Levison Wood: An adventurer walking the planet


What keeps you going if you ever feel like giving up?
The privilege of being able to travel for a living.

What are you most proud of?
Getting into the PARAs probably – passing the gruelling selection and commanding soldiers on operations in Afghanistan.

What’s your happiest travel memory?
I think a road trip with my best mates from London to Malawi.

Discover the underrated ‘warm heart of Africa’ on this 10 day adventure. Visit local villages, relax on the shores of beautiful Lake Malawi and spot the ‘big 5’ on game drives, walking safaris and boat trips through Liwonde National Park. Costs from £2,400pp for 10 days excluding flights.

What’s always in your bag – no matter what adventure you’re on?
A compass and a linen shirt.

What do you still dream of doing that you haven’t yet done?
Antarctica, Papua New Guinea, Canada, Japan, road trip across the USA etc, etc.

Have your own epic adventure on this sea kayaking adventure around Papua New Guinea. A truly off the-beaten track experience, kayak between remote island communities that rarely see outsiders, snorkel on pristine coral reefs and sample fresh, delicious sea food. Costs from £2,125 for 9 days excluding flights.

Where would you like to be right now?
On a beach in Thailand.

In your lifetime, where’s the most memorable place you’ve been and why?
Cape Town, the first place I travelled solo.

Find the same sense of freedom yourself on this self-drive holiday from Cape Town along South Africa’s garden route. Explore Cape Town’s iconic sights, take in its vibrant culture and learn about its turbulent history before enjoying stays at nearby wine estates, beautiful beaches, whale watching excursions and a chance to spot the Big 5 at a private game reserve. Costs from £1,900 for 15 days including UK flights.

What does responsible tourism mean to you?
It means making the right decision – working with local partners, writing honest reviews, speaking out about poor performers and people abusing the system, ecosystem and local population.

Check out the Responsible Travel site to visit some of the places Levison Wood has been, such as a family holiday in Greece combining adventure with ancient history, trekking in the mountains of Nepal and visiting remote villages, exploring unique culture and landscapes from Marrakech to the Atlantic coast or experiencing your own epic adventure on a sea kayaking adventure around Papua New Guinea.