Travel writer and broadcaster, Simon Parker is currently reporting from southern Mexico for the BBC, following assignments to the UAE, Brazil and Argentina in 2018. Having reported from over 30 countries within the last few years, Parker is once again shaping up to have yet another busy one. With reporting expeditions with the BBC and The Telegraph that have led to him travelling to Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Chile, Alaska and El Salvador, Simon Parker is once again embarking on a big expedition and adventure to rival his 2016 sailing and cycling challenge from China to London, in 133 days, and his recent 2,000 mile cycle of the entire Scandinavian Peninsula. A vastly knowledgeable figure that has also combated the elements on his bike and in doing so showed remarkable persistence, determination, mental toughness and bravery, Simon Parker is an outstanding after dinner speaker that is available to hire for all manner of events.
An accomplished motivational speaker, panel discussion chair and event host, Simon has reported from over half the countries on Earth – and all within the first ten years of his career as a journalist. He has been to some of the most extreme corners of the planet; from the high Andes and the centre of the North Pacific, to the driest deserts of Southern Africa and the frozen glaciers of the Arctic Circle. These experiences and voyages have allowed Parker to accumulate an abundance of experience that allow him to deliver informed and insightful tales and anecdotes during his compelling presentations.
In 2016, Simon Parker sailed and cycled from China to London in just 133 days – racing with and against the Round the World Yacht Race for a BBC Radio documentary and The Daily Telegraph series. Having been stationed in South America for the BBC, Simon has hiked every possible route to Machu Picchu and as a fully-qualified paragliding pilot, flown solo through the Colombian Andes. He is a former TEDx speaker and has served as a panel chair at the prestigious Front Line Club, London. Having endured an incredibly diverse and versatile career, Simon Parker is without doubt one of the most enchanting and engages speakers that you can hire. A personality that has excelled within the reporting, journalism and broadcasting industry in addition to being an immensely successful cyclist that has attained peak performance, Simon Parker will not only share his story but also provide tools, tactics and advice that is relatable to all guests ensuring everyone is prepared to excel.