It Started With an Accident...
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 a Vancouver intersection, Robin hobbled away with a broken kneecap, and one year later, a modest $20,000 insurance settlement. It was just enough for him pack up his things, 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 could look back on several careers before stumbling upon this exciting new one. He rode the new media boom in the late 90′s, working in London for the Sunday Times, BBC, Reuters and FilmFour. In Canada, he founded a record label before working in a music agency with clients including Coldplay, Norah Jones and Bryan Adams. Once he discovered travel writing, his own star took the spotlight.
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 CNN, Forbes Travel, MSNBC, Travel+Leisure, Huffington Post, the CBC, CTV, Global, Breakfast Television, and many others, consulting regularly as a travel expert. Robin has written regular columns for the Globe & Mail, Vancouver Sun, MSN, Outpost Magazine, Sympatico.ca, Bell’s The Loop, Chill Magazine, She, Accent, Matador, 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. Nominated for a Best Documentary Series Gemini Award, the show airs on National Geographic International and Travel Channel International in over 100 countries and 21 languages. In Canada, it is a popular fixture on OLN, FX, and CityTV, also airing on TVB in China, and Outside TV, Hulu, and the Halogen Network in the USA.
Robin created the award-winning adventure-culinary show Get Stuffed (OLN/CityTV/Nat Geo Adventure), has produced multimedia projects for the Canadian Tourism Commission, and written creative copy for clients including Toyota and Bell. In 2012, he 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. Robin also spoke about the wonderful lessons of travel at the world’s largest-ever TEDx event in Vancouver. In 2015, Robin was named as one of Gear Junkies Outdoor Ambassadors, a list of adventurers, inventors and athletes from the past 110 years. The list also includes Ernest Shackleton, Eddie Bauer, Robert Baden-Powell, GoPro inventor Nick Woodman and Steve Irwin.
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 17-date national speaking tour. Garnering extensive media coverage, the book fast became a national bestseller. Robin is currently working on regional Canadian Bucket List books, and The Great Global Bucket List for Harper Collins.
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 with his Brazilian wife Ana and their daughter Raquel.
Living proof that sometimes, life is just an accident waiting to happen.
The Great Canadian Bucket List
Companion site for Robin's best-selling book
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Watch videos, go places
Follow Robin on his Twitter feed
Website for Robin's 40-part syndicated TV show
Robin's entry in the ultimate encyclopedia
Esrock World Media
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Robin's articles and photos have appeared in:
The Globe & Mail
National Geographic Traveler
New Zealand Herald
Sydney Morning Herald
Dubai Gulf News
Red Bull's Red Bulletin
Dallas Morning News
Australian Associated Press
South China Morning Post
Cape Town Argus