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Best spots on Earth
Aug 19, 2019 • 22 min
We’re crunching through the snow, leaping from jagged cliffs and going behind the scenes in the Rough Guide to Everywhere series finale. First off, we’re in South Georgia, an eyebrow-shaped island in the South Atlantic Ocean, where travel writer and Rough…
Extreme travel with Ash Bhardwaj
Jul 29, 2019 • 21 min
What is it that draws us to extreme travel? In our penultimate episode of series four of The Rough Guide to Everywhere podcast, we speak with the travel writer, filmmaker and storyteller, Ash Bhardwaj. Ash recently travelled the entire length and breadth…
The art of cow-calling
Jul 15, 2019 • 20 min
When you think of Swedish traditions, maybe what comes to mind is fika, lagom or Midsummer’s Day celebrations. But there’s another, quite unique tradition that you may not have heard of before: kulning, otherwise known as cow-calling. In this episode, we…
Responsible Photography
Jul 1, 2019 • 21 min
What exactly is ‘responsible photography’? In this episode, we’re exploring how we can be more mindful when photographing a particular place or a person. We speak with the award-winning travel writer and photographer Lola Akinmade Åkerström, an expert on…
Shanghai: adventure writing
Jun 17, 2019 • 22 min
Adventure writing has the ability to transport you to the place you’re reading about: taking in the unfamiliar script on a road sign, savouring sharp smells and fragrant tastes, basking in the hot heat and tingling in the freezing cold, feeling the rhythm…
Liberation Route Europe
Jun 3, 2019 • 21 min
The 6th June 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings in Normandy, so in this podcast episode we take a look at how the Second World War is memorialised across Europe, and the importance of doing so. We speak with Joe Staines, one of the…
Witchcraft in Western Iceland
May 20, 2019 • 22 min
Icelandic folklore complements the rugged landscape of the remote West Fjords. With ethereal vistas, natural beauty and enchanting landscapes aplenty, there is something else that brings character to this region: myths, legends and witchcraft. This week,…
Preview: The Insight Guides Podcast
May 13, 2019 • 20 min
Our sister-guidebook series, Insight Guides, have brought out their very own podcast. Exciting times! In this short episode we chat with Zara Sekhavati, the podcast host, to find out more about Insight Guides and what series one has to offer – as well as…
Green Bank: travelling to a communications black hole
May 7, 2019 • 25 min
Welcome to series four of the Rough Guide to Everywhere! With a brand new host on board (Rough Guides editor Aimee White), we’ve got a fresh batch of stories, intriguing destinations and incredible guests lined up and ready to share with you. In this…
USA: the Black Masking Indians of New Orleans
Sep 10, 2018 • 23 min
In eighteenth-century Louisiana, escapee African slaves would make a break for the bayous. Here they might encounter Native Americans and occasionally find asylum with them: two peoples who had in common a struggle for freedom from oppression. That this…
DNA travel: a genetic journey
Aug 27, 2018 • 26 min
This week on The Rough Guide to Everywhere, host Rebecca Hallett (instagram.com/becca.hallett) takes a journey into her own genes, and asks whether it’s worth the trip. As at-home DNA tests get increasingly popular, some people are starting to travel…
Galápagos: the human story
Aug 13, 2018 • 16 min
Galápagos. What do you picture when you hear those four syllables? Chances are it’s wildlife, from giant tortoises and marine iguanas to blue-footed boobies. And rightly so, for the animals on these islands, sitting in extreme isolation 1000km (600 miles)…
Malta: land of sea and stone
Jul 30, 2018 • 19 min
Having made it through colonisation by everyone from the Phoenicians to the Romans to the British, Malta may now be facing its biggest threat of all: tourists. This week, host Rebecca Hallett (instagram.com/becca.hallett) looks at the beautiful island…
England’s Northeast: tall tales and sea shanties
Jul 17, 2018 • 32 min
From the region’s coal mines to keel boats plying the mighty River Tyne and ships on the hunt for precious whale oil, shanties eased and animated working life in England’s Northeast for centuries. Host Neil McQuillian heads up to Newcastle for a dose of…
Solo female travel: independent or unsafe?
Jul 2, 2018 • 33 min
Bring a fake wedding ring, cover up, don’t stay out late – just go with friends and don’t risk it! Every woman knows to expect these responses when she starts planning a trip by herself. But is this advice helpful, or does it just end up putting women off…
South Africa: meet the Black Mambas
Jun 18, 2018 • 25 min
In Balule Nature Reserve, a woman’s place is in the bush, putting off poachers and protecting rhinos – even when heavily pregnant. Rough Guides travel editor Georgia Stephens (twitter.com/Stephens_GA) spoke to Charlie, Nkateko and Cute of the Black Mambas…
Haiti: the art of vodou
Jun 4, 2018 • 25 min
Artworks made from human skulls, all-night street parades and frenzied spirit possession, Rough Guides author Thomas Rees (twitter.com/ThomasNRees) leads us down the alleyways of Port Au Prince in Haiti, looking at how vodou influences everything from the…
Trailer: The Rough Guide to Everywhere Season 3
May 31, 2018 • 1 min
Trailer for series 3 of travel podcast The Rough Guide to Everywhere. We’re back with wonderful new stories, new guests, new locations and new hosts in Rebecca Hallett and Neil McQuillian, editors at Rough Guides (www.roughguides.com). Episode 18 – all…
In search of the northern lights
Dec 20, 2017 • 36 min
In this episode Greg travels to Finnish Lapland to embark on a hunt for the northern lights. This is Greg’s last episode of the Rough Guide to Everywhere, but keep an eye on Rough Guides’ social channels and roughguides.com to find out about exciting…
From Kenya to Bolivia: on the road with Rough Guides
Nov 29, 2017 • 32 min
At any one time, somewhere, there is a Rough Guides author on the road, crossing a country on a rickety bus, scribbling notes on the back of a receipt, or propping up a bar in a one-horse town. All in the name of making sure that the Rough Guide slotted…
The Extraordinary Life of Aboriginal Storyteller Francis Firebrace
Nov 12, 2017 • 23 min
Cowboy, pirate, storyteller, cultural educator, soft-porn photographer. 81-year-old Francis Firebrace has led an extraordinary life. In this episode, Greg chats with Francis in his Surrey home. Francis shares his incredible life story, and tells some of…
The Natural Navigator
Oct 29, 2017 • 41 min
In a world where we rely so heavily on GPS to get from A to B, it is easy to tune out from the natural navigational cues that surround us. In this episode, Rough Guides editor Greg Dickinson travels to Barnham in West Sussex to meet up with Tristan…
Tanzania Albinism Collective
Oct 14, 2017 • 27 min
On the Tanzanian island of Ukerewe, and across sub-Saharan Africa, people with albinism are persecuted in devastating and unimaginable ways. In the summer of 2016, Grammy Award-winning producer Ian Brennan travelled to the island with the charity Standing…
North Korea
Oct 1, 2017 • 40 min
We’ve all heard so much about North Korea. But how many of us have actually travelled to the secretive state? In this week’s episode Greg chats with legendary travel writer and publisher Hilary Bradt about her recent visit to the most mysterious and…
Maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner (LIVE)
Sep 16, 2017 • 47 min
The Rough Guide to Everywhere podcast is back! Today we are delighted to launch Series Two of the Rough Guide to Everywhere, with this special recording taken in front of a live audience at the London Podcast Festival on Thursday 14th September 2017. In…
Off-Road in the Scottish Highlands
Jun 3, 2017 • 22 min
In March 2017, podcast host Greg Dickinson travelled to the Scottish Highlands on Rough Guides duties. While on the road, Greg spent an afternoon with eccentric deerstalker Colin Murdoch, who leads extraordinary adventures across the Reraig Forest Estate…
The Ghanaian Test
May 20, 2017 • 28 min
For Esther Armah, travelling and living between different places has defined her identity. She has lived in Accra, London and New York, and in this episode Rough Guides’ editor Greg Dickinson chats to her about identity, childhood, and what it was like…
Rocinha Surf School
May 6, 2017 • 17 min
In this week’s episode we chat with Mikey Krzyzanowski, founder of Goma Collective, about his documentary on a Brazilian surf school that is empowering a generation.
A View From Space
Apr 22, 2017 • 14 min
This week we hear from a man who has seen entire continents in one glance: NASA astronaut, Don Thomas. Don has orbited Earth nearly 700 times on four space flights, and talks vividly about the view from outer space, and how space travel changes your…
Microadventures
Apr 8, 2017 • 25 min
This week we hear from National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year Alastair Humphreys, the man behind Microadventures. He tells us how he came up with the concept, and challenges host Greg Dickinson to go off on a Microadventure of his own.
Tim Key’s gap year in Ukraine
Mar 25, 2017 • 26 min
In this week’s episode, poet comedian Tim Key tells us about his gap year in Kiev, Ukraine. He also shares stories from southeast Asia and India, where he penned a wonderful poem that he performs for us at the end of the episode. We also hear from Rough…
Wild Things
Mar 11, 2017 • 34 min
In this week’s episode, we travel to Latin America to hear from two of the world’s most ambitious and outspoken eco-pioneers. Kris Tompkins, the ex-CEO of Patagonia clothing, explains why she moved to South America in the early 1990s to embark on one of…
The Travel Confessions of Ruby Wax
Feb 25, 2017 • 22 min
In this third episode of The Rough Guide to Everywhere we catch up with the one and only Ruby Wax. Ruby shares previously untold travel stories, from the time she was locked up in a jail cell in Berkeley to taking selfies with the Dalai Lama, and tips us…
That’s Not Hygge
Feb 11, 2017 • 30 min
In this second episode of The Rough Guide to Everywhere, we hunker down and talk about “hygge” with Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute. Meik speaks about his travels around the world “collecting smiles” – from South Korea to Mexico – and…
Just Like Riding a Bicycle
Jan 28, 2017 • 35 min
In this first episode of The Rough Guide to Everywhere, we talk to two people who have cycled huge lengths of the planet, fifty years apart. Legendary travel writer Dervla Murphy shares stories from her 1963 solo cycle from Ireland to India, disclosing…