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.
Charles Spencer; Historic Monarchs, Worldwide News Reporting and the Ghosts of Althorp
Earl Spencer, best-selling author and historian, has a superb talent for bringing history to life. His new book, The White Ship, explores England’s worst ever maritime and royal disaster, a tragedy that changed the course of European history. From childhood trips to unknown Ibiza, friskings at the Russian border to covering everything from Cannes to Cairo as a news reporter, the late Princess Diana’s younger brother has fascinating travel tales.
Justin Somper: Bestselling Vampirates Author on Australian Beaches, New York’s Studio 54, Magical Coincidences and Not So Magical Prejudices
The year is 2505. The oceans have risen. A new era of piracy has dawned…Justin Spmper’s vision of a future world in the bestselling Vampirates books has been very much infiluenced by his passion for Australiia, which has lead to much exploring and also even his recent wedding on the beach. In the rain. As well as Australia we talk New York’s Studio 54 and Broadway, Washington DC’s homophobic hostel owner, the surrealness of Bangkok, hanging out with Isla Fisher in London and so much more.
Loyd Grossman CBE; 1960s New York, Ecclesiastical Sock Makers and How Food Completes Travel
Loyd Grossman, entrepreneur, author and broadcaster is well-known for presenting MasterChef, Through the Keyhole & much more. His passion for history and the arts has led to leading roles many cultural institutions and impeccably researched books. Loyd and Lisa talk food and travel, growing up in a US seaside haven, hippy days in late 60s New York, playing with Jethro Tull and how an elephant in Rome led to his new book about one of Europe’s greatest artists.
Lemn Sissay MBE; Lancashire Care Homes, Life’s Language of Travel and How Poetry Gave Him Wings
Lemn Sissay, writer and poet, was taken from his Ethiopian mother at birth and after a stinging rejection from foster parents at 12 spent his childhood in care. He published his first book of poetry age 17 and sold it to striking miners in Lancashire. Although a large part of him will ‘always feel like that rootless kid’, poetry, he says, gave him wings and he began his travels not just around the world but also the both physical and emotional journey to find his birth family.
Laura Hamilton; A Place In The Sun, Quarantine, Coffee Shop Owning and The Wombles
A Place in the Sun presenter, Laura Hamilton, and Lisa are having coffee in the ‘new normal’ in Spain, masks at the ready, talking property abroad, bargain cave houses, lack of tourists in Spain, Greek idylls, making tea for Dermot O’Leary, getting stuck in Sri Lanka, nerve-wracking Egyptian taxi rides, galloping around the Pyramids in Cairo, skiing after C sections, becoming a postmistress, running the local coffee shop and the surprise revelation about who her father is! There’s a clue, in the tit
Iain Dale; Communist Russia, Italian Coach Trips, the SAS in Beirut and the Decline of Social Discourse
A school trip to Communist Russia left LBC’s Iain Dale hooked on travel. He’s since learned fluent German, been chased to the border by a Hungarian prostitute, was guarded at gun-point in Lebanon, has done things he doesn’t want to tell us in a Miami hotel and, as one of the UK’s foremost political commentators, feels Washington DC is almost an ancestral home. A humorous insight into the world we live, angry tweeters, anonymous trolls, the importance of languages and why we can’t just all get alon