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

Meet The Experts London - Theatre 1

Thu 31 Jan 10:45 to 11:30

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Why Uzbekistan?

Uzbekistan, the colourful and fertile land that has provided a dramatic stage for characters as diverse as Tamerlane, Marco Polo, Ghervais Khan and Alexander the Great, and through which the fabled Great Silk road which once linked the Meditteranean with the Pacific Ocean is the perfect setting for a never-to-be-forgotten holiday. From the modern streets of Tashkent to the majestic mosques, minarets and madressahs of cities such as Bukhara & Samarkand and from its snow-capped mountains to the breathtaking beauty of its lakes this fascinating country has something for everyone. 

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Thu 31 Jan 11:45 to 12:30

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Wax & Gold: Discovering Ethiopia

.A regular visitor for three years to Ethiopia, this talk depicts an epic first journey of three months in which I traversed the entire country alone to explore both it’s known and completely uncharted mountain ranges, discover its ancient cultural heritage, and experience the religious festivals and legendary hospitality of this most unique of countries. ‘The Tibet of Africa’ – Ethiopia is an ancient mountainous land and one of the first countries in the world to adopt the Christian faith. Hear about my journey to the 13th Century rock-hewn churches of Lalibela; traversing the highest mountain plateau in all of Africa in the Bale Mountains in the cool green south of the country where horses and the rare Ethiopian Wolf abound.

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Thu 31 Jan 12:45 to 13:30

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How to prepare and what to pack for your first Iceland visit?

Let the All Iceland Team help you get ready for Iceland! When you travel in Iceland the weather can be very unpredictable and a question we always get is "What should we pack, what should we wear and how do we make the most of our time in Iceland?" Let us give you some real insider hints and tips, as all our Iceland Travel Specialists are Icelandic. Knowing just a few basic principles will mean you are able to stay warm and happy throughout your trip, come rain, shine or snow storm. Come and meet the Team and you can also ask all the questions you want!

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Thu 31 Jan 13:45 to 14:30

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Rural India & Green Footprints

A rare insight to rural India and how to make your trip a special experience, by combining rural villages, home stays as well as old heritage hotels.

A Journey by toy train to the foothills of the Himalayas to Shimla and beyond. Discovering sustainable ways and skills hidden away in the villages, sadly now fast disappearing.

Exploring plastic free travel and making an appeal to avoid plastic. Extreme measures to have a guilt free trip, even at home. Gain cultural experiences to beat the threat of air pollution. Consider the responsibilities to carry with you on your holiday. How to add on a sustainable task with your tour to contribute towards the clean air mission? Get involved to improve our air and to leave green footprints behind. Easy ways to get your visa at home for India and to have a memorable trip.

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Thu 31 Jan 14:45 to 15:30

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Patagonia - Off the Beaten Track

Edward and Emily will recount their latest experiences in remote Patagonia, from Torres del Paine in the south to Villarica volcano in the Chilean lake district. They will contrast the many travel options, including the various border crossings with Argentina, where to stay, and how long to allow for journeys to this beautiful and still little-visited corner of Latin America.

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Thu 31 Jan 15:45 to 16:30

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Speakers:

Carl Meadows
North Korea Travel Specialist

Presentation title

North Korea - Visiting the World's Most Secretive Nation

Always on the lookout for expanding into the more weird and wonderful parts of the world, Regent's founder Neil Taylor was approached by the North Koreans in the early 1980's to investigate the possibility of western tourists visiting the country and in 1986 the very first tour group from Regent went to the country.

Despite many ups and downs over the years; the collapse of the Soviet Union, the seeming sudden deaths of the two previous leaders, UN sanctions and the odd nuclear test thrown in for good measure - somehow dispute all odds, at Regent we've never looked back.

Carl Meadows, Regent's North Korea tells his tale of feeling completely hooked by the country since that first visit and explains how the country has changed over the past decade and how the tourism potential continues to increase as tours put together at Regent continue to evolve. Q&A will follow.

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Fri 01 Feb 10:45 to 11:30

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Eswatini- Africas Newest Country

During 2018’s spectacular 50/50 celebrations, the world was shocked by the country’s name change from Swaziland to Eswatini! Yet Africa’s newest nation is also the best for traditional cultural experiences. Eswatini embodies the essence of Africa in a small yet diverse destination. Eswatini is a tiny country with a big heart and warm, friendly people. As the only absolute monarchy in Africa it embraces and upholds its own unique and ancient traditions which are careful guarded and faithfully celebrated. Stunning and varied landscapes are to be seen and explored - mountains and valleys, forests and plains – many with exciting activities on offer. And Eswatini’s parks and reserves offer thrilling safaris to see the Big Five (including some of the best rhino experiences in Africa), a number of endangered species and truly outstanding birdlife. All of this in a country that can be driven across in a matter of a few hours!

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Fri 01 Feb 11:45 to 12:30

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Speakers:

Daniel Adams
HEAD OF PRODUCT & MARKETING

Presentation title

TRANSCENDENTAL, LIFE CHANGING & LIFE ENRICHING TRAVEL

The realisation that travel is about observing a culture and way of life, not trying to change it and what we take from that into our own lives to enrich our mind, body & spirit.

 

How it has changed my view of the environment we live in and the changes I have witnessed in others and follow up stories of personal experiences.

 

Travel creating passions and indulgences one never knew one had or had suppressed due to lifestyle and time limitations and how after travel inspiration it was later indulged upon and how we constantly see the niche within our niche to encourage this.

 

 

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Fri 01 Feb 12:45 to 13:30

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Travel Trends for 2019

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Fri 01 Feb 13:45 to 14:30

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Speakers:

Andy Tucker
General Manager

Presentation title

Galapagos: The Enchanted Isles

Ancient seafarers called them the Enchanted Isles, recognising their unique landscape and extraordinary fauna, but it was Charles Darwin who drew The Galapagos Islands to the world’s attention. By observing the fascinating adaptations made in the birds and reptiles on these predator-free islands, Darwin formulated his theory of evolution. Their natural history is outstanding; 28 bird species occur nowhere else in the world. There are giant tortoises, prehistoric-looking Land and Marine Iguanas, colourful crabs and even a Galápagos Snake. Most appealing of all is the tame and obliging nature of this extraordinary wildlife; it is a photographer’s paradise — a telephoto lens is usually unnecessary. 

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Fri 01 Feb 14:45 to 15:30

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Travel writing for beginners

 

An introduction to travel writing for anyone who wants to turn their travels into stories, whether for pleasure or for publication.  The author of The Travel Writer’s Way, the ultimate handbook for aspiring travel writers, shares 20 years’ experience as a travel magazine editor, travel writer and expert writing tutor.  Lorie offers a complete overview of the creative and commercial aspects of becoming a travel writer,  including writing blogs, articles and books.  Suitable for all levels, from beginners to semi-professional.

 

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Fri 01 Feb 15:45 to 16:30

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Speakers:

Aled Evans
Head of Business Development Undiscovered Destinations

Presentation title

Somaliland - The country that isn't.

Somaliland is the country that isn’t’. An unrecognised, self-declared state, internationally considered to be an autonomous region of Somalia, Somaliland has all the trappings of a ‘real’ country. With its own currency, consulates, security forces and flag, Aled says that it is difficult not to call Somaliland a country in its own right.

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Sat 02 Feb 10:45 to 11:30

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Speakers:

Chris Mallett
Habitat for Humanity GB Team Leader
Hilary Rhoden
Commercial Strategy Consultant & Founder AshVerica Solutions Ltd

Presentation title

Travelling with Purpose, Is volunteering overseas right for you??

Volunteering overseas can give travellers a unique glimpse into the culture, history, lifestyle, and traditions of the countries they are visiting. Provided it’s done well.

After all, it’s natural to wonder about the impact of a volunteer trip - sometimes, finding ways to meaningfully give back can seem like a minefield. How do you know the support you’re giving is making a real difference? How do you know the people you are meeting are really benefiting from your support? These are key questions every would-be volunteer needs to ask, because, when properly designed, volunteering can be an immersive opportunity that helps uncover the true essence of a country, while leaving behind a positive legacy.

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Sat 02 Feb 11:45 to 12:30

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Damian Croft
Founding Director of Esplora

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Wine and Winemaking in Georgia

As wine-drinkers search for ever more varied and interesting wines, it is understandable that their attention has turned to Georgia. A relative newcomer on the European stage, Georgian wine nevertheless has a lineage that stretches back further than any other: for it is here that wine-making began.

 

In Georgia they have traditionally used clay amphorae (known as "qvevri") to age their wine and this millennia-old technique has now been listed in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists. Purists argue that this method of wine-making allows the true grape-flavours to predominate and spares the wine from being smothered by oak and tannins.

 

But the vine itself and drinking also have interesting traditions in Georgia. Saint Nino, their patron saint, bore a cross made from vine wood, thus linking wine with Christianity. And for centuries, Georgians drank, and in some areas still drink, their wine from animal horns.

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Sat 02 Feb 12:45 to 13:30

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Meet Your South Africa: how best to immerse yourself in local culture when travelling.

Thoko Jili will discuss her own personal experiences as a tour guide in South Africa and introduce the audience to the wonders of Zulu culture. As an expert in her field, she will explain the importance of connecting with locals when travelling abroad and why learning about their culture is so valuable to ensure holidaymakers have an authentic and memorable travel experience. She will be discussing with South African Tourism her involvement in their new campaign ‘Meet Your South Africa’ which aims to connect British travellers with the people of South Africa by showcasing the diverse range of experiences available in the destination.

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Sat 02 Feb 13:45 to 14:30

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Speakers:

Alan Palmer
Director – Yak Travel

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Walking with migrants – a trek in Morocco with a difference

This autumn, Morocco trekking expert Alan Palmer undertook a trek with a difference, accompanying an Aït ‘Atta family, plus their camels, sheep, goats, mules, ponies, dogs and chickens, for 10 days on their annual transhumance migration.

 

This trail led him from the family’s summer pastures in Morocco's Central High Atlas Mountains to the fringes of their homeland in Jebel Sahro, the Land of Drought, deep in the south of the country, in preparation for winter.

 

For the first eight days they trekked together along a route only ever used by transhumance families, without phone signal and without internet, and not seeing a single other permanent settlement.

 

In this talk he will explain to us the insight that he gained into this little understood, traditional lifestyle and the modern pressures it increasingly faces.

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Sat 02 Feb 14:45 to 15:30

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Speakers:

Andy Squirrell
Titans Travel MD

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River Cruise Masterclass.

Enjoy a panel lead session about River Cruise with some  top experts.

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Sat 02 Feb 15:45 to 16:30

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Speakers:

Sally Hauser
GRJ Independent

Presentation title

The World's Most Luxurious Rail Journeys

Is there any better way to travel than by rail? The journey is effortless, the views are unrivalled, and the carriages are comfortable places to settle and watch the world go by. Discover an entirely different way of viewing the world, and enjoy this unique vantage point of your chosen destination. A luxury train holiday offers you the chance to enjoy the most stylish form of travel available anywhere in the world. From the historic Orient Express to the extravagant Pride of Africa, our luxurious train holidays represent the pinnacle of international rail travel. Combine some of the world's most stunning scenery with the unrivalled experience offered on these luxury trains for a holiday that you will never forget.

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Sun 03 Feb 10:45 to 11:30

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Speakers:

Ian Coates
Managing Director

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Focus on my favourite Portuguese islands – Flores in the Azores and Fogo in Cape Verde.

Travel is not a bucket list of places you visit in your lifetime; it’s about the people we meet during our travels, the quality of time you have in the places you visit and the friends we make in the end.

During the presentation, I want to focus on my favourite island in the Azores, Flores a lush volcanic island with flowers and my favourite island in Cape Verde, Fogo the island of fire  – they have more in common than just the first letter ‘F!’

I'll talk about the similarities and differences between the islands and show some of the most amazing drone footage made by a talented videographer who was commissioned by us and spent some time on both islands. The talk will also include interviews with some of our friends who live on Flores and Fogo and who share our love of these remote places of the world.

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Sun 03 Feb 11:45 to 12:30

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Land of the Lemurs – Fall in Love with Madagascar

Pioneer Director, Laurenne, has a deep knowledge and understanding of Madagascar and it is her favourite destination in the world.

In this talk Laurenne offers her personal  insight to this unique country : - providing information on the the numerous stunning national parks along with the lemurs that reside in them, allowing you to get  a real feel for Madagascar and what it has to offer.  As well as the highlights, this talk also gives a real honest and human perspective offering  some of the challenges  of  travel to Madagascar, advice on trip planning (you can’t see it all in 2 weeks!)  as well as giving further information of when to travel and hidden gems to discover!.  If Madagascar is on your bucket list, we would highly recommend this talk.

  

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Sun 03 Feb 12:45 to 13:30

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Paul Goldstein
Guide, Wildlife Photographer & Presenter

Presentation title

Wildlife Exposed - From the plains to the poles

The Sunday Times described Paul as a 'wildlife guide of preposterous gusto ' and this translates into his lectures which are lavishly illustrated as ever with a whole new crop of images. 'No-one will pull you up the photographic tree higher, or quicker' is how they also described him. Outspoken, eloquent and opinionated, come and get a wildlife fix.

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Sun 03 Feb 13:45 to 14:30

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Brilliant Baja!

On a recent visit to Mexico's Baja Peninsula, Helen’s expectations were blown out of the water by the incredible wildlife on offer. From leaping dolphins, somersaulting mobulas and flying fish, to more breaching humpbacks than you could shake a stick at! This marine mammal extravaganza has left an indelible impression!

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Sun 03 Feb 14:45 to 15:30

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Thematic Expert Lead Tours for Superlative Travel Experiences

This session will be focused on how the trend towards deep, expert lead travel can lead to the most satisfying travel experiences. As most of the Western world travel's more frequently with each year, there is a yearning to get under the skin of local cultures and places in a way that can only be achieved with expert local guides or highly engaging experiences. Modern-day travel companies are now tailoring to this need by putting together flexible but thematic itineraries accompanied by leading experts to share their unique knowledge. Whether it be a spy and espionage itinerary in Berlin, mob tours of New York or political tours of Washington there is an emergence of a new genre of travel. 

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Sun 03 Feb 15:45 to 16:30

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South Africa- Garden Route explained and explored

South Africa's Garden Route is most people’s first taste of Southern Africa. However this trip has some great twists and add ons not found in most Garden Route trips you will find. What those are you need to come to the talk. You will be glad you did as the reviews of our trip indicate how much people enjoy this area.
If you do not like spectacular scenery, great food, fantastic wine and some of the best accommodation in the World then this talk is not for you. However if this temps you join us for how to do this best and incorporate some great wildlife viewing as well.
Questions are encouraged and answered hopefully honesty and with humour.

 

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