dave cornthwaite: adventurer | speaker | author

Since quitting a job as a really bad 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.

At the core, he is a record-breaking adventurer who has travelled over 20,000 miles in eleven journeys as part of his groundbreaking Expedition1000 project: 25 journeys of 1000 miles or more, each using a different form of non-motorised transport.

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. He founded a social enterprise called SayYesMore and a community of doers called The YesTribe, which offers a gentle solution to the mental health pressures of today's society, as well as annual mindset-exploring adventures in Iceland and paddling down the Mississippi.

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.

“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: 12
  • Total non-motorised journey miles: 20,816
  • Books written: 3
  • Countries Visited: 106
  • Lectures given: 750+
  • Social Media Followers: 32,000 +
  • Average nights in a hammock each year since 2011: 56
  • World records broken: 9
  • No. of times people have told me I'm going to die: 11,323