The Great Destinations Radio Show

Presented by Keri Jones

Produced by Keri Jones

Airs Saturday at 18:00 UTC, repeats Thursday at 10:00 UTC

Website: www.greatdestinationradioshow.com

The Great Destinations Radio Show presents a mix of features, on-location reports, reviews and expert interviews to inspire curious and interested travellers. Each week we share stories and travel tips from two professional travellers - a travel blogger and a travel writer. There's a weekly segment on staycations, hobby holidays and travel technology, too.

Recent Shows

14 April 2018

In this week's show:

Girona - Keri Jones visits the city of Girona in the Catalonia region of Northwest Spain. Girona offers the stylish dining and the superb tapas options that visitors expect of nearby Barcelona. But Girona is more affordable and less crowded than the Catalan capital. Views of the city have featured heavily in TV’s Game of Thrones. Fans of film and TV will also find the city’s cinema museum fascinating. It is filled with movie props and costumers. Keri also walks around the city’s formidable, ancient walls and tours the cathedral that boasts one of the world’s widest naves. The ancient Jewish quarter also features in the programme. It was hidden away from public view until the 1970s.

Belarus - Cities like Prague, Budapest and Warsaw are now very familiar with British travellers. But there are still places in Eastern Europe that have remained off the tourist trail. One of those is Minsk, the capital of Belarus. Keri spoke to Clare Collins from travel company Explore, who organise trips to the city. There’s also an added bonus – a trip to see wild wolves in one of their last strongholds in Europe. The capital of Belarus, like stepping back behind the iron curtain.

Seattle - The Northwest US city of Seattle is probably best known for Starbucks Coffee, the grunge band Nirvana and its iconic 1960’s tower, the Space Needle. But it actually has some of the best museums and art galleries in the country. Keri spoke to Tracey Wickersham from the city’s tourism office about what you can expect to see.

Tinos - Keri spoke to author and walking tour operator Denis Roubien about the Greek isle of Tinos. The island is famous for its spectacular birdhouses. Dennis explained that before nearby islands such as Mykonos and Santorini had a huge tourism boom, Tinos was the place to visit.

Crowed Planet - Travel expert and blogger Margarita shares her experiences of the global destinations where she has found the best, affordable food. And she offers tips on staying safe and healthy when snacking on street food.

Bergen - For incredible views from the air and railway carriages our guest blogger, Katy Clarke says you can’t beat Norway’s second city of Bergen.

7 April 2018

Bratislava - Keri Jones visits the capital of Slovakia. Bratislava is set alongside the River Danube and was once the city where Hungarian royalty was crowned. A huge, white hilltop castle overlooks the town. Keri tours the quaint old town’s lanes and he visits the eastern block monuments and unusual communist-era architecture, including the river bridge that resembles a UFO and the inverted pyramid that houses the radio network. Keri sees the city on a guided tour in a vintage Czech car.

Mexico City - Travel writer Carol Perehudoff talks about her trip to the sprawling metropolis of Mexico City where she found unusual food, lots of art and mystics in markets.

New Zealand - Most British travellers head to New Zealand during our winter - which is their summer. But you can get some great deals if you decide to go during their winter instead. But what’s it like during the colder months? I spoke to travel blogger Charlie Elliot to find out. She spent a winter exploring both the North and South Islands of New Zealand and enjoyed landing in a helicopter on a glacier. Charlie told me she loves New Zealand because there’s so much variety to the landscape.

Morocco - The North African country of Morocco has always held an exotic attraction for British travellers – helped by the famous 1940’s film, Casablanca. I spoke to Paul Clammer, author of The Lonely Planet Guide to Morocco, about how the launch of cheap flights is allowing more people to explore this fascinating country.

Mumbai - Mumbai is India’s biggest city and not an obvious choice when starting a tour of the country. But it’s home to India’s incredibly successful film industry. I spoke to travel writer James Clark about his experiences in the city and his surprise taste of Bollywood fame.

Vineyard tours, where elephants wander past the vines. Travel writer Mar Pages talks about visiting wineries in Thailand and Indonesia.

31 March 2018

In this week's show:

Nice, France - Medieval streets, markets and an incredible medical museum-Keri visits Montpellier, the sunny and spirited southern French city.

Stockholm - The Swedish capital city of Stockholm is actually made up of thousands of small islands, stretching out into the Baltic Sea. And while most of these islands are popular holiday destinations for the Swedes, they don’t get a lot of visits from British travellers. I spoke to travel writer Maria Hart about her experiences visiting one of the smallest and most remote islands in the Stockholm Archipelago – called Öja (UR-YA). It’s a short but exciting trip from Stockholm.

Cambodia - Cambodia is becoming increasingly popular as a tourist destination although it has been slower to take off than neighbours like Thailand and Vietnam. Keri spoke to travel writer Nicola Burke about her experiences in the capital city, Phnom Penh, and what it’s like to visit with two young children in tow.

Egypt - The rich culture and history of Egypt means the country is on many people’s list of places to visit. But travellers have been warned to avoid the country after a series of high-profile terror attacks in the country. Keri spoke to Amy and Adam Wright, who created the popular Wright Route travel blog, about their recent experiences in the country, during the heightened security warnings.

Flight Gift Card - Send a loved one vouchers for their vacation with a token for their airline ticket! Keri learns about
flightgiftcard.com

French Cycling Holidays - Which cycling holiday route should you choose for a real taste of France? Keri talks with Mike Blakeney of French Cycling Holidays.

24 March 2018

In this week's show:

Sardinia - Keri Jones takes an off-season trip across the Mediterranean island of Sardinia. Keri discovers that there’s a lot of history to explore, both underground and over ground. He visits subterranean Roman remains and goes on a tour of Second World War escape tunnels. He tours two of Sardinia’s largest towns, Cagliari and also Alghero where he visits a museum that celebrates the natural substance which made this town rich.

Moscow - Travel writer Tom Woods shares his experiences of his recent Moscow trip.

Wexford, Ireland - Travel blogger Tara Povey shares her tips on Wexford and the south east coast of Ireland.

Panama - Central America is one of the fastest growing tourist destinations on the planet, with countries like Mexico and Costa Rica high on many people’s must-visit list. But the tiny country of Panama has been lagging behind. Keri asked Kevin O’Brien, who operates the specialist tour company Bare Foot Panama, and who lives in the country, why you should visit. Kevin told Keri that most visitors come to see Panama’s most famous structure – the canal which allows ships to pass between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean.

Photography Holidays in Iceland - Most of us spend a good proportion of our holidays snapping photos, especially with the growth in great camera phones over the past few years. But what if you want to learn how to capture great, professional-standard images? I spoke to Geraldine Westrupp from Wild Photography Holidays. She organises trips to some of the most photogenic places on the planet and teaches you how to capture stunning photos. I asked Geraldine what type of person chooses to go on a photographic holiday.

Travello - Many of us use social media platforms like Facebook or Linked In to keep in touch with family, friends and colleagues. But one new tech startup company is using the idea to help you meet up with people while you’re travelling. Keri spoke to Ryan Hanly, who co-developed the Travello app, to ask him how it works.

17 March 2018

In this week's show:

Traverse City - Keri visits the lakeshore destination of Traverse City, USA. This funky college town is home to 40-storey sand dunes, award winning wines and many micro breweries. There are so many craft brewers, visitors can go on a brewery tour by canoe, paddling between pints. Locals are also proud their Michigan town is America’s cherry capital. Keri learned that they put the fruit in everything, when he visited a shop dedicated to cherry produce.

Dominican Republic - The Dominican Republic offers more than just resorts- there’s walking, waterfalls and whale watching! Keri spoke with expert Gustavo Candelario about this Caribbbean destination’s highlights.

Uruguay - Uruguay is one of those smaller countries in South America that’s often overshadowed by its big neighbours, Argentina and Brazil. But it’s actually the place where South Americans go on holiday. So what is it that attracts them? Keri spoke to Sean Connolly, author of the Bradt Guide to Uruguay, to find out more.

Malawi - Malawi, the landlocked country in central Africa is popular destination for diving, fishing watersports and eco resorts. That’s because it is home to the 65-mile long ‘inland sea’ of Lake Malawi. Keri found out more.

Trans-Siberian Railway - If you love train travel then the Trans-Siberian railway across Russia to China and Mongolia could provide you with your perfect holiday. Keri spoke with expert Odette Fussey.

Myanmar - Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, has only really been open to visitors since 2012. And that means it’s still fascinatingly untouched by the sort of development you see in other rapidly growing Asian countries. Keri spoke to travel writer Shannon O’Donnell about what makes Myanmar distinct from its neighbours. She started her journey in the capital, Yangon.

10 March 2018

In this week's show:

Bergamo - Keri Jones reports from the twin city of Bergamo in the foothills of the Italian Alps. It is a town in two halves, linked by a funicular railway. Keri discovers the quaint, hilltop half of Bergamo. This district gained UNESCO world heritage status for its formidable walls that were built by the Venetians. Keri also visits an incredible bar inside the city’s stunning 5-star Relais San Lorenzo hotel. It is built into the remains of Roman houses and a street uncovered when they were excavation the hotel’s foundations.

'Don't Go There’ – A New Radical Travel Book - Fancy a trip to Chernobyl? ‘Don’t go there’ is the book that takes readers to unusual destinations visited by author Adam Fletcher. It includes his reports from the eerie site of one of the world’s largest nuclear disaster and North Korea. Adam talks about his trip to a rogue state, Transnistra.

Milford Sound - Rudyard Kipling once described New Zealand’s Milford Sound as the “eighth wonder of the world.” Travel writers Amy and Andrew from OurBigFatTravelAdventure.com visited and were both enchanted by the beauty of this fiord in the southwest of New Zealand’s South Island.

Jazz in Cape Town - Liverpool. New Orleans. Nashville. They’re all cities that have become famous for their connections to music. But what about Cape Town? Apparently this South African city has a growing reputation for live music, particularly jazz. Keri spoke to Iain Harris, whose company organises various tours of the music scene in Cape Town.

Sitges - The tiny Spanish seaside town of Sitges, located around 20 miles south of Barcelona, has been a popular destination for alternative travellers for over a century. And it is where the wealthy residents of Barcelona still like to spend their weekends. Keri spoke to travel writer Mar Pages about why Sitges is so popular.

St Petersburg - St Petersburg is often called the most European city in Russia. And at just over three hours by plane from London, it could make an unusual destination for a weekend break. Dutch travel blogger Naomi Nathalie used the city as the starting point for her epic train journey across Russia on the Trans Mongolian Railway.

3 March 2018

In this week's show:

Belgrade - After years of conflict, Belgrade has bounced back as a superb city for an affordable weekend of dining, drinking and nightlight. We discover why Serbian’s capital is considered cool and Keri Jones has a cuppa with the Crown Prince of Serbia who hopes to be king, one day.

Seychelles - Sandy beaches and supersized tortoise- we’re island hopping in the Seychelles If someone asked you to think of your ideal paradise destination, there’s a good chance you’d say The Seychelles. This group of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean has a reputation for upmarket accommodation and pristine beaches. But where should you stay? Keri Jones spoke to travel writer Cory Vaga who, with her partner G, created the blog
YouCouldTravel.com
They spent their honeymoon in the Seychelles so had plenty of time to discover what’s on offer in the country.

Rome - The Marigold Hotel series of films generated a huge interest in travel to India. Keri spoke to Mike Fleetwood from tour company Cox and Kings who hopes a new film, ‘Finding Your Feet’ will do the same for Rome.

Sazan, Albania - Would you like to be one of the first tourists to visit a mysterious military island? Sazan is just 2 square miles but it is Albanian’s largest isle. The government in Tirana has given permission for it to open up to visitors. Access to the island was banned for decades after communist dictator Hoxha stationed troops there and bolstered Sazan as his bolthole in the event of a cold war attack. KE Adventure travel is offering a boat trip to Sazan as part of their 8 day-long 'Walking The Secret South Of Albania’ break.

Australia - Mark Harland has made two trips to Australia and he has kept detailed notes as he travelled across thousands of miles of outback, coast and through major cities. Mark share’s his observations in his book, ‘Sunburnt Pom's Tales of Oz’.

The cruise where passengers pick the ports the ship will visit - Choose Your Cruise Ports - If you’re looking for a cruise with a difference, how about one where the passengers get to ‘steer the ship?’ That’s what’s being offered by Fred Olsen Lines this spring, aboard their ship Braemar. They’re visiting the Baltic, but you’ll get to choose which ports the ship stops at. Keri spoke to Martin Lister about what’s involved.

24 February 2018

In this week's show:

Nice, France - Keri Jones visits Nice on the French Riviera. It’s sunny, the scenery is stunning and the mood is sophisticated, yet unstuffy. Nice is an art-centred city and Keri stays in an art hotel and visits some of the city’s art galleries. He also goes underground to uncover the forgotten, ancient city. Keri checks out local food and the authentic Salad Nicoise, too. Nice has a longstanding connection with Britain too, as Keri discovers.

Andros, Greece - Andros is one of the largest islands in the Cyclades group and it’s great for rambling. Travel Company Inntravel is now including the island in its walking holiday programme. James Keane form he company agrees that Andros is not well known amongst most British visitors but many Greek people visit, because it is relatively near to Athens.

Cook Islands - With air links to Australia and New Zealand cheaper and easier than ever, more people are using this as a chance to explore the fascinating nations spread across the South Pacific. Keri spoke to Karla Eggelton from the Cook Islands Tourist Board about why you should consider taking a detour to see this former British protectorate, named after the famous explorer Captain Cook.

Waterways - Like Britain, France has a large network of old canals that are now used mainly for leisure purposes. And it can be a great way to see the country, as Derek Banks from specialist holiday company European Waterways explained to me. Derek told Keri that people who might have spent a week on a tiny narrow boat in the UK will have a pleasant surprise when they see the barge hotels that are common on the French waterways.

Barbados - Barbados has some of the most upmarket resorts in the world, where rich travellers can seal themselves off from the outside world for days on end. But what if you prefer to get out and about when you’re on holiday? Keri asked travel blogger, Julianna Barnaby, what Barbados has to offer for the more independent travellers, who want to avoid the all-inclusive experience?

Solo Parent Holidays - There are now 2million sole parent families in the UK and tour company Intrepid Travel noticed that 16 per cent of their family bookings were made by sole parents. To cater to this demand they’ve launched six special breaks Keri spoke with the company’s Dyan McKie about the holiday needs of solo parents.

17 February 2018

In this week's show:

Thessaloniki, Greece - Keri Jones visits Greece’s second city of Thessaloniki, a place known for food and the arts. He visits the winery with a very special museum collection and he tours some of the incredible Roman remains. Keri also visits the city’s vast second hand goods and bric-a-brac market areas, a must for anyone who loves searching for antiques, collectables or bargains.

Savannah, USA - Tourists looking to experience a taste of the US Deep South usually head to New Orleans for its amazing food, music and architecture. But it means they often overlook Savannah, lying on the Atlantic coast in the state of Georgia, which is one of the oldest cities in the country. Keri Jones spoke to Jim Morekis, author of the Moon Guide to the Carolinas, about why you should add Savannah to your list of cities to see in the USA.

Driving In Italy - You’ll see the best of Italy if you have a car. But you might be worried about getting behind the wheel because of stories you’ve heard about Italian driving. Katy Clarke, the writer behind the travel blog ‘Untold Morsels’, is a regular visitor to Italy. Katie says if you’re prepared the autostrada shouldn’t be daunting!

Great Barrier Reef - Along with the Sydney Opera House and Uluru, The Great Barrier Reef is one of the iconic, must-see sights when visiting Australia. But it’s so huge, planning a trip there can be daunting. Keri spoke to Wendy Morris, the chairman of Tourism Tropical North Queensland about how you can get the best from your visit.

Lviv - More low cost airlines are flying To Ukraine- so what can you see? Keri Jones spoke to Ukrainian travel blogger Lena Tarasyuk, who writes the Travel Monkey blog. Although many people will have heard of the Ukrainian capital Kiev, Lena told me the place to head for is the city of Lviv, near the Polish border, it’s considered to be the cultural capital of the country.

Train Trips Around Ireland - There’s something magical about travel by steam train, and this September you can tour the sites and scenery of Ireland on a unique vintage railway journey. The company Just Go has teamed up with the Railway preservation Society of Ireland to offer three different journeys mixed with sightseeing excursions. Keri Jones spoke with the company’s Matthew Eastlake about this coach trip on rails.

10 February 2018

In this week's show:

Corsica, France - Thousands of Brits flock to Corsica each year to enjoy this Mediterranean island’s sandy beaches, hike or wildlife watch in its scenic rugged mountains. Keri Jones has travelled across the island on a narrow gauge train in winter. Keri discover two of the island’s biggest destinations Bastia and Ajaccio. He views a world-renowned gallery and a number of attractions that celebrate birthplace of Napoleon.

Hoi An - Vietnam has rapidly become a popular tourist destination. And many regard the tiny coastal city of Hoi An as the jewel in the country’s crown. In fact, it’s deemed to be so important, that it was given UNESCO World Heritage Status in 1999. Keri Jones spoke to James Clarke, from the travel blog Nomadic Notes, on why Hoi An should definitely be on your itinerary when visiting the country.

Naxos - Naxos, the largest island in Greek Cyclades group, isn’t as well known as some of its neighbours, like Mykonos or Crete. But there’s plenty to see in this historic island, as I found out from Denis Roubien from the travel company Culture Hikes. Denis told Keri Jones that the island used to be the centre of culture in the region, which is why it has so many important remains to see.

Montevideo, Uruguay

Odd Places To Stay in Germany - The North Rhine-Westphalia area of Germany is probably best known to British travellers for the Christmas markets in Cologne. But it’s also a popular summer holiday destination with Germans looking for outdoor activities. Keri Jones spoke to Julie Sengelhoff from the regions tourist board, who described what I should expect in this former industrial area lying on the Rhine. The region has become famous for its range of unusual accommodation options, such as the Park Hotel in Bottrop. Its rooms have been created from water pipes in an old sewage works, as Julie explained.

Grenada

3 February 2018

In this week's show:

Grand Rapids, USA - Keri Jones reports from Grand Rapids. The New York Times named this Midwestern city as one of their 52 places to visit in the states. It’s famous for its annual public art event-the world’s biggest, its gardens, breweries and fish!

Tonga - The Kingdom of Tonga – a country made up of 170 islands lying in the middle of the Pacific Ocean - isn't high on most people’s list of places to visit. But travel writers Kia Abdullah and Peter Watson told Keri Jones that this could be one of the last unspoilt paradises on earth for diving and historic sites. Kia and Peter write the popular outdoor activities blog,
AtlasAndBoots.com

Bucharest - The rise of the low cost airlines has made Eastern Europe a popular destination for weekend breaks. But if you’ve admired Prague and marvelled at Budapest, where should you try next? Keri spoke to travel author Charlie Elliott, who reckons the Romanian capital of Bucharest, should be high on your list. As someone born just before the fall of the Berlin wall.

El Hierro - Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands are all very well known to British holidaymakers. But have you heard of El Hierro? It’s the smallest of the inhabited Canaries and offers a very different experience to its larger neighbours. Keri spoke to Alex Greenwood from KE Adventure Travel about why you should visit this remote island.

Cheaper Holidays - Travel writer Jen Lowthrop talks shares her tips on cheaper flights and she says hostels offer an affordable option to hotels.

Kitesurfing - This time on hobby holidays, how do you fancy a kitesurfing break?

27 January 2018

In this week's show:

Hvar, Croatia - Keri reports from the Croatian island of Hvar where and royalty and the rich party. He visits one of Europe’s oldest towns and learns why thousands of people flock to this Adriatic isle because of their love of lavender.

Israel - Most British visitors to Israel stick to the well-known, purpose built costal resorts like Eilat. But there’s plenty to see in the rest of the country. Keri spoke to award winning travel writer Carol Perehudoff, who has travelled extensively in Israel. She’s written about it on her own luxury travel blog,
wanderingCarol.com
and gave me her top tips on what to see.

A slow train trip in a gorgeous, green corner of spain

Asturias - Touring holidays can sometimes be a bit frenetic, moving from one place to another at breakneck speed and ticking off the must-see sites as you go. So there’s a growing trend toward holidays that takes things a bit more calmly. Keri spoke to James Keane from tour company Inntravel, who specialise in so-called slow holidays. James explained the concept.

Flymbe - The cost of flying has come down significantly over the past two decades, but buying a long haul flight, or seats for the whole family on a short hop in Europe, can still be a significant financial outlay. That’s where a new website -called
Flymble.com
could come in handy. Two Dutchmen, Vincent Hus and Henry Wynaendts, who struggled to afford their dream holiday to Thailand, set up Flymble. Henry speaks with Keri.

Northern Norway Amanda Williams has been touring the islands of Northern Norway for their stunning coastal scenery. She loved the island of Senja, Norway's second largest isle, which lies above the Arctic Circle. Amanda suggests the town of Tromso as a starting point for an incredible road trip.

Tombstone - We’re going to discover part of the Real Wild West! Tombstone in Arizona is home to the legendary OK Corral. Today’s tourists can enjoy daily shootouts from the safety of their ringside seats. Europeans first settled the area in the 1870s when they established a fort, 17 miles from Tombstone. Keri learns more.

20 January 2018

In this week's show:

Larnaca, Arsos and Lefkara in Cyprus - Keri Jones visits the South East corner of Cyprus for some winter sun. Keri visits Larnaka’s cultural and historic sites, the castle and cathedral. He then heads inland, away from the coast, so he can experience great Cypriot hospitality. Keri stays in Arsos, a small village famous for its wine production and samples an unusual product made from grape juice. Next, he visits Lefkara, another hilltop community that has been described as one of the most beautiful villages in Europe and which Japanese people have been advised to visit. Lefkara is famous for a craft that is so special UNESCO has registered it.

Seville - Seville, in the southern Spanish region of Andalucía, has become a popular destination for weekend breaks. It’s probably best known for its huge cathedral – the largest gothic church in the world. But what else is there to see and do? Keri spoke to Mary Biles, who lives in Seville and writes a popular blog about the city. Mary says she started
IKnowALittlePlaceInSeville.com
to help visitors get a more authentic experience.

Turner - The painter William Turner is famous for his moody images of London and the British coastline. But few people realise that he’s also credited with putting Germany on the tourist map. Keri spoke to Kevin Kalfels about the launch last year of the Turner Route, which spans a 65km stretch of the Rhine Valley, from Koblenz in the north to Bingen in the south, and marks the 200th anniversary of Turner’s arrival in Germany.

Can Be Done - Being able to hop onto a plane for a holiday or a quick city break is something most of us take for granted. But if you’re disabled, it takes a lot more planning. Keri spoke to Philip Scott, the founder of specialist disabled holiday company Can Be Done, about some of the challenges people face. Philip told Keri there’s a country in Europe that really leads the way for disabled travellers.

Petra - Shannon O’Donnell, the travel writer behind
ALittleAdrift.com
has been to see one of the most middle east’s most incredible sites, Petra in Jordan.

enegal - Few people travel to the west African country of Senegal, considered to be one the region’s most stable states. Visitors might be interested in its surfing or seeing the island with a sad and shameful role in the slave trade James Smith, author of the blog
OnlyByLand.com
has been to this French speaking corner of the continent.

13 January 2018

In this week's show:

Golden Bay and Farewell Spit, New Zealand - Keri Jones visits Golden Bay, a beautiful area of sandy beaches, turquoise waters and forested mountain ranges at the top of New Zealand’s South Island. It’s a remote area, where New Zealanders go on holiday, backpackers congregate and artists settle. There’s a relaxed vibe to this ‘end of the road’ community. Keri learns about Maori culture when he chats with a community leader. He visits sacred springs and then catches and cooks his own lunch at the area’s top attraction, a salmon farm. Later, Keri is driven along the 30-km long beach of the Farewell Spit sand bank. This natural wonder is world-famous for its birdlife, fossils, unusual lighthouse and an arch in the cliff face.

Bratislava - American travel writer Drew Seaman has made the most of his London working base by touring Europe extensively and reporting his discoveries on the website
Driveontheleft.com
Drew has a recommendation for a quick, cheap trip, one of Europe’s smallest and less-well-known capitals, Bratislava. Slovakia’s main city straddles the River Danube. Locals claim that Strauss composed his Blue Danube waltz there.

ICELAND - Iceland has some of the most stunning and dramatic scenery inEurope. But while the majority of visitors marvel at the amazing natural features above ground, few realise that there’s also some must-see sights just below their feet. I spoke to Kommi Hermannsson from Base Camp Iceland, who organise tours of the islands unique lava caves and tubes.

Cool caravan - One of the great things about caravan and motorhome holidays is that you have the freedom to head off and explore whenever - and wherever -you want. So it’s surprising that escorted caravan tours,where you get a guide and a pre-prepared itinerary, are proving really popular. Keri spoke to Donna Bloy from the Camping and Caravanning Club -who offer escorted tours throughout Europe and worldwide – who told me they’re similar to a classic guided tour but with some big differences.

health and fitness - The way we travel and how we like to spend our holidays is, like most areas of life, subject to the latest fashions. And I spoke to Paul Joseph, Chief Executive of holiday company Health and Fitness Travel, about what are the emerging trends for 2018. Paul started by telling me that so-called ‘skip-gen’ holidays, where grandparents go on a holiday of a lifetime with the grand kids, leaving the parents at home, will be big this year.

Johnny Ward - Travel Blogger Johnny Ward has recently completed a journey to every one of the 197 countries on earth. Keri asked Johnny about his experiences in some of the safe, and sometimes remote countries. Johnny tells Keri where he’d found a tropical island paradise.

6 January 2018

In this week's show:

Ann Arbor, USA - Keri Jones visits the American college town of Ann Arbor, a 60-minute drive from Detroit. This prestigious University City is filled with vintage retailers, book shops and antique stores. Visitors can dine on an incredible selection of international food in the city’s restaurants. People also travel for miles to visit the city’s Zingerman Deli, to sample to sandwich that Barack Obama described as ‘killer’. During his visit, Keri plays a special instrument to an audience of 120,000 people and he joins a local tour guide to go hunting for the signs of fairies which you’ll spot all over the town.

Easter Island - The huge and mysterious carved statues of Easter Island are one of the most iconic images in the world. But what is it like to actually see them for yourself? Keri spoke to award-winning travel writer and blogger Megan Jerrard about her experiences on the island.

Aveiro - Keri visits Aveiro, often described as ‘Portugal’s Venice’. The coastal town, 30 minutes south of Porto is an incredible city of canals and art nouveaux buildings.

Steam Railway Holidays Abroad - Riding on classic steam railways has always been popular, and not just with the older crowd, who might remember the sights and smells from their youth. In fact, trains are still very much part of our popular culture, as tour operator Marcus Robertson explained to me. His company, the Steam Dreams Rail Company, organises rail holidays around the UK and further afield. Marcus says the allure of steam starts at an early age.

Calgary - Travellers heading to Canada usually stick to the big, famous cities on the country’s east and west coasts. It means they can overlook some great places to visit in the huge space in between. I spoke to travel writer Jody Robbins, who has visited destinations all over the world, about her hometown - Calgary. Jody says Calgary isn't an obvious choice.

St Helena - A South Atlantic adventure, as the remote island of St Helena welcome its first air passengers! Keri talks with author Stewart McPherson who has visited this UK Overseas Territory.

30 December 2017

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Detroit, USA - Keri Jones visits the city famous for the Motown and the motor car! He visits Hitsville USA-the Motown museum and the Ford Auto Plant, which is open for tours. During his trip Keri also discovers Detroit’s local take on ten-pin bowling, Fowling (pronounced to rhyme with bowling). It’s good fun and rather different. Detroit is bouncing back from severe economic and social problems that have seen hundreds-of-thousands of residents leave the city. It’s become a hip, forward-thinking city with a downtown free of the chain stores. Instead, you’ll find unique and locally owned businesses, as Keri discovered. The architecture is incredible, too. The city skyline is dotted with art-deco skyscrapers, visible remainders of the city’s former wealth. Detroit’s buildings are so magnificent that the city earned the nickname, ‘The Paris Of The Midwest’.

Bangkok - Bangkok is one of those cities that’s unlike anywhere else on earth. There are some many different sights and sounds that it can become overwhelming. So it’s worth getting an insider’s view of the city. So I spoke to Dave Stamboulis, author of a new guide, 500 Hidden Secrets Of Bangkok, and who moved to Thailand from the USA, to find out where you really need to go when you’re in town.

Oman - Its well-known and glitzier neighbours like Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar often overshadow the Gulf State of Oman. But if you’re looking for a more traditional experience of the Middle East, rather than shopping malls and theme parks, then Oman could be the place to go. Keri spoke to Sophia Montezal from specialist tour company G Adventures, who organise group tours to the region.

Taipei, Taiwan - The island of Taiwan has been creating quite a buzz in the Far East for some time. But it’s still a relatively unknown destination in Europe. Someone who knows the country well is travel blogger Nicola Burke. Nicola writes the JetlagAndMayhem.com blog, which provides tips on travelling with kids. Nicola told Keri that the food markets are incredible.

Maui - We discover Hawaii’s Honeymoon island.

This is Hobby Holidays-Knitting Breaks - Specialist holidays to nations where knitting is an important part of local culture.

23 December 2017

In this week's show:

Marfa, Texas - Keri Jones visits Marfa. This isolated Texan desert town is 6 hours drive from Austin. Marfa is close to the beautiful Big Bend National Park but has become famous for its minimalist art. It’s galleries and shows regularly attract stars like Beyonce. This small community of 2,000 people has been featured in many films and TV shows too. It’s also home to a mystery, the Marfa lights. Keri goes out after dark to see this unexplained, nighttime phenomena.

Queue Jumping In Italy - You might have heard reports about overcrowding in some tourism destinations recently. A tourism leader has described Venice as ‘like war’ in the summertime and throughout Italy much of your holiday time could be wasted queuing if you visit in the peak season. Walks of Italy is one of the companies which now offer a range of exclusive access options and queue skipping tours. Keri talks with their boss, Stephen Oddy.

Bilbao - Mention Spain and most people think of sun, sea and sand. But the rugged northern coast of the country has been attracting more visitors recently, many using the city of Bilbao as a starting point. Keri spoke to Murray Stewart, author of the Bradt Guide to the Basque Country and Navarre, about whether you should plan to spend time in the city. Murray told him that first impressions of Bilbao can be very misleading.

Quebec - Canada is renowned for it’s beautiful national parks, full of amazing views, wildlife opportunities and outdoor activities. But with so many to choose, where do you start planning your Canadian adventure? There are 24 National Parks in the province of Quebec alone. I spoke to Simon Boivin from the Quebec Society of Outdoor Institutes, who recommends starting in the Gaspésie Peninsula in eastern Quebec.

Mauritania - Mauritania isn’t a country that’s on many people’s must-visit list. In fact, most would be hard pressed to point to it on a map. But I spoke to Jonny Ward, author of the OneStep4Ward blog, who holds the impressive achievement of visiting every single country on the planet. He told Keri that Mauritania was a surprisingly interesting and beautiful place.

Sao Paulo - Keri talks with travel blogger Gary Bembridge about Sao Paulo in Brazil.

16 December 2017

On this week's show:

Monaco - Keri Jones reports from Monaco, the microstate that’s home of multimillionaires, massive yachts and motor-racing! Keri discovers that you can visit the world’s second-smallest country a destination for an affordable break.

Mandura - Western Australia, and the area around its state capital Perth, has always been popular with British travellers. And the start of the first direct flights to the city from the UK next spring means it will be even easier to reach, in just 17 hours. So what’s available if you want to head out of Perth to explore the region? I spoke to Karen Priest from the city of Mandurah, which lies around 50 miles south of Perth, who started by telling me that Brits should feel right.

Tbllisi, Georgia - The country of Georgia is one of those states that was created after the break up of the Soviet Union. It’s tourism is increasing, but it’s still somewhere that very few British travellers visit. I spoke to Sonja and Jerry, travel writers and authors of a blog called
MyHammockTime.com
They’ve written about their experiences in the Georgian capital, Tblisi.

Caribbean for Kids - The Caribbean is traditionally seen as a destination for young and middle-aged couples, with its romantic beaches and exclusive resorts. But where should you head if you’ve got kids in tow? I spoke to Cathy Winston who writes the popular Mummy Travels website. She regularly travels the world with her young daughter and knows what’s required to keep young travellers - and their mums -happy. Cathy says you need to be clear what you want out of a holiday with children before choosing your Caribbean island.

Split, Croatia

Japan.

9 December 2017

In this week's show:

Novi Sad, Serbia - Keri Jones reports from the wide squares and café-filled pedestrian streets of Serbia’s second city, Novi Sad. This area of the Balkans has changed hands a few times over the years because the city lies alongside the River Danube, a vital trade and communication route. A massive fort, described as Europe’s biggest, was built to protect the city. Keri visited this impressive citadel and he learned how it has been repurposed as a rock and pop concert venue and a centre for local artists. Across the river in the town, he calls into Novi Sad’s museum to view Serbia’s most incredible archaeological find. Keri will explain why it is an incredible sight! He also visits the Beekeeping Museum and learns how a Serbian changed that industry. Whilst he was there, he had a honey tasting.

Pilgrimage Walks - Centuries before we were jetting off on holiday to Europe, people where making long journeys all over the Continent in the form of pilgrimages. And these routes have seen a huge increase in popularity in recent years. Last year around 200,000 people walked the most famous route, the Camino Way to Santiago in Spain. Now a new book, Pilgrimage: The Great Pilgrim Routes of Britain and Europe by author and photographer Derry Drabbs, provides an insight into some of the best pilgrimage routes and how to tackle them.

Skopje, Macedonia - Adam and Amy Wright have travelled all over the world, writing for their blog, The Wright Route. But they can still be surprised by destinations much closer to home. I spoke to them recently about their experiences in the little-known European country of Macedonia, which used to be part of Yugoslavia.

Canal Journeys in Upper New York.

Grenada - In Brits Abroad, I get top travel advice from expats who have left this country to set up travel businesses in popular tourist destinations. This week, I speak to Annie and Philip Clift, who built their hotel, Petite Anse, from scratch on the Caribbean island of Grenada. Keri asked Philip to describe Grenada for people who haven’t visited before.

New Zealand.

2 December 2017

In this week's show:

Detroit, USA - Keri Jones visits the city famous for the Motown and the motor car! He visits Hitsville USA-the Motown museum and the Ford Auto Plant, which is open for tours. During his trip Keri also discovers Detroit’s local take on ten-pin bowling, Fowling (pronounced to rhyme with bowling). It’s good fun and rather different. Detroit is bouncing back from severe economic and social problems that have seen hundreds-of-thousands of residents leave the city. It’s become a hip, forward-thinking city with a downtown free of the chain stores. Instead, you’ll find unique and locally owned businesses, as Keri discovered. The architecture is incredible, too. The city skyline is dotted with art-deco skyscrapers, visible remainders of the city’s former wealth. Detroit’s buildings are so magnificent that the city earned the nickname, ‘The Paris Of The Midwest’.

Bangkok - Bangkok is one of those cities that’s unlike anywhere else on earth. There are some many different sights and sounds that it can become overwhelming. So it’s worth getting an insider’s view of the city. So I spoke to Dave Stamboulis, author of a new guide, 500 Hidden Secrets Of Bangkok, and who moved to Thailand from the USA, to find out where you really need to go when you’re in town.

Oman - Its well-known and glitzier neighbours like Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar often overshadow the Gulf State of Oman. But if you’re looking for a more traditional experience of the Middle East, rather than shopping malls and theme parks, then Oman could be the place to go. Keri spoke to Sophia Montezal from specialist tour company G Adventures, who organise group tours to the region.

Taipei, Taiwan - The island of Taiwan has been creating quite a buzz in the Far East for some time. But it’s still a relatively unknown destination in Europe. Someone who knows the country well is travel blogger Nicola Burke. Nicola writes the JetlagAndMayhem.com blog, which provides tips on travelling with kids. Nicola told Keri that the food markets are incredible.

Maui - We discover Hawaii’s Honeymoon island.

This is Hobby Holidays-Knitting Breaks - Specialist holidays to nations where knitting is an important part of local culture.

25 November 2017

In this week's show: Kotor and Perast, Montenegro - Keri visits Perast and Kotor in Montenegro. Both seaside towns are UNESCO-listed. Kotor is a quaint medieval, walled city with a fortress, high above the town.

Ile De Re - Many Brits follow the crowds in summer and head for the beaches of the South of France. But French holidaymakers in the know actually go west, to the quieter shoresof the Bay of Biscay and, in particular, the unspoilt island of Île de Ray. Keri spoke to Alex Spalding from Alternative Aquitaine, a company that specialises in holidays to the area, about the attractions of this tiny island.

Navarre - More Brits holiday in Spain than in any other country. But the majority of us head straight to the sunspots on the Med. It’s a shame, because some of the prettiest and most interesting parts of Spain lie in the north of the country. Keri spoke to Murray Stewart, author of the new Bradt Guide to the Basque Country and Navarre, which lie on Spain’s northern border with France, about what we could be missing. Murray explained that Navarre has a very distinct cultural mix.

Volcano In Vanuatu - Vanuatu consists of over 80 islands scattered around the South Pacific sea. There's a lot of scenery to explore Including caves, waterfalls and an active volcano. Kia and Peter are the bloggers behind the travel website Atlas And Boots and they love exploring the great outdoors. They enjoyed their trek up to the Mount Yasur Volcano so much, they went twice! Peter says it has a different appearance to the classic cone – style volcano.

Vegan Holidays - Even in the UK, it can be sometimes be hard to find good food if you’re vegetarian or vegan. So travelling abroad, with so many different cultures and languages, can create real problems. But there are some companies that specialise in holidays for people who don't eat meat. Keri spoke to Zac Lovas, one of the founders of Veg Voyages, whose tours are carefully designed to avoid any form of animal exploitation. Zac told me he believes that food offers a window into the culture and history of the place you’re visiting.

Hobby Holidays- Architecture Tours In New York - Keri learns about tours around ‘The Big Apple’ where you can see some of New York’s best architecture.

18 November 2017

In this week's show:

San Antonio - 30 million people visit this Texan city every year, so why should you see the Alamo?

Bulgaria - Touring Bulgaria, Europe's little Tuscany, in an iconic classic car from behind the iron curtain.

Vancouver - Vancouver's city centre surprises, palm trees on beaches and tree lined retreats.

11 November 2017

In this week's show:

Pisa - Keri's in Pisa, for its iconic sights, the leaning tower and amazing sounds. Also, the local's provide tips for avoiding tourist traps.

Don't send a selfi, sketch the scenery!

Bali - Forget beaches or bars, visit Bali for its culture.

4 November 2017

In this weeks show: Statia, Caribbean (pron- Stay-sha) - Keri Jones reports from St Eustatius or Statia . This Dutch Caribbean island was once one of the busiest and most affluent ports in the ‘New World’, until the local Governor made a big mistake! He helped the American colonies secure independence from Britain by allowing them to smuggle ammunition to North America through his port. War followed. Statia is now described as “the Pompeii of the Caribbean” because so many historic buildings have been abandoned. This non-touristy island offers some of the best diving in the region in its Marine Park and there’s incredible views from the top of the dormant volcano known as the Quill.

Northern Light Activity Breaks in Tromso, Norway - The spectacle of the Northern Lights can be a life changing experience and often brings people to tears. And it’s something that many travellers want to see at least once in their life. Keri spoke to Laura Greenman from Magnetic North Travel, who organise trips to view the Northern Lights, about what you can expect to see.

Snowshoeing in Switzerland

Food Festivals in Sicily - Italy is renowned for its fantastic food and if you want to combine amazing scenery with plenty of tasting opportunities you should head to Sicily. It has some of the best food festivals in the country, as Ellie Poulton, from specialist tour company Solo Sicily, explained to me.

Bethlehem and the Holy Land - With Christmas on the way, you might be planning about a trip to one of Europe’s popular festive markets or taking the kids to meet Santa in Lapland. But how about visiting the place where it all started? Keri spoke to James Smith, author of the blog
OnlyByLand.com
about his experiences in the Holy Land. He started by telling me what you can expect to see in Bethlehem, including the stable where Jesus was born.

Rotterdam - Travel blogger Rebecca Hall on the amazing architecture in the second city of the Netherlands.

28 October 2017

In this week's show:

Geneva, Switzerland - Keri Jones visits Geneva in Switzerland. This is a truly international city and is home to a number of well-known global institutions. Keri visits the Red Cross Museum and goes sightseeing the most significant world organisations, such as the United Nations. The city’s world-famous for its expensive, luxury watches but Keri visits a museum hosting a collection of the affordable, Swiss timepieces which became trendy in the 1980s, Swatch watches. In all honesty, Keri found the city rather dull, soul-less and expensive. You will hear how he followed a resident’s advice on finding affordable food in the city. And you’ll find out about one livelier area where locals love to go after work.

Nova Scotia - Most British travellers’ only experience of Nova Scotia is from the in-flight map on aircraft flying to America. It’s one of the first places you cross as you hit land on that side of the Atlantic. But it would be a shame to just fly over this historic and picturesque province of Canada, which has so much in common with Britain, as Tim Blostone from Tourism Nova Scotia explained.

Wellington - American travel author Amanda Williams, who writes the
Dangerous-Business.com
blog, lived in New Zealand’s capital and she loves Wellington. She tells Keri why ‘windy welly’ is so special and offers advice on what visitors can see and do in the city.

JESS - Lonely Planet has published a guide to the weird, wacky and wonderful places on earth. If you’re an animal lover then there’s an island with six cats for every resident or there’s the beach where you can swim with friendly pigs. The book features some odd hotels including the one that featured in the movie The Shining and the guest house where you can sleep in a coffin!

Bequai - The Caribbean conjures up images of deserted, white sandy beaches and turquoise seas surrounded by palm trees. But the reality on many islands, especially the larger, built up ones, can be very different. So where can you go to find that authentic piece of paradise? Well Ludo Bennett Jones, the wonderfully titled Hidden Beach Specialist from Audley Travel, says you should head to the tiny island of Bequia in the Grenadines.

Grenada - Travel Blogger Naomi Nathalie offers her guide to the Spanish city of Granada-where you’re immersed in Moorish and medieval history. You can also enjoy a pampering in an historic spa.

21 October 2017

In this week's show:

Korcula - Keri Jones reports from the Croatian island of Korcula, birthplace of Marco Polo. This is a pretty, relaxed destination set around a beautiful walled town. The island has become more popular with Brits and is known for its own unique wine. Keri goes on a wine tasting tour to find out more about it. He also checks out the sea life on a submarine trip.

Slovenia - Slovenia is often overlooked by people heading for the lakes and mountains of Austria to the north, or the idyllic coast of Croatia to the south. But this hidden gem is starting to attract more attention. I spoke to Drew Seaman, author of the travel blog
DriveOnTheLeft.com
about why he rates Slovenia as one of his top destinations in the world.

Banuae, Philippines - The Philippines has never been as popular with tourists as its Southeast Asian neighbours like Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam. But that’s changing as more travellers are discovering its unique and varied landscapes. I spoke to Alex Shepherd from Philippines travel specialist, Audley Travel, about why the region of Banuae is starting to appear on the tourism map.

Morocco - It’s become much easier and cheaper to visit the North African country of Morocco over the past few years, now low cost carriers fly to the main towns and cities. But where should you go if you want to avoid the tourist crowds? I asked Paul Clammer, author of the Lonely Planet Guide to Morocco, who told me to head to the historic city of Fez to get a true taste of this fascinating country.

Beer - Megan Eaves talks about Lonely Planet’s new guide to the best beer places.

Lighthouses of Maine - A road trip around Maine’s rocky coast-spotting lighthouses. There are over 60 along the coast of this North Eastern U.S state.

14 October 2017

In this week's show:

Cedar Key, Florida - Keri Jones reports from the beautiful seaside town of Cedar Key in Florida. The island has been declared Florida’s best small town. It’s known for wildlife, seabirds and the world’s best seafood chowder!

Westman Isles Of Iceland - Many people think Iceland is just one island. But there’s the smaller Westman islands lying off the mainland coast . Volcanoes fascinate Cardiff tour company owner James Cowan. He went to taste the food and view the wildlife on the largest isle of Heimaey. It’s where geologists took control of a volcanic eruption for the first time.

Southern France - Author Debby Woods was born in New York, of Italian decent, but she says her true heart lies in France. She writes about her love affair with the country in her book, Girl Lost -Found in France! I spoke to Debbie about visiting her favourite area, the South of France. She shares her favourite sites in the south of France.

Hiroshima - Roger Bruton visited the city of Hiroshima, which was destroyed by an atomic bomb.

Dublin - Dublin is one of those places that many British travellers are very familiar with – it’s been a popular short break destination for decades. Shane O’Reilly’s guide, The 500 Hidden Secrets of Dublin reveals some of the secrets of the city, including wild wallabies.

Volunteers - See different cultures and make a difference - Lonely Planet launches a volunteering holiday handbook and Keri chats with the author.

7 October 2017

In this week's show:

Bologna - Keri Jones visits Bologna in Italy. The city is known for its 40km of covered arcades that front its red sandstone buildings. Tall, medieval towers also punctuate the city skyline. Bologna is also Italy’s foodie capital and Keri meets a woman who keeps locals fed with her home made pasta business, which has been, featured on UK cookery shows. She shares one of her pasta sauce secrets, too. Bologna is a major and one-fifth of the population are students, but Keri chooses an unusual topic to study when he enrols in the Gelato University. You can’t visit this part of Italy without calling in on the Ferrari Museum to find out which models were favoured by famous stars of music and sport.

Munich - Munich is one of the world’s great cities and it is Germany’s third-largest with 6 million people within easy reach of its centre. Munich is famous for the world’s largest beer festival and funfair that runs for just under three weeks from mid September, despite its name, Oktoberfest. Travel blogger Christina Guan lives in this part of Bavaria and shares her insider tips.

India - India is high on many people’s bucket list of places to visit, but with such a diverse country, it can be difficult to know where to start. I spoke to Sue Livsey from specialist travel company Cox and Kings to get her tips on visiting the sub continent. Sue told me that the northwestern state of Rajasthan is what most people imagine of when they think of India.

Alaska - Alaska is unlike anywhere else in the United States. For a start, it’s twice the size of Texas, which means you need to do some planning before you visit. I spoke to Lisa Maloney, author of the Moon Guide to Alaska, who told me it’s best to break this vast state down into manageable chunks.

Madagascar - Madagascar, lying off the coast of southeast Africa, has been a mecca for nature lovers since the days of Charles Darwin. It’s home to some of the world’s most unique and iconic wildlife. Keri spoke to Linah Andrianambinina, from specialist travel company Authentic Madagascar Tours, about why it’s such an amazing country to visit.

Haggle - Brits love a bargain but we get really uncomfortable when we have to barter. So, how do you do it when you’re on holiday? Experienced travel blogger Sherree Hooker has fine-tuned her haggling skills in Vietnam, Cambodia and China. She shares her tips and secrets!

30 September 2017

In this week' show:

Nelson - Keri Jones visits Nelson in New Zealand. It's an attractive town set alongside beaches and beautiful mountains and it seems full of Brits, who have relocated! Keri tours the incredible weekly market and discovers why this small South Island city is known for its arts, local food and cuisine. The city is also New Zealand's craft beer capital! Keri also sees the world’s fastest Mini as he tours an extensive classic car exhibition and finds clothes that he wouldn’t be seen dead in at the unique wearable art museum.

Tanzania and The Serengeti - Taking a safari trip to Africa is high on many people’s travel wish list. And this huge continent has an equally huge range of safari options available. But I spoke to expert Alan Murphy from the specialist website
SafariBookings.com
who told me that one country, Tanzania, stands out from the crowd. and, apparently, smiling locals.

Tasmania - Tasmania is often overlooked by people visiting Australia, who tend to opt for the bright lights and icon views of the cities or natural wonders such as the Great Barrier Reef. But this leafy, green island lying off Australia’s southern coast has a very different vibe to the rest of the country. I spoke to travel write Megan Jerrard, author of the
MappingMegan.com
blog and who recently moved to Tasmania, about its unique charms.

Epic Drives - These days, holidays usually mean jumping on a plane then taking a taxi to your hotel. We often don't even leave the town or city we arrived in. But there is an alternative. I spoke to author Oliver Berry, who has written Lonely Planet’s Epic Drives guide, about his fascination with road trips and where to find the best roads in the world.

San Juan Islands - Travel blogger Rebecca Hall talks about these islands opposite Seattle in the USA.

Paternoster - Paternoster is an arty seaside village in South Africa. South Africans seem to keep this seafood haven all to themselves!

23 September 2017

In this week's show:

Marfa, Texas - Keri Jones visits Marfa. This isolated Texan desert town is 6 hours drive from Austin. Marfa is close to the beautiful Big Bend National Park but has become famous for its minimalist art. It’s galleries and shows regularly attract stars like Beyonce. This small community of 2,000 people has been featured in many films and TV shows too. It’s also home to a mystery, the Marfa lights. Keri goes out after dark to see this unexplained, nighttime phenomena.

Queue Jumping In Italy - You might have heard reports about overcrowding in some tourism destinations recently. A tourism leader has described Venice as ‘like war’ in the summertime and throughout Italy much of your holiday time could be wasted queuing if you visit in the peak season. Walks of Italy is one of the companies which now offer a range of exclusive access options and queue skipping tours. Keri talks with their boss, Stephen Oddy.

Bilbao - Mention Spain and most people think of sun, sea and sand. But the rugged northern coast of the country has been attracting more visitors recently, many using the city of Bilbao as a starting point. Keri spoke to Murray Stewart, author of the Bradt Guide to the Basque Country and Navarre, about whether you should plan to spend time in the city. Murray told him that first impressions of Bilbao can be very misleading.

Quebec - Canada is renowned for it’s beautiful national parks, full of amazing views, wildlife opportunities and outdoor activities. But with so many to choose, where do you start planning your Canadian adventure? There are 24 National Parks in the province of Quebec alone. I spoke to Simon Boivin from the Quebec Society of Outdoor Institutes, who recommends starting in the Gaspésie Peninsula in eastern Quebec.

Mauritania - Mauritania isn’t a country that’s on many people’s must-visit list. In fact, most would be hard pressed to point to it on a map. But I spoke to Jonny Ward, author of the OneStep4Ward blog, who holds the impressive achievement of visiting every single country on the planet. He told Keri that Mauritania was a surprisingly interesting and beautiful place.

Sao Paulo - Keri talks with travel blogger Gary Bembridge about Sao Paulo in Brazil.

16 September 2017

In this week's show: San Marino - Keri visits the world’s oldest republic San Marino and he enjoys this tiny nation’s annual Medieval Festival Weekend.

Scam Book - Travelling for most people is an exciting experience. But arriving in an unfamiliar country, often with cash and valuables, means tourists are often easy prey for unscrupulous scammers. So what can you do to reduce your chances of becoming a victim and having your dream holiday ruined? Keri spoke to Peter John, author of The Savvy Traveller Survival Guide, for tips on how to stay safe when travelling.

Santorini - Author Jim LaBuda on the Greek Island of Santorini.

Rio - Travel Blogger Adam Wright raves about Rio!

SRPS - Have you ever thought about jetting off to a completely random destination? Well now there’s a company that can make your dream come true.
SRPS.me
can create a mystery trip based on a few, specific themes. And you won't know where it is until you arrive at the airport. Head of Marketing, Jasper Blonk, explained how it works.

Samoa - The island nation of Samoa, located in the Pacific Ocean, has traditionally been seen as a far-away and exotic destination. But with more of us visiting Australia and New Zealand, it’s become a surprisingly easy place to get to as part of a wider trip to the region. I spoke to Samoan artist Sani Mulia umaseali'I, who now lives in London, about why you should visit his home country.

9 September 2017

In this week's show:

Stockholm - Keri Jones visits Stockholm- home of two highly popular but very different museums. First he tours the Abba Museum, which is filled with memorabilia from the Seventies and early Eighties when the Swedish super group dominated the charts. It’s highly interactive and there’s even a chance to perform with band members. They are projected onto a screen as avatars. Eurovision fans will enjoy the “Good Evening Europe” exhibit. Keri also tours the Vasa Museum to view the incredible 17th century warship that was raised from the seabed. His tour includes some of the sights and tastes of Stockholm as he meets the city’s food walk director. There’s a great tip for foodie visitors as Keri experiences a special food court where Michelin rated restaurants offer fast food versions of their meals.

The Gambia - If you’re seeking winter sunshine you might want to head to West Africa. Travel writer Kathryn Burrington of travelwithkat.com shares her stories of this small country known for its sandy beaches and, apparently, smiling locals.

Cheap Flights - Travel and photo blogger Dan Clarke travels the world writing articles for his website
danflyingsolo.com
He’s agreed to share some of his cash saving hacks and recommendations with us. Dan explains how he uses the airline search engines creatively to get the best deal on flight tickets! He’ll also share his best European destination tip.

Pyrenees Road Trips - The Alps have long been established as a summer holiday destination and are popular with visitors from Britain. But the Pyrenees are less well known. Now the region is hoping to change that with the publication of a new set of road trip itineraries. Keri spoke to Vanessa Fisher about driving holidays in the region and the must-see sites.

Beer - Mark Dredge has travelled the world, sampling beers so he could write The Beer Bucket List: Over 150 essential beer experiences from around the world. Mark tells Keri about the beers he has enjoyed the most and his favourite unusual bars.

Roadtrips with kids - California’s State Highway One, which hugs the coast from San Francisco to San Diego, has become one of the world’s most iconic road trips. But what’s it like making the 700-mile trip with children? Keri spoke to Cathy Winston who writes the popular MummyTravels.com blog. Cathy is an expert on travelling with her four-year-old daughter and recently drove along part of the route, between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

2 September 2017

In this week's show:

Ravenna - Keri Jones visits the Ravenna, on Italy’s north east coast. This ancient city was once one of the most important settlements within the Roman empire. Ravenna is known for its incredible mosaics, many date back to the 4th and 5th centuries. It is also a popular destination for music lovers with its musical festivals. After you’ve explored the city’s 8 UNESCO registered sites you can relax in the thermal pools of a spa resort, next to the sandy Adriatic beaches.

Secret Brooklyn - Many New York City visitors miss out on the cool, hip borough of Brooklyn- just across the river from Manhattan. Michelle Young has written ‘Secret Brooklyn’ to help visitors uncover some of the unusual attractions which include a rooftop urban vineyard, Superhero supply store and 1950s amusement parks. Michelle tells Keri about Brooklyn’s highlights.

Bhutan - The tiny kingdom of Bhutan, situated high in the Himalayas between India and China, is often described as a magical place to visit. But restrictions on the number of travellers allowed in each year can make it difficult to plan a trip. Keri spoke to Kate Zhukova from Rickshaw Travel about this fascinating country.

Cool Canada Canada is a huge country, known for its clean, vibrant cities and vast, outdoor landscapes. But what’s it like if you’re travelling with kids in tow? I spoke to author Jody Robbins. Her book, 25 Places in Canada Every Family Should Visit, offers tried and tested destinations that can be enjoyed by the whole family. There’s the town visited by 1,000 polar bears every year and find out what the world’s largest tidal reach reveals each day.

Prague - Prague is a hugely popular city for weekend breaks and there’s certainly plenty to keep you busy, from seeing the beautifully preserved Baroque architecture to eating and drinking in the city’s numerous bars and restaurants. Keri spoke to travel blogger Alexei ‘Lexx’ Gaynanov about getting a different view of Prague. In his blog,
Travelexx.com
Alexei tries to find some of the more unusual sites available in the places he visits and he shares his stories about the world’s best bar and a museum for Apple product lovers!

Bridge Holidays - As part of our Hobby Holidays segment, Declan Treanor of Arena Travel talks about holidays for players of the card game, Bridge.

26 August 2017

In this week's show:

Bern - Keri Jones visits the capital of Switzerland, Bern. The city is named after bears and, as Keri discovers, you’ll see plenty of them. You can also view live bears for free! Bern’s most popular free attraction is the incredible clock tower that offers spectators a mechanical show involving a lion, rooster and jester. Keri climbs the tower, as visitors can on a tour. If you’re a keen swimmer, you might enjoy Bern’s favourite and free summer activity.

Cheap Tips The falling pound and tighter household budgets means getting a good deal on your holiday is more important than ever. And while expensive destinations like France and Dubai are still popular, there are still places with comfortable accommodation, good food and stunning scenery for a fraction of the price. Keri spoke with Tim Lefell, who created The World's Cheapest Destinations website, to ask him for his advice on where to go to bag that bargain break. Tim shares his tips for European and world holidays.

Sinai - Many visitors to the Middle East enjoy taking part in one of those ‘desert experience’ trips, where you get to meet Bedouin, eat a traditional meal, spend a night out under the stars and maybe even ride on a camel. But if you’re looking for something a bit more authentic, how about a 230km trek across Egypt’s Sinai desert without any of the trappings of modern day life? That’s the expedition being offered by specialist travel company, Secret Compass. Keri spoke to the organiser, Dave Lucas, about why this adventure is so unique.

Zanzibar - Zanzibar is one of the most evocative place names on the planet – even though most people probably can't point to it on a map! It’s actually located just off the coast of Tanzania in the Indian Ocean. And it has a rich history, with influences from Africa, Asia and Europe. Keri spoke to Julian Carter-Manning, Director of travel company Yellow Zebra Safaris, about the allure of this mysterious destination.

Buenos Aeries - Travel writer Amy Baker was surprised by Buenos Aeries, she found it very European. Amy shares her experiences and tips on this Argentinean city.

Tony Slater - Travel blogger Tony Slater spent 6 months discovering 6 Asian countries to research his curiously titled book, ‘Shave My Spider’! Tony’s trip took him to Borneo, Vietnam, China, Laos, Cambodia and Mongolia. He talks about the unusual food he tried there and the strange delicacy which influenced his book title.

19 August 2017

On this weeks show:

Molokai, Hawaii - Keri Jones visits this remote Hawaiian island. Islanders welcome visitors but they’re proud that their home is off the mass tourism trail. Keri goes to look at the world’s highest seacliffs and he tours an out-of-bounds area of this island paradise with a guide, who explains its sad history.

Connemara - If you love wild walks in dramatic scenery or visiting unique island communities then the Atlantic-facing Connemara area of Ireland’s west coast might appeal to you. Cathy Wolfe of Connemara Wild Escapes says there’s a number of reasons why this is considered one of Irelands’ most enchanting areas. Many visitors go island hopping.

Cycle Book - If you enjoy riding your bicycle, a new book might inspire you to see the world from your cycle. Chris Poutney has published his account of the first part of his personal challenge, to visit all 7 continents and 100 countries using only bikes and boats for transport. He’s written about the first leg, from Paris to Sydney in “No Wrong Turns’.

Hollywood - When you see photos of Simon Cowell jumping out of a limo or Tom Cruise turning up for an Oscars party, it’s likely that they’re on Sunset Strip. This is the main street in an area called West Hollywood, a separate city to its more famous neighbours, Hollywood and Los Angeles. Keri spoke to Lee Maen, the Chairman of the Sunset Strip Business District, who told me this is the place to go if you want to mingle with the stars.

Bali - Karen Edwards is the writer of
TravelMadMum.com.
Her website shares experiences of exploring the world with both her husband and her 3 year old daughter Esmé, who has been clocking up airmiles since she was 10 weeks old. Karen is a nurse and says it’s important that the family holiday in malaria-free places. One of her family friendly recommendations is Bali.

Halal Booking - There are dozens of websites that you can use to book a holiday. But if you’re a Muslim traveller, few of the well-known booking sites will cater for all of your needs. That’s why
Halalbooking.com
was launched. By 2018, the site hopes to feature 2,000 properties offering halal conscious stays. Keri finds out more.

12 August 2017

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Keri Jones visits Baden Baden in Germany’s Black Forest area. The Romans settled here after discovering the town’s thermal waters. In the 19th century, aristocrats from all over Europe travelled to this well-heeled town’s baths and Baden Baden became Europe’s summertime capital. Baden Baden had the same status as Paris. Keri experiences the baths and explore this pleasant town parks, art galleries and opera hall.

Palm Springs - The city of Palm Springs has been a popular holiday destination for residents of nearby Los Angeles for almost a century. And although it started as a health resort in the early 1900’s, it was the A-list stars from Hollywood who really put it on the map. Keri spoke to Mary-Jo Ginther from the Palm Springs Tourist Board who started by telling him why the city was so popular with the stars.

Turkmenistan - The former Soviet republic of Turkmenistan in Central Asia isn't on most people’s travel list. In fact, the country issued just 990 tourist visas in 2015! Does that mean there’s nothing to see there? Not according to travel author Simon Proudman, who offers tips on visiting the country in his new Far Flung Travel Places Guide. There’s a natural site better than the Grand Canyon and a burning gas field.

Antarctica - Antarctica is the last, great wilderness left on Earth, but it’s becoming increasingly popular as a destination. The number of visitors increased by almost 20% last year, with most arriving by ship. And the number of activities you can take part in while you’re there is also expanding. Keri spoke to Simon Evans from Chimu Adventures, who specialise in travel to the region. He told me that not all ships serving the Antarctic are the same, and you need to choose carefully.

Eigg - If you want to get away from the monotony of mainland life, You’ll find the Scottish isle of Eigg (said Egg) an alternative worth pursing, Laraine (correct spelling) Wyn-Jones moved from Shropshire with her partner to start an outdoor activity centre. Keri chats to her about what visitors can enjoy on this Inner Hebrides island.

South African National Parks - Thoughts of seeing zebra, cheetah or giraffe roam freely across vast plains dotted with thorn trees might be on your bucket list. South Africa’s most famous national park is Kruger but Author Roxanne Reid has other ideas. She’s written a book about the 22 Parks and she explains that there’s a varied offering.

5 August 2017

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Houston, Texas - Keri Jones visits Houston, Texas. This is America’s 4th largest city, a sprawling high rise metropolis filled with art, cultural attractions and fine restaurants. It’s home to Nasa’s Visitor centre, which Keri tours. He also takes attends a true Texan event, Houston’s annual rodeo.

Airwander.com - How to get cheaper flights and see more of the world! Airwander.com is a flight search engine which helps you break your journey with stopovers. Keri spoke with founder Ela Bader .

Cycling In Ireland - Ireland isn't somewhere you’d immediately associate with a cycling holiday but that could be about to change. Keri spoke to Karl Bradshaw of
Irelandways.com
about how the country is making touring on two wheels much more attractive to visitors. Karl suggests some itineraries.

Budapest - Budapest has become one of the most popular cities for weekend breaks in Europe. That’s been helped by low prices and plenty of cheap flights. But what is there to see and do once you’re there? Keri spoke to Naomi Nathalie from the popular Probe Around the Globe travel blog to discover why she’s visited three times already.

Columbia - Julian Hatfeld is a fan of Colombia! The Australia based travel blogger has been there 3 times and you can read his reports and see his pictures on
Dontforgettomove.com
Jules is particularly fond of the 16th century Caribbean port city of Cartenga. He tells us why.

China - Are you intrigued by China but nervous about travelling there independently? You’re not alone! The language and cultural differences make Chinese travel a challenge. Alex Seigel has tried to simplify the process with his tour company, The Dragon Trip. He tells Keri about his favourite places to visit, including the world heritage site-the Terracotta Army statues.

29 July 2017

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Rotorua, New Zealand - Keri Jones visits Rotorua in the middle of New Zealand’s north island. It was the country’s first tourist destination. In the Victorian era, Europeans sailed for months to reach a spectacular land formation. The area contained colourful lakeside terraces that were formed by minerals in hot springs. Keri discovers why they were so special and learns about the tragic event that destroyed them. He visits a modern-day Pompeii, too. Steam rises through the ground with Rotorua’s geothermal activity, so we’ll tour a thermal park to see (and smell!) geysers and hot springs. Rotorua has a strong Maori culture so Keri visits an attraction devoted to Maori traditions before he’s terrified by a performance of the haka. Rotorua is also a centre for activity sports and Keri visits a zip lining adventure course where exhilaration and conservation go hand in hand. Later, he walks amongst the treetops in a redwood forest and as he learns about a new activity of rolling down a hillside in a giant ball filled with water!

Thuringia - British travellers probably wouldn't recognise the German state of Thuringia, located just above Bavaria and close to the Czech border. But it’s played a big role in shaping both German and British history over the years. It was the birthplace of Queen Victoria’s grandmother and a favourite holiday spot for her husband, Prince Albert. Keri spoke to Barbara Geier of the Thuringia Tourist Board to find out why you should follow in Albert’s footsteps and add the area to your must-visit list.

Brit’s Abroad, Andalucía Hills - In Brits Abroad, we talk to expats who have set up travel businesses in popular tourist destinations. This week, I speak to Diana Beach, who owns Hotel Los Castaños, an award-winning boutique hotel set in the beautiful rural Andalucia countryside, 17km from the bustling tourist centre of Ronda.

Christmas Market In Lapland. - Many Brits have visited the Christmas markets in Europe. How about travelling to Swedish Lapland to the town of Jokkmokk (yok-mok) for special festive shopping. You’ll be able to buy handicrafts from the indigenous Sami people and there’s a chance to learn about their culture.

An Island Paradise In Cambodia! - Our guest Travel Blogger Sheree Hooker tells us about the remote Cambodian island that she believes is the closest she’s been to paradise!

Real Ghost Towns! - Do you fancy spending Halloween in a real ghost town in Colorado? Or any night, for that matter?! Keri speaks with Jennifer Bartlett-Alpert of Colorado.com about the state’s many ghost towns.


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