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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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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Tim Marshall
Journalist & Broadcaster

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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

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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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Taste The World

Thu 31 Jan 11:00 to 11:30

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Speakers:

Andrew Dickens
Expert Cook

Presentation title

Berlin, Germany: Currywurst

Popular German Streetfood: This recipe is by Executive Chef Bjoern Wassmuth at The German Gymnasium, Kings Cross 

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Thu 31 Jan 11:40 to 12:10

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Speakers:

Andrew Dickens
Expert Cook

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India: Chickpea Dal

Delicious Vegetarian Dish Featuring Chickpeas, Tomatoes, Ginger, Garlic and Spices

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Thu 31 Jan 12:20 to 12:50

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Speakers:

Andrew Dickens
Expert Cook

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South Africa: Bunny Chow

Danielle Watt from DK Eyewitness is in conversation with Andrew Dickens whilst they cook up the delicious Historic Bunny Chow: This recipe is by Chef Kevin Joseph from Red Carnation Hotels

 

 

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Thu 31 Jan 13:00 to 13:30

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Speakers:

Andrew Dickens
Expert Cook

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Cocktails From Around The World- with Pergola Olympia

Curated by Pergola, Olympia - A Botanical Bolthole. Enjoy a Cocktail demonstration with Andrew Dickens and experts from Pergola Olympia.

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Thu 31 Jan 14:00 to 14:40

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Speakers:

Andrew Dickens
Expert Cook

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America: 18 Hour Pulled Beef Brisket

Andrew Dickens will really get your tongues tingling with his take on the Classic American BBQ!

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Thu 31 Jan 14:40 to 15:10

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Speakers:

Andrew Dickens
Expert Cook

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Brazilian Seafood Stew

Andrew Dickens will be cooking up a storm with help from the amazing Masterchef Professionals Semi-Finalist Luciana Berry

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Thu 31 Jan 15:20 to 15:50

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Speakers:

Andrew Dickens
Expert Cook

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Dominican Republic: Mama Juana

The "National Drink" of the Dominican Republic: Rum, Red Wine, Honey, Tree Bark & Herbs

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Meet The Experts London - Theatre 2

Thu 31 Jan 11:30 to 12:15

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Speakers:

Kate Humble
Farmer, Writer,Activist & TV Presenter

Presentation title

Wanderlust Reader Travel Awards

The Wanderlust Reader Travel Awards

Each year the readers of Wanderlust magazine are asked about their travels of the previous 12 months, and to rate the destinations they travelled to, and the companies, airlines and airports they used. With results based on real travel experiences, and with other categories including Top Travel Television programme and Top Guidebook series, it’s no wonder these are the most respected awards in travel.

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Thu 31 Jan 12:30 to 13:15

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Speakers:

Kate Humble
Farmer, Writer,Activist & TV Presenter
Benedict Allen
TV Presenter, explorer and author

Presentation title

Kate Humble and Benedict Allen In Conversation

 

Kate and Benedict will talk about their travels and adventures in Papua New Guinea

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Thu 31 Jan 13:30 to 14:15

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Speakers:

Clare Collins
Europe Product Manager, Explore

Presentation title

Chernobyl - A Holiday with a Difference

“Top of anyone’s list who is interested in Soviet history, urban exploration or dark tourism, is the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. So for me, the day I went on a Ukrainian winter adventure was the most exciting I can remember. I’ve seen photos and read about the history of Chernobyl, but it took my breath away. The truth of the accident is more harrowing, the site much bigger, and the buildings left behind more incredible than I’d imagined.

 

I setup the first Explore trip to Chernobyl in 2017 and the original departures sold out within just three days! Since then many Explore staff and hundreds of customers travelled here to see the Reactor Number 4 container, Pripyat city, and the massive Cold War radar and to have the experience of meeting someone living inside the zone. 

 

If you want to discover a place like no other, then Chernobyl is for you.” 

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Thu 31 Jan 14:30 to 15:15

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Speakers:

Sue Lawty
Tour Leader & Artist

Presentation title

Trekking through Wild Zanskar in the kingdom of Ladakh

Vast contorted geological folds split by pristine turquoise rushing rivers, thrust upwards from the depths of jaw dropping gorges, towards hidden passes and fluttering prayer flags in the powerful and dramatic landscape of Zanskar.

 

Recently returned from leading a successful three-week trek into this remote region, artist Sue Lawty presents her stunning images of ancient exposed cliff paths, exciting river crossings and majestic landscapes, revealing the impressive challenges of this strenuous trek.  

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Thu 31 Jan 15:30 to 16:15

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One Extraordinary week in Alaska

Powell spent a week on a small cruise ship in Alaska – Dozens of glaciers, hundreds of whales including breaching humpbacks and a host of other wildlife such as Grizzly bears, sea lions & sea otters, perfect weather and the Northern Lights.

 

 

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Experience The World

Thu 31 Jan 12:15 to 12:45

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The Art of Kimono – Bristol Japan Cultural Society, in partnership with InsideJapan Tours

On behalf of the Japan travel experts, InsideJapan Tours, Shihomi, Michiyo and Tomoe from the Bristol Japan Cultural Society demonstrate the fine art of dressing in exquisite Japanese kimono and explain the history and purpose of different kinds of kimono and obi belt.

Performance by Shihomi Jones, Michiyo Leather, Tomoe Higashi

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Thu 31 Jan 14:15 to 14:45

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Makulay na Filipinas (Colourful Philippines)

Lahing Kayumanggi Dance Company- Founded in 1994

 

In 2014 LK proudly celebrated its 20th anniversary since its humble beginnings as an informal community group led by choreographer Ronnie del Barrio, who had been commission by the Philippine Centre to create a cultural performance for their annual event. Together with members of the Filipino Women’s Assocition UK and other individuals Ronnie founded the dance company in 1994, which has since progressed and developed as a respected and admired dance company.

 

LK has gained an international reputation as Europe’s foremost Filipino folk and cultural dance company and as goodwill ambassadors for the Philippines in promoting Philippine cultural heritage. LK have had invitations to perform across the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe — Amsterdam, Berlin, Bayreuth, Copenhagen, Dublin, Malmö, Stockholm, Vienna.

 

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Thu 31 Jan 15:15 to 15:45

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Salsa & Samba Demonstration and Workshop

Combining high energy and passion, join us on our journey from Havana to Rio. After a sensation samba, we will invite you all to salsa with us with a short masterclass before burning the floor with a final salsa.

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