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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Charlie Newman’s pocket-friendly adventures in Iceland

My fantastic mate Charlie is one of my adventure inspirations – she’s always just back from amazing places (Ethiopia’s up next) and she’s super travel savvy. She recently set out to prove that you can explore some of the most…

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Skiing in St Anton am Arlberg with GO SKI GO BOARD and #ThisGirlCan

An all-girl ski trip to St Anton Am Arlberg in the gorgeous Tirol region of Austria to celebrate Snowsport England’s fantastic GO SKI GO BOARD initiative, encouraging everyone to give snowsports a try in partnership with the #ThisGirlCan campaign. We…

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Discover Gower in Winter

“Gower is a very beautiful peninsula, some miles from this blowsy town… As a matter of fact it is one of the loveliest sea-coast stretches in the whole of Britain.” So wrote Dylan Thomas in letters to his first girlfriend,…

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My Grand Train Tour of Switzerland

A few weeks ago I train-hopped my way around Switzerland on assignment for Greentraveller. I took a series of incredible rail journeys, stopping to admire the Christmas markets in Zurich, ski in Les Diablerets and eat my weight in fondue…

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Adventures in Kenya

More of my explorations in the Kenyan highlands, including the most beautiful pool I’ve ever swam in, a climb up Hyena Rock, a flower-filled haven of a farmstay and a REALLY big dog named Colonel Lawrence.

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Sponsored video: Dublin, a breath of fresh air

Dublin is well known as a city of friendly folk and really great beer. But it’s also a remarkably outdoorsy place to visit, a cosmopolitan hub nestled within arm’s reach of hills and sea. From foraging in the city centre…

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Mary goes cycling in Catalonia

My wonderful and bike-mad mate Mary Spender took a five day cycle trip through Catalonia. Here’s her diary from her time exploring this beautiful part of Northern Spain on two wheels, including pristine beaches, tasty treats and, um, kissing lion…

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Wild swimming around the world

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. Read the…

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My active travel column in The Independent

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. Read my full…

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#TaketoThailand to win a luxury escape

Moped adventures along the coast, diving with rainbow-coloured fish off Koh Tao, exploring bustling Bangkok… Thailand is definitely one of my all-time favourite countries to travel to. Fancy your own Asian adventure? Flight Centre and Tourism Thailand are giving away…

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Learning to sail in the British Virgin Islands

In May I took to the turquoise waves of the Caribbean with the lovely lot from Girls For Sail for a week of dolphin spotting, plentiful rum and pirate lore. Here’s the story of our voyage around the magical British…

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Seal snorkelling on Scilly with Jeep and #Renegadeswanted

For the first of my adventures with Jeep to celebrate their Renegades Wanted campaign Jake and I went snorkelling with seals on the gorgeous Isles of Scilly. Properly wonderful.

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Five favourites from Sicily

I’ve got big love for this incredible little island, a cultural and historical hodgepodge of beautiful places to swim, hike and explore. Plus, Sicilians eat ice-cream for breakfast.

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Multisensory discovery in Granada

Amex insider Alex Zane travels to Granada to hunt out all the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures that this incredible Spanish city has to offer.

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Places to stay: cottage fun at Tanners Hatch

Another year, another mad birthday in the woods with my friends. This year we rented the rather wonderful Tanners Hatch in Surrey and played woodland olympics, climbed very tall trees, drank a lot of Fortey’s Homemade Gin (™) and walked…

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