My ultralight backpacking pack-list for the South West Coast Path. YUS.
My biggest takeaways on why taking a sabbatical from my career was SUCH a great decision for me, and why it might be for you too.
“Since we had time and quick drying towels (two of my favourite travel accessories) we stopped for several swims during our walk and LET ME TELL YOU: it was absolute bliss.”
A handy guide of key features a hiking backpack needs to have, which sizes are useful for what type of activity, and what to look out for when you’r trying packs on IRL.
3 lakes, 3 hours, triple nature happy times.
Don't wear shorts :("
A 3.5 easy loop around the crystal-clear Liepnitzsee!
As an 8-day hike covering 115km, the Malerweg is a gorgeous tour of the Elbsandsteingebirge, which is German for (don’t hold your breath) “sand-stone-mountain-range-near-the-Elbe-river”.
“This tiny island on West Berlin’s Havel is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and makes for a dreamy nature escape from the city for a few hours.”
In a pinch for time? Check out this 2 hour loop from Grunewald with a historic bonus: SPY STUFF!
Having a body can actually be quite enjoyable. And that is all. The polar opposite of the bikini body, swimming naked is utterly non-sexual: it’s a natural state.
“You had me at Topo.”
“The following Saturday, the morning after the final, brutal end of Satan’s marathon of cardiac annihilation, Lucy and I took the train to Hassocks and walked to Lewes. And at last my journey of patching myself back together started.”
My first multi-day hike, beautiful Lochs, hot feet and Oprah.
“After a lovely ramble along the waterside we couldn't find the indicated river crossing on the map - to discover it's a ferry! So yep, we got a boat too. What a day.”
“Let's be real: food is the best motivator, and the pub lunch is often my favourite part of a day hike. Pick a beautiful country pub, make a booking (so you can't back out) then get off the train one stop before, and MAKE YOUR WAY TO LUNCH YE SHALL!”
“No such thing as bad weather, etc etc.”
The search for a simpler life is what drives Christopher McCandless across America and finally to Alaska, where he eats some poisonous plants and dies in a bus