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7th Feb 2013 2:47pm | By Editor
Learning how to survive in the wild with Bear Grylls; the essential guide to the Everest Base Camp; sex and solo travel; and the lowdown on the 2013 festival scene are just some of the 20 free seminars on offer at this year's TNT Travel Show.
Held at the Islington Business Design Centre over March 9-10, 2013, the two-day extravaganza is London's biggest free travel show, with 3500 free tickets available each day when visitors pre-register (tickets cost £2 after) at tnttravelshow.com.
Scott Heffield, lead instructor at the Bear Grylls Survival Academy, will be taking to the stage on Sunday, March 10, at 10.45am.
Having worked closely with Bear Grylls for four years, Heffield will be offering expert advice on survival in extreme environments.
"People talk about deserts, jungles, mountains, oceans and extremes such as high humidity, extreme heat or cold such as the Arctic and Antarctic," he said.
"These are undoubtedly extreme environments, and I have experienced them all. However, any environment can become super-challenging in various circumstances - high winds, flash flooding or being unprepared or simply caught out.
"Think mountain days when weather changes in seconds, ocean travel when sea states suddenly swell to enormous walls of water and flash flooding when the smallest river can become a raging torrent."
Scott Heffield Bear Grylls Survival Academy
With 12 free travel seminars on Saturday, March 9, and eight on Sunday, March 10, there's something to suit every type of traveler.
The Saturday programme includes Zoe Craig from Visit London on secret places to visit in the capital; Sameh Nazeeh of Encounters Travel on post-revolution Egypt; Karl Bolton of edge on adventures in Iceland; and Helen Elfer, TNT Magazine travel editor, on off-the-beaten-track holidays in China.
The Sunday line-up includes Dan Wedgwood of The Adventurists on "ridiculous, slightly irresponsible, massive adventures"; blogger reclaimingmyfuture.com Toni White on solo travel and what it means on the road and between the sheets; and thetravellingeditor.com Dylan Lowe on making social media a platform for your travels.
Other talks include volunteering abroad with gapyear.com; road-tripping from New York to LA with Trek America; the essential guide to the Everest Base Camp with Intrepid; Russia on a budget with On The Go Tours; and the hidden highlights of Europe with Topdeck.
As well as music festivals and mini-breaks in Europe with Lonely Planet; top tips for diving around the world with Jill Nash (luxurybackpackers.com); avoiding insurance nightmares with ABTA; 50 countries before you're 30 with Emma Jones, author of Gap Years - The Essential Guide; and this year's biggest and best festivals with Radical Travel.
This year's TNT Travel Show 2013 promises to be bigger and better than ever - doubling to a two-day affair over March 9-10.
The show is dedicated to finding visitors their ultimate holiday, with exclusive show deals, expert seminars and inspirational advice.
As well as discounts of up to 50 per cent on trips and holidays in the UK, Europe and worldwide, visitors can also book group trips, overland routes and off-the-beaten track destinations in Eastern Europe, Africa, America, South America, Asia and Australasia.
Exhibitors include Topdeck, Travel Talk, Contiki, Busabout, On The Go and Sail Croatia.
"From secret gems in London, to European festivals and diving around the world, we've got all bases covered with our impressive line-up of expert speakers at this year's TNT Travel Show," Carol Driver, group editor at TNT Multimedia, says.
The show opening times are Saturday, March 9, 10am-6pm, and Sunday, March 10, 10am-3.30pm, at the Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 0QH.