Category Archives: travel

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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Wild swimming at the Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye

May 25, 2014 § 1 Reply

Take a dip somewhere a little bit magic – the Fairy Pools on 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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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 § 2 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 § 6 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 § 1 Reply

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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How to: go foraging in Dublin, an illustrated guide

December 28, 2013 § Leave a reply

A vibrant city may seem an unlikely place to go foraging, but if you know where to look, Dublin’s bursting with edible goodies. So Visit Dublin asked foraging expert and restaurateur Paul Quinn of Nádúr Collective to share his foraging secrets on how to find everything from scurvy grass to elderflower in the city, and then super-talented artist Katt Frank turned his advice into this beautiful illustrated guide.

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Competition: Win tickets to the Adventure Travel Show 2014

December 18, 2013 § 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 in London. Fancy a day of inspiring talks, workshops and seminars? I’ve got a pair of tickets to give away.

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Four amazing outdoor experiences in Italy

November 27, 2013 § 1 Reply

It may be known as the prime destination for gazing at art and gorging yourself on the three main food groups (that’s pizza, pasta and wine), but there’s an outdoorsy side to Italy too, adventure fiends. When you’re not in a food coma or pretending to be Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday, try hiking the glittering coastline, skiing in the shade of the Matterhorn or horse riding under the Tuscan sun.

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Go camping on the Isle of Wight

October 29, 2013 § Leave a reply

Super chilled, lush green in hue and dotted with surf-friendly beaches, secret woodlands and cool camping spots, the Isle of Wight deserves its growing rep as a hip island getaway, and camping is the best way to experience its beauty. Here’s my little guide to the best places to stay and the nicest things to do on the IOW, from hanging out in Airwave trailers to making friends with alpacas named Wallace and Gromit.

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Competition: Win a kitesurfing holiday with Explora Morocco

September 30, 2013 § Leave a reply

The adrenaline junkies over at Explora Morocco have a pretty rad prize up for grabs in their new competition – an action-packed week of kite surfing for two on the Moroccan coast.

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Review: The Gallivant Hotel at Camber Sands in Sussex

September 27, 2013 § Leave a reply

I spent a very nice seasidey weekend at the gorgeous Gallivant Hotel on Camber Sands in Sussex, a chilled-out beachside haven that’s straight out of the Hamptons.

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Four amazing Thai adventures

July 30, 2013 § 2 Replies

On Friday I’m giving in to wanderlust and heading to Thailand for a few weeks of elephant cuddling, under water exploring and jungle ziplining. I’m flying with Emirates to Bangkok – here’s my list of the gorgeous things I plan to see and do.

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10 quick summer activity fixes

July 28, 2013 § 2 Replies

If the weather’s gorgeous outdoors and you’re sitting indoors in your pants watching Dave reruns, something’s seriously wrong. Pick an adult and kid-friendly summery activity from this list and go get fitter, browner and happier (put some clothes on first).

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Nice Times in Northumberland

July 19, 2013 § Leave a reply

If the blistering heatwave is sending you in search of chilled-out beaches and cool green spaces, head to Northumberland in the North East. Spot seals, explore rock pools or pretend you’re in Harry Potter – it’s one of England’s best kept secrets.

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Israeli Adventures part 3: Exploring Jerusalem

July 13, 2013 § Leave a reply

In June I spent a week in Israel discovering the delights of Tel Aviv, biking in the Negev Desert and wandering around the labyrinthine streets of old Jerusalem. Here’s the final part of the journey – exploring Jerusalem by foot and bike.

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Israeli Adventures part 2: mountain biking in the Negev Desert

July 12, 2013 § Leave a reply

In June I spent a week in Israel discovering the delights of Tel Aviv, biking in the Negev Desert and wandering around the labyrinthine streets of old Jerusalem. Here’s part two of the journey – cycling in the desert. Some photos by the fantastic Mark Stratton.

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