I don’t normally dedicate entire blog posts to a single event, but this is one that deserves special attention. Because there aren’t many events in the UK calendar that deal specifically with the planning of long overland adventures.
HUBB UK, however, is one of them. Spawned from the hugely popular Horizons Unlimited overland travel bulletin-board, and covering cycle-touring, motorcycling, 4x4-ing and other forms of overland independent transport, this is much more than a handful of lectures: it’s a full-on festival lasting four days (with camping and beer and everything), consisting of over 200 sessions of talks, demonstrations, workshops, Q&As, challenges and competitions on every topic you’d imagine relevant to adventurous overland journeys.
The event’s stated purpose is ‘Inspiring, Informing and Connecting’, but I think it’s the first of these that’s the most important. Knowing that what you’re dreaming of doing is possible — and that others like you have already done it — is the most empowering piece of knowledge to have while you’re laying plans for your first big trip.
So while there’ll undoubtedly be plenty of informing and connecting on the cards, it’s really for the inspiration that I suggest you come along. I’ll be there all weekend, presenting on adventure filmmaking and getting involved wherever else I can, and I hope to meet a few readers in the process!
I’ll also be demonstrating the results of an ongoing project/experiment, involving fully-loaded touring bikes, recycling centres, Poundland, and very very tight travel budgets! More on that soon…
Find out more at the HUBB UK website.