Travel Stage

The Travel Stage will host a range of intrepid travellers and adventurers on their extraordinary expeditions, and the FT’s very own ‘Fast Lane’ columnist Tyler Brûlé on a year of around the world travel. This stage is hosted by Tom Robbins, Travel Editor, Financial Times

Tom Robbins, Travel Editor, Financial Times

Tom Robbins, Travel Editor, Financial Times


Sessions include:

11.00am – 11.45am | Racing through the dark
David Millar
, a multiple Tour de France stage winner and now ITV’s expert commentator, gives the inside track on the life of a pro - including his own journey from doper to leading anti-drugs campaigner. In conversation with Simon Usborne, travel writer of the year.

12.00pm – 12.45pm
Tyler Brûlé on life in the fast lane

1.00pm – 1.45pm | Holidays in history
Anna Keay
, director of the Landmark Trust, on restoring Britain’s most fascinating buildings into holiday homes

2.00pm  – 2.45pm | The hotel at the end of the earth
Patrick Woodhead
is a former Antarctic explorer who returned to “the ice” to set up White Desert - the continent’s only luxury hotel (where guests pay $10,000 a night). He recounts the challenges of being the world’s southernmost hotelier

3.00pm – 3.45pm | Life in the death zone
Alan Hinkes
, the only Briton to have climbed all the world’s 8,000m peaks, on his life of adventure and the future of Himalayan climbing

4.00pm - 4.45pm | Four women in a boat
Natalia Cohen
on rowing 8,446 miles across the Pacific with her four-strong all-woman team - a world first - and surviving 257 days at sea in a 29-foot boat called “Doris” 

5.00pm – 6.00pm | The longest walk
Ed Stafford
hacked his way through the jungle for more than two years to become the first person to walk the length of the Amazon. He’s since become one of the world’s best-known survival experts - famous in the US as “The Naked Castaway”



The breadth of subjects covered was brilliant, as was seeing and meeting some of our favourite FT writers.

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