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YOUR EARLIEST TRAVEL MEMORY?
I travelled only between London and Suffolk until I was 19. Then, in 1962, my father said he would take me to Casablanca — he was a film buff and wanted to see the real place. Since then I’ve visited at least 154 countries.
WHAT GAVE YOU THE TRAVEL BUG?
My father’s stories about the Suez Canal, India and Australia. He had been around the world several times because he ran away to sea at 15 and became a steward on a P&O liner.
EVER BEEN AFRAID?
Lots of times. On an internal flight in Colombia I fell asleep and a huge thug in front of me jammed his seat back into my face. I was so cross I pushed it forward and my cameraman said: ‘I really don’t think that is a good move.’ I think the thug worked for a cartel.
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