• A hiking guide to Mammoth Lakes, Sierra Nevada The Sierra Nevada is a mountainous region on the eastern side of Yosemite in California and about 5 hours drive from Los Angeles. I say this upfront: it’s worth the drive. If you’re into hiking and epic scenery and good food. Mammoth Lakes is the hiking (and mountain biking, and skiing) epicentre and a gem more
  • A guide to Peaceful Tokyo This post is a bit of departure from my normal travel guides. And from how people normally travel in big cities. Cities are loud, frenetic affairs that toss my nerves like gravel in a sieve. And I wobble my way around them, assaulted by smells and noises and missing the view. Sleep suffers. I’m not more
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Greece is teaching me “philotimo”… an unfathomable kindness I’m drawn to Greece. I’ve spent a lot of time here. I keep coming back to absorb the incredibly kind energy of this raw, honest, story-steeped land. For, when I do, this energy seeps into me and I become a better person for it. Greece and Greeks have many lessons to teach me. As I was 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 I’ve been in and out of LA a few times over the years. I’m particular about where I stay when I’m there. Generally I lodge near a canyon so I can hike on arrival (see below)! I’ve stayed in Santa Monica twice now, and so I’ve updated this post accordingly (most recently September 2019). This 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
  • A hiking guide (and road trip!) to Orange, Warrumbungles and Barrington Tops So, I’ve been hiking again. I hike for a bunch of mental and physical wellness reasons. My hikes aim to integrate great food options en route and to work to a “flow” (with circuit loops and including the travel to and from the destination as part of the journey). I research them in detail, to more
  • A hiking guide to the Light to Light walk This is another instalment in my hiking guide series. This time I ventured to the southern end of the NSW coast to do the Light to Light walk, a moderate two or three-day coastal hike between two lighthouses that’s rated in many lists as one of the Top 10 walks in Australia. Me, I’d stick more
  • An updated foodie guide to London. I’ve written a slow-food and paleo guide to London. But that was a while back. And since London has a constantly changing culinary landscape, I thought my latest trip to town (August 2016) warranted an update. I’m keeping it simple. And mostly visual. A post packed with images of my favourite meals and links to the best joints I more
  • A slow food and boating guide to Turkey You might have caught my last bareboat sailing trip in Australia’s Whitsundays? I loved bareboating – sailing your own boat, no skipper required. More than I thought. I slept. I ate. Did I mention I SLEPT!? So I saved up and planned and orchestrated another bareboating trip, this time in Turkey. Because I’d never been more
  • A slow food and hiking guide to Symi, Greece Two months back I found myself in Symi, a small Dodecanese island near Turkey, via the kindness of a stranger. Sinead of @seasoulandsnow reached out on Instagram when she saw I was in Rhodes (how I wound up in Rhodes is a less pretty story). She offered me her holiday home in Symi as she had more
  • My bareboating (and hiking) guide to the Whitsundays My recent sailing trip up at Australia’s Great Barrier Reef was quite possibly the best trip of my life. Brace yourself for a fair bit of hyperbole. Apologies in advance! Please note: I was supported in doing the bareboating by Tourism and Events Queensland, however, as always, the trip was conducted on my own terms and the more
  • A hiking guide to Hawaii Another installment in my series of hiking guides. If you’re new to the series…it’s worth my flagging that I travel to hike. I live to hike. Here’s why and how it works for me. Hawaii is a hiker’s haven so I’m surprised with myself it took so long to get there. But, then, I was more
  • Two funny stories from my time in India Funny moments, like sad songs, say so much. But really only when you’re still enough to notice the wonderful connect. In fact, humour, wryness, irony and calamitous coincidence are mostly joyful by virtue of the fact that we’re ensconced in stillness when we notice it (and can only notice it when still). Here’s two you more
  • The best hiking and eating trips in Europe In tribute to the Northern Hemisphere summer happening right now: my slow food and hiking guides to Europe, all in one place. I’ve said before, if I get 100 people to leave their comfort zone and get out of the city to move and eat real food in regional areas…well, I will die in peace more
  • I’m out of here for a while…to shake things up. It’s a polite thing to do, to let friends know when you’re taking off for a bit and ceasing communication. So, as a head’s up, I won’t be posting as regularly for a bit as I’m taking off for five weeks. I don’t feel I need to say why and where. In fact, that’s kind more
  • 18 of my favourite microadventures you might like to try Last week I shared why a microadventure will make your life better. Lovely-ishly, some of you were prompted to give one a crack that day. Some of you, however, asked for some inspiration, to get you going… so I figured I should give you a few adventure starters… 1. Do a train-hike-train on the outskirts more
  • Why a microadventure will make your life better I believe that doing many small things make life better. Like having a morning routine and exercising every day. Less, more often is my mantra, as it’s all about building a muscle, little by little. I recently came across National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Alistair Humphreys. He pioneered the concept of microadventures in an effort more
  • My Christmas travel guides round up Heading yonder this Christmas? I thought I’d put together a handy little travel guide compilation. You’ll see that many of my posts are ‘slow food and hiking guides‘. I like to eat and hike, both mindfully. From my point of view, if I get 100 people to leave their comfort zone and get out of the city more
  • Why I wore the same pair of green shorts for 8 years My green shorts have become A Thing. I didn’t intend it this way. It kind of evolved. I bought my first pair of green shorts eight years ago from American Apparel during a trip to the US. They were on sale. I wore them for four years, every day, until the holes in the groin more
  • The Sarah Wilson mindful xmas gift guide. ‘Cos you asked for it. My family doesn’t do Christmas gifts. Each year we pitch in for a crappy, wood-veneered, chenille-bedspreaded holiday house down the coast. We wrestle, eat, attempt to play board games (none of us are good at sitting very still), go for bike rides and try not to step on each other’s toes (especially those of the more
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