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

Sat 02 Feb 10:45 to 11:30

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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.

Sat 02 Feb 11:45 to 12:30

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Damian Croft
Founding Director of Esplora

Presentation title

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.

Sat 02 Feb 12:45 to 13:30

Presentation title

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.

Sat 02 Feb 13:45 to 14:30

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Alan Palmer
Director – Yak Travel

Presentation title

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.

Sat 02 Feb 14:45 to 15:30

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Andy Squirrell
Titans Travel MD

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River Cruise Masterclass.

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

Sat 02 Feb 15:45 to 16:30

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Sally Hauser
GRJ Independent

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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.