Destinations London Schedules

Here you will find the full schedule for all sessions and presentations at Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show London including: Stanfords Travel Writers Festival, Meet The Experts Theatres 1 and 2, Experience The World & Taste The World.

To help you nagivate this page, here is a useful guide:

  • You can filter by day or by Theatre (these are known as Tracks)
  • Meet The Experts Theare 1 is coloured in dark blue
  • Meet The Experts Theare 2 is coloured in red
  • Stanfords Travel Writers Theatre is coloured in green

What are the various stages?

Stanfords Travel Writers Festival

Brought to you by Stanfords, hear inspiring talks from explorers, adventurers, historians, novelists, TV personalities and many more of the very best travel authors.

Meet The Experts Theatres 1 & 2

Expert talks covering the different corners of the globe. Speakers will give you unique insight into their experiences and take you on fascinating and memorable journeys to inspire your next adventure.

Experience The World Stage

Dive in and experience world cultures, and entertainment. Enjoy the spectacle of cultural performances and get involved with interactive displays. Here you will discover the essence of new cultures and a whole host of new destinations.

Taste The World Stage

Get a taste for unusual international delicacies with hundreds of free world food and drink samples and discover the essence of new cultures and a whole host of new destinations.

Destinations London 2019 Schedules

Stanfords Travel Writers Festival

Thu 31 Jan 11:00 to 12:00

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Speakers:

John Rendall
Lecturer & Safari Leader
Julia Wheeler
Journalist & Interviewer

Presentation title

The Story of Christian the Lion

John Rendall talks to Julia Wheeler about the story that captured the imagination of the world. In 1969 Harrods department store in London sold a lion cub to John Rendall and Anthony (Ace) Bourke. For a year Christian the lion lived happily and safely with his human 'pride' in Chelsea. When Christian outgrew his London environment he was entrusted to the care of George Adamson in Kenya, who with his wife Joy, had successfully rehabilitated their lioness Elsa, the subject of Joy's Book Born Free. A year after Christian had been living in the wild John and Ace returned to Kenya to try and find him. The film clip of their emotional reunion has now been viewed by over 100 million people on YouTube.
 

After the talk, John will be signing copies of his book Christian the Lion at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Thu 31 Jan 12:00 to 13:00

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Speakers:

Julian Sayarer
Author & Journalist
Paul Blezard
Interviewer

Presentation title

All at Sea: Another Side of Paradise with Julian Sayarer

Former Stanfords Travel Writer of the Year Julian Sayarer talks to Paul Blezard about his experiences on the small island of Surin, near the navel border of Thailand and Myanmar. Julian was initially brought to the area as an on-location writer for a crew filming a documentary about the indigenous people known as Moken 'sea gypsies'.  Events unfold in a reality strangely different to that version captured by the lens. In the quest for indigenous wisdom, cameras and tripods clutter bamboo huts, while fishing trips and dives are staged beneath the waves. With the quest for paradise seeming ever more artificial, Sayarer instead begins listening to the stories of Laurie, an old sailor, with a life on the water behind him, and in whose ship the crew sail out into the Andaman Sea.

 

After the talk, Julian will be signing copies of his books, including All at Sea at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Thu 31 Jan 13:00 to 14:00

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Speakers:

Tim Marshall
Journalist & Broadcaster

Presentation title

Divided: Why we're Living in an Age of Walls with Tim Marshall

Informed by 30 years commenting on world affairs, Tim Marshall’s illuminating explanations of global politics made Prisoners of Geography an international bestseller. In his latest book Divided he brings that wealth of experience and insight to explain what has divided us, past and present, showing how it informs much of what is going on in the world today. In Europe the divisions of the past decade threaten not only European unity, but in some countries liberal democracy itself. In China, the Party’s need to contain the divisions wrought by capitalism will define the nation’s future. In the USA the rationale for the Mexican border wall taps into the fear that the USA will no longer be a white majority country.

After the talk, Tim will be signing copies of his books, including Divided at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Thu 31 Jan 14:00 to 15:00

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Speakers:

Emma Slade
Author, Buddhist Nun & Charity Founder
Justin Butcher
Actor, Writer & Director
Guy Stagg
Author
Paul Blezard
Interviewer

Presentation title

A Modern Pilgrim's Journey

For centuries people have been making spiritual journeys in search of enlightenment or following some kind of sacred footsteps. Emma Slade, Justin Butcher and Guy Stagg have all recently written very different books following this theme. Here they discuss the historical significance and personal experiences behind these journeys, how they can be secular and offer advice for anyone planning on going on a pilgrimage or creating one of their own. The panel will be chaired by Paul Blezard, who has himself cycled to Santiago di Compostela.

 

After the talk, Emma, Justin and Guy will be signing copies of their books, including Set Free, Walking to Jerusalem and The Crossway at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Thu 31 Jan 15:00 to 16:00

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Speakers:

Peter Frankopan
Historian & Author

Presentation title

The New Silk Road with Peter Frankopan

When The Silk Roads: A New History of the World was published in 2015 Peter Frankopan changed how we view the past, selling over 1 million copies around the world and remaining in the Sunday Times bestseller list for 31 weeks. The New Silk Roads brings this story up to date, providing a timely reminder that we live in a world that is profoundly interconnected. In an age of Brexit and Trump, the themes of isolation and fragmentation permeating the Western world stand in sharp contrast to what has been happening along the Silk Roads since 2015, where the story has been about deepening ties and trying to work together.

 

After the talk, Peter will be signing copies of his books, including The New Silk Road at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand. Peter talks to Paul Blezard.

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Thu 31 Jan 16:00 to 17:00

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Speakers:

Kate Humble
Farmer, Writer,Activist & TV Presenter

Presentation title

Why We Walk with Kate Humble:

Kate Humble talks to Julia Wheeler about the benefits of walking and her book Thinking on My Feet in which she recorded her walks (and runs) throughout a single year, but also charted her feelings and impressions throughout. She looks at the reasons why we walk – whether for creative energy, challenge and pleasure, or therapeutic benefits, and offers reflections and insights that will encourage, motivate and spur you into action. In her book she also included walks with others who have discovered the magical, soothing effect of putting one foot in front of the other, including the artist who walks to find inspiration for his next painting and the woman who walked every footpath in Wales (3,700 miles) when she discovered she had cancer.

 

After the talk, Kate will be signing copies of her book Thinking on My Feet at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Fri 01 Feb 11:00 to 12:00

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Speakers:

Tommy Barnes
Brewer & Author
Julia Wheeler
Journalist & Interviewer

Presentation title

Escaping the Rat Race and Brewing Beer in the Loire

Micro-breweries are popping up every day making styles of ale that are re-defining beer as a luxury drink, so Tommy decides to start a micro-brewery in his barn in France. Sadly, it turns out 20 years of drinking beer doesn’t qualify you to brew it.  Tommy Barnes talks to Julia Wheeler about his experiences of leaving London behind to begin a new life in the Loire with his family and starting a micro-brewery with no previous experience.

 

After the talk, Tommy will be signing copies of his book A Beer in the Loire at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Fri 01 Feb 12:00 to 13:00

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Speakers:

Ed Gorman
Journalist & Author
John McCarthy
Writer & Broadcaster

Presentation title

Ed Gorman in Conversation with John McCarthy

Ed Gorman talks to John McCarthy about his career as a journalist covering conflicts in Northern Ireland, the Gulf, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Balkans and Afghanistan. Looking at how these experiences can completely change your life, they will also be talking about Ed’s book Death of a Translator which is a searingly honest description of a mind haunted and eventually paralysed by the terror of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

 

After the talk, Ed will be signing copies of his book Death of a Translator at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Fri 01 Feb 13:00 to 14:00

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Speakers:

Lizzie Carr
Activist, Adventurer & Paddle Boarder
Phoebe Smith
Travel Writer, Broadcaster & Presenter

Presentation title

Paddling Britain and Beyond with Lizzie Carr

In 2016 Lizzie Car became the first person to paddle board the entire length of Britain’s waterways. In 2017 she became the first woman to paddle board solo across the English Channel. In 2018 she became the first person to paddle board the entire length of the Hudson River.  She combined her paddle boarding with raising awareness of plastic pollution. Lizzie speaks to Phoebe Smith about how paddle boarding has gained popularity and become an easy way to travel waterways. She will also be giving tips on how we can all do our bit to improve plastic pollution.

 

After the talk, Lizzie will be signing copies of her book Paddling Britain at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Fri 01 Feb 14:00 to 15:00

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Speakers:

Don McCullin
Photographer
Julia Wheeler
Journalist & Interviewer

Presentation title

Sir Don McCullin in Conversation

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Fri 01 Feb 15:00 to 16:00

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Speakers:

Tristan Gooley
Natural Navigator
Mary-Ann Ochata
Broadcaster, Anthropologist & Author

Presentation title

Reading the Landscpe

Achieve a level of outdoor awareness that will enable you to understand the landscape around you. Tristan Gooley shows how it is possible to sense direction from stars and plants, forecast weather from woodland sounds and predict the next action of an animal from its body language – instantly. Mary-Ann Ochota shares her archaeological expertise to reveal the historic features you can spot in the countryside around you – from Bronze Age burial mounds to turnpiked toll roads.

 

After the talk, Tristan and Mary-Ann will be signing copies of their books including Wild Signs and Star Paths: The Keys to our Lost Sixth Sense and Hidden Histories: A Spotter’s Guide to the British Landscape at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Fri 01 Feb 16:00 to 17:00

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Speakers:

Levison Wood
Author & Film Maker
Paul Blezard
Interviewer

Presentation title

Levison Wood in Conversation

Levison Wood talks to Paul Blezard about his life as an adventurer and his latest book Arabia. Following in the footsteps of great explorers such as Lawrence of Arabia and Wilfred Thesiger, Arabia is Levison Wood's account of his most complex expedition yet: circumnavigating the Arabian Peninsula. Travelling through some of the harshest and most beautiful environments on earth, he seeks to challenge our perceptions of an often misunderstood part of the world, seeing how the region has changed and examining the stories we don't often hear about in the media.

 

After the talk, Levison will be signing copies of his books, including Arabia at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Sat 02 Feb 11:00 to 12:00

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Speakers:

Jonathan Drori
Author & Environmentalist

Presentation title

Around the World in 80 Trees

Calling all nature lovers. Join us as Jonathan Drori talks about his new book Around the World in 80 Trees. From India’s sacred banyan to the fragrant cedar of Lebanon, they offer us sanctuary and inspiration – not to mention the raw materials for everything from aspirin to maple syrup. Jonathan uses plant science to illuminate how trees play a role in every part of human life, from the romantic to the regrettable, to the downright ridiculous.

 

After the talk, Jonathan will be signing copies of his book Around the World in 80 Trees at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Sat 02 Feb 12:00 to 13:00

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Speakers:

Sean Conway
Extreme Endurance Adventurer
Phoebe Smith
Travel Writer, Broadcaster & Presenter

Presentation title

Running Britain with Sean Conway

Sean Conway talks to Phoebe Smith about the third and final leg in the world’s first length of Britain Triathlon. Having already cycled and swum the length of Britain, Sean completed his trilogy by running all the way from John O'Groats to Land's End entirely unsupported. The adventure was turned into a successful Documentary on Discovery Channel. Sean ran nearly a marathon every day carrying just a small rucksack and had to change trainers every 10 days because they wore out. 

 

After the talk, Sean will be signing copies of his books including Running Britain at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Sat 02 Feb 13:00 to 14:00

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Speakers:

Lloyd Figgins
Travel Safety Expert

Presentation title

Travel Safety with International Security Expert Lloyd Figgins

The rewards you can reap from exploring this amazing planet are incalculable. Every year, more and more of us are discovering the joy, the excitement, the sheer sense of adventure in roaming the world. But travelling, particularly to the more remote and volatile corners of the globe, can be a dangerous business. If you don't prepare properly - by looking for potential hazards and learning how best to deal with them - you may wish you'd never started out. Lloyd Figgins, travel risk expert & author of the The Travel Survival Guide offers up-to-date, no-nonsense, practical advice on how to prepare for a trip, recognise warning signs, avoid potential hazards and cope with emergencies should they occur.

 

After the talk, Lloyd will be signing copies of his book The Travel Survival Guide at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Sat 02 Feb 14:00 to 15:00

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Speakers:

Ishbel Holmes
Adventurer, Author & Animal Rescuer
Phoebe Smith
Travel Writer, Broadcaster & Presenter

Presentation title

Cycling with a Rescued Street Dog

Ishbel Holmes was determined to cycle the world but her journey took a completely unexpected turn when she rescued a street dog in Turkey. Between the two there formed a deep bond and their relationship was followed and supported by thousands of readers online, before becoming a media sensation overnight when Ishbel put out a plea for help to transport Lucy to an animal shelter three hundred miles away. Ishbel talks to Phoebe Smith about this heart-rending tale of adventure, one person's determination to cross an unfamiliar country by bike and the unforgettable scenes that greet her on the Turkey-Syria border and into Syria itself.

 

After the talk, Ishbel will be signing copies of her book Me, My Bike and a Street Dog Called Lucy at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Sat 02 Feb 15:00 to 16:00

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Speakers:

Julian Sayarer
Author & Journalist
Alev Scott
Author & Journalist
Julia Wheeler
Journalist & Interviewer

Presentation title

Ottomoan Odessey: Travels through a Lost Empire with Alev Scott

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Sat 02 Feb 16:00 to 17:00

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Speakers:

Levison Wood
Author & Film Maker
Julia Wheeler
Journalist & Interviewer

Presentation title

Levison Wood in Conversation

Levison Wood talks to Julia Wheeler about his life as an adventurer and his latest book Arabia. Following in the footsteps of great explorers such as Lawrence of Arabia and Wilfred Thesiger, Arabia is Levison Wood's account of his most complex expedition yet: circumnavigating the Arabian Peninsula. Travelling through some of the harshest and most beautiful environments on earth, he seeks to challenge our perceptions of an often misunderstood part of the world, seeing how the region has changed and examining the stories we don't often hear about in the media.

 

After the talk, Levison will be signing copies of his books, including Arabia at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Sun 03 Feb 11:00 to 12:00

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Speakers:

Andy Scott
Author and Conflict Adviser, UK Government
Fearghal O'Nuallain
Author & Explorer
Paul Blezard
Interviewer
Phoebe Smith
Travel Writer, Broadcaster & Presenter

Presentation title

Travel Etiquette

When travelling, what is appropriate behaviour when greeting people? Should you offer a handshake, a kiss on the cheek or two kisses? Different countries have their own set of rules regarding eating, dressing, cleanliness, hospitality and religion. What traditions should you absolutely partake in and which should you merely observe. Are there ways to find out these things before hand or should you just trust the kindness of strangers? Phoebe Smith, Fearghal O'Nuallain, and Andy Scott share their knowledge and experiences with Paul Blezard.

 

After the talk Phoebe, Fearghal and Andy Scott and Phoebe Smith will be signing copies of their books, including The Wilderness Cookbook, The Kindness of Strangers and One Kiss or Two at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Sun 03 Feb 12:00 to 13:00

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Speakers:

Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent
Travel Writer & TV Producer
Julia Wheeler
Journalist & Interviewer
Lois Pryce
Author & Travel Writer

Presentation title

Solo Motorcycle Adventures

Travel writers Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent and Lois Pryce talk to Julia Wheeler about their extensive solo travels by motorbike in many regions all over the world including India’s Arunachal Pradesh, Iran and South America. Hear about their epic adventures and the discoveries they’ve made as they talk about venturing off the beaten track, banish myths about solo female travel and offer tips on how to conquer loneliness and homesickness while travelling alone.

 

After the talk, Antonia and Lois will be signing copies of their books, including Land of the Dawn-Lit Mountains and Revolutionary Ride at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Sun 03 Feb 13:00 to 14:00

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Speakers:

Julia Wheeler
Journalist & Interviewer
Nicholas Crane
Author & Broadcaster

Presentation title

You Are Here: A Brief Guide to the World with Nicholas Crane

One word binds us all: geography. We are all geographers, human beings who care about the places we think of as 'home' - our habitat. Nicholas Crane makes the compelling case to Julia Wheeler that geography has never been so important. On this finite orb, with its battered habitat, sustained in dark space by a thin, life-giving atmosphere, we have reached a point in our collective geographical journey where knowledge is the best guarantor of the future.

 

After the talk, Nicholas will be signing copies of his books, including You Are Here at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Sun 03 Feb 14:00 to 15:00

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Speakers:

Chris Bonington
Mountaineer, Writer, Photographer & Lecturer
Paul Blezard
Interviewer

Presentation title

Sir Chris Bonington in Conversation

Britain’s greatest mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington talks to Paul Blezard about his career spanning six decades of climbing peaks, across all continents. He has undertaken nineteen Himalayan expeditions, including four to Mount Everest which he climbed in 1985 at the age of fifty, and has made many first ascents in the Alps and greater ranges of the world. Along the way we will be fascinated by his many daring climbs, near-death adventures, and the many luminaries of the mountain fraternity he has climbed with.

After the talk, Chris will be signing copies of his book Ascent at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Sun 03 Feb 15:00 to 16:00

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Speakers:

Monisha Rajesh
Author & Journalist
Julia Wheeler
Journalist & Interviewer

Presentation title

Around the World in 80 Trains

When Monisha Rajesh announced plans to circumnavigate the globe in eighty train journeys, she was met with wide-eyed disbelief. But it wasn’t long before she was carefully plotting a route that would cover 45,000 miles, almost twice the circumference of the earth,  coasting along the world’s most remarkable railways; from the cloud-skimming heights of Tibet’s Qinghai railway to silk sheeted splendour on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Monisha talks to Julia Wheeler about her automotive adventures.

 

After the talk, Monisha will be signing copies of her books, including Around the World in 80 Trains at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

 

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Sun 03 Feb 16:00 to 17:00

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Speakers:

Levison Wood
Author & Film Maker
Phoebe Smith
Travel Writer, Broadcaster & Presenter

Presentation title

Levison Wood in Conversation

Levison Wood talks to Phoebe Smith about his life as an adventurer and his latest book Arabia. Following in the footsteps of great explorers such as Lawrence of Arabia and Wilfred Thesiger, Arabia is Levison Wood's account of his most complex expedition yet: circumnavigating the Arabian Peninsula. Travelling through some of the harshest and most beautiful environments on earth, he seeks to challenge our perceptions of an often misunderstood part of the world, seeing how the region has changed and examining the stories we don't often hear about in the media.

 

After the talk, Levison will be signing copies of his books, including Arabia at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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