Renowned for his adventurous spirit, Ben Fogle talks to us about his world and why sharing adventure is so important.
Ben on adventures from long ago
Adventures come in all shapes and sizes. They aren’t always comfortable but they are inevitably memorable. Most of my happiest memories are of adventures of one kind or another.
“There was the time my father took me and my best friend on a canoeing holiday through the lakes of Algonguin park in Canada when we were 13. There was the time I hitchhiked on a boat down the Amazon when I was 19 or the time I went to live on an island in the Outer Hebrides for a year when I was 24”.
Ben on a rafting holiday in Sweden
“Each adventure is a marker of a my life an indicator of my own personal development. Shortly after I got married, I planned our first holiday as newly weds. We would drive to the middle of Sweden where we would build a timber raft and float down a river, camping on the raft for 10 days. The raft weighed more than a ton and it soon became apartment that stopping it would be nearly impossible. To make matters worse we had brought out two dogs for company. They would need to be ferried ashore in a canoe we had lashed to the raft.
It rained, we got stuck in eddy currents, the raft began to sink, it was cold, we fell in, we got hungry, but you know what, despite endless holidays since, it is still our most memorable holiday. We really did love it. It is the one we still talk about and laugh about. For me, that rafting holiday was the essence of the perfect adventure. It tested us. It wasn’t always fun, but boy did we remember it”.
I’ve been lucky enough to row across oceans, walk across deserts and trek to polar regions. Each one defines me as a person. Adventure maketh the person. Something we can universally enjoy, often as a family.
Ben on recent family adventures
“I recently took my family for their first taste of Africa. We travelled across Tanzania meeting the wildlife and the conservationists who protect it. We played with orphaned elephants and slept out under the canopy of stars to the roar of lions in the near distance. We cooked our food on an open fire and we all huddled together in the tent at night.
We bounced across the Plaines while the blood red African set in the horizon. I saw the awe and wonder in my children’s eyes as experienced this adventurous new world before them. It allowed me to experience Africa from a whole new perspective”.
With new eyes. It reiterated the importance of my own love affair with adventure and rekindled my passion to explore and learn.
NOW is the time to SEEK ADVENTURE
Ben is supporting our #ShareAdventure campaign. Visit the #ShareAdventure portal and get inspired for your next adventure this summer with your family. It’s packed full of real-life ideas from people across the UK that will help you share adventure.