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dave cornthwaite: adventurer | speaker | author

Since quitting a job as a terrible graphic designer in 2005, Dave Cornthwaite has developed a successful career based around his passions. He's an expert in adventure, non-motorised travel, audacity and creating work that you love. 

Dave has created hundreds of short films, delivered hundreds of lectures worldwide, travelled over 20,000 non-motorised miles as part of his Expedition1000 project, founded the life-fulfilling brand SayYesMore and, finally, has made up for being a total loser in his early twenties.

At the core, he is a record-breaking adventurer twelve journeys into his groundbreaking Expedition1000 project: 25 journeys of 1000 miles or more, each using a different form of non-motorised transport.

Amongst Dave's adventures are record breaking SUP journeys along the Mississippi and around Martiniquelongboarding across Australia, swimming 1001 miles and co-founding the groundbreaking growth mindset projects, Exploring Mindset and Winter Quest

Dave has written three books: the bestselling Life in the Slow Lane, a hapless search for love in Date, and BoardFree, the story of how he left his job to skateboard further than anyone ever had.

His uniquely entertaining and motivational keynote presentations have been enjoyed on six continents and his passionate advocacy of the word YES has contributed to the sprouting of countless adventures worldwide, big and small.

In between adventures Dave is committed to enabling others to reach their own potential through social journeys, workshops, group expeditions and mindset-shaping projects. In 2015 his motto, SayYesMore, transformed into a different beast when he accidentally founded a social enterprise of the same name and a community of doers called The YesTribe, which offers a gentle solution to the mental health pressures of today's society.

Although consistently nomadic for a decade, Dave now lives on a boat in London and in between adventures leads The YesTribe, a community of doers dedicated to redesigning life for the better. He blogs and speaks about adventure, living life on our own terms and maximising efficiency of choice in order to magnify the positive impact of our work and lifestyle.

If his enthusiasm for simple living, the power of adventure for good and the glorious pursuit of enjoying Mondays isn't enough to get you ready for a new challenge, nothing will.

My mission

My mission, I guess, is to offer a reminder that wherever you're from, whatever your background, if there's something you want to do then there is a way. It's not always easy, it's not always hard, and it's almost always down to your mind whether you do it or not. So if you want to try, I'd like to try to help you. 

I've been lucky enough to have some great experiences and I don't take any of it for granted. I think it's important to pass that stuff along. Drop me a line, anytime, if you think I can help and always remember that it's the people you surround yourself with who make life special, liveable and memorable. So pick your friends wisely, and be one of those people who other people choose to have around, and you'll be on the right track.

“The bravest thing any of us can do is become comfortable with the fact that we’re different from everyone else.”
— Dave Cornthwaite


  • Ways travelled over 1000 miles without motors: 14
  • Total non-motorised journey miles: 21,822
  • Books written: 3
  • Countries Visited: 111
  • Lectures delivered: 850+
  • Social Media Followers: 35,000 +
  • Average nights in a hammock each year since 2011: 52
  • World records broken: 10
  • No. of times people have told me I'm going to die: 17,169