Bring Back The Fun In Travel

Erin and Nick instantly reminded me of my younger self and Andy; two good friends, fresh-faced and idealistic, intoxicated with the new-found freedom of life on the road in a wealthy and developed corner of the world. The summer of 2007 and that timeless four-month adventure across Europe remains one…

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This Is Claire’s Legacy. What Will Yours Be?

British readers may have heard the sad news of Claire Squires, who collapsed and died on the final bend of last weekend’s London Marathon. She was running for two reasons – publicly, to raise money for the Samaritans, her favourite charity; and personally, in memory of her brother, who died 10 years…

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The World Is Not Dangerous. So Why Are We Afraid?

“Ben.” I lay on my back, staring upwards into blackness. Water dripped steadily from the heavy branches above, pounding repetitively on the fly sheet of my new 1-man tent, invisible and paper-thin. The shelter felt small. Inadequate. “BEN!!!” A brief pause. Some muffled movement from his pitch a few metres…

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A Long Goodbye To Canada

Down at the Serpentine Swimming Club one January morning, as the last handful of bright pink bodies struggled back into their thermals and began the post-swim ritual of uncontrollable shivering, a chap named Roger made a memorable observation: “Once you’ve s-s-swum the winter season at the S-s-serpentine, you’re s-s-suddenly immensely…

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Is This The Most Livable City In The World?

For someone with a stubborn hatred of cities, I was surprised to find myself liking Vancouver. The city is well-known as being one of the most desirable places in the world to live, but what I hadn’t quite appreciated before arriving were the reasons for the accolade. I previously supposed…

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