Tour Guides: the most ridiculous question I've ever been asked

We catch up with 5 of our shortlisted World Guide Awards tour leaders to find out the most ridiculous question they've ever been asked, from pancake-poo to polar pontoons.

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Douglas Coupland: “Travelling is good for triggering creativity.”

Canadian author and artist Douglas Coupland on his greatest travel adventures, including Kyoto’s "insane” shopping and exploring remote Haida Gwaii, plus his greatest travel regret...

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Ed Stafford: "The hardest bit is not just throwing the towel in."

Hardcore adventurer Ed Stafford talks about the power of the mind, escaping the world's most demanding environments, being inches away from death and his new survival TV series

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Ray Mears: “The wilder it is, the more I like it.”

Ray Mears is famous for bushcraft and exploring the world’s wild places. As he prepares to tour the UK, he talks to us about wilderness, travelling solo and going eye-to-eye with a wolf...

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Where do the world’s bestselling crime writers go on holiday?

We asked top crime writers, including Patricia Cornwell and Val McDermid, where they travel to to escape the darkness. These are the places they love to hike, dive, climb or learn about medieval torture…

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Mark Carwardine: “We haven’t learnt the lessons of the past”

As the zoologist and BBC presenter’s new book comes out, Phoebe Smith chats to Mark Carwardine about whales, good guides and the current state of wildlife conservation...

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Ultimate Guide to the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe 2017, with Mark Thomas, Jo Caulfield, Shazia Mirza…

As the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe turn 70, comedians, including Brendon Burns, Njambi McGrath and Dan Antopolski, give their tips on making the best out of the fests, including top venues, bars and who to see

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Summer Holiday memories, with Jodi Picoult, Dave Gorman, Andrew Motion…

We asked Gary Numan, Example, Michel Roux Jr and more their standout summer holiday memories. From searching for seals to having their bum pinched, here are the moments they remember

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Steve Backshall: “The greatest wildlife spectacle in the world.”

As Steve Backshall gets ready to fly out for the BBC's Wild Alaska Live, he tells us about the best wildlife experiences in Alaska, from orcas to wolves, and how you can get a bit of wilderness all to yourself…

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Tashi and Nungshi Malik: "We've been nomads since we were kids"

At 24, India’s mountaineering pair had already bagged the Explorers ‘Grand Slam’, reaching the highest peaks on seven continents and both Poles. Here, they talk about legacies, challenges and why no twin gets left behind…

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Jeff Orlowski: "Climate change is not a future problem."

The director of new documentary Chasing Coral reveals how climate change is drastically destroying coral reefs around the world and what we can all do about it

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Julia Bradbury: "If I’m going to do a challenge, it’s got to be the biggest mountain that I can tackle"

With her latest book out in paperback and her last TV walking series still fresh in our minds, we talk to Julia Bradbury about tackling the UK’s trails, trekking abroad, and just what it is she sticks in her ear when she flies

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Cerys Matthews: "People outside of Wales still find it hard to place Wales."

Rock star, author, disc jockey and newly minted Visit Wales ambassador Cerys Matthews explains the Year of Legend, what she loves best about her home country and where in Wales you should be heading to next

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Irvine Welsh: “I got into a lot of trouble.”

Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh talks about his life of travels. From riding “Nazi horses” and hitchhiking across the US to escaping armed gangs in Panama City, it’s never a dull ride…

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The Eagle Huntress: "I will have to give my eagle back to the wild."

Aisholpan Nurgaiv and her golden eagle Akkanat are the stars of recent hit film The Eagle Huntress. We caught up with her to find out what life's like in Mongolia's wilds and what's next for her and her bird

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Bryan Cranston: “Travel does something for me.”

Actor Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Trumbo, The Infiltrator…) on exploring London, why New Orleans is a “problem location”, and the road trip that changed his life

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The Future Of Travel: where will we be going and what will be doing in 10 years’ time?

Where will we be travelling in 10 years time? Svalbard, Syria or Space? What will be doing? How will tech, drones and VR change travel? We asked 5 top industry experts for their predictions

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The one thing I always pack in my suitcase…

What item do Kate Humble, Bryan Cranston, Monica Galetti and Moby always pack when travelling? Who likes Tabasco sauce? Who packs their pillow? Who takes snuff? Find out…

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Martin Parr: “I don’t look for controversy.”

British photographer Martin Parr on British seasides, Saddam Hussein watches, zip-lining with Mormons and being on the receiving end of criticism

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What does Brexit mean for British travellers?

Expensive holidays? Higher costs abroad? Longer queues? More holidays at home in the UK? Travel industry experts weigh in on what could lay ahead for travellers after Brexit…

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Bill Bailey: "It was part of the menu - prawns, crab, eel... an owl."

Comedian, TV presenter and birder Bill Bailey talks birds, Brexit, paddleboarding the Thames and how he came to do the world’s most northerly gig

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Neil Oliver: "There’s something elemental about coasts."

TV historian Neil Oliver tells us about restoring extinct animals, his favourite coastline and why he fell in love with Western Australia

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Savannah Grace: on a mission to visit every country in the world

Canadian traveller Savannah Grace, aged 26, is on a mission to see every country in the world as soon as possible. Here, she shares some of the most memorable experiences from her journey so far

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Sir David Attenborough: "My life and travels with music"

The legendary broadcaster and naturalist reveals a little-known side: world music collector and aficionado. Sir David Attenborough shares his favourite songs and the memories they bring back with Songlines magazine's Julian May

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Photography Adventures in Western Australia

The winners of Wanderlust’s Photo of the Year competition 2015 won an amazing photo assignment to Western Australia. We caught up with them to find out what it’s like to photograph Western Australia’s cities, wildlife and epic landscapes

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Rudolph reveals all - Exclusive Interview with the world's most famous reindeer

It's the interview you've been waiting for: we grill (!) Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer on working for Santa, why Lapland's so magical, and how he gets his nose so shiny...

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Mike Massimino: “This is what Heaven must look like.”

NASA astronaut Mike Massimino’s travel experiences aren’t just limited to Planet Earth. Here, he talks about spacewalking 350 miles above the planet, cycling around London and the destinations aliens are most likely to visit

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Brad Bestelink: “Your heart is in your throat most of the time.”

Wildlife cameraman and cinematographer Brad Bestelink on working with savage predators, Game of Thrones, and swimming with crocodiles

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Elizabeth White: “It’s a place that’s both heaven and hell.”

10 years on, Planet Earth is back. We talk to producer Elizabeth White about sloths, penguins, the epic journey to remote Zavodovski island and what it takes to be a wildlife film-maker…

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Kate Humble: “It can go absolutely tits up.”

As she gets ready to fly out to Hudson Bay in Canada to film Arctic Live, we talk to Kate Humble about polar bears, fairy tales, oil, climate change, thermal pants and bees

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Is it possible to stop the decline of the world's wildlife populations?

Wildlife populations around the world are declining at a shocking rate, according to a new report from the WWF. Is it too late to stop it? We ask WWF’s UK Director of Science and Policy, Mike Barrett

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Art Wolfe: “It’s the greatest spectacle on the planet.”

One of the world's great photographers, Art Wolfe talks about animal attacks, photographing disappearing worlds, finding new angles, and the planet’s greatest spectacle

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Jean-Claude Fignolé: “Many families have lost everything.”

Weeks after Hurricane Matthew devastated Haiti, many people are cut off, death tolls are still rising and cholera cases are increasing. We talked to Jean-Claude Fignolé, programme director of Oxfam in Haiti, to find out the latest situation on the ground, if tourism can benefit the country, and what you can do to help

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Ben Fogle: “It was unlike anywhere I’d ever been before.”

Adventurer and TV presenter Ben Fogle on exploring Mongolia and Tanzania, the perils of technology, living in the wild and his toughest ever challenge

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Ross Noble: "It’s insanity, and I quite like that."

The well-travelled, freewheeling funnyman Ross Noble talks about Twitter travel, his plans for a new travel film, motorbike racing in Romania and surviving on a diet of rice pudding

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Michael Kenna: “I am not in control.”

Renowned black and white landscape photographer Michael Kenna on singing Beatles songs in Japan, exploring France, photographing the unseen, and his time in the priesthood

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Victoria Hislop: Why I Love… Greece

Bestselling author Victoria Hislop on gorge-walking, water skiing, the drama of Delphi and her favourite Greek beach

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Tour Guides: The Most Ridiculous Question I’ve Ever Been Asked

We asked the shortlisted guides for Wanderlust's World Guide Awards 2016 to tell us the most ridiculous - and funniest - questions they'd ever been asked by a customer. Here's what they came up with...

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Joan As Police Woman: My World – “The sights, smells, sounds and feelings are the strongest I’ve ever experienced.”

American singer Joan Wasser, aka Joan As Police Woman, on hiking Dominica’s Valley of Desolation, music lessons with Pygmies, and the ‘extreme extremes’ of New York City

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Billy Bragg: “It’s an amazing way to see a country.”

British singer-songwriter Billy Bragg on the romance of train travel, Donald Trump’s wall, Black Lives Matter, and his 2,728-miles rail journey across the United States

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Is it too late to save the world’s rhinos from extinction?

Everyone wants to save rhinos, but agreeing how to do it is a different matter. Ahead of World Rhino Day (Sept 22), Cathy Dean, director of Save The Rhino, grabs the issue by the horn

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Wildlife photographer Richard Peters: “It’s hair-raising to have a lion stare at you in the eyes.”

Award-winning wildlife photographer Richard Peters on light and shadows, looking a lion in the eye, and new international photography project Remembering Elephants

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Dr Mark Eaton: “We neglect nature at our peril.”

More than 1 in 10 UK wildlife species are threatened with extinction, and overall numbers are declining, according to the State of Nature 2016 UK report, out today. We talk to Dr Mark Eaton, conservation scientist and lead author of the report, about what needs to be done.

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Era Istrefi: My World – "My mind always flows when I’m in nature."

Albanian singer-songwriter Era Istrefi on her love affairs with London and Paris, hiking in the Brezovica mountains, and the most beautiful sea in the world.

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Joanna Lumley: “You would have to tie me to a tree to stop me travelling.”

With a new Japan travel series starting this week, Joanna Lumley talks about girl bands, red cranes, visiting Fukushima nuclear power plant and the upcoming Tokyo Olympics

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Carl Hiaasen: “I love to go way out on the edge.”

Best-selling American crime writer Carl Hiaasen on big crocs in the Everglades, scalping tickets in London and winters in Norway

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Erik Storey: Why I Love... Colorado

Thriller writer Erik Storey on hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park, his favourite restaurant, riding horses in the wilderness, and drinking local beer

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Colin Thubron: “I was told I’d be murdered.”

Legendary British travel writer and novelist Colin Thubron on taking risks, Syria, under-rated countries and what makes great travel writing

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KT Tunstall: My World - “A penguin hit me in the face.”

Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall on hiking in Skye, chewing coca in Peru, dancing with Jarvis Cocker in Greenland and animal attacks in Galapagos

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Jonathan Scott: Big Cat Man

From struggling wildlife artist to TV’s go-to big cat expert... We chat to Jonathan Scott about living with lions, reserve politics, being ‘crapped on’ by cheetahs, and his two new books.

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Nigel Marven on his wild, wild life

From earthworm wrangler to driving David Attenborough across Spain, TV wildlife expert Nigel Marven talks early jobs and why it’s never wise to linger when surrounded by bull sharks...

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Bill Oddie on Patagonia

Bill Oddie remains one of the UK’s most celebrated naturalists, and he’s soon giving a talk in London on his experiences filming orcas in Patagonia – he speaks to us about leaving TV behind and his time among the pampas

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Ed Stafford interview: ‘I think we all live in a world where it’s easy to distract yourself.’

He was abandoned naked on a desert island for two months and became the first person ever to walk the length of the Amazon – we talk paranoia, obsession and professional rivalries with TV’s favourite (formerly) nude adventurer

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Art Malik interview: "I love trains. I can't think of a better mode of transport"

Jewel in the Crown, James Bond, Homeland. Art Malik is one of the UK’s finest acting exports. This month, he’s joining the cast of Shimla-set colonial drama Indian Summers... which is actually filmed in Malaysia

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Julia Bradbury: Why I love walking in the UK

The roaming TV presenter chats Britain's best walks, family travel, and why she'll always return to the Peak District

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Levison Wood: How I turned my passion for travel into a career

Hardened wanderer Levison Wood followed up his Nile-trekking exploits with Walking the Himalayas, taking him 2,700km from Afghanistan to Bhutan. We asked him about his latest brush with death and his next big adventure...

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Doug Tompkins: Adventurer, billionaire, conservationist

The world is reeling from the untimely accidental death of Doug Tompkins – here, Graeme Green shares one of his final interviews

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Steve Backshall interview

The TV presenter and adventurer has tackled everything from dangerous beasts to Strictly Come Dancing. His new autobiography – Mountain: A Life on the Rocks – looks at his love affair with the mountains. We pinned him down for a quick chat...

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Simon Reeve on Ireland

Ahead of his upcoming new series Ireland, we caught up with TV presenter and travel writer Simon Reeve as he shared his thoughts on the Emerald Isle

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Paul Theroux has refound his mojo in the Deep South

The acclaimed travel writer explains how he rediscovered the ‘old way’ of travel by hitting the roads, churches and gun shows of the Deep South

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