102 episodes

The Big Travel Podcast: Exploring Life-Stories Through Travel.

Taking you on a journey of discovery, with a wonderfully diverse selection of characters, The Big Travel Podcast explores life-stories in travel; from childhoods with little money for much more than camping holidays to fabulous tales of exotic climes and incredible adventures.

Politicians, Paralympians, famous faces from TV, radio, music, stage and screen, SAS soldiers, adventurers and ordinary people taking extraordinary journeys tell their story of life through travel, and through this, The Big Travel Podcast finds out what it is about travel that inspires us, that makes us laugh, love, cry and sometimes cringe yet above all keep travelling.

The Big Travel Podcast is hosted by Lisa Francesca Nand, travel journalist, presenter, writer and filmmaker.

The Big Travel Podcast Lisa Francesca Nand

    • Places & Travel
    • 5.0, 40 Ratings

The Big Travel Podcast: Exploring Life-Stories Through Travel.

Taking you on a journey of discovery, with a wonderfully diverse selection of characters, The Big Travel Podcast explores life-stories in travel; from childhoods with little money for much more than camping holidays to fabulous tales of exotic climes and incredible adventures.

Politicians, Paralympians, famous faces from TV, radio, music, stage and screen, SAS soldiers, adventurers and ordinary people taking extraordinary journeys tell their story of life through travel, and through this, The Big Travel Podcast finds out what it is about travel that inspires us, that makes us laugh, love, cry and sometimes cringe yet above all keep travelling.

The Big Travel Podcast is hosted by Lisa Francesca Nand, travel journalist, presenter, writer and filmmaker.

    Laura Hamilton; A Place In The Sun, Quarantine, Coffee Shop Owning and The Wombles

    Laura Hamilton; A Place In The Sun, Quarantine, Coffee Shop Owning and The Wombles

    A Place in the Sun presenter, Laura Hamilton, and Lisa are having coffee in the ‘new normal’ in Spain, masks at the ready, talking property abroad, bargain cave houses, lack of tourists in Spain, Greek idylls, making tea for Dermot O’Leary, getting stuck in Sri Lanka, nerve-wracking Egyptian taxi rides, galloping around the Pyramids in Cairo, skiing after C sections, becoming a postmistress, running the local coffee shop and the surprise revelation about who her father is! There’s a clue, in the tit

    • 45 min
    Iain Dale; Communist Russia, Italian Coach Trips, the SAS in Beirut and the Decline of Social Discourse

    Iain Dale; Communist Russia, Italian Coach Trips, the SAS in Beirut and the Decline of Social Discourse

    A school trip to Communist Russia left LBC’s Iain Dale hooked on travel. He’s since learned fluent German, been chased to the border by a Hungarian prostitute, was guarded at gun-point in Lebanon, has done things he doesn’t want to tell us in a Miami hotel and, as one of the UK’s foremost political commentators, feels Washington DC is almost an ancestral home. A humorous insight into the world we live, angry tweeters, anonymous trolls, the importance of languages and why we can’t just all get alon

    • 57 min
    Dr Hassan Shehata; World-Leading Miscarriage Expert on Torture in a Sudanese Prison, Bob Marley in Jamaica and Donald Trump on Medication

    Dr Hassan Shehata; World-Leading Miscarriage Expert on Torture in a Sudanese Prison, Bob Marley in Jamaica and Donald Trump on Medication

    Pioneering expert Dr Hassan Shehata was thrown headlong into revolution, military Islamic extremism, beatings and torture as a junior doctor in Khartoum. We discuss his horrific time in ‘ghost house’ prisons, Sudan, Egypt, sitting on Bob Marley’s bed in Jamaica, Donald Trump and Hydroxychloroquine, following Liverpool FC around the world and his extraordinary work helping people become parents. Dr Hassan Shehata, our 100th episode, is also who helped Lisa and David have children after 5 miscarriages.

    • 58 min
    Eulanda Shead Osagiede; Travel's Colonial History, Japanese Kimonos and Tanzanian Seaweed Collectors

    Eulanda Shead Osagiede; Travel's Colonial History, Japanese Kimonos and Tanzanian Seaweed Collectors

    Award-winning travel and food blogger from Hey! Dip Your Toes In Eulanda Shead Osagiede grew up in Colorado, balancing beautiful forests and mountains with growing gang violence and police oppression, studied dance in New York then moved to the UK. We talk the Colonial history of travel writing, #BlackLivesMatter, the challenges of being a minority in a very white industry, Japan’s beautiful Kimonos, luxurious Moroccan hammans, the Caribbean and the Tanzanian seaweed collector who changed her perception.

    • 40 min
    Boutique Hotelier, Francesca Eyre; Parisian Au Pairing, Irish Stately Homes and the Accident That Wiped Her Memory

    Boutique Hotelier, Francesca Eyre; Parisian Au Pairing, Irish Stately Homes and the Accident That Wiped Her Memory

    Growing up with two terminally ill siblings Francesca Eyre, chef & co-owner of Chilly Powder holidays, learned independence at a young age. A chance encounter when chasing her mother’s lost pearls led her to the mountains. As a part-time endurance athlete a terrifying accident led to a challenging recovery but together with her husband Paul she’s opening a second Chilly Powder in beautiful Provence. She sees participating in incredible endurance events as a means to "breathe for those who no longer can"

    • 43 min
    Hollywood Military Adviser, Paul Biddiss; Correcting George Clooney, Pinewood with Brad Pitt, Tenerife with Matt Damon and Surviving Emergency Chute Landings

    Hollywood Military Adviser, Paul Biddiss; Correcting George Clooney, Pinewood with Brad Pitt, Tenerife with Matt Damon and Surviving Emergency Chute Landings

    There aren’t many people who would correct George Clooney but, on his first film as an extra, this led to former paratrooper Paul Biddiss having a huge change in career from surveillance and bodyguard to Hollywood military adviser. He’s since worked with Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Sam Mendes and more. He’s been chased by a baboon in Kenya, charged by elephants in the Masai Mara, wrangled huge snakes in Malaysian swamps and most importantly, to him anyway, has found a KFC in every worldwide location. 

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

Mel@J ,

Great Podcast

Just started listening to the Podcasts on Week 6 of lockdown in Spain. Its both interesting and relaxing !

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Incredible Show!

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