New adventure travel hub launched featuring some of the UK’s favourite television explorers
New partnership between Kuoni and Hodder & Stoughton publishing launched today
Simon Reeve, Levison Wood and Megan Hine share their adventures
Keeping the spirit of worldwide travel alive is the inspiration behind a new adventure hub, launched today by worldwide travel company Kuoni in partnership with Hodder & Stoughton publishing.
Television presenters and explorers Simon Reeve, Levison Wood and Megan Hine are all taking part to share the stories from their books about their adventures around the world.
People will be able to download free chapters from their books, listen to podcasts on soundcloud and view short video clips.
Simon Reeve, who has made television programmes around the globe from Australia to the Indian Ocean, is a long-time ambassador for Kuoni and recorded a special message to remind people to take time to remember the travels they’ve been on, that there will be light at the end of the tunnel and we should continue to think adventurously.
Simon has shared some of the stories from his life in his book Step-by-Step and the adventure hub allows people to read or listen to some of the most memorable moments of his career.
Levison Wood, whose latest adventure Walking With Elephants, trekking alongside elephants on their annual migration across Botswana, is showing on Channel 4 and detailed in his new book The Last Giants, shares insight from his epic expeditions walking in the Himalayas, the Americas and Arabia.
Megan Hine shares insight about acting as consultant for private individuals and on television shows around the world including Bear Grylls: Mission Survive and Running Wild and her experience taking television crews to extreme and beautiful places they didn't even know existed.
“We may not be able to travel right now, but we want to continue to inspire people to have adventures when it’s safe to travel again,” said Kuoni CEO Derek Jones. “Over the years Simon Reeve has become a great friend to us at Kuoni and a well-known face on our television screens, sharing the light and shade of destinations around the world.
“Along with Levison Wood and Megan Hine, we’re sharing some of their stories which will we hope will bring some adventure to our life in lockdown.”
The adventure travel hub can be found here
Simon Reeve has travelled to more than 120 countries, making multiple award-winning TV series for the BBC, including Caribbean, Indian Ocean, Tropic of Cancer, Equator, Sacred Rivers, Greece, Tropic of Capricorn, Turkey, Mediterranean and Australia (Winner of the British Travel Press Award for Broadcast Travel Programme).
Simon has received a One World Broadcasting Trust Award for 'an outstanding contribution to greater world understanding', the prestigious Ness Award from the Royal Geographical Society, and the Special Contribution Award at the Travel Media Awards.
Levison Wood is an award-winning author, explorer and photographer, whose books and documentaries have won critical acclaim around the world. Levison is the author of 7 books to date, including Walking the Nile and Walking the Americas, which were both Sunday Times bestsellers, and Walking the Himalayas which was voted Adventure Travel Book of the Year at the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards. His book Arabia was also chosen by Hudson Books as one of their Top Ten Non-Fiction Titles of 2019 in the USA.
Levison's passion for adventure and discovering more about indigenous ways of life has taken him to over 100 countries. He served for several years as an Officer in the British Parachute Regiment, including an operational deployment to Afghanistan, where he fought Taliban insurgents in Helmand. He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, the Explorers Club and Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School.
He has presented several documentaries, which have aired around the world, including 'Arabia with Levison Wood', which was shortlisted for Best Documentary Series at the Broadcast Awards 2020 and his latest series 'Walking with Elephants', which recounts a trek across Botswana following a herd of elephants to the Okavango Delta. Levison is a passionate conservationist and an ambassador for the charity The Tusk Trust.
Megan Hine is a British adventurer, wilderness expedition leader and survival expert. She also acts as a consultant for private individuals and on television shows around the world including Bear Grylls: Mission Survive and Running Wild. With a lifelong thirst for travel and adventure Megan has amassed a huge amount of expertise in all aspects of the outdoors. By pushing her mental and physical limits in extreme environments Megan has explored remote jungles, arid deserts and high and cold mountains; taking private clients, celebrities and television crews to extreme and beautiful places they didn't even know existed.
Kuoni Travel UK is part of DER Touristik, one of Europe’s leading travel groups. Kuoni has continued to set the pace in luxury worldwide travel in the UK market for the past 55 years and is regularly voted one of the best holiday companies in the country by readers of national newspapers and travel industry titles. The company excels in creating tailor-made holidays and honeymoons to more than 90 destinations around the world. Since 2008 Kuoni has grown its retail network across the UK and can be found in 48 locations on premium high streets and in selected John Lewis department stores. Each store is unique in design and showcases Kuoni’s Personal Travel Experts and personalised customer service.