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 2

Fri 01 Feb 10:30 to 11:15

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Speakers:

Justin Wateridge
Managing Director at Steppes Travel

Presentation title

MAKING A WAVE OF CHANGE IN TRAVEL: The fight against single-use plastic.

The statistics are devastating. Plastic has increased twenty-fold over the past 50 years, and will double again in the next 20 years. Already present in the stomachs of nearly all the world’s marine birds, by 2050 plastics in the ocean will outweigh fish, covering large swaths of the Pacific in floating garbage slicks.

 

We can change this. Plastic pollution is not nature’s choice but ours.

 

Here's to the challenge of ensuring all business, airlines, properties become more conscious of plastic consumption - the power is in the hands of the consumer, our travellers to make a wave of change.

 

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Fri 01 Feb 11:30 to 12:15

Presentation title

Malawi- Africa’s Most Complete Destination

Malawi always had stunning landscapes, amazing beaches and the friendliest people in the world. It’s now undergoing an amazing wildlife transformation, including the world’s largest elephant translocation and predator introductions. These will see the country emerge as a safari gem and one of the most complete destinations in Africa - Lake, Landscape, Culture and now Wildlife experiences of the highest quality. Malawi is a genuine hidden gem - a small yet beautiful, varied and welcoming country uncrowded with tourists. The genuine smiles that greet all visitors really do make it the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’. Malawi is one of the safest and friendliest countries in all Africa, with a fascinating variety of sights, activities and experiences on offer and an excellent tourist infrastructure, it’s just waiting to be discovered. Get a taste of the amazing beauty and variety of the country in this illustrated and entertaining talk.

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Fri 01 Feb 12:30 to 13:15

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Speakers:

Penny Smith
Travelsphere Travel Ambassador

Presentation title

Why Escorted Touring is a great way to see the world

Travel Ambassador Penny Smith will be talking about why an escorted tour is a great way to see the world, she will be dispelling some of the myths about touring and inspiring travellers with her experiences following her trips with Travelsphere to India and the Amalfi Coast.

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Fri 01 Feb 13:30 to 14:15

Presentation title

The Lesser known Kerala

The talk will cover some hidden gems of Kerala that remain unexplored by the visitor.

While much is known about Kerala there is much that remains unknown, places explored by Harji during his 16 years there. Among the regions Harji will talk about are Mujris or Kondangalur, which has the oldest mosque, church and synagogue in the country; Thattekad, a tucked away bird sanctuary; Parambikulam,perhaps the richest wildlife park in the state; Bekal, a beach that is emerging and Thrissur with its rich tradition of promoting Kalaripeyattu, Kathakali, Mohinattam and Panch vadyam.

Of course Harji will also cover the popular areas of Cochin, Munnar, Periyar, Kovalam and the unique backwaters and the eco tourism that they sustain.

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Fri 01 Feb 14:30 to 15:15

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Sensational Costa Rica with Wanderlust

Costa Rica is bursting with natural wonders, an abundance of adventure and is the ecotourism capital of the world. Author and photojournalist Alex Robinson provides an insight into Costa Rica’s highlights and insider secrets. Alex Metcalfe won a photo assignment there in the last Wanderlust Photo of the Year Awards, and reports back with beautiful images of his trip, saying “Costa Rica has it all!”. Wanderlust editor-in-chief Lyn Hughes talks about why “off-season” is actually the best time for white water rafting and for seeing turtles nest on beaches.

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Fri 01 Feb 16:00 to 16:45

Presentation title

Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year Awards

Many thousands of entries were received in this, the UK’s biggest travel photography competition, giving the judges difficult decisions to make! The final 40 photographs are exhibited at the show, and representatives of the judging panel will talk through the final selection, and what makes them so special, before announcing the category winners, each of whom win photo assignments to magical Hong Kong and Macao.

 

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Meet The Experts London - Theatre 1

Fri 01 Feb 10:45 to 11:30

Presentation title

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

Presentation title

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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Stanfords Travel Writers Festival

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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Taste The World

Fri 01 Feb 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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Fri 01 Feb 11:40 to 12:10

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Speakers:

Andrew Dickens
Expert Cook

Presentation title

India: Chickpea Dal

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

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Fri 01 Feb 12:20 to 12:50

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Speakers:

Andrew Dickens
Expert Cook

Presentation title

South Africa: Bunny Chow

 Lauren Whybrow from DK Eyewitness is in conversation with Andrew Dickens whilst cooking up delicious Historic Bunny Chow or Durban Curry: This recipe is by Chef Kevin Joseph from Red Carnation Hotels

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Fri 01 Feb 13:00 to 13:30

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Speakers:

Andrew Dickens
Expert Cook

Presentation title

Cocktails From Around The World

Andrew Dickens will be helping to create a demonstration on Cocktails from around the world- Curated by Pergola, Olympia - A Botanical Bolthole

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Fri 01 Feb 14:00 to 14:30

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Speakers:

Andrew Dickens
Expert Cook

Presentation title

America: 18 Hour Pulled Beef Brisket

Andrew Dickens gives us a little insight into his take on the Classic American BBQ- and no doubt making the whole show smell amazing!

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Fri 01 Feb 14:40 to 15:10

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Speakers:

Andrew Dickens
Expert Cook

Presentation title

Brazilian Cured Beef with Cassava Mousseline

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

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Experience The World

Fri 01 Feb 12:15 to 12:45

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Noble Caledonia present a Pop-Up Opera with London Festival Opera

This Pop-Up Opera, with music from composers such as Mozart, Gershwin and Puccini, will give you a taste of what you can experience on one of Noble Caledonia’s popular music themed tours or cruises. London Festival Opera has performed for Presidents, Prime Ministers and senior members of the British and European Royal Families. Engagements have included a private performance in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen, charity performances for the Presidents of France and Malta, for the Prime Minster at 10 Downing Street, the Ambassador at the British Embassy in Paris, and as a guest company in one of Italy’s greatest opera houses, La Fenice in Venice during the Carnival Celebrations. You can enjoy performances by London Festival Opera during Noble Caledonia tours in Russia, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Malta and the United Kingdom.

 

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Fri 01 Feb 13:15 to 13:45

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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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Fri 01 Feb 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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