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The Problem With Scratch Maps & The World View They Bestow

The Problem With Scratch Maps & The World View They Bestow

Been there, done that, got the t-shirt. Waited in an hour-long queue to get into the Louvre, stood in front of the Mona Lisa for 10 minutes and posted an Instagram snap doing a yoga pose on the way out. The world travels in mysterious ways. Travel is going to change -...

Geordie Stewart on Cycling Around the World

Geordie Stewart on Cycling Around the World

Geordie Stewart has a thing for big adventures. At age 22, he stood on top of Mount Everest - making him the youngest Briton ever to have climbed the Seven Summits (the highest mountain on every continent). He then served for five years as an army officer in a...

The Importance of Finding ‘Otherness’ When You Travel

The Importance of Finding ‘Otherness’ When You Travel

There are over 34,000 branches of McDonald’s in the world, including 655 in New York and a comparatively low 440 in South Korea. The South Korean capital of Seoul is also home to a record 284 branches of Starbucks though, so you could leave New York City, hop on a...

Deadliest Mountain: The Story of Annapurna I

Deadliest Mountain: The Story of Annapurna I

This article is about the deadliest mountain in the world: Annapurna I. But, before we get into it, we want to point out a few things. Hopefully, you're here just because you're curious. Or you're in a pub quiz, you naughty person. But either way, we're not...

How the Magic of Maps Helped Me Escape During Lockdown

How the Magic of Maps Helped Me Escape During Lockdown

I know the Pentland Hills, the 20-mile hill range on the outskirts of Edinburgh, like the back of my hand. That said, I don't actually know the back of my hand that well. I could draw you five fingers, five fingernails, a midge bite and a couple of key veins if you...

More Than Just Movement – Travel and the Pandemic

More Than Just Movement – Travel and the Pandemic

Award-winning author, journalist and adventurer, Julian Sayarer, reflects on the pandemic, his record-breaking bicycle circumnavigation, and a recent ride through Palestine and Israel, to give a view of how travel and adventure has changed, and how it’s about to...

7 Quick Questions with Laura Kennington

7 Quick Questions with Laura Kennington

Laura Kennington is an adventurer, speaker and author. She came to talk at one of the Much Better Adventures Investor events and stole the show with her story. Her book Kairos gives the full account of her journey from trapped in a pencil skirt and someone else's idea...

7 Quick Questions with Sarah Williams

7 Quick Questions with Sarah Williams

Sarah Williams is an adventurer, qualified yoga instructor and the host of the Tough Girl Podcast. She interviews inspirational women with a background in adventure or sport, often overcoming great challenges. Read our full interview with Sarah here: Meet the Woman...

The Quirky History of Ordnance Survey and the UK’s Maps

The Quirky History of Ordnance Survey and the UK’s Maps

Here at Much Better Adventures, we love maps. We love the way you can cosy up with them (like a mug of tea) and dream of future adventures. We love visualising the crinkles of a new destination - and of course how useful they are to find your way when you're actually...

Hiking Tips for Beginners: We Asked the Experts

Hiking Tips for Beginners: We Asked the Experts

When you're a beginner hiker, one of the biggest things you want is advice. Am I doing it right? What have I forgotten to pack? Where should I go hiking? Sometimes you're lucky enough to know people who are full of hiking tips for beginners. You can go hiking with...

7 Quick Questions with Leon McCarron

7 Quick Questions with Leon McCarron

Leon McCarron is an adventurer, filmmaker and storyteller... as well as being just a pretty cool guy. It's not everyone who can say that they create long distance hiking trails. Better still to help design the narrative journey that a hiker experiences as they pass...

Why You Should Make This the Year You Try Solo Travel

Why You Should Make This the Year You Try Solo Travel

At some point in our lives we’ve all, inevitably, abandoned a plan to do something that we really wanted to do because nobody would come and do it with us. It’s a fairly common excuse. But it’s also one which holds up about as well as a sand castle in a bathtub. There...

How Coffee is Changing Lives Across Rwanda

How Coffee is Changing Lives Across Rwanda

The Cyimbili Hills lie on the shores of Lake Kivu on the western coast of Rwanda. The hills are known for their tranquility and nature. The village is nestled neatly into the lush green mountains that surround it, and looks out on the water of Kivu, one of Africa’s...

What is Adventure? An Interview With Alastair Humphreys

What is Adventure? An Interview With Alastair Humphreys

“How would I define adventure today? I think adventure is… I think there has to be an element of newness in it - not in terms of being the first person to do it, but in terms of being the first time you’ve done something. I think it has to be in some ways difficult...

Should We Spend More Time Exploring Nature at Night?

Should We Spend More Time Exploring Nature at Night?

“From an early age, we are told ghost stories set in dark places, warning us not to stray into the night. It feels frightening, macabre, even criminal, but the darkness also evokes a peace and solidarity with the landscape that fades away in sunlight.” So writes...

Jenny Graham: Why Adventure is a Necessity… Not a Luxury

Jenny Graham: Why Adventure is a Necessity… Not a Luxury

Jenny Graham lives for adventure. The fact that the Scottish cyclist recently became the fastest woman to ever circumnavigate the globe on a bicycle is a fair insight to that. But the contagious enthusiasm with which Jenny speaks about her mammoth journey is an even...

The Impossible Rise of Women’s Cycling in Afghanistan

The Impossible Rise of Women’s Cycling in Afghanistan

“You are risking your honour. You are risking your family's honour. You are risking your life. Just the act of cycling in Afghanistan is a massive feminist statement. These women may not consider themselves activists or feminists. They may not be trying to make a...

The Art of Leafing Not Scrolling

The Art of Leafing Not Scrolling

Does anyone read anymore? You know, with real books and paper and that? Tim Frenneaux shares his thoughts on why you should turn your attention to print and gives us a few pointers on which adventure(y) tomes to start with. My new Patagonia climbing pants have a...

A Beginner’s Guide to Canyoning and Gorge Walking

A Beginner’s Guide to Canyoning and Gorge Walking

Canyoning is an adventure sport which involves navigating a water system using various specialist methods and techniques. Naturally then, canyoning involves getting wet. It often involves water slides, jumps and waterfalls. It may or may not ruin your shoes. Of...

Is Instagram the Bane of Adventure?

Is Instagram the Bane of Adventure?

Connectivity is changing the way we travel. Journalist and sustainable travel expert Holly Tuppen lifts the bonnet and explains why you sometimes need to just put the phone down and back away... What kind of vacuous person travels for the sake of Instagram? I asked...

7 Top Tips for City Dwellers Training for a Mountain Hike

7 Top Tips for City Dwellers Training for a Mountain Hike

What is the best way to train for a multi-day hike while living in the city? This is a question every budding adventurer has probably found themselves asking at some point. See, there are several stages of planning a hike. The first is deciding that you actually want...

Wild Camping Tips and Tricks

Wild Camping Tips and Tricks

Wild camping tips are not hard to come by these days. It’s become a bit of a buzzword in the adventure world, but finding wild camping tips actually worth following is another thing. Before we dive into our wild camping tips and tricks though, we thought it’d be...

The Guide Giving Children a Positive Future in the Himalayas

The Guide Giving Children a Positive Future in the Himalayas

When choosing our local hosts we always make sure we pick the crème de la crème. We asked journo and sustainable travel expert Holly Tuppen to dig a little deeper and find out how our guide in Nepal makes sure your adventure gives back. Jagan Timilsina isn’t your...

7 Types of People You Meet on a Hiking Trip

7 Types of People You Meet on a Hiking Trip

All sorts of people go on hiking trips, right? Actually, no. Only seven types of people go on hiking trips, and we've seen them all. Are you on there? Find out below in this conveniently digestible list. We’re aware that this might sound like a bold claim, but hear us...

Taking on Toubkal | Hannah’s Photo Story

Taking on Toubkal | Hannah’s Photo Story

Much Better Adventurer Hannah Marshall and her best friend recently took on Mount Toubkal, the highest mountain in Morocco at 4167m. And if that wasn't enough, they decided to do the mega-epic winter edition, summiting on Christmas Day no less. This is Hannah's...

Inspiring Change, One Arctic Adventure at a Time

Inspiring Change, One Arctic Adventure at a Time

We recently sent award-winning journo, Krithika Varagur, on an arctic dog-sledding adventure to report back on how adventure can be a force for good. Our local guides explain how they see modern tourism playing a leading role in the fight against climate change, and...

The Gateway to the Arctic | Nickie’s Photo Story

The Gateway to the Arctic | Nickie’s Photo Story

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...

8 Female Adventurers Paving the Way for Change

8 Female Adventurers Paving the Way for Change

Historically, major global expeditions have been left to so-called rugged, bearded men. However, all that was to change in the late 1800s. As educational and employment opportunities for women slowly improved, a wave of pioneering female adventurers started to emerge....

Tearing Down the Tara River | A Photo Story

Tearing Down the Tara River | A Photo Story

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...

The Damming of the Karnali, Nepal’s Last Free-Flowing River

The Damming of the Karnali, Nepal’s Last Free-Flowing River

Most of our adventures take place in celebrated National Parks; protected areas especially conserved for nature and adventure to flourish. When the world's wildest playgrounds come under threat, like the Vjosa River in Albania, the implications can be too significant...

Lessons from the Arctic | Dog Sledding in Norway

Lessons from the Arctic | Dog Sledding in Norway

Our friend and Much Better Adventurer, Pete McEwan, recently returned from an epic 5-day hut-to-hut dog sledding expedition in Norway. "City boy" Pete regales us with tales from his Arctic adventure, the joys of bonding with your pack, and the shame of coming a...

Guide to Choosing the Right Hiking Boots

Guide to Choosing the Right Hiking Boots

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 pick wisely. (Or else you might find yourself, quite...

How to Train for Your Next Big Trek

How to Train for Your Next Big Trek

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...

How a Marathon Can Change the World

How a Marathon Can Change the World

Running together. With others, for others.   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,...

The Wild Ring of Kerry | Ryan Birnie

The Wild Ring of Kerry | Ryan Birnie

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 some words to go with.  It all started how any good trip to Ireland should... with a pint of Guinness. Ed, my guide, took me to...

Update: Albania’s Valbona River Saved

Update: Albania’s Valbona River Saved

Pretty groovy news from Albania has just broken. The Court of Appeal of Tirana has suspended the construction of hydroelectric plants on the Valbona River following a series of local protests. What makes this such a spectacular victory is that it was already...

Carving Down to the Fjords

Carving Down to the Fjords

We caught up with the man behind our backcountry ski-touring experience in the Norwegian fjords, Stranda. Hi Oscar. Tell us a little bit about yourself. I attended a 1-and-a-half year guide education in 2006-2007 in Åre, Sweden before I started working full time as a...

A Vjosa Pioneer | Meet Blerina Ago

A Vjosa Pioneer | Meet Blerina Ago

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.   Hi Blerina! Tell us a bit about your background. Well, I am from Berat. By profession I'm a lawyer but since I was...

The Blue Heart of Europe | A Photo Story

The Blue Heart of Europe | A Photo Story

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.   Indulging me, they mentioned a local rafting company in Albania that was fighting to...

The Vjosa | Save the Blue Heart of Europe

The Vjosa | Save the Blue Heart of Europe

Why we have to save the Blue Heart of Europe in 2018.   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...

Trekking on a Sleeping Giant | Hiking Mt Rinjani

Trekking on a Sleeping Giant | Hiking Mt Rinjani

Much Better Adventurer Sarah Boyd conquered the summit of Indonesia's second tallest volcano and told us the tale upon her return.   Mt Rinjani, in North Lombok, is the volcano that dominates the landscape from Bali. The volcano, sitting at 3,726m, has a hot...

Morocco | Summit to Surf

Morocco | Summit to Surf

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. Morocco has...

“Look Mum, I Did a Mountain!”

“Look Mum, I Did a Mountain!”

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...

Hunting Powder from a Military Truck

Hunting Powder from a Military Truck

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. It takes place in Pyhä-Luosto National Park,...

Seeking Solitude in the Icelandic Highlands

Seeking Solitude in the Icelandic Highlands

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,...

Penguin Conservation on the Banks Peninsula

Penguin Conservation on the Banks Peninsula

Our local host on the Banks Peninsula, Shireen Helps, tells us about her penguin conservation efforts and the Peninsula's busy eco-system.   Hi Shireen. Thanks for talking with us. So how long have you been working with penguins? Well, we have been in Pohatu for...

New Zealand’s Volcanic Crossing

New Zealand’s Volcanic Crossing

Our local host in the Tongariro Crossing, Sarah Cate, tells us about her experiences up the mountain and about how organising adventures for her friends turned into her livelihood. Hi Sarah, how are you doing? Not too bad thank you Pete, how are you? Fine thanks, and...

A Team Trip with a Difference

A Team Trip with a Difference

We caught up with Andy from Screwfix after their team trip to the Nuuksio National Park in Finland, for a run down of their experience.   The screwfix team spent a weekend in the depths of Finland stand-up paddle boarding, canoeing, feeding reindeers and camping...

Hiking to the Blue Flames of Ijen

Hiking to the Blue Flames of Ijen

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. In the Banyuwangi Regency of East Java, you’ll find Kawah Ijen. This place is renowned for...

The Nærøyfjord and its Ancestors

The Nærøyfjord and its Ancestors

Our local host in the Nærøyfjord, Jan Nielsen, tells us about his vision for his company Nordic ventures and about how tours in the fjords can offer a glimpse into Norway’s rich physical and cultural history.   Hi Jan. Hi! So, how did Nordic Ventures come into...

Are the Northern Lights Really Disappearing?

Are the Northern Lights Really Disappearing?

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...

Caves, Conservation and ‘Dreamtime’

Caves, Conservation and ‘Dreamtime’

We caught with woman behind our caving trip in Tasmania. Deb tells us about the cave systems in Mole Creek, about her volunteering efforts against logging and for the promotion of Aboriginal rights. Hi Debs. Thanks for talking with us. No problem. So I believe you...

Lessons from Hiking the Victorian High Country

Lessons from Hiking the Victorian High Country

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. Hi there Ness. Thanks for speaking with us. That's alright. We're just...

Peak Experiences in Nepal

Peak Experiences in Nepal

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. Hi Jagan! Namaste Pete! How are you doing? Not too bad, there's been a monsoon...

Slovakia: Europe’s Unknown Gem

Slovakia: Europe’s Unknown Gem

Our local host in Slovakia, Martin Talac, tells us about why left his job as an accountant to take people hiking in his home country.   Hi there Martin, thanks for speaking with us. Hi Pete. So how long have you been working as a tour operator? I've been working...

Mountains, Minefields and Military Bases

Mountains, Minefields and Military Bases

Our local host in Cradle Mountain, Anthony O'Hern, tells us about his adventures through the Gobi desert, military bases in China and minefields in Tajikistan. Hi Anthony. So when did you set up the company? I set up the company about 6 years ago. I started guiding...

Down Under | The Wild Caves of Mole Creek

Down Under | The Wild Caves of Mole Creek

With our out of offices enabled, we took the opportunity to practise what we preach and do some 'product testing'. We spent a day exploring underground with Deb Hunter, our local host, in Mole Creek's karst landscape.   After arriving in Launceston the night...

Packrafting New Zealand’s Fiordlands

Packrafting New Zealand’s Fiordlands

We caught up with Arno Marten, the man behind our packrafting experience in New Zealand. Arno tells us about the growth of packrafting, the Fjordland, and how he swam the West Coast of New Zealand. Hi Arno, good to speak with you. You too. Where did you get the idea...

Guiding and the Norwegian Philosophy of ‘Outdoor Living’

Guiding and the Norwegian Philosophy of ‘Outdoor Living’

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'. Hi Johannes. Tell us a little bit about...

Featured Adventurer | Zoe Tehrani

Featured Adventurer | Zoe Tehrani

We caught up with serial adventurer, Zoe Tehrani, to ask about her range of experiences from kayaking the Norwegian fjords, hiking with huskies and summitting Mt Toubkal.  Hi Zoe. Thanks for speaking to us. No Problem! So how many trips have you been on now? I'm not...

‘Allemansrätten’ and the World’s Longest Dog Sled Race

‘Allemansrätten’ and the World’s Longest Dog Sled Race

Ieva, an employee at Tromso Vilmarksenter, sets up the Skype call so I can speak to mother and son Tove and Torkil. They are two international mushers - 'mushing' being the name of the sport of racing powered by dogs. She points the laptop out the window, so I can see...

Natural Therapy on the Via Dinarica Trail

Natural Therapy on the Via Dinarica Trail

Uta tells us why she left her office job to become a mountain guide, why the Via Dinarica trail is one of the Balkan's best-kept hiking secrets, and about her work about with using nature as a form of therapy for children with autism.  Hi Uta. Tell us a little bit...

Mules, Mountains and the ‘Moroccan Chamonix’

Mules, Mountains and the ‘Moroccan Chamonix’

We caught up with the man behind our hiking experiences in Morocco. He spoke about why he loves running tours and about how tourism aids his hometown of Imlil, known as the 'Moroccan Chamonix'. Hi Mohamed. So, tell us a little bit about yourself. I was born in the...

Bikes, Berms and the ‘Single Track Grin’

Bikes, Berms and the ‘Single Track Grin’

We caught up with the man behind mountain biking experiences in Spain. He talks us through why Sierra de Guadarrama is such a special mountain bike location and explains what the 'single track grin' is. Hi Alvaro. Tell us a little bit about yourself and the team.  We...

Wolf Tracks in the Wilderness

Wolf Tracks in the Wilderness

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. Hi Marcus. Tell us a little bit about yourself. I...