Travellers Tree

On the outskirts of remote villages in Africa and South America, you'll often find a gnarled old tree where tips and advice are pinned for passing travellers.

BBC Radio 4 brings the concept to radio, with the first truly interactive radio travel programme.

Presented by Fi Glover.

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010120070118

On the outskirts of remote villages in Africa and South America, you'll often find a gnarled old tree where tips and advice are pinned for passing travellers.

BBC Radio 4 brings the concept to radio, with the first truly interactive radio travel programme.

Presented by Fi Glover.A look at the way wildlife-watching holidays have soared in popularity.

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How to enjoy a holiday on a tight budget.

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This edition looks at how to enjoy snow-covered mountains without skis.

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This edition looks at water sport holidays.

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This edition looks at overseas wedding packages.

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This edition features holidays for single parents.

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Fi Glover presents the holiday magazine with insider tips from listeners and travel experts.

Listeners can call 08700 100444.

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With carbon emissions in the news, Fi explores some of the most exciting holiday experiences which don't involve getting on a plane - from a romantic Scandinavian adventure by boat, train and bike; to train journeys with a difference.

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Fi Glover presents the holiday magazine with insider tips from listeners and travel experts.

This edition features holidays for single parents.

Listeners can call 08700 100444.

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Fi Glover presents the holiday magazine with insider tips from listeners and travel experts.

This edition features ultimate holiday experiences, from horse trekking in Mongolia to white water rafting down the Colorado River.

Listeners can call 08700 100444.

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Charlie Connelly and the team offer a guide to getting the best out of the Catalan capital of Barcelona.

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The team take on a challenge to dream up an out-of-the-ordinary family-sized experience.

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Fi Glover presents the holiday magazine with insider tips from listeners and travel experts.

The team look at musical travel ideas, from hurdy-gurdies in Brittany to opera in Prague.

Listeners can call 08700 100 444 [calls from land lines cost no more than 8p a minute]

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Fi Glover presents the holiday magazine with insider tips from listeners and travel experts.

The team look at learning holidays and the vast range of choices available, from pasta making to pirate games.

Listeners can call 08700 100 444 [calls from land lines cost no more than 8p a minute]

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Fi Glover presents the holiday magazine with insider tips from listeners and travel experts.

The team look at anniversaries, big birthdays, grand celebrations and romantic weekends.

Listeners can call 08700 100 444 [calls from land lines cost no more than 8p a minute]

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Fi Glover presents the holiday magazine with insider tips from listeners and travel experts.

The team look at holidays in the saddle, from tandems in Norfolk to horse-riding in Argentina.

Listeners can call 08700 100 444.

Calls from land lines cost no more than 8p a minute.

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Katie Derham presents the holiday magazine with insider tips from listeners and travel experts.

Listener Kevin Osborne reports on a life coaching holiday in the Picos mountains of northern Spain and Dr Susan Horsewood-Lee explains what we can expect from holiday spa therapies and detox treatments.

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Katie Derham presents the holiday magazine with insider tips from listeners and travel experts.

With more flights being allowed to regional hub airports in North America this year, tourism to the United States is expanding beyond the usual destinations.

Katie finds out about the hidden delights of small-town America and hears how an extinct Arizona volcano is being transformed into the world's first celestial visitor experience.

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Katie Derham presents the holiday magazine with insider tips from listeners and travel experts.

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Katie Derham presents the holiday magazine with insider tips from listeners and travel experts.

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen joins Katie to offer his distinctive take on hotels.

Featuring a report from popular tourist destination the Lake District and an assessment of how well British hotels are coping with changing customer expectations.

Katie visits a wild London hotel that plays to people's desire for novelty and Sally Shalam, hotel writer for the Guardian, offers her views on the death of the boutique hotel, current trends and how the hotel business is dealing with the credit crunch.

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Katie Derham presents the holiday magazine with insider tips from listeners and travel experts.

Katie considers how our travelling habits may change as a result of the current economic problems.

She hears from a group of city bankers considering their 2009 holiday plans and Dave Dodd enjoys a weekend in Iceland, where the collapse of the economy has brought a rush of visitors.

Plus how industry bosses are trying to weather the storm as they gather in London for World Travel Market, the world's biggest travel talking shop.

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Katie Derham presents the holiday magazine with insider tips from listeners and travel experts.

Katie explores some of the ways in which the internet is changing the travel industry by establishing an alternative travel experience.

Including a report from Natalia Rolleston on her experiences of 'couch surfing' (staying on locals' sofas for free) and an Italian cyber-tour guide talks about his video-guided cycling tours around Italy.

Plus a look at Second Life tourism, which treats visitors to a virtual visit around their city of choice.

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Katie Derham presents the holiday magazine with insider tips from listeners and travel experts.

Katie examines ways in which Paris continues to embrace cultural tourism, including a tour of the recently opened Musee du Quai Branly, the hire-and-go cycle scheme Paris Velib and the work of avant-garde urban planner and architect Le Corbusier.

Plus Malcolm Mclaren's reflections on the best and worst of Paris.

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Katie Derham presents the programme which examines our holiday and travel trends.

Staying with local people or swapping your house or flat for theirs is an economical solution that can deliver a prize holiday.

The programme follows the Gordon family as they swap with the Coppolas in Italy, veteran swapper Sara Wheeler discusses her experiences and a listener report from Morocco where Rose and Mick Hart have booked in with a local Berber family in the foothills of the Atlas mountains.

A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.

Katie Derham hears from people who have stayed with locals or swapped houses with others.

0503Raising The Iron Curtain *20090504

Katie Derham presents the programme which examines our holiday and travel trends.

As the countries of the former Soviet bloc prepare to celebrate 20 years of democracy, Katie and the team look at how our curiosity to travel and experience Eastern Europe has affected those countries.

Former tour leader and travel writer Neil Taylor reflects on the momentous changes that were precipitated by the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989.

Plus a report from 20-year-old Mike Copus, who visits Berlin as a cold war tourist.

A Just Radio/Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.

Katie Derham looks at our curiosity to travel and experience Eastern Europe.

0504The Niche Holiday *20090511

Katie Derham presents the holiday magazine which examines our holiday and travel trends.

With the growth of enthusiast tour operators, there is now a huge range of niche holiday opportunities, with every private passion, hobby and indulgence catered for.

Patricia Lalla travels to Portugal on a wolf-watching holiday and Dan Cruickshank talks about his experiences following in Captain Cook's footsteps to New Zealand.

Is the niche experience just another excuse for one-upmanship or a genuine way of exploring our cravings and curiosities?

A Just Radio/Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.

Katie Derham looks at niche holidays.

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Katie Derham presents the holiday magazine which examines our holiday and travel trends.

With British holiday bookings to Turkey up over 20 per cent and a host of new air routes to the country, Katie and the team look at the country that has become the most popular 'outside the Euro-zone' destination.

Sarah Rainsford, at the end of her stay in Turkey as BBC correspondent, gives an insider's guide to Instanbul, the city she has come to love, and author and journalist Jeremy Seal takes a meander inland.

Plus a report on Cappodocia, one of the world's most bizarre landscapes where holiday accommodation is in caves.

A Just Radio/Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.

Katie takes a look at Turkey, which has become more popular with British holidaymakers.

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Katie Derham presents the holiday magazine which examines our holiday and travel trends.

With recession and the high cost of the Euro, British seaside resorts are optimistically preparing for what could be a bumper season.

Katie finds out about how Margate is reinventing itself as 'the Bilbao of the Kent coast' by embracing its links with the 19th century Romantic painter, Turner.

Plus writer Josie Barnard sees how self-catering in the far west of Cornwall is bucking the credit crunch by offering a touch of high-end glamour.

Katie finds out how Margate is reinventing itself as 'the Bilbao of the Kent coast'.

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Katie Derham hears about holidays to South Africa.

There's growing excitement in the country just a few short weeks from the World Cup.

Infrastructure and hotels have been upgraded but what's on offer for the tourist? How easy is it to navigate the country and the social divide?

We have reports from Johannesburg and Cape Town and the Winelands.

There's advice on ways of meeting local people and how to access some world class music.

We hear a listener report from the Reeves of Worcester and follow the Mandela trail to Robben Island.

Katie is joined in the studio by guest Lenny Henry who has recently returned from South Africa, exploring the country through its music and by South-African born travel editor of the Telegraph, Graham Boynton.

The producer is Susan Marling.

This is a Whistledown and Just Radio Production for BBC Radio 4.

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Katie Derham celebrates the pursuit of good food as a newly popular reason to travel.

Nowadays we travel to eat.

The pursuit of good food has become a mission and a pleasure on holidays.

To examine and celebrate this trend Katie is joined by Antonio Carluccio, the Number One ambassador for Italian food and Sarah Miller, editor of Traveller magazine.

There are reports from Goa, where foodie film director Gurinder Chadha takes a cookery course to learn how to make a classic fish curry and from West Sweden which has, per capita, the highest number of starred restaurants on earth.

Susan Marling takes a trip to discover how the best seafood, land produce and fruits of the forest come together in traditional dishes now given an exciting modern twist.

There's also a report about a 'pig safari' in Shropshire - the model for an increasingly popular style of weekend with British food at its heart.

And Craig Allen, veteran foodie, talks about being a traveller who follows his nose entirely.

Traveller's Tree is a co-production between Just Radio and Whistledown.

The producer is Susan Marling

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Katie Derham looks at the growing number of environmentally savvy travellers considering rail holidays as their first choice.

Rail travel has been a favoured choice for thousands of holidaymakers for many years, and the popularity of the railway holiday is growing and growing.

New high-speed lines are opening around the world, and the scenic railway tour business is experiencing a boom.

We hear from Nick Southgate about his metaphysical perspective of rail travel, and joining Katie in the studio are guests Anthony Lambert, travel writer and journalist and Mark Smith, founder of rail travel information station 'The Man in Seat Sixty-One'.

We also hear a listener report from Richard Biddlecombe taking a Grand tour around Europe, and from travel writer Melissa Shales as she attempts to traverse the continent of Africa by rail.

Producer: David Prest

A Whistledown and Just Radio co-production for BBC Radio 4.

Katie Derham looks at the rising popularity of taking a holiday by rail.

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s are a fast-growing phenomenon.

In Europe and beyond, shrines associated with healing, beauty, peace and prayer are attracting record numbers of visitors, and people are increasingly taking time out of their busy lives for a journey of enlightenment.

Over 2 million people are expected to visit the Turin Shroud this year, and the Spanish pilgrimage centre of Santiago de Compostela is celebrating a Holy Year with over 250,000 expected on July 25th.

Katie Derham travels to Santiago where she talks to the pilgrims, shares their stories, and touches the cloak of St James, as so many have done before.

She also gets advice on sustaining the pilgrim's appetite from Rick Stein, and meets the man who runs Santiago's pilgrims website.

We hear from listeners Duncan and Christopher Neil as they take a very special father and son pilgrimage to Iona.

And we also consider what is involved in the modern pilgrimage and how secular pilgrimages can in their own way be just as fulfilling.

Further information:

Katie Derham visited the state run Parador in Santiago de Compostela situated in the old hospital, which is called Hotel Hostal dos Reis Catolicos.

The Office of the Pilgrims (Oficina De Peregrinos) is situated in Casa del Dean, opposite the front entrance of the Cathedral.

Katie followed the Procesian de la Ultima cena del Salvador from Iglesia de San Francisco.

Other processions will take place around the Holy Day on July 25th this year.

Details of events around Holy Day this year can be obtained from the Main Tourist Office, via their website which is called Santiago Turismo.

Rick Stein talked about the pork dish of Fabada.

Clare Catford, the author of Addicted to Love", talked about how pilgrimages have developed over the years and mentioned pilgrimages to one of Japan's three Holy Mountains, Mount Fuji.

Ivar Rekve is from the Xacobeo office (the official body that is responsible for all aspects of the Way of St James), and runs the Camino de Santiago website for pilgrims to share advice.

Fred Dove mentioned the Oberammergau passion play in Bavaria in Germany.

Details of British tour operators who arrange packages there are on the official Oberammergau website.

Other passion plays take place in many countries around the world, one of the largest being at the New Jerusalem Theatre in Brazil in the city of Brejo da Madre de Deus.

He also mentioned the passion play held every four years in Leominster in Herefordshire.

The next production will be in 2012.

Other religious events similar to passion play include the Taziya.

This is a re-enactment of the Battle of Karbala and takes place in Iran.

Fred also talked about Purim Spiel, the comic dramatization of the story of the Book of Esther.

Father Christopher Neill and his son Duncan went on a retreat run by Ignatious Bacon who runs organised Orthodox pilgrimages to Iona every year.

They stayed in Clachanach Cottage.

Bishop's House is a retreat house offering quiet holidays in a Christian environment with daily services in St Columba's Chapel.

The whole house can be rented exclusively for use by a group.

Iona Hostel is a single storey building that sleeps twenty-one people.

There are five bedrooms sleeping between two to six people in bunks or single beds.

They don't provide food, so you have to take your own and cook it in their kitchen.

Producer: David Prest

A Just Radio and Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.

Katie Derham examines the pilgrimage phenomenon taking the travel industry by storm."

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Christina Beach is a teacher currently travelling in New Zealand - she's been on a trip that started in the UK several months ago and has already spent time in Mozambique, South Africa and parts of Asia.

When we spoke to her she had just been micro-lighting across the North Island.

In September Christina will be back in the classroom - refreshed and ready for action.

She's one of a great number of workers who have decided to take a 'grown-up gap year' , a sabbatical that can change your life and fulfil your dreams of travel.

We talk to workers (many 'let go' for a while willingly by their firms during recession) who have planned and enjoyed trips and to firms who say what they themselves get out of it.

We also offer advice on how to plan and how to approach such a trip.

Producer: Susan Marling

A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.

How the recession has accelerated the trend in career breaks for travel and volunteering.

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Katie Derham looks at the ongoing effect that recession is having on tourist destinations.

The World Tourism Council is predicting a global tourism slump of 2 percent in 2010/2011.

The effect of World recession on fragile tourist spots could be disastrous.

Small communities that have become used to the revenue that a constant supply of tourists brings are now under threat.

The global economic meltdown has created ripples in the calm backwaters of the Indian southern state of Kerala and, as Nick Maes discovers, on the island of Zanzibar.

Here, tourism development was well underway when the economy started to slide.

Katie also looks at how some countries have utilised the downturn, like Iceland's Our Loss is Your Gain" campaign, and we join the Cassan family on their first UK 'stay-cation'.

Producer: Charlotte Austin

A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.

Katie Derham examines the ongoing effect that recession is having on tourist destinations."