Where the experts holiday: Russ Malkin, adventure travel show producer and director

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Russ Malkin – the man behind adventure travel shows such as Long Way Round, Long Way Down and By Any Means – talks travel

What do you like to do on holiday?
When I go on holiday I like to do a bit of recuperation, so yes to a bit of sun but I also like to try and get a bit of mental and physical wellbeing.

Where did you last go?
My last holiday was a yoga retreat in India, coupled with meditation and healthy eating. You feel really good at the end and ready for action: I combined the retreat with renting a Royal Enfield Bullet motorcycle and raced around the crazy roads of Goa.

Do you know where you’re going this year?
My next holiday is the Trans-Siberian Express. Getting visas has been stressful and I have questioned why I decided to go as it’s been a big pain but hopefully it will be worth it! I still think there is some romance about sleeping on a train as it rocks its way across the country… We are spending New Year’s Eve on the train but as it crosses seven time zones, I’m not sure when to sing Auld Lang Syne! But will be great to leave Moscow and travel thousands of miles to Beijing with my girlfriend and daughter.  I think that’s the great thing about adventures… sharing unforgettable memories.

Russ Malkin

Of all the places you’ve been to, which was your favourite and why?
I loved travelling to Bolivia – people still dress traditionally and not just for tourists. I was following in the footsteps of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid which gave it a focus. It was thrilling to see where they had their gun fight high up in the Ande and also to drive through a wild road through ghost towns and snow storms to Chile. Awesome.

Which destination do you wish to travel to, but haven’t yet been?
I would still like to go to the South Pole: I think it would be amazing to be surrounded by white and to be that remote. I have been working with Joss Stone and she wanted to play a gig in the Antarctic – it would be great to combine both!

In your own country, what would you recommend tourists see that isn’t in the travel guides?
In Britain I have my own secret beach which obviously I can’t mention but I think people should find their own secret place where they can go to regroup. I like to go wild camping on Dartmoor as it’s a real wilderness and proves you can really get out if your comfort zone – even in England… Take a good warm sleeping bag and listen out for the hound!


How do you plan your holiday? (Guidebooks/website/agent/recommendations etc)
I tend not to plan so much as have a ‘in the spur of the moment’ thought. That’s how I thought up the Trans-Siberian, I think you can get inspiration from articles and other people but it’s still good to give it your own twist.

How often do you go away?
I travel quite frequently as I really enjoy seeing new places and meeting new people. I probably travel around seven or eight times a year. There’s no real pattern: the trips are either created by me or they are originated by people who ask us to film their ideas.

Who do you travel with?
Travel is made more fun by who you travel with. Obviously we travel with different people and celebrities when filming for TV and this year has been great but I also love travelling  with friends and family. Regardless I think it’s important to find people who you travel well with. If you are an early starter and your companions are late risers or if you like cultural tours and your friends are into clubbing, then it probably won’t work out…

Where do you see tourism in your country, in 10 years?
 I think most people like the idea of bespoke holidays and as prices come down and people become more creative, I think more personalised adventures  in Britain will start to grow. I also think there will be a rise in sabbaticals – companies will allow staff to take breaks from the office to do dream trips, without having to quit their jobs. I think most sites in Britain have been discovered but mini creative adventures have still yet to grow and the success of Tough Mudder shows there is a demand for getting down and dirty to relax and have fun.

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Russ Malkin will be speaking at The Adventure Travel Show, appearing in The Adventure Auditorium on Sunday 18 January 2015  from 1.30-2pm. Advance tickets to the show are now on sale! Get your tickets for only £6 (that’s saving £4 off the door price) by quoting ‘JUSTABOUTTRAVEL’ when booking tickets online at www.adventureshow.com

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