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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!

    Fabulous France - Bonus Episode

    Fabulous France - Bonus Episode

    Bonjour! As quarantine-free travel is soon to be announced between France and England, here is a bonus episode celebrating Fabulous France to whet your appetite and inspire your future travel plans. 
    As well as hearing from some of my favourite guests from the past two seasons, today’s show is introduced by Nicola Williams, France expert for The Telegraph and Lonely Planet. She shares her experience of living in France during lockdown and her top tips and hidden gems to visit across the country now that we can travel freely again. 


    Destination Recap:
    - Nadiya Hussain - Paris
    - Rachel Khoo - Paris
    - Conde Nast Traveller’s Melinda Stevens - Le Bristol Paris hotel, La Reserve Paris hotel
    - Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa
    - Rick Stein - Clermont-Ferrand, Auvergne; Jura; Collioure and Perpignan
    - Ella Eyre - La Clusaz
    - Jo Malone - Grasse; Mougins; La Colombe d’Or Hotel, St Paul de Vence, France 
    - Raymond Blanc - Provence


    Nicola Williams on…
    - Ile de Ré
    - Le Martiniere Ice Cream shop, Ile de Ré
    - Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
    - Nernier, Haute-Savoie 
    - Château de la Treyne, Lots, Dordogne
    - Les Prés d'Eugénie, Eugénie-les-Bains, Les Landes


    Thank you so much for listening today. 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. Come and find me on Instagram, I’m @hollyrubenstein and I’d love to hear from you. And to delve into the back catalogue, visit thetraveldiariespodcast.com 
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    • 42 min
    Ben Fogle - Long Haul

    Ben Fogle - Long Haul

    It’s the start of Season 3, and who better to join me to celebrate than Ben Fogle? Ben is not only an award-winning broadcaster, fronting many of our most loved TV shows - he is also one of the UK’s most prolific adventurers. He has rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, swam from Alcaraz to San Francisco, run the Marathon Des Sables (a 6 day ultra marathon across the Sahara Desert), raced across the Antarctica to the South Pole and most recently climbed Mount Everest. 
    He’s written nine best-selling books - many about travel - and has the enviable title of the United Nations Patron of the Wilderness. And speaking of the Wilderness, he has travelled to every corner of the globe while filming his long-running hit TV series, New Lives in the Wild, a notion that feels particularly relevant right now during lockdown. 
    Get ready to be transported to Guatemala, the top of Mt Everest, Ethiopia, the Canadian Wilderness and…Ayia Napa, Here, are the travel diaries of Ben Fogle. 
    Destination Recap:
    - Taransay, Outer Hebrides, Scotland
    - Lake Chemong, Ontario, Canada
    - British Columbia, Canada
    - Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada
    - Latin America 
    - Quito, Ecuador
    - Antigua, Guatemala
    - Bolivia 
    - Pitcairn Island, South Pacific
    - Pleistocene Park, Siberia
    - The Atlantic Ocean
    - Mt Everest, Nepal 
    - Cornwall, England
    - Ethiopia
    - Lalibela, Ethiopia
    - Ayia Napa, Mallorca, Spain
    - Haiti
    - The Great Wall of China, China
    - The North Pole
    - The South Pole


    The Wilderness Collection for Barbour by Ben and Marina Fogle is available from www.benfogle.com
    Thank you so much for listening today. 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 you can listen on Spotify, Apple podcasts, Castbox, Stitcher and pretty much all other podcast apps. 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 podcast-related.
    I’m thrilled that today’s episode of The Travel Diaries is supported by Perowne International, a leading travel consultancy representing some of the finest hotels in the world from Finca Cortesin to Gleneagles to Le Bristol Paris to Six Senses. Follow their gorgeous travel snaps on Instagram here and read more about them on their website. 
    Today’s episode was recorded during the UK’s Covid-19 lockdown. It was produced by Holly Rubenstein.
     
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    • 59 min
    Hidden Gems - Bonus Episode

    Hidden Gems - Bonus Episode

    Surprise! I’m back with bonus episode number two, as we could all do with a bit of armchair travel right now. This week we’re uncovering the best ‘Hidden Gems’ from the past 23 episodes, from guests including Nadiya Hussain, Dan Snow and Levison Wood. Stay tuned for those secret spots that you want to keep to yourself because they’re that wonderful, but you also want to shout from the roof top because…they’re that wonderful! I hope they transport you to somewhere far, far away and provide some inspiration for your future travel plans.
    Destination Recap:
    - Dan Snow: Stockholm and Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden
    - Mr & Mrs Smith’s James Lohan: Ett Hem, Stockholm, Sweden
    - Rachel Khoo: Little Brothers Bakery - Stockholm, Sweden
    - Luleå, Swedish Lapland
    - Arctic Bath, Sweden
    - The Independent’s Simon Calder: Wuppertaler Schwebebahn (Wuppertal Suspension Railway), Germany; Tiraspol, Moldova; The Azores; Syracuse, Sicily
    - Levison Wood: Lebanon
    - Arthaus Beirut, Lebanon
    - Lucy Williams: Anopura, Jaipur, India 
    - Lonely Planet’s Peter Grunert: Bhutan
    - Nadiya Hussain: Koh Sukorn, Thailand 
    Thank you so much for listening today. 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. 
    Don’t forget you can listen on Spotify, Apple podcasts, Castbox, Stitcher and pretty much all other podcast apps. 
    To find out who’s on next week’s show come and find me on Instagram, I’m @hollyrubenstein I’d love to hear from you.
    And visit TheTravelDiariesPodcast.com for everything podcast-related.


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    • 23 min
    Best of British - Bonus Episode

    Best of British - Bonus Episode

    Today we celebrate the Best of British, where a selection of guests from Season 1 & 2 will transport you to some of their favourite places in the British isles - all from the safety of your own home. From the Isles of Scilly to the Island of Rum; Shropshire, Yorkshire, Kent, London and much more, here’s a taster of some of the very best of what Britain has to offer. 
    Destination recap: 
    - Rick Stein: Isles of Scilly; Padstow, Cornwall, England
    - Poppy Delevingne: Daymer Bay, Cornwall, England
    - Porthminster Beach Cafe
    - Porthmeor Beach Cafe
    - Melinda Stevens: The Long Mind, Shropshire, England
    - Sir Ranulph Fiennes: Isle of Rum, Scotland
    - Dynamo: Chiltern Firehouse and Bar Bruno’s, London
    - Kettner’s Town House, London
    - Blanchette, London 
    - Peter Grunert: Bradford, Yorkshire, England
    - Tom Kerridge: North Kent Coast, England - Whitstable; The Goods Shed, Canterbury; The Fordwich Arms, Canterbury; The Compasses Inn, Crundale; The Sportsman, Seasalter
    - James Lohan: Blakes Hotel, London; The Witchery, Edinburgh, Scotland; Drunken Duck Inn, Lake District, England; Le Manoir aux quat’saisons, Oxfordshire, England; Lime Wood, Hampshire, England
    - Sophy Roberts: Yeotown, Devon, England


    Thank you so much for listening today. 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. 
    Don’t forget you can listen on Spotify, Apple podcasts, Castbox, Stitcher and pretty much all other podcast apps. 
    To find out who’s on next week’s show come and find me on Instagram, I’m @hollyrubenstein I’d love to hear from you.
    And visit TheTravelDiariesPodcast.com for everything podcast-related.


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    • 27 min
    Lonely Planet founder, Tony Wheeler

    Lonely Planet founder, Tony Wheeler

    Today, I’m joined by a legend of the travel world. Back in 1972, Tony Wheeler and his wife Maureen, decided to drive from London through Asia, and all the way to Australia on what was known as the Hippie Trail. Along the way, they realised there was a real shortage of information about the countries they were visiting, and so they decided to write a guidebook together. That was the now seminal Southeast Asia on a Shoestring, and from there, Lonely Planet was born. 
    Lonely Planet went on to become the world’s largest travel guidebook publishers, selling hundreds of millions of books. I’m sure all of us have a well leafed Lonely Planet guide on our shelves, that has been a trusty companion on our travels. 
    Tony and Maureen now live in Melbourne, Australia, so I was very lucky to grab some time with Tony when he was over in London at the beginning of the month.
    We spoke before the Coronavirus became a global pandemic - although you’ll hear that it had impacted his travels on the way to get here.
    It’s a very frightening time for all of us across the globe, a time when travel suddenly feels so out of reach. I hope this episode acts as a bit of escapism, some light relief, that will transport you to the weird and wonderful corners of the world that make up Tony’s travel diaries. From Bulgaria and Turkmenistan, to Armenia and…The Maldives. I hope you enjoy it.
    Destination recap: 
    - Plovdiv, Bulgaria
    - Hippie Trail driving from London to Australia
    - Ashkabad, Turkmenistan 
    - Karachi, Pakistan
    - Karakoram Highway, Pakistan 
    - Nassau, Bahamas
    - San Francisco, California, USA
    - Sumba, Indonesia
    - Armenia
    - Istanbul, Turkey
    - The Pudding Shop, Istanbul, Turkey 
    - Göreme, Turkey
    - Bamiyan Buddahs, Afghanistan
    - Torres Strait, Australia
    - Erub Island, Australia 
    - Melbourne, Australia 
    - Ravenna, Italy
    - The Maldives
    - Socotra, Yemen 
    - Yemen
    - Jamaica


    Thank you so much for listening today. 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. 
    Don’t forget you can listen on Spotify, Apple podcasts, Castbox, Stitcher and pretty much all other podcast apps. 
    To find out who’s on next week’s show come and find me on Instagram, I’m @hollyrubenstein I’d love to hear from you.
    And visit TheTravelDiariesPodcast.com for everything podcast-related.


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    • 42 min
    Poppy Delevingne - Long Haul

    Poppy Delevingne - Long Haul

    Supermodel and actress Poppy Delevingne is making her podcast debut today on The Travel Diaries. Poppy - and her sister, Cara Delevingne - are two of fashion’s most recognisable names. Poppy has been the face of Louis Vuitton, Burberry, the muse for designer Matthew Williamson, and the brand ambassador of Chanel. But as you’ll hear in this episode, it was acting that was Poppy’s first love, and having starred in blockbusters like Kingsman and King Arthur, Poppy is now a series regular on Sky Atlantic’s hit series, Riviera. 
    I spoke to Poppy in her beautiful west London home in a rare moment when she was back in the UK - travelling is not only an integral part of her career - you’ll soon hear that Poppy clearly has the travel bug, too. From Argentina to Antarctica, Japan to Positano, this is a glimpse into the glamorous life of Poppy Delevingne.
    Destination Recap:
    - Buenos Aires, Argentina
    - Amilla Fushi, Maldives
    - Cornwall, England
    - Wandsworth Common, London, England
    - The Colbert, London, England
    - The Wolseley, London, England
    - The Delaunay, London, England
    - Chiltern Firehouse, London, England
    - The Windsor Castle, Camden Hill Road, London, England
    - Los Angeles, California, USA
    - Positano, Italy 
    - Le Sirenuse, Positano, Italy 
    - Da Adolfo, Positano, Italy 
    - Conca del Sogno, Positano, Italy 
    - Camping in the Amazon, Brazil 
    - India
    - South Africa
    - Peninsula Hotel, Tokyo, Japan
    - Kyoto, Japan
    - Amanemu, Shima, Japan
    - Amangiri, Utah, USA
    - Zion National Park, USA
    - Barcelona, Spain
    - La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain 
    - Chateau Marmont, Los Angeles, California 
    - Paris, France 
    - Residenza Napoleone III, Rome, Italy 
    - Macchu Picchu, Peru
    - Antartica


    You can catch up on Riviera Season 1 & 2 on Sky Atlantic now. Season 3 will be released this summer. Follow Poppy on Instagram here. 
    Thank you so much for listening today. 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. 
    Don’t forget you can listen on Spotify, Apple podcasts, Castbox, Stitcher and pretty much all other podcast apps. 
    To find out who’s on next week’s show come and find me on Instagram, I’m @hollyrubenstein I’d love to hear from you.
    And visit TheTravelDiariesPodcast.com for everything podcast-related.


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    • 50 min

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