You should have been there

You should have been there

By Mick Webb and Simon Calder
Simon Calder, travel correspondent of The Independent and former BBC producer, Mick Webb, discuss the world of travel and delight in travellers' tales.
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TRAVEL WIT AND WISDOM
The act of travelling from one place to another may seem a simple thing. But it has spawned  a vast number of sayings and reflections. Simon and Mick discuss the wittiest, wisest, pithiest and most pathetic of them. 
28:01
August 11, 2020
SURE WAS GLAD TO GET OUT OF THERE ALIVE
Mick and Simon relive some of the travel situations which they're only too pleased to have survived.  Plus a visit to a pub in Southampton which is proud to carry the name of that ill-starred ship, The Titanic.  Thanks to Martin and Michelle for their contributions and to www.fesliyanstudios.com, for the music. 
28:05
August 4, 2020
THE NEW NORMAL
What's in store for this summer's holidaymakers in the UK?  What's open, what needs booking and when do you need to take your own toilet with you? Plus an insight into the mysteries of Romney Marshes and the challenge of cycling from London to Land's End. Thanks to Rob, Silas, Karen, Jan and Vanessa. 
25:52
July 27, 2020
TAKING A CHANCE ON A FOREIGN HOLIDAY
Simon unveils his five pillars of advice on how to avoid some of the nastier travel surprises that are emerging in the wake of the pandemic.  We're grateful to f_ilippo @Freesound for the casino recording  
28:36
July 20, 2020
TRAVELLING LIGHT
Reflections on the subject, a bit of advice on how to do it and a look back at what some eccentric travellers carried with them on their journeys. You can see the painting "Waiting for a train" @ https://www.nzmuseums.co.nz/collections/3243/objects/35106/waiting-for-the-train-willesden-junction
28:42
July 14, 2020
NEW FRONTIERS
Mick and Simon try to make sense of the bewildering advice about where we can and can't  go on our holidays. They also ponder the new pop-up enclaves created by Coronavirus, adding to the historical oddities like Llívia, a small piece of Spain entirely surrounded by France. 
28:23
July 6, 2020
CARRY ON CAMPING
Simon and Mick discuss a tentative new dawn for camping, and swap tales of their own intense experiences under canvas.  Music: Solstice by Scott Buckley 
28:29
June 29, 2020
SLOW TRAVEL
Is slow travel something we should all strive for, or is it just an exercise in marketing?  Simon and Mick investigate, helped by Gina Waggott, Anna Hughes, Alec Webb, Nicky Gardner, Graham Hoyland and James Hill. 
30:58
June 22, 2020
TRAVELLING SAFELY, WEIGHING UP RISKS
Mick and Simon discuss travel risks and how to manage them. Diseases, snakes and hippos all feature, along with selfies, local police and rip tides. For information about these, go to bit.ly/RipSafe. Thanks to Charlotte for her wise words. 
28:32
June 9, 2020
GREAT EXPEDITIONS: BARNARD CASTLE AND BEYOND
What makes a trip or a holiday into an expedition? Does it need a key objective, sponsorship or just some specialised kit?    Simon and Mick talk machetes and mountain meals, as well as catching up on the latest Covid19  travel news   
30:53
June 1, 2020
Brief Encounters
The search for the perfect, fleeting holiday experience takes in the Kentish North Downs, Kalingrad Oblast and Carnforth railway station. With the briefest of stops at Dublin airport and Newport Pagnell Motorway Services.   The recording of the steam train leaving Moor Street station was made by Keith Burnett 
28:58
May 25, 2020
Travel with social distancing
What's the current guidance and what will await us, when and if we do get away?  Simon unveils his five "tests " for prospective travellers while Mick continues his worldwide search for Gerald Bernstein.                                                                                                                                           We'd like to thank Daisy and Poppy for their help.                                                                                                                                                                          You can read the article from the New England Journal of Medicine  at :   https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa031349
29:21
May 18, 2020
The Bits Awards
Enjoy the best bits from our first 20 podcasts.  Among the categories: best travel moment, best lock down story and best breakfast. 
31:06
May 11, 2020
The ideal travelling companion
Who would you most like to travel with on a long trip?  Someone who get things organised, can carry most of the kit, tells a good joke..........?  Thanks to Charlotte and Alec for their contributions.  
29:05
May 4, 2020
School Journeys
What were your journeys to school like? Long, uneventful, exciting, dangerous.....?  Enjoy the experiences of some of our listeners.  We'd like to thank Steph, Camilla, Silas, Lynette, Carol, Daisy and Poppy for their contributions. And the website we mentioned is www.boredpanda.com/dangerous-journey-to-school 
28:18
April 27, 2020
Poetry in motion
Travel and journeys have inspired some great lines and uplifting verses. But, how many of our chosen poems do you know ? 
27:02
April 18, 2020
The World's Top Travel Icon
Which famous site has come out top in our twitter poll?  Will it be a wonder of nature or an attraction created by us humans?   We also discuss Robert Louis Stevenson's book: Travels with a donkey in the Cévennes The musical fanfare,  The Curtain Rises, was composed by Kevin Macleod (incompetcech.com)  
27:40
April 13, 2020
Armchair Travel
Simon and I exchange ways of keeping the flame of travel alive, without going anywhere. Expect entertaining books, silly games and a brief appearance from the president of The AA, Edmund King.  The book "Journey round my room" is available, free, at gutenberg.org. 
30:18
April 6, 2020
Travel beyond the pandemic
Travel and tourism will be transformed. Will our attitudes have to change too? 
27:15
March 30, 2020
Coronavirus versus the Travel Bug
We ponder the future direction of travel and suggest some ways of combatting cabin fever.
27:44
March 22, 2020
Faking it
Simon and Mick make  a few personal confessions and reveal some of travel's great fakes and fakers.  They award the title of the greatest travel impostor to Georges Psalmanazar (not his real name), native of Formosa (well, not exactly) who hoodwinked  London society in the eighteenth century. 
29:48
March 9, 2020
BAYWATCH
All about the world's bays: the most beautiful, the saddest and those that have left their mark on history.  Some, like Montenegro's Bay of Kotor even have their own islands.   
30:44
February 20, 2020
Getting to know the Stans
Discover the five mysterious and intriguing countries of Central Asia with names that all end in  ........ stan. 
34:07
February 17, 2020
The Ups and Downs of a Travel Writer
Simon Calder and Mick Webb share views on working as travel writers- the rewards, the challenges and how to do it well.
28:45
February 4, 2020
Travel in the 2020's
The Great Green Wall,  electric planes, vacuum trains....   Simon Calder and Mick Webb look forward to the next decade of travel and what it might bring.  Electronic music is from the track "Hallon"  by Christian Bjoerklund on the album Skapmat. 
29:29
January 17, 2020
Tales from the A23
Every road, like every picture, has a story to tell. The A23, on its route between London and Brighton, has seen some of the best and worst of travel. Mick Webb and Simon Calder uncover tales of highwaymen, princely misdemeanours and old crocks (cars not them). They are joined by Rachel Birch and Beverley Keech    
30:31
January 14, 2020
Can you fly with a clear conscience?
Simon Calder and Mick Webb visit the UK's Gatwick Airport to discuss the carbon impact of flying
30:48
December 16, 2019
Places glimpsed
Simon Calder and Mick Webb create an alternative bucket list of places they've glimpsed from cars, planes and buses, and which they would love to return to one day.  Like this Greek village in the Peloponnese. 
28:31
November 28, 2019
Travelling hopefully.......
...............Is it better than arriving?   SImon Calder and Mick Webb discuss Robert Louis Stevenson's famous quotation.  And they trek hopefully through the vast expanses of the World Travel Market, playing Crazy Golf, Abu Dhabi style, and collecting freebies, daft marketing slogans and inspirational ideas about  tourism.
28:36
November 27, 2019
When in Rome........
........       should you do as the Romans or behave like a tourist? And how about in places like Dohar, Dubai or Australia's Ayres Rock?  
27:41
November 6, 2019
Lost
Simon and Mick have made getting lost into an art form. They recall their most memorable experiences and discuss various ways to avoid losing the plot.  Do send us your own stories via the audio link
29:17
October 24, 2019
Borders
Crossing frontiers is a crucial part of the travelling experience.  It can be time-consuming,worrying, frightening, often fascinating and sometimes downright entertaining .   In this Podcast, travel journalists, Simon Calder and Mick Webb, who have travelled far and wide, reflect on the borders they have crossed. Like the unforgettable night  spent trying to convince the Panamanian soldiers on the frontier between Colombia and Panama that they were bona fide tourists.  Far from any road, in the thick rainforest of the Darien Gap, where most travellers were smugglers, Colombian guerrillas or paramilitaries, it took some doing. The photo shows a border marker ( and Simon). Some remote border crossings seem to have very little serious connection with monitoring comings and goings, others, ironically, have become tourist attractions in their own right: Simon discusses the origins of the name and his own experience of crossing during the Cold War. And sometimes you get the feeling that it’s the border-crossing travellers who are providing the entertainment for the frontier officials.  Do send us your own tales of frontier experiences- the good, the bad and the ugly.   
28:13
October 18, 2019