Simon Reeve shares his greatest adventures

TV presenter Simon Reeve, an avid traveller, constantly curious to learn about new cultures, has been to more than 100 countries, filming all over the world for the past 15 years.

But being grounded by the pandemic has paused his plans, giving him an opportunity to take stock, reflect upon the wonderful people he’s encountered, the epic landscapes he’s covered, and the events that have transformed his life.

Read more: The best destinations to connect with your emotions

Many of those highlights feature in his four-part series, Incredible Journeys, a retrospective of his greatest trips, given a present-day spin.

Time at home has also helped Mr Reeve to re-evaluate the importance and value of travel.

“There’s a risk we think travel is something we invented recently through the likes of budget airlines, but that’s totally untrue,” he says.

“Throughout history, adventurers, explorers and even ordinary folk have created epic changes in society and life.”

Inspired to make your own mark once travel restrictions lift? Here’s how to follow in Simon Reeve’s globetrotting footsteps.

Unravel surprises in the ‘stans

Orthodox church in Almaty, Kazakhstan

Hardly a fly and flop holiday, traversing Central Asia’s five ‘stans is a cultural eye-opener destined to broaden the mindsets of even experienced travellers. Diving in at the deep end, Mr Reeve visited for his first TV assignment, Meet The Stans, in 2003.

“I was an author who’d written books about terrorism, and I had no desire to go on TV. But when they asked me, I thought, why not?” confesses Mr Reeve.

“I loved it from the moment I landed at Almaty airport in Kazakhstan in the middle of the night. It was completely bonkers and crazy. Every day was an experience; every hour I was learning something.

“The idea was to get out there properly and explore without a script; seeing what happened and trying to experience it as a proper adventure. It completely changed my life.”

Discover unique cultures in Madagascar

Picture of the avenue of the baobabs around sunset, Madagascar.

Fortunate enough to visit Madagascar twice – during filming for Tropic Of Capricorn and Indian Ocean – Mr Reeve was stunned by the scenery and colourful culture of the island.

Read more: World’s most surreal landscapes

“It absolutely blows your mind with overwhelming diversity, printed in such a big squealing mix of Africa and Southeast Asia,” he says.

“It’s like the Galapagos Islands but on a much bigger scale. Life has evolved there in spectacular ways – but not just on four legs or in flight, on two legs as well.

“Humans have had centuries of isolation, and that’s created a real difference and great imagination.”

Get back to nature in Botswana

San Bushmen have lived harmoniously within their ecosystem for more than 20,000 years. Even though their hunting rights have changed in modern times, they still live by the land, sourcing medicine from plants and even finding water in the roots of tubers deep in the arid ground.

Read more: Why you should visit Botswana in the secret green season

Mr Reeve recalls going deep into Botswana’s Kalahari Game Reserve with some “legendary” San Bushmen trackers.

“So many Westerners still have this idea that Mother Nature is something separate to us. We refuse to believe that we’re animals,” he says. “But the San taught me that, in reality, we are the most spectacular and fascinating creature that’s ever existed.

“They had a profound connection to nature, more than any other Indigenous group I’ve ever encountered.”

Appreciate simple things on the Isle of Lundy

After the UK’s first lockdown, one of Mr Reeve’s first adventures beyond his front room was a trip to the Isle of Lundy, off the coast of north Devon.

“I camped out, which was a moment of isolation,” he says, scorning some “telly types” who pretend to bed down and then stay in a bed and breakfast.

“I had a drink in a pub, which was definitely the best experience, following all the COVID restrictions,” he chuckles.

“It’s funny how your world contracts. Hopefully I, like everybody else, will never take travel for granted again in the future.”

What’s been your greatest travel adventure?

– With PA

If you enjoy our content, don’t keep it to yourself. Share our free eNews with your friends and encourage them to sign up.

YourLifeChoices Writers
YourLifeChoices Writers
YourLifeChoices' team of writers specialise in content that helps Australian over-50s make better decisions about wealth, health, travel and life. It's all in the name. For 22 years, we've been helping older Australians live their best lives.
- Our Partners -


- Advertisment -
- Advertisment -