There's a whole world of adventure out there, just waiting to be discovered ... For inspiration and information we invite you to discover these diverse journeys, challenges and experiences.
Adventure in New Zealand
Neil Henderson, Flying Kiwi New Zealand Tours
A guide to the best adventure activities, hikes and bike rides in New Zealand. From dolphin swimming to skydiving and glacier walking to mountain biking this talk provides a comprehensive introduction of “must sees” and “must dos” for active travellers visiting New Zealand.
Blind and Just a Little Bit Dangerous
Dean “Deano” Dunbar was born with full sight. Aged 9 his sight suddenly deteriorated over night, causing him to be registered as “partially sighted”. For the next 15 years his sight remained pretty static. Then in his mid-20s, his sight dropped again. This time he was registered “blind”. Two years later, in 1998, Deano took his first big adrenaline hit, and he hasn’t stopped since. He has taken on all manner of adventure and extreme sports since 1998, including adventure racing, helicopter bungee jumping, sea kayaking, open-water swimming, power-boating, trekking, white water rafting, stand up paddle-boarding, and much, much more. In total, over 80 challenges around the world, and set almost 20 world firsts. He lives his life like a true adrenaline junkie, either taking on or preparing for his next adrenaline fix. Come and hear the Blind Man talk at the Adventure Travel Show, and find out why being blind can make things just a little bit dangerous!
The Turner Twins : Adventure Guinea Pigs
Hugo Turner, 360 Expeditions
Hugo (one half of the Turner Twins) speaks with passion and energy to elaborate on the skills he’s learnt and developed through his unique expeditions. Humorous, educational and sometimes rather squeamish to listen to, he describes the high and lows of sacrificing his body to scientific medical research, while also comparing the kit and equipment explorers used 100 years ago against today’s modern equivalent.
Close Encounters with Ocean Giants
Ralph Pannell, Aqua-Firma
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 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 Greenland Bowhead Whales, Snorkeling with Leopard Seals … and lots more.
The Abraham Path: Walking Across the Middle East
To venture across the Middle East on foot is an adventure that puts most of us far outside our cultural and personal comfort zones. Stefan Szepesi published a book about walking through Palestine and leads the initiative to create the Abraham Path, presently a 2000km+ walking trail across the region. He finds every walk contains learning about the past, bares witness to the present, and holds hope for the future.
Expedition by Tall Ship and Paddle Board
Paul Hyman and Stefan Fritz, Active360 and Heritage Marine
How to explore the remote wilderness of the West Coast of Scotland and as far as St. Kilda by Paddle Board or Sea Kayak using the mode of transport of our ancient explorers. Adventure trips for teams with varying skill, fitness and exploration levels supported and based on a traditional sailing Windjammer.
Harriet & Neil Pike, Trailblazer Guides
Escape the backpacker circuit and turn your bicycle into a travelling machine capable of taking you on the trip of a lifetime – across a country, across a continent or right around the world. The authors of the new edition of Trailblazer's Adventure Cycle-Touring Handbook discuss how to get started, what equipment to take and where to go.
North Pakistan Where Continents Collide
Mahmood, Karakorum Jeep Treks International
Explore thousands of kilometres of jeep treks and footpaths of three highest mountain ranges: Himalayas, Karakorum and Hindu Kush and share experiences with the truly isolated, diverse and hospitable peoples of Hunza and Kalash. Walk to Nanga Parbat base camp and enter the Holy Grail Concordia: expedition to K2, the second highest monster peak, trekking on the longest breathtaking Baltoro Glacier.
Jeff Roberts, Hurtigruten
Talk details to be updated shortly.
Nepal Still Trekker’s Heaven
Rajan Simkhada, Earthbound Expeditions
A trekking in Nepal is still trekker’s heaven, with majority of trekking routes being unaffected by the devastated earthquake which has hit parts of Nepal recently. In addition to having an experience of a life time you will also be contributing to the up break of the country and its people.
Horse Riding Holiday Around The World
Mark Davison, Venture Co
Join Mark Davison from Venture Co for an informative talk on tailor made horse riding holidays and expeditions to Africa, Asia, Europe and South America. There is a world waiting to be discovered on horseback, the ultimate in low-impact travel. The manner that riders are welcoming by local people is genuinely warm and friendly; horses can access remote wilderness and ford rivers, naturally and our range of rides offers inexperienced riders and accomplished riders a new dimension to an overseas experience. Venture Co places emphasis on delivering memorable holidays and exceptional wildlife experiences, crafted by a small team of well-travelled and passionate individuals.
Adventure Travel in the Western Balkans
Alex Crevar and Thierry Joubert, Western Balkans Region
The Western Balkans have become the next great adventure destination. The entire region – from Slovenia to Macedonia – has a pristine landscape unsullied by industry. Streams, lakes, and villages all exist within a rugged network of mountain ranges, rivers, and trails … which take trekkers, skiers, cyclists kayakers, and travellers of all sorts to undiscovered corners of Europe. Visitors are treated to epic vistas stretching across peaks and summits to the Adriatic Sea by day. When the sun goes down on the trail, mountain huts and shepherd settlements, serving all-natural food and liqueurs, greet hikers each evening.
India – Asia's adventure playground!
Sanjay Oberoi, Bespoke India Travel
India – The Land of kings is known for its captivating history ,culture, food and many contrasts but its fast becoming the hottest destination in Asia for all things adventure-The Indian Himalaya ,river rafting,motorbike safari's and para gliding as well as a host of other fantastic experiences for those seeking a thrill in the most Incredible backdrop.
Talks are subject to change