About Edge Expeditions

We are a youthful and passionate company with considerable
experience in organising expeditions and adventures worldwide.

Personal. Immersive. Unique.

Who are we?





Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent
Creative Director

  • Antonia - Ants - is a record-breaking traveller, author, public speaker and TV producer, with a background in setting up extreme and complex expeditions all over the world. She has worked and travelled in over 50 countries.
  • In 2006 she drove a pink tuk tuk 12,500-miles from Bangkok to Brighton with her friend Jo. They set the world record for the longest journey ever by auto rickshaw, wrote a best-selling travel book “Tuk Tuk to the Road” and won Cosmopolitan Magazine’s “Fun, Fearless Female award.”
  • During four years at The Adventurists, Ants was a founding director of the Mongol Derby, the world’s longest multi horse race, organised the Africa Rally from London to Cameron, nearly froze to death attempting to drive a Ural to the Russian Arctic in mid Winter (with Tom and Buddy), and organised a Pan-Asian Rickshaw Rally.
  • She's written three books, most recently  A Short Ride in the Jungle, about her solo exploration of the remains of Indochina's Ho Chi Minh Trail, and Land of the Dawn-lit Mountains, about her travels across the remote and little known Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh.
  • In between travelling and writing Ants produces TV programmes such as  the BBC's Worlds' Most Dangerous Roads, ITV's Tom Hardy's Poaching Wars and Joanna Lumley's India.
  • She's spoken at The Royal Geographical Society, the Adventure Travel Show and many more.
  • Ants speaks passable Russian, some French and possibly some Mongolian when she’s had a vodka or two.
  • To find out more about Ants see her website The Itinerant.


Kerry Burns
Managing Director

  • Kerry - known to most as Marley - is the MD of Edge Expeditions, keeping the books balanced and the show on the road. We're a small company so it's likely you'll hear from him when you make contact.
  • Marley has been researching the history of the greater Silk Road network for many years and has travelled along many of its strands. He's also passionate about the route's many sub-plots, including the Great Game era and travellers such as Marco Polo, Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan. Combined with a natural curiosity about language and a desire to explore anything quirky or off the map, the lands of the Silk Road are his idea of heaven.
  • Passionate about off-beat travel, Marley has travelled extensively in Europe, the Middle East, South East Asia and Central Asia.  In Life Before Edge he lived and worked as a renewable energy consultant in Nepal, ran some large renewable energy companies, dragged two tonnes of mobile sauna around eastern Europe several times (in the name of fun) and circumnavigated the Black Sea on a 90-cc moped with Ants after winning the 2010 Wilderness Awards.
  • Marley is an extremely experienced road and off-road motorcycle rider and has been leading our motorcyle expeditions in Asia for three years.
  • As the principle Edge doctor, Marley has been trained in First Aid and Trauma Medicine by the excellent team at Crux Medical, and is exceptionally good at dealing with medical problems and crises. On an expedition he is rarely far from our satellite phone and medical kit.
  • Marley speaks near-fluent French and German and is in the process of learning Russian too.


Why Travel With Edge Expeditions?


Immersive

  • We are not interested in tearing through the places we visit in a thunderous cloud of gravel and fumes. We want to take time to really appreciate where we are; to stop and drink in the view, to talk to people, to really learn about the places we travel through.
  • Stop. Breathe. Take it all in.
  • We stay with real people, eat real food, and wander far away from the beaten track. These are cultural experiences you won't forget.
  • We love wildlife, wild places and the people and places on the edge of the map - and we want to do everything we can to help preserve them. We hope you do too.

Personal

  • We're not interested in big, impersonal groups that speed through countries and stay in faceless, identikit hotels. We want to travel in small, personal groups and spend nights shooting the breeze around camp fires under the stars.
  • Yes, the odd bit of luxury is great, but we prefer staying with families, on farms, in homestays. We want to hear people's stories and learn about their lives.
  • We work with a superb network of local guides, experts and translators - people we've met through years of working in the TV and adventure world. All of them are passionate, knowledgeable and fun.

Unique

  • We specialise in arranging journeys and expeditions to places that few, if any, other companies go.
  • We take you to places on the edge of the map, on the edge of human existence, on the edge of most people's geographical knowledge.
  • Our expeditions are surprising, thrilling, fascinating, immersive, exciting, memorable and totally unique.
  • We hope our journeys will be unforgettable, that you'll still be banging on about them in years to come.
  • We believe travel is often taken far too seriously. We want to have fun whilst reaching that edge...



Your Safety In Our Hands

We don’t take any risks when it comes to your safety on an expedition.
Our expedition leaders have been on medical training courses and we travel with an extensive remote medical kit in any areas that require it.
We complete proper risk assessments for all of our expeditions. These are based on a military-designed series of protocols.
Wherever necessary we commission professional, third party country assessments prior to travelling. This gives us a current snapshot of the situation in any given country.
We carry a satellite phone for emergencies in any location where cellular signal is at all doubtful.
We subscribe to Talk to a Doctor, meaning we have a UK doctor at the other end of the line 24/7 in the case of an emergency.
Not all companies take this comprehensive approach, preferring instead to hope nothing bad happens.
Sadly sometimes unfortunate things do occur, and we’d rather have developed a set of plans and procedures that we never have to use, than to have a problem and no plan.

Helping, Not Hindering

We travel in places that few tourists reach and where foreigners are still a welcome novelty, and the money we spend there goes to families and rural communities who really need it. We also run expeditions in some places where the positive stories we bring back help, in a small way, change people’s opinions for the better.

We will brief you on the cultural norms for each place we will pass through. It takes very little to ensure that we aren’t offending people by being insensitive to their culture, and knowing the basics will help you get the most out of your experience.

Preserving the environment – many of our expeditions pass through fabulous wilderness, and we want to keep it that way. In an effort to minimise the environmental impact of our expeditions we give everyone who travels with us a water filtration bottle. In 2016 alone this saved over a thousand plastic bottles of water. We recycle our waste where we can, and try to minimise our impact on the local environment and its inhabitants.

We ascribe to the UNWTO (United Nations Word Tourism Organisation) Guidelines for Sustainable Development of Tourism. These are:

1) Make optimal use of environmental resources that constitute a key element in tourism development, maintaining essential ecological processes and helping to conserve natural heritage and biodiversity.

2) Respect the socio-cultural authenticity of host communities, conserve their built and living cultural heritage and traditional values, and contribute to inter-cultural understanding and tolerance.

3) Ensure viable, long-term economic operations, providing socio-economic benefits to all stakeholders that are fairly distributed, including stable employment and income-earning opportunities and social services to host communities, and contributing to poverty alleviation.

We also support the principles of the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism.

The Proof is in the Pudding

We’ve only been running expeditions since 2016 and already 85% of our customers have booked to travel with us again, with several people booking not only a second but a third trip with us. So we must be doing something right…