Much Better Adventurer Nickie Hursthouse and her partner recently spent the weekend on our Northern Lights and Arctic wildlife sailing safari in Tromsø, Norway. Apprehensive that neither Norway’s fabled Northern Lights or the Arctic’s rich marine wildlife would show their face, mother nature played a blinder. This is Nickie’s story…
Here are eight phenomenal women who are paving the way for a better world through their inspirational adventures, beautiful storytelling and incredible fundraising endeavours.
Every quarter we invite our crowd investors on an adventure to catch up and talk about plans afoot. Last summer we opted for Montenegro, and adventure photographer, Callum Thompson joined the party. Naturally, we asked him to share some of his epic shots from the trip and let us know what when down whilst he was there. This is his story…
For Nepal, time is running out to save The Karnali River – one of the planet’s wildest and greatest rafting rivers – by declaring it a National Park. Here’s why environmentalists are battling hard to save it.
Every adventure booked between 12am on Friday 23rd and 12pm on Sunday 25th (GMT) will save 40 trees, and get £25 off.
Our friend and Much Better Adventurer, Pete McEwan, recently returned from an epic 5-day hut-to-hut dog sledding expedition in the Arctic Circle. “City boy” Pete regales us with tales from his Arctic adventure, the joys of bonding with your pack, and the shame of coming a cropper 15-minutes in.
Ever since our inception, Much Better Adventures has been on a mission to conserve and protect the planet’s wild places. This is not some empty promise that we shine a light on once in a while to make ourselves feel better about actively partaking in the travel industry, it’s serious stuff, and we don’t take it lightly, not one jot.
Your hiking boots can make or break a trip. If you’re planning on going on a multi-day trek, you will be spending a lot of time with your boots. So it’s a good idea to get to know them well before you set off, and to choose wisely (or else you might find yourself, quite literally, in a whole heap of pain). Here’s our guide to help you choose the best hiking boots for you.
We’ve all got a closet hiker within us according to long-distance hiker and President of Ramblers Cymru, Will Renwick. Below he shares some of the valuable lessons he’s learnt on the trail about preparing for multi-day hiking adventures, and how to get you from the office chair into that fresh mountain air.
Much Better Adventurer, Yvonne Palme, scoped out our rafting, kayaking and hiking adventure in Albania and shared a few of her photos with us.
Over the last few weeks, a few things have happened here at HQ that have got us thinking about whether we could guarantee the quality of our trips or not. I thought I’d share that process with you.
Much Better Adventurer, Zoe Dutton, walks us through her weekend adventure sea kayaking and wild camping in Greece. She told us about singing songs over the campfire, exploring electric-blue caves and camping on the deserted islands of the Western Greek Ionian Coastline, mountains of Feta included.
Much Better Adventurer, Arlene Mansoor, volunteered to scope out our sea kayaking and wild camping trip in the Pakri Islands of Estonia. She comically talks us through her Baltic adventure, from navigational struggles and liberating sauna experiences to forgotten campfire conversations and sunset tractor rides.
We all know that running is good for you, both physically and mentally, and that marathons, fun runs, and everything in between, raise substantial amounts of money for amazing causes worldwide. They raise awareness, bring people together and inspire millions to slip into their running shoes, all whilst doing good things for others.
We caught up with Geordie Stewart, author of ‘In Search of Sisu: A Path to Contentment Via the Highest Point on Every Continent’. He opened up about being the youngest Brit to reach the ‘Seven Summits’, his battles with mental health and about the Finnish concept of ‘Sisu’.
Much Better Tester, Ryan Birnie, went to scope out our SUP trip on the Wild Ring of Kerry. He returned with a tan, a pocketful of photos and even some words to go with.
Good news. The Court of Appeal of Tirana has suspended the construction of hydroelectric plants on the Valbona River following a series of local protests.
Crees have recently joined our Adventures for Good collection. We had a chat to find out all about their mission and how your adventure with them helps.
Ecosphere is a not-for-profit social enterprise working in the cold deserts of Spiti, a valley tucked away in the Trans-Himalayas of India. Ecosphere works on a range of activities that enable the crucial link between local economies, conservation and sustainable development.
Located in the East Indonesia/West Papua region of the coral triangle, Raja Ampat has the highest known concentration and diversity of marine life in the world.
Earth River has pioneered rafting trips around the world, discovering classics like Patagonia’s Futaleufu and Canada’s Magpie. Now they are trying to protect them.
Emu Trekkers offer adventurous hiking tours around Sydney and the Blue Mountains and use the proceeds to support the education, healthcare and welfare of disadvantaged children and youth.
Social Cycles host small group cycle adventures for travellers with a social conscience. We engage with local experts (NGOs) to learn about social issues, challenges and strategies so that we can gain the knowledge to make a positive difference.
The Nam Et-Phou Louey National Protected Area (NEPL NPA) is located in the north-east of Laos and is the largest protected area in country. It has a remarkably rich wildlife biodiversity with a wide range of species, many endangered, including the critically-endangered Northern white-cheeked gibbon, six species of cat, two species of bear, a wild dog dhole, to name few.
Reef Conservation International’s mission is to preserve and manage the Belize Barrier Reef for generations to come by inspiring, educating, and encouraging change via our volunteer citizen-scientists. Not many people know it’s the second largest Barrier Reef in the world.
Alexander Souri is founder of Relief Riders International, an organisation that runs tours on horseback through remote communities delivering healthcare and resources to those who desperately need it.
We met the President of the Albanian Rafting Federation on the banks of his beloved Osumi Canyons that he’s been fighting to protect.
We sat down with a 14-year-old from the banks of Albania’s Vjosa River to understand how the plans to dam it will impact her future and her village.
We caught up with our guide in Albania, Blerina Ago, about her vision for sustainable tourism and her mission to protect Europe’s last wild river.
I stumbled upon the Vjosa story a few months ago by chance. I’d been waxing lyrical to a journalist about how and why we believe adventure tourism could be a force for good.
I stumbled upon the Vjosa situation by chance. I’d been waxing lyrical to a journalist about how and how and why we believe adventure tourism can be a force for good. Indulging me, they mentioned a local rafting company in Albania that was fighting to block the construction of a dam on Europe’s last wild river in the hope of turning the whole river into a national park and grow adventure tourism along its banks.
We’re supporting local activists and adventure guides fighting to stop the crazy plans to dam the River Vjosa in Albania, the last free-flowing wild river in Europe. Join us.
Norway. If you had asked me when I was a kid what I thought Norway would be like, I imagined I would have said ‘that’s near where Santa Claus lives’. Little did I know that assumption would be proved very wrong. I travelled to Norway for the first time with Much Better Adventures.
Mt Rinjani, in North Lombok, is the volcano that dominates the landscape from Bali. The volcano, sitting at 3,726m, has a hot spring in its caldera, a welcome relief for visitors on the mountain. Recorded eruptions from 1876 onwards have caused a new cone to poke through the luscious blue waters. Needless to say, the mountain has a visual impact like no other, and is an essential hike for any active thrill seeker.
A guide on how to go from the summit of Mt Toubkal to the warm, peeling waves of Taghazout. The dusty, bustling souks of Marrakech, the rugged High Atlas mountain range, Taghazout’s peeling right-handers and of course, famous Berber hospitality.
In the opening pages of the non- fiction book ‘Into Thin Air’, author Jon Krakauer describes a desire he harboured since childhood to conquer Mount Everest. When given the opportunity to join the now-infamous expedition of 1996 that claimed the lives of eight mountaineers, he jumped at it.
If you’ve got basic experience of backcountry skiing, up for 5-7 hours skiing per day and love a good army vehicle, consider this bad boy for your next winter adventure. This is one of the best ski trips we’ve laid eyes on.
When was the last time you enjoyed total solitude? Even if only for a weekend. Welcome to the Icelandic Highlands; the perfect retreat from the buzz of everyday life, and the ultimate playground for hiking, skiing, fishing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, stargazing, aurora-hunting and kiting.
The Screwfix team spent a weekend in the depths of Finland stand-up paddle boarding, canoeing, feeding reindeers and camping in suspended tents in a lake-side forest. We caught up with Andy Moat, the trip organiser, to see how the trip went, and what impact it had on the team.
Our local host in Ijen Kawah, Indonesia tells us about his past life as a sulphur miner, and how running his hiking tour company gave him and his family a viable alternative.
The Northern lights are an elusive phenomenon at the the best of times. Historically, they have been surrounded by as much superstition and mysticism as science. The Vikings thought it was a sky bridge between their Gods and Earth. The Sami people saw the lights as visible sound. However, what we know today about them now makes them even more magical.
We caught up with Ness, the woman behind our hiking trip in the Victorian High Country. She tells us about her hiking company, Skadi tours, and how self-reliance and sustainability lie at its core.
We caught up with one of our guides in the Himalayas. He told us all about his life as a mountaineer, the moments he’s had on the mountain and his vision of the future of tourism in Nepal.
Josh Beech on his epic weekend in the Atlas mountains, and his subsequent travel gamble. I hadn’t been on an adventure travel kind of trip for a very long time. I had a mate who was very hesitant at first. He then came across your website. You guys have a wide range of trips that all look amazing. Then I eventually bit the bullet and said to him “Mate, we’re booking this today,” and just we went for it.
We caught up with Arno Marten, the man behind our pack-rafting experience in New Zealand. Arno tells us about the growth of pack-rafting, the Fjordland, and how he swam the West Coast of New Zealand.
Nada Elsaid tells us about her experience sea-kayaking in the Finnish wilderness. I liked the idea of the compact trip. It’s really great that you don’t need to take that much time off work to enjoy a great adventure kayaking and wild-camping, in a unique location.
Much Better Adventurer, Catherine Allen, tells about her weekend kayaking, hiking and wild-camping in the Norwegian fjords. I’m getting into sea-kayaking, so it was a good taster for me to try some kayaking away from lakes and rivers, which is what I’d been doing up until now. And the Norwegian fjords is somewhere I’ve always wanted to see. This trip was a great way of combining both of these in one neat, short package.
We caught up with the man behind our a range of our hiking tours in Norway. Johannes tells us why guiding is important to him and gives an insight into the Scandinavian philosophy of ‘fresh-air living’, or ‘Friluftsliv’.
International mushers and Mother and son, Tove and Torkil, talk huskies, dog sled racing, and the unwritten Norwegian law of ‘All man’s right’ or ‘Allemansrätten’.
Much Better Adventurer, Deborah Whitaker, tells us all about her weekend dusting for wolf tracks, learning how to start fires, and listening to the frozen lakes in Sweden’s Bergslagen forest.
We caught up with the man behind our experiences in the Atlas Mountains, Morocco. He spoke about why he loves running tours and about how tourism aids his hometown of Imlil, known as the ‘Moroccan Chamonix’.
We caught up Marcus Eldh, the man behind our wolf-tracking experience in Bergslagen forest, Sweden. He told us about where his idea for his tour company came from, and about the history of the unique ‘Kolarbyn’ huts.