Find out how to plan your own drive around the world, from exploratory travel into the unknown, amazing tales of extraordinary expeditions, to helpful tips and free advice on discovering the world on your own or as part of an organised trip.
Saturday 10:00 – 10:30
The Girl’s Guide to Adventure
A light-hearted romp through travel writer, TV producer and expedition organiser Antonia’s various two and three-wheeled adventures, littered with pearls of adventuring wisdom and nuggets of hard-won advice. Expect tales from China, Russia, Vietnam, Tajikistan, Arunachal Pradesh and more. Her next book, Land of the Dawn-Lit Mountains, will be published by Simon & Schuster in June.
Saturday 10:45 – 11:15
From the Eight-Thousand Peaks of the World to Catalonia
Vicenç Capdevila and Edurne Pasaban, Catalan Tourist Board
Edurne Pasaban will share her experiences of how she became the first woman in history to climb the 14 peaks of over eight-thousand metres on the planet and why is she now based in Catalonia. With an extraordinary landscape, diversity and home of the magnificent Pyrenees, Catalonia offers a fantastic range of outdoor and adventure experiences that will be showcased by the Director of the Catalan Tourist Board in London, Vicenç Capdevila.
Saturday 11:30 – 12:00
Canoeing Through an Iconic Landscape
Ontario Tourist Board
Without the Canoe, there would be no Canada. Join OWL Rafting and the Madawaska Kanu Centre who will take you on a journey through Ontario’s original highways, the rivers, to learn the history and legacy of this First Nations gift to the world. Plus experience a virtual canoe with Algonquin Outfitters through Algonquin Park, an iconic and accessible wilderness seemingly created just for canoe tripping.
Saturday 12:15 – 12:45
Close Encounters with Ocean Giants
Ralph Pannell, Aqua-Firma Worldwide
From the Equator to the Poles, Aqua-Firma Director Ralph Pannell will take you on a voyage across all 5 oceans for some of the most dramatic encounters you can imagine with ocean giants. In the Tropics, Ralph will describe swimming with blue whales, sperm whales, whale sharks, humpback whales, hammerhead sharks and a potential new species of giant manta ray. In the Polar regions, experiences include kayaking with walruses, sailing with beluga, snorkelling with leopard seals … and lots more.
Saturday 13:00 – 13:30
René Du Terroil, Iran Doostan Tours
Iran may be number eight in the world for UNESCO heritage sites, but it also offers visitors an incredible array of year-round outdoor activities. From Alpine-class skiing, mountain climbing, mountain biking, desert safaris, Silk Road Caravanserais, camping with nomads and much more awaits in the land of Shahrazad and at least a few of the 1,001 nights.
Saturday 13:45 – 14:15
The Strength Within the Diversity of a Team – All Female Team Row the Pacific Ocean
The Coxless Crew, Natalia Cohen & Emma Mitchell
With different personality types and backgrounds, how did a team of 6 women survive a gruelling 9 month expedition on a 29ft boat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean? Part of this all-female crew to row unsupported and set two world records, Natalia Cohen and Emma Mitchell talk about what connects, drives and limits us as individuals and as a team as well as how to find the strength within the diversity of a team.
Saturday 14:30 – 15:00
Wild Nights – Camping Britain’s Extremes
Phoebe Smith, Wanderlust Travel Magazine
Phoebe Smith likes to sleep wild – from caves to mountain tops, disused farmsteads and under giant boulders. In this talk she’ll show you how you can make the most of your weekends, unlocking some of the best places to wild camp. She’ll have you reaching for your bivvy bag as she recounts her ‘Extreme Sleeps Challenge’ in which she became the first woman to sleep solo at the extreme points of mainland Britain and will share with you hard-won advice on what to pack, staying safe in the wilderness and how to have some wild nights of your own.
Saturday 15:15 – 15:45
How to Get the Most Out of Your Trip to Japan
Wendy Wu Tours
Wendy Wu Tours are leading experts in travel to Japan – whether it’s group touring, adventure travel, private touring or tailormade holidays. With so much to see and do, many don’t even know where to start – so let Wendy Wu Tours tell you how by offering inspiration as well as practical tips and advice. Knowing every rich and exciting corner of Japan, find out how you can explore its rich past, present and future. From robot restaurants, tranquil temples, hiking up iconic Mount Fuji or chanting with Buddhist Monks, Wendy Wu Tours here to tell you how to really and truly gain a deep understanding of this fascinating country.
Saturday 16:00 – 16:30
Svalbard: All Year Adventure
Anika Paust, Hurtigruten
The final frontier in the North, Svalbard has attracted visitors wishing to view its incredible glacial landscapes and stunning Polar fjords. Hurtigruten, who have been taking tourists to this area since 1896, invite you to this fascinating archipelago, with a fantastic selection of experiences, activities and expeditions throughout the year. From 18 days of cross-country skiing to a half day dogsled, and so much in between, Svalbard offers something for everyone. Camp under the midnight sun, stay in a comfortable hotel and hunt the northern lights or experience the amazing colours of the first and last sunsets in the spring and autumn. Here you can really choose your own Arctic adventure.
Saturday 16:45 – 17:15
Get off the Beaten Track with a 2 Wheeled African Adventure
Would you like to take a journey through some of the world’s most beautiful scenery, see wild animals roaming free, meet some of the friendliest people, and bike on some of the best roads and tracks, while travelling through South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho and Zimbabwe on a top of the line BMW GS1200 LC motorcycle? Or go off roading in Morocco on a KTM 450 exc, and experience fast Dakar tracks across vast dried lake beds, winding rocky trails up through the beautiful Jebel Saghro Mountains, deep sandy riverbeds, a night in a desert bivouac with campfire and musicians as well as learn how to conquer 150 meter high dunes? Moto Aventures will share with you the exhilarating reasons why, with them, an adventure by motorcycle is the best way to get off the beaten track.
Saturday 17:30 – 18:00
From Kilimanjaro to K2
Jake Meyer started climbing when he was 12. Watching the millennium dawn from the summit of Kilimanjaro when he was 15 started a passion for adventure which has taken him on over 20 expeditions including world record breaking trips to Everest, the 7 Summits, and two attempts on K2.
Sunday 10:30 – 11:00
The Best Walking Trails in Europe
Felicia Krawczyk, CaminoWays
An introduction to some of the best walking trails in Europe, including the different routes of the historic Camino de Santiago across France, Portugal and Spain; the Via Francigena from Canterbury to Rome, the St Francis Way from Florence and the top hiking trails in Ireland and along the Wild Atlantic Way.
Sunday 11:15 – 11:45
Aim High for Skye – Family Kilimanjaro Climb
Chris Wrede and his two sons, Oasis Overland
With their two sons now 15 and 17, Chris and Jackie were looking for adventurous holidays that would inspire them to travel as a family. Ethan had to have a total hip replacement about 60 years too early at the age of 15 and wanted to prove to himself he could take on a big physical challenge. So it was decided, they’d climb Kili. Their younger son had the idea of trying to use the climb to raise money for a charity (Blue Skye Thinking). So then it was just a matter of organising the climb and what training to do. Oh yes…. and paying for it!
Sunday 12:00 – 12:30
Planning a Cycle Tour from Space
Harriet & Neil Pike, Trailblazer Guides
Harriet and Neil Pike discuss the advantages and pitfalls of using Google Earth for route planning on a search for the perfect dirt road in the Andes, Himalayas and Pamir. They are the authors of the Adventure Cycle-Touring Handbook and Peru’s Cordilleras Blanca & Huayhuash Hiking & Biking Guide.
Sunday 12:45 – 13:15
Central & North Afghanistan
Geoff Hann, Hinterland Travel
Afghanistan – a fantastic country for ground breaking journeys. As Geoff describes the glorious, stark scenery, travel with him in your mind’s eye through mountain passes to the very centre of Afghanistan and on to the bewitching Lapis Lazuli mines through remote and beautiful terrain, little travelled by Afghans, even less by westerners.
Sunday 13:30 – 14:00
Things I Wish I Knew Before I Went Travelling
How do you stop yourself getting into situations that aren’t quite what you were expecting? What sort of mind-set allows for the best travel experiences? How do you avoid the normal pitfalls of travelling through the developing world? Learn from the mistakes of one man who has made them all and survived to tell the tale.
Sunday 14:15 – 14:45
Modern Travel Along the Old Silk Road
Jonny Bealby & Marc Leaderman, Wild Frontiers
From the architectural wonders and romance of the Old Silk Road to its epic mountain and desert landscapes, Central Asia offers an incredible diversity of both scenery and culture. Follow ancient trade routes and explore the remains of a bygone age, while also discovering the unique and cosmopolitan cities of Central Asia today.
Sunday 15:00 – 15:30
Woodland Adventures in Ontario
Ontario Tourist Board
Join Naturally Superior Adventures and Red Lake Outfitters who will take you on a journey through ancient volcanic explosions and meteoroid crashes in Lake Superior then deep into the Boreal Forest of north-western Ontario to the remote interior of Woodland Caribou Provincial Park, where the largest population of Woodland Caribou can be found.
Sunday 15:45 – 16:15
Take the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Henry Stedman, Trailblazer Guides
Lost to the jungle for centuries, the Inca city of Machu Picchu was rediscovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911. It’s now probably the most famous sight in South America – and justifiably so. Perched high above the river on a knife-edge ridge, the ruins are truly spectacular. The best way to reach them is on foot, following parts of the original paved Inca Trail over passes of 4200m (13,500ft). Recently returned from updating Trailblazer’s Inca Trail, Cusco & Machu Picchu, Henry Stedman has all the latest information and top tips for planning the perfect trek.
Sunday 16:30 – 17:00
Cycling the World, the Hard Way
With a passion for the tougher cycle touring routes, medical doctor and journalist Stephen Fabes explored the back-roads of the planet for 6 years: riding remote Andean passes of 5200 metres, crossing Mongolia mid-winter via ice lakes, journeying into remote cloud-forest in Myanmar, as well as the deserts of Syria and Afghanistan.
Please note talk timetables are subject to change.