Category Archives: travel

How to: pack for a ski season

November 20, 2014 § Leave a reply

Off on a ski season this winter? You don’t need warm pants, extra scarves or photos of your dog. Trust me, I’ve seen enough emergency care packages get delivered to Cadbury’s-starved seasonnaires to know that if you’re off to work a winter you require:

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Competition: Win tickets to the Adventure Travel Show 2015

October 28, 2014 § 8 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 2015 in London. Fancy a day of inspiring talks (including Sir Ranulph Fiennes. Swoon.), workshops and seminars? I’ve got five pairs of tickets to give away.

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How to cycle around 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 extreme adventure 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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Wild swimming at the Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye

October 10, 2014 § 2 Replies

Take a dip somewhere a little bit magic – the Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye. Crystal clear icy water flows from the foot of the Cuillin mountains, forming lagoons and waterfalls that’ll both enchant you and give you serious brain freeze.

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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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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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#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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#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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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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Places to stay: Big Blue Diving, Koh Tao, Thailand

June 19, 2014 § 2 Replies

Heading to Thailand this summer? Avoid party islands Koh Samui and Koh Pha-Ngan and head instead to Koh Tao, their chilled out white-sand-and-jungle little brother. This tiny weeny (21 sq km) but bountiful island is surrounded by the crystal clear waters of the Gulf, a diving haven stuffed with bright coral and undulating manta rays. Try some gentle snorkelling or get serious and scuba dive with Big Blue Diving.

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Climbing on the Dorset coast

June 18, 2014 § Leave a reply

Getting a serious adrenaline rush climbing the beautiful cliffs and quarries of the Dorset coast. My hands are ruined and I can now tie a nifty figure of eight knot – I must be a proper climber.

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How to: plan a long distance cycle – the best UK routes

May 21, 2014 § Leave a reply

Part two of my collab with Sustrans to send you on your merry cycling way. Once you’re prepped and ready, these are some of the prettiest UK routes you can get your biking teeth into.

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Three Eurostar adventures by bike

May 8, 2014 § Leave a reply

If you’ve got a case of itchy feet this weekend, hop on the Eurostar and go see a beautiful new place by bike. It’s quick and easy, and before you know it you’ll be getting lost in Amsterdam, following the Pilgrim’s trail to Provence or pootling around Paris.

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Places to stay: Damp on Dartmoor

April 7, 2014 § 3 Replies

It was my birthday last week (oh hello middle-to-late twenties!) and a big gang of us went to stay on Dartmoor for sunshine and barbeques. And then it rained a lot, so instead we went walking in bogs, met the Hound of the Baskervilles and drink a lot of gin by the fire.

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Places to stay: Principe Delle Neve, Cervinia, Italy

March 28, 2014 § Leave a reply

My new series of special places to stay around the world kicks off with the decadent Principe Delle Neve Hotel in Cervinia, the poshest pitstop on the Italian slopes. Shot ski, anyone?

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Competition: Win £2000 of epic adventure travel with Blacks and Explore

March 26, 2014 § Leave a reply

Exciting news, fellow wanderlusters! I’m one of the judges of an amazing new competition from Explore.co.uk and Blacks – budding photographers can win £2000 of adventure travel.

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Interview: Adventurer and author Dave Cornthwaite

March 14, 2014 § Leave a reply

Dave Cornthwaite is a man on a mission – to complete 25 expeditions of 1000 miles or more, each using a different form of non-motorised transport. Eight journeys in, he tells me about paddling the Mississippi, planning micro adventures and learning to fit your life in your rucksack.

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My favourite wild swimming spots

February 24, 2014 § 7 Replies

Feeling a deep desire to go splashing about in rivers and cliffjumping into lagoons? The UK is peppered with stunning locations in which to dip your toes, from epic waterfalls in Wales to a magician’s cove in Cornwall. These are a few of my favourites.

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Interview: Phoebe Smith, the adventurous editor of Wanderlust magazine

February 21, 2014 § 2 Replies

Phoebe Smith, globetrotting editor of Wanderlust and author of Extreme Sleeps: Adventures of a Wild Camper, tells me all about bedding down in subzero temperatures, getting starstruck in the Himalayas and where to find true wilderness in the UK.

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Places to stay: Auckinleck house adventures

February 13, 2014 § 1 Reply

A gang of us headed up to Scotland to play at being lords and ladies of the manor for a week, staying at the stunning Auchinleck House, part of the Landmark Trust collection of properties. There was a lot of beach wandering, fireside reading and cuddling of Betty the dog involved and I took some nice snaps to share with you lot.

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Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park

February 10, 2014 § Leave a reply

Itching to get out into the wilderness? Some of the finest scenery in the whole of the UK is only a couple of hours away from Edinburgh’s city centre. Hire a car in Edinburgh and take an epic road trip to the outdoors paradise of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs.

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Mini adventures in Oxford

January 22, 2014 § Leave a reply

Cool, compact and steeped in history – there’s nowhere like Oxford for a weekend of exploring. And picnicking. And cycling. Here’s my guide to some of the great things you can get up to in the city.

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