Alastair Humphreys

  • National Geographic Adventurer of the Year

  • Cycled around the world through 60 countries and 5 continents

  • Author of 16 books including bestsellers Microadventures and Grand Adventures

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About

Alastair Humphreys is a British adventurer and author who has been on expeditions across the world, travelling through over 80 countries by bicycle, boat and on foot.

Alastair’s quest for adventure begun aged nine when he completed the 20 mile Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge. At 13, he completed the National 3 Peaks in 24 hours and at 15, he cycled off-road across England.

Whilst at university, Alastair cycled from Pakistan to China, Land’s End to John O’Groats, Turkey to Italy, Mexico to Panama and across South America. He ran a charity project in the Philippines and the London marathon dressed as a rhino.

Since then, Alastair has cycled round the world for four years, raced a yacht across the Atlantic Ocean, canoed 500 miles down the Yukon River and walked the length of the holy Kaveri river in India.

He has also run the Marathon des Sables (finishing as one of the ten fastest Brits despite breaking his foot during the race) and rowed to France with a paralysed soldier. In 2010 he completed an unsupported crossing of Iceland by foot and packraft.

In 2012 Alastair rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, did an expedition in Greenland and walked across the Empty Quarter desert.

Since then he has concentrated on his microadventures, encouraging people to get out and fit more adventure into their busy lives. He has worked with clients including National Geographic, Talisker and Adidas on the movement.

His book Microadventures inspired by the movement, was an Amazon UK Top 20 bestseller followed by his book Grand Adventures which reached Number 8 in the Amazon UK book chart.

In 2012, Alastair was chosen as one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year and in 2019, he won the Ordnance Survey Children’s Travel Book of the Year.

Alastair is a patron of the charity Hope and Homes for Children, the Youth Adventure Trust, the Outdoor Swimming Society, and the Yorkshire Dales Society.

Speech Topics

Alastair has presented to audiences on six continents, challenging perceptions and inspiring action. From captivating talks at the Royal Geographical Society to energising engagements with corporate clients such as Google, Ernst & Young, BP, T-Mobile, and Facebook, Alastair sparks a fire of enthusiasm wherever he goes.

Alastair’s expeditions are a call to arms that nothing is achieved without being bold enough to begin it and that the first step needs only be a tiny one to set us on the way to realising that we are all capable of more than we imagine.

Alastair has spent years tackling adventures that are simple but not easy and values the crucial difference between those two words. Each journey has generated a wealth of great stories, whether it is cycling round the world for four years on a budget of £7000, rowing the Atlantic Ocean with three strangers, breaking his foot on the world’s toughest ultra-marathon (but still finishing the race), walking across India, hauling a 350kg cart through the Empty Quarter desert, busking through Spain with no money or credit card, or even walking a lap of the M25 motorway round London!

Alastair’s journeys provide spectacular, original case studies of self-motivation, setting small targets to achieve outrageous goals, the rewards of risk, teamwork, and overcoming doubt. They invite audiences to reflect on the balance between work and life, setting the stage for a new narrative of personal and environmental responsibility.

Alastair’s talks to organisations as diverse as Google management and Special Forces soldiers are original, down to earth, quick-witted, self-deprecating, honest, energetic, positive and challenging.

Though he tells stories from all around the world, Alastair takes care to emphasise that he is a normal person, just like everyone else, and audiences therefore relate to him exceptionally well. Audiences are energised by Alastair’s stories and the room hums with the positive chatter of resolutions and determination to begin something new and audacious.

Alastair entertains groups, makes people believe in themselves, and offers a polite prod to do something extraordinary with our time, opportunities, and potential.

What do you learn about yourself when you face difficult times? You realise that you are capable of more than you imagine. Making quick and confident decisions in stressful situations is hard, but so too is committing to that decision, showing faith in it and following through with it by determined, flexible action.

Planning for expeditions requires not only careful consideration of the challenges ahead, but also a willingness to accept that you cannot prepare for every eventuality, and the confidence and nerve to trust yourself to figure things out along the way. In our era of instant gratification, expeditions demand a passion to pursue long-term goals.

And let us not forget to enjoy the journey, through all its stressful, daunting, exhausting, maddening, and amusing twists and turns. The end goal is not all that matters, and the more we enjoy the challenges along the way, the more likely we are to succeed in the long run.

As well as the major adventures, 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 improving 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. 5 to 9 thinking is an idea that applies to much more than just adventure.

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Testimonials

Alastair spoke to a group of very senior Marketing VPs and CMOs at a Google event. He did a wonderful job of engaging and inspiring the audience, with them hanging on his every word for 30 minutes. He was equally comfortable presenting to his amazing photographs, or handling a range of questions. I would have no hesitation in recommending him for a corporate audience.

Google

I’ve witnessed many of these presentations over the years but I have never observed such universal engagement between the speaker and his audience. Al has a knack of being humbly inspiring and motivational whilst at the same time being just an ordinary guy. He effortlessly personalized his subject matter for the audience, was fun and memorable. Importantly, he actually inspired change within the audience, people responded and took action to make their own personal lives more satisfying, an intangibly wonderful result. Finally he was a doddle to deal with, wholly informal and flexible. An effortless 10/10.

Amazon

If you need a speaker to motivate your students or staff to achieve the extraordinary, Alastair Humphreys is your man. Highly recommended. Our audience of over 500 parents and young people left the hall enthused and prepared to tackle their next challenge.

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Alastair exceeded all expectations! He was a hit!

HSBC

Your presentation was absolutely spot on, and the messages fitted well with the rest of our content and the theme of the day. Having also spoken to some of the participants, I know that the audience really enjoyed it and felt it resonated well with their business challenges.

IGD (Supply Chain Summit)

Outstanding. You clearly inspired the audience. A truly memorable presentation.

UK Special Forces

We will definitely have you back next year. Absolutely brilliant.

Ernst & Young

With the possible exception of Sir David Attenborough, that was the best lecture, and the longest applause that I have heard in the past 15 years.

President, Royal Geographical Society

Books and DVDs

Clients often ask about purchasing books for giveaways and delegate packs. Below you’ll find a selection of products by Alastair Humphreys. Click the images to view on Amazon's website. For bulk orders, please speak with your Booking Agent.

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