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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

    • Places & Travel
    • 4.5 • 472 Ratings

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!

    Hugh Bonneville

    Hugh Bonneville

    He’s the star of Downton Abbey, Paddington, Viceroy’s House and W1A. Today, I’m joined by one of Britain’s best loved actors - and part-time vaccine volunteer - Hugh Bonneville. 
    Hugh stars in a new film called To Olivia where he plays the celebrated author Roald Dahl. We talk about that later on in the interview - and he was just so lovely to chat to on a very rainy gloomy lockdown day. I’ve interviewed Hugh a few times in the past and he never fails to make me laugh. He’s travelled so extensively both through his work and through being a really keen traveller himself, so we cover a lot of ground. 
    He transports us to the deserts of Utah and to pockets of serenity among the chaos of India. We visit the pristine coves of the Costa Brava and the campsites of France. And he reveals what is on the cards for Downton Abbey and Paddington, if you’re a fan of either (or both like me) you’ll be very happy with what Hugh has to say!


    Destination Recap:
    - France 
    - Tamariu, Costa Brava, Spain
    - Aigua Xelida, Spain
    - Aigua Blava, Spain 
    - Sherbourne, Dorset, England 
    - Road trip through Egypt, Sudan, Uganda and Kenya
    - Nile River Boat, Sudan
    - Juba, Sudan
    - India
    - Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru, Maldives
    - Amangiri, Utah, USA
    - Mihir Garh, Jodphur, India
    - Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA
    - South America


    To Olivia, a Sky Original film, is out on Sky Cinema and NOW TV right now. 
    If you’re enjoying the podcast, don’t forget to hit subscribe on your podcast app so that you’re updated with a new episode each week. And if you can't wait til next week, remember there's the first three seasons to catch up on from Michael Palin and Rick Stein to Dev Patel, Richard Branson and Poppy Delevingne. 
    To find out who’s joining me on next week’s episode, come and follow me on Instagram, I’m @hollyrubenstein - I’d love to hear from you. Share your own travel diaries using the hashtag #thetraveldiaries I’ll be re-sharing your own hidden gems, recommendations and all time faves on my Instagram and here on the podcast. 
    Thank you to Fujifilm for their support for today’s episode. Book in your free trial with the Fujifilm X-S10 here.
    Thank you so much for listening, and I’ll be back next week. 
    Today’s episode was recorded during the UK’s Covid-19 lockdown. It was produced by Holly Rubenstein.
     
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    • 39 min
    Fred Sirieix

    Fred Sirieix

    Today, I'm joined by the nation’s favourite maitre d’ and TV personality, Fred Sirieix. Having worked in Michelin-starred restaurants in both France and the UK, Fred rose to fame back in 2013 on Channel 4’s BAFTA-winning matchmaking show First Dates, greeting nervous daters with his warmth, charm and philosophical musings (of which you’ll hear many coming up), putting them at ease before they sit down to eat in the First Dates restaurant. Now, he’s become known for his TV globetrotting too, as the presenter of Remarkable Places to Eat on the BBC, and spending months at a time travelling with his pals Gordon Ramsay and Gino D’Acampo on ITV’s Gordon, Gino and Fred’s Road Trip series.


    Fred’s travel diaries take us from Italy to Monaco, and Paris to Peru. He reminisces about life growing up in Limoges, France and how he became the ultimate Anglophile. He reveals which Caribbean island he escapes to every year, what it felt like plunging into an ice well in Lapland, and he uncovers what goes on behind the scenes with the making of First Dates - how do they match these couples so perfectly? I really wanted to know. All that and more coming up on The Travel Diaries. 


    Destination Recap
    - Lapland 
    - Limoges, France
    - Eymoutiers, France 
    - Massif-Central, France 
    - Monte Carlo, Monaco
    - Macchu Pichu, Peru
    - Sandals, Negril, Jamaica
    - Paris, France 
    - Le Sirenuse, Positano, Italy 
    - Chez Black, Positano, italy 
    - Hilton, Dubai
    - Australia
    - Thailand 


    Teen First Dates starts on 22nd Feb 10pm on E4.


    Thank you Fujifilm for their support for today’s episode. Book in your free trial with the Fujifilm X-S10 here. 
    And thank you to Lanserhof at The Arts Club for their support for today’s episode. Find out more about that, and the rest of Lanserhof’s fantastic hotels here.


    If you’re enjoying the podcast, then it would wonderful if you could leave a rating or a review - it really makes a big difference because it helps other people to discover the podcast. 
    To hear future episodes as soon as they are released just search for The Travel Diaries on your podcast app of choice, and hit subscribe. 


    To find out who’s joining me on next week’s episode, come and follow me on Instagram, I’m @hollyrubenstein - I’d love to hear from you. Share your own stories using the hashtag #thetraveldiaries - I’ll be re-sharing your own hidden gems and all time faves on my Instagram and here on the podcast. 


    And there’s always the first three seasons to catch up on, from Michael Palin to Raymond Blanc, and Sir Ranulph Fiennes to Rick Stein. 


    Thank you so much for listening, and I’ll be back next week. 




    Today’s episode was recorded during the UK’s Covid-19 lockdown. It was produced by Holly Rubenstein.
     
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    • 42 min
    Destination Dubai with Jo Malone

    Destination Dubai with Jo Malone

    This week, I’m so excited to say that business mogul and perfumer Jo Malone makes a return to the podcast, transporting us to the Middle East in this Dubai Destination Special. For avid listeners you might remember that back in Season 2 when Jo joined me as a guest, she talked about Dubai with such love, picking it as one of her all time favourites, she spends about a month each year out there, so I could think of no one better to join us today as we uncover her Dubai travel diaries, her favourite spots, hidden gems and recommendations as someone who knows the city so well. 


    And later, we’ll be joined Dubai-based travel journalist Sarah Hedley-Hymers, who has her finger on the pulse of everything that is worth knowing about Dubai, and together they both really evoke the sights, the scents, and vibrancy of this Emirati city, and really get under its skin - beyond its glamorous and shiny first impressions, they really reveal its heart and heritage too.


    It’s February 2021 right now, and unfortunately that means that for most of us travel is currently extremely restricted, which is especially disappointing as Dubai is such a wonderful spot for some winter sun. But I hope this episode inspires you to visit when we are all able to travel easily again. 


    So, from desert nights under the stars to the heady aromas of the spice market, abra boat rides across the historic Dubai creek to its beaches and luxury hotels, let’s head to Dubai. 


    Destination Recap: 


    Jo Malone
    - Dubai desert
    - Satwa
    - Dubai Creek
    - Spice Market
    - The One & Only The Residence 
    - Fish Beach Taverna, Le Meridien 
    - W Hotel
    - Musandam Peninsula, Oman 
    - Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman


    Sarah Hedley-Hymers 
    - Perfume House
    - Abra rides at Dubai Creek
    - Dubai Fountain 
    - Burj Khalifa
    - Dubai Mall Aquarium
    - The Pointe Fountain 
    - Food District, The Pointe
    - Jumeriah Beach Residence 
    - Jumeriah Lake Towers
    - Streetery, Dubai 
    - Vietnamese Foodies, Dubai 
    - Pitfire Pizza, Dubai 
    - Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve 
    - Al Maha Desert Resort 
    - Sonara Camp


    For more information and inspiration to plan your holiday to Dubai visit www.visitdubai.com or follow them on Instagram @visit.dubai
    Thank you Fujifilm for their support for today’s episode. Book in your free trial with the Fujifilm X-S10 here. 
    If you’re enjoying the podcast, then it would wonderful if you could leave a rating or a review - it really makes a big difference because it helps other people to discover the podcast. 
    To hear future episodes as soon as they are released just search for The Travel Diaries on your podcast app of choice, and hit subscribe.
    To find out who’s joining me on next week’s episode, come and follow me on Instagram, I’m @hollyrubenstein - I’d love to hear from you. 
    If you can’t wait until then, there’s always the first three seasons to catch up on, from Michael Palin to Rick Stein, and Sir Ranulph Fiennes to Dev Patel. 
    Thank you so much for listening, and I’ll be back next week. 


    Today’s episode was recorded during the UK’s Covid-19 lockdown. It was produced by Holly Rubenstein.
     
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    • 45 min
    Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

    Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

    Today, I’m joined by the chef, broadcaster, food writer and campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. We first got to know Hugh through his much loved River Cottage TV series and books, filmed at his River Cottage Estate on the Devon-Dorset border. His uncompromising commitment to seasonal, ethically produced food and his concern for the environment, inspired a vast and loyal fanbase.
    Alongside more than 20 cookery shows, he’s also tackled powerful issues in his documentary campaigns, like obesity, illegal wildlife trade, fishing and the war on plastic. He’s the author of numerous best-selling cookbooks and he’s back with a new one - Eat Better Forever. 
    We talk about that, his life-changing trip to Africa which shaped his food philosophy; what it was like travelling around India for 4 months with his young family; how a close shave while filming nearly left him in a Vietnamese jail, the power of wild swimming throughout the freezing winter months, and his favourite staycation spots . All that and more coming up on the travel diaries. 


    Destination Recap:
    - Aegina, Greece
    - Port Quin, Cornwall, England 
    - Epphaven Cove, Cornwall, England 
    - Southern Africa
    - Gloucestershire, England 
    - India
    - Bharatpur bird sanctuary, Rajasthan, India
    - West End Hotel, Mumbai, India 
    - River Cottage, Devon, England
    - The Bull Inn, Totnes, England 
    - Vietnam


    Hugh’s new book Eat Better Forever is out now. 


    Thank you Fujifilm for their support for today’s episode. Book in your free trial with the Fujifilm X-S10 here. 


    And thank you to Lanserhof at The Arts Club. Find out more about that, and the rest of Lanserhof’s fantastic offerings here.


    If you’re enjoying the podcast, then it would wonderful if you could leave a rating or a review - it really makes a big difference because it helps other people to discover the podcast. 
    To hear future episodes as soon as they are released just search for The Travel Diaries on your podcast app of choice, and hit subscribe. 
    To find out who’s joining me on next week’s episode, come and follow me on Instagram, I’m @hollyrubenstein - I’d love to hear from you. 
    If you can’t wait until then, there’s always the first three seasons to catch up on, from Michael Palin to Rick Stein, and Sir Ranulph Fiennes to Dev Patel. 


    Thank you so much for listening, and I’ll be back next week. 


    Today’s episode was recorded during the UK’s Covid-19 lockdown. It was produced by Holly Rubenstein.
     
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    • 46 min
    Wildlife Cameraman, Gavin Thurston - Long Haul

    Wildlife Cameraman, Gavin Thurston - Long Haul

    Today, I’m joined by multi BAFTA & Emmy-winning wildlife cameraman, Gavin Thurston. Over the last 37 years, Gavin has worked on some of the most famous nature documentaries ever made, like Planet Earth and Blue Planet, most often with his long time collaborator, Sir David Attenborough. 


    Gavin, ordinarily, spends most of the year travelling, and he’s covered every corner of the globe - its deserts, polar ice caps and deepest sea.
    He’s a fantastic raconteur, so this had to be a “long haul” feature length episode. 


    We talk about his incredibly close shave while filming gorillas in the Congo, what it’s like to be the very first person to see and film previously undiscovered new species of wildlife and film them, the terrifying time his submersible failed at 1000m deep below sea level, and what it’s like spending so much time working with the legend that is Sir David Attenborough.
    All that and much more coming up on The Travel Diaries. 


    Destination Recap:
    - Durdle Door, Dorset, England
    - Devon Coast, England
    - Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park, Republic of Congo
    - Hallo Bay, Katmai National Park, Alaska, USA
    - Sumatra, Indonesia
    - Costa Rica
    - Antarctica
    - Turkmenistan
    - England


    Gavin’s book ‘Journeys in the Wild - The Secret Life of a Cameraman’ is out now. You can follow him on Instagram @thegavinthurston. 


    Thank you to The Nautilus Maldives, your luxury bohemian hideaway in the Maldives, for their support today. A highly personalised, immensely private ultra-luxury island resort with just 26 beach and ocean houses and residences, where every experience is tailored to you. Where nothing is fixed and anything is possible. Where you are free to set your own beat; free to do – and to be – as you please.
    You can find out more about The Nautilus Maldives here.


    If you’re enjoying the podcast, then it would wonderful if you could leave a rating or a review - it really makes a big difference because it helps other people to discover the podcast. 


    To hear future episodes as soon as they are released just search for The Travel Diaries on your podcast app of choice, and hit subscribe. 


    To find out who’s joining me on next week’s episode, come and follow me on Instagram, I’m @hollyrubenstein - I’d love to hear from you. 


    If you can’t wait until then, there’s always the first three seasons to catch up on, from Michael Palin to Rick Stein, and Poppy Delevingne to Raymond Blanc. 


    Thank you so much for listening, and I’ll be back next week. 


    Today’s episode was recorded during the UK’s Covid-19 lockdown. It was produced by Holly Rubenstein.
     
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Jon Ronson - Long Haul

    Jon Ronson - Long Haul

    We’re back for Season 4 with the award-winning author, writer, and documentary maker, Jon Ronson. Jon is the author of many best-selling books, including So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, Them: Adventures with Extremists, The Men who Stare at Goats which was adapted to become a movie starring George Clooney and Ewan McGregor, and The Psychopath Test which is the first book of Jon’s that I read, and was hooked ever since.
    He’s an acclaimed screenwriter, most recently co-writing the 2017 Netflix film, Okja, with Bong Joon-Ho, the South Korean director of Parasite, last year’s Best Picture winner at the Oscars. 
    And if you’re not already familiar with Jon’s work, I’d suggest checking out one of his recent podcast series, which have been huge hits around the world - The Butterfly Effect and The Last Days of August both look at the effects of the porn industry. Both are fascinating, disturbing and addictive to listen to.
    Jon’s now based in the US, so we spoke online as per usual these days, and I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as I did.


    Destination Recap:
    - Marlborough College, Wiltshire, England
    - Avebury, Wiltshire, England
    - Cardiff, Wales
    - South Africa
    - QE2 ship
    - Queen Mary ship
    - Rhodes, Greece
    - Manhattan, New York, USA
    - Union Hall, Brooklyn, New York, USA
    - The Bell house, Brooklyn, New York, USA
    - Grand Central Oyster Bar and Restaurant, New York, USA
    - Barney Greengrass, New York, USA
    - Inns of Aurora, Fingerlakes, New York, USA
    - Hudson, New York, USA
    - Forte Village Resort, Sardinia, Italy
    - Forte dei Mami, Tuscany, Italy 
    - Pacific High Way One, California, USA
    - Los Angeles, California, USA
    - Florida, USA
    - New Zealand
    - Iceland 


    A big thank you to Citalia for their support for today’s podcast. You can discover the real Italy with Citalia, the UK’s leading Italian holiday specialists.
    If you’re enjoying the podcast, then it would wonderful if you could leave a rating or a review - it really makes a big difference because it helps other people to discover the podcast. 
    To hear future episodes as soon as they’re available just search for The Travel Diaries on your podcast app of choice, and hit subscribe. 
    To find out who’s joining me on next week’s episode, come and follow me on Instagram, I’m @hollyrubenstein - I’d love to hear from you. 
    If you can’t wait until then, there’s always the first three seasons to catch up on, from Michael Palin to Rick Stein, and Sir Ranulph Fiennes to Simon Reeve. 


    Today’s episode was recorded during the UK’s Covid-19 lockdown. It was produced by Holly Rubenstein.
     
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    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
472 Ratings

472 Ratings

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Travel

Holly podcast in Lockdown are get me through and now we have a long Bucket List
Thank you Holly even listen to all the previous ones
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Mel JK ,

Gavin Thurston

I love the escapism of your podcasts and found Gavins interview so very interesting. Having been an avid viewer of David Attenborough’s documentaries, Gavin’s stories were a fascinating insight of what goes on behind the lens. Brilliant

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Gavin Thurston

What an interesting interview. Really enjoyed this one Holly

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