Tags archives: hiking

A Love Letter to Ugly Shoes

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Dear Hiking Boots, We’ve been together for just over a year now, and I think it’s about time I tell you how I really feel. When I first sat on the metal bench at the now-closed sports store in Kiel, Germany, and the kind, sporty shop assistant pointed at a pair of poop-brown boots with electric blue accents (what a combination), I cringed. I like pret[...]

Guide to the Great Ocean Road: Australia's most popular road trip

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Spanning over 400kms of scenic coastline, the highway which stretches from the town of Torquay in Victoria to Nelson on the boarder of South Australia, is one of the most beloved road trips in Australia. As the road winds along through green hills on one side and golden sandy beaches on the other, not only will you be immersed in the bewilderingly beautiful [...]

5 Must Do Hikes in Tasmania

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The hiking trails in the Australian island state of Tasmania have been voted as some of the world's best by travel publications such as National Geographic and Lonely Planet. Tasmania is widely celebrated as one of the most rugged and least explored places in Australia, many tourists flocking here intrigued by it’s wonderfully conserved wilderness and su[...]

Seize Your Adventure with Fran Turauskis

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A few weeks ago, I contributed to an episode of my favourite travel podcast She Explores. The episode was all about female solo adventures and I shared my thoughts on hiking solo across Scotland and what being alone in the outdoors does to my mind and body. The episode featured many inspiring women, who sought the outdoors and adventure - one of them was Fra[...]

The Great Wall of China- 3 spectacular hiking spots

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There’s an old Chinese Proverb that describes the Great Wall so perfectly. “Only those that have travelled the road know where the holes are deep”. I knew as soon as saw the Great Wall of China that I had sincerely underestimated its gritty beauty and vast size. It’s an easy thing to do when most of the photographs we see are merely snippets of reconst[...]

Indie Folk Playlist for Epic Hikes

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Hearing a brilliant song that encapsulates my exact mood fills my chest with a sense of burning joy. It is a blissful moment that makes me thankful for my existence as a being with such complex emotions. Though it’s not a feeling exclusively reserved for my music; travel has the power to stir these compelling sensations too.   As an avid solo trav[...]

How to visit 12 Scottish islands in 2 weeks

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Earlier this year, I counted how many Scottish Islands I had visited since I moved here in 2013. I don't usually count countries, but I thought - to heck with it - and did it anyway. With 790 islands, some inhabited, but many just pure wilderness - there is no way to ever "see them all", and so the counting became about something different than just ticking [...]

5 reasons to try long distance hiking

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When I embarked on my first long distance walk last summer in Scotland, I was confident it would be a great experience. I had been climbing mountains since I was a little girl, had recently (almost) reached the top of Mount Kilimanjaro and had a pair of hiking boots my feet seemed to love. I had signed up for four days in the Scottish Highlands, walking alon[...]