Michael Palin’s remarkable television success began in 1969 with Monty Python’s Flying Circus - yet he is even better known for the travel documentaries he began 20 years later, with Around the World in 80 Days.  Since then there has barely been a patch of the planet that has not welcomed this highly engaging presenter - whose TV journeys have taken him from pole to pole, across the Himalayas and the Sahara, and full circle around the Pacific. 

“I’ve learned a lot from the world,” he says. “I’ve learned to see myself from a different perspective, to see the rest of the world from a different perspective, to see our own country from a different perspective.”

He has also learned five important principles of travel, which he shares with readers of The Independent