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30 Under 30: Meet David Urban

From working as a journalist to founding his own responsible travel series, David Urban speaks to TTG about combining his love of storytelling with sustainability

Award-winning former journalist David Urban (29) has just celebrated the second birthday of his responsible travel series Beyond Your World which he founded in May 2018. His love for travel can be traced back to his childhood and was nurtured further during his solo travels as an adult.

 

“I was really privileged as a kid to see many countries,” he explains. “Then when you go abroad on your own when you’re older, you are in an environment where you have to mingle with local cultures. Ever since then I’ve had a passion for other countries and travelling.”

 

After studying for a sociology degree, David started his career in broadcasting with BT Sport, and then went on to work as a producer for the British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS), BBC Worldwide and as a travel journalist for The Telegraph.

 

“My father was a film director so I grew up helping out on set where I developed a love for narratives. So after university I got a job as a journalist in television, where I cut my teeth learning to present and edit film,” says David.

 

Finding film

 

While at the BBC, David profiled Nick Vujicic, a man who learned to swim, surf and skydive despite having no limbs, in a video which went viral and bagged David a Shorty [social media industry] Award.

 

“I realised that through video I could combine my love for travel with my skills for storytelling and use these to create something special,” he says.

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