Andy Browning is an explorer, expedition leader, mountain leader, writer, speaker, and part time geography teacher with a full time passion for travel and adventure.
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Growing up on the edge of London, Andy first found a love for the outdoors and adventure by building shelters and climbing trees in Epping Forest. Exploring this ancient woodland, and hours spent poring over old copies of National Geographic magazines on Sunday afternoons, ensured Andy developed a sense of wonder about the world which has never left him.
At the age of 21 Andy managed to convince someone to allow him to spend a year poking volcanoes in Mexico, and on the tiny Caribbean island of Montserrat. These trips cemented his love for travel, and sparked what was to become a fascination with the lesser visited corners of our planet. Since then Andy has traversed the African continent solely by public transport, ventured into deserts in search of secret pyramids, sweated through the jungles of Central Africa and South America, trekked across the East African savanna, and spent a year living on one of the world's most remote islands.
Often travelling overland on ramshackle public buses, eating whatever local delicacy can be bought through the window, and sleeping wherever the bus inevitably breaks down, Andy embraces the lifestyle of the budget explorer, proving that you don't need huge sums of cash in order to experience the wonder of new places; he is living testament to how far even the most modest budget will get you if you are prepared to approach things slightly differently.
Continuing the overland theme, Andy has recently discovered the excitement of travelling long distances by bicycle and in 2015 completed the classic British cycle journey John O Groats to Lands End. Looking for the next challenge, Andy then cycled across the breadth of the country, this time from the UK's eastern cardinal point in Suffolk to the Welsh coast, and has recently taken his two-wheeled adventuring into Europe, cycling from the UK to the most northerly point of Denmark.
As well as his own adventures, Andy is also an expedition leader, and has used his knowledge and experience to lead several groups of young people in a variety of exciting locations including the Iringa highlands of Tanzania, the Scottish mountains, and most recently the Amazon jungle. In 2017 Andy was nominated by the British Exploring Society for the New Leader of the Year award, and in 2018 he was nominated again, this time for the Leader of the Year award…
"Andy was a fantastic role model throughout the expedition. He showed a vast range of knowledge and enthused others and his passion for the outdoors was at the heart of all he did."
‘Andy is one of those incredible people who can turn his hand to anything - translating for a meeting with community elders, digging latrines in wet clay soil amidst a fog of mosquitoes, managing casualties in a tropical storm, sharing his passion for mapping wild spaces and inspiring young people to greater heights. Without a doubt, he’s the person you want on your team in every expedition situation.’
When not travelling to far flung corners, Andy can be found trying to look cool in the coffee shops of East London and the East Midlands, lugging a rucksack around the mountains of the United Kingdom as a qualified Mountain Leader, and using his skills and experiences to try and convince young people (and older young people) that geography really is the best subject they can study.
He hopes that this website and the stories and photographs within, will serve as inspiration for you to get out there and have your own adventure.