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.
Photo Credit: Randy Law
North Pakistan the home of three Highest Mountain Ranges
Mahmood, Karakorum Jeep Treks International
Adventure North Pakistan, the Himalayas, Karakorum and Hindu Kush, the highest concentration of 8,000+m peaks in the world. Explore thousands of kilometres of jeep treks and footpaths and discover people who are truly isolated, diverse and hospitable. Stay with Kalash who have lived in isolation for more than a millennium. Walk to Nanga Parbat base camp. Enter the Holy Grail Concordia: expedition to K2, the second highest monster peak and walk on the breathtaking Baltoro Glacier.
Globe-Trotting - A tantalising and inspiring peek into the most celebrated destinations
Marco Barcella, 360 Expeditions
It was whilst cycling down a rough dirt track between Poipet and Siem Reap in Cambodia that Marco had the moment of clarity that would change his life. A journey of 5,000km led to a career that took him on a non-stop journey around the world, visiting some of the most iconic destinations in adventure travel taking him from 0 – 6200m, taking in the Great wall of china, Kilimanjaro, Annapurna, Everest base camp and Island peak just to name a few. Hear about his experiences, the highs and the lows of the best job in the world.
ANTARCTICA, Greenland and Spitsbergen Adventures Above and Below water
Charlotte Caffrey, Aqua-Firma
Antarctic and Arctic experts, Aqua-Firma Worldwide steps beyond the ordinary to showcase options for Polar Adventures. Options include kayaking in the company of walruses; camping on Antarctic ice; snorkelling and diving with leopard seals and around icebergs; mountaineering or trekking in snowshoes. Aqua-Firma takes you in the company of experts and wildlife, on small ships, tallships and adventure sailing voyages.
Walking and Trekking in Iceland, the land of Ice and Fire
Paddy Dillon, Cicerone Press
Paddy Dillon has spent many months researching the very best walks on this exciting island, and his routes climb mountains, cross glaciers, pass lakes and explore coastlines and geothermal areas, and range from easy nature trails to challenging treks – including the classic Laugavegur trail. With plenty of hints and tips for budget travellers.
Hiking and Biking in the Cordilleras Blanca and Huayhuash: Peru's Adventure Playground
Harriet & Neil Pike, Trailblazer Guides
The next most popular tourist region in Peru after Cusco and the Inca Trail, the Cordilleras Blanca and Huayhuash boast some of the most spectacular scenery in the Andes, and most accessible high mountain trekking and biking in the world. Perfect pyramidal peaks, gargantuan ice falls and turquoise alpine lakes are all easily reached from Huaraz, the region's capital and centre of tourist comforts. The authors of the new Trailblazer guide to this region describe the best trekking, cycle-touring and mountain-biking routes.
Sæli Ársæll Hauksson, Discover the World
Saeli Ársæll Hauksson, Southcoast Adventure’s General Manager and local Iceland expert, will be hosting a captivating and inspiring talk about adventure holidays in Iceland. Travel to the land of Fire and Ice with Discover the World, the UK’s leading tour operator to Iceland, a destination that offers a wealth of exciting activities for a range of interests. Iceland has something for everyone, from thrill seeking adrenaline junkies to adventure seeking families and couples. The majesty of Iceland can be matched by no other destination, with its magnificent waterfalls, impressive volcanic activity, vast mountains and valleys, beautiful ice-caps and wild coastlines, Iceland’s exceptional and diverse landscape offers a new experience around every corner. Iceland expert and adventure thrill seeker Sæli will talk you through the many options available, whether it’s a helicopter flight over an active volcano, snowmobiling across sheer white glaciers, taking a superjeep adventure in one of his fully equipped and all-terrain vehicles, rafting through a glacier river, and much more. Join us for this thrilling and inspiring talk to find out what new adventures you can experience in Iceland.
Insider Secrets on How to Get any Travel Photo You Want
Lee Thompson, The Flash Pack
Award winning photojournalist and co-founder of The Flash Pack Lee Thompson reveals his top tips on how to come home with stunning images - and it’s got nothing to do with your technical ability! Lee, who recently went viral with his selfie on top of Christ The Redeemer statue in Brazil, has travelled to over 100 countries including Iraq, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone and Israel. He has covered many of the world’s breaking stories including the Egyptian Revolution, conflict in Libya, drug crime in South Africa, Palestinian conflict and force-feeding of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay. Lee now teaches street photography with The Flash Pack in Istanbul & Morocco.
‘Only Planet' A flight-free adventure around the world
In an inspirational tale of global adventure, Ed Gillespie takes anything but a plane to circumnavigate the world. From cargo ships to camels, hitch-hiking to hovercrafts, Ed proves that getting there really is half the fun. Follow his epic tale, across shamanic lakes, Mongolian deserts and jungle volcanoes. Meet grizzled sea-dogs and drunken smugglers, billions of butterflies and peckish pythons. This modern world fable is about the exhilaration of taking it slow, and about rediscovering hope for humanity and for the planet we all share.
At the age of 23, Ash Dykes set a world first, becoming the first person to walk solo & unsupported across Mongolia, 78 days, 1,500 miles, whilst pulling 18 stone over the Altai Mountains, Gobi Desert & Mongolian Steppe. From the age of 19, Ash set out to explore the world first hand & undertook many adventures from surviving with a Burmese Hill Tribe, Trekking the Himalayas, cycling Vietnam, working as a scuba diving instructor whilst competing against the locals in Muay Thai, amongst many others.
How to Travel for Free, and Turn Your Passion for Travel into a Career
Neil Lapping, Macs Adventure
As a travel and adventure enthusiast who has turned his passion into a successful business, Neil will not only discuss how to make travel pay as a career, but also cover the opportunities out there for YOU to travel for free, beyond blogging, to path-finding and how to grab the opportunities.
Talks are subject to change