The world as we know it has changed but with this, we have the opportunity to do things differently – and better! More than ever, we need to think about what travel will look like in the years to come. That’s what our new series Travel Talks is about. Each month we’ll host a live FREE online event with leading industry experts, where you can listen in and take part. We’ll cover topics such as sustainable travel, digital nomads and remote working – plus, how to really make next year count.
Find out more about our upcoming talks and get involved by signing up today.
Travel Talks: Introducing Detour
Our first Travel Talk kicked off in November, with an introduction to Contiki’s new mini-adventure Detour trips – travel that teaches you.
We invited a panel of experts on travel experience to lead the discussion and talk about what our future travellers are really after.
Claire Copeman, Co-Founder of Adventure Tours UK, Ben Lee, Travel Director of Ever Thought of Trying, Natasha Lawrence, Project Director at Contiki and Elly Whittaker, Founder of Swell Yoga in Devon covered everything from mini-adventures and mindfulness, to how people’s travel desires have changed amidst a global pandemic.
Here’s one of Claire’s insights from the night on why she thinks experience-based travel has become so popular, particularly with everything going on this year:
It seems, more than ever, that people are craving immersive experiences that allow them to connect more authentically to new places. From experiences with locals and learning new skills, to anything that takes them off the tourist trail. Likewise, how far we travel will be far less important than what we do when we get there. We want to rediscover our world again and build deeper connections – but we can find this close to home too.
Find out more about Contiki’s Detour trips here:
Travel Talks: Future of Travel
This talk is all about the latest sustainable travel trends, getting off-grid, the ways we can give back and leave places better than we found them.
Hosted by Adam Armstrong, CEO of Contiki, it invites Hege V. Barnes, Director of Innovation Norway, Elena Rodriguez Blanco, CEO & Co-Founder of Authenticitys, and Carmen Huter, Travel Photographer and Sustainable Influencer, to delve deep and share their thoughts on some of the most important topics affecting the future of travel.
Commenting on this, Adam Armstrong says:
“The future of travel will be as exciting as it will be different, and the youth travel audience will be one of the most significant contributors to this. Their resilience and optimism in the face of adversity is something we can all harness more of as we adapt to a new world going forward.
“At Contiki we’ll continue to offer experiences that reflect our ever-evolving climate, championing conscious, sustainable and thoughtful travel.”
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Travel Talks: Making it Count
2020 was the year that plans got cancelled, so this talk is all about how we’re going to make every future moment count. Hosted by Melissa de Silva, Contiki’s US President, the panel will include Matt Brooke, MD of Spartan and Tough Mudder UK, Lauren Arso, General Manager of Social at Tastemade and Cassie De Picol, the first woman on record to travel every country in the world.
They’ll be discussing our (and your!) travel pledges for the year ahead and all the little things we’ll never take for granted again.
Here are a few of the awesome ones you’ve shared so far – more of these coming soon!
In 2021 I pledge to…
“Contemplate less, travel more!”
“Travel responsibly, let go of my fear and try new adventures. Time is short and the world is big”
“Never take travel for granted ever again”
“Climb Mount Kilimanjaro”
“Take a trip that scares me”
“Eat all the pasta in Italy and have zero regrets”
The talk will run on Wednesday 13 January. You can sign up here.
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Travel Talks: The Power of Taking Time Out
In a world where we’re living through our screens, the value of taking connected time for ourselves has never felt more important. This talk explores the benefits of gap years, career breaks, and working whilst travelling.
We’ll have a panel of experts who’ve lived and breathed this ethos: Lottie Norman, Head of Content at Contiki, Melanie Latham, Head of Sales at Selina Hostels, Corey Van Der Laan, a Contiki traveller who completed an epic 400-day trip, and Callie Thorpe, a lifestyle and content creator.
The talk will run on Wednesday 3 February. You can sign up here.