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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[...]

The Travelettes Guide to independent and sustainable trekking in Nepal

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In order to go trekking in the Himalayas you don't necessarily have to book a tour through an agency way in advance - you can in fact also arrange everything spontaneously in Kathmandu. This guide to independent and sustainable trekking in Nepal is full of tips to ensure that your trekking experience has only positive impact on you, the locals in Nepal and t[...]

The Travelettes Guide to Ladakh, India: The Epitome of Himalayan Scenic Beauty

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Modern life can sometimes feel like running on a treadmill until you get a chance to gasp for breath, but a little quality time in the lap of the serene Himalayas can help you rediscover inner peace. This was the choice I made; trading my laptop for a backpack, I boarded a flight to a place where your shadow is your only companion: Ladakh, India.  My trav[...]

How solo travel helped me rebuild my mental health

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For me, the conversation around improving mental health started a long time ago. I was only 14 when I had my first anxiety attack, suffering with heart palpitations and extreme mood swings. Crying in the classroom became the norm and I received next to no help from my school or doctors. For 10 years I was passed back and forth from GP to GP, getting the same[...]

7 Reasons I was Miserable Walking the Camino de Santiago (But Why I'd Definitely Do It Again)

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In September 2016, I walked 126 miles in eight days. For as long as I'd lived in Spain, I'd heard people talking about the spiritual experiences they'd had while walking the Camino de Santiago. It wasn't uncommon for someone to say it had changed their life. In fact, it was the norm. The Camino de Santiago, or Way of St. James, is a network of pathways[...]

A 20 step beginners guide to trekking

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Hiking and trekking is becoming more and more popular and is no longer a way of travel that only appeals to those who know how to make up a fire or can survive several days without food in the forest. It is promoted and available to the masses, who are largely a bunch of real beginners. And it is a truly amazing way to travel. It is cheap, you use your own b[...]

Women on the Trail: Hiking Fjällräven Classic Sweden

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Nervously, I shoulder my backpack and carry it across the campsite. Doesn't feel too bad - I've carried heavier things before! Just never for this long... After a few steps I stop, standing before my judge - the scale hanging off a tree, ready to tell me the awful truth. I take off my backpack and set it to the ground - big mistake. I struggle to lift it hig[...]

This Woman Hiked across North Carolina - TWICE

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Maybe you have read (or seen) 'Wild' and have been utterly inspired to give long distance hiking a try yourself. Maybe, like me, your desire to hike across a region, state or country goes back further than 2012 when the book was published. Or maybe you're still not so sure about why anybody would want to go through the pain and torture that is long-term hiki[...]

10 Reasons Why It's Time to Go Back to Nepal

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Each of us has a country we’ve visited which did a little more than just steal our hearts. For me, Nepal goes deeper than any other country. Maybe it’s something to do with the fact that I was named after one of its mountains, or my long fascination with Tibetan Buddhism, or the wonderful people I have met while trekking and living in the country's cities. B[...]

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