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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

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!

    Simon Reeve - Long Haul

    Simon Reeve - Long Haul

    Today, I’m joined by one of travel’s most familiar faces. Known for his TV series tracing the Equator, the Tropics of Cancer & Capricorn, following the world’s sacred rivers and pilgrimages, travelling the length of the Americas, and deep diving into destinations like Burma, Russia and Colombia, visiting over 130 countries along the way. It is of course the adventurer, author and broadcaster, Simon Reeve. 
    Now, if you’ve watched Simon’s shows, you’ll know they’re not your typical travel programmes. He’s known for digging beneath the surface of a place, and telling the stories - both good and bad - that need to be told. What you may not know is that Simon is really very experienced when it comes to digging a little deeper as he began his career as an investigative journalist, and went on to become a NY Times best-selling author, all before he even appeared on our TV screens. 
    Simon has undertaken numerous extraordinary journeys, but none of them are quite as extraordinary as the journey his own life has taken. I think you’ll be both amazed and inspired by it. 


    Destination Recap: 
    - Studland Bay, Dorset, England 
    - Istanbul, Turkey 
    - Hagia Sophia Grand Turkey, Istanbul, Turkey
    - Gabon
    - Madagascar
    - Bangladesh 
    - Somaliland 
    - West Country, England 
    - Japan
    - New Zealand
    - Senegal
    - Mali 
    - The Arctic
    - The Antarctic
    - Paraguay 


    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.
    I’m @hollyrubenstein and I’d love to hear from you. And visit TheTravelDiariesPodcast.com for everything else podcast-related.


    For a boutique Cotswolds escape, head over the Barnsley House and their Instagram account to find out more.
    If you’re looking for a spectacular private hire home in Cornwall, check out Barford Beach House nr Bude.
    And for a splash out escape in the New Forest, there’s nowhere better than Chewton Glen.


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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Yotam Ottolenghi - Long Haul

    Yotam Ottolenghi - Long Haul

    On today’s episode, I’m joined by world renowned chef, restaurateur and best-selling cookbook author, Yotam Ottolenghi.
    Yotam had always been expected to follow his parents into the world of academia, and it wasn’t until he turned 30 that he decided to follow his true passion for food, enrolling in the prestigious Cordon Bleu culinary school in London.
    From there, he became a pastry chef in some of London’s top restaurants before meeting Sami Tammimi, a Palestinian chef who became his business partner. They created a small deli in Notting Hill called Ottolenghi. The rest, you could say, was history. Yotam’s signature mix of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flavours, showcasing mainly vegetables, soon became a sensation, sparking what can only be described as a culinary movement - plates were now about sharing and the rising popularity of ingredients like pomegranate seeds, sumac and tahini in British supermarkets was dubbed “the Ottolenghi effect”. 
    Now, he’s the owner of six delis and restaurants, a Guardian columnist, TV presenter and he’s back with his 8th cookbook, Flavour. 
    As you’ll hear in this episode, Yotam won’t visit a destination unless it has great food, and his food is continuously inspired by his extensive global travels. And so, his travel diaries are also food memory diaries, and they’re sure to make your mouth water. 
    From Israel and Bali to Greece and Mexico, here are the travel diaries of Yotam Ottolenghi. 


    Destination Recap:
    - Jerusalem, Israel 
    - Palestine
    - Sinai Desert, formerly in Israel and now, Egypt 
    - Florence, Italy 
    - Amsterdam, Holland
    - Ubud, Bali
    - Royal Pita Maha, Bali 
    - Malaysia
    - Vietnam
    - Folegandros, Greece
    - Greek Islands 
    - Guangzhou, China
    - Mexico


    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.
    Yotam’s new recipe book, Flavour, is out now. 
    Head over to TheThinkingTraveller.com/traveldiaries to book your dream villa holiday.
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    • 52 min
    Sustainable Travel Expert, Juliet Kinsman - Long Haul

    Sustainable Travel Expert, Juliet Kinsman - Long Haul

    On today’s episode, I’m joined by sustainable luxury travel writer, and the Sustainability Editor of Condé Nast Traveller magazine, Juliet Kinsman. Juliet has been an authority in the travel world for over two decades, as a renowned hotel expert. She’s the former Editor-in-Chief of the boutique hotel guide, Mr & Mrs Smith, and went on to found Bouteco, a platform that helps design lovers find the best eco-conscious design-led hotels. 
    And now she’s releasing a book, The Green Edit: Easy Tips for the Eco-Friendly Traveller. All of which couldn’t feel more relevant in our current global climate crisis. I really hope you enjoy Juliet’s insight into the future of travel, as well as the wonderful array of unusual destinations that she picks for her travel diaries. 
    Destination Recap:
    - Algeria
    - Atlas Mountains, Morocco 
    - New York City, USA
    - Bali, Indonesia
    - Green School, Bali
    - Sumba, Indonesia 
    - Nihi Sumba hotel, Indonesia 
    - Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada 
    - Uxua Casa, Brazil 
    - Potato Head, Bali, Indonesia 
    - Budapest, Hungary 
    - Brody House, Hungary 
    - Treviso, Italy 
    - Transylvania, Romania 
    - Norway
    - Scotland inc. Alladale Wilderness Reserve 
    - Japan
    - Peruvian Andes


    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.
    The Green Edit by Juliet Kinsman is out on September 10.
    Head over the Turquoise Holidays website and their Instagram account to find out more about their eco-friendly expertise and how you can make your next holiday a sustainable one.


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    • 52 min
    Travel & Leisure's Jacqui Gifford - Long Haul

    Travel & Leisure's Jacqui Gifford - Long Haul

    Today, I’m joined by Jacqui Gifford, the Editor-in-Chief of America’s biggest travel magazine, Travel & Leisure. With a circulation of almost two million and an online readership of nine million, the magazine has always inspired me with its incredible covers, breathtaking photography and moving features, and Jacqui will absolutely inspire you with this episode. Having lived all over the world, and specialising in travel and lifestyle content for two decades, she has so many wonderful destinations in her travel diaries for you to add to your travel wish list. From Anguilla and Mexico to Bermuda and Puglia, speaking to me from NYC, these are the travel diaries of Travel & Leisure’s Jacqui Gifford.


    Destination Recap:
    - Long Island, New York, USA
    - Kauai, Hawaii, USA
    - Japan: Tokyo, Peninsula Hotel Tokyo, Okinawa, and Setouchi
    - Saudi Arabia
    - Ireland: West Coast and Dublin
    - Morocco: Marrakech and Dar Ahlam, Atlas Mountains
    - Paris, France: Le Meurice, Shangri-La Paris and Park Hyatt Paris
    - Borgo Egnazia, Puglia, Italy
    - Gritti Palace, Venice, Italy
    - Bermuda
    - Mexico: Oaxaca and San Miguel de Allende
    - Anguilla: Belmond Cap Juluca, Four Seasons Anguilla, Malliouhana and Zemi Beach House
    - Riga, Latvia
    - Rwanda
    - Southern India including Goa and Kerala, and Varanasi 


    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.
    And If Jacqui has tempted you to visit the West Coast of Ireland, one of the most magnificent places to stay is Adare Manor - found out more, here. 
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    • 51 min
    Dr Jane Goodall - Long Haul

    Dr Jane Goodall - Long Haul

    Today, I’m joined by legendary ethologist and conservationist Dame Dr Jane Goodall, known best for her groundbreaking research of wild chimpanzees.
    When Jane moved from England to Gombe in Tanzania, at the age of just 26, virtually nothing was known about chimpanzees in the wild. Her findings, in particular observing them using tools to get food, changed our understanding of animal behaviour and the natural world, and propelled Jane to international fame. What makes this even more astounding is that at the time, she had no formal scientific qualifications. Still running today, the study is the world’s longest running continuous wildlife research project.
    Jane has since been named a United Nations Messenger of Peace and was invested as a dame of the British Empire. Now at the age of 86 she remains a dedicated activist, travelling 300 days of every year (before covid), becoming equally well known as a conservationist and a champion of human rights.


    Destination Recap:
    - Bournemouth 
    - Serengeti
    - Gombe 
    - Germany
    - Cape Town 
    - Tanzania
    - Nebraska
    - Malaysia 
    - Tendaguru, Tanzania 
    - Lubbock ,Texas
    - Auschwitz 
    - Haiti 
    - Death 


    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 you receive a new episode each week.
    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.
    If you want to get involved or find out more about Jane’s work, visit www.janegoodall.org.uk and www.rootsnshoots.org.uk
    The documentary, Jane, is currently available on Netflix and is a fantastic watch.
    Book your stay at the spectacular Gleneagles hotel at https://gleneagles.com/


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    • 48 min
    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. 
    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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    • 42 min

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