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Record-breaking adventurer makes a big splash at Travel Counsellors

A record-breaking world explorer has made a splash at Travel Counsellors as part of the company’s “TCTalks” programme of motivational speakers.

World adventurer, author and speaker, Dave Cornthwaite, joined forces with one of Travel Counsellors cruise line partners Hurtigruten, to present his unique and inspiring way of life to Travel Counsellor franchisees and head office support team members.

Cornthwaite is best known for Expedition1000, an ongoing mission to take on twenty-five different non-motorised journeys, each over 1000 miles in distance across the globe. Having completed 14 journeys so far, Cornthwaite is founder of the “SayYesMore” and “YesTribe” movements, building a reputation for embracing challenges head-on, with a unique lifestyle outlook that sees him “Explore the world one yes at a time.”

As well as a Q&A session with Dave and Hurtigruten’s key account manager Mark Walter, which was recorded live in our state-of-the-art in-TCTV studio in-front of an audience of over 30 Travel Counsellors and head office team members. An intrepid group of Travel Counsellors also braved the chilly waters of Salford Quays to spend a morning with Dave learning to kayak like a professional explorer.

Gold Travel Counsellor Helen Walker said, “It was fantastic to spend time with Dave at the water sports centre near Travel Counsellors’ head office in Manchester, hear him speak in detail about his brave adventures across the globe, and the amazing opportunities that can come along if you simply say yes more. It was also great to find out more about Dave’s association with Hurtigruten, plus I’ve never canoed or kayaked before – a cold but extremely fun and exhilarating experience!”

Travel Counsellors TCTalks programme is a series of talks from inspirational public figures from across the globe, which first launched with American astronaut Nicole Stott earlier this year. With our self-employed franchisees tuning in from seven countries to hear our Head of Cruise Janet Whittingham quiz Dave on running his own business, the keynote speaker also shared his thoughts, insight and experience on balancing family time with his passion for adventure and achieving his career goals.

Travel Counsellors global sales director, Jim Eastwood, said; “We created TCTalks as another fantastic tool to empower the company’s homeworking business owners and head office support team to embrace our company ethos, which is to build a ‘future without limits’. It’s special events like this that bring our Travel Counsellors together to be motivated, feel inspired to fulfil their potential and grow their leisure or corporate travel businesses to be the very best they can be.

“Dave’s record breaking exploits are a source of motivation for us all. We will be watching his next 1000-mile adventure with keen interest and cheering him on as he seeks to complete 25 different non-motorised journeys across the world. Thanks to Dave and Hurtigruten for taking the time to share his motivational life experiences with all of us here at Travel Counsellors.”

Hurtigruten’s Mark Walter added; “Dave embodies the spirit of exploration and adventure that we love here at Hurtigruten. His outlook on life is so inspiring and we were delighted to help share his ideas, ethos and lifestyle with our friends at Travel Counsellors.”

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