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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!

    Heston Blumenthal - Long Haul

    Heston Blumenthal - Long Haul

    Today, I'm joined by one of the most famous and successful chefs in the world and in history - Heston Blumenthal. 
    It was an unforgettable travel experience that inspired Heston to become a chef. He’s entirely self taught, and was working other odd jobs all the way until his late twenties, when he bought a small pub in Bray in Berkshire. He called it The Fat Duck, and it went on to be award three Michelin stars and to be named The World’s Best Restaurant. 
    A food pioneer, he’s been dubbed the Willy Wonka of cuisine, fascinated by the science behind the cooking. He’s become the king of experimental cuisine which has led to world famous dishes like snail porridge, parsnip cereal, and bacon and eggs ice cream. Oh, and did you know it was Heston who invented one of my favourite things to eat - the triple cooked chip.
    This is definitely an unusual episode. Yes we cover travel, it’s a fundamental part of Heston’s food, and it was so fun to hear about some of the weird and wonderful things he’s eaten on his travels - not all of them happy memories, I should add! But honestly, I really felt like I was speaking to a true genius in this chat, it’s hard to find another way to describe it, and so we also cover off the meaning of life and philosophy, quantum physics and scientific theory. He is determined to push himself and others to think beyond the confines of our small minds, when it comes to both food and life. 
    I really hope you enjoy it.


    Destination Recap:
    - Praa Sands, Cornwall, England
    - Regent’s Snack Bar, Edgware Road, London, England
    - Baumanière, Hôtel Restaurant, Les Baux-de-Provence, France
    - Les Alpilles, France
    - Monastery Epiphany, Les Baux-de-Provence, France
    - Turkey
    - Siberia, Russia
    - Iceland
    - Galapagos Islands, Ecuador 
    - Korea
    - The Amazon
    - Peru
    - Indonesia
    - Polynesia


    Tune in to Heston’s own podcast, Heston’s Journey to the Centre of Food which is available on all podcast apps and is great fun, it’s a must for foodies.


    Well, that’s a wrap for Season 4, thank you all for joining me along the way, wherever you are in the world. Thank you for spreading the word about the podcast, sharing your favourite episode on your social media, telling your friends, leaving lovely reviews and sending me the most amazing messages, it has been amazing, especially to feel so connected and part of our little travel diaries community, that you’ve all created, during a time where we often otherwise feel quite disconnected. 


    If you’ve enjoyed listening to the podcast, remember to press subscribe on your podcast app, it’s free, and you’ll then get notified when Season 5 begins in the summer.


    In the meantime, do stay in touch, I’m @hollyrubenstein on Instagram and Twitter.


    Remember there’s all four seasons to keep you going until then, from Rick Stein and Sir Ranulph Fiennes, to Jo Malone and Raymond Blanc.


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    A big thank you to Ancestry and The Economist Asks Podcast for their support of today’s episode. 
     
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    Gregory Porter - Long Haul

    Gregory Porter - Long Haul

    On today’s episode, I’m joined by the multi-Grammy winning singer, Gregory Porter. Gregory’s was originally set to become an American football player, and it wasn’t until he turned 40 that his rich jazz baritone caught the attention of industry bigwigs and subsequently, jazz heads around the world. His major label debut Liquid Spirit went on to become the most streamed jazz album of all time. He's played Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage, sung for the Queen and prior to Covid was travelling over 200 days a year, playing to his adoring fans around the world. So with all that travel and all those miles covered, it’s no surprise that today’s episode is a long haul, feature length episode. 


    Gregory joins me from his home in California, and this is a really touching, personal, evocative episode. Gregory says it’s like therapy - he remembers his travels so vividly, and each destination is full of emotion as he describes it to us. We’ll go on a journey from the West to the East coast of the United States, across Russia on the Transiberian Express and to a secret French island that I’d never heard of, which is now firmly added to my travel wish list. Oh and he serenades us not once but twice on this episode, so prepared to be soothed by that velvety voice!


    Destination Recap:
    - Bakersfield, California, USA
    - Yosemite National Park, California, USA
    - Santa Monica, California, USA
    - San Diego, California, USA
    - Brooklyn, New York, USA
    - Harlem, New York, USA
    - Siberia, Russia 
    - Tokyo, Japan
    - Kanazawa, Japan
    - Porquerolles, France
    - Ukraine
    - Istanbul, Turkey
    - Tel Aviv, Israel
    - Jakarta, Indonesia 
    - South Africa 
    - Sierra Leone
    - Ghana


    Gregory Porter’s album All Rise is out now.


    Thank you so much for listening today. 


    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. 


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    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. 


    A big thank you to Ancestry, The Economist Asks Podcast and the beautiful Heckfield Place hotel for their support of today’s episode.
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    Geoffrey Kent, Founder of Abercrombie & Kent - Long Haul

    Geoffrey Kent, Founder of Abercrombie & Kent - Long Haul

    Today, I’m joined by one of the most well travelled people I have ever spoken to. Geoffrey Kent is the founder, chairman and CEO of the luxury travel company, Abercrombie & Kent, and a titan of the travel industry. Before researching and recording this episode, I didn’t know that much about Geoffrey himself, and now, here in this intro, it’s hard to convey what an extraordinary life he’s led, but I’ll give it a go. 
    Raised in rural Kenya, Geoffrey’s said that his whole childhood was like a safari. He tells us about living among leopards and elephants and riding horses when he’d barely even learnt to walk. And from there, during a military career where he served in Bahrain, Oman, Yemen, Cyprus, Libya and Malta, he founded Abercrombie & kent - a travel company best known for inventing the photographic safari, changing wildlife travel forever with the ethos “shoot with a camera, not with a gun”. 


    A born explorer, he’s credited with pioneering “experiential travel” so along with telling us about some of the 156 countries he’s already visited, Geoffrey brings to life the experiences that he’s had along the way, and how we can best enjoy some of the world’s most beautiful countries. We don’t really touch on the fact that he’s also a world renowned polo player, he was the Captain of Windsor Park’s polo team which he played on with Prince Charles; or that he took Prince Harry to Botswana after the death of Princess Diana and sparked Prince Harry’s love of Africa. Even so, this is still a long haul feature length episode, there was so much to cover, it’s a love letter to Africa, and one that I hope you’ll really enjoy. So, here’s Geoffrey Kent. 


    Destination Recap: 
    - Monaco
    - Florianópolis, Brazil
    - Zambia
    - Kenya
    - Nairobi, Kenya to Cape Town, South Africa motorcycle trip 
    - Masai Mara, Kenya
    - The Aberdare Highlands, Kenya 
    - Malindi, Kenya 
    - Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, England
    - South Pole
    - Botswana 
    - Mauritius 
    - Chief's Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana
    - Bazaruto Channel, Mozambique 
    - One & Only Le Saint Géran, Mauritius 
    - Gorilla trekking, Uganda
    - Diving in Palau, Philippines
    - Helicopter to Base Camp, Mt Everest
    - Madagascar
    - Greenland
    - Antarctica
    - Finland
    - Helicopter tour of Ethiopia
    - Cocos Islands, Costa Rica
    - Juba, Southern Sudan
    - North West Passage Cruise 


    You can follow Geoffrey on Instagram here.


    Thank you so much for listening today. 
    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 released don’t forget to hit subscribe on your podcast app of choice. 
    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. 
    A big thank you to Fujifilm for their support too. Book in your free trial with the Fujifilm X-S10 here.
    And also huge thanks to Andronis, in particular Andronis Arcadia (one of the most beautiful hotels in the worlds) - if you’re planning a Greek Island getaway, you have to check them out. And follow them on Instagram here. 


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

    Anya Hindmarch

    Today I’m joined by one of the most established names in British luxury - the designer and businesswoman, Anya Hindmarch. Anya started her accessories business as a teenager, inspired by the leather bags she saw on her travels in Italy. Within a few short years, her designs were stocked by some of the most prestigious fashion outlets around the world. 
    She is known for using fashion as a force for good. Back in 2004, her £5 white tote bags, with the slogan “I’m not a plastic bag” written on them, graced the shoulders of A-listers around the world, sparking a global frenzy with queues of over 80,000 people outside Sainsbury’s shops, trying to get their hands on the canvas bags. 
    More recently, during the pandemic, she’s worked with University College London to design a special holster for frontline NHS workers to wear, along with thousands of PPE gowns. 
    Just as fashion takes inspiration from cultures and destinations all around the world, so too does Anya, whose travel diaries take us from Morocco and Myanmar to Japan, Italy and glamorous Mustique.


    Destination recap:


    - Marrakech, Morocco 
    - El Fenn, Morocco
    - Kasbah Beldi, Morocco 
    - Cap Ferrat, France 
    - Florence, Italy 
    - Mustique 
    - Park Hyatt, Tokyo, Japan
    - Tokyo, Japan
    - Patagonia
    - Ethiopia
    - Beirut
    - Egypt
    - India 
    - Inle Lake, Myanmar 


    This episode is in memory of my beloved uncle, Anthony Lean. 


    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. 


    Thank you to ancestry.co.uk for their support for today’s episode. 


    And thank you also to Fujifilm. Book in your free trial with the Fujifilm X-S10 here. 


    Today’s episode was recorded during the UK’s Covid-19 lockdown. It was produced by Holly Rubenstein.
     
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    Jamie Laing - Long Haul

    Jamie Laing - Long Haul

    Today's guest is one who is sure to put you in a good mood. His infectious enthusiasm most recently led him to the Strictly Come Dancing final. He’s a chart-topping podcaster himself, and the star of the reality TV show Made in Chelsea. And he’s a businessman, the founder of the sweetie empire Candy Kittens. It is of course, Jamie Laing. With a father who runs a travel agent, and family all around the world, it’s no wonder that Jamie has an insatiable appetite for travel. So much so that this is a long haul, feature length episode. 
    So from Peru to Japan, and Turkey to Turks & Caicos, let’s hear Jamie's travel diaries. 


    Destination Recap:


    - Turks & Caicos
    - Turkey
    - New York, USA
    - Dylan’s Candy Bar, New York, USA
    - South America travelling - Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina 
    - Buenos Aires, Argentina 
    - Cape Town, South Africa 
    - Japan
    - Six Senses Laamu, Maldives 
    - Paraty (?) Northern Peru
    - Biarritz, France 
    - Notting Hill, London, England
    - Isle of Mull, Scotland 
    - Eilat, Israel 
    - Tel Aviv, Israel 
    - The Grand Canyon, USA
    - New Zealand


    Jamie's podcast Private Parts is available wherever you get your podcasts.
    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. 


    And thank you to Fujifilm for their support too. Book in your free trial with the Fujifilm X-S10 here. 


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    Sanjeev Bhaskar - Long Haul

    Sanjeev Bhaskar - Long Haul

    Today, I’m joined by the much loved actor and comedian, Sanjeev Bhaskar. Following a late arrival into comedy, Sanjeev was catapulted to stardom in the comedy series Goodness Gracious Me, and later The Kumars at No. 42, both bringing the British Asian experience to the masses to international acclaim. 
    This success, which has led to decades of movie and TV roles, has taken Sanjeev all over the world. India, of course, is a big feature today - Sanjeev has filmed documentaries and written books about the country, where some of his family still live. From Delhi and Rajasthan to Shimla and Darjeeling, Sanjeev paints a wonderful picture of such a diverse and exciting country. 
    He transports us to the American city he first fell in love with, his European all time favourite and we chat about the new season of his hit ITV show Unforgotten, which is back for its fourth season.


    Destination Recap:
    - Delhi, India
    - Karnal, India
    - New York, USA
    - Amalfi, Italy
    - Rajasthan, India 
    - Shimla, India 
    - Darjeeling, India 
    - Ellora, India 
    - Vesuvius, Italy
    - Pompei, Italy
    - Rome, Italy
    - Australia 
    - Paris, France 
    - New Zealand


    Unforgotten Season 4 airs on Monday nights on ITV at 9pm. 
    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.
    A big thank you to Citalia for their support of today’s podcast. You can discover the real Italy with Citalia, the UK’s leading Italian holiday specialists.
    And thank you to Fujifilm for their support too. Book in your free trial with the Fujifilm X-S10 here. 


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