Travel Geeks

We've gathered a panel of experts for our Travel Geeks sessions to discuss everything from hiking to expeditions Saturday, 21 January 2017

By National Geographic Traveller (UK)

Our series of informal chats are tailored to fit in with your busy lives and usually run for an hour on weeknights but we are bringing the popular events to our Festival to offers you the chance to hear from our experts, share a drink and join in the lively debate.

Our panels will answer all your questions about where to go, what to do and how to do it. All you have to do is come armed with a curious mind, your burning questions and any ideas you'd like to discuss.

The sessions

NGT presents The Cool List sponsored by Donegal

Following the success of our The Cool List 2017 in January, we take you through the destinations that have got us travelling this year. From Donegal to Seoul, Sudan to New Zealand — we'll be covering 2017's hotspots. Additionally, Holly Mackie, founder of Dream Escape, and mountaineering expert Bren Whelan will join award-winning journalists Zoë McIntyre and Pól Ó Conghaile to throw a spotlight on the charms of Donegal, Ireland.

Moderated by: Pat Riddell, editor, National Geographic Traveller

The Modern Rambler

There's no better way to take in the great outdoors than by lacing up your walking boots and simply setting off. Whether it's our humble but beautiful homeland, or the dramatic peaks of Patagonia, discovering the world by foot is one of travel's greatest pleasures. Join TV presenter and walker Julia Bradbury, along with National Geographic Traveller contributors Adrian Phillips and Daniel Neilson, as we discuss highlands, hikes, and everything in between.

Moderated by: Maria Pieri, editorial director, National Geographic Traveller

How to be an explorer

If you're looking for the best tips, tales and advice to equip you for your next adventure, then look no further. From setting up your very first expedition to what kit to bring and why, advice is on hand from our seasoned panel of pros, including BBC explorer Jim McNeill, record-breaking explorer George Bullard, experienced trekker Andrew Appleyard, and National Geographic Traveller contributor Emma Thomson.

Moderated by: Pól Ó Conghaile, contributing writer, National Geographic Traveller

Create your mini adventure sponsored by G Adventures

Ever dreamt of an Arctic expedition or an Amazon odyssey? If your inner explorer needs letting out join our Travel Geeks session, as we get to grips with all things adventurous, from the must-know basics to choosing the right destination. Our expert panel will be on hand to answer all your queries and qualms, featuring mountaineer Alan Hinkes OBE, adventure cyclist Leigh Timmis, photographer Tim Taylor, and Chris Bach from G Adventures.

Moderated by: Adrian Phillips, National Geographic Traveller contributor

It's not easy being green

Sustainable travel? Eco-friendly hotels? Carbon footprints? The world of green travel can be a minefield. On hand to tackle your questions is our panel, including Daniel Turner of the Born Free Foundation, eco-travel journalist and National Geographic Traveller contributor Emma Gregg, and founder of Greentraveller Media Richard Hammond.

Moderated by: Jo Fletcher-Cross, contributing editor, National Geographic Traveller

Slow travel: planes, trains and automobiles sponsored by Belmond

Cyclist and Freedom Treks founder Catherine Grey, travel journalist Matthew Hampton and Tom Campbell of North Coast 500, along with luxury rail and cruise specialists from Belmond including Yann Guezennec, all get together to discuss the art of slow travel. After all, the journey can be as important as the destination.

Moderated by: Jo Fletcher-Cross, contributing editor, National Geographic Traveller


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All tickets are non-refundable. Once the full programme of events has been finalised you will receive an email with instructions on how to book on to individual sessions and talks taking place throughout the day. Your ticket includes access to all sessions and talks (subject to availability).

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