This is the first set of interviews recorded at the Adventure Travel Show at Olympia in January. My listeners suggested I should visit and keep in mind the sad value of the pound. Thus I explored with great care for some affordable gems in among the more luxurious offerings, which might appeal to the self powered traveler.
I think I passed the challenge with flying colours, as in this first podcast from the show I found an absolute gem in the form of HomeCamper.com. A website dedicated to the walker, cyclist, camper who is seeking peace, tranquility and places of interest in the heart of rural France. Not only that but with the added appeal of unusual experiences at every location and all at very affordable prices.
From past interviews many tell me that the Camino De Santiago can be a thrilling walk, but sometimes spoiled by the cramped and awkward overnight accommodation. This of course could be the appeal to many, but for some who like their own space, it can lead to very bad nights sleep, even after all those miles. Caminoways.com explained how many other Pilgrim Routes there are dotted around Europe. Their prices were certainly very affordable and I know the peace of mind of just having accommodation booked and heavy bags transferred could make the journey much more pleasurable.
Finally Phoebe Smith was working constantly at the show doing seminar, after seminar on all aspects of recording your traveling life. However she still graciously gave me 10 minutes to discuss two of her books I know will appeal to listeners. Extreme Sleeps is dedicated to her journey into the pastime of wild camping and The Book of the Bothy, which tells of many stories and legends associated with some of the most interesting little buildings dotted around our beautiful land.