• A hiking guide to Kumano Kodo, Japan Another hiking guide in my series. I’ve just completed the Kumano Kodo, an absolutely magical pilgrimage routes that crisscross the Kii Hantō, south of Osaka and Kyoto. Emperors and their families and pretty much everyone else from Kyoto walked this route in the 11th century and it’s a very sacred area for the Shugendo tradition, a religion more
  • A hiking and eating guide to Flinders Island Some of you might have noted I’ve been doing a bit of hiking and camping lately in Tasmania. A few weeks back I went a degree further afield and travelled across to Flinders Island. Where? What? You’ve heard of it, right? But no idea where to point to it on a map? I confess that was more
  • The Larapinta Track hiking guide Some of you, after seeing my Instagram photos, were keen for me to share the details of the desert hike I just returned from along The Larapinta Trail in the West Macdonnell Ranges. The walk heads off West out of Alice Springs and is regarded as one of the most spectacular multi-day hikes in the more
  • The Tasmanian Overland (Cradle Mountain) Track: A Hiking Guide As promised, a rundown of my wonderful hike along The Overland Track in central-West Tasmania. It’s also known as The Cradle Mountain walk. As some of you might know, I set off on the six-day hike the day after announcing I was closing my business. Timings for Big Things tend to funnel right into the more
  • A hiking and eating guide to Slovenia I alluded to this in my last post of reasons to visit Slovenia – the joint is a hiking and eating wonderland. It’s a tiny country, but it packs in everything an adventurer with a refined appetite could ever wish for – lush forests, technical mountain climbs (via ferrata), pristine and warm (!) lakes, vineyards, more
  • 12 reasons to visit Slovenia (or is it Slovakia)? ljuSlovenia is one of if not the most beautiful and bountiful country I’ve ever visited. It’s bound by Austria, Italy, Croatia and Hungary and manages to combine the best of all four nations…in its terrain, food culture and the character and warmth of the people. It’s a relative new-comer on the Euro travel trail. The more
  • A hiking and eating guide to South West Cornwall (Coastal Walk!) You’ve probably gathered: I’m currently doing an extended hiking trip. It’s for several reasons, which I’ll explain soon. My overall – and ongoing – aim is to do a bunch of super-do-able trips and report back, with tips, food ideas, etc, so you can try them for yourself. If I can get one restless soul more
  • How to research the best hikes Sometimes I write posts to covers VeryFAQs that I get on the socials. This is one of them, sparked by my current hiking trip extravaganza around the world. You can check out my California hikes here. I’ll keep it lovely and snappy. I tag epic finds from Instagram. I email them to myself and keep more
  • My hiking and wellness guide to Joshua Tree and Palm Springs This is part three of my LA-based series. A few things to note: As I’ve already said, this is not a full guide. It’s a mini-rundown to give you a feel for how you can hike and eat your way through a mini-break based out of LA. Tack this trip onto an LA stint and more
  • My hiking and wellness guide to Santa Monica and Venice Beach, LA This is part 2 in a series of three guides to the LA region. I’ve broken it up this way because each area is best done as a 4-6 day stint. Any less in an area and you get FOMO. Try to venture further afield than the one area and you get the LA Road more
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