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Saturday 19 April 2014

Fogle: My son an explorer like me

Ben Fogle says becoming a parent has been his biggest adventure

Ben Fogle has said his young son Ludo is already showing signs of becoming an adventurer like him.

The TV presenter - whose adventures have included crossing deserts and jungles, rowing the Atlantic and swimming with crocodiles - is father to five-year-old Ludo and two-year-old Iona with wife Marina.

Ben told OK! magazine: "Ludo loves insects and animals - all he wants to do is pick up insects; he has cuddly toys of every type of animal out there.

"He's got a crocodile tooth that I collected from the bottom of an African river, a rattlesnake skin from Texas, he just loves nature so he's definitely inherited that from me.

"Iona is very strong-spirited but wary, and she definitely takes after Marina.

"We took Ludo to Mozambique - it was amazing taking him to beaches where sharks swim to catch crabs and going out in fishing boats, it was a really magical time - this is the start of the adventures."

And despite all the expeditions he has been on, Ben insists there is no greater achievement than becoming a parent.

He said: "There is something very magical about creating these unique beings with your loved one and bringing them into the world and teaching them life lessons. That makes me so proud."

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Wanderlust may be too powerful to resist. Planning a long holiday will be a pleasant diversion from work. You don't have to have fancy accommodation. You're willing to rough it for an adventure, but you do want to get good value for your money. Doing some research into the best places to stay and eat will pay off handsomely. Take along a friend who is free spirited and eager to explore unfamiliar vistas. The two of you will make great travelling companions.More