Excess Baggage

Excess Baggage

Travellers' Tales from home and around the world: their destinations, experiences and issues arising from their journeys are discussed with Sandi Toksvig or John McCarthy from 1000 to 1030 am on Saturdays.

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Recent episodes (10)

  • ExcessBag 28 Apr 12: The point and the pleasure of travel

    Sat, 28 Apr 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    In the last Excess Baggage, John McCarthy talks to three inveterate travellers. Author Sara Wheeler, explorer Benedict Allen, and documentary maker Simon Reeve discuss why they are driven to explore the world and what is the point of travel.

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  • ExcessBag 21 Apr 12: Africa – Rwanda, Uganda and South Sudan

    Sat, 21 Apr 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    John McCarthy discusses travel to the African countries of Rwanda, Uganda and to the world's newest country, South Sudan with his guests, doctor Rob Summerhayes, paramedic Franz Opitz and forensic accountant Benedict Jenks.

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  • ExcessBag 14 Apr 12: Lake Titicaca - Manchester, Bolivia - Malaysia

    Sat, 14 Apr 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    John McCarthy talks to Meriel Larken who rescued and restored a Victorian steam ship on Lake Titicaca in Peru; Chris Smith and Liz Peel who went by canoe through the Bolivian jungle in search of the village of Manchester; and Kung Fu expert Nick Hurst who set off to Malaysia and China to spend time with his grandmaster Sugong.

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  • ExcessBag 07 Apr 12: Wildlife travel

    Sat, 7 Apr 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    John McCarthy explores wildlife travel with naturalist and tv presenter, Mark Carwardine who has spent thirty years travelling around the world to observe and aid conservation; wildlife travel writer, James Parry, who has made a unique tour of the world's top 20 deserts and award-winning wildlife photographer, Andy Rouse who discusses his recent trips to Rwanda in relation to mountain gorillas, and to India to study tigers.

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  • ExcessBag 31 Mar 12: Iceland

    Sat, 31 Mar 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Sandi Toksvig goes to Reykjavik to look at aspects of tourism in Iceland and discovers that the volcanic eruptions and the financial crash there may not have been so bad for the country. As well as reminding the world of its geological attractions the crises have helped Iceland look at its cultural roots like the sagas and knitting.

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  • ExcessBag 24 Mar 12: Family travel

    Sat, 24 Mar 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    John McCarthy takes a look at family travel with novelist Gill Lewis who took her daughters spotting wildlife both abroad and in Scotland and Cornwall; writer Ben Hatch who toured Britain with his young childrenand holiday lettings agent Wendy Shand who explains how self-catering holidays can be more child friendly.

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  • ExcessBag 17 Mar 12: Black Prince - Wine trade in Medieval Europe - Lourdes

    Sat, 17 Mar 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    John McCarthy talks to writer Peter Hoskins who travelled in the footsteps of the Black Prince, historian Susan Rose about Gascony's medieval wine trail and novelist Michael Arditti about the lure of Lourdes and the Pyrenees.

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  • ExcessBag 10 Mar 12: Russia - Crimea - Ukraine

    Sat, 10 Mar 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sandi Toksvig discusses Russia with the BBC's former Moscow correspondent, Martin Sixsmith. Actor Michael Simkins talks about his rail journey from London to Kiev and on to Crimea and author and linguist Anna Shevchenko explains why Ukraine has much to offer the traveller.

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  • ExcessBag 03 Mar 12: Medics abroad - Oscars

    Sat, 3 Mar 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sandi Toksvig hears about medical work abroad from Dr Marie Charles and dentist Ian Wilson; she also talks to writer and comedian Liz Carr who explains how went to the Oscars.

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  • ExcessBag 25 Feb 12: Ashoka's India - Undesirable Places

    Sat, 25 Feb 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sandi Toksvig hears about a lost emperor of India from historian Charles Allen and Britain's undesirable destinations from writer Tim Moore and webmistress Cathy Shaw.

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