Category Archives: Outdoor and Travel Media

Clowning Around in Booking.com’s New Ad: One Mission

On Friday I discovered that myself and my husband would be featured in Booking.com’s latest ad, One Mission, which celebrates all hotels and experiences around the world, through the eyes of its employees.

I’m excited that the footage of us was featured, as it showcases some of Iceland’s most breathtaking and otherworldly landscapes. Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing on here all the destinations we explored and tips to make the most of your trip to Iceland, but for now, sit back and find some inspiration in the ad above!

 

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DIY Christmas Gifts for the Outdoorsy Types in your Life

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If the thought of fighting for rubbish goods leaves you devoid of Christmas spirit, or your budget can’t stretch to splurging in the shops, then try a few of these homemade gift ideas that will get your loved ones outside (or at least enjoying the outdoors even more!).

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Fitness Apps to Make Exercise Fun

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If you’re anything like me, you tend to get into an exercise rut. Trying to organise your schedule around work, family and social commitments often ends in you treading the same running routes, or doing the same series of weights, movements, etc. You name it, you’ve done it a hundred times.

To be fair, it is not necessarily bad if you’re doing the route faster or more efficiently, but your body needs to be pushed to get results and increase fitness, and over time completing the same routes over and over will offer diminishing returns, particularly if you are training for a particular event or race.

To help you get out of your exercise rut, here’s some flashy new apps that will make you forget you’re exercising. Continue reading

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What I’m Reading in January….

With the limited daylight hours and never-ending storms in the early hours, I’ve become a bit of an armchair adventurer of late. Not to mention the fact I’ve received/bought a trove of books over the Christmas period, and my evening entertainment for the period of poverty known as January is complete.

Not that I am complaining though; long, stormy winter evenings were made for reading books on the sofa with a cup of tea and Christmas chocolate. And judging from Facebook updates decrying January as ‘the month of being skint’, and those skies still dark, I’m assuming I’m not the only one seemingly passing January in a state of quasi-hibernation.

If you’re like me and looking for some armchair reading inspiration, take a look below at what is currently inhabiting my bookshelves. Continue reading

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AmorExplore makes Finalist in Simply Hike’s Blogger Awards

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Big thanks to all of you who voted for me for Simply Hike’s blogger awards in the Newbie Outdoor Blogger category! Competition was stiff, and it just showed how many excellent blogs and people there are out there exploring the outdoors! AmorExplore was a finalist in the category, and it wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for you lovely people!

I’m always looking for new ways to improve my content and help readers in any way I can, so if there’s something you would like to see more of on AmorExplore, or questions and advice I can offer any assistance with, then feel free to drop me a line or email in the About Me section!

Once again, thank you you beautiful people!

 

Thrifty Fundraising Ideas

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Photo credit: HowardLake / Foter / CC BY-SA

With my Bupa 10k race only a few days away, I feel quite fortunate knowing I can relax on the fundraising side of things and focus on having fun on the day. This is largely thanks to my generous friends, family and co-workers (if you’re reading this, you guys are top!) helping me reach my target early on.

However that hasn’t always been the case. In years past, short on time, money and organisational skills already maxxed out on juggling freelance work, a full-time job, blogging, training and attending university in the evenings, I would be lucky if I met my fundraising target a few days beforehand, let alone weeks or months. Continue reading

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Shaking Things Up….

As you’ve probably noticed, things are looking a bit differently on AmorExplore recently. While I loved the original layout and it had served me well when I first went into blogging, it was becoming increasingly restrictive with the other things I wanted to do on the blog, and decided it was time for an update. I hope you all like it! In the upcoming weeks I’ll be adding the finishing touches so make sure you come back and keep an eye out! On a side note, if there was anything you would like to see on AmorExplore, then share in the comments below!

In other news, AmorExplore is finally on Facebook! You can add me on www.facebook.com/amorexplore (don’t forget about Instagram too!) and keep up-to-date with all of my adventures and activities!

If you haven’t done so already, then please vote for AmorExplore in Simply Hike’s 2015 Blog awards for ‘Best Newbie Outdoor’ blog!

Finally, I leave you with a photo of my home for the weekend (can you guess where I’m going?) and some inspirational words for all of you working out this weekend! Happy Friday chicas!

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Get 10% off Howie’s Merino Wool Baselayers

If you have stuck with this blog for awhile, you probably already know I’m a big fan of howies. This small, independent company sits in Carmarthen, Wales, making lots of outdoor clothing and accessories for us outdoor types. Funny enough, I also love receiving their newsletters filled with refreshing, friendly words, warnings to get off social media and get outdoors, and regular discounts, which I think is saying something considering most brand newsletters go straight to the spam folder for a majority of people.

So you can imagine my delight when their newsletter pinged in my inbox this afternoon. Even more so when I saw they are currently offering 10% off and freepost to anyone who buys a merino wool baselayer before midnight on Monday May 11th.

Their long-sleeved merino tops are a wardrobe staple of mine and have so far lasted three years, so I can vouch for their quality. However they can also be a little on the pricey side, and I understand that wallets and purses work really hard, and deserve a break from time to time, so here is the code to use at checkout:

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The best part? If after 30 days you don’t like it, simply wash your merino baselayer, send it back and howies will refund you your money. Have a good weekend folks!

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Vote for Me in the Simply Hike Blog Awards!

Thanks to all you lovely folk, I’m in the semi-finals for Simply Hike’s ‘Top Newbie Outdoor’ Blog for 2015! I’m grateful to all of you for the nominations, and if you would like to see me in the finals, then please vote for me at Simply Hike! And remember, it’s for the Newbie Outdoor category 😉

 

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See BMC’s Women in Mountain Adventure Film Festival

 

International Women’s Day may have been yesterday, but why stop at one day to celebrate women’s achievements?

The BMC has teamed up with Sport is Beautiful, the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (ShAFF), WomenClimb, Mountain Warehouse, and a load of other partners to bring the Women in Mountain Adventure Film Competition. After discovering at the ShAFF that only an average of 20% of entries were created by women, or featured a female protagonist, the Women in Mountain Adventure Film Competition was created to address this issue.

The main contenders for the prize have now been shortlisted, and whether it is naked swimming in the lakes of Snowdonia year-round to a young girl’s first exploration of her local hills, the competition shows women are moving and achieving year-round, not just on one day.

You can take a look at the different entries through BMC TV by following this link: https://www.thebmc.co.uk/women-in-mountain-adventure-watch-the-films-on-bmc-tv.

 Which film is your favourite? 

 

 

 

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