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Fun, funny and wise: Flight of Fancy with Ben Groundwater is an exploration of all things travel, for those with a thirst for seeing the world.

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Fun, funny and wise: Flight of Fancy with Ben Groundwater is an exploration of all things travel, for those with a thirst for seeing the world.

    Travel 2020: Will it ever be the same again?

    Travel 2020: Will it ever be the same again?

    So that’s it – we’re grounded. For the foreseeable future, the only travel we’ll be doing is to the supermarket in search of toilet paper. Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the travel bans being imposed around the globe is how quickly they have happened – leaving many of us wondering, is this the end of the travel as we know it?

    • 37 min
    Things that surprise first-time visitors to Antarctica

    Things that surprise first-time visitors to Antarctica

    Everything you should know about travelling to the great ice continent, from what to pack to what to do once you get there.

    • 31 min
    So ridiculous - the most ostentatious ways to travel

    So ridiculous - the most ostentatious ways to travel

    From floating breakfasts to underwater spas, and to living it large on super yachts; here's what extreme luxury feels like.

    • 36 min
    The best destinations to visit in 2020

    The best destinations to visit in 2020

    From the exotic to the intrepid, travel writer Ute Junker chats with videographer Tim Charody and fellow writer Rob McFarland about the places you should visit this year and the best things to do while you're there. 

    • 33 min
    How to travel without ruining the world

    How to travel without ruining the world

    Travel has its downsides - overtourism, carbon emissions and natural disasters - but travel can also be a force for good. Guest host Ute Junker,  Intrepid Travel’s Brett Mitchel and Traveller editor Anthony Dennis discuss what it's like visiting post-disaster destinations, from Nepal after the earthquakes to Sri Lanka after the bombings, as well as the role of recovery tourism in parts of Australia impacted by the bushfires.

    • 32 min
    The most surprising places to visit in the Middle East

    The most surprising places to visit in the Middle East

    It's one of the most misunderstood regions in the world. Some watch the news and decide that the Middle East is not a place they’d ever want to visit. But those of us who are enchanted by ancient cultures, of the Pharaohs and Pyramids in Egypt, of Petra and the Nabateans in Jordan, the colour and flavours of the souks and the still beauty and silence of the desert, will find the Middle East the most fascinating of places. Guest host Ute Junker talks to Traveller writers Sue Williams and Keith Austin on what it’s like to travel to the Middle East, where to go and the things that shocked and surprised them.

    • 31 min

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