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My active travel column in The Independent

August 19, 2015 § Leave a reply

For my second adventure column for the The Independent I’ve hunted out incredible trips combining active travel with wildlife encounters, from swimming with whale sharks in Mozambique to hiking up to see gorillas in Uganda’s Impenetrable Forest.
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Here’s my first column: short-haul trips that are big on adventure

Going solo: how to travel alone and find adventure buddies

August 14, 2015 § 3 Replies

A few things have inspired me to put this post together. Firstly, lots of you are searching for topics like ‘how can I be more adventurous?’. Ah, the eternal question! Secondly, I had a lovely Facebook message from a reader, thus: “Hey! Inspired by your blog and want to do the same thing as you. I don’t know anyone who is like me and I’ve been too nervous to get out and travel alone. What would you suggest I do?”. I feel ya, sister. So I asked lots of adventurous women for you and thought up some of my own advice. Here we go!
Going solo: travelling alone and finding adventure buddies

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Inspiring women at the Adventure Travel Film Festival

August 12, 2015 § Leave a reply

What are you up to this weekend? If you find yourself in London town then you should head straight for the Adventure Travel Film Festival. Some seriously inspiring ladies are in the lineup, speaking and showing groundbreaking films about their incredible journeys around the world. From kayaking through wildest Mongolia and running New Zealand to ‘knicker philosophy’, these women are guaranteed to make you want to head out to explore the great outdoors.
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#TaketoThailand to win a luxury escape

August 11, 2015 § Leave a reply

Moped adventures along the coast, diving with rainbow-coloured fish off Koh Tao, exploring bustling Bangkok… Thailand is definitely one of my all-time favourite countries to travel to. Fancy your own Asian adventure? Flight Centre and Tourism Thailand are giving away a luxurious seven night escape in their fantastic new competition. What would you #TaketoThailand?
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Long term tests: my hero kit

August 10, 2015 § 4 Replies

I’ve reviewed a lot of gear over the past years, and whilst I try to put new kit through the toughest situations possible (sometimes desperately hoping it’ll thunderstorm so I can get out in a new waterproof!) there’s nothing like the test of time to know if gear is really worth splashing your precious pennies on. These are my favourite long-term bits of kit.

Long term test outdoors kit

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How to: survive a festival – the essential packing list

June 22, 2015 § 12 Replies

Lucky enough to have a Glasto ticket? Planning on moshing at Reading or Leeds? Taking the sedate path at a family-friendly shindig? Wherever you are heading, take heed of my definitive festival packing guide which I have compiled from the front line (a muddy field).
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Happy International Day of Yoga

June 21, 2015 § Leave a reply

Yoga is just posh stretching, right? I definitely thought thus before signing up to a class to try to solve my climbing-induced backache. Two years later and I’m totally hooked, to the point that I get nervous if I can’t factor a few Hatha sessions into my week. Yoga is calming, strengthening AND you get a little lie down at the end, and I’ve gone from barely being able to touch my toes to mastering a headstand on the open sea. If I can do it, so can you.

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10 summer evening adventures

June 16, 2015 § 1 Reply

Long summer evenings were made for little adventures. It’s time to stop seeing the working week as something to get through, (‘Hump Day’: ICK) and learn to savour hours of balmy sunshine. Tick off some of my favourite outdoor escapes and I promise you you’ll see week days in a whole new light.

Summer evening adventures - ten micro adventure ideas

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Competition: Win one of two £50 vouchers from EKO

June 4, 2015 § 27 Replies

Reader, meet Earth Kind Originals. Founded by outdoors-minded designer Helen on the Cornish coast, EKO‘s gorgeous collection of organic cotton pieces are perfect for everything from summer lounging to yoga and pilates, and I’ve got two £50 vouchers to give away to you lucky lot.

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Best beaches for surfing in Cornwall

May 28, 2015 § Leave a reply

In need of some vitamin-Sea? Grab your board and head to glorious Cornwall. Golden shorelines and great swell are synonymous with England’s furthest-flung county – and to help you choose which Cornish beaches you should visit during your next aquatic adventure, the team at stayincornwall.co.uk have given me their rundown of the best beaches for surfing in Cornwall.

Surfing in Cornwall - Best beaches

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