I like to Give Talks

I am a travel writer from Scotland and I like to give talks about how anyone can travel independently, how to get a job abroad and how to write about it. I interact with the audience, build on their ideas and advise them how to plan the journey of a lifetime. I particularly like talking to students but am also comfortable in front of business people, reading clubs and at book festivals.

I have been travelling independently all my life and have lived in Albania, Bosnia, Romania and Tibet. I can explain how I overcame my fear of travelling alone, how complacency almost stopped me from leaving, and what skills have enabled me to thrive in some very unusual places.

Of course I can talk about my book, 9 Months in Tibet and would love to read out some of the parts that people find amusing, or horrific — and we can talk in advance about which part to read aloud — perhaps when I got attacked by dogs in Tibet, my sometimes farcical attempts at finding jobs, my disastrous affairs when on the road, why I gave up cannabis and what happened when the Buddhist monks of Lhasa challenged the Chinese police.

It would also be interesting to discuss why writing about your travels is like a form of therapy, a useful way of discharging all those incredible experiences without becoming a pub bore (as I was at one point).

I would love to hear from you. Please send me an email: rupert@wolfemurray.com