Robin Esrock

Travels from: Canada

Global adventurer, travel writer, bestselling author and international TV personality

Categories: Adventure & Challenge

Full Presenter Profile & Bio

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. Struck down on his bike at a Vancouver intersection, Robin hobbled away with a broken kneecap, and one year later, a modest $20,000 insurance settlement. It was just enough for him pack up his things, quit his job, and set off on a one-year solo round-the-world backpacking adventure to 24 countries. Committed to record his year of living dangerously, he uploaded weekly reports, photography, videos, reviews, and interviews with every person he met. In doing so, he pioneered a new era of multi-platform, switched-on and wired-in travel journalism, leading to adventures beyond his wildest dreams.

Robin could look back on several careers before stumbling upon this exciting new one. He rode the new media boom in the late 1990′s, working in London for the Sunday Times, BBC, Reuters and FilmFour. In Canada, he founded a record label before working in a music agency with clients including Coldplay, Norah Jones and Bryan Adams. Once he discovered travel writing, his own star took the spotlight.

Robin’s stories have been published in over a dozen major publications worldwide, including National Geographic Traveler, The Guardian, Chicago Tribune, Sydney Morning Herald, Toronto Star, Readers Digest,  and the South China Morning Post.  He has been featured on 60 Minutes, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes Travel, MSNBC, Travel+Leisure, Huffington Post, ABC, the CBC, CTV, Global, Breakfast Television, and many others, consulting regularly as a travel expert. Robin has written regular columns for The Globe and Mail, Vancouver Sun, MSN, Outpost, Matador, and other publications.

Noticing the fascination and misconceptions surrounding the profession of travel writing, Robin conceived what became the first TV series to show the truth behind the byline. Word Travels took Robin and co-host Julia Dimon to 36 countries on 6 continents, filming 40 action-packed half hour episodes. In addition to hosting, Robin developed, wrote, and co-produced the show. Nominated for a Best Documentary Series Gemini Award, the show airs on National Geographic International and Travel Channel International in over 100 countries and 21 languages. In Canada, it is a popular fixture on OLNFX, and CityTV, also airing on TVB in China, and Outside TVHulu, and PBS in the USA.

Robin created the award-winning adventure-culinary show Get Stuffed (OLN/Nat Geo Adventure), has produced award-winning multimedia projects for Destination Canada, and written creative copy for clients including Ford Motors, Intercontinental Holiday Inn, Jetstar, and Bell. In 2012, he was honoured as Master of Ceremonies at the prestigiousExplorer’s Club Annual Dinner at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City, sharing the stage with the likes of Buzz Aldrin and Ken Burns. Robin also spoke about the wonderful lessons of travel at TEDx event Vancouver, a talk that over 850,000 views online. Robin was named as one of Gear Junkies Outdoor Ambassadors, a list of adventurers, inventors and athletes from the past 110 years that includes Ernest Shackleton, Eddie Bauer, Robert Baden-Powell and Steve Irwin.

Robin's first book, 'The Great Canadian Bucket List: One-of-a-Kind Travel Experiences', garnered critical acclaim and extensive media coverage, fast became a smash national bestseller, topping Amazon's Travel, History, and Guidebook categories.  He is also the bestselling author of 'The Great Global Bucket List; and 'The Great Australian Bucket List'.  Robin has has served as the Executive Director of the Greater Vancouver Media Association, Vice President of the Travel Media Association of Canada (BC Chapter), and he is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. 

Speaker Topics

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 personal, moving, and honest 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.
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 writing.
Isn't It Dangerous?
Renowned adventurer and bestselling author Robin Esrock has visited over 100 countries on seven continents. Throughout those 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 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 Great Australian Bucket List
Weaving in photography, video and his trademark humour, Robin takes us 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.
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, Robin takes us 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 Power of Story
In a competitive industry cluttered with information, how do you get your story through? Using real-world examples, Robin 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.
Robin Esrock - Adventure & Challenge

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