Chris' Top Ten

Listeners often ask me where is my favourite place in the world. It's such a difficult and personal question! And, for instance, my favourite place for romance is different to my favourite place for adventure, and so on. I have enjoyed reviewing my travel diaries and looking through my photos to bring you a very personal view of my favourite places! The nice thing about "Top Ten Lists" is that everybody's list is different - see how much you agree with mine....
Chris Robinson

Transportation & Travel Tips

  Travel Websites Hotels.com: Imagine one site with over 205,000 properties in more than 60 countries, from international hotel chains and all-inclusive resorts to local favorites and bed & breakfasts…This is the one! There’s also Welcome Rewards, Best Deals, a Price Match Guarantee, a mobile app. And a user-friendly booking engine that is backed up by a call centre staffed with real people! MORE

  Meeting the Locals Voluntourism: What better way to get close to the people than to sign up for one of the voluntourism opportunities that have sprung up over the last decade? Your vacation is centred around actively participating in an overseas charity’s work in the local community, working within the community to assist them improve their lives. www.voluntourism.org is a good place to start your research for the right opportunity for you. MORE

  Vacation Safety Tips Determine your level of concern and choose your destination accordingly: Everyone has different levels of concern about personal safety and this should inform your choice of vacation destination. Every destination has different safety aspects from health to security. The bottom line is that you should choose a place where you can totally relax and have no worries about your safety. MORE

Can’t Travel Without Tilley: Quite simply, the perfect travel clothes. Easy to pack. Easy to wash. Tough and practical. They also look good. I have Tilley’s from top to toe - and even underneath - when I travel. Their iconic hats are the crowning glory for any Tilley Man (or Woman), but my favourite bit is the secret pockets they design into many of their items. MORE

Canal Trips Panama Canal, Panama: One of the engineering wonders of the world, over 27,000 workers gave their lives to create this 77km long link between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Today, cruise ships offer a leisurely 10 hour transit through the massive locks, cuts and Lake Gatun, surrounded by tropical rainforest. MORE

Train Journeys Silverton & Durango Narrow Gauge Railway, Colorado: In the 1800’s gold and silver were hauled on the narrow-gauge tracks of this authentically restored 1880 train which sweeps past abandoned gold mines, wild forests and the untamed Animas River up into the San Juan Mountains, to the old gold mining town of Silverton. MORE

Travellers’ Transports Hot Air Balloon, Masai Mara: Rising silently into the skies as dawn breaks over the Mara-Serengeti Plain in East Africa, you drift over a primeval landscape teeming with wildlife. Time it right, as we did, and you can take in the immensity of the annual wildebeest migration: nearly two million wildebeest, zebra and gazelles moving as one. MORE

Travel Books The Great Railway Bazaar – Paul Theroux: The Great Grump of travel writing, I wouldn’t like to be in the same carriage as Mr. Theroux, but I love his travel books for their intimate description of conversations that he uses to reveal people and place. This was his first and possibly best, but his recent Dark Star Safari is riveting too. MORE