Arrivals & Departures Holiday with some of Australia’s best-loved personalities in 2018

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Join Aussies including Maggie Beer, George Negus and The Biggest Loser's the Commando from Mongolia to Kangaroo Island.

Veteran journalist, author and TV presenter George Negus will escort World Expeditions’ Travel for the Mind — Jordan, Israel and the Occupied Territories itinerary, offering an opportunity to see this part of the world through the eyes of a journalist experienced in the Middle East. The 14-day trip costs $8590 per person twin share and departs from Amman, Jordan on May 20. On all World Expedition trips, solo travellers are paired up with someone of the same sex and in the case of an uneven number are given their own room at no additional cost.

Also with World Expeditions, self-confessed "numbers nerd" Adam Spencer will lead a Mongolian adventure. Spencer, a mathematician, comedian, author and former radio host, will escort the 15-day tour where guests camp in the Mongolian steppe, meet nomadic families and learn about their traditional way of life. The tour departs from Ulaanbaatar on June 27 and costs $5990 per person twin share. worldexpeditions.com or 1300 720 000

If you're up for a physical challenge, R U OK? ambassador Steve Willis (aka Commando from The Biggest Loser) will lead the 2018 Conquer Kozi Challenge, an annual 18km charity walk to the summit of Australia’s Mt Kosciuszko, on March 9-11. Last year the event raised $76,000 for suicide prevention. Conquer Kozi costs $670 per person, which includes registration, two nights of multi-share accommodation and transfers from Jindabyne to Charlotte Pass. Participants are asked to raise at least $700 per person for the charity. humacharitychallenge.com

Food lovers can join chef Luke Mangan, best known for restaurants including Sydney’s Mojo and Salt in Singapore, Tokyo and aboard five P&O cruise ships, on a culinary journey through South-East Asia as part of his new collaboration with luxury train and travel company Belmond. In Singapore, guests will join Mangan on a morning food market exploration, before boarding the Eastern and Oriental Express sleeper train for a three-day journey through Malaysia from March 1-3. It costs from $US2488 ($3183) per person twin share in a Pullman cabin. belmond.com or 1800 000 395

Maggie Beer will return to Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island to lead the KI Food Safari. The foodie event runs over seven nights from July 28 and combines the cliff-top luxury of Southern Ocean Lodge with daily expeditions to gourmet producers. Highlights include a special dinner by The Lane Vineyard, visiting the Island Pure sheep dairy, and a long lunch at Lifetime Private Retreats. It's from $8400 per person twin share including accommodation at the lodge, return flights between Adelaide and Kangaroo Island, daily excursions, produce tastings and demonstrations, all dining and premium beverages. southernoceanlodge.com.au or (02) 9918 4355

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