Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent is an author, travel writer and broadcaster and with a particular love of wandering alone through remote regions. The author of three books, she’s raised more than £60,000 for charitable causes and once held the highly-competitive Guinness World Record for the longest ever journey by auto-rickshaw.
Antonia’s love of extreme solo travel has seen her trek across the Eastern Himalayas in search of Shangri-La, follow the remains of the Ho Chi Minh Trail on a small pink motorcycle and interview Naga rebel commanders high in the mountains of the Indo-Myanmar border.
Her latest book, Land of the Dawn-lit Mountains: A Journey Across Arunachal Pradesh – India’s Forgotten Frontier (Simon & Schuster, 2017) was Shortlisted for the 2018 Stanford’s Adventure Travel Book of the Year. Judge Phoebe Smith called it “Exquisitely written, with a strong sense of place – proper travel writing in the classic style.”
Antonia writes for The Telegraph, Financial Times, Wanderlust, The Guardian and Radio 4’s From our Own Correspondent. Her first radio documentary was aired on BBC Radio 4 in early 2020.
In 2019 she was the recipient of the Royal Geographical Society’s prestigious Neville Shulman Challenge Award.
A regular public speaker, Antonia has entertained audiences at the Royal Geographical Society, Financial Times Festival, Kendal Mountain Festival, Cheltenham Festival and more.
To find out more, see her website www.theitinerant.co.uk or follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @AntsBK.
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A Frequently Asked Question
After ‘How many punctures did you get?’ and ‘What’s next?’ the third most common question people ask Antonia is where her love of adventure came from. She could blame it on her wandering genes – that distant ancestor who voyaged to Demerary in 1809, the intrepid grandmother who steamed off to Peking in the thirties – but she’s sure her exploratory tendencies can be traced back to a childhood in the wilds of north Norfolk. Miles from any form of ‘entertainment’ she instead spent her days scrambling up trees, exploring the countryside and bolting across fields on a series of uncontrollable ponies (and one obstinate donkey). By her mid-teens she knew that that her future lay not in starched shirts and spreadsheets, but in distant lands and steamy jungles.
Within nanoseconds of graduating from Edinburgh University with a 1st class MA in history, she’d hot-footed it to Canada to co-author a guide book. There was no going back…