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
Exploring Canada’s Wilderness
Rich Harpham is a human powered adventurer who has completed 9,000 miles of expeditions including kayaking from Vancouver to Alaska, Canoeing and racing the Yukon River, hiking and kayaking from Juneau to Whitehorse across the Chilkoot Trail.Richard recently explored Ontario’s Temagami wilderness and raced the 80 mile Muskoka River X. Rich is the editor of Bushcraft and Survival Magazine and teaches outdoor and paddling skills from his company Canoe Trail. Rich leaves the show to ski 560 miles across the Mackensie Mountain Range from Yukon to NWT following Alex Van Bibber’s 1943 expedition.
Saturday 10:45 – 11:15
Quintessential Canadian Paddling Trips in Algonquin and Killarney Provincial Parks
Ted East and Randy Mitson, Destination Ontario
You’ll discover the true essence of the Canadian Canoe Culture on these incredible journeys into two of Canada’s most spectacular Provincial Parks.
A canoe tripper could spend a lifetime exploring Algonquin Park. Covering approximately 3500 square miles of rugged Canadian Shield, the park is home to an abundance of wildlife, unspoiled lakes and rivers and incredible scenery. Explore its best canoe routes with Algonquin Outfitters.
Often called the “crown jewel” of Ontario’s Park system, Killarney’s inland lakes, white quartzite ridges and rugged landscape are best explored by canoe and hiking. The turquoise waters of Georgian Bay, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, offer unparalleled sea kayaking adventures. Killarney Outfitters will provide insiders tips on the best places to paddle.
Saturday 11:30 – 12:00
Kit Lists Unpacked
Ann Foulkes, trekMountains
International Mountain Leader Ann Foulkes, leader of over 65 expeditions and trekking holidays, and writer of kit lists talks equipment.
Whether you are planning a trek in the Himalaya, up Kilimanjaro, hut to hut in the Alps or a round-the-world backpacking trip – what to take and what to leave behind.
Discover the packing tips that make a difference and the go-to kit that you shouldn’t set off without.
Saturday 12:15 – 12:45
Cycling Six Continents
18 months ago I returned from a six year bike ride across 75 countries and the length of 6 continents. I pedalled more than twice around the earth. I’m a journalist and medical doctor and I visited remote medical projects and clinics en route. I’ll talk about the remote routes I cycled, from a Mongolian winter camping on ice lakes at minus 40, to the deserts of Syria and Afghanistan. I contracted dengue, was held at gunpoint and was brutally attacked by snowball wielding children in Dartford, Kent.
Saturday 13:00 – 13:30
K2 Trek to Concordia on Baltoro Glacier
Mahmood, Karakorum Jeep Treks International
Enter the inner sanctum: expedition to K2, the second highest 8,611m monster peak, walking the length of the world’s longest glacier, taking in one of the most breathtaking views in the world. Ascend a vertical mile in six days and camp on the breathtaking 58 km long Baltoro Glacier. The Holy Grail Concordia surrounded by giants is providing an awe-inspiring view of K2. Return through Gondogoro La, 5,400m ice-strewn terrain of the stunning Karakorum.
Saturday 13:45 – 14:15
OCEAN GIANTS: close encounters in our Blue Planet
Ralph Pannell, Aqua-Firma Worldwide LTD
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. He will share the latest findings from our whale shark research in Madagascar, Mexico and Tanzania, bring you eye to eye with humpback whales, hammerhead sharks and a potential new species of giant manta ray. In the Polar regions, he takes us to Spitsbergen for specialist lead polar bear encounters , kayaking with walruses, sailing with beluga and snorkelling with the leopard seals and penguins of Antarctica.
Saturday 14:30 – 15:00
Crossing the Desert, the Andes, and the Amazon of Peru on a 4×4 Self Drive Adventure
Paul Boardman, Peru Safari
Tour operators are often not able to divert travellers understandably hell-bent on visiting an icon like Machu Picchu, but visitors are now restricted in the amount of time they can spend at Machu Picchu to alleviate crowding. So what are the options to heading straight to Cusco? Your own 4×4 self-drive guided expedition vehicle gives you unprecedented access to an authentic Peru, its people, and locations that “mainstream” tours can only dream of reaching.
So what are the ups and downs of taking on Peru behind the wheel? Lead Peru Safari 4×4 guide Paul Boardman provides an overview with a Q&A session.
Saturday 15:15 – 15:45
Necessity is the mother of adventure
As a woman, and a mother, I notice the limitations we create around what we allow ourselves to do. We are always compromising, multi-tasking, taking the slack, holding the fort, and this is all great, except when we do this ALL the time, and don’t give ourselves even a few days to go off on our own, to re-connect with ourselves, to challenge ourselves physically, to marvel at the wonders of nature, to learn, to grow, and also to strip away, to get back to basics, to clear our thinking, and to change, where necessary, our mindset. When we even think about doing this we meet amazing resistance – particularly from ourselves, even if it’s what we actually really need.
Saturday 16:00 – 16:30
To the Best in the World with the Best in the World
Charlie Waite, Light and Land Photography
Charlie Waite, the founder of Light and Land which is Europe’s premier photography tour company, will discuss the rise in popularity of Landscape Photography tours, how travel and photography walk hand in hand and an overview of some of the locations we go to covering all areas of the globe and the variety of tours on offer to suit different photographic ability.
Saturday 16:45 – 17:15
Following The Line
In 2017, Charlie Walker completed an 8-month, 5,000-mile triathlon travelling the length of the border between Europe and Asia, spanning from the midwinter snowfields of the Russian Arctic to the Bosporus in Istanbul. ‘Following The Line’ was a world first endurance feat by ski, kayak and bicycle. However, it was also an exploration into what it means (if anything) to be Asian or European, and what divides or unites the people on either side of the line that has traditionally demarcated East and West. During this expedition, Charlie experienced temperatures from -45˚C to +50˚C, numerous arrests, the regular threat of bears, and the challenges of survival in some of the world’s remotest and most inhospitable landscapes.
Saturday 17:30 – 18:00
Alpe Adria Trail
Marko Lenarčič, Hiking & Biking Slovenia
The Alpe Adria Trail is a long distance hiking trail (around 750km, 43 stages) connecting three countries (Slovenia, Austria, Italy), three cultures, three different languages, three different cuisines. We combined these to create one story – a long-distance walk with no technical difficulties, from the highest peak in Austria, the Grossglockner, around lakes, along rivers, through vineyards, across the Karst, to Muggia near Trieste, on the Adriatic coast.
Perfect story, perfect walk, perfect experience.
Sunday 10:30 – 11:00
Epic Paddling Adventures Into the Wilds of Canada
Harlan Schwartz and Jake O’Flaherty, Destination Ontario
You’ll discover the true essence of the Canadian Canoe Culture on these two incredible journeys into the pristine Canadian wilderness.
Find complete solitude in the untouched boreal landscape of Woodland Caribou Provincial Park. This remote park in Northwest Ontario is rich in wildlife, full of Canadian Heritage and is teeming with fish. Be immersed in its timeless beauty and learn about its best fly-in paddling experiences with Red Lake Outfitters.
Paddle the world’s largest freshwater inland sea – Lake Superior. Explore its wildly rugged and beautiful coastline with Naturally Superior Adventures. Learn about travelling like the early explorers in the quintessential Canadian boat – the 36-foot voyageur canoe. Discover exceptional wilderness sea kayaking experiences where you’ll be kayaking with caribou, hiking to incredible waterfalls, feeling ancient Indigenous spirits and camping on sandy or cobblestone beaches under a blanket of incredible stars.
Sunday 11:15 – 11:45
Sunday 12:00 – 12:30
Traditions of modern Mongolia
Jess Brooks, Eternal Landscapes
Mongolia is firmly embracing the 21st Century. However, there are many customs that remain an inherent part of Mongolian culture but they are integrated into everyday life so can be hard for visitors to tell that they exist. This talk is for those considering travelling to Mongolia to learn a little more about the way of life and what to expect as a visitor. A visitor to 21st Century Mongolia.
Sunday 12:45 – 13:15
How to get to the start line of an adventure despite other people’s doubts
One of the hardest things about an adventure is getting to the start line. There’s a lot of planning, wondering if it’s possible and other people can put you off. I explain how I use negative responses I’ve received during planning to not just get to the start line but also to the end. Examples of adventures: walking the Rabbit Proof Fence, Circumnavigating Australia with truck drivers, roller skating to Bude and running with Kenyans.
Sunday 13:30 – 14:00
Around the World in 80 Family Days
How I quit my job, self-funded, self-organised, self-planned and created a life changing adventure for my family. Starting at The Reform Club in London and loosely following the journey of the Jules Verne’s classic we took our kids out of school and around the world in 80 days!
Sunday 14:15 – 14:45
The Tribal and Buddhist Landscape of Arunachal Pradesh.
Alan Palmer, Yak Travel
Nestling at the eastern end of the Himalayas, the remote mountainous Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh is home to a breathtaking kaleidoscope of traditional tribal cultures unique to this part of the world. In his talk, Alan takes us with him on his recent journeys, undertaken by 4×4 and on foot, through unique donyi polo villages, engaging with local tribesmen and participating in their festivals, before reaching the stunning Tawang Valley, close to the borders of Bhutan and Tibet, where he explored the world’s largest Buddhist monastery outside Lhasa.
Sunday 15:00 – 15:30
A RIDE OF DISCOVERY! The Pyrenees and Lleida region
Gonçal Portabella, Catalan Tourist Board
The Catalan Tourism Board initiated a Project in 2015 specially devoted to those who love travelling on two wheels. This is based on 10 routes running across the Region of Lleida. Each of these offers great touristic and scenic attractions and combines stretches of secondary road, which have numerous curves but not much traffic, with other straighter sections along main roads.
Sunday 15:45 – 16:15
400.000km Hitch-Hike around the World
André BRUGIROUX belongs to the very closed club of men who dedicated their life to travel. He discovered without exception, all the countries and territories of the world, guided by a pacific philosophy, an incredible curiosity and a keen sense of resourcefulness”. Between 1967 and 1973, he hitch-hiked 400.000 km around the world. He slowly reached the conclusion, as a result of his experiences with so many of the world’s people, that, “the earth is but one country”. A very lively talk with plenty of terrific adventures and a positive conclusion for mankind!
Sunday 16:30 – 17:00
Things to consider when choosing a Volunteering Project Abroad
Tom Gore, Kaya Responsible Travel
This presentation will be focused on the different elements an individual, or group, will need to considered when choosing a volunteer abroad project. Tom will be sharing our some key considerations with the audience, explaining each consideration in more detail as the presentation unfolds. The audience will leave this talk with an in-depth understanding of these considerations as well as knowledge of the vast range of volunteer abroad projects they can participate in around the world.