What I Ate on the Appalachian Trail as a Vegan

Before leaving the UK to start my Appalachian Trail adventure, one of my main concerns was how I would survive my hike on a vegan diet. Having been vegan for a little under 2 years, life at home in the UK on a plant-based diet is a breeze. I’m a foodie; I love cooking and…

I Hiked Over 1000 Miles of the Appalachian Trail | Why I Quit

1150 miles to be exact; if you can forgive the 3 day sizzling aqua-blaze down the Shenandoah River, blue-blazing the challenging, yet rewarding Mau-Har Trail and the odd yellow-blaze; which, to be quite frank, was sometimes necessary in keeping me sane. My motto is, after all, that rules are made to be broken. I set…

How to Plan your Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike from the UK

With just one week until I board a plane to the States, I am finally starting to feel like I am prepared for my upcoming thru-hike attempt. It’s taken months of research, preparation and planning, and being from the UK, it has required a little more brain power – especially in terms of logistics and…

7 Stunning Walks in and Around Cheshire

At the end of last year, I waved goodbye to Manchester and moved temporarily back into my family home in Cheshire, in order to save money for my upcoming Appalachian Trail adventure next month. Since then, I’ve been incredibly lucky to discover an abundance of beautiful, varied walks on my weekly training hikes, in and…

My Gear List for the Appalachian Trail | Pre-Hike

When it comes to hiking the AT, gear is the talk of the town. Everyone wants to know; “What gear will you be taking? How much does it weigh? Where did you buy it?” For me, I pretty much had to start from square one; I didn’t even know what trail runners were. The Appalachian…

Gear List: Camping in Iceland in September

Iceland has been on my radar since I discovered my true affinity for the great outdoors in Tasmania, back in 2016. Since then, I have been on a mission to get closer with nature, be it day trips from Manchester to the Peak District, or adventures a touch further afield. On 17th September 2018, I’m…

How to get a B-2 Visa for Hiking the Appalachian Trail

Why the B-2 Visa? Check your eligibility As a British national, I am eligible to enter the USA under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) for business or pleasure. Sounds pretty simple, but there’s a catch; this only allows stays of up to 90 days and then I’d have to sling my hook. The Appalachian Trail…

I’m Going to Hike the Appalachian Trail in 2019

My awareness of the Appalachian Trail first came about in my early twenties, after reading Bill Bryson’s book, A Walk in the Woods (cliche, I know). In true ‘me’ fashion, I quickly became obsessed with the idea, but university and other adventures were to come first, and I pushed the fantasy to the back of…

10 Australian Tours Well Worth the Money

I feel like there is a slight divide in opinion within the travel community when it comes to going on tours. Some, for instance, argue that they are a waste of money, overpriced and inflexible, whilst others swear by them, base entire trips around them and don’t want the hassles and responsibilities, which come when planning…

How to Spend 3 Days in Edinburgh

Since returning from my long term travels towards the end of 2016, my aim for 2017 and beyond was to experience (and come to appreciate) a little more of my own turf. This is something a great deal of us neglect to do; we get so caught up in jetting off to distant lands, that…

Adventures in the Peak District | Climbing Jacobs Ladder

Pulling out of Manchester Piccadilly, it occurred to me; I had lived on-and-off in the northwest of England for five years and not once had I set foot in the Peak District National Park. As the city disappeared behind us, a green landscape gently began to come into focus and roll past the windows. Buildings…

23 Things You’ll Love About Kangaroo Island | South Australia

In 2015, I was incredibly fortunate to find myself living on Australia’s third largest island for three and a half months. Without a shadow of a doubt, Kangaroo Island changed my life; the people I met, the lifestyle I led, the scenery that took my breath away, the wildlife I encountered – from the cute to the downright terrifying and the fascinating…

5 Magical Hikes in the Blue Mountains

My first experience of the Blue Mountains was back in 2014, just 2 weeks into my Australian adventure. It was cold and wet. The warmest item of clothing I had brought with me was a thin hoodie and my best footwear was a pair of old running trainers. I was completely unprepared. Almost 2 years later I returned, armed with…

The Ultimate Road Trip Itinerary | 5 Weeks in Tasmania

We spent 5 months working in the little town of Strahan, furiously saving for the next chapter of our travels. When April 2016 rolled around and Targa zoomed past in a cloud of dust, it was finally time to take full advantage of our unusually healthy financial situations and the pure luxury of ample time, two things backpackers are normally scraping the bottom…

Tasmania’s Great Short Walks – Tried & Tested

If you are a lover of the great outdoors like myself, then Tasmania is most definitely the place for you. The island is home to over 2000km of tracks dedicated to all types of walkers, be you the fair weather type who enjoys a short stroll, or an avid bushwalker who likes to disappear for…

5 Unmissable Walks Around Cradle Mountain

There are heaps of tracks all around Cradle Mountain – Lake St. Clair National Park. They vary in difficulty and length, ensuring that there is something for everyone and with so much to see – waterfalls, lakes, fairy-tale forests, buttongrass plains, mountain ranges and an abundance of wildlife, I would definitely recommend spending a good chunk of time here. We spent a week…

Climbing Mt. Amos and Walking the Hazards Beach Circuit

Mt. Amos makes up part of the Hazards mountain range, dominating the landscape and towering dramatically above Freycinet Lodge, which can be found nestled comfortably at its base. After being kindly invited to spend the weekend at the Lodge, I was super excited to explore its surrounds and the National Park in particular. Unlike the walk to Wineglass Bay…

Hiking the Three Capes Track

The Three Capes Track opened to the public in December 2015 and takes you on a truly wild adventure across some of Tasmania’s (and the world’s) most stunning wilderness. Over 46km and split across 4 days, the experience encompasses access to the Port Arthur Historic Site, an adrenaline fuelled boat trip, 3 nights accommodation in…

The Fluted Cape Circuit, Bruny Island

Our first taste of Bruny Island was back in November 2014, when two rookie backpackers with limited time and a dwindling money supply attempted to cram the entire East Coast of Tasmania into one week. Needless to say, it was a blur, and the one night we had allotted ourselves over on Bruny was nowhere…