Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Palin's Trip Advice: Don't Travel with a Big Group ... and Be Brave

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Palin's Trip Advice: Don't Travel with a Big Group ... and Be Brave

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Byline: News and gossip from the world of entertainment by Alistair Foster Naomi Ackerman

MICHAEL PALIN says the key to the best adventures is striking out on your own -- and taking a few risks.

The adventurer and Monty Python star, 74, has journeyed across the world for his travel books and programmes, visiting the Sahara, the Himalayas and both Poles.

Many of his best trips have had an element of danger. "You have to put yourself on the line a bit," he said. "The best travel experiences I have had are when there has been a bit of risk involved, not to life and limb, but you have to understand and get to know different people, and you have to depend on different cultures and people to help you out. You have got to be very openminded about that. You've also got to be prepared for the fact that it will be a bit tough, [real exploring] is not all sunshine and beaches at all. But go for it." He also recommended that travellers should avoid travelling in big groups, instead going alone or with a partner. …

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