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

Sun 03 Feb 11:00 to 12:00

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Speakers:

Andy Scott
Author and Conflict Adviser, UK Government
Fearghal O'Nuallain
Author & Explorer
Paul Blezard
Interviewer
Phoebe Smith
Travel Writer, Broadcaster & Presenter

Presentation title

Travel Etiquette

When travelling, what is appropriate behaviour when greeting people? Should you offer a handshake, a kiss on the cheek or two kisses? Different countries have their own set of rules regarding eating, dressing, cleanliness, hospitality and religion. What traditions should you absolutely partake in and which should you merely observe. Are there ways to find out these things before hand or should you just trust the kindness of strangers? Phoebe Smith, Fearghal O'Nuallain, and Andy Scott share their knowledge and experiences with Paul Blezard.

 

After the talk Phoebe, Fearghal and Andy Scott and Phoebe Smith will be signing copies of their books, including The Wilderness Cookbook, The Kindness of Strangers and One Kiss or Two at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Sun 03 Feb 12:00 to 13:00

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Speakers:

Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent
Travel Writer & TV Producer
Julia Wheeler
Journalist & Interviewer
Lois Pryce
Author & Travel Writer

Presentation title

Solo Motorcycle Adventures

Travel writers Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent and Lois Pryce talk to Julia Wheeler about their extensive solo travels by motorbike in many regions all over the world including India’s Arunachal Pradesh, Iran and South America. Hear about their epic adventures and the discoveries they’ve made as they talk about venturing off the beaten track, banish myths about solo female travel and offer tips on how to conquer loneliness and homesickness while travelling alone.

 

After the talk, Antonia and Lois will be signing copies of their books, including Land of the Dawn-Lit Mountains and Revolutionary Ride at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Sun 03 Feb 13:00 to 14:00

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Speakers:

Julia Wheeler
Journalist & Interviewer
Nicholas Crane
Author & Broadcaster

Presentation title

You Are Here: A Brief Guide to the World with Nicholas Crane

One word binds us all: geography. We are all geographers, human beings who care about the places we think of as 'home' - our habitat. Nicholas Crane makes the compelling case to Julia Wheeler that geography has never been so important. On this finite orb, with its battered habitat, sustained in dark space by a thin, life-giving atmosphere, we have reached a point in our collective geographical journey where knowledge is the best guarantor of the future.

 

After the talk, Nicholas will be signing copies of his books, including You Are Here at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Sun 03 Feb 14:00 to 15:00

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Speakers:

Chris Bonington
Mountaineer, Writer, Photographer & Lecturer
Paul Blezard
Interviewer

Presentation title

Sir Chris Bonington in Conversation

Britain’s greatest mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington talks to Paul Blezard about his career spanning six decades of climbing peaks, across all continents. He has undertaken nineteen Himalayan expeditions, including four to Mount Everest which he climbed in 1985 at the age of fifty, and has made many first ascents in the Alps and greater ranges of the world. Along the way we will be fascinated by his many daring climbs, near-death adventures, and the many luminaries of the mountain fraternity he has climbed with.

After the talk, Chris will be signing copies of his book Ascent at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Sun 03 Feb 15:00 to 16:00

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Speakers:

Monisha Rajesh
Author & Journalist
Julia Wheeler
Journalist & Interviewer

Presentation title

Around the World in 80 Trains

When Monisha Rajesh announced plans to circumnavigate the globe in eighty train journeys, she was met with wide-eyed disbelief. But it wasn’t long before she was carefully plotting a route that would cover 45,000 miles, almost twice the circumference of the earth,  coasting along the world’s most remarkable railways; from the cloud-skimming heights of Tibet’s Qinghai railway to silk sheeted splendour on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Monisha talks to Julia Wheeler about her automotive adventures.

 

After the talk, Monisha will be signing copies of her books, including Around the World in 80 Trains at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

 

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Sun 03 Feb 16:00 to 17:00

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Speakers:

Levison Wood
Author & Film Maker
Phoebe Smith
Travel Writer, Broadcaster & Presenter

Presentation title

Levison Wood in Conversation

Levison Wood talks to Phoebe Smith 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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