Talk time: 1pm, Saturday, March 9, 2013.
Talk title:
Survival Guide To European Festivals
Speaker’s name: Nic Cooper (Coops)
Company: Busabout, Haggis and Shamrocker
Website: www.radicaltravel.com

Why do you love to travel?
At first it was laziness not wanting to become a 9-5 suit! Nine years later, I live and breath travel – a relentless addiction and passion to see face-to-face the expected and unexpected highlights of the world. When travelling, every day is different, fascinating, surprising, fulfilling, it gives the perfect highs with next-to no-lows!

Who would be your ideal travel partner and why?
Chuck Norris. No explanation needed!

What was your favourite destination last year and why?
The incredible Balearic Island of Menorca is one of the coolest places I have ever visited. Often overshadowed by the reputation of Ibiza and Mallorca, Menorca doesn’t care, it’s proud to be different and brilliantly unique. Believe it or not, in my opinion, it’s got some of the best nightlife, food and beaches in the world whilst maintaining its chilled atmosphere and admirable culture.

Describe the most unusual situation you’ve found yourself in while travelling.
Receiving a black eye at the awesome La Tomatina festival after being hit in the face by, wait for it… A CARROT!

Name two up-and-coming destinations for 2013 and why?
Haro – a small town in the La Rioja province of northern Spain where you can tour the vineyards drinking excellent Rioja before entering the crazy festival at the end of June, The Battle Of The Wine which as the title suggests is one massive wine fight! And The Baltics – Lituania, Latvia, Estonia are brilliant countries with friendly people, cheap prices, stunning scenery, great nightlife and are neighbours to Eastern Europe, Scandinavia or Russia so the perfect destinations before or after travelling them!

If you could return to any country you’ve been to, what would it be and why?
Finland, such a beautiful place with beautiful people and last time I went was in winter so would love to hit it up in the summer where it hardly gets dark and the parties go all day and all night.

What’s the one thing you can’t travel without and why?
The best thing I’ve ever taken backpacking is a pillow. I probably sound like a princess, but most hostel pillows are rubbish, when camping you don’t get one and when catching trains or coaches for long distances you are in instant comfort. It can be easily rolled up and attached to the side of a backpack – and take two pillow cases so that you always have a clean one.

Give us an overview of what you’ll be discussing at the TNT Travel Show:
I will be running through the major festivals of 2013. The do’s and don’ts and giving a few tips to get you through from opening day to the closing festival.

Who will find your talk relevant?
Everyone! Festivals are the highlight of the year for places and are the best time to visit to see and experience a destination exploding with traditions, parties, atmosphere and displays. Regardless of your interests in life there is something for everyone at festivals.