JAMIE THEAKSTON, RADIO AND TV PRESENTER, TALKS TO LUXURY TRAVEL ADVISORS .

1.   Your Instagram is full of some our favourite destinations. When did you discover your passion for travel and adventure?

I remember at an early age my Dad putting up what seemed like a huge wall map of the world in my bedroom – every time we went on holiday I would put a coloured pin in the destination. I would dream of travelling further and further afield. In those days we would go on holiday to the Isle of White – so as you can imagine, the world seemed like an awfully exciting place!

 

2.   What has been your most memorable trip and why?

It would have to be the very first time I got on a plane. I was 11 years old and flew to Athens for a holiday in Corfu on British Caledonian. It was the most exciting thing I had ever done, and I still remember it vividly!

 

3.   What is your favourite Hotel or Resort and why?

Suneva Fushi in the Maldives for its Robinson Crusoe ‘no shoes, no news’ feet in the sand castaway feel – underpinned by awesome service and fantastic food.

 

4.   Any travel disaster you’d wish to share?

 We spent last summer in the Serengeti – For 3 days we all woke up at 3am and drove 2 hours through the bush to get a hot air balloon up in time for sunrise – on every occasion the wind was too strong and we had to go back to our lodge. We made the flight in the end, and it was the highlight of our holiday!

 

5.   How important is it for you to travel with your children and why?

The best education you can give your kids is travel. Nothing teaches you more than exploring the world and accumulating experiences. Kids should learn that we all laugh, eat, wee, worry, cry and if we try, we can all become friends.

 

6.   Can you tell us any travel highlights from your new series ‘Forbidden History’?

We have a pretty varied travel itinerary – last series we filmed in Rome, Petra, Poland, Egypt, Sardinia, Paris and Romania. We work on a tight turnaround, so there’s not much time for sightseeing. Its looking like we might be filming in India for the next series, so I’m looking forward to that!

 

7.     Is there anywhere left on your wish list?

Id love to visit Belize – dive the worlds second largest barrier reef, explore the jungles and the Mayan ruins with the kids. Spot Jaguars in the remote northern rainforest, and explore the Garifuna culture in Placencia on the south coast. Maybe next year…