Get Healthy For Taking On The Outdoors This Winter

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It usually takes us until the start of January to realise that all that partying, eating and drinking in the winter months was not such a good idea. Add the harsh winter weather into the mix and its a recipe for dehydration, illness and lethargy. Inspired by this thought, I’ve decided to tackle the pattern of events early this winter and resist the urge to indulge too much. I had the flu about three weeks ago, and after feeling exhausted and shivery for a full 7 days, I made an effort to do everything in my power not to get ill again this winter. Lo and behold, here I am 3 weeks later with what appears to be the beginnings of a chest infection (or at least very badly controlled […] Read more…

The Best Places To Experience The Midnight Sun

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I’ve always heard about the ‘Midnight Sun’ and I have a picture of it as my wallpaper on my home screen, but I’ve never actually known what it is until now. In this blog post, I explain all about the phenomenon of the midnight sun. Occasionally referred to as Polar Day, the phenomenon of the midnight Sun occurs due to the earth’s slightly tilted axis. As the earth orbits around the sun, the tilt makes the north pole face towards the sun in summer and away from it in winter, creating darkness during the northern hemisphere winter months and complete sunshine during the summer. The same phenomenon of the Midnight Sun can be witnessed south of the Antarctic Circle but since there are no permanent human habitations here it’s easier […] Read more…

Overlanding in Mongolia

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In August this year I went to Mongolia. It happens to be one of those placed which, when you tell people you’re going there on holiday, then respond with something  along the lines of: “Why????” Mongolia, was, and still is for many people, a mystery. Regarded as a landlocked backwater with very few people and little development. Take this entry from urban dictionary for example. It explains it all: Indeed, the majority of people couldn’t find Mongolia on a map of the world, couldn’t tell you which countries it borders (Russia and China are the answers) or why you would want to go there. That wasn’t a problem for me though. I began thinking about visiting Mongolia when I was travelling in Kyrgyzstan in Summer 2013. A couple of people I […] Read more…

Throwback Thursday – Brazil 2007

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Fond memories of traveling with a great friend from university, Sophie, through Brazil in June 2007. We travelled from Sao Paulo, up the coast to Parati and Ilha Grande, then to Rio de Janeiro and then to Iguazu Falls. Then we crossed the border into Argentina, but that’s a whole other story! Neither of us had been to Brazil before so we were so excited to use the Portuguese language skills we’d been learning that year at university to good use. We arrived in Sao Paulo late at night and went straight to our hostel to sleep. Early the next morning we took a bus along the coast to a place called Parati, a lovely old town with a colonial feel, surrounded by tropical forests on the Costa Verde. Parati […] Read more…

Visiting Konglor Cave, Laos

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Konglor cave (also known as Kong Lo cave) in Konglor village in Southern Laos is a bit of a hidden gem. Roughly four hours bus ride from Vientiane, it is a sleep farming village where chickens roam the roads and there are just a handful of restaurants and some great guesthouses popping up. Konglor cave is just 10 minutes walk from where most of the guesthouses are situated and is the main reason for travellers to visit Konglor. It is a 7 kilometer long cave, through which a section of the Hin Boun river runs. Taking a boat through the cave is a truly awesome experience, which some parts of the cave reaching over 50 meters in height. The trip through the cave to the village of Ban Natan takes about […] Read more…

7 Top Places To Visit in Scotland

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If you are considering a Scottish holiday then why not consider using this great itinerary which takes in some of Scotland’s best loved and most attractive villages, towns and cities! Glasgow Where to visit: The People’s Palace and Winter Gardens Set in Glasgow Green, the People’s Palace acts as a story-telling museum about Glasgow’s past. Through artefacts, photographs, artwork and interactive kiosks, adults and children alike can experience the extensive Glaswegian history all in one place. Across from the Palace are the Winter Gardens that play home to exotic plants and the restored Doulton Fountain. As one of the longest standing public places in the city, it is the ideal place to grab a rest bite ahead of your Scottish road-trip. Fort William Travel time from Glasgow:  108 miles, 2 […] Read more…

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