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How To Holiday Like An Explorer, According To Levison Wood

January 19, 2017 OTA News No Comments Email Email

The British explorer, writer and photographer Levison Wood has a new TV series currently airing on Sunday evenings on Channel 4: Walking the Americas. Responsible Travel interviewed Levison about some of the most significant adventures he has had in his life and the places around the world that remain important to him.

Q. What’s your first ever travel memory?

A. “A holiday to Greece with my parents when I was four or five. I remember having to learn to ask the Greek shopkeeper for some sweets in Greek.”

Family holidays that give the kids an opportunity to learn about a new culture will inspire them for years to come. This family holiday in Greece combines adventure with ancient history in a very un-touristy region. Try hiking, biking and sea kayaking as a family, while exploring traditional Greek coastal towns and ancient archaeological sites. Costs from €720pp for 8 days excluding flights. 01273 823700

Q. Where’s the best place you’ve woken up?

A.”I can mention a thousand places, but perhaps on a mountainside in Nepal to the sound of a cockerel.”

Homestay holidays offer some of the most authentic travel experiences out there. This Nepal holiday sees you trekking between remote villages in the mountainous Gorkha region, where homestay accommodation each allows you to participate in day-to-day rituals of traditional rural life. Costs from £950pp for 13 days excluding flights. 01273 823700

Q. Tell us about a time when you felt like walking away from an adventure?

A. “The only time I’ve walked away from an adventure was when I tried to cycle from Madrid to Gibraltar. It was January 2005 and didn’t stop raining. I was poor and slept at the roadside and didn’t eat for days. Eventually I got arrested by the Spanish police who thought I was a tramp and spent a night in a homeless shelter. After that I gave up cycling and went to Morocco instead where the weather was better.”

This cycling holiday in Morocco offers a more comfortable adventure on two wheels. Explore unique culture and landscapes from Marrakech to the Atlantic coast, through palm-filled valleys and the foothills of the Atlas mountains with plenty of stops to refuel on delicious Moroccan cuisine: Costs from £1,149pp for 9 days including UK flights: 01273 823700

Q. What’s your happiest travel memory?

A. “I think a road trip with my best mates from London to Malawi.”

Discover the underrated ‘warm heart of Africa’ on this 10 day adventure. Visit local villages, relax on the shores of beautiful Lake Malawi and spot the ‘big 5’ on game drives, walking safaris and boat trips through Liwonde National Park. Costs from £2,400pp for 10 days excluding flights. 01273 823700

Q. What do you still dream of doing that you haven’t yet done?

A. Antarctica, PNG, Canada, Japan, road trip across the USA etc etc.

Have your own epic adventure on this sea kayaking adventure around Papua New Guinea. A truly off the-beaten track experience, kayak between remote island communities that rarely see outsiders, snorkel on pristine coral reefs and sample fresh, delicious sea food. Costs from £2,125 for 9 days excluding flights. 01273 823700

Q. In your lifetime, where’s the most memorable place you’ve been and why?

A. Cape Town, the first place I travelled solo.

Find the same sense of freedom yourself on this self-drive holiday from Cape Town along South Africa’s garden route. Explore Cape Town’s iconic sights, take in its vibrant culture and learn about its turbulent history before enjoying stays at nearby wine estates, beautiful beaches, whale watching excursions and a chance to spot the Big 5 at a private game reserve. Costs from £1,900 for 15 days including UK flights. 01273 823700

Responsible Travel also asked Levison about responsible tourism and what itmean to him. He said:

“It means making the right decision – working with local partners, writing honest reviews, speaking out about poor performers and people abusing the system/ ecosystem/ local population.”

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