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Top 20 Adventure Travel Bloggers – 2015

adventureDo you dream about setting off on the adventure of a lifetime? Whether you’re an armchair traveller or are currently plotting the route of an imminent expedition, there’s inspiration and encouragement at hand from our top 20 adventure travel bloggers.

Ordinary Traveler

Christy and Scott believe that travel is for absolutely everyone; they prompt busy people to make the most of precious holidays and illustrate how to balance the reality of work with dream travels. They successfully juggle professional lives in San Diego with fab forays as far as the Scottish islands and remote Nepalese villages. Yes, you really can have it all – and Ordinary Traveler is the proof. @OrdinaryTravelr

Mapping Megan

If you’ve drafted a travel bucket list but haven’t (yet) ticked anything off it, then Megan Claire’s blog will soon have you raring to go. You can scroll around her personal world map as she completes her list. Then click on posts detailing specific experiences, including safaris in Africa and camping in the Amazon Rain Forest; which ideas will you nab for your own list? @mappingmegan

Adventure Women

Sisters (plus their mothers and friends) are doing it for themselves! Susan Eckert puts together
bespoke trips that motivate women over 30 to challenge themselves within a safe and supportive environment. Will you join them to cross the Serengeti’s vast plains or track through Slovenia’s spectacular mountains? If you can’t decide which, you can always browse their terrific photos and videos. @AdvWomen

The Travel Camel

Shane Dallas seeks out the world’s least appreciated locations, uncovering hidden gems along the way. If you like straying far from the beaten track, then you should read about Shane’s journeys from Kurdistan to North Korea and absorb his useful safety hints. You might just find yourself adding a trip to that disregarded destination into your diary too. @TheTravelCamel

Hiking the Trail

Fans of action-packed adventures will appreciate Adam Nutting’s online journal. It offers updates on his latest escapades, whether striding down the Appalachian Trail, hurtling through the Snake River or backpacking in the Seven Devils mountains. There are also invaluable travel tips and gear reviews to consider if you’re planning your own expedition. @HikingTheTrail

Borders of Adventure

There’s no need to leave your social conscience when you jet off: Becki Enright unearths different dimensions to misunderstood destinations on her travels. She recently toured the eerie US Embassy in Tehran and also reported on the cultural rejuvenation of Athens.  Her pieces show how your adventuring can have a sense of responsibility and purpose too. @BordersofAdv

Life, Love and Adventure

Dawn Kealing has travelled through 12 countries including Jordan and Mexico since 2012. She chronicles her reactions to the different cultures that she encounters; highlights include a hot-air-balloon ride over Egypt’s Valley of the Kings as the sun rose and meeting sloths at the jaguar reserve in Costa Rica. Will she make it to El Salvador and Panama? Watch this space. @DawnKealing

Monkeys and Mountains

Named after blogger Laurel Robbins’ favourite things, Monkeys and Mountains recounts her quirky travels. The blog offers a winning blend of adrenaline-pumping action punctuated with intervals of well-deserved luxury. Whether you’re tempted by swimming with sharks or devouring legally protected pastries, there’s sure to be something of interest. @Laurel_Robbins

Just One Way Ticket

This is the perfect how-to- guide for anyone who has ever dreamt of just taking off. With ideas for fun things to do in Malaysia and great pictures of the Philippines, Sabrina Iovino will soon have your packing your bags too. There’s no need to book a return ticket either as, fortunately, she explains how she finances her voyages of discovery. See you at the airport! @Just1WayTicket

Go, See, Write

A real-life Phileas Fogg, Michael Hodson set off to circumnavigate the globe without any bookings or ever boarding a plane.  It took him 16 months to investigate 44 countries across six continents; he’s now permanently on the road so Go, See, Write is the best places to keep up-to-date with his latest jaunts.@GoSeeWrite

Five Dollar Traveller

Why let minimal funds stop you living life to the full? Tommo and Megsy have trained elephants in Thailand, stayed in a volcanic spa in South Korea and minded a 16th-century French chateau – and spend under $750 a month on this stylish living. So if you’ve got champagne tastes but a beer budget (or simply fancy spending a month in the French Alps for under $225) then their blog is for you. @5Dollartravel

The Epic Adventurer

It’s so enriching to live like a local when you’re away, and this blog’s your resident expert on the best-kept secrets from Boston to Bangkok. Your reward for stepping out of tourist haunts is the authenticity of cool coffee shops and trendy cocktail bars it recommends. Full of thoughts on engaging with different cultures in a sustainable way, it’s well worth a look. @EpicAdventurer

Getting Stamped

As Hannah and Adam say, ‘a full passport is a happy passport’. They’d know, having toured nearly 50 countries from Australia to Zambia since they escaped from suburbia 18 months ago. You can find out how they saved for their road trip, get the scoop on Rome’s finest gelato and cook authentic green curry. @GettingStamped

GlobalGrasshopper

This team of self-confessed travel snobs specialise in tracking down wild spots near busy resorts, for instance Turkey’s craggy interior and Tenerife’s majestic Anaga mountains. They also highlight other beautiful places around the world – can you resist taking in the UK’s most spectacular views or the most gorgeous locations in Bali? @globalgrasshopr

Adventurous Kate

Meet Kate McCulley, the ultimate guide to being a solo female traveller. She demonstrates how to explore on your own – straightforwardly, safely and still thrillingly. How do you handle being alone in a party destination? And how do you separate safety facts from fiction? You can also learn (one way or another) from her crazy escapades like getting shipwrecked in Indonesia and eating 10 chilli peppers super-quickly in Laos too. @adventurouskate

Off the Path

After a hit-and-run incident, Sebastian Canaves decided it was time to see the world. He urges you to do the same, even if you can only spare a few days and suggests weekends away from snowy Oslo to sunny Mallorca. To inspire your next break, flick through his photo essays or download his handy ebooks on Edinburgh and Bangkok. @offthepathcom

Divergent Travelers

Here you can follow the twists and turns of Lina and Dave’s path through the unknown and unexpected. They awoke from the American Dream in 2013, decided to hit the road with a round-the-world trip and are still going strong. Their website enables them to share their decision-making process and its consequences with other travellers. @divergenttravel

Paul Kirtley’s Blog

Do you know how to generate water in frozen environments? Or build emergency shelters? If you don’t, then you should probably study Paul Kirtley’s blog before you venture into the wilderness. You can also find out about his own extreme excursions: some of the latest examples are canoeing down Manitoba’s savage Bloodvein River and cross-country skiing across the Hardanger Plateau in the bleak Norwegian winter. @PKirt

Section Hiker

Grab your rucksack and head to the hills with Section Hiker. Whether you’re a novice or are already proficient, you’ll pick up lots of recommendations ranging from spice kit ingredients to must-have gear. There’s also a forum where you can canvas opinions and pose questions to other members of the walking community. @philipwerner

AdventureRob

Robert Fitzsimmons was made redundant and promptly spent the entire settlement on travelling the world. He also set up his blog at this time and says ‘’I hope it inspires others to leave the rat race and travel, even if it’s just for a little bit.’ He’s now embarking on new adventures, planning trips with his wife and new baby. @AdventureRob

 

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Top 20 Family Travel Bloggers – 2015

Let’s face it, going on holiday with children can be a little challenging at times so the prospect of travelling internationally, and on a regular basis, can be even more daunting. If you’re putting off a family trip to avoid hearing “Are we nearly there yet?” and worrying about packing everything apart from the kitchen sink, then worry no more: our top 20 family travel bloggers are at the rescue.

They’ve been there and done that with children in tow and have lived to tell the tale. In fact, they’ve found that travelling with children offers a whole new perspective and, with careful planning, is as easy as ABC.

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The Family Adventure Project

Stuart, Kirstie and their three children have a passion for adventure. Their mission is to spend quality time together as a family while exploring the world. From ideas on where to go hiking and sailing to practical advice such as choosing the right cycling gear for kids, The Family Adventure Project is a great place to start. @familyonabike

World Travel Family

Having completed a year of non-stop round-the-world travel, the authors of World Travel Family blog offer a fantastic insight into what to expect when travelling full time with children. You’ll find ideas and tips on the practicalities, and advice on how to adapt your travel style to accommodate your kids. Find out how “seeing things through children’s eyes is magical.” @worldtravelfam

Family Rambling

Jody and her family have been rambling since her two daughters were infants, so they’ve learned a lot about travel over the years. They share their family tips, info on how to make flying with children look easy and destination advice. Family Rambling’s focus is on inspiring others to enjoy fun family travel. @JodyHalsted

Mummy Travels

Mummy Travels aims to shed light on the reality of travelling with “a bump, baby and now, a single-minded toddler whirlwind of energy”. Cathy Winston of Mummy Travels has visited 55 countries and her award-winning writing has been published in a string of national papers and magazines, including the Independent and National Geographic. From travel checklists to destination guides, Cathy’s valuable advice and sense of humour make for a great read. @mummytravels

Family Road Tripping

If you don’t mind travelling in the car with children for long periods of time, Family Road Tripping is for you. Molly Thornberg, her husband and four children are experienced road trippers and their blog has heaps of advice, including how to keep children entertained with car games and how best to pack. @FamilyRoadTripn

Family, Food and Travel

Combining Kerrie’s passions for food and travel, this blog offers travel info such as hotel reviews and where to go for days out, and recipes including hearty soups and healthy Mexican dishes. Kerrie’s dream is to take her boys to every continent – she embraces the challenge and shares her tips on travelling with twins. @BusyMomofTwins1

Jetlag and Mayhem

 Nicola’s love of travel didn’t end when she had children. In fact, it’s her mission to introduce her children to the travel bug and “turn them into mini jetsetters!” Nicola has loads of advice on planning your trip and her handy printable packing checklists help you get organised. She also blogs about the latest travel gadgets and has a catalogue of destination guides. @JetlagandMayhem

Mums Do Travel

From family volunteering holidays to Bushcraft courses, Gretta Schifano shares her experiences of family travel with much humour and knowledge. On the blog you’ll find holiday ideas, recommendations for attractions to visit with kids and honest opinions on accommodation. And to top it off, her competitions page is regularly updated. @grettaschifano

Traveling Canucks

Canadian new parents, Cam and Nicole Wears, are the brains behind Traveling Canucks. Their aim is to show that it’s possible to balance family and a career with travelling the globe. They started off with backpacks but swapped them for luggage on wheels after their two sons were born. Their blog is packed with advice and tips on travelling with children and how to save for the next adventure. @travelcanucks

Where’s Sharon?

Sharon’s blog about her adventures with her family is proof that travelling with kids can be even more rewarding than travelling without. Sharon’s aim is to reassure parents who are thinking about taking the plunge and offer a new perspective to seasoned family travellers. The family has travelled the globe, blogging about “the good, the bad and the ugly of family travel.” @WheresSharon

Gone With the Family

Lisa’s mission is to show her kids the world. She’s been travelling with them since her eldest daughter was four months old – she’s now 17 so the family have plenty of experience under their belt! As Lisa says, “I believe that travel is one of the most educational experiences a child can have and I delight in traveling with my children and seeing the world through their eyes.” @GoneWithFamily

The Talking Suitcase

Dana and husband have been travelling with their two energetic children since getting out of debt and saving up. The Talking Suitcase is all about how to travel with two children while sticking to a budget. Dana has practical advice on how to make funds go further without sacrificing comfort, covering everything from keeping kids entertained to getting cheap flights. @suitcasetalks

We 3 Travel

Tamara of We 3 Travel has a clear philosophy when it comes to family travel: “the more you involve kids in planning the trip and prepare them for what you will visit, the more they will get out of the experience.” From city stays in Barcelona to zip-lining in Costa Rica, We 3 Travel  offers advice on planning ahead plus first-hand experiences of what it’s like to travel with children in tow. @tgruber

Travel with Bender

The Bender family left Australia in May 2012 and have been travelling the world ever since. The family have visited dozens of countries and stayed in over 100 hotels and apartments, so they’ve got heaps of first-hand experiences to share when it comes to travelling with children. Their award-winning blog aims to show other families thinking of open-ended travel that, if they can do it, you can do it too! @TravelwitBender

The Q Family Adventures

From camping to cruising to skiing, The Q Family Adventures blog has advice on where to stay, what to see and what to pack. The Q Family has been travelling all over the world ever since the children were babies, and their reviews of hotels and travel gadgets are an invaluable resource. @Theqfamily

Jet with Kids

For the past decade, Anya has been testing out her travel parenting skills on a global scale. With her son, she has travelled to 5 continents, 32+ countries and circled the globe on an around-the-world tour. And as a published author of a guidebook about flying with children, Anya has the answer to  all of your questions about taking to the air. @JetWithAnya

Family Travel Times

If you want to read about travelling with children from the perspective of a child, the Family Travel Times is the blog for you. That’s because the whole family contribute, including the two children, Jess and Robert. Join them on their travels from days out in the UK to adventures around the rest of the world. @sarahjebner

The Vacation Gals

The Vacation Gals are three professional travel writers (and mums) who share their ideas for family trips, but also blog about travel without children. Their award-winning blog covers outdoor adventure holidays, travel gadget reviews, romantic escapes and “girlfriend getaways”. @TheVacationGals

The Mum Blog

London-based British Mum Liz Jarvis has been travel blogging since 2009. Since then she’s won a host of accolades and been featured in many top family travel blog lists. Liz has many interests from travel and gaming to movies and chocolate, so there’s plenty to keep you entertained. @LizJarvisUK

Baby Routes

Combining parenthood, travel and a love of the great outdoors, Baby Routes is a fantastic resource for any parent who loves walking with their children. Kate founded Baby Routes in 2012 and since then she’s been reviewing places to go walking, putting outdoor gear for kids through its paces and sharing her tips for successful walking with children. @babyroutes

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New low-cost ferry to France and Spain

New low-cost ferry to France and Spain‘No-frills’ ferry travel has finally arrived on Brittany Ferries who are now running a low-cost ferry service to France and Spain from the UK.

The new économie service begins on 24 March and comes as a welcome option for both travellers holidaying in mainland Europe and owners of holiday lets visiting their properties.

Costs and journey times

Running between Portsmouth and Le Havre or Santander, the ferry service is 20-25% cheaper than the company’s standard crossings:

  • France: the Portsmouth-Le Havre service runs five times each week and is from £79 (journey time 5hrs 30 mins)
  • Spain: the Portsmouth-Santander service sails at weekends only and is from £169 (journey time around 26 hrs)

Prices quoted are for a one-way économie ticket for two people plus a car.

What you get

Although the Etretat ferry serving the low-cost routes is smaller than the usual ships, it still offers:

  • Deck and lounge areas (with limited reserved seats)
  • En-suite cabins
  • Movie lounge
  • Self-service restaurant
  • Small duty-free shop

What don’t you get

Don’t expect the cruise-style experience you’d usually find with Brittany Ferries:

  • No carpets and tea and coffee making facilities in the cabins
  • No entertainment facilities, specifically for children
  • No cash machines or currency exchange facilities

The smaller size of the no-frills ferries means that accessibility is limited. Check with Brittany Ferries before you book to ensure your mobility needs are catered for.

How do I book?

Visit www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/economie to find out more and book your crossing.

Published: 19 March 2014

Proud to own a holiday home in Cyprus

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Rowena owns a holiday home in Cyprus. She shares her thoughts on the bailout and how she expects it to impact her holiday let business. 

In the last few weeks Cyprus has been dominating the press with news of the bailout and the threat of Cypriot banks collapsing. As the owner of a holiday home in Cyprus it’s a worrying time.

Luckily we don’t have any savings in Cyprus, just a mortgage, and as we’ve always planned to keep our holiday home as a long-term investment we’re not too concerned at this stage. My sympathies are of course with the people of Cyprus and anyone affected by the crisis, but on a personal level my main concern is: will it put people off travelling to Cyprus?

There seems to be some misunderstanding as to how tourists are affected. I think ‘The One Show’ on BBC1 covered it very well the other day when they reported from Paphos and interviewed tourists who said it hadn’t been a problem for them. The banks are open, people can get money out of ATMs and there are currently no shortages of petrol, food or any other necessities. Most importantly, the sun is still shining and the locals are as warm, welcoming and friendly as ever.

It seems that whenever a crisis befalls Cyprus, the people of the island don’t fall apart – they come together and unite in their love and passion for their country.  And while there may be hard times ahead, I’m sure that Cyprus will recover and thrive and prosper again. There are already talks of building on the tourism industry to make it even stronger and help support the economy.  So I’m proud to say I still love Cyprus – its charm, history, culture, beauty and most of all its courageous people.

I will keep you updated on how we’re doing as holiday home owners on the island. Do you own a holiday home in Cyprus, or are you considering travelling there for a holiday? Leave a comment below, I’d love to hear from you.

All the best!

Rowena