Short Haul

    BAFTA winner and Oscar nominee, Dev Patel, is one of Britain’s finest young actors.
    He first graced our screens in the seminal teen drama, Skins, before going on to make his movie debut in Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire, which picked up eight Oscars, including Best Picture. 
    He’s gone on to star in many more critically acclaimed films, including The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and Lion, for which he won a BAFTA, and received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations.
    Now, he’s taken the lead role in Armando Ianucci’s adaptation of The Personal History of David Copperfield, which is already a critic’s favourite.
    Like in Season One, this episode I’ve called a short haul episode, because I didn’t have quite as much interview time as I normally do. The way that it tends to work with movie stars is you meet up in a hotel - in this case it was the Soho Hotel in London, which is a real celeb haunt - and you’re given quite a tight time slot before the next interviewer comes in. If you’ve seen Notting Hill, it’s like when Hugh Grant interviews Julia Roberts for Horse & Hound!
    Despite literally just getting off a flight from LA, Dev was as warm and down to earth as he seems on screen, and having shot movies and travelled all around the world in some fascinating locations, I really hope you’ll enjoy hearing his travel diaries.
    Destination recap:
    - Gujarat, India 
    - Mumbai, India
    - Chor Bazaar, Mumbai, India 
    - Alibag, India
    - Tokyo, Japan
    - South Korea
    - Norfolk, England
    - Koreatown, Los Angeles, USA
    - Quarters, Los Angeles, USA
    - Toe Bang, Los Angeles, USA
    - Johannesburg, South Africa
    - Soweto, South Africa
    - New Zealand 
    Dev’s new movie, The Personal History of David Copperfield is out on January 24.
    Thank you so much for listening. If you haven’t yet left a 5 star rating or a review, why not do so now! Your support is so greatly appreciated and most importantly, helps others to discover the podcast. 
    And come and find me on Instagram, I’m @hollyrubenstein
    Finally, a big thank you to this season’s sponsor, Mr & Mrs Smith - The Travel Club for Hotel Lovers. You can find Mr & Mrs Smith online and on Instagram @mrandmrssmith. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 20 min
    Rick Stein

    Rick Stein

    Today I’m joined by international treasure and culinary royalty, Rick Stein. 
    He’s graced our screens, and lined our bookshelves for over 25 years, cooking up cuisine from all over the world. Fish is his great love, served in his restaurant empire from Padstow, Cornwall to Sydney, Australia.
    Along with his travel diaries, we talk about the very surprising career path he originally pursued that had nothing to do with food; how the loss of his father led him on a real voyage of self discovery; and he reveals which destinations he’s tipping for this year’s culinary hit list. All that and more, coming up. 
    Destination recap: 
    - Isles of Scilly, England
    - Padstow, Cornwall, England
    - Combrée, France 
    - Cantabria, Spain 
    - Clermont-Ferrand, Auvergne, France 
    - Jura, France 
    - Collioure, France,
    - Perpignan, France 
    - Alice Springs, Australia
    - Iceland 
    - Rajasthan, India
    - Lucknow, India
    - Sydney, Australia 
    - Tbilisi, Georgia 
    - Bologna, Italy 
    - Trieste, Italy
    - Buenos Aires, Argentina 


    Rick Stein’s Secret France is out now and his accompanying TV series is on BBC iPlayer.
    Thank you so much for listening. If you haven’t yet left a 5 star rating or a review, why not do so now! Your support is so greatly appreciated and most importantly, helps others to discover the podcast. 
    And come and find me on Instagram, I’m @hollyrubenstein
    Finally, a big thank you to this season’s sponsor, Mr & Mrs Smith - The Travel Club for Hotel Lovers. You can find Mr & Mrs Smith online and on Instagram @mrandmrssmith. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 36 min
    Raymond Blanc

    Raymond Blanc

    On today’s season finale of The Travel Diaries podcast, I’m joined by one of the world’s greatest chefs, Raymond Blanc.
    Raymond had a very humble start to life in rural France and his journey to opening Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, the internationally-renowned Cotswolds country house hotel where he’s been the chef patron since it opened in 1984 is nothing short of extraordinary. For half of his life, he’s held two Michelin-stars, the only chef in the UK to have retained two stars for so long. And of course in time, with his success, he has travelled the world, and has many stories to tell. 
    I spoke to Raymond at the Cheval Three Quays apartments, looking out at the London skyline. I don’t think I’ve ever met somebody overflowing with as much passion and joie de vivre as Raymond. It came as no surprise to hear that 34 of his protégés have gone on to win their own Michelin stars, including Marco Pierre White and Michael Caines. His passion is infectious.
    Destination recap:
    - Franche-Comté, France
    - Switzerland
    - Provence, France
    - Besançon, France
    - Kuching, Malaysia 
    - Japanese Tea House Garden, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, England
    - Barocay, Philippines 
    - Hong Kong
    - Nice, Provence, France


    Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons celebrates 35 years this year.
    Thank you so much for listening. If you haven’t yet left a 5 star rating or a review, why not do so now! Your support is so greatly appreciated and most importantly, helps others to discover the podcast. 
    And come and find me on Instagram, I’m @hollyrubenstein - I'd love to hear from you. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 31 min
    Condé Nast Traveller's Melinda Stevens

    Condé Nast Traveller's Melinda Stevens

    Today I’m joined by one of the world’s most influential and multi-award winning travel writers, the global editor in chief of Condé Nast Traveller UK and US, Melinda Stevens. She’s a trend setter, taste maker and considered by many to be travel royalty. 
    After beginning her writing career at Vogue Magazine, Melinda went on to become a columnist for the Sunday Times and Evening Standard, and the travel editor at Tatler, before taking the helm at Condé Nast Traveller.
    Reading Condé Nast Traveller - the way the writers would transport me to far flung places with the power of their words - was my inspiration for becoming a travel writer. So heading to its offices in the heart of London’s Mayfair, where the walls were lined with its iconic covers, was really thrilling.
    Unsurprisingly, Melinda has her finger on the pulse of the hottest destinations, which we of course discuss, as well as reflecting on some of the all time greats. And she gives a real insight into the makings of a top magazine. This is wanderlust guaranteed.


    Destination Recap:
    - Frinton on sea, Essex, England 
    - The Long Mynd, Shropshire, England 
    - Bali, Indonesia
    - Road trip from Seattle, Washington, through Idaho, Wyoming and Montana
    - Road trip from Sun Valley Utah, through Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico 
    - Danakil Depression, Ethiopia
    - Kazakstan 
    - Charleston, South Carolina, USA                       
    - The Bahamas
    - Kerala, India
    - Rajasthan, India
    - Cala di Volpe, Sardinia
    - Amilla Fushi, Maldives
    - Hotel Escencia, Mexicos
    - Le Bristol, Paris 
    - The Mercer, New York
    - La Reserve, Paris
    - Honduras
    - Belgrade, Serbia 
    - Soviet Russia 
    - Egypt
    - Sleeper train from London to Scottish Highlands 
    - Belmond trains
    - Japan


    Condé Nast Traveller magazine is available in all good newsagents.
    You can follow Melinda's Instagram here, as well as the magazine here, for all the travel inspo you could ever need.
    Thank you so much for listening. If you haven’t yet left a 5 star rating or a review, why not do so now! Your support is so greatly appreciated and most importantly, helps others to discover the podcast. 
    And come and find me on Instagram, I’m @hollyrubenstein - I'd love to hear from you. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 38 min
    Gyles Brandreth

    Gyles Brandreth

    Today, I’m joined by Gyles Brandreth. Summing up the life and career of Gyles is no easy feat. He’s a prolific broadcaster, actor, journalist, novelist, biographer and podcaster, and he was formerly an MP and Lord Commissioner of the Treasury. You'll have seen him on Celebrity Googlebox; Countdown's Dictionary Corner hundreds of times, as well as on numerous TV panel shows. He's even the President of the Association of British Scrabble Players!
    Through all these different jobs Gyles has travelled the world several times over, from Sri Lanka and Dubai to former Soviet Russia and East Germany. As you’ll hear, though, it’s the British seaside staycation that Gyles loves most.
    Destination recap:
    - Norderney, Germany
    - Isle of Thanet, Kent, England 
    - Broadstairs, Kent, England
    - Switzerland
    - Corfu, Greece
    - France
    - Iceland 
    - Isle of Wight, England
    - Sri Lanka
    - India
    - Dubai
    - Sardinia
    - Sicily
    - Mexico
    - Belfast, Northern Ireland
    - Swansea, Wales
    - Russia
    - East Berlin, East Germany
    - Mekong Delta, Vietnam and Cambodia
    - Heaven!


    ‘Dancing by the Light of the Moon - over 250 poems to read, recite and relish’ is out now.
    Thank you so much for listening. If you haven’t yet left a 5 star rating or a review, why not do so now! Your support is so greatly appreciated and most importantly, helps others to discover the podcast. 
    And come and find me on Instagram, I’m @hollyrubenstein For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 24 min
    James Lohan, Founder of Mr & Mrs Smith - Long Haul

    James Lohan, Founder of Mr & Mrs Smith - Long Haul

    Today I’m joined by James Lohan, the co-founder - and the Mr - of Mr & Mrs Smith, the much-loved boutique and luxury hotel booking service and travel club. 
    It all began when James and his wife Tamara (aka Mrs Smith) decided to go about creating their own boutique hotel guidebook, travelling the UK to dine the best spots for a luxurious weekend break. The book was a huge success, and the business has since grown to include a popular online booking service, and its membership programme now has more than a million global members.
    In 2014, James and Tamara received MBEs for their services to the travel industry, and when I asked James how many hotels he’s visited, he estimated a whopping 2000.
    As soon as we started chatting, I knew this had to be a long haul feature length episode. As a bit of a hotel junkie myself, this was just so much fun, listening to James zig zag across the globe from one extraordinary destination to the other. 
    Whatever you’re dreaming about, if you’re thinking of a weekend staycation or a mega honeymoon, I guarantee you’ll get some great inspiration from James.
    Destination recap: 
    - Polzeath Beach, Cornwall, England
    - Tresanton Hotel, Cornwall, England 
    - Blakes Hotel, London, England
    - The Witchery, Edinburgh, Scotland 
    - Drunken Duck Inn, Lake District, England 
    - Le Manoir aux quat’saisons, Oxfordshire, England
    - Uxua Casa, Trancoso, Brazil
    - Vik, Southern Iceland 
    - Deplar Farm, Troll Peninsula, Iceland 
    - Soneva Fushi, The Maldives 
    - Il Latini, Florence, Italy
    - JK Place, Florence, Italy
    - Lime Wood, New Forest, England 
    - Reschio, Umbria, Italy 
    - Ett Hem, Stockholm, Sweden
    - Foxhill Manor, The Cotswolds, England 
    - Morokuru, De Hoop Nature Reserve, South Africa
    - Georgia
    - Namibia
    - Rwanda
    - India 
    - Menorca
    You can find Mr & Mrs Smith online and on Instagram @mrandmrssmith
    Thank you so much for listening. If you haven’t yet left a 5 star rating or a review, why not do so now! Your support is so greatly appreciated and most importantly, helps others to discover the podcast. 
    And come and find me on Instagram, I’m @hollyrubenstein For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 44 min

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My favourite new podcast! 🌎🌴🔆

This is a breath of fresh air. Holly is a brillaint host, she is so warm, insightful and charming and the guests she has for this season so far have been sooo interesting. Such a diverse mix, and each tell such a different story. I’m hooked from Chapter 1 each week. Can’t recommend it enough!

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