Category Archives: Travel and Sports Advice

Winter Layering and UK Winter Hikes

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I spent the past weekend at the Brecon Beacons, which called for bobble hats and winter layers galore. There’s something cosy and somewhat hygge about walking in winter bundled in enough layers to resemble the Michelin Man.

While packing for the trip, I decided to create a basic introduction to winter layering so everyone can share in the same wintry cosiness. If the thought of preparing for a winter hike leaves you feeling out in the cold, take a look at my guide below.

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10 Things I Have Learned at the Beginning of my Marathon Training Journey

For years, I have promised myself I would one day complete a marathon. Yet life has a habit of getting in the way, and the commitment of training for months to complete such a long distance always made me put it off. With a milestone birthday approaching in 2019 however, I decided that this was the year.

After a few disastrous runs in the past, not to mention completely avoidable injuries, I was keen to do this marathon training malarkey the right way. Cue two months into the training schedule and 25% of the way through, and I have learned several valuable lessons for making marathon training successful and equally, enjoyable. Continue reading

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12 Outdoors Goals for 2019

We’re halfway through January, and by now the anticipation of a new year would have started to wear off. Supposedly it is by this point that many people would have already quit their resolutions for the new year.

If you’re anything like me, the time off over Christmas gives the illusion that I have ample time to do everything that pops into my brain. Run an ultra? Sure. Write those five books I’ve been mulling over? Of course I can squeeze those in. And so on and so forth.

But mid-January hits, and with it the reality check I can only pack so much in one day. So to make new year resolutions more attainable, I’ve created 12 ‘outdoors goals’ that can easily be completed in a month and are centered around having fun. Each goal will also inadvertently help towards any common new year resolutions as well, i.e. get fit, give back to charity, etc.

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2018 New Year Resolution in Review: Being More Eco-Friendly

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Yes, I am one of those people that make New Year resolutions. Nothing too unrealistic, such as ‘I will become a millionaire by March’, but I like to set myself challenges and goals to strive towards throughout the year. Of course, 2018 was no different.

This year, after watching Blue Planet and growing increasingly frustrated at the amount of rubbish I kept finding when hiking around the UK, I decided to make a change. I would break several bad habits to be more eco-friendly and reduce the amount of waste I was producing each day.

In all honesty, it seems convenience and waste go hand-in-hand, and forcing myself to practice more organisation and time management in my own schedule helped me reached my resolution to be more eco-friendly. The past year taught me it was habit more than anything else that prevented me from making most of the changes, and actually after making them I found other improvements in my life were made, such as stressing less about money that was usually wasted on takeaway coffee and snacks.

So guys and gals, listed below are the biggest changes (for me anyway) I made for 2018 in my goal to be more eco-friendly:

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Kepler Track Pack List for the Summer Months

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New Zealand’s trails and national parks are renowned for their pristine condition and rich and varied wildlife. Part of the reason why they are in such good condition, despite the thousands of visitors they receive each year, is due to the strict restrictions they place on hikers entering the parks.

For the Kepler Track in particular, all rubbish and items brought into the park must be carried out by hikers (no garbage bins or tips are provided), and there are no stores available in the park to buy food or any hiking supplies. With this in mind, check out the pack list for hiking the Kepler Track in the summer months (approx. January to March) below! Continue reading

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Avoid These Pitfalls When Drafting your Perfect New Zealand Itinerary

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It is easy to see why New Zealand always features on the lists of must-see travel destinations year-in, year-out with travel publications. There are a range of activities to suit every taste, the people are friendly and helpful, the scenery is stunning, the food and drink is sublime – the list goes on. However, New Zealand is also a remote destination and can easily take over 24 hours to reach by plane for many. In addition to this, its lack of extensive public transport and relative expense for some products can make it an expensive country to travel around.

These obstacles needn’t get in the way of your dream trip to New Zealand however; with some careful planning and realistic understanding of your budget, you can easily create a dream New Zealand itinerary!

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Why You Should Give Cycling a Try – with Cycle Republic

I think it would be fair to say that the UK is a nation of cycling enthusiasts, of sorts. In between our success in the male and female cycling divisions at the Olympics to our strong presence in the Tour de France, we have a constant drip of cycling inspiration to spur us to give it a try. And judging from the countryside roads that are chock a block with both cars and weekend riders, to parks and nature reserves heaving with families on their own cycling jaunts, even the queues of cyclists on the cycle superhighways in London, many of us have taken up the sport with full zest.

For other people though, cycling simply stops at the screen and news reports.  

To understand what makes people take up cycling in the first place, and offer my own experiences in cycling, I have teamed up with Cycle Republic, who sponsored this post. Continue reading

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Tips for Having the Best Hogmanay in Edinburgh

Hogmanay is one of Edinburgh’s biggest celebrations of the year. For three straight days Scotland’s capital turns into one giant stage with raucous street parties, music, cultural festivities, not to mention a couple quirky traditions thrown in for good measure.

Having attended this year, take a look at the following tips and recommendations to help you make the most of your Hogmanay trip.

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Beginner’s Essential Equipment for Climbing and Bouldering

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With the days getting darker and winter setting in, now is the perfect opportunity to learn to climb or boulder. Indoor climbing gyms offer the perfect opportunity to nail basic techniques and gain confidence – just in time for the advent of outdoor climbing in the spring.

Before hitting the crags though, there’s just a few things every climber needs to get started. Take a look below to make a start on your climber’s kit. Continue reading

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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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