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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
    • 4.1, 18 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!

    James Cracknell

    James Cracknell

    Today, I’m joined by the sportsman, adventurer and double Olympic gold medallist, James Cracknell. We first got to know James as part of the coxless four rowing team, alongside Steve Redgrave, that won gold at the Sydney Olympics. Several world titles later, James went on to take part in countless feats of endurance, from becoming the highest ever placed Brit to run the Marathon des Sables, the hottest hardest race in the world, to rowing the Atlantic in a two man boat, and racing to the South Pole with his friend Ben Fogle, who you might have heard on the podcast earlier this season. 
    Then, in 2010, James’s life was turned upside down. While cycling in a race across America, he was struck by a lorry and experienced a serious brain injury that left him in a coma. As we discuss, his journey to recovery has been anything but straightforward, but his story is one of sheer determination and resilience, ultimately leading him to return to university - Cambridge, no less - where he became the oldest ever winner of the famous Oxbridge boat race. 
    Travel has been hugely important to James. Of course he’s spent a lot of time on some of the world’s most beautiful lakes and rivers - and I love being by the water, so I really enjoyed hearing about those. And his Slovenian hidden gem is a spot that I’ve now added to my travel wish list, and I’m sure you might do too. 
    Destination Recap:
    - Biarritz, France
    - Lac d’Aiguebelette, France
    - Galtür, Austria
    - Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
    - Annecy, France 
    - South Pole, Antarctica
    - Rowing the Atlantic Ocean
    - Lake Bled, Slovenia
    - Lake Maggiore, Italy / Switzerland
    - Grand Canyon National Park, USA
    - The Amazon
    - Tepui Table Top Mountains, Venezuela 


    Thank you so much for listening. If you haven’t yet left a rating or a review, why not do so now? Your support is so greatly appreciated and most importantly, helps others to discover the podcast. 
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    To find out who’s on next week’s show, come and find me on Instagram. I’m @hollyrubenstein and I’d love to hear from you. And visit TheTravelDiariesPodcast.com for everything else podcast-related.
    To find out more about Lanserhof at the Arts Club and Lanserhof Sylt, visit https://www.lanserhof.com/en
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    • 42 min
    Wanderlust Magazine's Lyn Hughes

    Wanderlust Magazine's Lyn Hughes

    Today, I’m joined by Lyn Hughes, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of one of the UK's best-loved travel magazines, Wanderlust. In the early nineties Lyn and her late husband were bored on a flight to South America, so they schemed out their dream travel magazine on the back of a sick-bag. The idea stuck and, returning to the UK a few months later, they launched Wanderlust magazine from their spare bedroom, with Lyn as editor and her husband, Paul, as publisher. The magazine gradually grew through word of mouth, and now, years later, it’s one of the UK’s leading travel magazines. Of course, through her work with the magazine, Lyn has travelled all around the world, and has her finger on the pulse of what’s hot and what’s not when it comes to travel. I particularly love her hidden gem in this episode and along with her travel diaries we cover wildlife travel, future travel trends, and of course a little bit of travel during Covid - it’s hard to escape it at the moment. As usual, though, the plan is to transport you far away from all those worries, so from New Zealand and Borneo, to Macedonia and Morocco here are the travel diaries of Lynn Hughes. 


    Destination Recap:
    - Southport, Merseyside, England
    - Exmoor, Devon, England
    - Bodmin Moor, Cornwall, England
    - Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore trip
    - Taman Negara National Park, Malaysia
    - African safaris including Zambia
    - Caiman Lodge, The Pantanal, Brazil
    - Kaikoura, New Zealand
    - Marrakech, Morocco
    - Number 43, Cumbria, England
    - Lake Ohrid, North Macedonia
    - St Naum Monastery, North Macedonia
    - Japan
    - Sumatra, Indonesia
    - Sabah, Borneo


    Wanderlust Magazine is available in all good newsagents as well as online at wanderlust.co.uk 
    Thank you so much for listening. If you haven’t yet left a rating or a review, why not do so now? Your support is so greatly appreciated and most importantly, helps others to discover the podcast. 
    Don’t forget to hit subscribe so that every week a new episode will appear in your library.
    To find out who’s on next week’s show, come and find me on Instagram. I’m @hollyrubenstein and I’d love to hear from you. And visit TheTravelDiariesPodcast.com for everything else podcast-related.
    To find out more about Lanserhof at the Arts Club and Lanserhof Sylt, visit https://www.lanserhof.com/en


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    • 38 min
    Giles Coren - Long Haul

    Giles Coren - Long Haul

    This week, I’m joined by the food writer and TV presenter, Giles Coren. Giles has been a restaurant critic and columnist for The Times for 17 years and alongside chef Monica Galetti, he is the presenter of Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby, which sees him travel the globe, visiting some of the world’s most incredible hotels, rolling up his sleeves to work alongside their staff. As well as some fabulous hotels, stay tuned for some fab foodie recommendations too.
    I loved chatting to Giles - his take on travel amused me from start to finish. I hope you enjoy it too!
    Destination Recap:
    - MGM Macau
    - Kenyan safari
    - Andalucía, Spain
    - La Petite Maison, London, England
    - Chewton Glen, Hampshire, England 
    - Le Gavroche, London, England
    - The River Cafe, London, England 
    - Min Jiang, London, England
    - Gymkhana, London, England
    - Palmers, London, England
    - Scott’s, London, England
    - J Sheekey, London, England
    - Inter-railing around Europe
    - Tourettes-sur-loup, France 
    - Corsica, France 
    - Giraffe Manor, Kenya 
    - Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
    - Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, Switzerland
    - Schloss Elmau, Germany
    - The Brando, French Polynesia 
    - The Bell Inn, Langford, England
    - Kerala, India 
    - Cuba
    Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby is out now on BBC 2, and is also available on BBC iPlayer. 
    Thank you so much for listening. If you haven’t yet left a rating or a review, why not do so now? Your support is so greatly appreciated and most importantly, helps others to discover the podcast. 
    Don’t forget to hit subscribe so that every week a new episode will appear in your library.
    To find out who’s on next week’s show, come and find me on Instagram. I’m @hollyrubenstein and I’d love to hear from you. And visit TheTravelDiariesPodcast.com for everything else podcast-related.
    Tune in to Forever Young from Lanserhof, wherever you get your podcasts. 


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    • 50 min
    Ed Stafford

    Ed Stafford

    On today’s episode, I’m joined by the explorer and survivalist Ed Stafford. In 2010, Ed became the first person to walk the entire length of the Amazon River, a feat that took 860 days and put him on the map as one of our most prominent and exciting adventurers. From there here’s gone on to present and self film more massive challenges, like living in complete isolation on a desert island for 60 days without food, clothes or equipment, or being left for dead in various extreme environments around the world from Madagascar to Mongolia. These became incredible TV series that I’ve watched religiously and couldn’t recommend more. 
    Ed is someone I’ve wanted to interview for the very beginning but like so many of my dream guests he’s normally always travelling so I was lucky to finally get this time to speak with him and I hope you enjoy what I think is a really raw and honest account of the spiritual and emotional development that comes with travel - as well as hearing about some inspiring destinations along the way.
    Destination Recap:
    - Henfaes, Aberdaron, Wales
    - Leicestershire, England
    - Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England
    - Walking the length of the Amazon river
    - Olorua, Fiji
    - Argentine Patagonia
    - Northern Thailand
    - Ibiza, Spain
    - Antarctica 
    Ed’s new podcast, Dangerous Minds, is out now
    Thank you so much for listening. If you haven’t yet left a 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 don't forget to hit subscribe so that every week a new episode will appear in your library.
    To find out who’s on next week’s show, come and find me on Instagram. I’m @hollyrubenstein and I’d love to hear from you. And visit TheTravelDiariesPodcast.com for everything else podcast-related.
    Huge thanks to The Lygon Arms hotel for their support for today’s episode - you can follow them here


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    • 45 min
    Sir Michael Palin - Long Haul

    Sir Michael Palin - Long Haul

    Sir Michael Palin - where do you start! He’s a legendary comedian, part of pop culture history as one of Monty Python. He’s a BAFTA-winning actor, a best-selling author, and one of our most loved travel documentarians and travel writers. His journeys across the world, beginning with Around the World in 80 Days, followed by Pole to Pole, Full Circle, Sahara, Himalaya, Brazil and more, were a key part of how many of us discovered the world growing up, through his eyes, and through his warmth and curiosity with whoever he encountered along the way. 
    From Saharan Africa and the Amazon, to western Scotland and North Korea, it was such an honour to hear the travel diaries of Sir Michael Palin. I hope you enjoy them.


    Destination recap:
    - Sheffield, England
    - Norfolk, England
    - Solden, Austria 
    - Venice, Italy
    - Barbados
    - Morocco
    - Mauritania
    - Chinguetti, Mali
    - Persian gulf to Indian Ocean dhow boat trip
    - West coast of Scotland including Glencoe
    - Aberfeldy, Scotland
    - New York, USA
    - Istanbul, Turkey
    - Kolkata, India 
    - Pongo de Mainique, Peru
    - North Korea
    - Algiers
    - Vietnam
    - Gulag camps, Kolyma, Russia
    - Mongolia and the 'Stans
    - Altai Mountains
    - Walking in the Dolomites, Italy


    Michael Palin’s North Korea Journal is out now, and available from all good bookshops. 
    Thank you so much for listening. If you haven’t yet left a rating or a review, why not do so now? Your support is so greatly appreciated and most importantly, helps others to discover the podcast. 
    Hit subscribe and every week a new episode will appear in your library.
    To find out who’s on next week’s show, come and find me on Instagram. I’m @hollyrubenstein and I’d love to hear from you. And visit TheTravelDiariesPodcast.com for everything else podcast-related.
    Huge thanks to Abercrombie & Kent for their support for today’s episode.
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    • 56 min
    Beautiful Destinations founder, Jeremy Jauncey

    Beautiful Destinations founder, Jeremy Jauncey

    Jeremy Jauncey is the founder and CEO of the world’s largest online travel community, Beautiful Destinations, which has a combined social following of over 25 million people.
    The jaw-dropping photos on Beautiful Destinations’s Instagram feed have provided me with endless travel inspiration and undoubtedly influenced some of my travel choices. 
    And what was once a passion project has become a global business, with Beautiful Destinations offices based out of the US, UK and Asia. 
    While it might look like Jeremy spends most of his time being photographed in some of the most epic locations around the world - meditating on North Island in the Seychelles, hugging giant pandas in China, posing on a horse rearing in front of a pyramid in Egypt - most of the time he is actually consulting with major travel brands and tourist boards, helping them to tell inspiring stories through social first content.
    This conversation gives a deep insight into the business of travel and travel marketing, of the power of imagery, and the power of human connection. 
    From New Zealand and Japan to the Philippines and Norwegian Fjordland, these are the travel diaries of Jeremy Jauncey. 
    Destination recap:
    - Perth, Scotland 
    - New Zealand 
    - Colombia
    - Panama
    - Rwanda
    - Singapore
    - New York City, USA
    - Tokyo, Japan
    - Palawan, Borocay and El Nido, Philippines
    - Siargao, Philippines
    - Scandinavia, in particular Norway including Fjordland and Lofoten Islands 
    You can follow Jeremy on Instagram @jeremyjauncey and of course @beautifuldestinations, too.
    Thank you also to CV Villas - you can browse and book their stunning villas around the world, here
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    Thanks so much for listening and I’ll see you again next week. 
     
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    • 43 min

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