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Competition: Win tickets to the Adventure Travel Show 2015

October 28, 2014 § 7 Replies

In January the world’s most daring explorers, talented travel photographers and coolest tour companies (plus hundreds of fans of the road less travelled) are converging on The Adventure Travel Show in London. Fancy a day of inspiring talks, workshops and seminars? I’ve got five pairs of tickets to give away.

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How to plan a city cycle break in Amsterdam

October 27, 2014 § Leave a reply

Hire a rusty fixie bike and explore the cobblestones, cafes and canals of Amsterdam. Pedal power is all you need to discover the city’s gems (well, that and this handy guide to cycling like a local).

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Top eight extreme adventures in the world

October 25, 2014 § 2 Replies

Push your adrenaline levels to an all-time high with eight of the craziest experiences on the planet (I’ve ticked off three so far). There’s volcano bungee jumping, hair-raising cycling, antarctic running and cheese. Because all good lists include cheese.

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#BestSummerEver part 6: hanging out in New York City

October 13, 2014 § 1 Reply

For my final Malibu #BestSummerEver adventure I learnt the death-defying art of flying trapeze in Manhattan. You know, just casually.

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#BestSummerEver part 5: escaping to the Catskills

October 6, 2014 § 2 Replies

For my fifth Malibu #BestSummerEver adventure my friend Bobby and I went roadtripping into the beautiful, bear-filled Catskill mountains in New York State.

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Awesome autumn apparel

September 30, 2014 § Leave a reply

It’s jumper wearing, bonfire building, leaf crunching autumn again! Let’s rejoice in all the cosy cliches shall we? There’s no need to hibernate, though – wrap up warm in some of my favourite finds for fall and you can keep camping in forests and cold weather surfing in style all season.

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Top 10 outdoors and travel magazines

September 25, 2014 § Leave a reply

What’s your next adventure going to be? Give yourself a heavy dose of inspiration with a read of one of my ten favourite outdoors and travel magazines, in no particular order. I do like the smell of print in the morning.

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The best water sports to try in Spain

September 22, 2014 § Leave a reply

Blessed by beautiful coastlines, miles of shiny beaches and just the right kind of wind, Spain is heaven for lovers of the life aquatic. Here are my four favourite water sports to try on its sunny shores.

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Competition: WIN a copy of Wild Running

September 15, 2014 § 10 Replies

Get off the tarmac and into some of the UK’s most glorious wild places with new trail book Wild Running. I’ve got five copies to give away, to get you inspired to lace up your trainers and go exploring.

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#BestSummerEver part 4: Surf adventures in Alice the campervan

September 10, 2014 § 1 Reply

For the fourth of my Malibu #BestSummerEver posts Pete and I hit the road in a campervan named Alice for a weekend of surfing, bacon sandwiches and making friends with small ponies.

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#BestSummerEver part 3: Wild camping in the mountains

September 3, 2014 § 2 Replies

For the third of my Malibu #BestSummerEver posts I went wild camping in the mountains in the Brecon Beacons. Serious brain freeze ensued.

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Review: Ultimate self inflating camping mat from Mountain Warehouse

September 1, 2014 § Leave a reply

Getting a good night’s sleep under the stars on Mountain Warehouse’s self-inflating camping mat, £24.99.

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#BestSummerEver part 2: Canoeing on the River Wye

August 27, 2014 § 2 Replies

In the second of my Malibu #BestSummerEver posts I headed down the River Wye in a canoe, pretending to be in Swallows and Amazons.

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How music can improve your athletic performance

August 20, 2014 § Leave a reply

Are you a ‘headphones on, world off’ kind of exercise fan? If so, you’re not just staving off boredom – new research shows that dropping your favourite beats can also increase your endurance. Rock on!

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The great #BestSummerEver bucket list!

August 14, 2014 § 10 Replies

Oh I do like making lists. So when Malibu got in touch and asked me to create a bucket list of all the adventures that would make up my dream summer, I gave them a big squishy hug and got right on it. And here it is! Now I have actually do all this stuff, on the quest for the perfect summer! Check back over the next few weeks for canoe fun, VW vans and an escape to New York City…

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My favourite travel accessories

August 11, 2014 § Leave a reply

Where are you off gallivanting this summer? Whether you’re getting bug-bitten in the Peruvian jungle or city slicking on a Roman Holiday, make sure you pack a few of my favourite bits of travel kit in your rucksack.

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How To: get started with surf photography

July 30, 2014 § Leave a reply

On what was probably the Best Day at Work Ever I put together this beginner’s guide to surf photography for N-Photo magazine. It’s easier than you might think to get action- packed shots, promise!

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Road cycling favourites from Fatbirds

July 23, 2014 § Leave a reply

If the Tour de Yorkshire has gotten you itching to get on your bike this summer, check out Fatbirds, an online treasure trove of road and trail ready cycling kit. Bike lust alert!

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How to: Cycle in a skirt without flashing everyone!

July 13, 2014 § Leave a reply

Do you like to ride your bike? Are you a lady (or indeed a man) who enjoys wearing skirts? This video is about to change things forever. The best life hack ever, and all you need is a penny. Check out the awesome lasses behind the revolution at Penny In Yo Pants.

How to: get easy festival hair

July 3, 2014 § 1 Reply

Glastonbury may be over but never fear! There are plenty more opportunities to dance in mud with strange things in your barnet. Here are four easy ways to hide the greasy disaster that is festival hair, and the best news is that they all work better on unwashed locks. Clever eh?

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Competition: Win a Nikon Coolpix L310 camera with Duracell

June 30, 2014 § 44 Replies

I’m fresh back from Glastonbury (well, maybe fresh is not the word) with a very exciting competition indeed! Win yourself this lovely Nikon coolpix camera and rechargeable batteries, courtesy of Duracell, and get set for a summer of snapping.

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Review: Merlin 23 litre backpack from Mountain Warehouse

June 26, 2014 § 1 Reply

Who said decent gear had to be expensive? This nifty Mountain Warehouse Merlin 23 litre backpack costs a pocket-friendly £16.99 and will see you proud on your travel and sporting adventures.

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How to: survive in the wilderness

June 24, 2014 § 2 Replies

My guide to Bear Grylls-style skills for the next time you get lost in the woods. Because, you know, your iPhone might not have any signal. Just make sure you have a few matches on you…

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