We’re big believers in the power of a weekend adventure to refresh your spirit, but sometimes nothing but escaping to the other side of the planet will do. So if you’re looking to put as much distance as possible between you and work in 2019, we’ve scoured our collection to shortlist nine adventures we bet none of your friends can say they have done.
When your feet are getting a little bit weary of that long, sometimes wobbly, amble back from the local pub, why not spice up their lives a bit and get them out in the fresh air. We’re not talking barefoot, that can only come to no good, local boozer or otherwise, but rather an epic hike around some of the best trails and treks found in Europe. Here’s our top 20 to set you, and your feet, off on the right foot.
If you’re looking for something a bit more creative than just another pub crawl, or you want to give the groom something he might actually enjoy, then here are twelve stag-friendly adventures that you could be leaving on soon, or planning in the future – from navigating the canyons of Montenegro to learning survival skills in the wilds of Scotland.
Swirling and dancing through the night sky in flashes of green, white and pink, the Northern Lights are a sight to behold. But seeing them is only half the fun if you book a trip that combines watching the aurora with an activity. There are numerous ways you can enjoy the evening show and keep yourself entertained while you wait for the Lights to emerge. From dog-sledding to backcountry skiing, these are some of the best – and most memorable – ways to see the Northern Lights around the world.
You know that Nepal is famous for its amazing multi-day treks, that its guides are friendly and reliable, that the accommodation and food along the way is enjoyable and that on the whole, you’ll pay a fraction of the cost of trekking in other mountainous regions of the world. But, you don’t know where to start narrowing down which trek you should try first. If you’re relatively fit and have been on long-distance treks in hilly or mountainous terrain before, stick one of the following on your to-do list.
From beautiful Scottish islands to the southernmost tip of England, there’s everything from gentle jaunts to hardcore hikes to choose from in the UK. We’ve compiled a list of our favourites for you to get going. These aren’t mere walks in the park – they are bucket-list walks you need to tick off. So if you ever wanted to go on a proper walk, there’s never been a better time to do it…
As well as having the youngest population in Europe, Dublin is also a UNESCO city of literature thanks to a near endless list of resident writers, and with a busy, international airport just a short drive away, it’s also perfectly placed for the start of an adventure.
Norway is famous for its natural beauty and is one of the world’s top spots for outdoor adventures. But there’s one thrilling activity in Norway that you might not have heard of yet – glacier hiking.
Much Better Adventures’ friend and all-round legend Mike Wilson went to suss out our Via Ferrata and Hiking trip in the Western Carpathians, Romania. He came back with a bunch of photos, a few stories to tell and a new found love for pig fat scrambled eggs. Here are just a few of his best bits…
Not content with being drop-dead gorgeous and sporting a castle built on an extinct volcano, Edinburgh’s redeveloped airport and new tramline linking it to the city have now made it easier and more convenient than ever before as the starting point for an adventure. So if you’re looking to escape the call of the pub, or want to do something seriously incredible with your time off, here are ten amazing adventures all leaving direct from Edinburgh.
As well as being one of the youngest cities in Europe, with 40% of its population under 25, Birmingham also has more canals than Venice, and with the third biggest airport in the country on its doorstep, it’s also the perfect starting point for an adventure. So if you want more from your weekend, or are looking to make the most of your hard earned time off, then here are ten unbelievable adventures leaving direct from Birmingham.
Now the most linguistically varied city in Europe, Manchester was also voted best UK city to live in 2015, beating London for the second year running. Added to which it has the largest and busiest airport outside London, linking it to more than 200 destinations worldwide. So with that in mind, here are ten incredible adventures that you could soon be leaving on direct from Manchester – from exploring a hidden mountain plateau to hunting for the Northern Lights.
Bristol – birthplace of Blackbeard, Banksy and Ribena and voted best city to live in Britain by the Sunday Times. As if that wasn’t enough, it’s also connected to the world via its busy international airport, which can only mean one thing – adventure awaits.
Nepal is well-known as a first-class destination for trekking and mountaineering, but travellers...
Hiking in Croatia will take you across the karst mountains and its dry grasslands and rocky terrain, through lush forests and beside clean mountain rivers, waterfalls and creeks.
A guide to the Norwegian trifecta of Preikestolen, Kjerag Boulder and Trolltunga in the colder months. A few years ago, Norway became top of everyone’s adventure hit-list. The dynamic landscapes, massive seasonal variety and culture of outdoor living are to blame. Not to mention the region’s undeniable instagram-ability. But what happens to these places in the ‘off-season’?
At Much Better Adventures, we like to ensure all our trips are tried and tested. As much as we try, it just simply isn’t possible for us to sample all of our adventures personally. That’s why we select our most trusted adventure connoisseurs to do our bidding for us. On this occasion, David Mansfield stepped up to the mark.
Have you smashed your working day and looking to let off some steam after work? Here’s a selection of adventures in London that you can tuck into with an early finish.
Tasmania. Cold, wet, not much to see, not much to do. If this is what you still think about Tasmania, then you’d better read on. This diverse, dynamic little island has been going through a cultural make-over that is forcing its mainland counterparts to pay attention.
Europe’s secret that’s getting out. Slovenia is becoming recognised as an influential player on the world’s sustainable tourism stage. As a result, it has been named the world’s first ‘Green Destination’ by the Netherlands based NGO, Green Destinations. Slovenia is helped by its improving infrastructure, the breathtaking national park, a world class mountain range, astonishing karst cave systems and the competitive price tag.
When I say the word ‘Slovakia’, do you think of an adventure destination? Have you ever thought of going there? Could you point it out on the map? I’m going to guess your answer is no. But this unassuming, central European country has the all the ingredients to see it bite at the heels of the tourism behemoths of France, Croatia, Turkey and Greece.