Robin Woodhead: From Childhood Travels to Antarctic Trailblazer. TSHS – 0061

Join host Sam Erik as he speaks with Robyn Woodhead, who turned childhood travel adventures into a career pioneering luxury polar expeditions. Robin shares how her parents fostered her insatiable curiosity through globe-trotting from a young age. 

Hear how a failed Antarctic expedition in her 20s spent stuck in a tent led Robyn to establish  with her husband the world’s first luxury camp in Antarctica’s interior. She reflects on the hard-won lessons from that formative experience which shaped her calling to share the transformative power of Antarctica’s extremes.

Learn how Robyn  built a company enabling scientific projects and founded on sustainable principles out of a naïve start buying seats on a cargo plane. She explains the extraordinary logistics and meticulous planning required to deliver gourmet meals and renewable comforts to one of the planet’s most remote wildernesses.

Robyn  also discusses the profound emotional shifts Antarctica fosters in adventurous spirits, from entrepreneurs to astronauts. Join us for an inspiring look at one explorer’s journey to ethically share the awe-inspiring beauty of the South Pole.

2 Hospitality Events, 3 Takeaways with 5 Guests. TSHS -053

2 Hospitality Events, 3 Takeaways with 5 Guests

I attended IHIF ( International Hotel Investment Forum, Berlin and Eco Resort Network Event, in Montenegro. I thought it would be great to get some people who joined either or both events to share their views, in this way to give a balanced takeaway for you the listeners.

Let me introduce my guests who made this episode possible.

Dr.Willy Legrand is, Professor at the IU University of Applied Sciences in Germany, with specialization in sustainable hospitality development and management. His recent publication co-edited with Henri Kuokkanen and Jonathan Day, Critical Questions in Sustainability and Hospitality is a must-read. Contact: Website.

Robyn Woodhead, is a polar explorer who co-founded with her husband White Desert Antarctica, operating three separate luxury camps in Antarctica, and aiming to be a positive influence on the entire continent’s Climate Change legacy.  website: Email:

Maribel Esparcia Perez, is an Independent Advisor, Professor and Managing Partner of the European Sustainable Hospitality Club, Certified Change Agent by ISSP, part of the CSW63 SDG’s at UN. Contact: , website:

Tariro Madzingira is a banking professional and community builder, interested in getting underrepresented groups into nature for mental health benefits. She is building a diverse online community encouraging high-potential professionals and students to intentional breaks in the outdoors. Contact:

Chris Nader is the Co-Founder and CEO of ENVI Lodges, the first luxury ecolodge brand and management company to launch from the Middle East, with a presence in the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. Contact: