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Explore Europe with our top bike and boat holidays

Author: Catherine Mack

Explore Europe with our top bike and boat holidays

Explore Europe with our top bike and boat holidays

The only cabin fever that you get on our bike and boat holidays is one of delirium and delight. This might be brought on by watching the stars fill the night sky while sailing through a Croatian archipelago, or disembarking with your bike in Budapest to explore one of many cultural greats along the River […]

Conscious consumption on your travels

Conscious consumption on your travels

It’s amazing how buying locally can have an impact on places we visit. As our walking and cycling holidays take you to some pretty remote places, choosing to support a local shop can have a massive impact on a community. Because when it’s gone, it’s gone. From simple things like not packing your supermarket energy […]

Some of our best hikes in England

Our five best hikes in England

Who doesn’t love taking a photo of a waymarker in a beautiful location while walking? While hiking in England, however, you can be bamboozled by logos on signposts, with an array of landowners, charities and national bodies represented on them. This means, however, that the trails are well preserved and much loved, whether you’re walking […]

A guide to Japanese baths and onsen etiquette

A guide to Japanese baths and onsen etiquette

Food is high on the list for people visiting Japan and who can blame them? But to totally immerse yourself in Japanese culture, you really want to get on top of the country’s onsen etiquette. Japanese for hot springs, where water is heated to temperatures from between 37-42C by volcanic influences, they are hot. But […]

Welcome to Czechia’s Bohemian Paradise

Everything you need to know about Czechia’s Bohemian Paradise

You can choose to either cycle or hike through Czechian paradise in the aptly named Bohemian Paradise UNESCO Global Geopark, but either way it will feel gloriously unreal. Known locally as Český ráj, these are epic landscapes of naturally eroded sandstone rock towers peeking up over forest canopies, with waterfalls tumbling into vertical cracks in […]

Feeling the Wanderlust - our top walking trails in Germany

Feeling the Wanderlust – our top walking trails in Germany

The list of walking trails in Germany reads a bit like a menu of fine wines and yet, for some reason, German wines aren’t everyone’s immediate go-to when perusing the shelves for a soothing tonic. However, expert sommeliers and seasoned hikers both know that Germany has some of Europe’s finest full-bodied and earthy experiences tucked […]

Sleeper train journeys rock

Sleeper train journeys rock

Sleeper train journeys rock you to sleep, they rock in terms of your carbon footprint and they can rock your world. Especially when you have that experience of leaving London at sunset and waking up in the wilds of the Scottish Highlands at sunrise. Or stepping off a night train in Nice and taking a […]

Cycling holidays to combine with a city break

Cycling holidays to combine with a city break

Keen cyclists among us will often seek out a bike rental scheme when on a city break, wanting to explore on two wheels just as local people do. And also because seeing the world from a saddle is their go-to for getting around. You don’t have to separate your city breaks from your cycling holidays, […]

World class adventures with UNESCO sites along the way

World class adventures with UNESCO sites along the way

There are some people who love lists, and others who don’t bother. If you’re an important cultural or natural place, however, then you really do want to be on the list. The UNESCO World Heritage List, that is, where positions are sought after like gold dust. Not only do they have to work hard to […]

You don’t need reasons to visit West Sweden. You just need to pack.

You don’t need reasons to visit West Sweden. You just need to pack.

To people who don’t know West Sweden, some of the place names risk sounding like a tour of an IKEA showroom. Think backpack rather than flatpack, however, in this eclectic and exquisite region which stretches from the city of Gothenburg up as far as the border with Norway. In between are the cultural and natural […]

Stretch out the school summer holidays with truly slow travel

Stretch out the school summer holidays with truly slow travel

Planning the school and college summer break can be a bit stressful sometimes, with so many different interests and needs, especially as children get older and adults’ interests change too. What’s everyone in the mood for? France or further afield? One thing we do know is that more and more families are embracing slow travel […]

Our seven best hikes in Portugal

Our seven best hikes in Portugal

Portugal may not have the Alps or the Andes, and it only has one national park, but this small country still has some big beautiful walks. Our blog on the best hikes in Portugal also take us to the Portuguese archipelagos of Madeira and the Azores, where the mountains and UNESCO’s Laurisilva forests on the […]