Tell us a bit about who you are, what you do, where you've been, and what drives you.
STEVE: Hello, my name is Steve Backshall. I'm a wildlife television presenter, a naturalist, and an author - and I've been lucky enough to be travelling for a living for the last 25 years. Wow, that really ages me! I started off writing guide books for Rough Guides; then I moved to National Geographic. I was with them for five years as an adventurer in residence. I've been with the BBC ever since - mostly working for their natural history unit.
My travels have taken me to 105 countries, which is quite a lot actually. When it gets down to it, it's slightly more than Michael Palin and slightly less than the Queen which kind of puts it into context, I guess. I think I specialise in places which are frontiers - the wildest places we can find - and then obviously places that are fantastic for particular kinds of animals. So, for example, if I'm looking for jungle wildlife, I might go somewhere like Guyana or Brazil or Panama - places that have incredibly high biodiversity. If I don't find the jaguar or the harpy eagle that I'm hoping to find, then I'll probably find something else - even if it is just a very large bug.
For those budding and hardcore adventure travellers out there, are there any not-to-be-missed destinations you'd recommend and why?
STEVE: Destinations that I'd recommend you absolutely should not miss? I would say the Himalayas is at the very top of that list. I don't think any traveller should go through their lifetime without seeing the Himalayas. It is, to my mind, the most stunning of all geographical locations around the world. You know, I love the Alps. The Alps is a sensational mountain range but, when you're standing in the valleys in the Alps, the mountains are maybe a 1000 metres higher than you. In the Himalayas, they can be 4000 metres higher than you - even more! Just the size of →