Summer in St Anton Am Arlberg, Austria

A long weekend in one of my favourite places on the planet – St Anton in Austria, where wild flowers and pine trees cover the green hills, where the air is fresh and where the locals really like beer and…

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Got your A level results? My gap year ideas in The Independent

School’s out, A Level results are in and it’s the beginning of a whole new chapter for a fresh set of would-be travellers. Broaden your mind and boost your CV, whether it’s by volunteering, working abroad or hopping on a…

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Review: Quechua Two Seconds Easy Fresh&Black Pop-Up Tent, Decathlon

Quechua Two Seconds review: Despite its mouthful of a name, Quechua’s latest popup at Decathlon (£59.99) comes with decent looks and promises to be quick to assemble and comfortable to sleep in. So is this the ultimate festival tent? Quechua…

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Competition: WIN £100 to spend at Simply Swim

Inspired by the Olympic swimming heroes to get into the water? Whether you’re planning for your first triathlon or just want a dip in the river, get kitted out by winning £100 to spend at Simply Swim on swimsuits, racing…

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Josie finds calm in the south of France and on the Turkish coast

Read the wonderful Josie Cox‘s travel tales in France and Turkey, where she finds beauty and a warm welcome despite troubled times.

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How to: survive a bear attack

How to survive a bear attack This is essential knowledge for the outdoorsy type as you never know when you could come across a Grizzly up a mountain. Unfortunately, opinions seem to vary on what to do when there’s a…

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Southern Crete Travel Guide | Taking it slow

Southern Crete Travel Guide: Lazy days with friends in southern Crete, a quiet oasis of unchanged mountain villages, astonishingly limpid seas, proper Greek tavernas and plenty of cats to cuddle. Between all the nothing we were busy doing I shot…

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A Howies summer

If you care about buying low impact, planet-saving clothing then I doubt I have to introduce you to Howies, the Welsh makers of wonderful outdoors-ready clothing from lovely ingredients like merino wool, organic cotton and recycled fabrics. Their bright new…

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Review: Berghaus Remote 25 Rucksack

In my quest for the ultimate all-rounder rucksack I review the Berghaus Remote 25l backpack, £55, modelled here by the gorgeous Florence.

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Australia’s Great Barrier Reef diving guide

Captivated by David Attenborough’s explorations of the place he calls “the most magical thing I ever saw in my life”? I was too. The Great Barrier Reef, a 2,000km stretch of coral that hugs almost the whole length of Queensland’s…

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The pirates of Prussia Cove, Cornwall in Countryfile Magazine

In the latest issue of BBC Countryfile Magazine I explore Prussia Cove in search of the rather gentlemanly Carter brothers, notorious 18th century smugglers who used this beautiful wild place as their hideout. These days it’s perfect for a sea…

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Finding Fantastic Mr Fox in Countryfile Magazine

“On a hill above a valley there was a wood. In the wood there was a huge tree. Under the tree there was a hole. In the hole live Mr Fox and Mrs Fox and their four Small Foxes.” In…

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Places to Stay: Westbrook Court B&B, Hay on Wye

An escape to Westbrook Court, a characterful farmhouse B&B on the tip of the Brecon Beacons which makes the perfect cosy base from which to explore the glorious hills and bookish villages of the Black Mountains.

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At home with Olympic cyclist Laura Trott and DFS

It takes a gruelling training regime and a whole lot of passion to prep for the Olympics, even if you’re as talented as gold medallist Laura Trott. DFS, sponsors of Team GB, have been working with the team’s rising stars…

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Places to stay: Favourites from the Lake District

Cumbria, you’re a bit of all right. Here are my favourite walks, wild swims, campsites and cycle routes in the land of lofty fells and deep blue waters, plus a stay at the Beech Hill Hotel on the banks of…

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Lake Titicaca and the Incan sun

One of the most magical places I have visited in the world is the Island of the Sun on Lake Titicaca. The Incas knew it as the birthplace of the sun, and it’s easy to see why – the sunset…

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