Kash Battacharya is also known as BudgetTraveller. He is the 2016 National Geographic Traveller Blogger of the Year, and author of the brand new The Grand Hostels: Luxury Hostels of the World.
The travel writing of Kash Battacharya, the Budget Traveller, has won him accolades including National Geographic Traveller Writer of the Year, filming for Lonely Planet and the BBC and resulted in his book The Grand Hostels, Luxury Hostels of the World. On this episode Kash, in easing-lockdown Berlin, talks budget travel, the culture shock of moving Kent to Calcuttta age 9, being ‘the English kid’ at a 18,000-pupil school, Dutch houses in Scotland, hanging with Rastas in South Africa and a rather surreal encounter with Tommy Lee Jones in an ancient Japanese Samurai Kingdom.   On this episode we cover:   Moving to Berlin How he became The Budget Traveller Quitting his job to make his dream work Travel being therapy Being born in England to Indian parents The massive culture shock of leaving Kent for Calcutta age 9 Moving to Dundee at 18 Travel as a child can be like a game 18,000 people in his school! 100 in his class Being bullied as ‘the English kid’ Calcutta being an assault on the senses The architectural legacy of Colonial India The incredible food culture in Calcutta Not appreciating the culture as a child How the tough life in India helped toughen him for life Lisa’s Indian-Fijian father not imparting much Indian culture Dundee being full of fun, culture and Desperate Dan The East Neuk of Fife Dutch fisherman’s cottages Anstruther having the best fish and chips in Britain Finding Scottish people relaxed and more welcoming Lisa being uprooted age 7 from England to Spain Appreciating travel being a gift and a privilege even more during the Coronavirus Not counting the countries he has been to Japan being magical and surreal The Japanese man who went that extra mile Travelling through his stomach Fresh sushi at Tsukiji Japanese fish market Filming Hidden Japan for the BBC and Lonely Planet The life-changing experience of visiting Kanazawa ancient Samurai Kingdom A surreal encounter with Tommy-Lee Jones in the ancient kingdom Celebrities advertising random products in in Asian countries Filming a road trip through South Africa’s Garden Route The beautiful Buccaneers backpackers hostel on the wild coast The reason Lisa hasn’t yet been to South Africa) Paragliding over stunning scenery (despite being terrified of heights) Hanging out with a Rastafarian Community in Sedgefield Backpacking along the Garden Route South Africa going through a tough time at the moment Kash getting excited when he finds someone (like Lisa!) who has never stayed in a hostel His book The Grand Hostels, Luxury Hostels of the World Lisa being happy to sleep on a park bench to get her out of the Borough right now The midnight sun in The 7 Fells Hostel deep in the woods in Finnish Lapland Picking cloud berries by the lake in the midnight sun Lisa having specialised a lot in luxury travel The Steel House design hostel in Copenhagen with a pool and cinema Luxury nowadays being about experiences Travel being about meeting people and learning about the culture What does the future of travel look like now? Crazy nights out in Berlin (Lisa’s visit to the infamous KitKatClub) Kash Winning National Geographic Traveller of the Year Being at a low point in his life when he moved to Berlin Berlin being very diverse and accepting One half of Mogwai the band owning a bar in Berlin Morcheeba Down by the Sea being the appropriate soundtrack to a magical trip to Tuscany and the hostel that opening him to the world of travel   Please support Adopt a Hostel – to help save hostels across the world from the devastating financial effects of the COVID-19 crisis.  
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Berlin, Berlin, Germany
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42 minutes, 51 seconds
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