As already noted, I’m very lucky to be doing this walk, so it’s always good try to give something back – even if it’s only me gassing on about my travels.
During my journey, where possible, I will happily talk (for free) at schools, universities, libraries, hospitals, bookshops, clubs…I’m also happy for the talks to be fundraisers, either for the UK charities I am walking for, or for local causes relevant to the parts of the world I am walking through.
I enjoy giving talks and fielding questions – “Mr Tom, were you dropped on your head as a child?” still being my favourite. In the past I’ve appeared on the BBC a few times: Radio 2, Radio 4, BBC Breakfast and the World Service.
Over the years I’ve spoken at a host of venues including the Royal Geographical Society in London and Hong Kong (where, admittedly, my last talk was a self-inflicted shambles), the Explorers Club in New York (hailed as ‘a triumph’ – that said, they had been drinking), the Daily Telegraph Adventure Travel Show and many book shops, schools, unis, social clubs (Royal British Legion, Women’s Institutes, Rotary): whatever size of venue – count me in.