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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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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Taking it slow in southern Crete

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 a little video of…

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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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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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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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The cure for everything

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

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Climbing Mount Kenya

Last Autumn I went on an epic walk with Exodus to the summit of Mount Kenya. It took five days to reach the top, where I had a little cry. Let’s blame that on the altitude. Here’s my pretty much…

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Eight things to do on the island of Santorini

My favourite things from a very chilled out week on the Greek island of Santorini, a volcanic haven in the deep blue Aegean Sea (basically a list of all the stuff I did when I wasn’t sitting in the sunshine…

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Spring on the Isles of Scilly

I’m just back from one of my favourite places in the world – the tiny, otherworldly Isles of Scilly, off the coast of Cornwall. I’ve been rowing gigs, learning the stories of old shipwrecks and fishing for razor clams for…

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Places to stay: Little Holme cottage, Dartmoor

If you conjured up the perfect cottage it couldn’t be much more charming than Little Holme, one of English Country Cottage‘s properties nestled in the heart of Dartmoor. Take a thatch, roaring fire and roses round the door and add…

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Places to stay: the best Cornish campsites

Sunny meadows, secret coves, sleepy fishing villages, pasties to stuff in your face – Cornwall was made for proper summer camping adventures, just like the ones you went on as a little’un. Pack a tent and a surfboard and spend…

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Karina Kold surfs Margaret River, Western Australia

Three hours south of Perth you’ll find the beautiful winery and surf mecca of Margaret River. Wave-chaser Karina Kold explored the rolling breaks and hidden vineyards of this Western Australian gem and wrote a little guide to her favourite places…

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Snow adventures for non-skiiers

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…

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My Greentraveller’s guide to the Greek islands of Lesvos and Chios

I travelled to the Aegean islands of Lesvos and Chios for Greentraveller to put together a travel guide to these magical communities, and discovered a treasure trove of history and natural beauty, of untouched landscapes, azure waters and a very…

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