Upcoming Events


Monday, April 13 – Europe by Rail – What’s New in 2015!

Explore Europe by Train! Learn what’s new for 2015, and let Susan Hickman, Distant Lands’ own travel agent and rail specialist, show you the ins and outs of riding the rails in Europe. We’ll cover planning your itinerary; choosing between individual tickets and rail passes; and how to use Europe’s comfortable and efficient trains, from purchasing a ticket and boarding your train to exiting at your destination!

James with Friends

Monday, March 16 — “More Vanishing Tales from Ancient Trails”

With tonight’s program, James Michael Dorsey will continue telling stories from far off the beaten path journeys that he has chronicled in his new book, “Vanishing Tales from Ancient Trails.”

For more than two decades James has visited remote cultures that have no public voice or written language in order to bring them to the attention of the modern world. He has written for Colliers, The Christian Science Monitor, United Airlines, The BBC, Los Angeles Times, and Best Travel Writing from TravelersTales.

He is an award winning author, contributing editor at Transitions Abroad, a travel consultant to Brown & Hudson of London, a fellow of the Explorers Club, former director of the Adventurers Club and a correspondent for both Camerapix Intl. the largest African publishing house, and the World Explorers Bureau.

Tonight you will follow the Voodoo trail through West Africa, experience an exorcism, be driven through the bush by an African King and visit remote religious sites left behind by Genghis Khan. Join us for an evening of places where few will ever go.

His book will be available and he will sign copies.

Wendy Knecht

Monday, March 23 — “Life, Love and a Hijacking”

Author and former Pan-Am flight attendant Wendy Knecht will read from her book, Life, Love and a Hijacking. Knecht will focus on the iconic Pan Am, its history, and what it was like being a flight attendant in the days (not long ago) when travel was still considered glamorous. Wendy will also discuss her first hand experience with the hijacking of Pan Am Flight 73 in Karachi, and her involvement with the crew and families.


Monday, March 30 — “Antarctica: The White Continent”

Antarctica – “Its vastness is both humbling and uplifting. Its silence both daunting and among the greatest gifts this noisy world can give you. It is like nothing and nowhere else. It must be seen to be believed”.

Join returning presenter, dentist, and traveler, Carl Werts as he share’s his recent expedition aboard the National Geographic Explorer on a journey to the Antarctic Peninsula.

His photography and narrative will carry you to this most remote region of our planet and inspire you to add Antarctica to the top of your “bucket list”.


Thursday, April 23 — “Wide-Open World”

Have you ever wanted to travel around the world but thought you couldn’t afford it? Come share an evening with John Marshall, author of the new memoir, Wide-Open World: How Volunteering Around the Globe Changed One Family’s Lives Forever. Learn how John took his wife and two teenage children and spent six months volunteering their way from country to country. Not only was it a deeply transformational experience for the Marshalls, it was more affordable than staying at home!

John is a 9-time Emmy award winning TV producer who is funny and full of stories you won’t want to miss. www.johnmarshall.com