It's been a pretty punchy start, we're both shattered, muscles are screaming for a rest but we need to keep on heading South and pick up some better weather. Some days are hot and calm, and it feels like we are rowing through treacle. But Bieber's on repeat and banter is high - no complaints here. So far so good.
I always thought that learning to ski wouldn't be for me, I considered it to be a pretentious sport, something my lack of balance and fear of speed would prevent me from doing. Then, one day in my late twenties I found myself on a dry slope, with a group of like minded people taking the initial step's of learning to ski.
As you bond with your crew members , their own personal stories start to unravel. Their reasons for being there - from break-ups to dealing with death, to fighting cancer. How they raised the funds, and what they want to accomplish from the experience - the motivation for deciding to escape the world for 1-11 months on a small boat are usually pretty fascinating ones.
Travel is one of the most common interests listed on CVs, dating sites, and the web is full of travel inspiration, pictures and tips. If you are reading this, you are likely to have the travel bug. But where does this urge to travel come from? Are we running away from our environment? If so, what are we hoping to find?
Man-eating sharks, venomous giant lizards and snakes that can swallow a human whole; these don't sound like the type of animals you want to be on the same continent with, let alone getting within a few metres of. However, in 2015, I've made it my mission to meet some of the most 'deadly' creatures on our planet to see whether they deserve their scary reputations.
I think I am supposed to sell you an aspirational dream of my life. You are meant to look at me and my photographs of many exotic destinations and browse them like you would a catalogue, taking mental notes of all the things you quite like. Maybe I could even set up a glamorous instagram with sickening sunset shots.
Steeped in history as rich as the green of the landscape itself, the patriotic setting is enough to stir wanderlust in even the most travel-averse. If you're looking to escape the city and get some fresh air with a punch of perspective but only have a long weekend to do it - the land of Braveheart is calling.
Hi. I'm Laura and I conducted a fairly shambolic four day run a few months back which featured much crying (by me), zero planning (me again), a lot of beauty (by nature) and a heroic ending (by which I mean, 'I made it without dying'). Clearly, I am a woman to be sought out for advice so I'm laying down a few golden rules that I found helped me in planning my adventure.
It's been an extraordinary experience; difficult, hot, cold, lonely, funny, emotional and mentally and physically exhausting in a way I couldn't have imagined. But crucially also hugely rewarding, not just for myself, but also in the raising of the money for Walking With The Wounded, which I hope will only increase (£18k to date). And, thankfully, only truly scary once or twice...
Thoughts of dying on the mountains fizzed through my mind. We'd been up here for 10 hours now and although the sun barely set this North we knew that if it got any lower the temperatures would plummet. Looking around at the cliff faces that dominated the small amount of visions we had I began to panic and once the gang saw that in my eyes I saw it spread to them too.
After the experience of travelling solo to Thailand, my confidence has grown enormously. If one culture can accept me as a "normal" person, I have to make every other person treat me in the same way. I feel as though my confidence now shows people that my burns do not bother me, and therefore they shouldn't bother them.
Serbia is still insufficiently known country in terms of tourism and the first associations related to it are usually great nightlife of the capital and the world-famous Exit festival. However, if you decide to look deeper you'll find more fascinating gems that wait to be discovered by more travelers.