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Episode 98
June 17 , 2020

98. 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 and co-owner of Chilly Powder holidays in the Alps, learned independence and adventure at a young age. After losing her sister aged 16 and mother aged 21 a chance…
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Episode 97
June 1 , 2020

97. 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…
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Episode 96
May 16 , 2020

96. Kash Bhattacharya: The Budget Traveller, Grand Hostels, Finnish Cloudberries and Ancient Samurai Kingdoms

The travel writing of Kash Battacharya, the Budget Traveller, has won him accolades including National Geographic Traveller Writer of the Year, filming for Lonely Planet and the BBC and resulted in his book The Grand Hostels, Luxury…
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Episode 95
April 28 , 2020

95. Oliver Gee, The Earful Tower Podcast; Back-Street Paris, a Swedish Moose and the Great American Road-Trip (…yeah, baby)

The fabulous Earful Tower Podcast, of which the star of the show is Paris, hit number one this month in the USA Apple podcast charts. Lisa chats to host Oliver Gee about seeing Paris like a local, chasing beavers down…
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Episode 94
April 16 , 2020

94. Victoria Hislop; Best-Selling Novelist on Greek Leprosy Colonies, Garcia Lorca in Granada and Kitsch Souvenirs of Fascist Dictators

We’re still riding high in Apple Podcasts places and travel charts all around the world, including several days at number 1 in the UK and as high as number 16 in the US so I want to thank you once…
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April 7 , 2020

93. Travis Elborough; Vanishing Lakes in Uzbekistan, Californian Ghost Towns and Disappearing Yorkshire Villages

Dreaming of travel – because we can’t actually travel – has become a lot more meaningful during lockdown and this week I really loved being on the When in Spain podcast. Paul Burge from Madrid and me in London, talking…
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April 2 , 2020

92. Sophy Roberts; Elephant Conservation in Chad, Remote Rivers in Papua New Guinea and The Lost Pianos of Siberia

Reporting on wildlife conservation, threats to eco-systems and fragile cultures from remote corners of the world is travel writer Sophy Robert’s passion. She cut her journalistic teeth with Jessica Mitford then ditched an enviable job at Conde Nast Traveller to…
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Episode 91
March 25 , 2020

91. Coronavirus and Travel; Lockdown in London, Madrid and Connecticut

Three weeks ago we were in Malaga having tapas and wine with Bill Bailey and now that seems like a lifetime away as most of us around the world are in lockdown. Lisa talks about how the travel ban and…
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March 12 , 2020

90. Bill Bailey; Larks in Transit, Vultures in the Pyrenees, Australian Rural Sheep Stations and Indian Ox-Roading Accidents

We’re in Malaga with superstar comedian Bill Bailey having tapas by the Cathedral fresh after seeing his latest tour. As well as being sublimely entertaining Bill is possibly the world’s most well travelled comedian and we talk childhood holidays, the…
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