Alastair Humphreys spent over four years cycling round the world, a journey of 46,000 miles through 60 countries and 5 continents. As well as this he has walked across India, rowed the Atlantic and was named as a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year for his pioneering work on the concept of micro-adventures, encouraging people to get outside, get out of their comfort zone and go somewhere they’ve never been.
Alastair shares practical advice about breaking down seemingly distant dreams into achievable goals, staying motivated when it gets tough and conquering self-doubt and a fear of failure. With humour, superb photographs and a huge range of anecdotes to draw upon, Alastair challenges his audience to set more challenging goals and to do more. 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 particular 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.
Alastair has written nine books including ‘Moods of Future Joys’ and ‘Thunder & Sunshine’ recounting his epic journey described by explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes as ‘the first great adventure of the new millennium’, and his book on Microadventures was a best-seller. More recently, Alastair has walked across southern India, rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, run the Marathon des Sables (6 consecutive marathons through the Sahara desert), rowed to France with Major Phil Packer, completed a crossing of Iceland by foot and packraft, and participated in an expedition in the Arctic, close to the magnetic North Pole. He recently returned from walking across the Empty Quarter retracing the route of one of his heroes, Wilfred Thesiger, walking 1000 miles in 45 days through the desert in Oman.
One of the most inspirational and entertaining motivational speakers, Alastair Humphreys is passionate about encouraging others.