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Completely Caribbean - Destination Special

Season 5

We're going Completely Caribbean here on The Travel Diaries this week. On today's bonus destination special, we’ll be heading on a sun-soaked tour of the Caribbean islands, in partnership with the British Airways American Express Credit Card.


Unsurprisingly, it’s one of the most popular destinations to be picked each week on the pod, and in today’s episode lots of my lovely guests from the last five seasons will be recounting their favourite Caribbean travel memories - the islands they love - of course the islands are so diverse, each with their own distinct history, culture and landscape - as well as the best hotels, places to visit and hidden gems, taking us on a tour from the north to the south of the Caribbean.


And later we’ll be joined by Caribbean destination expert Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon aka Jet Set Sarah. Sarah is a Caribbean travel expert, award-winning travel journalist, and self-described “Carivangelist”, having visited and written about nearly all of the Caribbean islands. She'll take us through the destinations chosen by my guests, as well as sharing her own Caribbean travel diaries.


Destination Recap:


  • David Loftus: The Bahamas
  • Jamie Laing and Jo Malone: Turks & Caicos
  • Fred Sirieix: Jamaica
  • Jacqui Gifford: Anguilla
  • Ainsley Harriott: Dominica
  • Richard Branson and Ella Eyre: Necker Island, BVIs


Jet Set Sarah's Destination Recap


  • Turks & Caicos: Parrot Cay, Providenciales, Andros, Long Island
  • Bahamas: Harbour Island
  • Dominica
  • Anguilla
  • Jamaica: Kingston, Trench House, Devon House, Negril, Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, Port Antonio, KFC Montego Bay!
  • Bequia
  • Petit St Vincent
  • Grand Cayman
  • Belize
  • Bonaire
  • Mustique


Thank you so much to  the British Airways American Express Credit Card for supporting today's episode. Search BA Amex for more details and check out the world. Representative 24.5% APR Variable, Applicants must be 18 years old or older, Subject to approval - Terms, conditions and exclusions apply. All information including Representative APR is correct as at 14th September 2021.


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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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