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Sandi Toksvig opens her Excess Baggage, full of the best travellers' tales, anecdotes and stories from around the globe.

The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter, Sandi Toksvig.

Sandi Toksvig visits the Christmas Market and experiences the festive preparations in the Polish city of Krakow.

Sandi Toksvig with travellers' tales, anecdotes and conversation.

The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter, John McCarthy.

Sandi Toksvig extracts some extraordinary traveller's tales from globe-trotting, Monty Python funnyman, Michael Palin.

The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter, Peter Curran.

20040417The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter, Sandi Toksvig.
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20040605Sandi Toksvig opens her Excess Baggage, full of the best travellers' tales, anecdotes and stories from around the globe.
20040612The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlustful presenter, Sandi Toksvig.
20040626Sandi Toksvig with travellers' tales, anecdotes and conversation. This week's guests are leading wildlife artist David Shepherd and acclaimed wildlife film maker Stephen Mills.
20040703Sandi Toksvig discovers one of Britain's hidden worlds when she finds herself aboard a narrow boat on the Basingstoke canal.
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20040814Janet Ellis opens her Excess Baggage, full of the best travellers' tales, anecdotes and stories from around the globe.
20040821Janet Ellis explores people's passion for the world's historic houses from the remarkable Kingston Lacy in Dorset.
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Sandi Toksvig opens her Excess Baggage, full of the best travellers' tales, anecdotes and stories from around the globe."

20040911Sandi Toksvig opens her Excess Baggage, full of the best travellers' tales, anecdotes and stories from around the globe.
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20041002Sandi Toksvig extracts some extraordinary traveller's tales from globe-trotting, Monty Python funnyman, Michael Palin.
20041009Sandi Toksvig goes caving at Stump Cross Caverns in North Yorkshire.
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20041113Arctic explorer Pen Hadow and writer Brian Keenan join Sandi Toksvig to discuss the lure of wintry climes.
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20050101This week Sandi Toksvig explores the streets and underground passages of Edinburgh, with crime writer Ian Rankin.
20050108The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter, Sandi Toksvig.
20050115The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter, Sandi Toksvig.
20050122The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter, Sandi Toksvig.
20050129The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter, Sandi Toksvig.
20050205The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter, Sandi Toksvig.
20050212Sandi Toksvig is joined by Dr Iain Stewart as she discovers the geological wonders of the world.
20050219Sir Ranulph Fiennes joins Sandi Toksvig to discuss the lure of the world's great mountains.
20050226Sandi Toksvig opens her Excess Baggage, full of the best travellers' tales, anecdotes and stories from around the globe.
20050305Sandi Toksvig is joined by author Martin Cruz Smith to discuss the world's darker tourist attractions. Should we be visiting Auschwitz or exploring the sites of genocide in Rwanda?
20050312Sandi Toksvig opens her Excess Baggage, full of the best travellers' tales, anecdotes and stories from around the globe.
20050319Sandi Toksvig takes a look at the joys and frustrations of hitching a ride.
20050326Sandi Toksvig opens her Excess Baggage, full of the best travellers' tales, anecdotes and stories from around the globe.
20050402Sandi Toksvig travels to Odense in Denmark, where Hans Christian Andersen was born 200 years ago today.
20050409Sandi Toksvig opens her Excess Baggage, full of the best travellers' tales, anecdotes and stories from around the globe.

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Sandi Toksvig opens her Excess Baggage, full of the best travellers' tales, anecdotes and stories from around the globe."

20050416Sandi Toksvig opens her Excess Baggage, full of the best travellers' tales, anecdotes and stories from around the globe.
20050423The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter, Sandi Toksvig. News follows.
20050430Sandi Toksvig opens her Excess Baggage, full of the best travellers' tales, anecdotes and stories from around the globe.
20050507Sandi Toksvig opens her Excess Baggage, full of the best travellers' tales, anecdotes and stories from around the globe.
20050514Sandi Toksvig opens her Excess Baggage, full of the best travellers' tales, anecdotes and stories from around the globe.
20050528Sandi Toksvig opens her Excess Baggage, full of the best travellers' tales, anecdotes and stories from around the globe.
20050604Sandi Toksvig is joined in the Lake District by Chris Bonington, Muriel Grey and Eric Robson to celebrate the great walks of A Wainwright.
20050611The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter, Sandi Toksvig.

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The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter, Sandi Toksvig."

20050618The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter, Sandi Toksvig.
20050625Sandi Toksvig opens her Excess Baggage, full of the best travellers' tales, anecdotes and stories from around the globe.
20050702Sandi Toksvig opens her Excess Baggage, full of the best travellers' tales, anecdotes and stories from around the globe.
20050709The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter, Sandi Toksvig.
20050716Sandi Toksvig opens her Excess Baggage, full of the best travellers' tales, anecdotes and stories from around the globe.
20050723The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter, Sandi Toksvig.
20050730Sandi Toksvig opens her Excess Baggage, full of the best travellers' tales, anecdotes and stories from around the globe.
20050806On the 60th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. Sandi Toksvig discusses travellers' attitude to it today.
20050813Sandi Toksvig opens her Excess Baggage, full of the best travellers' tales, anecdotes and stories from around the globe.
20050820Sandi Toksvig opens her Excess Baggage, full of the best travellers' tales, anecdotes and stories from around the globe.
20050827The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter, Sandi Toksvig.
20050903The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter, Sandi Toksvig.
20050910The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter, Sandi Toksvig.
20050917Sandi Toksvig opens her Excess Baggage, full of the best travellers' tales, anecdotes and stories from around the globe.
20050924Sandi Toksvig opens her Excess Baggage, full of the best travellers' tales, anecdotes and stories from around the globe.
20051001The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter Sandi Toksvig.
20051008The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter Sandi Toksvig.
20051015Sandi Toksvig opens her Excess Baggage, full of the best travellers' tales, anecdotes and stories from around the globe.
20051022Sandi Toksvig opens her Excess Baggage, full of the best travellers' tales, anecdotes and stories from around the globe.
20051029Sandi Toksvig opens her Excess Baggage, full of the best travellers' tales, anecdotes and stories from around the globe.
20051105Sandi Toksvig opens her Excess Baggage, full of the best travellers' tales, anecdotes and stories from around the globe.
20051112Sandi Toksvig opens her Excess Baggage, full of the best travellers' tales, anecdotes and stories from around the globe.
20051119Sandi Toksvig opens her Excess Baggage, full of the best travellers' tales, anecdotes and stories from around the globe.
20051203The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter, Sandi Toksvig.
20051210John McCarthy is here with Excess Baggage, full of the best travellers' tales, anecdotes and stories from around the globe.
20051217Sandi Toksvig hosts in front of an audience from the Royal Geographical Society. Her guests are the Society Director Rita Gardner, travel writer Redmond O'Hanlon and geographer Nick Middleton.
20051224Sandi Toksvig visits the Christmas Market and experiences the festive preparations in the Polish city of Krakow.
20051231The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter, Sandi Toksvig.
20060107The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter, Sandi Toksvig.
20060114Sandi Toksvig opens her Excess Baggage, full of the best travellers' tales, anecdotes and stories from around the globe.
20060121The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter, Sandi Toksvig.
20060128The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter Sandi Toksvig.
20060204The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter Sandi Toksvig.
20060211The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter Sandi Toksvig.
20060218The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter, Sandi Toksvig.
20060225The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter, Sandi Toksvig.
20060304The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter, Sandi Toksvig.
20060311The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter, Sandi Toksvig.
20060318The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter, Sandi Toksvig.
20060325The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter, John McCarthy.
20060408Sandi Toksvig unpacks her Excess Baggage, full of the best travellers' tales, anecdotes and stories from around the globe.
20060415The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter, Sandi Toksvig.
20060422The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter, Sandi Toksvig.
20060429The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter, Sandi Toksvig.
20060506The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter, Sandi Toksvig.
20060513The series that explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.
20060520The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter Sandi Toksvig.
20060527The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter, Sandi Toksvig.
20060603The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter, Sandi Toksvig.
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20060708The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter, Sandi Toksvig.
20060729The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter, Sandi Toksvig.
20060805The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter, Peter Curran.
20060812The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter John McCarthy.
20060819The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter John McCarthy.
20060826The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter Sandy Toksvig.
20060902The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter, Sandi Toksvig.
20060909The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter, John McCarthy.
20060916The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter, John McCarthy.
20060923The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter, John McCarthy.
20060930The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter, Peter Curran.
20061007The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter, Peter Curran. Followed by 'Woman's Hour Changed My Life'.
20061014The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel are explored by wanderlust presenter, Shyama Perera.
20061021Shyama Perera with travellers' tales, anecdotes and conversation
20061028John McCarthy with travellers' tales, anecdotes and conversation.
20061104John McCarthy with travellers' tales, anecdotes and conversation.
20061111Sandi Toksvig with travellers' tales, anecdotes and conversation.
20061118Sandi Toksvig with travellers' tales, anecdotes and conversation.
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20061202Sandi Toksvig with travellers' tales, anecdotes and conversation.
20061209Sandi Toksvig with travellers' tales, anecdotes and conversation.
20061216Sandi Toksvig with travellers' tales, anecdotes and conversation.
20061223Sandi Toksvig with travellers' tales, anecdotes and conversation.
20061230Sandi Toksvig with travellers' tales, anecdotes and conversation.
20070106John McCarthy with travellers' tales, anecdotes and conversation.
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20070721Travellers' tales, anecdotes and conversation with Sandi Toksvig.
20070728Travellers' tales, anecdotes and conversation with John McCarthy.
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20071229Travellers' tales, anecdotes and conversation with David Stafford.
20080112Travellers' tales, anecdotes and conversation with John McCarthy.
20080126Travellers' tales, anecdotes and conversation with John McCarthy.
20080202Travellers' tales, anecdotes and conversation with John McCarthy.
20080209Travellers' tales, anecdotes and conversation with John McCarthy.
20080216Travellers' tales, anecdotes and conversation with John McCarthy.
20080223Travellers' tales, anecdotes and conversation. John McCarthy visits the National Railway Museum in York to look at the past, present and future of train travel.
20080301Travellers' tales, anecdotes and conversation with John McCarthy, who looks at the past, present and future of transportation.
20080308Travellers' tales, anecdotes and conversation. John McCarthy visits the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, Cambridgeshire, to look at the past, present and future of air travel.
20080315Travellers' tales, anecdotes and conversation with Sandi Toksvig.
20080322Travellers' tales, anecdotes and conversation. David Stafford visits Marrakesh and discovers how the town is reinventing itself for modern tourists.
20080329Travellers' tales, anecdotes and conversation with Sandi Toksvig.
20080405Travellers' tales, anecdotes and conversation with Sandi Toksvig.
20080412Travellers' tales, anecdotes and conversation with Sandi Toksvig.
20080419Travellers' tales, anecdotes and conversation with Sandi Toksvig.
20080426Travellers' tales, anecdotes and conversation with Sandi Toksvig.
20080503Travellers' tales, anecdotes and conversation with John McCarthy.
20080510Travellers' tales, anecdotes and conversation with John McCarthy.
20080517Travellers' tales, anecdotes and conversation with John McCarthy.
20080524Travellers' tales, anecdotes and conversation with John McCarthy.
20080531Travellers' tales, anecdotes and conversation with John McCarthy.
20080607Travellers' tales, anecdotes and conversation with John McCarthy.
20080614Travellers' tales, anecdotes and conversation with John McCarthy.
20080621Travellers' tales, anecdotes and conversation with John McCarthy.
20080628Travellers' tales, anecdotes and conversation with Sandi Toksvig.
20080705Travellers' tales, anecdotes and conversation with Sandi Toksvig.
20080712Travellers' tales, anecdotes and conversation with Sandi Toksvig.
20080719Travellers' tales, anecdotes and conversation with Sandi Toksvig.
20080726Travellers' tales, anecdotes and conversation with Benedict Allen.
20080802Travellers' tales, anecdotes and conversation with Benedict Allen.
20080809Travellers' tales, anecdotes and conversation. Sandi Toksvig visits the National Portrait Gallery to explore the relationship between travel and portraiture.
20080816Travellers' tales, anecdotes and conversation. Sandi Toksvig takes a trip on a narrowboat on the Wey Navigation in Surrey.
20080823Travellers' tales, anecdotes and conversation with Sandi Toksvig.
20080830Travellers' tales, anecdotes and conversation with Sandi Toksvig.
20080906Travellers' tales, anecdotes and conversation with Sandi Toksvig.
20080920Sandi Toksvig explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.
20080927John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.
20081004John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.
20081011John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.
20081018John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.
20081025John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.
20081101John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.
20081108John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.
20081115John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.
20081122John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

20081129 Sandi Toksvig explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

Sandi Toksvig explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

Sandi Toksvig explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

20081213Sandi Toksvig explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.
20081220Sandi Toksvig explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

Sandi Toksvig explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

Sandi Toksvig explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

Sandi Toksvig explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

20081227 Sandi Toksvig goes to a postcard fair with photographer and collector Martin Parr.

Sandi Toksvig goes to a postcard fair with photographer and collector Martin Parr and discovers what postcards of the past tell us about the history of holidays.

Sandi Toksvig goes to a postcard fair with photographer and collector Martin Parr.

20090103 Sandi Toksvig hears about two overland trips that provided very different experiences.

Sandi Toksvig explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel. She hears about two overland trips that provided very different experiences for the travellers involved. One, with 20 people in a three ton Bedford truck travelling across Africa nearly ended in disaster. The other, a Trabant journey to Cambodia, did not.

Sandi Toksvig hears about two overland trips that provided very different experiences.

20090110 John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

20090117John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

20090124John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

20090207John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

20090214John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

20090221John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

20090228John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

20090307John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

20090314John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

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Sandi Toksvig explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

Sandi Toksvig explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

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Sandi Toksvig explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

Sandi Toksvig explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

20090404Sandi Toksvig explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

Sandi Toksvig explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

Sandi Toksvig explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

Sandi Toksvig explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

20090411Sandi Toksvig explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

Sandi Toksvig explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

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Sandi Toksvig explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

Sandi Toksvig explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

20090425Sandi Toksvig explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

Sandi Toksvig explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

20090502John McCarthy explores three very different aspects of Italy.

He hears from travel writer Peter Moore about the scooter trip he made around Italy's western coast and the islands of Elba, Sardinia and Sicily; places where, he discovered, the sight of an old Vespa can still raise the passions of the Italians.

Journalist David Lane tells John how the criminal organisations of southern Italy have infiltrated daily life there and whether their activities affect tourism.

And novelist Geoff Dyer reflects on the essentially unreal nature of Venice and why that makes it such a perfect setting for art, as exemplified by the Biennale.

John McCarthy explores three very different aspects of Italy, from Sicily to Venice.

20090509John McCarthy talks to BBC Security Correspondent Frank Gardner about visiting destinations from Sumatra to Socotra and how he has kept up his highly active travelling since gunshot injuries he suffered in Saudi Arabia put him in a wheelchair. A keen traveller since his schooldays, Frank bas been to many out-of-the-way parts of the world for both business and recreation.

John also meets actor and writer Michael Simkins, who had no experience of France other than the impressions he gleaned from films and its reputation among the British. When he spent a summer touring the country and sampling the French way of life, from wine tasting to haute cuisine and from naturism to haute couture, he had some of his worst - and best - suspicions confirmed.

John McCarthy hears about a journalist's life of travel and an actor's view of France.

20090516John McCarthy focuses on Corfu and green tourism in Uganda and Thailand.

John McCarthy focuses on Corfu and green tourism in Uganda and Thailand.

20090523Sir David Attenborough joins John McCarthy in conversation and tells him of the first journeys he made to film wildlife for the BBC and how travel has changed in the intervening years. They talk about Sir David's reaction on arriving in Freetown, Sierra Leone and his first glimpse of the local fauna - at the airport. There are tales of his encounters with headhunters where no European had gone before, being run aground by an arms smuggler on a coral reef and the appeal of the gamelan orchestra.

John McCarthy talks to Sir David Attenborough about his early journeys abroad.

John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

20090530John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

20090606John McCarthy talks to author Chris Stewart about the delights and disasters of his days as a novice sailor around the Greek Islands, and crewing on a yacht in the considerably more stormy north Atlantic.

Damian and Siobhan Horner explain how they escaped the rat race by taking their two toddlers on a life-changing trip on an old fishing boat through the waterways of France to a new home in Spain.

And Janie Hampton tells the story behind the oldest ship in Africa and the man it is named after. The SS Chauncy Maples started as a missionary ship but now, more than a century later, is becoming a floating clinic on Lake Malawi.

John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

20090613John McCarthy hears from beer writer Pete Brown about how India Pale Ale was developed for export to the subcontinent, what it tells us about the British Empire and how he retraced its journey from Burton-on-Trent to Delhi, via Brazil.

Journalist and Delhi resident Sam Miller gives an insider's view of the city, what it's like to explore it on foot and the jostling of the historic and the modern, while songwriter Richard Stilgoe talks about the contrast between rich and poor and the efforts being made to improve sanitation.

John McCarthy looks at Delhi - a city of contrasts - and how pale ale got to India.

20090620John McCarthy talks to three professional travel photographers about their different experiences and approaches to taking particular kinds of pictures.

Lisa Young works all over the world for both commercial and charitable organisations; Adrian Arbib takes politically conscious photographs of threatened tribes and ecological protest movements; and Bill Birkett is a photographer of hills and climbing, particularly in the Lake District.

They compare notes on techniques, problems and aims in the fast changing digital age, and discuss what drives them on in difficult and dangerous conditions to capture the defining image of a place.

John McCarthy talks to three professional travel photographers.

John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

20090627The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel with Sandi Toksvig.

The adventures, frustrations and joys of travel with Sandi Toksvig.

20090704Couch surfing is a recent travel phenomenon of the internet age. Travellers use a website to contact people all over the world who will put them up and give them an introduction to local life which the ordinary tourist would miss. Sandi Toksvig finds out from journalist Fleur Britten about her experiences couch surfing in Russia, China, Mongolia and Kazakhstan, and what it's like to play host to a complete stranger in her own home.

It is nearly 30 years since Jimmy Savile proclaimed, 'This is the Age of the Train', but is it still? Sandi talks to columnist Matthew Engel and guide writer Benedict le Vay about the pleasures of chugging along some of Britain's lesser-known branch lines, compared with the problems of inconvenient timetables and high prices.

Sandi Toksvig discusses rail travel in Britain and finds out all about couch surfing.

20090711Voyaging by cargo ship is a more leisurely and potentially greener way to go. They will often take you to places the ordinary tourist would never visit. Sandi Toksvig talks to Ghislaine Armitage and Hannah Isaacs about voyaging as passengers amongst the containers to China and back, and to David Baboulene about his experiences as a crew member on freighters round the globe - including being attacked by pirates.

Although there are just ten basic types of clouds they vary in style and formation all round the world. Sandi hears from Gavin Pretor-Pinney of The Cloud Appreciation Society about how cloudspotting can be a perfect pastime for travellers, and why the 600-mile long 'Morning Glory' cloud in Australia has become a tourist attraction in itself.

Sandi Toksvig looks at the experience of voyaging by freighter.

20090718Sandi Toksvig explores London's City Wall and other Roman remains around the City, and discovers that there is much of the wall hidden from the public eye.

She also examines the popularity of 'laughter yoga' in the frenetic city of Mumbai in India, where she takes a tour around the eclectic, cosmopolitan and fascinating city that is one of India's leading commercial and artistic centres.

Sandi Toksvig explores London's City Wall and 'laughter yoga' in Mumbai.

20090725Sandi Toksvig with the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

Sandi Toksvig with the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

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Sandi Toksvig with the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

Sandi Toksvig with the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

20090808Sandi Toksvig joins a botanist in search of the Lotus Flower in rural Japan and takes a journey into the dark and fascinating hinterland of Russia, where she finds a country still struggling to come to terms with the fall of communism.

Sandi Toksvig explores the hinterland of Russia and searches for the Lotus Flower in Japan

20090815John McCarthy explores the Lake District, interesting British lakes and rivers and swimming holidays in Finland.

John McCarthy discovers some interesting inland water in Britain and further afield.

20090822Sandi Toksvig explores Iraq, Greece, Turkey and Egypt in the footsteps of Greek historian Herodotus, who died around 2,500 years ago, and finds out what India, Tibetan singing bowls and a computerised piece of music lasting 1,000 years have in common.

Sandi Toksvig travels to India, Egypt and Iraq.

20090829Sandi Toksvig with the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

Sandi Toksvig with the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

20090905Novelist and playwright Michael Frayn, who began his writing life as a newspaper reporter, talks to John McCarthy about his travels in the l960s and early 1970s. His visits included Cuba, Russia, Israel, Germany and Japan, at a time when there was revolution in the air. He tells John about how seeking facts in foreign parts inspired his fiction.

The Grand Canal in China is one of the least known great feats of engineering in the world. At over 1,000 miles long, it is not only the longest man-made waterway but also the oldest, begun in the fifth century BC. Nowadays it is a crucial highway ,and travel writer Liam D'Arcy Brown travelled its length, hitching rides on the enormous barges that carry bulk building materials for China's rapid modernisation. He tells John about the insight it gave him into a side of China not normally seen.

With John McCarthy. Featuring the Chinese Grand Canal and Michael Frayn's travel reports.

20090912Alan Whicker has been making television programmes from all over the world for decades; Sandi Toksvig asks him about the appeal of travelling and whether it ever wears off. He tells her about revisiting some of the people and places that featured in his earlier reports, and reflects on the way the world has changed in the intervening years.

Stephen Fry is not a man who likes to rough it, but he is forced to do just that in visiting the remoter parts of the world to see some of the most endangered species. Sandi asks him whether seeing the aye-aye, the blue whale and the komodo dragon was really worthwhile - especially as it involved not just discomfort but seriously fracturing his arm.

Sandi Toksvig talks to Stephen Fry and Alan Whicker about their travels.

20090919Oil wealth transforms cities but in very different ways. Sandi Toksvig hears about Abu Dhabi from Jo Tatchell, who was brought up there. Its high-rise glitz and cultural aspirations, coupled with caution and reserve, contrast vividly with the chaos and corruption - but liveliness - of Lagos, Nigeria, as seen by the former Financial Times correspondent there, Michael Peel.

Sandi also finds out from Middle East travel writer Matthew Teller about why the ultra-modern Gulf states, where there is no shortage of cheap petrol, want to take a 19th-century lesson and build a railway linking the countries.

Sandi Toksvig compares two very different oil rich cities: Abu Dhabi and Lagos, Nigeria.

20090926John McCarthy with the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

John McCarthy with the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

20091003John McCarthy explores the many, mainly failed, attempts to find the fabled Northwest Passage - a sea passage across the Arctic linking the Atlantic ocean with the Pacific. He also uses a new travel guide to explore medieval England as a traveller might have done in the 14th Century.

John McCarthy explores the Northwest Passage and Medieval England.

20091010John McCarthy travels to Japan and Israel in search of gardening inspiration and to Bogota in Colombia for a knitting experience.

John McCarthy explores gardening and knitting around the world.

20091017The urge to visit the scene of a family member's wartime experiences often follows the realisation of what dangers they have been through. Journalist Tom Carver's father escaped from a prison camp in Italy in 1943 and went on the run behind German lines. Tom found himself tracking down the Italian family who had helped him and exploring the cave in the Abruzzi countryside where his father had hidden out. Julie Summers's grandfather was the senior British officer building the bridge on the River Kwai, and when she went there she found the real story very different from the image given in the famous film - most notably the fact that it is still in use.

John McCartthy also talks to Diego Torres, an award-winning tour guide from Ecuador, who explains that, although his country lies firmly on the Equator, it is far from being just Equatorial. It has a dazzling variety of landscapes from jungle to mountain plains, as well as the renowned Galapagos Islands.

John McCarthy hears about tracing the footsteps of WWII POWs and the diversity of Ecuador.

20091024John McCarthy talks to wilderness expert Ray Mears about travelling across northern Canada and to wildlife photographer Ben Hall about his trip to South America following, partially, in the footsteps of Darwin's Beagle expedition.

John McCarthy talks to wilderness expert Ray Mears about travelling across northern Canada

20091031John McCarthy explores Berlin with the head of tourism and a writer who lives there, and finds a forward-looking and vibrant city coming to terms with a turbulent past.

John also meets two former British soldiers who talk about their travelling life with the army.

John McCarthy explores Berlin and travels with the British Army.

20091107John McCarthy explores wild Scotland in the company of writers Andrew Greig and Sara Maitland, who live in remote places, and talks to them about how the landscape has affected their writing.

He also talks to architectural historian David Heathcote about his recent trip on the Orient Express to Venice and about the influence of Art Deco on travel.

John McCarthy explores wild Scotland and the Orient Express.

20091114Jan Morris has been travelling and writing about her journeys for more than 50 years. John McCarthy talks to her about some of the individuals she has encountered all over the world in that half century - rich and poor, renowned and obscure, friendly and unwelcoming. They reflect on the nature of travel and whether it is more about places or people.

John also talks to travel writer and journalist Dea Birkett, who is a judge for the Oldie magazine Travel Awards. She reveals which was the worst airport, the best railway station and why there should be an award for cruelty to trees. She and John discuss what can make journeys more pleasurable for the older traveller.

John McCarthy talks to writer Jan Morris and also hears what the older traveller likes.

20091121John McCarthy explores the relationship between human rights and travel - what should the responsible tourist be aware of whilst journeying? Has the water supply in the hotel deprived a local community of theirs? Is your guide adequately equipped when he leads you up a mountain? Are you intruding by taking photographs of local people going about their business? John is joined by lawyer Baroness Kennedy and Tourism Concern's Tricia Barnett to discuss whether the freedom of the traveller infringes the liberties of the host.

After the White House, Elvis Presley's mansion, Graceland, is America's most visited house. But there is lot more to Memphis musical pilgrimages than replicas of Heartbreak Hotel. John talks to two music writers, Patrick Humphries and Garth Cartwright, about the attraction of Mississippi and Tennessee for those interested in whether juke joints still exist, whether 'country' means 'commercial' and the survival of the soulful sounds of Stax. John follows the heritage trail of Highway 61.

John McCarthy explores the relationship between human rights and travel.

20091128Sandi Toksvig with the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

Sandi Toksvig with the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

Sandi Toksvig talks to Christopher Somerville about the business of bringing the countryside alive through recounting his journeys through Britain. They discuss some of the walks and rides through iconic landscapes that encapsulate some essential aspect of this country, from Shetland to Canvey Island.

King Harold's army's 12-day march south in October 1066 after the victory against the Norwegians at Stamford Bridge to meet William the soon-to-be-Conqueror at Hastings was perhaps the most significant walk in English history. Huon Mallalieu and Chas Jones have both recreated aspects of this journey and Sandi finds out what it was like to make such a march and how much it influenced events.

Sandi Toksvig looks at scenic and historical walks in Britain, including one from 1066.

20091205Sandi Toksvig with the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.
20091212Sandi Toksvig with the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

Lady Mary Fretwell found out about the difficulties of travelling across international borders with dogs during her life as a diplomat's wife and resolved to tackle Britain's strict quarantine laws. She tells Sandi how her organisation 'Passports for Pets' helped achieve this and how the current rules work. And Belinda Harley fell in love with an unwanted dog in Greece and relates the problems she experienced bringing him back to Britain.

Travel writer Rob Crossan has just returned from the Vietnamese capital Hanoi where, despite the single-party socialist regime, capitalism flourishes. Among experiences to be had are unlikely visits to the impressive Ho Chi Minh mausoleum and restaurants that specialise in serving up...dog.

Sandi Toksvig finds out about travelling abroad with pets and a weekend in Hanoi.

20091219Sandi Toksvig with the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.
20100102Sandi Toksvig talks to American writer and broadcaster Garrison Keillor about his travelling life, his influences and inspiration, about Minnesota and of course about the fictional community of Lake Wobegon.

Sandi Toksvig talks to writer and broadcaster Garrison Keillor.

20100109John McCarthy with the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

John McCarthy with the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

20100116John McCarthy with the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

John McCarthy with the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

20100123Travelling independently and away from well-worn tourist routes can present hazards which should be borne in mind at the planning stage. These could be anything between tummy upsets and terrorism. Charlie McGrath advises travellers from gap year trekkers to journalists in hostile environments about how to minimise the risks without removing the thrill of adventurous travel.

Sarah Porter and James Lewis are a couple who were not put off by tales of danger when they decided to go hiking in North Pakistan as part of a gap year. They were delighted to find an awe-inspiring landscape and welcoming, friendly people and where the greatest perils were on the highways.

Claire Boobbyer loves Cuba and is a frequent visitor there. She recently drove herself on a 5,000-kilometre journey all over the island and tells John what this fascinating country has to offer away from the main tourist areas of Havana and the coast.

John McCarthy focuses on Pakistan, Cuba and safety while travelling off the beaten track.

20100130John McCarthy explores Germany with two writers who know the country well and asks why, in such a fascinatingly diverse and interesting place, more British tourists don't visit. He also examines the vastly different regions within Germany, their food, their culture and their history.

John McCarthy explores Germany with two writers.

John McCarthy with the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

John McCarthy with the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

20100206Peter Curran with the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

Peter Curran with the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

20100213Don McCullin is renowned as a photographer for his stark and telling pictures, often of conflicts and catastrophes. Now in his seventies, he has turned to photographing landscapes and Roman ruins across the ancient empire. John McCarthy asks him about his life of travel, both in combat zones in the remoter parts of the world, and the apparent peace of scenes closer to home.

Journalist Monica Porter and her family left their native Hungary after the failed uprising against the Soviet powers in1956. In the many times she has returned there since she has witnessed the huge changes that have brought it to its current status as a democratic member of the EU. She joins travel writer Andrew Eames, who horse-trekked across Hungary, in telling John about the rich heritage of the country and the appeal of the contrast between bustling, modern Budapest and the more traditional rural areas.

John McCarthy talks to photographer Don McCullin and looks at how Hungary has changed.

20100220John McCarthy talks to author Laila Lalami about social changes over recent years in her native Morocco and asks whether the reality of Casablanca, where there is a stark contrast between rich and poor, lives up to its romantic reputation or offers an altogether different experience for the visitor.

Writers Charles Emerson and Richard Sale have both travelled widely in the half a dozen countries which border the Arctic Ocean. Both tell of majestic beauty, a way of life for the indigenous people that goes back many millennia and a unique ecology. They discuss with John McCarthy how climate change is affecting access to the mineral wealth of the polar region and the possibility of conflict there.

John McCarthy hears about Casablanca and the future of the Arctic.

20100227John McCarthy discusses wildlife travel with Mark Cawardine and sees a different Mexico.
20100306To investigate the influence of the solar system on our planet the particle physicist Prof Brian Cox visits some of earth's most alien environments. He flies to the top of the atmosphere, dives to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, ascends the world's tallest mountain and descends into a cave soaked in sulphuric acid; he witnesses a total solar eclipse and the aurora borealis. Brian tells Sandi Toksvig how, as the dunes of the Namib desert are rather like those of Mars, we can get an idea of what other planets are like by going to particular places on our own.

Chief executive of Oxfam Dame Barbara Stocking has travelled to dozens of countries. She talks to Sandi about her recent visit to Chad, a vast, dry country in Africa with a permanent humanitarian crisis of its own, strained by refugees from neighbouring conflicts. She explains lack of water is at the heart of the trouble and how the role of women in organising wells offers some hope.

There have been Jews in India for over 2,000 years; Sandi meets artist and writer Esther David from one Indian Jewish community to hear why they came to be there and how the two cultures have become intertwined. Esther also looks at the Jews who are leaving India and the Israelis who are travelling in the other direction to discover a different kind of Judaism.

Sandi Toksvig looks at Chad, Jewish communities in India and alien environments on earth.

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Sandi Toksvig with the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

Sandi Toksvig with the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

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20100313Sandi Toksvig with the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

Sandi Toksvig with the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

20100320The Tropic of Cancer runs through 17 countries and Simon Reeve visited most of them - and one or two others for good measure - on a journey round the imaginary line. He found a huge variety of climates and landscapes, from deep jungle to vast desert, and an even bigger range of ways of life, from deep poverty to vast wealth. He talks to Sandi Toksvig about his experiences, including sneaking illegally into Burma, and what conclusions he has come to about the way the planet is changing.

The port of Darwin in northern Australia and the region behind it known as Arnhemland is one of the less touristy parts of the country. But it has much to offer in terms of an impressive terrain that hasn't altered for millions of years and which has been home to the aborigine people for many thousands. Sandi talks to travel journalist Wendy Gomersall, who has visited the area and the indigenous people, and Sab Lord, who was brought up there on a buffalo station in what is now a national park the size of Wales and who acts as a guide to the area's natural and human heritage.

Sandi Toksvig investigates northern Australia and the countries on the Tropic of Cancer.

20100327Sandi Toksvig talks about travel in Tanzania in a programme direct from Dar es Salaam.

Sandi Toksvig talks about travel in Tanzania in a programme direct from Dar es Salaam.

20100403Sandi Toksvig explores the Falkland Islands in the company of a military and wildlife artist and a former Falklands vet and examines the journey of a deported Polish family from what is now Belarus to Tavistock in Devon, via Kazakhstan, Tehran and Karachi.

Sandi Toksvig traces a deported Polish family and explores the Falklands with an artist.

20100410Sandi Toksvig with the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

Sandi Toksvig with the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

20100417John McCarthy talks to author Douglas Rogers, whose parents ran a backpackers' lodge in Zimbabwe, and to Southern Africa tour operator John Berry about how tourism in the troubled country has been faring in the years of the Mugabe regime and hyperinflation, what the country can offer the traveller now and whether there is any likelihood of improvement.

John also compares travelling in the eastern Europe of 20 years ago with the present day when he asks journalist, writer and angler Tom Fort about a journey he made to Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Romania on the eve of the fall of communism. Tom revisited many of those places and indeed fishing spots recently and observes how life and fishing have changed in the intervening years.

John McCarthy looks at tourism in Zimbabwe and at Eastern Europe 20 years ago and now.

20100424John McCarthy talks to writer Alistair Moffat about how history is at the heart of tourism in Tuscany. While the weather and the food are obviously big enticements, it is the culture, buildings and art of the Renaissance times, the Roman era and, even before that, the Etruscan period that have attracted visitors, from Dr Johnson to Dylan Thomas, to rediscover the joys of this part of Italy. And Charles Fitzroy who leads art tours of the region gives an insight into how Florence must have appeared to a visitor there in 1490.

Leigh Richardson works as health and social services manager in Devon and is frightened of cows but that didn't prevent her from falling in love with a farm in northern Brazil. She bought it and has started to raise cattle there and she tells John McCarthy how she manages to juggle her two lives and what it's like to be plunged into the macho world of Brazilian cowboys.

Producer: Harry Parker.

John McCarthy looks at historical Tuscany and buying a farm in Brazil.

20100501John McCarthy focuses on the Caucasus, the mountainous region between the Black and the Caspian Seas. It contains Europe's highest mountain and landscapes ranging from subtropical to Alpine and semi-desert. It is ideal walking country but international tensions, particularly between Georgia and Russia, have meant that it is not as well visited as it deserves to be according to Oliver Bullough and Peter Nasmyth who have both travelled widely in the region.

Doug Patterson is a painter and architect who, following in the footsteps of 18th and 19th century artists, has painted monasteries and mosques across North Africa, Greece, India and Bhutan. He talks to John about what, despite the differences in religion, the buildings and locations have in common - including those in Greece and Bhutan which are perched on or cling to cliff faces.

John McCarthy explores the Caucasus and mountain monasteries in Greece and Bhutan.

20100508John McCarthy with the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

John McCarthy with the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

20100515John McCarthy meets Anil Ananthaswamy a science writer who has visited many of the world's most inaccessible observatories and telescopes. These are often sited in remote places to avoid light pollution or cosmic interference so his travels have taken him to the South Pole, the Atacama Desert, half a mile underground in Minnesota and the middle of a frozen Lake Baikal. And he has encountered the particular breed of technologists who don't mind being cut off from the rest of the world for up to eight months at a time.

John also talks to travel journalist Juliet Rix who enthuses about the Neolithic temples in Malta and Gozo which predate the Egyptian pyramids by a thousand years. Although discovered a hundred years ago and forming a fascinating part of Malta's rich history they remain under-visited by tourists to the islands.

Producer: Harry Parker.

John McCarthy introduces travellers to remote observatories and the temples of Malta.

20100522John McCarthy talks to art historian and conservator Cathy Giangrande about her visits to many of China's museums. They cover an astonishing range of subjects, from the more typical of China like jade, silk, tea, calligraphy and of course the Terracotta Army to less obvious themes such as kites, cigarettes, Jackie Chan, tap water and eunuchs. There's even a Jewish museum. Cathy explains how museums are enjoying a boom time as the Chinese discover their historical and cultural heritage.

Since the volcanic eruptions started in Iceland at the end of March, travel arrangements all over the world have been disrupted. But how has tourism in Iceland itself been affected? John McCarthy asks Jon Magnusson, who runs adventure holidays there, whether the volcano is keeping travellers away or drawing them in. And he hears from British photographer John Beatty, who was one of the first to visit the initial eruption, about his impressions of getting up close to the lava flow.

John McCarthy finds out about the boom in museums in China and volcano tourism in Iceland.

20100529John McCarthy goes on the trail of a Persian poet through Iran and Afghanistan with author Nicholas Jubber and discusses the development of tourism in Libya with Conde Nast Traveller editor Sarah Miller and Roger Jones, author of the Travel Smart guide to Libya.

John McCarthy explores the Persian world and the development of tourism in Libya.

20100605Classicist Mary Beard tells John McCarthy that the Parthenon in Athens was built two and a half thousand years ago to attract visitors and has been doing so ever since. It has been a temple, a church and a mosque. It has survived being blown up and ill advised restoration attempts and continues to excite one of the the most controversial debates in modern tourism.

As we travel to our favourite parts of the British Isles, whether it be the Highlands of Scotland, the Cotswolds or the Devon coast, the real beauty of the landscape is formed by the underlying geology. Paleontologist Richard Fortey and writer Ian Vince tell John how the rocks from which the island is made are at the root of our choice of holiday destination and activity, from lying on sandy beaches to walking in the hills.

Producer: Harry Parker.

John McCarthy looks at the Parthenon and how geology forms the landscape we love.

20100612Since 1634 the residents of the tiny village of Oberammergau in the Bavarian alps have performed a Passion Play. It takes place from May to October every ten years and attracts half a million visitors. It is no small production, it lasts for five hours with over two thousand villagers acting, singing as well as playing in the orchestra and stage managing. The impact on the village is enormous as it has to accomodate the tourists who come from all over the world. John McCarthy travels to Oberammergau to look behind the scenes of one of Germany's biggest tourist attractions and find out from the locals how they cope with running businesses and catering for the guests as well as performing in the play.

John McCarthy visits Oberammergau in Bavaria to witness the once-a-decade Passion Play.

20100619John McCarthy continues his stay in Bavaria with a visit to the capital, Munich. He finds a surprising blend of old and new: many of the buildings look old but were faithfully reconstructed after the Second World War when much of the city was flattened by bombing. The ornate gilt and mirrors of the former Royal Palace contrast with the modernity of the Olympic Stadium and Munich's most famous motor manufacturers, whilst the lederhosen and brass bands of the beer gardens exist alongside the wetsuits worn by city centre surfers. John finds Munich the most Mediterranean of German cities.

Producer: Harry Parker.

John McCarthy goes to Munich in search of visitor attractions old and new.

20100703Sandi Toksvig talks to Anthony Sattin about the Nile and Gail Simmons about Sinai and to Joe Senior about his experience as a blind person travelling in NW Australia.

Sandi Toksvig looks at two facets of Egypt and a blind traveller's experience of Australia

20100710Sandi Toksvig gets a glimpse into the esoteric world of surfing when she meets author and surfer Tom Anderson who has journeyed round the world in search of new places to ride the waves. He has surfed from Sri Lanka to Spain including chasing hurricanes in the USA, riding the Severn Bore and what many consider to be the best wave in the world off the South African coast.

Sandi also explores two different approaches to women's travel. Christine Davies is the co-founder of Thelma and Louise, a social networking website that puts women in touch with others so they can travel together and share experiences of their journeys. Christine has also coped with bereavement by sailing on a clipper to Brazil. Jennie Cox is part of a recent trend for young women to go on a girls' break often inspired by the location for a film. She and a couple of girlfriends recently returned from a road trip round California, Arizona and Nevada and she tells Sandi of the fun to be had travelling with pals.

Producer: Harry Parker.

Sandi Toksvig goes surfing for the perfect wave and looks at ways women travel together.

20100717Jamaica has a reputation as a dangerous place to visit for tourists but is it deserved? Sandi Toksvig talks to prize winning author Ian Thomson about whether poverty and violence are as prevalent as they are painted and if the beauty of the island is overlooked. She also asks journalist Lindsay Johns about the musical culture and whether, as an Anglo African, he feels a connection with Jamaica.

Sandi also talks to artist Layla Curtis about her project with the Penan people of Sarawak. She has been studying the way the hunter gatherers move about the jungle and, to do so, spent time living and travelling with them through the rainforests of Borneo. She gives Sandi a unique insight into their ancient lifestyle on Excess Baggage.

Producer: Harry Parker.

Sandi Toksvig looks at tourism in Jamaica and an interesting art project in Sarawak.

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When people think of Switzerland they tend to think of watches, chocolate, clocks, cheese and banks. But what about the Swiss themselves? Sandi Toksvig talks to travel writer Diccon Bewes who sets out to describe the culture and customs of this notoriously private "landlocked island".

Sandi also talks to presenter and travel journalist Kate Humble who has devised a way for travellers to put spare rucksack space to good use. She has founded a charity called Stuff Your Rucksack which shows how packing supplies of much needed items like pencils, school books and maps can change the lives of people in the country you are visiting. Sandi is joined by veteran traveller Kate Booth who describes how directly delivering the contents of her rucksack to a children's charity added new meaning to her trip to Namibia.

Producer: Laura Northedge.

Sandi Toksvig explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

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Lucretia Grindle was so fascinated by the plaques honouring the Second World War Italian resistance fighters in Florence that she decided to do some digging. Not only did she discover the buried history of the Italian resistance to Nazi occupation during the Second World War, but she also found that the women of the city had a significant role in the struggle. Sandi Toksvig talks to her and to photographer Johnnie Shand Kydd about his collection of pictures documenting the dramatic street culture of Naples.

Sandi also hears about Super Furry Animals lead singer Gruff Rhys's journey to South America to find his long-lost relative Rene Griffiths, the Patagonian gaucho who sings in Welsh.

Producer: Laura Northedge.

Sandi Toksvig uncovers the secrets of Florence and Naples with author Lucretia Grindle.

20100807Sandi Toksvig explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

Sandi Toksvig explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

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Sandi Toksvig explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

Sandi Toksvig explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

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Exploring the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

Exploring the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

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Sandi Toksvig explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

Sandi Toksvig explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

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Sandi Toksvig explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

Sandi Toksvig explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

20101002John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

20101009John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

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John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

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John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

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John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

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John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

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John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

John McCarthy talks to medics who work abroad and looks at bridges with Dan Cruikshank.

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John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

John McCarthy looks at a country much in the news, Yemen.

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John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

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John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

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Anita Anand explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

Anita Anand explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

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Anita Anand explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

Anita Anand explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

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John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.

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John McCarthy explores travel stories from all corners of the World.

John McCarthy explores travel stories from all corners of the world.

18/12/200420070217John McCarthy with travellers' tales, anecdotes and conversation.

Travel magazine, featuring travellers' tales, experiences and anecdotes

Aboriginal Australia20121231 (BBC7)Australia: The travel programme investigates the culture of the indigenous Australians. With Arthur Smith and Roger Law.
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Afghanistan - Elvis Presley20070303AFGHANISTAN
Travelling in countries where the political situation is volatile can be a dangerous business but author and TV producer Roger Willemsen made two trips to Afghanistan and tells Sandi Toksvig about the mood of the country, the dangers and the everyday lives of the Afghan people caught between the occupying international troops, the NGOs, the warlords and the Taliban.

ELVIS PRESLEY
Author and musician Charlie Connelly recounts his world travels looking for the legacy of Elvis Presley. As well as visiting the obvious places like Graceland in Memphis and Elvis’s birthplace in Tupelo, Mississippi, Charlie finds himself in places you wouldn’t normally associate with the King of rock’n’roll : for example, Tashkent in Uzbekistan, Jyvaskyla in Finland or even Porthcawl in Wales.

Sandi Toksvig talks to Roger Willemsen about his trips to Afghanistan.

Travel magazine, featuring travellers' tales, experiences and anecdotes

Belgium20070804BELGIUM
The Kingdom of Belgium is about twice the size and population of Yorkshire. It has only about forty miles of sea coast and much land reclaimed from the sea. The hills and woods of the Ardennes stand out against the flat plains of the north, the industrial landscape of Antwerp compares with the medieval prettiness of Bruges.

It’s only been a country since 1830 currently under Albert II. It was previously ruled by France and then the Spanish before becoming an Austrian possession. It was in Belgium that much fighting took place in the trenches of the First World War.

Brussels is now the home of the European Union but there are strong divisions between the French speaking Walloons and the Flemish speaking Flemings of the north. However a country that has produced both the old master Rubens and the surrealist Magritte, the grand organ music of César Franck and the jazz guitar of Django Reinhardt, is the birthplace of Audrey Hepburn and Jean Claude Van Damme and home to 700 varieties of beer - has got to be worth exploring.

John McCarthy meets three regular travellers to Belgium to find out what it has to offer to its visitors. John Lee is a guide for a battlefields and history tours company, one of the founders and publisher of the Rough Guides; Martin Dunford is co-author of The Rough GuideTo Brussels and The Rough Guide to Belgium and Luxembourg; Roger Protz is an award winning writer and expert on Beer.

John McCarthy meets three regular travellers to Belgium to find out what it has to offer.

Travel magazine, featuring travellers' tales, experiences and anecdotes

Black Britons Abroad - Islands Of Scotland20080209BLACK BRITONS ABROAD
Travelling abroad can sometimes be a reminder to black British people that in some parts of the world attitudes to colour are not always positive. John McCarthy is joined by Simon Hudson, Deborah Loftus and Dotun Adebayo, three travellers who have experienced different reactions to their race, in places from Sweden to the Seychelles and from Moscow to Morocco. They describe how they’ve coped with open prejudice but also share some of the benefits of travelling to places where a black face is virtually unknown.

ISLANDS OF SCOTLAND
There are hundreds of islands in Scotland ranging from rocky outcrops to the largest, Lewis and Harris. Most of the islands are uninhabited and many are accessible only with great difficulty, but self-employed painter and decorator, Andy Strangeway, has staked his claim to be the first to visit all 162 islands. He recounts his adventures and tales of feral sheep and puffins and force 11 gales amongst some of the most stunning scenery Britain has to offer.

John McCarthy explores how reactions to race effects Black British travellers.

Travel magazine, featuring travellers' tales, experiences and anecdotes

British Overseas Territories20070721BRITISH OVERSEAS TERRITORIES
There are fourteen British Overseas Territories, including the tiny, remote Pitcairn; the holiday resorts of The Virgin Islands or Bermuda; the military bases of Cyprus; and the wilderness of the Antarctic Territory. Each of them has a story to tell, both of British history and how they are surviving in the post Empire world.

Sandi Toksvig talks to representatives from three of these dependencies: the Falkland Islands, St Helena and Gibraltar. Are they worthy of the journey, offering new experiences, or simply the vestiges of colonial days? What has made us hold on to them in the face of opposition from their neighbours, to the point of going to war in one case? Are they just like little bits of Britain scattered around the globe or do they have their own identity? Are they easy to get to and what do they offer the tourist?

Sukey Cameron is a third generation Falkland Islander and the Islands’ government representative in the UK; born and bred in Gibraltar , Albert Poggio, is not only its government’s representative in the UK but also its director of tourism; Michael Clancy, Welsh by birth, is now Governor of the Island of St Helena, as well as neighbouring Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha.

Sandi Toksvig talks to representatives from the Falkland Islands, St Helena and Gibraltar.

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Bus Trip

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Bus trip20100821

Sandi Toksvig asked the Excess Baggage audience to nominate their favourite bus journeys and she chose one that, while in many ways is very ordinary, reveals much of fascination and beauty along the way. She meets listener Sonia Mabberley, who nominated the route, at the bus station in Swindon. It could have been an unpromising beginning, given the town's reputation for dullness, but in fact there is much on offer and they soon find themselves in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside at harvest time. The bus passes much of historical interest including the white horse carved from a chalk hillside, the World Heritage site of Avebury and they arrive at Devizes a typical country town on market day. Sandi concludes there is much you can see and enjoy for little outlay and without even going far from home.

Producer: Harry Parker.

Sandi Toksvig takes the 49 bus from Swindon to Devizes.

Caribbean Wildlife - Uganda - Tracking20070203CARIBBEAN WILD LIFE – UGANDA – TRACKING
John McCarthy is joined by Karen Bass, a producer at the BBC’s Natural History Unit who has trotted the globe filming some of its most remarkable animals on land and in the sea; Philip Briggs author of the latest, Bradt guide to Uganda, a country which attracts most of its tourists with the huge array of fauna it offers and Ian Maxwell a tracker of animals and even people in countries all around the world including here in Britain.

John McCarthy is joined by Karen Bass to discuss Caribbean Wildlife.

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Congo Brazzaville - Blind Travel20080119

CONGO BRAZZAVILLE AND BLIND TRAVEL
The Republic of Congo, often called Congo Brazzaville to distinguish it from its neighbour the Democratic Republic of Congo on the southern side of the Congo River, is a country not much visited by tourists.

Despite a civil war ending as the new century started, peace has brought little in the way of infrastructure for visitors and it is only intrepid travellers who venture up the rivers to observe the wildlife like forest elephants, gorillas and chimpanzees.

John McCarthy talks to two women this week on Excess Baggage who have had very different experiences of this fascinating but little known land. One is an aid worker involved in humanitarian relief in the wake of the war and the other, one of the first tourists to visit the reserves that have now been set up to conserve the local wildlife.

John also meets the man behind a travel company which links up the visually impaired with sighted partners to go on trips to far flung destinations. Once there they experience activities that appeal to the senses other than sight; cooking, dancing, music and more active pastimes like para-gliding and sky jumping – as well forming bonds that last much longer than the holiday.

John McCarthy explores the experiences of Congo Brazzaville.

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Crete - Tuk-Tuks20070728CRETE
Crete is the largest of the Greek islands. It is sometimes called the cradle of European civilisation with its Minoan culture accepted as the first major civilised society on the continent from as early as 2,700BC.

Nowadays it is largely agricultural with tourism making up a significant part of its economy. Its beaches and resorts as well as its archaeological sites attract huge numbers. But, despite its rich history and challenging landscape, many aspects of Crete are still relatively unknown.

John McCarthy is joined by two regular visitors to the island. Travel writer Christopher Somerville has just published his latest book The Golden Step: a walk through the heart of Crete and writer Susanna Hoe is currently writing a series on islands looking at their association with the women who lived, travelled or worked there.

TUK-TUK
Tuk-tuks or auto rickshaws are well known in some big cities in Asia. The little covered scooter type three wheelers are used for everything from delivery vans to taxis. But on the whole they don’t venture much outside the city that is their home. Not so for Ting Tong, the tuk tuk of Jo Huxster and Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent who drove it from its natural habitat in Bangkok to Brighton, a distance of 12,561 miles, according to Ting Tong’s milometer.

John McCarthy is joined by two regular visitors to Crete.

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Cyprus - Tropic of Capricorn20080126

CYPRUS
Once a Crown colony, Cyprus still has two British military bases but it is also a major attraction for visitors from the UK and now the numbers of traditional family holiday makers have been augmented by club goers attracted places like Ayia Napa. Since 1974 the island has been split between the Turkish held north and the Greek Cypriot south, with visitors only allowed to cross from one side to the other in the last five years.

This week saw the visit of the Greek prime minister to Turkey, a potential warming of relations between the two countries, but will this make any difference to the island of Cyprus? John McCarthy is joined by Tonia Buxton and Nick Redmayne to look at tourism on the island and to find out about the experiences of visitors to the less developed north.

TROPIC OF CAPRICORN
Author and traveller Simon Reeve has just completed a journey round the world following the line of the Tropic of Capricorn – the southern limit of the tropical zone. This trip that has taken him from the empty deserts of Namibia to the crowded slums of Sao Paulo in Brazil, via the exotic wildlife of Madagascar, the former asbestos mines of Western Australia and the threatened hunter gatherers of Northern Argentina. Simon recounts some of his adventures along the way.

Simon Reeve talks about his world journey following the line of the Tropic of Capricorn.

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Ethnomusicologist - Hotel Bristol20080202ETHNOMUSICOLOGY
The research work of the ethnomusicologist can take place anywhere, from a folk club in the pub down the road to remote and exotic parts of the world, recording the last performers of a dying music, or the first notes of a new kind, formed as cultures collide.

John McCarthy meets Rolf Killius, co-curator for the Music in India Exhibition at the Horniman Museum in London and Jonathan Stock, Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of Sheffield, two people who have travelled to China and India respectively in search of music. They talk about the kind of places where they have discovered the music and the people they have met on the way.

HOTEL BRISTOL
Hotel Bristol, why is this such a popular name found not just on the continent of Europe but all over the globe? Was there a Mister Bristol who started them all or is it a foreign byword for deluxe living, like Grand or Excelsior? Writer and journalist Roger Williams has explored the mystery behind the Bristol Hotels.

John McCarthy explores the research areas of ethnomusicologist.

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Family History - Paraguay20100918Sandi Toksvig meets two people who travelled to research their family histories. Television executive Martin Davidson knew his German grandfather must have fought in the Second World War but was shocked when he discovered him to have been a member of the SS. He went to Berlin, Prague and Prussia to try and understand what had driven him to become such an enthusiastic and unrepentant Nazi. Sports presenter Rob Curling's father was also a soldier but served with the Gurkhas during the emergency in Malaya in the fifties. He was drawn to travel to modern day Malaysia to discover more about that period of his parents' life and the country where he himself was born.

Sandi also talks to theologian and 'freelance missionary' Margaret Hebblethwaite about why she started a hotel in southern Paraguay and how she came to write the first and only English guide book dedicated to this little known country.

Producer: Harry Parker.

Sandi Toksvig finds out about travelling to trace family history, and life in Paraguay.

Germany - West Papua20080216

GERMANY
Germany compared to other European countries such as France, Spain or Greece seems to be rather off the tourist radar. John McCarthy is joined by Juergen Kroenig, UK Editor of the weekly German paper Die Zeit and by writer, play and film director, librettist, Stephen Plaice an enthusiastic traveller to Germany.

They explore this ever evolving country, follow in the footsteps of Germany’s major philosophers and reveal some of Europe’s finest architectural and cultural jewels.

WEST PAPUA
Former army captain Mark Anstice and adventure journalist Olly Steed spent two months living with the Mek tribe in West Papua. What is the impact of this extreme form of immersive tourism? What is the value of interacting with remote communities and learning about ancient culture?

John McCarthy explores the impact of extreme forms of immersive tourism.

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Hot-air balloons - Wildlife conservation20100925John McCarthy explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel.
Long Walks And Drives20070707LONG WALKS and DRIVES
There are now nineteen National Trails and long distance routes to walk in Great Britain ranging from 73 miles on the Great Glen Way in the Highlands to 628 miles on the South West Coast Path round the coast of Devon and Cornwall. They vary in terrain from the wild and desolate tracks of the Pennines or the Southern Uplands to the tidy riverside paths of the Home Counties.

Sandi Toksvig talks to novelist Rosie Thomas who, having travelled and mountaineered in tough environments all over the world has recently discovered the pleasures of walking closer to home with a trek along the Offa’s Dyke Path and to David Bathurst the author of The Big Walks of Great Britain.

Stephen Clarke author of a series of novels about an Englishman resident in Paris has just published his hero’s latest adventures under the title of Merde Happens. It is a fictionalised account of Stephen’s trips from Boston to Los Angeles in a mini car.

Sandi Toksvig talks to novelist Rosie Thomas about the pleasures of long walks.

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Marathon20070623MARATHON
In 490 BC a Greek soldier was commissioned to carry the surprise news to Athens that the Persians had been defeated at the battle of Marathon. He did this by running more than twenty miles as fast as he could and, having delivered the message, promptly died.

The Marathon race was a feature of the first Olympics in 1896 but since then it has become an event that is not restricted to the highly trained athlete. In 1970 New York started an all comers marathon that proved immensely popular. The London marathon was founded in 1981 and is claimed to be the biggest charity fundraiser in the world.

Sandi Toksvig hears experiences of long distance running and some cases cycling in ever more remote and challenging places. She is joined by sports reporter Chris Dennis, who not only enters official long distance races but also regards a holiday as an opportunity to run; Joe and Lizzie Evangelista, who as a couple have competed in many of the big urban marathons all over the world, while Lizzie has also taken part in ‘ultra marathons’ in more challenging settings such as the Amazon; Marc Johnson–Hall and Peter Matthews are members of this year’s winning team of the Prince’s Trust Sahara Challenge which expands the notion of distance running to include mountain bikes.

Sandi Toksvig hears experiences of long distance running in remote and challenging places.

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Moj of the Antarctic - Kashmir20070224MOJ OF THE ANTARCTIC
John McCarthy is joined by Mojisola Adebayo, theatre performer, writer and director who is currently performing in a play based partly on the biography of Ellen Craft, a 19th century African-American slave woman who escaped to freedom by disguising herself as a white man.

Moj’s character finds work as a sailor on a whaling ship bound for the Southern Seas. Eventually the ship arrives in Antarctic waters for the gruesome task of whaling, and Moj becomes the first Black woman to step foot Antarctica.

KASHMIR
The Mughals called Kashmir ‘Paradise on Earth’. Jammu and Kashmir, which incorporates Ladakh is the northern-most state of India, lying mostly in the Himalayan mountains. The region is a disputed territory and currently controlled by India, Pakistan and China. It shares a border with Himachal Pradesh to the south, Pakistan to the west and People's Republic of China to the north and the east.

Navnita Chadha Behera, Professor of Peace and Conflict Resolution at Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi is the author of State, Identity and Violence: Jamma, Kashmir and Ladakh.

Professor Chadha Behera talks about her new book Demystifying Kashmir in which she argues that only by recognizing the multifaceted nature of the place rather than seeing it as a political battle of state-making between India and Pakistan can the long standing problems begin to be resolved.

John McCarthy is joined by Mojisola Adebayo and Professor Chadha Behera.

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Music Festivals20070714The Three Choirs festival at the cathedrals of Hereford, Gloucester and Worcester is regarded as one of the oldest in Europe, already well established in the early 1700s. Folk and Jazz festivals proliferated in the post war years and pop festivals have also gone from strength to strength.

From Glastonbury to Glyndebourne, the range of music to be found in festivals across the country has never been greater, with classical, jazz, rock, folk and world music jostling for enthusiasts’ attention across the summer. And it’s not just this country, music festivals now happen all over the world, and the more remote the location the more attractive it is to the serious festival goer.

Sandi Toksvig is joined by four aficionados whose quests for festival music have taken them around the world as well as closer to home; Alex Poots, director and commissioner of the Manchester International Festival; Elinor Goodman, political journalist best known to Radio 4 audiences as a presenter of the Week in Westminster; Nick Maes, travel writer who has recently returned from his first festival in Essaouira in Morocco; Simon Broughton, contributor to the Rough Guide to World Music and editor of the magazine Songlines, also dedicated to world music.

Sandi Toksvig is joined by four aficionados of global music festivals.

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Quiz20091226Peter Curran hosts a special travel quiz, in front of an audience in the BBC Radio Theatre. Regular presenters Sandi Toksvig and John McCarthy go head to head, ably assisted by television presenter and osteoarchaeologist Dr Alice Roberts and comedian and playwright Arthur Smith.

They scratch their heads over questions concerning twin screw steamers, charcoal spitting and Uruguayan pie and consider which travel writer carried a leg of mutton on a journey and which one packed treacle biscuits.

Quiz with Peter Curran, Sandi Toksvig, John McCarthy, Alice Roberts and Arthur Smith.

School Trip20070630SCHOOL TRIPS
Whether a bus trip to the local zoo or abseiling in the Andes, modest or ambitious, the school trip has long been seen as an essential part of education; but is it really just an excuse for pupils to let their hair down and for teachers to have a jolly good time, or can 'out of the classroom' learning still be a challenge?

Sandi Toksvig considers the benefits of the school trip experience. She’s joined by David Craven, Director of the NST Group, an educational travel company; Lee Ward, Musical Director of the London Oratory School who has taken children’s choirs to New York, Lisbon, Poland, Prague, Barcelona and Berlin; and Martin Hudson who is a committee member of the School Travel Forum, the trade body for school tour operators.

They discuss the history, developments in destinations and activities, and health and safety considerations that have transformed the face of the school trip.

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Short Haul Travel20080105SHORT HAUL TRAVEL
Whether it’s a hen night in Prague, a trip to the dentist in Balaton or a long weekend at a gite in Bergerac, it seems we just can’t get enough of short haul flights within Europe. But how is that influx affecting destinations across Europe?

And what about the effects on home destinations like Liverpool, Bristol, Inverness – are they seeing the same increase in travellers and tourism? It’s not just air travel that’s expanding – there are plans to streamline train networks across European borders and the French have announced plans for overnight party trains.

Join Sandi Toksvig and guests Simon Calder, travel editor of the Independent, John Hanlon of the European Low Fares Airline Association, Stephen Dowd from UK inbound and train buff Mark Smith who also goes by the intriguing name of Man in seat 61.

Sandi Toksvig explores the European love affair with short haul flights.

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Symphony Orchestras20070210SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAS
There can be as many as a hundred players in a symphony orchestra. For the musicians, taking their music to foreign lands and cultures can be an intensely rewarding experience, a chance to see other countries with a different perspective from that afforded to the regular tourist. But the practicalities of getting them all together in one place at one time to rehearse or perform can be a headache for even the best organised orchestra managers.

John McCarthy is joined by three people who have experienced both the joys and disappointments of travelling with a really big band. Philip Mackenzie is the founder and principle conductor with the Amadeus Orchestra and the main organiser of its tours. Dave Harries is a journalist and amateur French horn player with the orchestra. And Paul Hughes is the Manager of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and a veteran of many orchestral tours.

John McCarthy is joined by three people who have experienced travelling with a big band.

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Tanzania - Iringa and Zanzibar20100828

Sandi Toksvig goes to Tanzania and sees two very different aspects of the country. In the heart of the southern highlands she goes to the market town of Iringa and hears about a farm that accommodates the overlanders passing through Africa, a cafe that caters for volunteer workers in the area and makes elephant dung paper and a prehistoric site that has stone tools up to 400,000 years old. On her way back to the coast she spots African wild life from the main highway. By contrast the tropical island of Zanzibar has dolphins in the Indian Ocean, monkeys in the mangrove forest and amongst popular attractions for tourists are the spice farms where Sandi's preconceptions are challenged.

Producer: Harry Parker.

Sandi Toksvig goes to Iringa in the heart of Tanzania and the spice island of Zanzibar.

Thames - Gipsy Moth IV20080112

THAMES AND GIPSY MOTH IV
John McCarthy returns to excess Baggage this week and looks at two very different aspects of boating. On the one hand there is the gentle lap of the river and the splash of oars of a rowing boat making its way along the Thames and on the other the pounding of the waves and the flapping of the sails of an ocean going racing yacht.

The yacht in question is Gipsy Moth IV which Sir Francis Chichester sailed on his record breaking solo voyage round the world in 1966. Forty years later the yacht was restored and John will hear the story of how it completed its second circumnavigation of the globe, despite running aground on a reef near Tahiti.

If that’s a little rough for your boating tastes John also looks at the River Thames through the eyes of a Victorian photographer and a couple of his modern counterparts who have chronicled the changes over the last 125 years and in particular the rise of boating for leisure and pleasure on England’s longest river.

That’s Excess Baggage at 10am on Saturday with John McCarthy.

John McCarthy looks at two very different aspects of boating.

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Travel Quiz20101225Peter Curran presents an Excess Baggage special quiz for Christmas from the Radio Theatre with John McCarthy and Sandi Toksvig and their special guests, explorer Benedict Allen and comedian Lucy Porter, answering questions on the world of travel and travelling the world.

Producer: Harry Parker.

Peter Curran presents a Excess Baggage special quiz with John McCarthy and Sandi Toksvig.

Walking in Madeira, Europe and Gambia20110101John McCarthy talks to the human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell about his enthusiasm for hiking in Tasmania and Madeira, glaciologist Richard Sale about long distance walking routes in Europe and to photographer Jason Florio and his partner Helen Jones about travelling all around Gambia on foot.

Producer: Harry Parker.

John McCarthy explores walking in Europe, Tasmania, Madeira and the Gambia.

Wrestling Around the World - Internet Travel20070120WRESTLING AROUND THE WORLD
John McCarthy finds out that there is more to wrestling than pictures of Giant Haystack or Mick McManus, on Saturday afternoon TV with its pin falls, half Nelsons and tag teams. Nowadays it’s got added razzmatazz on satellite TV channels and cheerleaders giving the likes of Mr T and Hulk Hogan international show-biz status.

Real wrestling aficionado Marcus Trower has journeyed to various parts of the world to seek out the ancient sport in its many different guises.

INTERNET TRAVEL
Sean Dodson is a travel columnist for the Guardian. Simon Brooke is a journalist and travel writer who has started a website offering mp3 travel guides and Mark Smith is a civil servant who created and runs a website devoted to making rail travel around Europe, and beyond, easier.

They discuss what impact the internet has had on the way we travel, from how we make the arrangements to the destinations we choose.

John McCarthy finds out that there is more to wrestling than pictures of Giant Haystack.

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