“He’s done everything, he’s been everywhere.”
60 Minutes Sports (CBS/Showtime)
Robin Esrock’s success as a global adventurer, travel writer, bestselling author and international TV personality is no accident, although it did start with one. Struck down on his bike at an intersection, Robin hobbled away with a broken kneecap, and one year later, a modest $20,000 insurance settlement. Inspired to kickstart his Bucket List, Robin quit his job, and set off on a one-year solo round-the-world backpacking adventure to 24 countries. Committed to record his year of living dangerously, he uploaded weekly reports, photography, videos, reviews, and interviews with every person he met. In doing so, he pioneered a new era of multi-platform, switched-on and wired-in travel journalism, leading to adventures beyond his wildest dreams.
Robin’s stories have been published in over a dozen major publications worldwide, including National Geographic Traveler, The Guardian, Chicago Tribune, Sydney Morning Herald, Toronto Star, and South China Morning Post. He has been featured on 60 Minutes, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes Travel, MSNBC, Travel+Leisure, Huffington Post, the CBC, CTV, Global TV, and many others, consulting regularly as a travel expert. In Canada, Robin has written regular columns for the Globe & Mail, Vancouver Sun, MSN, Outpost Magazine, Sympatico.ca, Bell’s The Loop, Chill Magazine, She Magazine, the Matador Travel Network, and other publications.
Noticing the fascination and misconceptions surrounding the profession of travel writing, Robin conceived what became the first TV series to show the truth behind the byline. Word Travels took Robin and co-host Julia Dimon to 36 countries on 6 continents, filming 40 action-packed half hour episodes. In addition to hosting, Robin developed, wrote, and co-produced the show. The show aired on National Geographic International and Travel Channel International in over 100 countries and 21 languages, also appearing on OLN,FX, CityTV, TVB in China, and Outside TV, Hulu, and Antennae in the USA.
In 2012, Robin was honoured as Master of Ceremonies at the prestigious Explorer’s Club Annual Dinner at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City, sharing the stage with the likes of Buzz Aldrin and Ken Burns. With hundreds of thousands of views, his TEDx talk about Learning to Travel is one of the most popular travel-themed talks on the TED network. In 2015, Robin was named as one of Gear Junkies 110 Outdoor Ambassadors, a list of notable adventurers, inventors and athletes from the past 110 years.
In October 2013, Robin’s first book – The Great Canadian Bucket List: One-of-a-Kind Travel Experiences – launched with nationwide distribution, an extensive companion website, and a 18-date national speaking tour. Garnering extensive media coverage, the book fast became a national bestseller, regularly topping Amazon.ca’s Travel, History, and Guidebook categories for over two years. Several regional Canadian Bucket List books also became bestsellers.
Scuba diving in Papua New Guinea, racing Lamborghinis in Italy, volcano boarding in Nicaragua – it’s all in a day’s work. Having now visited over 100 countries on 7 continents, Robin continues to write, blog, tweet, and film his ongoing adventures. He lives in Vancouver, Canada with his wife and their two children. Living proof that sometimes, life is just an accident waiting to happen.
Learn more about Robin at www.robinesrock.com
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