Action Packed Travel

Action Packed Travel

Welcome to Action Packed Travel! Our podcast features amazing travel stories...without having to go anywhere. The episodes are interviews with people who've been inspired by their adventures. They're also full of information and useful links, all of which you can find on our Show Notes. Our podcast can be used for future travel ideas and plans for the days when we can explore the world again! About us: we're Felice & Peter Hardy and we’ve spent half a lifetime travelling to just about every corner of the world, making a living as travel writers out of what we like doing best – and that’s skiing, biking, hiking, eating, exploring, city breaks, seaside…and a whole lot more. We've had lots of favourable reviews, such as: "What an interesting and diverse world you are opening up for us in a nicely laid back way. Very informative and some are also wonderful archive material."

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August 14, 2022 25 min

Another watery sport for this hot weather is powerboat racing, which is said to be the fastest growing marine motor sport. 

Music: © Barney & Izzi Hardy 

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Here in the UK with its current heatwave, our thoughts turn to water. What bliss it would be to go swimming in crystal clear waters – all you really need is a pair of Speedos, goggles, a hat and the ability to swim a few kilometres in the warm waters of the Mediterranean or the Caribbean. 

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August 4, 2022 29 min

In Hampshire and Dorset in the south of England, we explored the country's most visited national park. It's a wild and beautiful place where the locals, ponies, cattle and even pigs roam free under obscure common laws that date back to feudal times. We met up with Anthony Climpson, boss of the tourist enterprise, Go New Forest.

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July 28, 2022 29 min

Last year we visited Blenheim Palace and were struck by its splendour. It is set in thousands of acres of rolling parkland outside the village of Woodstock in Oxfordshire. It's bigger than Buckingham Palace, but it's also privately owned by the family that built it over 300 years ago. It's been the seat of the Dukes of Marlborough since 1704  and was the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.

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July 16, 2022 24 min

When you visit, you need to be prepared for pelotons of bicycles, mostly not of the sporty type that you see in the Tour de France, but the ancient sit-up- and-beg variety with a basket for books on the front, and in the saddle an undergraduate in a hurry, or a don in a flowing black cloak. You'll meet them – and hopefully miss them – around every corner. 

Music: © Barney & Izzi Hardy 

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What did Jane Austen and the Roman emperor, Claudius, have in common? The answer is: a love of bathwater.  Here's a repeat of one of our popular episodes. 

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July 2, 2022 31 min

We revisit one of our popular episodes, which is all about the world's number one neolithic site.  

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June 25, 2022 22 min

Have you ever thought about what lies beneath your feet, under the pavement, under the road? This week, we're going underground to explore a network of mysterious tunnels hidden beneath the ancient Somerset town of Frome. It is 20 minutes south of Bath, and it has a long history dating back to Anglo Saxon times.

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June 10, 2022 29 min

Contemporary classical cellist, Eva Boecker, is one of 19 soloists from 9 countries who plays with Ensemble Modern. Every year the group performs about 100 concerts in Europe and worldwide.

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May 29, 2022 22 min

This week we're at Bletchley Park, the country mansion 35 minutes by train northwest of London, where Alan Turing and his team of cryptanalysts cracked the complicated codes of the German Enigma machine. 

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May 18, 2022 23 min

Inspector Morse is the most famous TV show that was filmed in Oxford, and Colin Dexter, who used to sit in the hotel's Morse Bar penning his latest novel,  would often write the Randolph into his stories.  Freddie Mercury did  a concert here, Lewis Carroll, Oscar Wilde and J.R.R. Tolkien  visited.

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April 30, 2022 25 min

This week, we're on the road exploring the one sector of the travel industry that has absolutely thrived throughout the pandemic and now continues to explode in popularity across Europe. 

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Thermae Bath Spa in the Roman city of Bath is in a building that looks not only to the past, but also to the future. 

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March 28, 2022 29 min

Cheryl B Engelhardt is a singer-songwriter who composed and recorded her latest album, Passenger, on a train journey from New York City to Los Angeles. 

Music © Cheryl B Engelhardt, and also by Barney & Izzi Hardy 

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March 10, 2022 33 min

This week we are switching things around and playing you an interview with the two of us. Music © Barney and Izzi Hardy 

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February 28, 2022 28 min

Ted Cragg in Quebec makes podcast episodes about travel podcasts. His is called Travel Podcast The World.

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February 20, 2022 23 min

This week we're going skiing to La Plagne and letting the train take the strain. Travelski is a brand new charter that takes snow lovers from St Pancras in central London to Moûtiers and Bourg St Maurice in the French Alps. 


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February 5, 2022 21 min

The Sella Ronda is one of those world renowned but slightly mysterious ski circuits – but no one ever quite explains what it actually is, and indeed how good you have to be to be able to complete it. 

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January 23, 2022 26 min

Whether it's in a beach villa or a mountain chalet, Izzy Boland of WandrLust-Jobs.com helps people find their dream job. 

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January 14, 2022 31 min

Warren Smith is one of our favourite ski gurus, so we decided to revisit this episode from last year.

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