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

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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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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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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