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Customers' Awards 2012

Shortlisted Travel
Personality of the Year

Ben Fogle


Ben Fogle - Travel Personality of the Year

Ben Fogle

Ben Fogle pushes himself to the extreme with gruelling and extraordinary adventures. In 2009, Ben and Olympic rowing champion James Cracknell faced temperatures of minus 50 in the race to the South Pole. This was a sharp contrast to the 110 degrees he experienced in Northern Africa when he trekked through the Sahara desert, covering almost 200 miles to reach the ancient city of Ghat.

This year, Ben faces his biggest challenge so far: a 3,000-mile swim across the Atlantic Ocean for Centrepoint, the charity which supports young homeless people. Ben will be in the water for 12 hours a day and if he finishes successfully within 100 days, he will be the second person in history to complete the journey.

Ben has had a busy TV career. The documentary series Extreme Dreams, which ran in 2007 and 2008, followed Ben and his team on expeditions to Peru, Kilimanjaro, the Arctic and to the snake-infested jungles of Guyana.

Swimming with Crocodiles is Ben's latest documentary, filmed in Botswana and Australia and due to be aired on BBC Two in 2012.


Since winning BBC's Castaway in 2000, Ben has presented many television shows; including Crufts, One Man and His Dog and Countryfile.


2007: Royal Television Society (RTS) for the highly acclaimed BBC programme Through Hell and High Water.
2007: Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Portsmouth.
2012: Recognition of his contribution to raising awareness of the Royal National Life Boat Institution (RNLI).


Ben Fogle has published a number of books describing his adventures, titles include: Race to the Pole, Crossing and Conquering the Atlantic in the World’s Toughest Rowing Race and The Teatime Islands - Adventures in Britain’s Faraway Outposts.

The Accidental Adventurer is one of Ben’s bestsellers. The book charts the journey of a shy, homesick schoolboy who becomes a man with an appetite for adventure.

Ben's book The Accidental Naturalist tells the extraordinary encounters he's experienced with animals, and how this has led to his passion for wildlife.

Other nominated travel personalities below:

Billy Connolly
Caroline Quentin
Charley Boorman
Helen Skelton
Joanna Lumley
Karl Pilkington
Martin Clunes
Paul Merton