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The Travel Diaries

Journalist Holly Rubenstein interviews incredible guests about the travel experiences that have shaped their lives. From the first place they fell in love with, to the top of their bucket list, it's wanderlust guaranteed.

The Travel Diaries is a weekly interview series where 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
Latest Episode6/28/2022

Miriam Margolyes

Season 7
Today, I’m joined by a legend of stage and screen. Britain’s naughtiest national treasure. It’s the award-winning actress, Miriam Margolyes.Miriam’s movie roles have included the BAFTA award-winning Mrs Mingott in Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Age of Innocence’ and of course Professor Sprout in the Harry Potter films. She’s appeared in a host of hugely popular TV shows from Blackadder and Miss Marple to more recently the Real Exotic Marigold Hotel and Call the Midwife. And she’s also a prolific travel documentarian filming in and around Australia, the US and Scotland to name a few.As a lifelong lover of Charles Dickens, she presented the successful BBC documentary series Dickens’ America and toured the world with her acclaimed one woman show ‘Dicken’s Women’ in which she played 23 characters based on or inspired by characters in Dickens’s novels.Speaking to me from her Australian home, Miriam was so engaging and generous with her time both before, after and during the interview -so grab a cuppa, settle in and enjoy listening to the very widely travelled and very entertaining Miriam Margolyes.Destination Recap:Robertson, NSW, AustraliaAustraliaTuscany, ItalyKingsgate, Kent Coast, EnglandSt Margaret’s Bay, Kent, EnglandGlasgow, ScotlandIsle of Harris, ScotlandCambridge, EnglandNorfolk, EnglandBasel, SwitzerlandZurich, SwitzerlandLindt Chocolate Shop, Zurich, SwitzerlandIsraelPalestineThe Rust Belt, USAIndiaItalyIrelandIndonesiaKerala, IndiaCalcutta, IndiaGiglio, ItalyFordyce, ScotlandRimini, ItalyAfricaMiriam is heading to a British theatre near you next month, as part of her upcoming book tour, in honour of the paperback release of her fantastic memoir, This Much is True. Head online for tickets.With thanks to…Small Luxury Hotels of the World - Ease yourself into a holiday headspace and visitslh.com/travelcomfortzonesto find out more.DK Eyewitness - Get new editions of DK’s award-winning Eyewitness and Top 10 travel books and plan out adventures to the likes of Italy, Mexico, Spain or Costa Rica. Each guide is complete with updated listings, interest-led travel advice and the latest practical information. Find them all online or at your local bookshop.Thank you so much for listening today. 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 coming up, come and follow me on Instagram, I’m @hollyrubenstein - I’d love to hear from you.
6/28/2022

Miriam Margolyes

Season 7
Today, I’m joined by a legend of stage and screen. Britain’s naughtiest national treasure. It’s the award-winning actress, Miriam Margolyes.Miriam’s movie roles have included the BAFTA award-winning Mrs Mingott in Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Age of Innocence’ and of course Professor Sprout in the Harry Potter films. She’s appeared in a host of hugely popular TV shows from Blackadder and Miss Marple to more recently the Real Exotic Marigold Hotel and Call the Midwife. And she’s also a prolific travel documentarian filming in and around Australia, the US and Scotland to name a few.As a lifelong lover of Charles Dickens, she presented the successful BBC documentary series Dickens’ America and toured the world with her acclaimed one woman show ‘Dicken’s Women’ in which she played 23 characters based on or inspired by characters in Dickens’s novels.Speaking to me from her Australian home, Miriam was so engaging and generous with her time both before, after and during the interview -so grab a cuppa, settle in and enjoy listening to the very widely travelled and very entertaining Miriam Margolyes.Destination Recap:Robertson, NSW, AustraliaAustraliaTuscany, ItalyKingsgate, Kent Coast, EnglandSt Margaret’s Bay, Kent, EnglandGlasgow, ScotlandIsle of Harris, ScotlandCambridge, EnglandNorfolk, EnglandBasel, SwitzerlandZurich, SwitzerlandLindt Chocolate Shop, Zurich, SwitzerlandIsraelPalestineThe Rust Belt, USAIndiaItalyIrelandIndonesiaKerala, IndiaCalcutta, IndiaGiglio, ItalyFordyce, ScotlandRimini, ItalyAfricaMiriam is heading to a British theatre near you next month, as part of her upcoming book tour, in honour of the paperback release of her fantastic memoir, This Much is True. Head online for tickets.With thanks to…Small Luxury Hotels of the World - Ease yourself into a holiday headspace and visitslh.com/travelcomfortzonesto find out more.DK Eyewitness - Get new editions of DK’s award-winning Eyewitness and Top 10 travel books and plan out adventures to the likes of Italy, Mexico, Spain or Costa Rica. Each guide is complete with updated listings, interest-led travel advice and the latest practical information. Find them all online or at your local bookshop.Thank you so much for listening today. 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 coming up, come and follow me on Instagram, I’m @hollyrubenstein - I’d love to hear from you.
6/21/2022

Glorious Greece - Destination Special

Season 7
On this week’s destination special we are heading to one of the world’s most popular travel destinations. We're off to the South East of Europe, to a country of thousands of islands dotted throughout the Aegean and Ionian Seas. The cradle of Western civilization, its capital, Athens, is home to ancient landmarks dating back to the 5th-century B.C. like the Acropolis and the Parthenon. A country of magical natural landscapes, turquoise seas and secret beaches, with the longest coastline in Europe and the most welcoming locals. It is of course, Glorious Greece.Unsurprisingly, Greece, and in particular the Greek Islands have been a hugely popular choice by my podcast guests over the last seven seasons and what I’ve especially enjoyed is really how many of them are hidden gems that I personally wasn’t hugely familiar with.The first half of today’s episode is a tour around the islands featuring some of my favourite guests over the last few years, and then, afterwards, we’ll be joined by Greece travel expert, fellow podcaster and Greece resident, Heidi Fuller-Love who’ll be sharing her extensive expertise, tips, and recommendations for your next Greek holiday.Destination Recap:Tom Kerridge - AgistriHugh Fearnley-Whittingstall - AeginaFiona Duncan - Koufonisia and AmorgosDavid Loftus - ParosYotam Ottolenghi - FolegandrosRaven Smith - MilosJo Malone - RhodesHeidi Fuller-Love’s Destination Recap:CreteE4 trail, CreteSitia Geopark, CreteSamaria Gorge, CreteKato Zakros, CreteAkoritiri, SantoriniMarBella Elix, PargaNana Princess, CreteAgistriAeginaThirassiaThirassia Paradise SuitesAlonissosKarpathosEpirus MountainsFor more information about Greece head tovisitgreece.grand follow @GreeceGrammable on Instagram.With thanks to…Small Luxury Hotels of the World - Ease yourself into a holiday headspace and visitslh.com/travelcomfortzonesto find out moreClinique UK - Discover Clinique at World Duty Free today.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.
6/14/2022

Lorraine Kelly

Season 7
Today’s guest is Britain’s undisputed Queen of breakfast telly. A national treasure, who for the last 12 years has been the host of her self-titled show on ITV, Lorraine - it is, of course, Lorraine Kelly.Lorraine became a journalist the hard way, working on local papers before working as a researcher on BBC Scotland, where bosses told her that, because of her Scottish accent, she’d never get a job in front of the camera.Oh how she proved them wrong. Joining TV-am she went on to report on some of the toughest stories of that era, from the Dunblane massacre to the Lockerbie bombings, with her characteristic compassion and empathy, before joining GMTV and the sofas of breakfast TV.What you might not know about Lorraine is that she is fanatical about travel. She has been practically everywhere, and is really intrepid in her travel choices. She takes us from the islands of the Outer Hebrides to the frozen landscape of Antarctica; from remote Botswana to the jungles of Uganda and much much more.Oh, and the occasional grumble in the background is her daughter Rosie’s sausage dog who also joined us for the chat.There’s a lot to cover today. So, let’s fasten our seatbelts and get started.Destination Recap:Glasgow, ScotlandParis. FranceOrkney, ScotlandThe Italian Chapel, Orkney, ScotlandSt Kilda, ScotlandSingaporeMarina Bay Sands hotel, SingaporeOrchard Road shops, SingaporeSentosa Island, SingaporeDuxton Reserve, SingaporeAntarcticaFalkland IslandsAlaska, USASouthern AfricaBotswanaUgandaBorneoBarra, ScotlandHarris, ScotlandTunisiaRajasthan, IndiaMongoliaSiberiaThe ArcticListen to Lorraine’s podcast What If? wherever you get your podcasts.With thanks to…Clinique UK - Discover Clinique at World Duty Free today.The Kensington Hotel - For bookings and more information click here.Small Luxury Hotels of the World - Ease yourself into a holiday headspace and visitslh.com/travelcomfortzonesto find out moreThank you so much for listening today. 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.
6/7/2022

Listener Special

Season 7
Today is a Travel Diaries first - a Listener Special where you, my amazing listeners, are this week’s special guests. I’ve interviewed many a star over the past seven seasons, but the real stars have been you, the listeners. Your incredible support has allowed the podcast to grow as quickly as it has, so it only felt right that I turn the tables, and the microphone, back on to you to tap into your collective wisdom and travel experiences, as you answer the seven chapters of the travel diaries.From China to Kerala, from Costa Rica to Puglia, from the rainforests of the Amazon to the plains of Kenya, fasten your seatbelts for the first ever Travel Diaries Listener Special.Destination Recap:Chapter One - Earliest Childhood Travel Memoriesfeaturing- Beijing, China from Tone in Surrey, England- France from Katja in SloveniaChapter Two - The First Place You Fell In Love Withfeaturing- Villefranche-sur-Mer, Francefrom Emma in Edinburgh, Scotland- Austria from Joe from Somerset, England- Kerala, India from Emma in LondonChapter Three - The Place Where You Learnt The Most About Yourselffeaturing- Karditsa, Greece from Aoife in IrelandChapter Four - All Time Favourite Destinationsfeaturing- Puglia, Italy from Tracey in Wexford, Ireland- Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest from Charlotte in New Zealand- Nice, France from Jen in Belfast, Northern Ireland- Kenya from Emma in WorcestershireChapter Five - Hidden Gemsfeaturing- San Gerardo de Rivas in Costa Rica from Mani in Birmingham, England- Rendezvous Bay, Antigua from Charlie in the Wirral, England- Red Wharf Bay on the Isle of Anglesey, Wales from Shireen in WalesChapter Seven - The Destination At The Top Of Your Travel Bucket Listsfeaturing- Toronto, Canada from Ellie in East Sussex, England- Japan from Aaron in South WalesWith thanks to…Small Luxury Hotels of the World - Ease yourself into a holiday headspace and visitslh.com/travelcomfortzonesto find out more.Clinique UK - Discover Clinique at World Duty Free today.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.
5/31/2022

Paul Hollywood

Season 7
On today’s episode I’m joined by Mr Blue Eyes himself, our favourite judge from the Great British Bake Off, and making a very rare podcast appearance, I’m thrilled to be joined by Paul Hollywood.Paul began his career as a baker, quickly ascending to become Head Baker in some of the world’s most exclusive hotels. His talent caught the eye of TV producers who snapped him up for cooking shows and before long, he was cast as a judge on one of TV’s most successful shows of all time - the Great British Bake Off. Paul has taken part in every season of the show and when he isn’t filming he’s most likely working on other TV series that combine his two loves - food and travel, and he has travelled the world over.He’s probably the guest this season that a lot of you have been most curious about, maybe because of his tough love and penetrating stare on the Bake Off. As you’ll here, Paul was an absolute delight, very unaffected and genuine, and clearly really passionate about travel. I really enjoyed this one and I hope you will too. So let’s get started.Destination Recap:MexicoEnsenada, MexicoBaja, MexicoChablé Yucatán, Chocholá, MexicoConwy, North WalesIbiza, SpainSt Lawrence Gap, BarbadosCliveden, Hampshire, EnglandLondon, EnglandCyprusAnnabelle Hotel, CyprusAnassa Hotel, CyprusJerusalem, IsraelRome, ItalyThe Great British Bake Off Tent, EnglandCafes near the Coliseum, Rome, ItalyVerbier, SwitzerlandCasablanca, MoroccoAustraliaNew ZealandBAKE by Paul Hollywood, published by Bloomsbury on 9 June 2022 (£26.00 RRP, Hardback)With thanks to…Clinique UK - Discover Clinique at World Duty Free today.Anantara Kihavah MaldivesVillas - The resort is currently offering 30% off with a Best of Maldives offer, which includes a complimentary four course lunch in SEA for stays of four to seven nights and acomplimentary manta ray snorkelling or dolphin cruise for stays over 8 nights, available for stays until 23 December. Head toanantara.comorcheck out@anantarakihavah on Instagram to find out more.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.
5/24/2022

Chris Burkard, Adventure Photographer

Season 7
Today, I’m joined by one of the world’s most successful adventure and nature photographers, Chris Burkard.Nearly 4 million people follow Chris’s work throughout the year on Instagram as he travels to some of the world’s most remote destinations and extreme environments, often requiring Chris to take on immense challenges to capture his work. His stories inspire us to consider our relationship with nature, and the importance of the preservation of wild places everywhere.His travel diaries take us from Greenland to the Kuril Islands, and from remote Iceland to the beaches of California, with some great photographs tips at the end, too.Destination RecapPismo Beach, California, USAYosemite, California, USAIcelandKuril IslandsÍsafjörður, IcelandGreenlandNicaraguaLake Baikal, RussiaMongoliaFaroe IslandsSvalbardChris' new book,Wayward, is out now.With thanks to…Clinique UK - Discover Clinique at World Duty Free today.CV Villas - Book your dream villa holiday at CVVillas.comIf 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.
5/17/2022

Raven Smith

Season 7
Today, I’m joined by Raven Smith, the best-selling author and Vogue columnist who’s been hailed as the funniest man on Instagram and dubbed London’s fashion world philosopher. His first book, Raven Smith’s Trivial Pursuits, captured readers as a witty and irreverent guide to modern life and he’s back with a new book, part memoir part commentary on masculinity, called Raven Smith’s Men.As you’ll soon hear, Raven is also an avid traveller and has written for numerous travel titles about his experiences around the world. He takes us from the pyramids of Egypt to the nightclubs of New York, from Greek island tavernas to the hidden beaches of Barbados, with lots of laughs along the way.So fasten your seatbelts and let’s get started.Destination Recap:Crete, GreeceKos, GreeceMilos, GreeceO Hamos, Milos, GreeceBrighton, EnglandBarbadosJapanSea-U Guesthouse, BarbadosBerlin, GermanyCairo, EgyptAdrére Amellal, Siwa, EgyptOld Cataract Hotel, Aswan, EgyptL'Avant Comptoir de la Mer, Paris, FranceBrasserie Zedel, London, EnglandRochelle Canteen, London, EnglandQuo Vadis, London, EnglandDuck Soup, London, EnglandCubaFinca Paradisa, CubaHawaii, USAThat was the fabulous Raven Smith. His new book Raven Smith’s Men is out now.With thanks to…Clinique UK - Discover Clinique at World Duty Free today.Airbnb - Whether you’re looking to live anywhere, or become a Host yourself, visitAirbnb.comand find out more. Prospective Hosts can learn more about how much they can earn sharing their space through theWhat’s My Place Worth Tool.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.