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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!

    Dan Snow - Long Haul

    Dan Snow - Long Haul

    Today I’m joined by the historian and broadcaster, Dan Snow. You’re probably already a fan of his podcast, Dan Snow’s History Hit. Following in the footsteps of his journalist parents, Dan is now a mainstay on our TV screens, often presenting programmes linked to his love of history - and history and travel of course come hand in hand. 
    I enjoyed this chat with Dan so much that it had to be a “long haul” feature length episode. As well as bringing to life so many far flung destinations (check out that list below!) Dan’s insights into the meaning of travel, and the impact of travel, I found to be fascinating. I hope you do too! 


    Destination Recap:
    - North Wales
    - Zanzibar, Tanzania
    - Timbuktu, Mali
    - Mount Assiniboine, Western Canada
    - Maui, Hawaii, USA
    - Amsterdam, Holland 
    - Oberoi Hotel, Jaipur, India
    - Iceland
    - Vasa Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
    - Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden
    - Northumberland, England
    - Lancashire, England
    - China
    - Democratic Republic of the Congo
    - Syria
    - New England, USA
    - St Helena, South Atlantic Ocean
    - Sao Tome & Principe
    - Micronesia


    You can listen to Dan’s brilliant podcast, Dan Snow’s History Hit here. And check out his online history channel, HistoryHit.TV too.
    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. Send a screenshot of your review to @hollyrubenstein on Instagram or Twitter to be in with a chance of winning a special Mr & Mrs Smith prize. 
    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

    • 48 min.
    Dynamo

    Dynamo

    Today I’m joined by one of the most prolific magicians of all time - Dynamo.
    250 million viewers around the world tuned in to watch his award-winning TV shows, as he levitated in front of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro; and seemingly walked on water down London’s River Thames. 
    750,000 attended his last stadium tour, with famous fans from Jay Z and Snoop Dogg, to Gwyneth Paltrow and Ed Sheeran.
    And then, at the very peak of his success, he had to step away.
    As you’ll hear on this episode, Dynamo became so ill from the affects of Crohn’s disease that he spent months in hospital, thinking he would never be able to perform magic again. 
    Now, 5 years later, having come close to death, Dynamo’s resilience and determination mean he’s back. He’s been working on a new show which will take viewers on a magical journey across the globe. From Bradford to Japan, and Syria to Australia, these are the travel diaries of Dynamo. 


    Destination recap:
    - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA
    - Bradford, Yorkshire, England 
    - India
    - Tokyo, Japan
    - Chūbu, Japan
    - Syria
    - Wolgan Valley, Blue Mountains, Australia
    - London, England
    - Hampstead Heath, London, England
    - Chiltern Firehouse, London, England 
    - Bar Bruno, Soho, London, England
    - Harlem, New York, USA
    - Gorilla Trekking, Rwanda


    Dynamo will return to TV with his new show Beyond Belief on Sky One this Easter. 
    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. Send a screenshot of your review to @hollyrubenstein on Instagram or Twitter to be in with a chance of winning a special Mr & Mrs Smith prize. 
    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. And thank you to the Marylebone Hotel for letting us record this episode in one of their beautiful suites.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 35 min.
    Tom Kerridge - Long Haul

    Tom Kerridge - Long Haul

    Today I’m joined by the much loved chef, restauranteur and TV presenter, Tom Kerridge. 
    Tom’s worked in food since he was 18 years old, but he rose to fame when his pub in Buckinghamshire, The Hand and Flowers, went on to become the only pub in Britain with two Michelin stars. I, like many, got to know and love him on the BBC’s Great British Menu show, where he was the first chef to cook at the banquet two years in a row and he’s since gone on to release several best selling cook books and many popular TV shows. More recently, he’s made headlines with his dramatic 12 stone weight loss. As well as chatting a bit about that, Tom takes us on a journey across the UK, Europe, Asia and the US with his travel diaries, and lots of foodie recommendations along the way. 
    This is what I call a “long haul” episode - you’re getting a bit more this week because Tom is so lovely and we just couldn’t stop chatting. I hope you’ll really enjoy it.


    Destination recap:
    - Isle of Wight, England
    - Ostend, Belgium
    - Agistri, Greece
    - Crete, Greece
    - Paphos, Cyprus
    - Singapore
    - Hong Kong
    - New York, USA
    - North Kent coast, England
    - Whitstable, England
    - The Good Shed, Canterbury, England
    - The Fordwich Arms, Canterbury, England
    - The Compasses Arms, Crundale
    - The Sportsman, Seasalter
    - Lapland
    - India
    - Japan


    Tom’s new book, Lose Weight and Get Fit, is out now, and you can watch the accompanying BBC 2 series on Wednesday nights at 8.30pm.
    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

    • 44 min.
    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.

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