The photographer: Herbert Ypma
The author, photographer and founder of the Hip Hotel series.
The explorer: Benedict Allen
Britain's best-known television explorer is often found in remote places, from the jungle of Papua New Guinea to the desert of Namibia.
The historian: Justin Marozzi
Travel writer, historian and journalist who has worked for the BBC World Service and wrote The Man Who Invented History: Travels with Herodotus.
The adventurer: Charley Boorman
Adventurer, travel writer and herald of the Harley-Davidson generation since filming Long Way Round, a motorcycle trip from London to New York with friend and actor Ewan McGregor in 2004.
The author: Sara Wheeler
Travel writer known for her love of the North and South Poles. Her books include Chile: Travels in a Thin Country and Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica.
The correspondent: John Simpson
The BBC's World Affairs Editor — and High Life columnist — has reported from some of the most dangerous places in the world including Afghanistan and Iraq.
The editor: Kerry Smith
Editor of High Life
The writer: Colin Thubron
Travel writer, whose latest book is To a Mountain in Tibet. Ranked as one of The Times' 50 greatest post-war writers.
The journalist: Simon Calder
Chair of High Life's think-tank debate and travel correspondent for The Independent newspaper in London.
Travel in the 21st century is about tuning in to all that's really happening in the world — not just laying on a beach. It's become as much about what you know as where you go.' That is the view of High Life editor Kerry Smith. But how to test the theory? To figure out the future of travel, it helps to talk to people whose lives are full of adventure and insight. So for this month's special 40th edition, High Life assembled contemporary travel's magnificent seven for a future-gazing summit. Adventurers all, these great figures have between them comprehensively explored the four corners of the globe — and beyond.
The venue was a central London location steeped in history: the Café Royal hotel. The elaborate chambers are located on the arc where John Nash's elegant Regent Street curls into Piccadilly Circus. Opened 150 years ago, the hotel became a place where the good and the garrulous — from Oscar Wilde to HG Wells — would meet to debate and conspire. The perfect venue for the High Life travel think-tank, and the ideal place to gaze into the future of travel.