Travel agents starts hunt for ‘modern explorer’ with Boorman

Posted by Lee Hayhurst on starts hunt for ‘modern explorer’ with Boorman has enlisted the celebrity status of TV traveller Charley Boorman as it searches for the person who epitomizes the ‘modern explorer’.

The winner of the competition, which is being promoted on the OTA’s Facebook page, will win a £10,000 six-week trip during which they will have to travel from Lisbon to Goa.

They will also have to call in at the Canary Islands, the Cape of Good Hope and Mozambique along the way while blogging about their experiences.

Boorman, who has fronted a number of travel series since appearing alongside his friend Ewan McGregor in Long way Round and Long Way Down, said:

“The way we travel in modern times has changed, but our reasons to travel haven’t. The spirit of discovery lives on.

“We no longer need to trawl through maps, plotting courses to reach our destination (although that can be fun!).

“Technology offers us a multitude of opportunities to get under the skin of a destination: connecting with locals via social media, virtually visiting the destination via satellite maps – you can become an explorer in any destination at the touch of a button.

“The Modern Explorer could be 18 or 80, an experienced globetrotter or someone who has never ventured outside of Europe, but they all have something fantastic in common – a thirst to discover and to return with stories gained from experiences that you only get from travelling.”


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