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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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The cure for everything

“The cure for anything is salt water – tears, sweat, or the sea.” -Isak Dinesen / Karen Blixen

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