My Positive Life | Ben Fogle

Ben Fogle is the British television presenter, writer and adventurer whose daring challenges have taken him all over the world, from conquering Antarctica to toughing it out in the jungle, running 160 miles across the desert or even rowing across the Atlantic. A self described ‘Wild Man,’ Ben’s My Positive Life reveals a man who is fiercely family orientated, a people person and utterly in love with adventure.
Ben’s latest adventure with wild man chum James Cracknell, ‘Ben and James vs. the Arabian Desert’ is on Boxing Day, BBC 2, 9:15pm.
 
Ben Fogle
 
One word that describes you? 
Happy.
 
In your own words, what do you do?
I experience things through travel, adventure and voyage. I’m an adventurist. A wild man. 
 
Who is your greatest influence in your career/life? 
My family. Mum, dad. My wife and our children. I’m a family man. 
 
What is your favourite part of your job? 
Meeting people. I love journeying. 
 
What is the most challenging part of your job?
Absenteeism. I hate being apart from my family. 
 
What is your greatest achievement? 
Rowing the Atlantic. 
 
What was your Plan B? 
There wasn’t even a plan A. 
 
What is your most prized possession? 
My Olly and Suzi portrait of my late dog Inca. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given? 
Be yourself. 
 
Ben Fogle
 
Please complete the sentence… I could not live without… 
Love.
 
If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? 
Kate Moss and Fidel Castro. 
 
Sustainability and consumption are two words you will hardly find in the same sentence – which brands do you think are good quality and are doing their bit for people and the planet? 
Patagonia have been doing their bit for years. Ecover are good cleaning products. 
 
Do you support a charity or cause? 
 
What’s on your Xmas wish-list? 
 
What is your personal luxury?
Jackets. I have lots and lots and lots of them.  
 
What steps do you take to make your life more positive?
Think positive and it’s infectious. 
 
What’s the best bit about Christmas?
My children. 
 
Where can you be found on Christmas morning? 
Watching the children open their stockings. 
 
What Christmas traditions do you love?
Family. Family. Family.

Katherine Sparshatt