Adventure Travel Show

Monday 27 January 2014 03.28 PM

I went along to this event in London last Saturday hoping to talk to a few people about writing for timeoutdoors. A major focus of my job is to commission people to write about specific activities in specific locations, and the Adventure Travel Show is one of those events that gets lots of expertise together in one compact space.

I went along to this event in London last Saturday hoping to talk to a few people about writing for timeoutdoors. A major focus of my job is to commission people to write about specific activities in specific locations, and the Adventure Travel Show is one of those events that gets lots of expertise together in one compact space. A very compact space in fact - the venue within Olympia could have been twice as large and it would still have been rammed. Still, good to see so much interest in what you might call leftfield travel…

I love adventure travel. When I was a lot younger I even got to do some - long motorbike trips to the Sahara, and around the dying embers of Warsaw Pact Europe, and overland from India to the UK via Tibet (by bus and train on that occasion). One day I hope to buy another big trail bike and ride from London to Ghana, or perhaps across Europe and then Turkey into Central Asia (if anyone out there wants to sponsor me, I'm open to offers). A marathon cycling trip - England to Italy? England to Turkey? - is also right up there on my list.

But I digress. Seeing all those possibilities sent me into a bit of a headspin – trekking trips to Oman and Borneo, wildlife-watching in Madagascar, rafting in Argentina, open-water swimming in arctic Norway… 

Anyway, despite the crowds, it was an enjoyable event. There were engaging talks on all manner of offbeat travel experiences - I wasn't able to attend as many as I'd have liked, but enjoyed Oasis Overland on the Silk Road, and Wild Frontiers' talk about Kashmir. I missed Ralph Fiennes, unfortunately, and Stephen Venables, mountaineer extraordinaire who I interviewed in a recent blog post.

I talked to some interesting people, many of whom were keen to write material - genuine first-hand insider knowledge material - for us. So, hopefully you'll be able to get the lowdown on, amongst other things, whitewater rafting on the Zambezi, trekking in Bhutan, ice-climbing on Spitsbergen and horse-riding in Mongolia on the site soon!

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