Dreaming of the road less travelled? Roaring down a ribbon of Tarmac through wild open spaces is one of life’s great pleasures, and exploring by car is the perfect way to combine discovering a new place with active adventure. Try one of my favourite active road trips, from buzzing round Ibiza in a hippy campervan to island-hopping in Sweden and exploring Nova Scotia on four wheels.
They say salt water can cure anything, and a week of catching waves, napping in hammocks and toasting the sunset at a remote surf camp is definitely a salve for the stresses of daily life. Never caught a wave before? No problem. Escape and recharge at one of my pick of the best beginner-friendly camps for the Independent’s travel pages.
There are plenty of ways to explore spotless winter landscapes that don’t involve hurtling downhill on skis or a snowboard. In my latest column for The Independent’s travel pages I’ve got some great ideas for adventuring in snow – how about elk-spotting safaris in Norway or snowshoeing in Whistler?
In my third travel column for The Independent I’ve rounded up some of the world’s most beautiful and unusual swimming spots, from Thai waterfalls (modelled here by the lovely Flo) to Melanesian forest pools and Mexican bat caves.
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.
Here’s my first column: short-haul trips that are big on adventure
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.
I spent the weekend staying near the beautiful Camber Sands in East Sussex and wrapped up in a fuzzy parka and some super-rad-amazing acid yellow swallow print wellies. I also competed with Grazia for Most Stylish Beach Photoshoot (guess who won).
I’ve written a guide to country walks in the beautiful March issue of my favourite magazine, The Simple Things. There’s an explanation of the Right to Roam, walking songs to sing, how to deal with bitchy cows and all the loveliest outdoor gear you need to keep warm in the chilly March winds. You know you want to read it. If my superior journo skills aren’t enough to sway you, this issue also has such myriad joys as the best afternoon tea recipes, how to grow sweet peas, crafty makes and tasty recipes. It’s basically cosiness in print form.
May I humbly suggest that you get hold of a copy of the January edition of lovely magazine The Simple Things, because I am in it! I’ve written a piece on wrapping up warm and go and play on freezing snow days as well as an essay on the simple pleasure of feeding birds for issue 5 of TST, which in case you haven’t heard, is my new obsession. The latest copy features some of my favourite things ever: how to make fresh pasta, an ode to urban vegetable patches, the joy of keeping chickens, and the best winter woolly socks. Happy January!
The Girl Outdoors is Wanderlust magazine‘s blog of the week! And they’ve published the Girl’s Guide to surviving the Amazon on their website, which is very nice of them. We feel special.
Gorgeous new magazine The Simple Things is my new obsession.
Gentle, friendly and different to other brash, consumerist and advertising heavy publications, The Simple Things concentrates, as the name suggests, on simple, lovely stuff: herb gardening, apple picking, coffee savouring, city re-discovering, scarf knitting, cheese eating, and my favourite, Sunday lunching.
Wahooo the December issue of Company is finally out and I am in it! If you fancy spending your hard-earned £2 on a magazine this month, may I suggest it be this one, and that you closely peruse pages 56 and 174, which I wrote (and which Company then heavily edited). The first feature is ‘Taking off and landing’ and features one girl (my lovely friend Olivia) jetting off to work in Geneva for a year and another (my lovely friend Donna) coming back from her awesome adventures in Mexico. The second is a page of travel bits and pieces: a round up of my favourite winter destinations, namely Lapland, Rome and Nova Scotia, and reviews of cool websites WWOOF and Spotted by Locals.