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7 Common Misconceptions About Mountain Biking

7 Common Misconceptions About Mountain Biking

There are a lot of hardcore cyclists out there. They come in all shapes and sizes. Some have long beards, some are clad in lycra, others have full-face helmets and dogs that follow them along the trails. All, if they're doing it right, tend to be drenched in mud....

Snowshoeing: Your Guide to the Basics

Snowshoeing: Your Guide to the Basics

Snowshoeing is somewhere between skiing and winter hiking. Imagine a snowshoe as a friendly cousin of the crampon. Crampons are pointy and angry and serious. Snowshoes are flat, friendly and often come in bright colours. Which is great if you have a tendency to lose...

Mount Olympus: A Guide to Climbing The Mountain of the Gods

Mount Olympus: A Guide to Climbing The Mountain of the Gods

Mount Olympus is the highest mountain in Greece, at 2917m tall. It's also one of the highest peaks in Europe in topographical terms (measuring the height relative to the lowest contour line encircling it) and, of course, home to the 12 Olympian gods of the ancient...

4 Tips to Find the Best Backpack for Your Next Adventure

4 Tips to Find the Best Backpack for Your Next Adventure

What's the best backpack? It's a very subjective question. Because, what you're really asking is, "What's the best backpack for me, for this particular thing that I'm going to be doing?" Chances are you're off on an adventure. You might even have a kit list, and if...

Hiking vs Trekking: What’s the Difference?

Hiking vs Trekking: What’s the Difference?

Hiking vs trekking. What’s the difference? Is there even a difference between hiking and trekking? Is hiking vs trekking an age old rivalry, like England vs Scotland and maps vs GPS tracking systems? Or are they both the same thing? Like taps vs faucets? And maps...

How to Pick the Best Camping Stove for Wild Camping

How to Pick the Best Camping Stove for Wild Camping

The camping stove is the faithful companion of wild campers across the globe. You'll know just how important they are if you've ever had the misfortune of eating cold a dinner in the rain, or dry porridge oats for breakfast because you had no way of heating or...

Kayaking London: How and Where to do it

Kayaking London: How and Where to do it

Can you go kayaking in London? Well, yes - of course you can! As long as there's a kayak between you and a large expanse of liquid, then you're good to go. As they say, where there's water, there's a way. Not that there's anything to really stop you from kayaking on...

Abseiling: The Complete Beginner’s Guide

Abseiling: The Complete Beginner’s Guide

Abseiling is basically the opposite of climbing. If rock climbing is going up a near-vertical face using a rope, then abseiling is going down a near-vertical face using a rope. Although we call it abseiling in the UK, it's often known as rappelling in Europe and the...

Van Conversions: A Beginner’s Guide to Van Life

Van Conversions: A Beginner’s Guide to Van Life

Van conversions and the van life (the latter often prefaced by a hopeful hashtag) have become two staples of adventure social media in recent years. Van conversions are all over the internet. And while we certainly don’t condone spending more time scrolling through...

6 Things to Know When You First Start Surfing

6 Things to Know When You First Start Surfing

Surfing is one of the good things in life. There are few feelings quite like being out on the water as the waves keep rolling in, set after set, lying on your board with the whole of the ocean out in front of you. Even if you miss half of the waves and another quarter...

How to Pack for an All-Weather Adventure Trip

How to Pack for an All-Weather Adventure Trip

So you’ve booked your first really big adventure. One that’s going to see you cross the Sahara, go trekking around the highest mountains in the world in Nepal, raft through Europe, tackle the Arctic tundra, with a bit of wild camping and Atlantic surfing in between....

How to Turn 27 Days of Annual Leave into 57 Days Off in 2020

How to Turn 27 Days of Annual Leave into 57 Days Off in 2020

How to hack your annual leave. Some say it’s a myth. Others say it’s a legend. We say... it’s a reality. And we also say that, amongst other things, the people who say it’s a ‘myth’ or a ‘legend’ are being a little over-dramatic. Hacking your annual leave is just a...

11 Action-Packed London Adventures

11 Action-Packed London Adventures

London is not the first places that comes to mind when we think of adventure. It is, after all, a very big city and the only wilderness is of the urban variety. Everyone in London seems to be on a tight schedule, rushing from A to B. Adventure needs the time and...

10 of the Most Beautiful Landscapes in the World

10 of the Most Beautiful Landscapes in the World

Beautiful landscapes. Humans have had an obsession with a good view since time began. Well, okay, we don’t actually have any proof of that. But if you and I can look out the window and smile at what we see, then you can imagine Neanderthal man looking out of his cave...

7 Common Misconceptions About Trekking

7 Common Misconceptions About Trekking

There are a lot of die-hard trekking enthusiasts in the world. There are also a lot of others, however, who don’t think walking for days on end is quite the best way to spend a holiday. For some people, the thought of camping puts them off. Others think they’re not...

What is Via Ferrata?

What is Via Ferrata?

Via ferrata is a mountain activity somewhere between scrambling and rock climbing. A via ferrata route is characterised by a metal rail bolted into the mountain, that you clip into and use as a safety line for the duration of the route. We'll get into exactly what we...

Adventure in Ethiopia: 4 of the Best Places to Explore

Adventure in Ethiopia: 4 of the Best Places to Explore

Ethiopia is a long way off the beaten track when it comes to adventure destinations. The country is basically untouched by tourists, despite all it has to offer in the way of landscape, history and culture. Plus it has some pretty extreme natural features: from...

10 of the Best Climate Change Books To Read in 2019

10 of the Best Climate Change Books To Read in 2019

Climate change books have become a central education point as society grows increasingly concerned about the single biggest issue of our time. There are some benchmark texts on the topic, like Naomi Klein’s acclaimed This Changes Everything, from 2014. But like any...

Famous Explorers from History to Modern Times

Famous Explorers from History to Modern Times

Famous explorers exist through the centuries. Ever since humans got the urge to travel, people have been exploring. As technology progressed, the quicker people could travel and the deeper people could explore into the corners of the world. In this article, there's a...

Bouldering London: The Best Places to Learn

Bouldering London: The Best Places to Learn

The best place to learn bouldering in London is the closest bouldering wall to where you are in London. Seriously. It's like going to the gym. You might have great plans when you sign up. But if you don't live or work close enough, suddenly going to the gym becomes an...

8 of the Best Travel Apps for Your Next Outdoor Adventure

8 of the Best Travel Apps for Your Next Outdoor Adventure

There are loads of great travel apps out there, and Geocaching is just one of them. Photo: Geocaching  There are a lot of travel apps and adventure apps out there. We know, however, that a lot of people would probably rather use none of them. A lot of people like to...

Best Hikes in the UK: 10 of the Most Adventurous Routes

Best Hikes in the UK: 10 of the Most Adventurous Routes

The best hikes in the UK are a contentious matter. Britain might not have the highest mountains in the world, but it's certainly got some of the most beautiful scenery - from the rugged wonders of Snowdonia to the famous beauty of the Scottish Highlands. Every hiker...

10 Machu Picchu Facts You Probably Don’t Know

10 Machu Picchu Facts You Probably Don’t Know

High in the mountains of Peru lies the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu. Facts abound across the internet about it. It's a wonder of the modern world ("modern" is relative here). It's an UNESCO world heritage site. How high is Machu Picchu? It's 2,430 m above sea...

10 of the Best Outdoor and Adventure Podcasts

10 of the Best Outdoor and Adventure Podcasts

We can’t always be places like this, but that can’t stop us from dreaming, often via a podcast... We love being in the outdoors in any way, shape or form. It lets you get away from the rest of it. But most of us have to go back to the rest of it at some point. For the...

The 5 Most Adventurous Hikes in the Lake District

The 5 Most Adventurous Hikes in the Lake District

You could spend a lifetime searching for the best hikes in the Lake District. One of the best things about hiking is that you can choose so many different paths and ways to make your route. These five hikes are what I consider the "best" and most adventurous that I've...

What is Mountaineering?

What is Mountaineering?

Many words in the world of adventure can be confusing. If I "climbed" a mountain - did I climb as in ascend on foot? Or did I climb as in shinnying up the rock face with ropes? Individuals can have very different ideas about what a word means to them. Take the word...

Kayaking | The Beginner’s Guide

Kayaking | The Beginner’s Guide

Kayaking is a sport which gets better with every paddle. Though for first-timers, it can be tough to know where to start. So let us help you out with that. Here's a beginner's guide to kayaking. Over the past few decades, kayaks have become a widely-used vessel for...

The Top 10 Highest Mountains in the World

The Top 10 Highest Mountains in the World

How many of the top 10 highest mountains in the world do you know? The highest mountain in the world is Mount Everest. It’s pretty famous. Big pointy thing in the Himalayas in Nepal. Sits up at 8,848m. It’s a real high mountain. Everyone knows about Mount Everest....

6 Cities with Adventure on the Doorstep

6 Cities with Adventure on the Doorstep

Combining a city break with an adventure is a great way to have your cake and eat it. Absorbing the cultural buzz from a major city and then retreating into the wilderness on a mini-adventure is the ultimate way to grasp the full scope of a country. With that in mind...

12 Adventures over the Early May Bank Holiday 2019

12 Adventures over the Early May Bank Holiday 2019

Adventure – for some it’s seeing how late they can cut it before leaving for work, for others, it’s facing a daunting summit or surfing the perfect break. If that sounds more like you, then there’s a long weekend coming up in early May (4-6th) that offers the perfect...

13 Adventure Ideas this Easter Bank Holiday 2019

13 Adventure Ideas this Easter Bank Holiday 2019

You might be at work, but that doesn’t mean you’re not thinking about your next adventure. Fortunately, with the long Easter weekend coming up (Fri 19th April - Mon 22nd April) you can do more than just think – you could be swapping the creme eggs for some serious...

Join an Adventure Tester Trip

Join an Adventure Tester Trip

Epic adventures at up to 25% off? Join other discerning adventurers on one of our Tester Trips! Tester trips are the first departures on a brand spanking new adventure - think of them as dress rehearsals. We’ve done all the prep and planning to line up an amazing new...

6 Remote Destinations for a Digital Detox

6 Remote Destinations for a Digital Detox

There once was a time when you'd travel or head out on an adventure purely to soak up the experience. To live it. Build memories. Not spend the entire trip peering down the lens of an iPhone, fiddling about with Instagram and messaging your mates. It's time to unplug....

10 Weekend Adventures in the UK

10 Weekend Adventures in the UK

For many, the United Kingdom is a cute and fluffy country where the most dangerous predators are the noble badger and marauding packs of Morris Dancers. Dig a little deeper, however, and you soon discover wild mountains, wilder waters and some of the most spectacular...

Can You Boss Our Top 3 Tough Weekend Adventures?

Can You Boss Our Top 3 Tough Weekend Adventures?

We all love an adventure right? But for some, only a challenge that pushes them to their gut-busting limits and pitches them against the most demanding conditions on the planet will do. Our tough adventures collection does that and then some. These are our most...

11 Challenging Weekend Adventures to Aspire To

11 Challenging Weekend Adventures to Aspire To

For some, facing off against a mountain, or stomping over sketchy terrain on a multi-day trek can be hellish. For others, it’s the perfect way to spend a weekend – that’s why we divide our trips into four difficulty levels: Open-To-All, Active, Challenging and Tough. ...

11 Active Weekend Adventures for Busy People

11 Active Weekend Adventures for Busy People

If the thought of a beach holiday with a book and a warm beer fills you with dread, then you’re in the right place. Like us, you've set your sights a little higher. You want more adventure, want to see new things, meet new people, feel like you’ve actually achieved...

12 Weekend Adventures Almost Anyone Can Do

12 Weekend Adventures Almost Anyone Can Do

The Oxford definition of the word adventure reads like this…  ‘An unusual and exciting or daring experience.’ Well yes, true, and then some, but nowhere does it mention that you need to be super-fit, have any previous experience, or be away for weeks on end to get...

Nisha and the Art of Weekend Adventures

Nisha and the Art of Weekend Adventures

If you found yourself at the end of 2018 kicking yourself that you didn't do more, just didn't get round to it, work, life got in the way - we hear you. But it doesn't have to be that way. With a bit of savvy advance planning, and bit more time invested in you, you...

Your Best ‘Grams from 2018

Your Best ‘Grams from 2018

If you follow us on Instagram then you've already seen that 2018 was one helluva year here at Much Better Adventures, made all the better by our awesome community. In celebration, here’s just a snapshot of what happened - this is #muchbetteradventures through your...

Last Minute Adventures

Last Minute Adventures

Need an adventure ASAP? Then this is the list for you! We've rounded up all the last-minute trips running in the next few months that still have a few slots left on them. Join good people on a proper adventure, and get your 2019 off to a flyer! January Ice Climb,...

10 New Year’s Resolutions Every Adventurer Should Make

10 New Year’s Resolutions Every Adventurer Should Make

It’s time, isn’t it? Time to gather round at the point where December meets January, look 2018 straight in the eye, and say “Frankly, this year, I don’t give a damn.” You’re going to do things differently in 2019, aren’t you? Treat 2019 like a blank canvas of exciting...

10 Epic Kayaking Trips For Beginners in 2019

10 Epic Kayaking Trips For Beginners in 2019

Going abroad for a kayaking adventure is just a pipedream for most people. After all, it must be a whole lot of work to organise a trip out on the water in another country, right? Actually, wrong! It’s super simple. And if the answer to that question had been ‘right’,...

6 Reasons Why You Should Go Wild Camping

6 Reasons Why You Should Go Wild Camping

Nothing makes you feel like a proper, real-world, adventurer quite like wild camping. It’s camping dipped in Tabasco sauce, outdoor sleeping that’ll put hairs on your chest, a night under the stars where the raw realism of it all makes it seem like you’re part of some...

8 Alternative Adventures to Try out in Slovenia

8 Alternative Adventures to Try out in Slovenia

Nearly 60% of Slovenia is covered in lush green trees and forests, and when you consider the picturesque lakes, the crystal-blue rivers and the seemingly endless waterfalls found throughout the country, it’s no wonder Slovenia, a country with a population of just two...

9 Epic Ideas for Hens who Hate Hen Dos

9 Epic Ideas for Hens who Hate Hen Dos

Organising a hen party is never easy – different people, different interests, and that one friend who thinks Prosecco is a major food group. Combining them all and not ending up with a one-way trip to Ibuprofen is a test of anyone’s organisational skills and...

5 Reasons To Ditch Your Mates and Travel Solo

5 Reasons To Ditch Your Mates and Travel Solo

Our hilarious friend and Much Better Adventurer Jack Clayton gives us the lowdown on why travelling on your own is the way forward and why wrangling your mates can only come to no good.   Despite some initial niggling fears, Jack squared up and took on Morocco's...

Win Tickets to Adventure Uncovered Live

Win Tickets to Adventure Uncovered Live

We're proud to support Adventure Uncovered Live: an awesome event bringing the adventure and outdoor community together to accelerate sustainable change. Over 20 leading adventurers, explorers, environmentalists and sustainability experts will take to the stage (and...

5 Balkan Countries That Should Be on Your Radar

5 Balkan Countries That Should Be on Your Radar

When you picture classic holiday destinations, you’d be forgiven for not immediately thinking of the Balkans. We reckon that’s a crying shame though because the Balkans are actually home to some of the best adventure destinations that Europe has to offer. There’s epic...

Our Top 15 Most Wish-Listed Adventures

Our Top 15 Most Wish-Listed Adventures

What makes a great adventure? Is it the unmistakable taste of the great outdoors, the self-satisfaction of nailing a summit, paddling hidden caves and coves, or just pretending that the rest of the world has vanished and your office was the first place to go? Whatever...

The 20 Best Hikes In Europe

The 20 Best Hikes In Europe

Europe boasts some of the most beautiful hikes on the planet. Photo: iStock What are the best hikes in Europe? It's not an easy question to answer. Europe has 44 countries after all. There are a full 10 major mountain ranges, which, alongside the 100 minor mountain...

12 Adventure Ideas for Stags who Hate Stag Dos

12 Adventure Ideas for Stags who Hate Stag Dos

Arranging a Stag Do can be… challenging. You have to juggle the groom’s different friendship groups, reign in the friend who’s planning to bring a set of handcuffs, pretend you’re not on a stag night in order to get in anywhere decent - all whilst walking the fine...

6 Epic Ways to See the Northern Lights

6 Epic Ways to See the Northern Lights

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 Top 5 Most Iconic Treks in Nepal

The Top 5 Most Iconic Treks in Nepal

You know that Nepal is famous for its amazing multi-day treks, from Everest Base Camp to the Annapurna Circuit, 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...

Norway’s Most Stunning Glacier Hikes

Norway’s Most Stunning Glacier Hikes

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.   The country is home to the largest glacier in mainland...

Hiking and Via Ferrata in Romania | A Photo Story

Hiking and Via Ferrata in Romania | A Photo Story

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...

The 6 Best Regions to Hike in Croatia

The 6 Best Regions to Hike in Croatia

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. You will be rewarded by incredible scenery along the way and breath-taking views atop...

Norway’s 3 Great Hikes in Winter

Norway’s 3 Great Hikes in Winter

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...

5 of London’s Best Evening Adventures

5 of London’s Best Evening Adventures

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.   Adventure shouldn't be something that are simply resigned to the confines of your weekends...

5 of Tasmania’s Best Mini-Adventures

5 of Tasmania’s Best Mini-Adventures

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...

4 Places You Should Definitely Visit in Slovenia

4 Places You Should Definitely Visit in Slovenia

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....

6 Reasons Why Slovakia is the Next Big Thing

6 Reasons Why Slovakia is the Next Big Thing

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...