Hosted by FT’s travel editor, Tom Robbins
The Travel Stage this year presents stories of adventure and record-breaking endeavour from around the globe. Mark Beaumont will relive his journey around the world in 80 days – by bike. Members of the Five Deeps expedition will report back from this summer’s groundbreaking trip to the bottom of the five oceans. Alice Morrison will take us with her on a journey down Morocco's Draa valley while Louis Rudd will tell the tale of his epic trek across Antarctica, alone and without assistance of any kind. Plus an expert panel on the Future of Flying and star chef Skye Gyngell on the culinary delights of Sicily.
11:00 - 11:45 THE FUTURE OF FLYING: ELECTRIC PLANES, BIOFUEL AND FLYING-V’S
Michael Skapinker leads an expert panel: Tom Mackay, CFO of Virgin Atlantic; Dr Sandra Bour Schaeffer, CEO of Airbus ExO Alpha and Gary Smith, director of transformation at easyJet
12:00 - 12:45 HOW I QUIT THE RAT RACE AND DISCOVERED A LOST CITY IN THE DESERT
Alice Morrison on her expedition following Morocco’s Draa river
13:15 - 13:45 HYPEROBJECTIVE
A contest, with prizes, for FT Weekend Festival attendees that reflects on our role in the climate crisis. Created by Coney and co-commissioned by The Wellcome Trust and The Financial Times.
14:00 - 14:30 THE ISLAND OF DELIGHTS
Star chef Skye Gyngell talks to FT’s Rebecca Rose about Sicily’s fabulous food
15:00 - 15:45 THE NEW RACE TO THE DEEP
Days after completing their pioneering mission to dive the deepest points of the five oceans, Rob McCallum of the Five Deeps expedition and Oliver Steeds of Nekton, ocean research institute at Oxford University talk to the FT’s Natalie Whittle
16:00 - 16:45 AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS - BY BIKE
Mark Beaumont on the highs and lows of the ultimate cycling challenge
17:00 - 17:45 ALONE ACROSS THE ANTARCTIC
Louis Rudd on his historic race to become the first man to cross Antarctica alone, unaided and unsupported