Antonia "Ants" Bolingbroke-Kent is a British travel author and television producer.
Antonia Bollingbroke-Kent balances a life of - big adventures with producing wonderful TV shows such as Joanna Lumley’s Silk Road Adventures. She once drove a bright pink Tuk Tuk from Bangkok to Brighton, did battle with 1000 semi-wild Mongolian horses in the footsteps of Ghengis Khan and nearly froze to death attempting to drive a motorbike and sidecar to the Russian Arctic. Often guided by her Granny’s mantra of ‘Do nothing, say nothing, until the police arrive’ Silk Road Adventures Antonia regales some brilliant travel tales over a cup of tea in her Bristol Kitchen.   On this episode we cover:   ‘Tuk Tuk to the Road’ – Antonia’s epic overland journey from Bangkok to Brighton Her friend Jo’s mental health problems leading to the trip Wanting to raise awareness and money for mental health Giving up her job as a producer at ITV to go on the journey The intense planning that went into the trip Starting the journey in hospital in Bangkok Crossing China being very scary (and taking a very long time) Having to drive on dirt tracks and dangerous mountain roads The late night storm they didn’t know whether they’d survive Driving from Thailand across the border to Laos A month in China and into Kazakhstan 12 countries, 12,561 miles Crying all night the day before they got home The surprise greeting from the guards at the remote border between China and Kazakhstan Cheap hotels, camping and staying with families Trying to hide the bright pink Tuk Tuk in the middle of the Kazak steppe The shocked reaction to them in the middle of nowhere Being driven off the road by curious locals Driving across the Gobi Desert Being trapped by an earthquake and turning it into one big party Doing karaoke with lorry drivers Sleeping under the Tuk Tuk for two days Ted Simon, Jupiter’s Travels ‘the interruptions are the journey’ Breaking down in Crimea and having to stay there for a week Hanging out with the descendants of Genghis Khan The marked transition in character and culture when crossing Europe on the Ukraine-Poland border McDonald’s, Tesco disappointment Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Belgium The brilliant journey on Eurostar with a Tuk Tuk Driving around the M25 in the freezing cold in the Tuk Tuk Her Granny’s saying ‘Do nothing, say nothing, until the police arrive’. Her adventurous childhood in Norfolk Travelling Thailand aged 18 and coming back with bright green hair How once you’ve tasted big overland travel journeys it changes you How if you don’t have the time to take months off you can take smaller adventures Setting up extreme adventures with The Adventurists The Mongol Rally horserace following in Genghis Khan’s footsteps Finding and training 1000 semi-wild horses in Mongolia Her midwinter Siberian motorbike adventure in minus 36 degrees Tom Morgan and Buddy Munro Channel 4 Trying to get a Ural motorbike and sidecar up the frozen river Ob Wearing tweed and thinking they were going to die Being given a huge frozen fish to take on the motorbike How regular breakdowns of the Ural bike actually kept them alive The Khanty–Mansia living in wooden houses by the river No running water or sanitation but plenty of vodka Returning to TV work to fund her adventures Producing World’s Most Dangerous Roads for the BBC Travelling with Joanna Lumley Silk Road Adventure series Filming a series with Tom Hardy on elephant and rhino Poaching Wars ‘No comment’ on what Tom Hardy was like! Her book ‘A Short Ride in the Jungle’ on her solo journey down the Ho Chi Minh Trail on motorbike The military supply route used during the Vietnam War How a single footpath became a 12,000 mile network through the jungle The trail still being heavily contaminated with unexploded devices A dangerous and remote experience Having ‘a few near misses with cluster bombs’ The Americans bombing Laos every 8 minutes for a decade The millions of millions of UXO dropped The remote tribal areas where ‘the war is still everywhere’ Two American former pilots she went off track with Finding an unexploded live bomb at her feet 400 people still being killed in Laos a year Meeting people who had lost sons, husbands, wives when ploughing the land Driving the Pink Panther – a 25 year old motorbike Every day being so exciting and scary and unknown and making her feel alive How a very curious person has led to her exploration The human urge to see what’s around the next corner and over the mountain Trying to have adventures in every day life and look at the world with fresh eyes Alastair Humphrey’s on The Big Travel Podcast and #microadventures Silk Road Adventures – the company she runs with her boyfriend Marley Building a portable sauna and tugging it around techno festivals in Europe Starting by doing motorbike trips in Tajikistan A passion for travelling in places where there aren’t many travellers Specialising in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kirgizstan, Northern Afghanistan, Pakistan, Jordan, Palestine, Iran and the Caucuses Her book about travelling through Arunachal Pradesh in North East India- the Land of the Dawn Lit Mountains in the Himalayas A three month solo journey across remote lands with restricted access The invisible fold no one goes to The most ethnically diverse place in South Asia, 30 different tribes The local animists who worship hundreds of different gods Constantly trying to appease this pantheon of spirits Meeting the first local girl to climb Everest Being trapped for 3 days in a festival of animal sacrifice and shamanic chanting in a tiny village on the Tibetan border Massive opium bongs, and tripping over the guts of oxen and pigs to the background of Shamanic chanting Eating leaves instead of animal guts Just like Glastonbury Not wanting to spend five days vomiting under the Shaman’s hut Being 18 and trying opium in Thailand How people get the wrong idea about The Royal Geographical Society Their amazing map rooms and libraries Winning a grant to do an expedition to remote North East India and Burma travelling through the lands inhabited by tribal head hunters The Naga tribe who fought for the British Ursula Graham Bower – still the only female commander in the history of the British army How head hunting happened until comparatively recently Lisa’s head-shrinkers in the family (!) Lisa’s granddad and the hallucinogenic drugs How places ‘at the edge of the map’ telling stories that haven’t been told before Wanting to explore Northern Pakistan and Lebanon The Baalbek ruins in Lebanon Staying in the Palmyra Hotel in the footsteps of Nureyev The song that makes her get off her motorbike and dance                
Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent, better known as Ants, is a travel writer, TV producer and world traveler. In her latest book, A Short Ride in the Jungle – The Ho Chi Minh Trail by Motorcycle, she tells the story of her 6 week, 2,000 mile journey from Hanoi to Saigon on a 25-year-old Honda Cub motorbike named […] The post Ho Chi Minh Trail by Motorbike with Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent : TPZ 106 appeared first on The Pursuit Zone.
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Episode Count
2
Podcast Count
2
Total Airtime
1 hour, 8 minutes