• I travelled for 4 months with only 8 kilos. This is what it looked like. I’ve been away since late May; about four-and-a-half months. I’ve been hiking and working and writing between LA, New York, London, Scotland, Cornwall, Crete, Paris, Slovenia and Slovakia. For the bulk of this I’ve carried a small backpack that weighed in on various flights at 8kg (I did also have a case of work materials more
  • Why am I a nomad? Have you read Bruce Chatwin? I read Songlines, his fiction-meets-non-fiction account of his travels in deep Aboriginal country during a hiking trip at the start of the year. It’s worth a read. As I shared with my friend and National Geographic explorer Dan Buettner: “He is a rare writer who can actually insert himself into a story and more
  • I rate 7 natural anxiety remedies As I write in first, we make the beast beautiful, a pick axe to the head won’t cut it when my anxiety is at full throttle (so don’t suggest some chamomile tea, or valerian, in such instances!). I accept this; I now put my efforts towards maintaining an even keel. In The Beast I liken 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
  • The best toxin-free deodorant: 15% off for you kids! It’s strange times we live in. Oooh, yeah. I was asked a while back on social media what deodorant I use. Was it toxin-free and, importantly, did it actually work? I shared that I use Axilla Deodorant Paste by Black Chicken Remedies and, well, what do you know, this simple act broke the Internet. Chey Birch, 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
  • 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 West Hollywood, LA So this is a series of three guides. I just spent a week in Los Angeles and Joshua Tree/Palm Springs and learned this valuable lesson: when in LA, less is more. That is, do one area at a time. In part, because transporting oneself around is a couchemare. And also because the wonders of the more
  • I’ve created a Pandora anxiety mixtape for you! While I was writing my book it occurred to me, “wouldn’t it be ace to put together a soundtrack of tunes for anxious types like me that could elevate our experience to a comfortable place, particularly when we’re wired up, in line with something resembling beauty and purpose and grace…so we can, well, feel more more