Today we’re uncovering another favourite episode from The Travel Diaries archive, now that we have over 100 episodes to pick from, as we build up to our big season finale with Joanna Lumley next week. It was so hard to choose, but when I reflected on the episodes that sparked the most wanderlust in me, from the most seasoned travellers, I thought it had to be Ben Fogle. Ben’s episode was recorded back in the Covid days, during season three, when no one really knew what was going on with the future of travel, and his tales of epic physical feats, wilderness living , going to the most remote parts of the planet, really inspired me at the time.
Ben is an award-winning broadcaster and one of the UK’s most prolific adventurers. He has rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, swam from Alcatraz to San Francisco, run the Marathon Des Sables (a 6 day ultra marathon across the Sahara Desert), raced across the Antarctica to the South Pole and most recently climbed Mount Everest.
He’s written nine best-selling books – many about travel – and has the enviable title of the United Nations Patron of the Wilderness. And speaking of the Wilderness, he has travelled to every corner of the globe while filming his long-running hit TV series, New Lives in the Wild, a notion that feels particularly relevant right now during lockdown.
Get ready to be transported to Guatemala, the top of Mt Everest, Ethiopia, the Canadian Wilderness and…Ayia Napa.
- Taransay, Outer Hebrides, Scotland
- Lake Chemong, Ontario, Canada
- British Columbia, Canada
- Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada
- Latin America
- Quito, Ecuador
- Antigua, Guatemala
- Pitcairn Island, South Pacific
- Pleistocene Park, Siberia
- The Atlantic Ocean
- Mt Everest, Nepal
- Cornwall, England
- Lalibela, Ethiopia
- Ayia Napa, Mallorca, Spain
- The Great Wall of China, China
- The North Pole
- The South Pole
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