The Fantasy Episodes

1. Majorca – Memories conjured of Majorca from before that time we were jailed by COVID 19, the new Secret Police Force. ‘If you leave home without a mask…

Barrie Tankel is Joint Creator of the series. A Chartered Surveyor he specialised in Quantity Surveying and Project Management, until his retirement. A member of LWS. https://pod.fo/e/af570

2. Cromer Norfolk – A mix of childhood and adult memories on that special beach…

Joy Cox is Joint creator. A Chartered Accountant now specialising in Property investment. A member of LWS.  https://pod.fo/e/af570

3. South of France – A 16-year-old girl travels alone on an adventure to this summer playground.

Kezzabelle Ambler – Performance poet, author of ‘Permission To Speak’, Weaving Words Facilitator, voice over artist, actor & creative coach. She is passionate about encouraging the arts to be expressed by others, hoping the pen will become a tool for life. www.kezzabelle.co.ukhttps://pod.fo/e/af56e

4. Istanbul – Recalling her search for an old lady ‘Hagia Sofia’ a beautiful antique place of Worship.

Anne-Charlotte Gerbaud invites us on her journey to finally meet a special old lady in person, the travels described in her beautiful French accent. A member of LWS.  https://pod.fo/e/af56d

5. Greek Sailing – Stepping carefully up a wobbly plank in the port of Santorini, a passenger boards the boat sailing through the Greek Islands to Mykonos.

Suchandrika Chakrabarti is a London-based journalist and trainer. She has reported and edited for national newspapers and international news agencies, trained journalists and non-journalists in essential digital storytelling skills, launched podcasts as the idea-pitcher / presenter, and now also as the producer / editor. A member of LWS.  https://pod.fo/e/af56c

6. Indian Ashram – A spiritual seeker takes a journey to the East visiting the Tantric Ashram of Osho.

Ailon Freedman has explored a diverse range of yoga styles over the last 25 years. He began studying yoga at University, before studying intensively in India.  https://pod.fo/e/af56b

7. York – Take a walking tour the City of York, visit Roman walls, York station and meet the people as you follow the paths and finally enjoy tea with six dinner Sid.

Anna Rose James writer, reader, actor, co-author of ‘UNKNOWN’ (Stairwell Books 2021) and co-founder of Sonnet Sisters and Six Lips Theatre. You may know her voice from Tin Can and The Podvangelist. You can find her on Twitter @annaonscreen. A member of LWS.  https://pod.fo/e/af56a

8. Buckden Palace – Inhale the smell of sweet pink roses before enjoying a peaceful day in the 15th century Grade 1 listed buildings once home to Queen Katherine of Aragon, the first wife of King Henry VIII.  

With Kezzabelle Ambler.  https://pod.fo/e/af569

9. Mexico – It’s not easy to holiday in a wheelchair, especially when flying overseas to Mexico. Difficulties must be overcome when flying, with hotel inadequate accommodation and accessing a gondola.

Sarah Leader has been wheelchair bound for the past 8 years, she continues to support her husband on his soccer tours.  https://pod.fo/e/af568

10. African Safari – Whatever sounds you hear from your home or the park, nothing resonates like the early morning or evening animal noises in an African game park.

Join Barrie Tankel as a companion on his game drive to find the wild animals of Zambia.  https://pod.fo/e/af567

11. Disney USA – Disneyland has to be a child’s most exciting adventure. The pure joy of searching for Mickey and Minnie, Donald and Daisy, then Cinderella’s cream pink and purple Castle. Cara Watson takes us to the Happiest Place on Earth never forgetting the hypnotic tune ‘It’s a small World’ that sticks in our heads.

Cara, an ambitious writer, has applied to do her Master’s. A member of LWS.  https://pod.fo/e/b1aee

12. Mexico – An impromptu night-time road trip in the Mexican state of Chiapas ends with a diversion that changes the direction of the writer’s life.

Susannah Rigg is a freelance writer based in Mexico City. Her writing has been published by BBC Travel, CNN, Condé Nast Traveller and the Independent among others. She can be found on Instagram @susannahrigg or at her website www.susannahrigg.com. A member of LWS.  https://pod.fo/e/b2cc1

13. Stockport UK – Sue du Feu takes us on a nostalgic trip with her brother from Jersey to…Stockport. ‘If you live on an island paradise, where do you go on holiday? Why, a gritty, damp northern town of course! Come back and experience it with me now’.

Sue is an actor, writer and currently runs a Gite in France. A member of LWS.  https://pod.fo/e/b38f5

14. Rome – The capital City of Italy has been a major human settlement for almost three millennia, as layers upon layers of buildings bury history, and surprisingly Persian Dynasties deep beneath a church. Such an overpowering experience.  

Chris Hawton is one half of the All-New “Doctor Who Book Club podcast”. He can be can found at @caravanawesome on Twitter, @the_hoppy_hopster on Instagram. https://pod.fo/e/b48ff

15. Jersey – Holidays at home are so easy when you are a child living just a few yards from the beach on a sunny island. Every day is a vacation. Jersey, a small island of 120 km2 attracts super sunshine.

Sue du Feu was that child.   https://pod.fo/e/b5751

16. Palau, South Pacific – This Archipelago of some 340 coral and volcanic islands lies in an isolated location of the South Pacific, 400 miles North of New Guinea. It is is reputed to be THE top scuba diving spot in the world, encircled by a huge barrier reef system. 

Sam Beck, graduate of Wesleyan University, a young New Yorker and Palauan has spent many childhood holidays on the island. Here he takes us along on his dream holiday, swimming in a clear blue lake alongside friendly jellyfish.  https://pod.fo/e/b61a9

17. Llandudno Wales – Revisiting a childhood holiday destination for a weekend away Julia finds little has changed in this beautiful old uncluttered seaside resort. The sea, air and tranquillity only disturbed as a seagull stole their ice cream cornet.

Julia Thorley is a professional editor of non-fiction books and publications, as well as being a writer of non-fiction books and articles. www.juliathorley.com.  https://pod.fo/e/b6595

18. Orkney Islands – Scapa Flow, a body of water in the Orkney Islands, is best known for the post-war scuttling of the German Fleet in 1919. A lesser-known historical event took place in October 1939 when a German submarine U47 torpedoed HMS Royal Oak in that same water. Travelling to Orkney to research this event for her new novel led to the more intriguing story of the beautiful Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, built by Italian prisoners of war using scavenged materials.

Leigh Chambers produces and presents a radio programme with a mix of music and conversation about books and writing www.cambridge105.co.uk/bookmark. She is writing a novel set on the island of St Kilda in the Outer Hebrides about a religious cult that took hold there in the seventeenth century. Leigh also chairs literary events. A member of LWS.  https://pod.fo/e/b6ba5

19. Cape Town – Suffering in a cold Swedish winter, a journey to Cape Town is remembered, touring Table Mountain and Devil’s Peak, admiring Candyfloss pink houses. Watching Penguins and Ostrich in awe. Hungry for the mouth-watering taste of Cape Malay dishes.

Kat Trigarszky, originally from Britain now lives in Stockholm, Sweden. A freelance writer, editor and translator she was trying to break into travel writing when the pandemic hit and late last year decided to write a novel.  Kat also jointly hosts the ‘Swede-ish’ Podcast. A member of LWS.  https://pod.fo/e/b7811

20. Egypt Red Sea dive – HMS Thistlegorm has lain at the bottom of the Red Sea since sunk by German bombers in 1941. Now considered the planet’s most impressive wreck we are taken on 3 scuba dives amongst Crocodile fish, Batfish, Orange fish and aircraft guns that point skyward in preparation for an attack.

Diane Webb is a primary school teacher with a love of writing, travelling and diving. A member of LWS.  https://pod.fo/e/b7be6

21. Pakistan – An early morning narrative from a hotel balcony in Karimabad, the capital of the Hunza District in Northern Pakistan. Dawn breaks, revealing the snow capped peak of Rakaposhi towering 7,788 metres above the roaring glacier fed Hunza River. Early Friday morning prayers in the city of Skardu in Northern Pakistan, considered the gateway to Concordia – the 8000 metre mountains of Pakistan’s Karakoram range.

David Harden started travelling at the age of sixteen when he hitch-hiked to Greece from London during a school summer holiday. After leaving school he set out from the UK to travel overland to Australia, but only made it as far as Afghanistan. After working in the corporate world (for fifteen long years) he’s returned to what drives him forward the most: recording sounds, taking photographs and travel. His website: travelwornsatchel.com has a collection of sounds and photographs from his travels. Instagram & Twitter – davidharden123 and his Travel Worn Satchel Podcast is available to download via most podcast players.  https://pod.fo/e/bbc48

22. Hong Kong – Memories and fantasies of Hong Kong travel from touchdown to ferry,through street fairs and beyond; on this retelling of a very special Hong Kong journey by our narrator.

Richard Hernandez maintains a presence on Airtime, hosts 1-hour live streams in the form of Tarot State of Mind, The Exhale, Multilingual Mingle, and RjtheRandonaut. His Instagram is: @rickyrrrr22  https://pod.fo/e/bd092

23. Arezzo, Tuscany – Carole Stone travels to her holiday home in Caprese Michelangelo, a picturesque village and commune set in the province of Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy, the birthplace of Renaissance artist Michelangelo.

Carole, a British author and freelance radio and television broadcaster spent 27 years at the BBC beginning as a newsroom secretary and went on to become the producer of Radio 4‘s flagship discussion programme Any Questions? She established her own ‘think tank’, YouGovStone Ltd, a joint venture with YouGov, the opinion polling agency in 2007. Her late husband, the broadcaster Richard Lindley, worked on BBC Panorama for fifteen years and was the first western television journalist to interview Saddam Hussein. He also featured on ITV news. Carole is a member of LWS.  https://pod.fo/e/bedfe

24. Fuerteventura – Joy Cox takes us to her favourite hideaway. Let’s go dancing on the beach at Sunset Bar.    Come on don’t be shy.   Just dance like no-one is watching.  

Joy Cox is Joint creator of this series.        https://pod.fo/e/c2bf6

25. Coach Trip to the South of France – Trouble on long distant Coach trip. Discover what can wrong when travelling on a Coach Trip to the South of France.

Sue Du Feu  https://pod.fo/e/c410b

26. Hugs from the Aegean Sea – An eleven-hour ferry trip from Pireas in Greece to the island of Leros brings an insight into immigrant relationships.

Joanna Akoumianaki grew up in Greece and now lives in Perthshire, Scotland with her two children and husband. Water inspires every aspect of her life. She is a water scientist, a coastal hiker, a diver, a gardener, a maritime-fiction lover, and a writer of stories about travelling on water. You can find her on twitter @Joanna_Akoum and Facebook ioanna.akoumianaki. Acknowledgements for the production of this podcast: Steve Addison, Kostis Avissinos (LousakianoKrasi, Nostos,

https://open.spotify.com/album/7p4esO1vSlLIUZpw5x8pTf) and Couleur Locale Lousakies)  https://pod.fo/e/c59f4

27. Havana Cuba – Chauffeured to downtown Havana in a 1950’s Chevrolet Bel Air, the smell of freshly baked bread hits your taste buds, you admire the old architecture until the sound of ‘Guantanamera’ beckons you down a side street bar to enjoy a traditional Cuban highball Mojito close to the blaring music, whilst breathing the aroma of Havana cigars. Do yourself a favour, step back in time and visit Cuba, you won’t be disappointed.

Dr Emadch Beck MacNee, originally from Palau, was raised in New York. She studied marine biology at James Cook University in 2002, and now lives in Australia with her husband, two children, and two dachshunds. She and her husband enjoy cooking exotic meals and travelling the globe with their children  https://pod.fo/e/c7708

28. Boat life on the Grand Union Canal A moorhen chirps outside your porthole, geese honk hello as they pass by, now and again a kingfisher flies close in a flash of blue And if you’re lucky – and you wake early enough – you’ll even catch the dawn chorus bursting into life in the quiet morning air. This, this is boatlife on the Grand Union Canal, London. Welcome aboard.

Ruth Stokes is author of The Armchair Activist’s Handbook (Silvertail Books) and a content designer in the charity sector. In a former life, she was a journalist for the likes of the Guardian, The Ecologist and New Internationalist.

Published by fantasyholidays

Barrie Tankel and Joy Cox formed an unlikely friendship during lockdown after joining a writer’s group. Different ages, different backgrounds. We got talking about Joy's book ‘The Mr Lucker Story - about a comfort blanket’ and how much we were missing travelling. This resulted in us creating podcast travel stories and taking everyone on virtual journeys.

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