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Alastair Humphreys

London, UK
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Adventurer, microadventurer, author and motivational speaker

Cycled 46,000 miles around the world

One of National Geographic’s "Adventurers of the Year" (2012)

“An effortless 10/10″ – Amazon

Alastair Humphreys is a British adventurer, author and motivational speaker. After graduating from Oxford, he spent 4 years cycling round the world, a journey of 46,000 miles through 60 countries and 5 continents – an epic journey described by Sir Ranulph Fiennes as ‘the first great adventure of the new millennium.’

Alastair has walked across southern India, rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, run the Marathon des Sables, completed a crossing of Iceland by foot and packraft, trekked in the Arctic, and walked across the Empty Quarter retracing the route of one of his heroes, Wilfred Thesiger, 1000 miles in 45 days through the desert in Oman. Alastair is driven to try new challenges in different environments, consciously steering himself away from becoming an expert in any one niche of adventure.

His expeditions provide a spectacular, original case study of self-motivation, setting small targets to achieve outrageous goals, the rewards of risk and teamwork, the power of story-telling, overcoming difficult times and self-doubt, the magnificence of our world, and a call to arms that nothing is achieved without being bold enough to begin it. The lessons from the road.

As well as the major expeditions, Alastair’s award-winning concept of microadventures – short, adventurous journeys close to home – encourage people to take practical steps to challenge themselves by undertaking adventures of their own and improve their physical health, mental well-being, and all-important work/life balance. In every situation you can focus on the constraints and obstacles or you can look for the opportunities. As Alastair puts it, microadventures encourage 5 to 9 thinking – an approach that applies to so much more than adventure. The concept of microadventures led to Alastair being named as one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year.

He has published eight books (including three for children) and he is a keen photographer, award-winning short filmmaker, popular blogger and motivational speaker. His first film, “Into The Empty Quarter” (2013), follows his 1000 mile journey across Arabia in the footsteps of Wilfred Thesiger.

Our Comment

"Alastair’s inspiring, funny, challenging talks about his approach to life provide a compelling case study of self-motivation, setting small targets to achieve outrageous goals, the rewards of risk and the power of trust. He revels in the magnificence of our world, and emphasises that nothing is achieved without being bold enough to begin it. His acclaimed, innovative micro-adventures are a fabulous example of improving the work-life balance and looking at obstacles with a fresh and positive eye."

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