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  • Simple, must-have accessories to tackle hiking agony

    I recently travelled to Mallorca with a friend to slay their magnificent and yet probably largely unknown mountain ranges to the west of the Spanish island. While I succeeded on my quest, the journey was strewn with obstacles (and not all being physical) that simple and yet crucial accessories could have helped me overcome.

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  • 6 Great Landscape Photography tips for beginners

    Around 10 years ago I picked up on a love for landscape scenery. I awed at mountain ranges, glistening lakes and sweeping valleys. So I went to Snowdonia and the Lake District and so on, and it wasn’t long before I realised I wanted to photograph the views.

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  • 25 Reasons to Explore Norway, in Pictures

    • Published on 24th February 2018
    • Category: Norway

    Whether you're scratching off places from your bucket list or looking for somewhere to escape to this year, do yourself a favour and tear up that brochure on cliché beach bum escapes and shopaholic holidays in Europe's finest retail cities. I'm here to tell you that Norway is where you really want to be, you just might not know it yet.

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  • Mallorca in Winter: Should you go?

    • Published on 29th November 2017
    • Category: Spain

    Two years ago I flew to this enormous rock in the Mediterranean known as Mallorca (or ‘Majorca’ to English speaking folk) on what would turn out to be my favourite escape to date, subsequently blogging about the marvellous experience. So would I rekindle the magic in 2017?

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  • Should you take the Snowdon Mountain Railway?

    • Published on 16th November 2017
    • Category: Wales

    I can’t believe I’m writing this travel entry, because the title is an admission of something I am not proud of, so let’s just get this out of the way quickly. Yes - I took a mountain train to the summit of Mount Snowdon, and yes - I claim to be a keen explorer, ruthless adventurer and semi-experienced hiker.

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