Forget Skiing: Alternative Activities To Enjoy In The Alps

Tom McLoughlin | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tom McLoughlin

Not a great skier? Or just sick of hitting the slopes? There's so much more to the Alps than just swishing, schussing and pivoting down the piste. Here are some fun activities that will get your adrenaline pumping without having to get those skis on. Including a few activities that are great in the summer sans snow, and activities that are kid friendly too!

Concerns Over Mountain Pathways Should Not Put People Off the Great Outdoors

Masha Gordon | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Sport
Masha Gordon

Having benefited enormously from being active outdoors, my strong view would be that we should be doing our utmost to encourage more people - particularly young girls - to take on rambling, hill walking and mountaineering. Not discouraging them.

Girls Need More Grit to Thrive and Succeed

Masha Gordon | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Masha Gordon

As a young woman, it would have been unthinkable to imagine that I would one day climb Everest - far less complete the Explorers' Grand Slam last degree challenge in under eight months. Only half a dozen women have ever achieved this feat - and only one has done so in under a year.

'The GR1: Spain's Sendero Histórico' by John Hayes, a Review

Matthew Hirtes | Posted 27.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Matthew Hirtes

Photograph by Cicerone Guides/schmuides. In the digital age we live in, do we really need to reserve space in our luggage for a book? If the title in...

Vietnam for Beginners - Part One

Nola Chesworth | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Nola Chesworth

If you're heading to Vietnam for the first time you'll have probably done some internet research in order to prepare for the adventure. You'll have heard that each time you cross the road in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City you take your life into your own hands.

Planet Appetite: Walking Festival in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Rupert Parker | Posted 17.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

Tenerife is the Canary Island famous for its sandy beaches and year round sunshine, but its Walking Festival is a good introduction to over 1500 km of hiking trials and there's plenty of luxury accommodation to salve your weary limbs and make your stay a comfortable one.

Crossing the Falklands for RAF Families

Group Captain Mike Neville | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK
Group Captain Mike Neville

The yomp will follow the original route of the Royal Marines 45 Commando group, taking in many of the battlefield scenes. Carrying all their supplies with them, the businessmen, more used to boardrooms than bogs, will spend four nights camping out to complete their challenge.

Costa Rica: A Spectrum of Colours

Max Lewis Barnard | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Max Lewis Barnard

Costa Rica has, in recent decades, emerged with one of the best tourism infrastructures in the world and a focus on ecological tourism that is central to the award-winning sustainable tourism that is ubiquitous throughout the jungles of this wildlife hotspot.

Plea To Brits Caught Up In Horrific Nepal Trekking Disaster

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK

British trekkers still missing in The Himalayas are being urged to contact their families after days of horrific blizzards and avalanches led to the w...

Planet Appetite: Green Adventures in Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Rupert Parker | Posted 01.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

Parma Ham, Parmesan Cheese and Balsamic Vinegar, from Modena, are the traditional reasons for visiting Emilia-Romagna but, lesser known, are the forests, hills and valleys which are perfect for outdoor adventure.

Three Amazing Getaways In Cambodia

Jane Mountain | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Mountain

With the ongoing turmoil in Thailand, many tourists are wondering where to go for their exotic beach vacations this summer. The answer is easy: head next door to Cambodia, where the prices are cheaper, the land is more pristine, and the people are friendlier.

Planet Appetite: Packing Light for Air Travel - Clothing

Rupert Parker | Posted 15.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

In the course of my job as travel journalist, I'm always on airplanes but try to reduce the stress level by only taking one carry-on bag - no anxiety at baggage claim and you're always first out of the airport. The trouble is that colder climates mean extra clothing but fortunately new technologies are coming to the rescue.

Planet Appetite: Packing Light - Rain Jackets

Rupert Parker | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

A rain jacket is essential in most parts of the world so, when packing light, it's a balance of weight against waterproof qualities - here's a roundup of the latest contenders.

Planet Appetite: Hotel Mar i Vent, Banyalbufar, Mallorca, Spain

Rupert Parker | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

Mallorca is synonymous with mass tourism, but the family-run Mar i Vent Hotel, nestling between mountains and sea, on the island's West coast, delights with its personal touch.

Are You Giving or Are You Gaining?

James Saward-Anderson | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
James Saward-Anderson

I am sure I am not the only one who has noticed the surge of social enterprises who aim to provide people with the opportunities to partake in expensive treks and other activities under the crusading banner of charity.

Ethiopia - Time to Discover It for Yourself

Adam Stones | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Adam Stones

Many people feel sad when they think of Ethiopia; they think of the news reports, the aid work, the conflict - but they generally think of Ethiopia as it was in 1984 when Geldof and Ure amplified the world's attention to its plight.

Why Go Camping?

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 07.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

Hiking and camping isn't so simple. It has taken me a month of trial and (mostly) error to realize that I didn't need to bring anything at all. I could have bought everything I needed in the camping shop by the bus station in Chanea, Crete's main port, where I did in fact buy an excellent sleeping bag and mat.

Inquest For Student Who Died In 'Extreme Heat' During Morocco Trek To Begin

PA | Posted 06.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education

The full inquest into the death of a schoolboy during a trip to Morocco with his classmates will begin on Monday. Samuel Boon, 17, collapsed as he ...

So That You Can Enjoy The View!

Dr Sabine Donnai | Posted 22.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Sabine Donnai

Indeed, extreme holidays such as climbing Kilimanjaro, walking the Inca trail have become the holiday type of choice for those seeking something new. Of course the pleasures of trekking in the world's highest mountain ranges cannot be overstated. Neither can the dangers.

10 of the Best Active Breaks in Britain

Posted 09.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle

When summer finally arrives after a long, hard winter, it’s essential to make the most of it. And even within the confines of our own little island,...

Planet Appetite: Springtime Hiking on the Mullerthal Trail in Luxembourg

Rupert Parker | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

The only tough part is the thick mud which coats the path as I trudge uphill but soon I arrive among the rocks and everything is dry. Huge boulders are scattered across the landscape, as though tossed by some angry giant, and the trail leads through narrow gaps through overhanging cliffs, aptly named the Labyrinth.

10 Of The Best Hiking Routes Across Europe

Posted 09.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Maybe you enjoy the thrill of great heights, perhaps it’s the spectacular views, or even the challenge of an arduous hike? Whatever the reason for ...

The Long Way Round to Machu Picchu

Alec Bertram | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Alec Bertram

The next day was Machu Picchu, which I won't go into detail about, as many hundreds of thousands of people have written about its stunning vistas and misty, historical wonder. Honestly, the memory of seeing Machu Picchu is nowhere near as special to me as the memory of actually doing the trek.

China's New Nuclear Tourist Attraction

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 16.10.2012 | UK

China has announced it is to spend 6 million yuan (£595,000) on converting the site of the country's first nuclear bomb detonation into a unique, fas...

Planet Appetite: Hiking the Mountains in the Valais Region of Switzerland

Rupert Parker | Posted 17.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

Most people see Switzerland as a winter destination, a place for winter sports and apres-ski, but it's also glorious for walking all year round.