Robin Esrock

Robin Esrock

Renowned Travel Writer and TV Host

Robin Esrock’s success as a global adventurer, travel writer, bestselling author, and international TV personality is no accident — although it did start with one. After a bike accident left him with a modest insurance settlement, Esrock quit his job to set off on a one-year, solo, backpacking adventure to 24 countries. He recorded his year of living dangerously through articles, photographs, videos, and interviews, pioneering a new era of travel journalism. In his multi-media presentations, Esrock shares lessons from the road on breaking boundaries, risk management, the power of good storytelling, and more.

Esrock’s travels have been published in several major publications worldwide, including National Geographic Traveler, The Guardian, Toronto Star, Reader’s Digest, and the South China Morning Post. He is also a featured travel expert for 60 Minutes, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes Travel, Huffington Post, CBC, CTV, Global, Breakfast Television, and more, while also a regular columnist for The Globe and Mail, Vancouver Sun, MSN, Outpost Magazine, Matador, and other publications.

Esrock also developed, co-wrote, and co-produced Word Travels, the first TV series to show the truth behind the byline, where he and his co-host travelled to 36 countries on six continents. Nominated for a Best Documentary Series Award, the show aired on National Geographic International and Travel Channel International in more than 100 countries. He also created the award-winning adventure-culinary show Get Stuffed, produced award-winning multimedia projects for Destination Canada, and wrote creative copy for clients including Ford Motors, Intercontinental Holiday Inn, and Bell.

A bestselling author, Esrock’s first book, The Great Canadian Bucket List: One-of-a-Kind Travel Experiences, quickly became a smash national bestseller, topping Amazon’s travel, history, and guidebook categories. He is also the author of the international bestseller The Great Global Bucket List and The Great Australian Bucket List.

A Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society, Esrock has visited more than 110 countries on seven continents and continues to write, blog, share, and film his ongoing adventures.

Breaking Boundaries

With the world as his canvas, Robin Esrock reflects on the unique life experiences that have enabled him to break through the personal, professional, and organizational boundaries that stand in our way.

This entertaining talk helps audiences recognize, respect, and ultimately hurdle over their own limitations. Incorporating themes of transformation, intention, instinct, and curiosity, “Breaking Boundaries” distils hard-won, often hilarious takeaways into inspiring strategies for future success.

Isn't It Dangerous?

Renowned adventurer and bestselling author Robin Esrock has visited more than 100 countries on seven continents. Throughout his travels, he has never been attacked, robbed, or even violently ill. He has, however, faced the wrong end of an AK-47 in Ethiopia, a tribal spear in Papua New Guinea, and hungry piranhas in Venezuela. Despite all this, Esrock refuses to be labelled as an adrenaline junkie. Instead, he shares with audiences his unique insights and practical strategies for the management of risk, both on the road and in the workplace.

The Power of Story

In a competitive industry cluttered with information, how do you get your story through?    Using real-world examples, Robin Esrock discusses the impact of storytelling as a means of connecting with both media and consumers, offering advice and suggestions gleamed from working with dozens of major publications and hundreds of tourism organizations.

The Great Canadian Bucket List

Nobody knows Canada better than Robin Esrock! Coast to coast, north to south — what are the best experiences the country has to offer? Weaving in photography, video, and his trademark humour, Esrock takes his audiences on a journey to every province and territory, sharing the remarkable destinations, activities, and personalities that truly make Canada worth exploring, along with insights he’s picked up along the way.

The Great Australian Bucket List

Weaving in photography, video, and his trademark humour, Robin Esrock takes his audiences on a journey to every state and territory, sharing the remarkable destinations, activities, and personalities that put “Down Under” on top of the world’s best travel destinations, along with insights he’s picked up along the way.

Confessions of A Travel Writer

The revolution in publishing demands an evolution of a profession. Having conceived and starred in a 40-part show revealing the truth behind the byline, Robin discusses the realities and challenges in the modern world of travel journalism.

How to Get Overtourism

Can you have too much of a good thing? Ask Bali, Barcelona, Dubrovnik, and the Canadian Rockies. Ask frustrated tourists unable to access overcrowded museums or popular landmarks, from Venice to the summit of Everest. A perfect storm is changing the face of modern tourism around the globe. In a seminal article syndicated through Post Media, Robin Esrock called overtourism a crime, and as a bestselling “bucket list” author, he’s guilty too. This hot topic keynote explores the roots and impact of the overtourism phenomenon, and how destinations, marketers, attractions, and operators must encourage responsible travel, before it’s too late.

A World of Virtual Boundaries

You can’t explore the world — or much of Canada right now — so why not bring it to you? With inspiration in short supply, international travel personality Robin Esrock is determined to keep our dreams alive.

Drawing on his acclaimed adventures to all seven continents and every province and territory, Esrock presents a visually stunning, humorous, and thought-provoking presentation. Join him as he celebrates the quirkier side of Canada, wowing attendees with tales from his bestselling Bucket List books and National Geographic television series. Along the way, Esrock helps us recognize, respect, and overcome the boundaries that stand in everyone’s way.

This virtual presentation includes a 45-50-minute keynote plus interactive Q&A. Length can be customized to meet your needs.