So Aruba has an island where you can meet these gorgeous little beasties...
Life is short and the world is wide - travel yourself happy.
Just once more, with feeling: There is nothing wrong with being a teacher/doctor/checkout lady/office worker/writer/full-time mama however you earn an honest crumb and just getting outside when you can and being interested in having a good time and enjoying it. It doesn’t have to involve world challenges, massive journeys or gruelling expeditions to be awesome. As long as you’re out of doors and you love it, that’s enough. Camp on the weekend with your mates. Surf the white waves. Try a trail run on a summer’s evening. Get your bottom out and go skinny dipping. Enjoy small adventures, don’t worry too much about what other people (on and offline) are doing and just do what you love - that’s what I think is the key to happiness #earnestpostover 🏕🚣🏽♀️🏄♀️🍪
HIGH ALTITUDE ADVENTURE CHALLENGES
Ready to get high? A high-altitude mountain trek makes for the ultimate adventurous challenge. Multi-day hill hikes can be physically tough, but they always come with an amazing reward for your efforts – the pure joy of reaching a summit and the panoramic views of surrounding peaks and valleys will stay with you forever. I’ve rounded up five amazing summit adventures around the world to cut your mountaineering teeth on, plus some tips on dealing with altitude.
Can you tell how excited I was to present The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Gold at Buckingham Palace? Met some seriously inspiring young people, told a story about a chipmunk, pretended I can walk in heels. ⛺️👑
Roaming far and wide this summer? You'll need a trusty pair of boots. I've chosen 11 of the best hiking boots for women for The Independent.
Four favourite one-pot camping recipes on my Anevay Frontier Stove - this portable wood-fired beauty means you can cook up one-pot wonders anywhere you roam.
Lovely ideas for growing your own herbs to make natural beauty products. 👩🏻🌾
Feeling the chill? Grab one of my top ten insulated jackets, tested for The Independent and ideal for hiking, camping and exploring.
Woodsmoke and wave watching. This week I’ll be sharing pictures and recipes from my lovely little Anevay Frontier stove, a portable, easy to assemble wood fired stove you can cook on anywhere.
Get 10% off your very own stove with code ‘thegirloutdoors’
After a trusty new waterproof? I've rounded up ten of the best for all budgets and seasons for The Independent. These beauties are weather ready and perfect for spring adventures.
A little surf escape to the Irish Atlantic coast. Sunshine, green waves, dog friends and plenty of Guinness - this may be heaven.
I reckon that once you own (or borrow) a tent, camping is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to get outside, wake up in a wild place and escape for a little while. There’s nothing like stargazing before bed and then watching the sun rise with a cup of coffee. Here’s to happy days in little tents ⛺️
Also brilliant tips for packing zero waste camping food 🏕
Beautiful early mornings with the British Exploring Society expedition teams 🏕🌞
The cheat's hygiene guide to camping and festivals - including wild pooing and periods, obvs.
Today’s the day! The Girl Outdoors is now available to buy from Bloomsbury Publishing UK. 📖🏕🚣🏽♀️🏄♀️
Thank you all so much for your lovely words of support. I hope you love it, and that it inspires you to get out, get happy and get muddy. And here's a little look inside!
Hello my lovelies! If you fancy nabbing yourself a free copy of my book just before it hits the shelves you can enter this competition run by the brilliant Ordnance Survey 📖🏕⛰
This baby is out on Thursday after a year of work and a lifetime of incubating in my brain.
Dear wonderful brave women of the world - the great outdoors is there for the taking, on adventures as big or as small as you fancy. I hope this book helps you on your way just a little! Here’s to mud and salt water and wide open spaces and far-off places and plenty of wine.
Hey wild things! Lots of you have been asking how to order The Girl Outdoors from Bloomsbury Publishing UK. It's available to preorder in paperback or for Kindle now on Amazon.
Hope you love reading it!
Crampons are still easier to walk in than heels! Learning winter skills in the Cairngorms with the British Exploring Society
Nice way to do a little bit for the planet on your next run! 🏃♀️
Happy International Women’s Day!
To celebrate I’ve got two inspiring articles to share.
💪Read my interview with inspiring adventurer Elise Wortley Woman with Altitude who is following in the footsteps of legendary female explorer Alexandra David-Neél in the Indian Himalayas with an all-female team.
💪And head over to the Ordnance Survey website for lots of friendly advice on taking that first step and getting outside and thoughts from Mel Nicholls - GB Para Cyclist. Splodz Blogz and more.
I wrote a book!
I’m so happy (and a little bit nervous) to show you the cover of The Girl Outdoors, out on April 5th on Amazon and in bookshops. It’s published by Bloomsbury Publishing UK and is available to preorder now.
The Girl Outdoors is a beginner-friendly bible for all women looking for information and inspiration to get out in the great outdoors, get fit, get healthy and have fun, and covers everything from wild swimming and camping to solo travel and active sports.
There are guides to getting active outdoors, from mountain biking to climbing, surfing, kayaking and more. Planning a wild adventure? You’ll find chapters on everything from wild camping and cycle touring to holding mini festivals and scrumptious campfire recipes. Then we’re off round the world with trip-planning advice, essential kit lists and tips on long-term backpacking and working abroad. Scattered throughout are ideas for global adventures, from swimming off Scottish islands to canoe camping in Canada. Woohoo! 🚲🌲🌊🏂🌷🚣🏽♀️🗻🏕
PREORDER HERE: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Girl-Outdoors-Adventure-Travel-Wellbeing/dp/1844865339/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1520424320&sr=1-1
Made it out for an epic ridge hike in the Beacons. There was no one in the hills but us! Turns out you can get down steep mountain sides much faster if you slide down in convoy 🎢🗻
Thinking of booking a last-minute escape to the snow? I loved laid-back, charming Le Grand-Bornand in the French Alps. Don’t be fooled by its quaint beauty, this ski village is also home to plenty of adrenaline-fuelled winter adventures.
Snowed in? No problem, build yourself an igloo instead of going to work!
Step by step instructions:
Snowed in by Storm Emma. All flights cancelled means no Scottish snowholing this weekend! I hope you’re snowy and warm where you are ❄️❄️
What to do on the coldest day of the year? Go for a solo surf. I’ve never seen snow in Cornwall before! I was pretty nervous to get in an empty sea on a deserted beach and surf on my own but it was magical. And I had good company in the end - three huge seals popped their heads up and surfed a few waves with me.
There’s no need to go far to get outdoors. I get a bit anxious when real life gets in the way of adventures but there are wild places a stone’s throw from most cities where you can get outside, breathe fresh air, hike up hills, accidentally step in cow pats and still be home in time for tea. 🐄 🌲 ☀️
I get outside a lot, but rarely on my own. I love exploring with other people, and I do think some of the happiest moments I’ve spent camping, surfing, sea swimming have all been because they were shared. BUT I’m not going to stay in on sunny days any more because there’s no-one free to play with. Yesterday I fixed my bike, cycled all the way to my favourite river swimming spot and went for a leisurely dip on my own. What I lost in good company I gained in a bit of headspace. 🚲 🏊♂️ 🌞
My cliff camping story is now up on The Independent, in case you’ve been wondering how you pee when you’re harnessed to a wall above the ocean.
Try it on the Dorset coast with Young's Adventure Solutions.
Ever fancied becoming a travel writer?
I'm running a workshop in Bristol on March 6th for budding outdoor adventure journalists and bloggers keen to use their writing skills to get published in newspapers, magazines and books. Come along for a chat (and wine)!
Fancy a bracing winter's swim? Try one of my favourite places to wild swim in Britain.
Sick of the chilly weather? Plan a tropical adventure instead with my active girl’s guide to Cuba. 🇨🇺 🌴 🐠
Ever wanted to get into travel writing or outdoor blogging?
I did a little interview with the talented Jess of Shimnix Films about making your name in the world of adventure journalism. Any more questions you'd like answered, let me know!
A lovely reminder to just go and do what makes you happy. 🏊♂️🤾🏻♀️🤸🏻♀️🚣🏽♀️
What adventures are you planning this year? If you fancy some serious inspiration try my list of extreme(ly fun) challenges. There's cheese involved.
You know, just casually skiing off a cliff with my new bestie Gerard. In Le Grand-Bornand & France Montagnes they do not mess about. 🎿 🐦
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