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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 their adventures around the world, and the travel experiences and destinations that have shaped their lives.
Be transported to exotic and far flung places as Holly and her diverse range of famous guests take you on a journey through the seven 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!

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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 their adventures around the world, and the travel experiences and destinations that have shaped their lives.
Be transported to exotic and far flung places as Holly and her diverse range of famous guests take you on a journey through the seven 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!

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    Bill Bailey

    Bill Bailey

    Today I’m joined by the much loved comedian, musician and actor, Bill Bailey. Known for his hugely inventive stand up, he’s of course such a familiar face on our TV screens, spending several years as team captain on the long running music and comedy BBC panel show, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, making regular appearances on QI and Have I Got News For You, and most recently being crowned the champion of Strictly Come Dancing with partner Oti Mabuse, last year. 
    Bill kicks off his travel diaries having just returned from an incredible trip to Iceland, so he tells us all about; he shares his love of Indonesia where he spontaneously eloped with his wife, and travels back to each year; as a gigging comedian he has discovered every corner of the UK, so he reveals some British hidden gems that could be on your doorstep, and he shares his tips for Strictly this year. 
    He joins me from his West London family home, which he shares with a menagerie of pets, including five rescue dogs, a cat, a parrot, a snake, ducks and hens, which you will occasionally hear laying an egg in the background. This is a really fun one!
    Destination Recap:

    Reykjavik, IcelandAkureyi, Iceland Bubble Hotel, Iceland Weston-super-mare, England Bath, England Saunder’s Foot, South WalesMarseilles, FranceArgentinaIndonesiaSumatra, IndonesiaWest Papua, IndonesiaThe Ridgeway National Trail, England BarbadosBaqueira Beret, Spain Sitges, SpainBarcelona, Spain PatagoniaNamibiaKamchatka Peninsula, Russia
    Bill Bailey’s En Route To Normal tour kicks off in Plymouth on Sun 12 December and runs through to mid January. All the tickets and dates can be found at www.BillBailey.co.uk
    If you’re enjoying the podcast, then it would be wonderful if you could leave a rating or a review on your podcast app - 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 five seasons to catch up on, with guests from Sir Michael Palin and Jo Malone to Heston Blumenthal and Nadiya Hussain.

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    • 57 min
    Giovanna Fletcher

    Giovanna Fletcher

    Giovanna Fletcher is one of the UK’s most successful women’s fiction authors. She's the host of Happy Mum, Happy Baby, the chart-topping podcast which sees her interview celeb guests about the highs and lows of parenting. She and her husband Tom Fletcher, from the band McFly have a huge YouTube presence where they perform together; and she’s I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here’s reigning champion, the Queen of the Castle. To say Giovanna is multi-talented, is quite the understatement.
    Giovanna has been travelling since a very young age as her dad is Italian, so she tells us about her annual trips to visit her family in Italy, she and Tom are a kind of obsessed with Disney and she brings to life the magic and joy of holidays at the Disney parks, and much of her new book is inspired by travel, by the country of Peru. We also chat about her love of trekking; her advice about travelling with three young kids; and what is was like to interview Kate Middleton and the whirlwind of press that came after. 
    Giovanna’s Destination Recap:

    Valva, Campania, ItalyParis, FranceDisneyland Paris, FrancePeruWalt Disney World, Florida, USAJade Mountain, St LuciaWatergate Bay Hotel, Cornwall, EnglandThree Mile Beach, Cornwall, EnglandTenerife, SpainMt Kilimanjaro, TanzaniaMadagascarAppalachian Trail, USA
    Holly’s Destination Recap:

    Belmond British Pullman train
    Giovanna’s new novel, Walking on Sunshine, is out now in hardback, priced £14.99
    If you’re enjoying the podcast, then it would be wonderful if you could leave a rating or a review on your podcast app - it really makes a big difference because it helps other people to discover the podcast. 
    And to hear future episodes as soon as they’re released don’t forget to hit subscribe or “follow” 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 five seasons to catch up on, with guests from Sir Michael Palin and Jo Malone, to Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Raymond Blanc .

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    Steve Backshall

    Steve Backshall

    Steve Backshall is a BAFTA-winning presenter, writer, explorer, naturalist and all round daredevil. His big break as a broadcaster arrived when National Geographic offered him the post of Adventurer in Residence and he’s been taking on some of the toughest challenges on earth ever since, gracing our TV screens with shows like Deadly 60, Expedition, and The Lost Land series. On this episode you’ll hear that Steve’s great passion is discovery. Discovery of new places and new animal species - whether that’s uncovering never before seen ancient human art work in a Borneo cave, tracking snow leopards in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan, coming extremely close to death while kayaking in Bhutan or diving with sharks in his new show, Shark with Steve Backshall.
    Holly’s Destination Recap:
    No. 15 Great Pulteney, Bath, EnglandThree Mile Beach, Cornwall, England 
    Steve’s Destination Recap:
    ZimbabweColombiaWest Papua BhutanWales - Gower, Pembroke, Snowdonia, Breacon Beacons Scilly Isles, Cornwall, EnglandCoastal Pembroke, WalesCoastal Penzance, Cornwall, EnglandBimini, The Bahamas Kyrgyzstan BorneoBrazilSuriname
    Shark With Steve Backshall continues on Sunday at 8pm on Sky Nature, Sky Showcase and is streaming on NOW TV. 
    Thank you to today’s sponsors:
    Freddie’s Flowers - Get your first two boxes half price, at just £12.50 each with the code TRAVEL50The Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa
    To hear future episodes as soon as they’re released, don’t forget to hit subscribe or “follow”. Follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. And there’s always the first 5 seasons to catch up on, with guests from Michael Palin and Rick Stein, to Jo Malone to Hugh Bonneville.

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    • 52 min
    Jessica Nabongo, first black woman to visit every country in the world

    Jessica Nabongo, first black woman to visit every country in the world

    Jessica Nabongo is the first black woman in history to have visited all 195 countries in the world. On top of that, she travelled to 89 of these countries solo. All by the age of 35. She’s an influencer, photographer and businesswoman, and shares with us what she learnt throughout this epic journey. 
    From Tuvalu and Eritrea to Turkmenistan and Djibouti, Jessica’s travel diaries literally take us all over the world.
    Destination Recap:

    Punta Mita, Mexico UgandaQueen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda,Lamu, KenyaJapanMt Fuji, JapanHiroshima, Japan Bali, IndonesiaNamibia Islamabad, PakistanLahore, PakistanIran especially IsfahanColombiaCubaMerowe, SudanSenegalEritreaMasawa, EritreaTuvalu Lake Assal, Djibouti The Door to Hell, Turkmenistan South SudanMoldovaBelarusTashkent, Samarkand & Termez, UzbekistanVenice, ItalyGreenlandSantiago de Cuba, Cuba
    For more of Jessica’s adventures you can pre-order her first book on Amazon. It will be published by National Geographic and is out in May 2022. In the meantime, you can follow her on Instagram @jessicanabongo. Jessica's new project, The Nabongo List: is a new luxury, travel membership that gives you the best in local, luxury and unique experiences all around the world, curated by Jessica
    A big thank you to today’s sponsors for their support of the podcast.
    DK Eyewitness - What better way to find that next adventure than with a DK Eyewitness book? Get new editions of their award-winning DK Eyewitness and Top 10 travel guides, or for the intrepid explorer, there’s Outdoor Europe. Click the link, or visit your local bookshop.
    COMO Hotels and Resorts - COMO's collection of 14 luxury boutique hotels and resorts are in some of the world's most desirable destinations. A new hotel has been announced for 2022, COMO Le Montrachet in Burgundy, France. Find out more about COMO's beautiful hotels and resorts by visiting Comohotels.com
    Adnams - The home of premium gins. Get 10% off your first purchase with Adnams using code TRAVEL10.
    Freddie’s Flowers - Get your first two boxes half price, at just £12.50 each with the code TRAVEL50 at freddiesflowers.com
    British Airways x Visit Florida - Book your trip with confidence at BA.com/Florida
    And to hear future episodes as soon as they’re released don’t forget to hit subscribe or “follow” 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 five seasons to catch up on, with guests from Michael Palin and Heston Blumenthal, to Sir Ranulph Fiennes to Hugh Bonneville.

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Clare Balding

    Clare Balding

    Today’s guest is a broadcasting legend. Whether it’s the Olympic Games, Paralympics, horse racing, Crufts, Wimbledon or so much more, Clare Balding has risen to national treasure status. She’s also a best-selling author, radio presenter and podcaster, in case you didn’t think she was busy enough!
    Covering so many major TV events has taken Clare around the world, and then some. Her travel diaries take us from Mauritius to Costa Rica, Italy to Iona. She tells us how she once won her weight in champagne as a horse jockey; as a dog lover like me she shares her favourite dog friendly spots in the UK; we hear her take on the future of Emma Raducanu, and about the time the Queen turned up at her house for breakfast. All that coming up on The Travel Diaries.
    Destination Recap:

    Chamonix, FranceAspen, Colorado, USAMauritius Four Seasons Hotel, Mauritius Sydney, AustraliaMelbourne, AustraliaRio de Janeiro, BrazilAustraliaNew Zealand Costa RicaHotel Punta Islita, Costa RicaCubaLewa, KenyaGalana, Kenya Tofauti charityLucknam Park, Bath, EnglandWhatley Manor, Wiltshire, England Holbeck Ghyll, Lake District, EnglandRosa Alpina, The Dolomites, ItalyPuglia, ItalyUmbria, Italy Iona, ScotlandNorthumberland, EnglandWigton, Scottish Borders, Dumfries and Galloway Elephant Corridor, Sri Lanka Banyan Tree Mayakoba, MexicoBaltic Sea CruiseFjord CruisePanama Canal CruiseThe Amazon CruiseSouth Pacific CruiseAlaska, USA
    A big thanks to Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London for hosting us for our interview. Book your winter or Christmas staycation and enjoy Magical Mandarin Moments of delight from £740 per night.
    To book your dream villa holiday visit The Thinking Traveller. The Thinking Traveller's collection of luxury villas across Italy, The Greek Islands, Corsica and Mallorca are some of the best properties out there for a villa holiday and come in all sizes, whether you're travelling as a couple or for a big family reunion.
    Freddie’s Flowers - Get your first two boxes half price, at just £12.50 each with the code TRAVEL50 at freddiesflowers.com
    British Airways x Visit Florida - Book your trip with confidence at BA.com/Florida
    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. 

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    • 52 min
    Stanley Tucci

    Stanley Tucci

    We’re back for Season 6 (how did that happen?!) and what an honour to be joined on our first episode by the Oscar-nominated actor and writer, Stanley Tucci. You’ve seen him in The Devil Wears Prada, The Hunger Games, Julie and Julia, Supernova, Fortitude, and The Lovely Bones. He’s directed four movies, and recently won an Emmy for his new food and travel TV series, Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy. As a foodie he’s written two delectable cookbooks, and his new memoir, Taste, is just as delicious. 
    This episode is a love letter to Italy, and of course to food. So let’s get started. Season 6, Stanley Tucci. Here we go!
    Destination Recap
    Holly:
    - Vaison La Romaine, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France
    - Airelles Chateau de la Messardiere, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France 
    Stanley Tucci:

    Vermont, USA
    Rome, Italy
    Florence, Italy
    New Paltz, Upstate NY, USA, Shonagun Mountains 
    The Cotswolds
    Watergate Bay Hotel, Cornwall, England
    Mawgan Porth, Cornwall, England
    Cirencester, The Cotswolds, England
    The Lake District, England 
    Zermatt, Switzerland
    Lake Como, Italy
    Rome, Italy
    Emilio Romagna, Italy 
    Ischia, Italy
    Iceland
    Scandinavia
    Stanley Tucci’s memoir ‘Taste’ is out now.
    A huge thank you to today’s sponsors, Citalia, Freddie’s Flowers and British Airways x Visit Florida.
    Citalia - Discover the real Italy with Citalia, the UK’s leading Italian holiday specialists
    Freddie’s Flowers - Get your first two boxes half price, at just £12.50 each with the code TRAVEL50 at freddiesflowers.com
    British Airways x Visit Florida - Book your trip with confidence at BA.com/Florida
    If you’re enjoying the podcast, then it would be wonderful if you could leave a rating or a review on your podcast app - 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 five seasons to catch up on, with guests from Michael Palin and Heston Blumenthal, to Sir Ranulph Fiennes to Hugh Bonneville.

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    • 47 min

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