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Splish Splash: Aqua Trekking in Costa Brava

Jumping off cliffs

With my hands across my chest, I take a leap into the shallow waters beneath me. It’s a 5m drop, nothing quite as intimidating as the heights I’d experienced while canyoning, but being the wimp that I am, I’m still slightly nervous. Carlos looks at me and gives me a reassuring nod. Within seconds, I emerge [...]

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Summer in Costa Brava: Exploring Secret Coves, Beaches and Trails

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Pardon me for a week of silence! We took last week off from work to treat ourselves to a holiday in Costa Brava. Many people think that I’m on a perpetual holiday since I’m constantly traveling — but few know how much work I put in and how exhausting it is to be on the road [...]

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A Quick Guide to Walking the Camino de Santiago

Trail markers on the Camino

As a well-known long-distance trek, the Camino de Santiago is a network of pilgrimage routes running across Europe, all leading to the city of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain. Retracing its origins to the 9th century, Camino de Santiago, also known as “The Way of Saint James”, was an important pilgrimage route for the Christians. The Christian apostle Saint James [...]

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Skydiving Gold Coast — Plunging Off at 12,000 Feet Above Ground

Preparing to take off

“Are you ready?” David, my skydive master from Gold Coast Skydive, shouts from behind me amidst the strong winds and the roaring engine. I’m sitting at the ledge of the plane’s opened door, about to jump from 12,000 feet above the ground. Looking down at the earth far beneath my feet, my head spins deliriously and my heart races faster than [...]

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The Lelioa Trek: Going Backcountry in Papua New Guinea

The ridges and rias of Tufi

The air is hot and steamy, and I’m completely drenched in sweat. It rained the day before and the trail is still muddy and slippery. There’s actually no trail to speak of, we are literally bashing our way through the thick vegetation that is sprouting in all directions. I am here on the Lelioa Trek, [...]

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A Polar Plunge on Deception Island, Antarctica

the first brave soul to enter the water

Despite the chilly wind and -4 degrees Celsius temperature, I’m standing out in the open, with nothing but my bikini on. I’ve peeled off my parka, fleece, hat, socks and boots, and I’m bare feet on the black volcanic sand on Deception Island. Without much time to hesitate, I dive into the freezing waters hand-in-hand [...]

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Highlights of Mauritius: from Islands to Mountains

Flying over Mauritius

We’ve just left Mauritius after spending a week island-hopping and exploring the beaches and jungles of the island. From the west highlands of Chamarel to the eastern shore of Pointe d’Esny and the northern coast of Grand Baie, we traversed the island in search of unusual experiences. And although we didn’t find quite as many adventures as we wanted to, we still had a [...]

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Photo Essay: Mauritius at First Glance

Le Morn Mountain in the distance

We arrived in Mauritius this morning just as the sun poked its brash, cheeky head above the horizon. It was a new beginning of the day and an indication of the time we had ahead of us on this beautiful island nation. Our schedule in Mauritius has been busy and intense, packed to the brim [...]

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Enjoying the Great Outdoors in West Sweden’s Lake District, Dalsland

Endless greenery in Dalsland

Swathed in acres of untouched forests and endless lakes, the province of Dalsland is a vast wilderness area that sprawls across the inland region of West Sweden. Known as Sweden’s lake district, Dalsland is covered with more lakes than almost any other Swedish province. It’s also home to the famous Dalsland Canal, a massive waterway that connects a labyrinth of large [...]

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West Sweden’s Islands, Beaches, and Seals: Sea Kayaking and Camping in Bohuslän

Our lunch stop at a deserted island

We can’t quite believe our luck. It’s sunny and warm, and there’s not a single cloud above our heads. Summer in Sweden isn’t usually this glorious but we’ve clearly hit the jackpot with the weather. Here on our own deserted island, we’re basking under the sun, enjoying some packed Swedish meatballs and salad that we’ve packed – along with several other basic [...]

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Getting Up Close and Personal with the Moose – Sweden’s National Symbol

Thor when lying down

On our last trip to the Swedish Lapland, we heard plenty about the country’s moose, but never had a chance to see them. This time round, by sheer coincidence, we chanced upon a moose park at Dalslands Aktiviteter and found ourselves getting up close and personal to these gentle giants. These moose, known as the national [...]

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Seeing Montenegro from New Angles: Kayaking in the Bay of Kotor

Crystal waters of the bay

  It’s only 10am, but the temperature has already risen to a sizzling 30 degrees Celsius. Fortunately we’re gliding over fresh sea water in the beautiful Bay of Kotor – a few splashes of water immediately cool us down. Here in the Balkans, the sun rises as early as 6am and stays high above our heads until 7pm. It’s no wonder [...]

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Wet and Wild: Whitewater Rafting and Canyoning in Bled, Slovenia

Rafting along Sava Dolinka

“Ready? Paddle paddle paddle!” I rowed as hard as I could and suddenly I was catapulted into the air and tumbling into the cold emerald water of Sava Dolinka river. Minutes later, I emerged from the water and found myself getting pushed along by the current of the rapids. With a few quick strokes, I [...]

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Slovenia from Above: Paragliding over Lake Bled

As the engine roared on our backs, I felt myself being lifted into the air and drifting further and further from land. In a matter of seconds, we were flying high above the valley. From my vantage point, I feasted on endless corn fields, green plains and clusters of dark green forests, all sprawled over undulating [...]

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The Med Run: Train Travel Through the Balkans

Paragliding over Slovenia

Our itinerary of the Med Run, a train journey through the Balkans.

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