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New Zealand backcountry hiking: why visit Ben Lomond Station

Don't you just love it when you head out for a hike and find a stunning spot all to yourself? Located just a short drive from Queenstown, Ben Lomond Station is one of the few remaining high country stations owned and operated by New Zealanders, which means you'll enjoy your sweet dose of uninterrupted wild adventure.

Not to be confused with Ben Lomond Track, which is owned by NZ's Department of Conservation and has public access, Ben Lomond Station is private land filled with old gold mining pack tracks, diverse landscapes and exclusive comfortable lodges. It makes the perfect place for hiking, relaxing and appreciating New Zealand's stunning beauty.

Here are 5 reasons to hike on Ben Lomond Station.

1. You'll be the only ones here

Ben Lomond Station is privately owned so there are no big crowds making it a truly rare and exclusive outdoor experience.

No better place to take a break and admire the view than on Ben Lomond Saddle |  <i>Janet Oldham</i>

2. The endless rugged landscapes

There's no denying the landscapes are one of the main drawcards to this 33,000-acre station. Where else can you experience expansive views of snow-capped ranges, sweeping tussock lands and beautiful beech forest all in one place?

Walk along tussock ridgelines high above the Shotover River, heli-hike along the sub-alpine flanks of Ben Lomond (1748m) and explore abandoned gold mining relics, water races, razorback ridges and river valleys right until the finish.

The walking tracks are graded moderate to challenging and are best fit for experienced hikers. You'll follow sheep tracks and the trails of hardy miners who preferred to take the straight line route instead of switchbacks!
 

Moonlight Station (MSQ) |  <i>Colin Monteath</i>

  

3. The Foster Family


True, local kiwi hospitality can be hard to come by when travelling in New Zealand these days but there's no shortage of it here. John and Ginny Foster are the proud owners and managers of Ben Lomond Station. Originally farming a small coastal property in Golden Bay, they moved to the high country in 1987.

 
John and Ginny from Ben Lomond Station |  <i>Colin Monteath</i> Forgotten gold mining machinery from the 1800s gold rush. |  <i>Colin Monteath</i> Vast tussock lands of Ben Lomond Station |  <i>Colin Monteath</i>


4. The history

Reading about the mining history on the Moonlight Track |  <i>Colin Monteath</i>


Ben Lomond Station has been a key part of Queenstown's history for over 150 years. The station was part of a run that was over 200,000 acres and included all the land in this area east of Lake Wakatipu. The original run holder William Rees reportedly flipped a coin with early pioneer, Nicholas von Tunzelmann, to decide who got which side of the lake.

Follow the tracks of historic gold mining water races built 150 years ago passing through beech forest and tussock lands. During your walk, you'll learn about the stations history and gold mining by the foster family themselves.

Fun fact: Over 3000 people lived in the Moke and Moonlight valleys during the gold rush. These rivers were some of the richest in the world.

 

5. Private Moonlight Lodge: uninterrupted views from your window

Moonlight Lodge easily makes the list as one of New Zealand's most comfortable and secluded backcountry lodges. Located deep in the Moonlight Valley, a 14km walk from the Shotover Valley will bring you to the comfort of the lodge. Fit with double/twin ensuite rooms, a spacious lounge, dining area with a licenced bar, large stone fireplace and commanding views of the peaks that surround, you'll feel relaxed in no time.

To top things off, you'll experience true local hospitality with a delicious meal prepared by station owners, John and Ginny.

World Expeditions' Moonlight Valley and Ben Lomond Backcountry Hike and Ben Lomond Backcountry Explorer includes stays at Moonlight Lodge. 

 
Private Moonlight Lodge accommodation |  <i>Colin Monteath</i> A cup of tea and a biscuit is the perfect way to end a days walking! |  <i>Colin Monteath</i> Cosy accommodation at Moonlight Lodge |  <i>Hamish Foster</i>
 


Summer trekking guide in the Indian Himalaya

The mountains of the Himalaya go beyond the borders of Nepal – and with the summer trekking season upon us from June to September, below are five unique ways to experience the Indian Himalayas on foot.

Traverse the dramatic region of Zanskar

It would be hard to surpass this challenging Trans Himalayan circuit of Ladakh which travels over high passes via ancient trails. Trek through isolated Buddhist villages to reach the secluded Himalayan kingdom of Zanskar.

This part of the Indian Himalaya is known for its rust coloured mountains and dramatic deep gorges, and villages which are cut off from the outside world for much of the year. Eventually, you will complete your circuit through the Indus Valley for an all-encompassing Himalayan adventure. This Zanskar to Indus Traverse is definitely one to add on your adventure list.

Best time to travel: September

Zanskar in India Himalaya - World Expeditions

 

Capture the spirit of trekking in Ladakh

What better introduction to the visually stunning and culturally rich region of Ladakh than trekking through hidden valleys. A land of high passes on the borderlands of Tibet, Ladakh offers timeless landscapes and vistas of spectacular scenery. This is where the snow leopard seeks out the highest ridges at the margins of the season.

The rugged region of Ladakh is characterised by remarkable Buddhist monasteries and ancient forts. Think of the striking Tikse Monastery and the historic Stok Palace just to name a few.

Best time to travel: late June and July

Capture the spirit of trekking in Ladakh with World ExpeditionsYou can camp underneath the stars and alongside the vast waters of the stunning Tso Morari Lake in the spectacular Rupshu Valley.

Go Beyond the Markha Valley

Also known as ‘Little Tibet’, this ancient Buddhist enclave on India’s northern border is the highest plateau in the state of Kashmir. Explore on foot the Ladakh heartland, where the flutter of prayer flags and the ancient mani walls reflect the deep seated Buddhist heritage, and follow established trails linking whitewashed settlements and tiny monasteries, with spectacular views of the Zanskar Range stretching to the borderlands of the Tibetan Plateau.

Best time to travel: early July and late August to early September

Beyond the Markha Valley - summer trekking in India

Step into the world of mountaineering

Keen to extend your mountaineering CV? On a high-altitude foray in Ladakh you can get ideal (albeit challenging!) introduction to Himalayan climbing.

Within relatively easy distance from each other are the twin peaks of Ladakh: Stok Kangri (6,153m) and Kangyaze Peak (6,400m). You can ascend both of them in one mountaineering holiday and be welcomed by stunning views of the beautiful Markha Valley from their summits.

The region around these peaks offers some fantastic mountaineering activities as there are plenty of high passes to cross. It is home to the world’s highest road of ‘Khardung La’, and it is filled with trails linking tiny whitewashed settlements and traditional Buddhist monasteries.

Best time to travel: August

The surreal beauty of the Indian Himalaya |  <i>Brigitte Najjar</i>Photo: Brigitte Najjar

Remote Ladakh with Garry Weare

If you’re an intrepid traveller who loves to explore the most beautiful, little visited corners of the Indian subcontinent, join Lonely Planet author Garry Weare to take you there!

Whether this is a first time trek in Ladakh or an ideal follow up this new trek from the Nubra to Indus valleys will surpass expectations. The trek winds through remote Buddhist settlements and summer grazing camps that afford the opportunity to explore side valleys as we gradually make our way to the base of the Lasermo La. Unparalelled views and rich Buddhist culture of Alchi, Lamayuru and Likir monasteries complete this journey.

This trip will be led by adventurer and trekking legend Garry Weare who has been involved with World Expeditions since its inception in the mid-1970s and over the years he has devised a number of itineraries across the most beautiful corners of the Indian Himalaya.

Best time to travel: September

Diskit Monastery in Nubra Valley, Ladakh |  <i>Garry Weare</i>

If these five different ways to experience this corner of the Indian Himalaya got you hungry for more, with World Expeditions you can choose from a range of travel options to experience trekking in Ladakh. If you like the trips a little different, we can help you build your own adventure.

Have you travelled to the Indian Himalaya? Share your experience below.

Cape to Cape Track: Hiking and cycling training tips

Deciding where to travel is not always the biggest dilemma. Often, the crux is how to do it. Do you like the idea of blending cycling and hiking into one trip? On my visit to Western Australia, I chose to do just that as part of my exploration of the Cape to Cape Track.

Whether or not you plan to take on this iconic coastal trail, these training tips will help you best prepare for your next multi-day, coastal adventure on foot or by bike.

Why hike and bike?

If you choose to ride, you’ll benefit from covering long distances and no doubt seeing further, faster; but hiking can often take you to areas inaccessible by other means at a slower pace.

This was the very question I asked myself ahead of my trip to Western Australia. I’d been invited to take part in the 10th anniversary of the Cape to Cape mountain bike race, a four-day event based at Margaret River. For the first time, the race would not trace the traditional linear route from Luuewin Lighthouse to Dunsborough township. Instead, they’d chosen to loop around the local vineyards and popular single-track trails.

Keen not to miss the incredible coastal views and a chance to spot migrating whales in the distance, I decided to pack the trail shoes and extended my trip to include a three-day hike along the famous Cape to Cape Track.

A cosy beach corner along WA's Cape to Cape Track |  <i>Catriona Sutherland</i>

My trip down under was limited to 10 days – an ambitious timeframe coming from the UK! To make the most of it, I joined a team to wander the well-known route, covering close to 60 kilometres of coastal terrain. Quite the post-ride warm up! With a day to rest, I switched my hiking shoes for the saddle; this time to ride 230 kilometres of sensational singletrack.

So how did I prepare for this multi-day, multi-discipline adventure? If you’re considering a hike and ride combination, then read on for my top training and preparation tips.

Prepare for the terrain

The Cape to Cape track is coastal and whilst it doesn’t gain much elevation, the terrain can be tough on your body, particularly your feet!

Day after day, you’ll be tackling sandy tracks and long sections of beach, so you’ll want to condition yourself for the endurance required. Distances can reach 25 kilometres per stage, so you’ll need to be ready for multiple hours on the move.

Be beach-ready

The ideal way to condition yourself for the impending sand is, of course, to mirror this in your training hikes. Find a local beach if you live near to the coast, a lakeshore, or muddy ground, to emulate the sticky nature of the sand. If you stick to tarmac or hard-pack trails, you’ll gain miles but your muscles won’t be accustomed to the drag. Make sure to do long-distance efforts on this type of terrain to gain muscle memory and to be mentally ready too.

Dare to bare?

Enjoying a barefoot walk along the beaches on the Cape to Cape Track |  <i>Catriona Sutherland</i>

You might prefer to shed the shoes and walk barefoot on the beach? I hiked a six-kilometre stretch with my boots dangling from my pack. Doing so is a great way to improve balance and posture – but I’d recommend making sure you’re prepared for the abrasion from sand.

Take shorter strolls by the seaside or get used to barefoot on grass, or simply walking around the house. I found this a great method to toughen up the soles of my feet too.

Be bike prepared

When it comes to riding, preparation is also key. For the Cape to Cape, I researched the right tyre choice – your wheels are the contact point with the trail, so you have to be sure you’ve got the best tools for the job. Trails around the Cape to Cape are often dry, rocky and very sandy! Hiring a quality bike will make all the difference, and if you want to luggage transfers taken care of as well, turning to a trusted company like Australian Cycle Tours will take the hassle out of planning.

Take your bike for a spin at your local beach if you have coastal access in order to get used to cycling on varying conditions. If this isn’t an option, cycling on wet mud and slicker conditions offer a similar feel and will help you to find the balance needed.

Bike training for the Cape to Cape Track |  <i>Catriona Sutherland</i>

Carry your gear

Whilst the guided routes on the Cape to Cape don’t require you to lug tents and sleeping bags, you’ll certainly be carrying a backpack with extra clothes, food and plenty of drinking water.

During my hike, the storms set in, so don’t underestimate the amount you’ll choose to take with you – it might even include a swimsuit if the water’s not too cold! Ideally, you’ll be able to train outdoors, but if you’re adding mileage at the gym, consider wearing your pack during the session too. Step machines or treadmills can be a great way to squeeze in sessions around a busy work life.

If you prefer carrying a lighter pack, opting for a guided tour on the Cape to Cape Track with a professional guide and support staff allows you to get an in-depth cultural exploration of the region with extra comforts.

Resting at a beach along WA's Cape to Cape Track |  <i>Catriona Sutherland</i>

Know your kit

Fitness is one element, but you won't go far by bike or foot if you’re uncomfortable in your kit. Whether it’s a new saddle, pack or shoes – be sure to log time with them so you don’t discover any unwanted discomfort on the trail. Equally, be sure to read the recommended kit list or research blogs from those with experience of the area.

Hiking kit
Simulating the actual event is the best way to train – load up your pack and take it on your training hikes or even walks to and from work. Practice using a bottle or bladder for drinking and find out how easy it is to access your camera or snacks. This may seem mundane, but when you’re trekking day after day for multiple hours, you want to make tasks as simple as possible.

As tiredness sets in, it can be easy to not eat or drink as much as you should, so being sure it’s of minimal effort to do so will help you as the days stack up.

When it comes to hiking footwear, the Cape to Cape is ideally suited to a lightweight pair of outdoor shoes as well as gators – a truly useful aid to combat the infiltration of sand! Practice using these and don’t just throw them on the first day of the trek. Also, take a spare pair of socks. There are times on the path when your feet may get wet, so being armed with a dry set will help to avoid the onset of blisters.

Cycling kit
For the bike, the same applies. You’ll be sweating from the heat and effort, so if you’re not used to wearing a pack on the bike, make sure to train with one. Another skill to perfect is eating on the move. When you’re riding long days in the saddle, a top tube feed bag is also a useful addition, so you don’t have to stop to eat or try and dig awkwardly into your back pockets.

Clock the kilometres: mileage munching

Clocking up the kilometres is the best way to prepare for endurance, but many of us have busy lives and have to save the big days for the weekend. Consider if you can walk to work? Perhaps you can get off the bus or train earlier and add some distance to your legs mid-week? Could you walk to work one day, then bike home? Trying to combine walking and cycling equally within your week will ensure you’re not focusing on just one area.

Repetition reaps reward

The key to multi-day is to replicate this repetition as part of your training sessions. If you only have one day to add in the big distances, consider splitting the time between the bike and the trail shoes. Find an off-road route that you can ride, rest, then hike. If you have more time, ride one day and hike the next. Getting your body used to waking up tired and having to go again, is as much a physical training exercise as a mental one.

Good luck on the trail!

Words by Catriona Sutherland, a UK writer and athlete who travelled on the Cape to Cape Track in Western Australia. Read more cross training tips from her >
 


Cross training for multi-day adventures

Prepare for your next multi-day hiking or cycling adventure with these cross training tips and exercises from outdoor enthusiast, athlete and Her Outdoors Life blogger Catriona Sutherland.

Cardio counts

When taking on a multi-day adventure, endurance is key, so clocking up kilometres can best prepare you for the long distances on the trail. Take a day out of your weekend to do a big hike, attempt a longer bike ride or throw in a 5K or 10K run mid-week.

Set up a daily steps challenge to keep you goal-oriented throughout your week, then increase your kilometres or step count as you progress.

Bike training for the Cape to Cape Track |  <i>Catriona Sutherland</i>

Weights work wonders

Cardio isn’t the only key to endurance success. Time in the gym can do wonders for both cycling and long-distance hiking. Once a week, try to fit in a session using weights. Not everyone is comfortable pumping iron, so I’d also recommend a gym class, as this is great for professional guidance and motivation from those around you.

Squats, lunges and sit-ups using hand weights are an excellent method of increasing strength.

Core stability is critical to endurance longevity, so even if you can’t make a class, allow time at home to do this. Use your downtime efficiently, for instance, when watching a TV show or listening to a podcast, try planks sets to develop strength in your abdominal area. I’ll typically try 30-second intervals with short rests in-between.

Set yourself a challenge each week and see if you can increase the time of each rep.

Climbing for cross training

Hit your local climbing gym to activate your leg muscles |  <i>Catriona Sutherland</i>

If the regular gym isn’t your thing, then why not try climbing? On wet days or dark nights, I head to the climbing wall to mix it up. As well as arms as legs, this is an excellent opportunity to work your core muscles and balance too. I also find squeezing my feet into climbing shoes an ideal way to condition them too!

Allow time to recover

As you train for an endurance you’ll gather distance, but with that comes the need for recovery too. Planning in an easy week every third week is a good guide, so you don’t overload - risking injury or illness. Recovery doesn’t also have to mean complete rest either. Easy, short rides or walks are a good way to keep your body moving.

To ease out muscles and reduce your risk of getting injured, a foam roller is an ideal aid to combat potential problems. I will make time at least once a week to roll out my calves, quads, lower back and the soles of my feet. As I travel regularly, I also take with me a smaller mini roller or ball, so I can make time during or between flights to keep my body moving.
 

Words by Catriona Sutherland, a UK writer and athlete who followed these training tips on her adventure on the Cape to Cape Track in Western Australia. Read more hike and bike training exercises from her >

Let us know in the comments below, what's your workout routine when preparing for a multi-day adventure?


14 unique accommodation stays around the world

Those of us who love adventure travel are familiar with the saying, “it’s the journey, not the destination”. Whether it’s walking with camels in the Australian desert, traversing Costa Rica by raft, kayaking in the Antarctic or trekking in the Himalayas, “getting there” is all part of the adventure. As is where our travellers sleep each night.

From sleeping in a traditional Japanese ryokan, staying in a treehouse in South Africa for a true ‘bush feeling’ or spending the night at a striking campsite in the heart of Australia’s outback. If you're looking to sleep somewhere more inspiring than the four walls of a hotel on your next trip, this list offers exciting 'alternative’ accommodations set in beautifully unique places when travelling with World Expeditions.

Stargaze from Martian Dome Tents | Wadi Rum, Jordan

You'll feel like you're a world away sleeping under a blanket of stars in a futuristic dome surrounded by remote sand dunes and rugged mountains. Upgrade from a standard tent to a Martian Dome Tent for luxury and coziness in Jordan’s Wadi Rum, also known as the ‘Valley of the Moon’.

Martian Dome Tent room Martian Dome Tent external view Martian Dome Tent balcony Martian Dome Tent at night

Combining modern style comforts with an authentic desert experience, the living quarters of each dome tent feature individual air-conditioning, a private bathroom, hot water as well as a separate viewing terrace.

• STAY THERE: Jordan Highlights >

Hop aboard a traditional Dhoni | Maldives

A traditional dhoni cruise is the best way to explore the turquoise waters of the Maldives

Imagine days sleeping onboard a traditional Dhoni in the Maldives cruising between far-flung atolls and reefs by day, stopping to swim or snorkel in the translucent waters and then spending the evenings moored off a different island.

Resembling a traditional Arab sailing vessel and handcrafted locally from coconut palm timber, our Dhoni’s have been converted into live-onboard cruise boats with plenty of room for relaxing and watching the world go by. There’s also ample opportunity to meet the locals of small settlements or enjoy a fresh seafood barbecue on pristine uninhabited beaches.

• STAY THERE: Maldives Dhoni Cruise >

Traditional ryokan inns | Japan

At first, you'll encounter something of a bull-in-a-China-shop feel, but this reaction normalises as you immerse in this delicate environment of spaces and displayed heirlooms. The traditional style accommodation of a ryokan means sleeping on a futon bedding laid out on tatami floors.

Ryokan Asunaro Takayama, day time set-up Ryokan triple room set-up Group dinner at the Wakimoto Ryokan, Asuka |  <i>Janelle Williams</i> Evening ryokan meal during the Kumano Kodo hike

The warming hospitality of the local innkeepers combined with the countryside atmosphere and the exceptional Japanese dinner makes the experience extra special.

• STAY THERE: Backroads of Japan >

Sleep comfortably under mighty Himalayan peaks | Everest and Annapurna, Nepal

Morning views of at our Kyangjuma campsite |  <i>Kelvin Law</i>

Wired for a trekking adventure but want the luxury of putting your feet up after a long day's hike? Experience warmth, privacy and superb views at our exclusive Nepal eco camps – it wins out on sustainability for a back to nature experience that doesn't spare on your comfort. Plus our fully serviced camping based treks support local communities at every level of the operation, including our porters who are provided with a good working wage, insurance, trekking gear, food and accommodation.

Featuring standing height tents, off-the-ground beds, clean mattresses and pillows, heated dining areas for meals and 'downtime' and western-style toilets, with many also fitted with hot showers. Watch the video below to take a virtual tour of our private Nepal campsites.

 

Camping high in the clouds is truly a style of travel worth experiencing!

• STAY THERE: Annapurna and Everest treks >

Overnight in a treehouse | South Africa

Set in a beautiful game-rich area, spending a night in a treehouse in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve offers a true ‘bush feeling’ that gets you away from it all without sparing on your comfort.

Reaching up into the trees, the wooden structure comes with a game-viewing platform and a top deck with a bed, as well as an enclosed outside bathroom and shower. The treehouse can sleep a maximum of two guests, however it does need to be pre-booked due to high demand. With a bed and a view to be remembered, it's perfect for fearless romantics.

Graceful gazelles brighten each day while on safari in southern Africa. |  <i>Karibu</i>

• STAY THERE: Kruger Walking Safari >

Experience award-winning desert comfort | Larapinta, Australia

The multi-award-winning semi-permanent eco camps provide easy and uninterrupted access to nature, a feeling of solitude and an expanded sense of the vastness of Australia's unique desert plains. It's a perfect retreat for walkers exploring the outback on the iconic Larapinta Trail.

A night under the Central Australian skies can be mesmerising |  <i>#cathyfinchphotography</i>

Enjoy the comfort of beds, walk-in ‘safari-style’ tents, large floor-to-ceiling windows for you to soak in the magnificent views, hot showers and charging port facilities. Aimed to deliver previously unavailable levels of comfort to trekkers in a climate known for its extreme temperatures, its new sustainable technologies are used with structures designed to allow the land to recover during the off-season, maintaining the idyllic natural setting of these wilderness sites.

These campsites continue to set the standard, having won three times at the Northern Territory Tourism Brolga Award for Ecotourism (in 2016, 2017 and 2019).

• STAY THERE: Classic Larapinta Trek in Comfort >

Once-in-a-lifetime ice camping | Antarctica Peninsula

Camping on the ice in Antarctica |  <i>Justin Walker</i>

A voyage into the Antarctic's otherworldly environments puts you among breathtaking frozen landscapes, rugged icy coastlines, stunning coves and islands and abundant wildlife. So why not make camp here like a polar explorer? A night out on the ice is a popular experience that will create memories to last a lifetime.

You'll stay in special wind and waterproof tents, high-quality polar sleeping bags, comfortable mattresses and field equipment are provided to protect you from the elements at night.

Our active base camp Antarctica Peninsula voyages also offers an experience of the Antarctic wilderness like no other with zodiac cruising and optional kayaking, snowshoeing, mountaineering and hiking activities.

• STAY THERE: Base camp journeys to the Antarctic Peninsula >

Live like a nomad in a traditional ger | Mongolia

Nomadic ger, Mongolia |  <i>Loren Winstanley</i>

Take a step back in time and into the shoes of local nomads in West Mongolia as you experience one of the last few wildernesses on earth. Marvel at unique and untouched features such as windswept sand dunes, ancient dinosaur relics, solid ice formations and of course Mongolia’s famous wild horses.

It is here where you can find the original mobile home: the ‘ger’, a circular tent, is an age-old tradition coming from the Mongolian nomads. Made from a wooden frame and covered by wool felt, which keeps it warm in the winter and cool in the summer; it is very easy to collapse and re-assemble again.

The first gers are believed to have been put up 2500-3000 years ago and their design has not changed much since then. Our gers are spacious and come with comfortable beds, soft linen and extra blankets for cooler nights. Rather than electrical bulbs, candles illuminate the gers at night.

They offer an excellent opportunity to live as the locals do on the Mongolian Steppe with plenty of interaction with a local family.

• STAY THERE: Mongolia Panorama >

Stay on a floating house | Murray River, South Australia

Stay in a modern houseboat along the Murray River

Step onboard a modern houseboat for a unique way of experiencing Australia’s greatest river, The Murray. Ancient red gum forests, spectacular floodplain wetlands, red ochre-coloured cliffs and meandering creeks are your surrounds.

Each night you can relax in your own double room, enjoy hot showers and take a soak in the top deck spa. You'll be treated after your daily walks with 3 courses of superb Riverland cuisine from a menu designed exclusively by a renowned native food chef. Savour local brews, Riverland wine and Riverland roasted coffee – heavenly!

• STAY THERE: Murray River Walk >

Stay in the world’s first geodesic hotel room | Torres del Paine, Patagonia

Patagonia EcoCamp

The award-winning EcoCamp Patagonia is situated in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park and provides the region’s first fully sustainable accommodation, complete with green technology.

Modelled on the traditional Kawesqar hut of the native people, the campsite is a collection of striking, comfortable dome tents. It is perfectly immersed in the wilderness of Torres del Paine, with ceiling windows that allow you to look up at the starry night sky.

• STAY THERE: Torres del Paine Ecocamp >

Open your tent to endless Caribbean sea vistas | Belize

If you're looking for a tropical escape that beholds amazing wildlife and bird watching opportunities, look no further. Stay in a remote tropical marine park fifty-five miles off the shore of the Belize Mainland. Under a canopy of coconut trees, relax in a safari-style beach cabana with endless views of the Caribbean. You'll see why it's a designated World Heritage site.

Half Moon Base Camp backs onto the blue waters of Belize

The secluded and renowned Lighthouse Reef Atoll offers a stunning exploration of Belize's richest coral reefs. Dive in and snorkel the Barrier Reef depths and famous Blue Hole, take a paddle by kayak or try your hand at stand up paddleboarding.

You'll sleep in comfortable wall-tent cabanas with wooden floors, a wooden stand light with a kerosene lamp. The beach base camp consists of a central Pavillion, which acts as a social hub, and includes freshwater showers, modern compost toilets and propane-powered refrigeration.

• STAY THERE: Belize Jungle and Reef >

Wilderness camping | Mount Kenya

Cloudy scenery as we arrive at our Lake Ellis campsite |  <i>Heike Krumm</i>

Many would argue that Mount Kenya is the most visually stunning of Africa’s ice-capped peaks and more dramatic and interesting than the country’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro. So when it comes to ‘sleeping out’, it doesn’t get much better than camping under the stars alongside Lake Michaelson, 4000 metres above sea level in Mount Kenya National Park.

Sit around the campfire under the starlit sky and hear the sounds of the African night – whether that is the call of a bush baby or the howl of a hyena – which enhance the whole experience of a wilderness escape.

Our seven-day ascent is an exhilarating trek with stunning alpine views, diverse wildlife and some of the most beautiful campsites in Africa.

• STAY THERE: Mount Kenya Ascent >

Trans Siberian train | Russia, Mongolia and China

Trans Siberian Train dining car mongolia |  <i>Kerren Knighton</i>

Few train journeys on earth conjure up such variety as the Trans Siberian; it has captured the imagination of travellers for decades with the entire rail journey taking 13 years and 4 months to build!

This superb 5000km journey through history traces the classic route from St Petersburg, home to the magnificent Hermitage, to Beijing where iconic attractions abound. Highlights along the way include the Gobi Desert, Lake Baikal in Siberia and the Mongolian Steppe.

Sleeping on the train in the four-berth sleeper compartment is an experience in itself. We also offer an option to upgrade to first-class in a two-berth privates sleeper for the entire journey.

Bring a good book, a chessboard and a bottle of vodka and you're sure to form some memorable friendships while watching the world go by.

• STAY THERE: Trans Siberian Rail Journey >

Trulli House | Puglia, Italy

The beehive shaped ‘Trulli' - ancient houses of Puglia

The distinctive Trullo houses of Italy’s Puglia region are scattered around the intriguing town of Alberobello. While the rooms are minimal they are furnished with the quaint countryside atmosphere and are well located in the heart of the Puglia region.

There are many theories behind the origin of their conical shape design and dry stonewall construction. One theory is that, due to the high taxation on property, the people of Puglia constructed them in this way so they could be quickly dismantled whenever tax inspectors were in the area.

Staying in these compact houses is a unique experience offered on cycling and walking holidays in Puglia with UTracks.

• STAY THERE: Walking in Puglia >

Everest Base Camp trek highlights: My unforgettable moments

It all starts so serenely; wandering along cobbled paths, gentling descending sloping stairs as we farewell Lukla and look eagerly ahead to what lies in the valleys and mountains in front of us.

A passing donkey thrust into the face of a fellow trekker in an act of karma as the universe reminds her to slow down breaks an air of anticipation. Our small group muffle our laughter.

Over the coming fortnight, we would all unknowingly forge the journey of a lifetime, each member of our team on a slightly different mission yet unified in our resolve: to see Mt Everest and her Base Camp with our very own eyes.

Comradeship

The camaraderie that grows from a journey shared is like no other. Different to that forged in the workplace, the sports team or the circle of childhood friends; we were all adventurers with a common goal and despite having no shared experiences, we were full of kindred spirits.

There are countless moments where the solace of a person who was a stranger a few days ago becomes so fitting in the context of having shared this unique experience.

Trekkers en route to Everest Base Camp |  <i>Sally Dobromilsky</i>

Perseverance

They say you must be tough to take on the Everest Base Camp trek, which is true in part, but more so because mental resolve is overwhelmingly the deciding factor in reaching the top. Going into this trek, I knew it would test me.

I’m a survivor of cancer and while I beat my illness over a decade ago I continue to negotiate the ongoing side effects, which I see more as a dare to challenge than an impediment or reason to retreat. This made the moment when I stood at Everest Base Camp all the sweeter.

Trekkers, Sally and Ben, in high spirits on the Himalayan trails |  <i>Sally Dobromilsky</i>

Achievement

I took in the crystal-clear view of the top of Mt Everest – which is rare during this time of year – as a big high five from Mother Nature to myself. The magnitude of the landscape surrounding Everest Base Camp, the formidable presence of the Khumbu icefall, and the dozen or so tents dotted amid the glacier were so much to take in.

To walk amid this wilderness for days upon end felt like a privilege, especially after the demand of the altitude and unforgiving weather systems. We were visitors in Earth’s freezer and she was only permitting us to stay for a short while.

The locals

Those who call the Himalayas their home have adapted to the harsh conditions.

Yaks, dzopkyo, donkeys and their herders are constantly passing us; bells gently ringing to alert us that they are here to bring more supplies that will sustain the villagers and help us and our fellow trekkers on our journeys.

Yak sighting at Everest Base Camp |  <i>Sally Dobromilsky</i>

School children cheerily zip down the paths at a pace much greater than our own and hotel managers wait until dark to light their fires. To them is it summer here, meanwhile we ate dinner with gloves on.

You know it’s been a good journey when you can make an entire photo album purely from livestock. The majestic calm of the yaks enchanted me; their elaborately decorated collars, their voluptuous hair, their delicate steps, and the lucky ones sporting red and white earrings.

Some would say they have more grace than those of us in our small group who hit the dirt often; of the hundreds of yaks I saw, none put a step wrong but of our nine travellers, it wasn't all gracefully sailing.

While it all sounds poetic and scenic, there was also much grunting, puffing, tears and we held off on the beers.

Camping with World Expeditions brought even more legitimacy to the journey as we refused to retreat from nature, choosing to immerse ourselves in the wilderness of the Himalayas wholly.

Morning views at our private Kyangjuma eco-campsite |  <i>Kelvin Law</i>

The Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar trek is not a journey that you can wake up and decide to take on next Tuesday – although we did meet a few exceptional nomads who were doing just that. (But even these souls met challenges, however a donated pair of fresh tweeds instantly solved a week-long crisis for them.)

This is the kind of trek that you minimise as much as you can upon approach and are astounded at the accomplishments within each moment, each hour, and each day. You have to really want it. And when you finish it, the feeling of accomplishment is awesome.

Words by Sally Dobromilsky

Feel inspired? Begin your fully supported journey to Everest Base Camp with World Expeditions, pioneering adventures in the Himalayas since 1975 >


Travel Better: Memorable Responsible Travel Moments

2021 marks the 20th anniversary of our pioneering Responsible Travel Guidebook, a document designed to educate travellers on how they could reduce their impact when travelling.  Since then, our commitment to minimal impact tourism has seen us introduce many more initiatives that have been embraced by our travelling community – check out the highlights below.

In a world that is so beautiful, we aim to bring you closer with nature and create meaningful experiences with local communities and their cultures responsibly. It is a world with endless natural wonders to explore; a place we call our home. But it is a world that is undoubtedly under threat from our impact.

Since our inaugural Himalayan trek in 1975, we have been leaders in Thoughtful Travel. From day one, our ethos was to get out of the bus and to reduce our impact by exploring the world under our own steam. For over four decades, we've been creating genuine and sustainable itineraries to help protect what is delicate and to leave a positive influence. It has been in the past 20 years, however – where 'green travel' has become mainstream – that our responsible travel initiatives have received the public support required to become a real success.

A particular highlight was receiving the Environmental Achievement Award for our ‘Responsible Travel Guidebook’ publication from the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in 2001, which educated travellers to reduce their impact and has since evolved into our Thoughtful Traveller booklet. Almost 20 years on, we’ve continued to pioneer minimal impact travel ideas with our ‘BIG Adventures. Small Footprint’ travel ethos at the backbone of our itineraries which we consciously craft to respect and positively impact the well-being of the communities and ecosystems we visit.

But we could not have come this far without our thoughtful travellers who have supported us and helped collectively change the world for good. Not only do our travellers leave with an enriching and transformative adventure experience with us, they have helped champion positive changes so others can also appreciate and experience the beauty of the earth. So thank you!

Your support means we can continue to make lasting positive impacts so future generations can also experience the wilderness of the Franklin just as beautifully 40 years on; or to responsibly walk the Larapinta Trail in the footsteps of the Arrernte people, one of the longest continuing cultures on the planet.

From protecting wildlife and supporting renewable energy, to lending a philanthropic arm for our Lend A Hand Appeal – with over $38K raised so far for struggling travel industry workers, our travellers and supporters are all amazing! Learn more about our most memorable responsible travel achievements and commitments below.

Quick links: jump to an achievement
Offering carbon-neutral trips
Allowing travellers to invest in local communities and support cleaner energy at no extra cost
Distributed 485 emergency packages to stricken communities
Launching Community Project Travel in response to the 2004 Asian Tsunami
Allowing travellers to sleep greener at our eco-friendly campsites
Raised over $7 million for charities worldwide
Funding and supporting education projects in poor communities
Bringing tourism dollars to remote communities
Pioneering regenerative travel which aims at positive social and environmental impact
Became a founding member of the 10 Pieces Litter Collection
First company to develop a formalised animal welfare code of conduct
First company to stop offering orphanage tourism
Became founding supporters of the International Porter Protection Group
Hosted a Thoughtful Travel Q&A
Were the first charter member of the ‘Peace Through Tourism’ campaign
Completed over 400 Youth Service Learning Programs
An ongoing commitment to improve through the power of partnerships

Thoughtful Travel Highlights

Offering carbon-neutral trips

We have long been concerned about the impacts of global warming and the impacts tourism contributes to that. While travelling has unavoidable carbon emissions, we're continuing to take BIG steps to reduce our footprint and improve our operations at every level.

From November 2019, we began to offset 100% of the unavoidable carbon emission from our adventure travel holidays, so travellers can explore the world sustainably.

“Travellers can continue to travel, providing incredibly important revenues into nations where tourism is a vital part of the national GDP mix, and do it guilt-free. We also encourage travellers to carbon offset their flights using the airline programmes. It’s an important trajectory that we hope the entire industry will join in on.” – Sue Badyari, CEO of World Expeditions Travel Group

In the industry, we can continue to foster change for good while supporting jobs for those employed by tourism around the globe, and that is a win-win.

Allowing travellers to invest in local communities and support cleaner energy at no extra cost

The carbon credits purchased from South Pole to offset emissions from trips are absorbed by World Expeditions, not passed on to travellers. In turn, our travellers help the climate cause to transition from fossil fuel dependency to renewable energy and help to protect and regenerate forests that capture and store carbon from the atmosphere.

This means that for each active holiday our travellers book onto, they are directly supporting Positive Impact Projects in places such as Australia, Vietnam, China and Zimbabwe, which address the UN Sustainable Development Goals, like reducing poverty, affordable and clean energy, reducing hunger, clean water and climate action.

You are supporting projects in Australia, Africa and Asia.

Distributed 485 emergency packages to stricken communities

Food and hygiene packages have been distributed to families in Nepal, Kenya, Tanzania, India and Peru thanks to our 'Lend A Hand Appeal' supporters. Read more about the appeal and how you can donate today.

Porter families in Nepal receiving our 'Lend a Hand Appeal' food packages

Launching Community Project Travel in response to the 2004 Asian Tsunami

Our travellers across the globe with World Expeditions have been making tangible change in underprivileged communities that receive little to no government support and require assistance through our Community Project Travel trips.

The dedicated division first launched in 2005 in response to the devastating Asian Tsunami in 2004 and has been a continuing force for good. Working alongside volunteers from the host communities, travellers complete grass-roots construction projects that have been funded by the World Expeditions Foundation.

“It has become the portal for travellers to immerse in community project works that, while small scale, are measurable and leave a permanent benefit for the community once complete. As a profit for purpose division, we were able to deliver dozens of projects across the globe. This is a great pride for us, and a joy for the travellers that participated.” – Sue Badyari, CEO of World Expeditions Travel Group

Allowing travellers to sleep greener at our eco-friendly campsites

Our portfolio of adventure holidays have always had a light environmental footprint by designing trips that allow adventurers to travel under their own steam – on foot, by bike or kayaking or rafting, with low carbon accommodation preferred.

 

In Nepal, our exclusive campsites offer new levels of comfort during a trek whilst caring for the environment and local communities. It provides year-round employment and career opportunities for the Nepali people (a camping-based trek can employ 25% more local people than a teahouse or lodge-based trek) and ensures a significantly smaller environmental impact, as deforestation is a major ongoing concern in the Himalaya.

On our Larapinta trips in Australia, our three-time award-winning campsites continue to set the standard, incorporating new sustainable technologies including solar lighting systems and a hybrid grey water disposal system designed for the arid environment.

Facilities at our eco camps |  <i>#cathyfinchphotography</i>

Where campsites aren’t used, we use comfortable, locally-owned accommodation to support the local economy and are eco-friendly and which often encourage communities to preserve their traditions so travellers can enjoy their downtime and feel great about it.

World Expeditions' active itineraries are crafted to minimise road travel and to maximize our travellers own power to get them from point A to B.

Collectively raised over $7 million for charities worldwide

Since its inception, our dedicated charity brand, Huma Charity Challenge, developed programmes that allow our Charity Challenger participants to run, cycle, trek or climb their way around the world whilst raising much-needed funds for important causes. View various Charity Challenges you could take up >

The Conquer Kozi team at the summit of Mount Kosciuszko |  <i>Ayla Rowe</i>

Funding and supporting education projects in poor communities through our philanthropic arm, the World Expeditions Foundation

Founded in 2007, the World Expeditions Foundation aims to improve the standard of living in poor and indigenous communities, largely through education-oriented projects from donations raised.

It served Nepal very well after the earthquakes in 2015 where the generous flow of donations were able to relieve many people in the worst-hit regions with tin roofing, canvass and canopies as well as fuel and food to help them get through the earliest days of the disaster.

One of the charity’s major programmes is the Rebuild Nepal Projects, which continues to support the redevelopment of classrooms across remote mountain communities affected by those earthquakes.

“It took sheer perseverance to see through the establishment of the World Expeditions Foundation to become a full DGR entity. That is, those donating to the foundation could receive a tax-deductible receipt which is a major propellant to heightening donations to create greater positive impacts with the projects we are supporting.” – Sue Badyari, CEO of World Expeditions Travel Group

Bringing tourism dollars to remote communities who have limited access to income from other sources

Our unrivalled range of exploratory treks to remote destinations, like the Great Himalaya Trail, spread tourism dollars to local communities that benefit from travellers visiting.

Partnering with local operators and hiring local guides and leaders sees our traveller’s dollars investing in these local economies. It’s a fantastic way our travellers can give back to the communities they visit and better spread out the positive and negative impacts of tourism on the destination.

Local people of western Nepal |  <i>Lachlan Gardiner</i>

Pioneering regenerative travel which aims at positive social and environmental impact

On top of our sustainable practices, we actively work to improve the destinations our travellers visit and essentially leave the place better than they found it. It’s about restoring and improving the health of the earth, not just maintaining it.

As pioneers of the Franklin River Rafting Expedition in Tasmania’s World Heritage wilderness since 1978, our responsible travel practices has allowed future generations to experience it just as beautifully 40 years down the track.

 

On the Larapinta Trail, as visitors on the sacred land, we work alongside the indigenous traditional owners and NT National Parks & Wildlife to allow clients to gain a deeper understanding of the need to conserve the Aboriginal cultures and respect their place and lifestyle in Australia. A partnership between the landscape and the campsites has been established to maintain respect for country, to enhance the sense of place and to provide a total environment experience of the Larapinta trek.

Our Larapinta eco campsites provide shelter to our walking groups through a series of minimal impact structures and each campsite's semi-permanent design allows the land to recover during the off-season.

Became a founding member of the 10 Pieces Litter Collection

Focusing on litter ‘hotspots’ on mountain trails, it is offered on treks in Nepal, Bhutan and Peru, as well as the Mount Rinjani and Mount Kilimanjaro summit treks. This litter minimisation initiative and education lobby, helps supports the UN Sustainable Development Goal of climate action, through traveller engagement.

As the only Australian tour operator of ‘10 Pieces’, this initiative encourages trekkers to pick up 10 pieces of litter each day. While ‘10’ may sound like a nominal number, it multiplies immensely through the collective power of a group of travellers.

First company to develop a formalised animal welfare code of conduct

Under the guidance of World Animal Protection, World Expeditions developed a 10-step ‘Animal Welfare in Tourism Code of Conduct’ on how to be an animal-friendly traveller and see wildlife in a responsible way that does not cause harm.

World Expeditions' animal welfare policy is an industry-leading step towards integrating animal welfare with broader responsible tourism

Nicola Beynon, World Animal Protection

Most recently, we removed the Eagle Hunting Festival from its Mongolian programme, as part of its drive to ensure all its trips adhere to the strictest standards of animal welfare.

First company to stop offering orphanage tourism to prevent the unnecessary institutionalisation of children in developing countries

All instances of orphanage tourism were removed from our itineraries in 2013, when research first revealed a direct link between the increase in the number of orphanages in developing nations and the increase in tourism numbers. Read more about Child Safe Tourism.

 

Became founding supporters of the International Porter Protection Group

Mountain porters are an integral part of each World Expeditions trekking or mountaineering adventure. We support the International Porter Protection Group, Porters' Progress UK and the International Mountain Explorers Connection and, to ensure safe working conditions, developed a dedicated ‘Porter Welfare Code of Conduct’ for the porters it employs in Nepal, Peru, Papua New Guinea, Kenya and Tanzania.

 

Hosted a Thoughtful Travel Q&A

The Q&A in March 2018 provided quality information and guidance on best sustainable travel practices and to inspire attendees to become stewards for travelling sustainably and responsibly. The live-streamed event featured expert panellists who discussed important responsible travel topics including ethical voluntourism, working conditions for porters in Nepal, voluntourism and why travellers should think twice before visiting an orphanage overseas. You can watch the discussion in the below video.

Were the first charter member of the ‘Peace Through Tourism’ campaign

It aims to create awareness that the privilege of travelling provides a unique opportunity to learn more about Earth, the wonder of its natural beauty, and its many diverse peoples, cultures and heritage while fostering mutual respect, understanding and appreciation with each person we encounter in the process.

From animal welfare to child safe tourism, World Expeditions has always adopted and adhered to responsible and sustainable travel practices

Successfully completed over 400 Youth Service Learning Programs, which tie in projects that aid communities and natural environments

Through our youth brand, World Youth Adventures, we have committed to instilling service values in students and young travellers by providing Service Learning Programs guided by the UN Sustainable Development Goals for schools across the globe – from renovating schools to assisting the upkeep of wildlife sanctuaries. Find out more >

Painting at a community project in Nepal |  <i>Greg Pike</i>

An ongoing commitment to improve through the power of partnerships

We continually collaborate and seek guidance from a range of expert organisations, including World Animal Protection, ReThink Orphanages, 10 Pieces, South Pole Group, Leave No Trace, World Peace Tours and the International Porter Protection Group. This ensures that our travel philosophy and in-field operations reflect up-to-date sustainable practices.

As said by American novelist, poet, environmental activist and farmer, Wendell Barry: “The earth is what we all have in common.”

Together, we can foster change and instil greener and smarter travel behaviours to protect our planet's most vulnerable destinations and transform tourism's impact on nature and communities.

Let’s continue to do our part to leave a positive impact and use thoughtful travel to not only see the world, but to make it a better home.

Published 1 December 2020.

Recipe: Peter Kuruvita's Coconut Sambal

One of Australia's most foremost chefs and restaurateurs, Peter Kuruvita shares his simple coconut sambal recipe you can easily make at home.

Peter Kuruvita has led a number of specialty culinary tours with World Expeditions, with a knack for really knowing how to bond with locals anywhere over a mutual love of food and produce.

Famous for his signature style of quality local produce with a focus on seafood spiced with Sri Lankan and world flavours, join him on his next food fused adventure where he is with you every step of the tour. Enjoy hands-on cooking demonstrations with Peter and the chance to know the local's lore and their cooking secrets.

How to serve coconut sambal

Fresh pol (coconut) sambal is great with everything and is served with nearly every meal, including breakfast, when it is eaten with egg hoppers and kiri bath. It's especially delicious when paired with a snapper curry or served on hot crusty bread.

Peter Kuruvita's grandmother had a Miris Gulla (Chilli stone), the blender of the past, which was used to make all the spices and pastes

When our houseboy Nehal brought us the crusty bread from the bakery next door it was still steaming hot. I used to love cutting thick slices of the bread and putting spoonfuls of pol sambal on it – it was delicious. The coconut oil would come out and the flavours would intensify.

"When we first arrived in Australia in 1979 it was very hard to get a fresh coconut so we had to reconstitute desiccated coconut with some warm water. It is not as juicy as fresh coconut, but is an acceptable alternative. I have used paprika solely to give the sambal a rich red colour; you can use more red chilli if you want it very hot."

Pol (coconut) sambal recipe

Region: Sri Lanka | Makes 2 cups | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients

1 teaspoon black peppercorns
1 tablespoon Maldive fish flakes
1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
2 teaspoons chilli powder
1 teaspoon hot paprika
1 large fresh coconut, scraped or 100 g (31/2 oz) desiccated coconut, combined with 100 ml (31/2 fl oz) water
Juice of 1 lime

Making coconut sambal in a cooking class with Peter Kuruvita

Method

1. Place the peppercorns and Maldive fish flakes in a large mortar and grind with a pestle until a coarse paste forms.

2. Add the onion, chilli powder and paprika and pound until a coarse paste forms.

3. Add the coconut and pound until thoroughly combined.

4. Stir in the lime juice, a little at a time so the sambal is not too sour, then season to taste with salt.

Cook's note: Sambal will keep for up to 5 days when refrigerated in an airtight container.


Image and recipe from 'Serendip, My Sri Lankan Kitchen' by Peter Kuruvita, Murdoch Books, RRP $49.99. Photo: Alan Benson.

 
4 cycling trips that'll make you fall in love with Australia

Full of extraordinary wildlife, breathtaking landscapes and charming hospitality, Australia is a beautiful country. While key sights such as the Sydney Opera House and Uluru aren’t to be missed, for a truly unique experience of travelling to Australia there’s nothing quite like getting off the beaten track and onto a cycleway.

Whether you’re keen to challenge yourself on an Australian trail or you’re after more of a leisurely pedal, these cycling destinations offer the perfect dose of nature, epic bike trails, gourmet food and wildlife spotting.

4 Australian cycling destinations that you need to experience

Victoria’s Rail Trails

Cyclists near Yea Station in Victoria's high country

Embrace the diverse landscapes of country Victoria as you follow the Great Victoria Rail Trail, Australia’s longest rail trail. Originally built to take steam engines, this dedicated cycleway showcases classic Australian scenery such as valleys, lakes, rivers and mountains. It’s not just the surroundings that will keep you spellbound; the divine food and wine of rural Victoria is the perfect reward for an enjoyable day of cycling. One of the highlights of this trip is pedal through the historic 200m long Cheviot Tunnel.

Hunter Valley NSW

Follow the Hunter Valley's dedicated cycle route |  <i>Bruce Baker</i>

How does a leisurely ride through one of Australia’s premier wine regions sound? The Hunter Valley is just a couple of hours drive from Sydney and a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. There are many charming vineyards to explore that offer both award-winning wines to try as well as sprawling views of the countryside. There’s a dedicated cycle path linking many of the wineries with gentle distances to cover between them.

On our self-guided cycling tours, we provide an itinerary of recommended vineyards to discover. It’s the best way to experience Australia’s famous wines.

The East Coast of Tasmania

Cycling along the Tasmanian east coast |  <i>Oscar Bedford</i>

Tasmania is home to some of Australia’s most pristine nature. It’s an unspoilt island with remarkable rainforests, rugged mountains, stunning beaches, wild rivers and cosy villages. If you’re interested in an incredible cycling adventure in Australia then Tasmania will surprise and delight. Explore destinations with vivid names such as the Bay of Fires, Wineglass Bay and Cradle Mountain National Park and reward yourself with some of the best food and wine Australia has to offer, largely due to the pure waters of Tasmania’s rivers.

South Coast NSW

Cycle between charming seaside towns |  <i>Bruce Baker</i>

Explore Australia’s spectacular coastline on the south coast of New South Wales. This region has everything a traveller to Australia could want. Highlights include spotting whales and dolphins, the famous white sandy beaches of Jervis Bay National Park, coastal cliff walks, encountering inquisitive kangaroos, plus visiting an award-winning vineyard or two in the historic town of Berry. All of these experiences are possible on one of the self-guided cycling tours in the South Coast region. The close proximity to Sydney (Wollongong is just an hour away!) makes the South Coast an easily accessible journey.



Which of these destinations is at the top of your cycling to-do list? Share your choice in the comment section below.
 
  
What I love about self guided walking

Nothing feels better than that first day out on the trail. You’ve left behind the city and all that comes with it; the crowds, the lights, the noises, and the hustle and bustle. You are free to forget about work; the deadlines, the emails and your 9 to 5 routine.

There’s no room for any of that in the bush. You are too distracted by the beauty of where you are and the need to keep putting one foot in front of the other. It's truly an amazing feeling to know that for the next few days you don’t need an alarm clock, you don’t need a schedule. All you need to think about is getting from one campsite to the next. That is the beauty of a self guided walk, it opens you up to live life completely on your own terms.

The other upside is that all the nitty-gritty details of organising transport, food, accommodation, route logistics and mapping were all taken care of beforehand. Meaning that you can simply focus on your experience ahead.

Something I love to do when I go bushwalking on my own is to take my watch off – leave it behind completely. Why do I need a clock anyway? I can eat when I’m hungry, sleep when I’m tired and wake up to the sun. I take pleasure in the fact that I don’t need to set an alarm. Instead, I always try to position my tent so that I am facing the sunrise; there’s no better way to wake up than to the sunrise.

A self guided walk gives you freedom. The freedom to walk at your own pace, stop when you want or keep walking as long as you want. You can spend 15 minutes getting that perfect photo of a beautiful wildflower, or just sit and look out and contemplate. There will be no one telling you that it’s time to leave or to hurry up because you are running late. No one telling you to stop and rest when you don’t need to.

Walking self guided on the Overland Track in Tasmania

Though you shouldn't worry about being completely isolated as you won’t be the only one out there doing it on your own. You will meet other people who are also enjoying the perks of a self guided walk. While you may not walk with them during the day, they will all be waiting for everyone to arrive safely at camp. It becomes a lovely little community with everyone looking out for each other, sharing some tea or some chocolate and lending a hand if something breaks.

By the end of the week, you will have formed friendships with other hikers – who knows, you may have found a new hiking buddy for future adventures!

There may be moments where you second-guess yourself on the trail, where you think, 'Maybe I can’t do this? Maybe I should have bought that other pair of boots or an extra layer of warmth or that flask of port?' By the end of the walk though, you will have had to motivate yourself, talk yourself through situations, saying, 'Hang on, I can do this!'

Knowing that you made it all this way, relying on no one other than yourself, awards you with such a great sense of achievement you will be planning your next self guided adventure on the way back home.

Ideal for the confident and independent traveller with support in the background, self guided hikes are fun and flexible. Find your walk today >

Words by Holly Van De Beek, co-owner of Wild Island Adventure Hire. Over the past decade, Holly has been involved in the gear and outdoor industry in Tasmania and the Northern Territory, having walked almost every major trail.

Meet the team: Shelby Pinkerton, Tasmanian Operations

When she's not scouting for new routes, refining our itineraries and making sure everything is smooth sailing for our trips to operate, Shelby Pinkerton likes to hit the trails herself – the longer and more challenging the better! Read on as she shares the places that shaped her, what she can never leave behind on a camping trip and why preparation is key when on a trek.

Like many of us, Shelby had a case of itchy feet and went on a mission to work in a different US state for every season, ultimately travelling across 28 states in the USA. (At one point she had seven jobs in one year!) Her travels eventually landed her in the Australian state of Tasmania where she guided for three seasons, before taking the reins of Operations and Logistics Manager for our Tasmanian programs.

Expanding my hiking resume is what gets me giddy... Some of my highlights would be walking the Camino de Santiago, the Kumano Kodo, the Appalachian Trail, the Larapinta Trail and the Jordan Trail.

Shelby on the Larapinta Trail

While Shelby holds a strong passion for long-distance trails, you'll often find her climbing up crags when she gets the chance. A hiker at her core, Shelby's love for the outdoors is fuelled by a sense of responsibility to protect it.

What inspired you to pursue a career in adventure travel?

I got my foot in the door back in 2014. I studied Entertainment Business Management at uni and was working as a travelling popcorn maker for Cirque Du Soleil. The travelling awoke the adventurous side of me and I became an enthusiastic rock climber.

I fell deeply in love with climbing that I wanted to do it 24/7 and so the logical step was to turn it into a job. I started out guiding at Via Ferrata in West Virginia, USA and somewhere along the line, my passions turned to hiking and so I reflected that in my pursuit of my ideal career.

Walking out to stunning coastal views |  <i>Shelby Pinkerton</i>

How do you assess and manage the risks involved in an adventure trek?

I personally get a lot out of a trek if, at some point along the way, I feel like I may not be able to complete it.

When the option is to give up in the wilderness or to keep going the mantra by Kurt Hahn echoes: ‘There is more in you than you know’.

I find that taking on a challenge brings out a new level of resilience and strength that I thrive on.

Plenty of laughs and smiles guiding a group in Tasmania's east coast

In terms of assessing the risk involved, preparation is key.

Knowing you can ride a storm, as well as having strong navigation and back up communication allows you to push your limits a little bit more each trip, which will expand your capabilities continuously.

I am not one to recommend going from zero to a hundred, however, I think you should always assess your risk based on the ability of your least experienced group member; allowing for them to feel challenged but not overwhelmed, and having the means to de-escalate a situation.

What are your favourite gear items?

Most of the personal travel I do these days is based around distance hiking, so I like to keep it light. A couple of simple items I would never leave behind are my camping pillow (I know! Total sucker for comfort!) and my insulated mug.

What's a destination or adventure that has shaped you and why?

In 2016 I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail solo. Those six months on the trail changed me irrevocably and I find it is a difficult experience to summarise.

It taught me so much about community, how a shared experience can bind you closely to a stranger and how willing people can be to offer kindness and help for no gain.

It also taught me, as a young woman, to embrace myself and celebrate my body for its physical capabilities and achievements instead of picking it apart for superficial flaws.

Taking on a long distance trail not only builds experiences in the natural world, but opens up a chance to learn about yourself

I gained a lot of satisfaction and self-confidence from the experience as well as a connection to nature and simplistic living that I have strived to maintain through my subsequent adventures and lifestyle.

What are your favourite Tasmanian trips?

I just love the Overland Track, it was my first experience of Tasmania and I think everybody should get out to see it for themselves.

My first trip on the Overland (though, I've done it a dozen times by now) was with my closest friend who loves being in nature but is not a strong walker. She would take the day ambling to the next hut taking rests and photos and I would go climb the mountains on the side trails and meet her at camp, both of us exhausted at the end of the day.

I think that the Overland Track is an amazing trail for all levels of experience and physicality, it would also be impossible to spend a week in those mountains and not feel a sense of responsibility to protect it.

How would you best describe Tasmania?

For me, it is a place to discover your limits and significance.

What are some preparation tips you can offer to someone interested in taking on a more challenging trek?

Being physically fit is always going to be important, but being mentally prepared for a challenging trek is just as paramount.

Be prepared to be uncomfortable and pre-plan your solutions to common problems.

For instance, it is likely you will get blisters and sore knees, so pack some first aid and use hiking poles. Having easy solutions to common problems once you are in the field will give you a sense of control over a situation rather than feeling helpless. This will help you keep your head in the game and your morale high for the challenges ahead.

Be supported by a team that will make your adventure special. Browse our range of active Tasmanian holidays.

8 reasons to choose a guided tour

Want to get the most out of your adventure holiday and accomplish things you otherwise wouldn’t have thought possible? Prefer to take the hassle out of planning transport, food and logistics? A guided trip is a convenient and stress-free way to discover a new destination with all the trip details already organised for you, and with a team to support you every step of the way.

This is especially the case when you're looking to explore more remote destinations where food drops are needed, when you prefer an experienced guide on hand to keep you on track, or when carrying a full pack with all your camping gear seems overwhelming and tiring.

The addition of a local guide also allows you to better appreciate and truly immerse in the culture of the place you are visiting. Plus, you'll have the chance to forge life-long friendships with like-minded travellers.

Still unsure? Read on as we unpack eight reasons why you can get more out of a destination when on a guided tour.

1. Local and knowledgeable guides

Secret spots, tips and the best of laughs, it takes a special kind of person to be a guide. In addition to being friendly and engaging, they are skilled at getting groups to interact and become fast and lifelong friends.

Guides have a special knack for making good trips great. From informative daily briefings, funny stories over dinner and pep talks when the going gets tough, guides strive to make sure that things are fun and that you are having the trip of a lifetime. 

Guides sharing understanding of the land

If you’re new to the area, don’t speak the local language or just want good advice; tour guides can be an invaluable resource. Our local guides are passionate about their country or region you are exploring and will help bring to life the history, culture, flora and fauna of their homelands. They are often what make your walking, cycling or rafting adventure extra special.

As well as knowing hidden gems, our professional team of local guides and tour leaders can enhance your adventure so you can focus on your outdoor experiences and less about getting lost or what happens should you get into an accident.

Our guides also know about environmental regulations and local customs, so you can rest assured that the correct protocols are being followed. You’ll also be supporting the local economy of the destination you are visiting with your money going back to local businesses and its community.

2. Increased chance of success

Want to reach the prized summit of Kili or have always wanted to trek in the Himalayas but were too worried about altitude sickness? Our guides and tour leaders are highly experienced; they’ve seen it all and can help you overcome the biggest of hurdles.

Think of your tour leader or guide like personal trainers that will help you push your limits and walk that final kilometre or gear up for a long climb with their “can do” attitude.

While our team tries to ensure that travellers are of an adequate fitness level to complete their chosen adventure, we recommend guided trips for people who are nervous about their fitness level and capabilities and may benefit from the support of an experienced guide.

3. Added support

Our tour leaders are with you from the time your trip commences until it concludes and work tirelessly to ensure your holiday runs smoothly. Our team understands our travel style and expectations of an active holiday and can tailor trips to the group’s interests, that way everyone has a great experience.

Guides making sure our bikes are ready to ride the trails |  <i>Lachlan Gardiner</i>

For cycling trips, even though you’re travelling in a small group, you can still ride at your own pace – as far or as little as you feel comfortable – knowing a support vehicle is close by for you to hop on should you want a break from your cycle.

4. Convenience

You can forget the stress of researching the best walking or cycling routes for hours on end, or where the next town is to find food. Leave the planning and the boring stuff to the experts so you can focus on the exciting adventure ahead. Our guided itineraries are fully supported with plenty of quality inclusions – from comfortable accommodation to hearty, delicious meals.

5. Comfort, value and more inclusions

Enjoy the best hand-picked accommodation and restaurants to make sure you get a high-quality experience and have somewhere comfortable to relax and unwind after a long day on foot or bike. We'll keep you energised for your adventure with most meals and dietary requirements catered for and snacks provided.

The inclusiveness of a guided holiday showcases great value for a quality experience, with the added flexibility of tailoring your experience based on your interests and fitness level.



 

6. Safety first

The guides are your eyes and ears of a tour and are trained to problem solve in difficult or unsafe situations (including medical emergencies). Having them around definitely takes the edge off should things not go as expected. It's always reassuring to know you are in safe hands with our experienced team.

7. Get access to more of the destination

With all the logistics taken care of and a support team backing you from beginning to end of your trip, you can simply focus on your beautiful surrounds and enjoy the solitude between walks or rides.

Stunning views from Ben Lomond |  <i>Destination Queenstown (DQ)</i>

World Expeditions have been pioneering remote, "out there" adventures on paths less travelled for over 45 years, crafting itineraries that allow travellers to delve deep into the culture and nature of a destination. So, it definitely helps to choose an experienced adventure specialist for your guided tour to get the chance to explore places you could not easily get to on your own.

8. Reduce your environmental footprint

While the active elements of your adventure by bike, on foot or on water does not emit carbon emissions, World Expeditions have calculated any emissions from your accommodation and have purchased credits in renewable projects so that you can be assured that your adventure tour is 100% carbon offset.

This means, by travelling with World Expeditions, you are directly supporting renewable energy and reforestation projects; another reason why your tour has nothing but a positive impact.

 

The bottom line: Are guided group tours worth it?

If you want to take the hassle out of planning and worrying about the safety and logistics of your trip, then signing up for a guided tour can make more sense than trying to go it alone. You can forget spending nights researching the best accommodation, transfer connections, trying to snatch up limited permits or figuring out a food budget since meals aren’t included. It may end up being cheaper than you think – especially for solo travellers who dread the single supplement surcharges – with additional values and lots of inclusions as part of the package.

The comfort and ease of having everything organised for you takes away the stress when going on an active holiday. Plus, the extra support and experience of a guide and the chance to travel with and meet like-minded people makes a guided group tour much more attractive.

In the end, it will depend on what you want out of your adventure and the conveniences you are after.

Start browsing our range of highly inclusive small group holidays >

Guided Walks on Wainwright's Coast to Coast

When you're thinking of some of the best ways to discover the heart of England, a Coast to Coast walk must be considered as one of your options. The trail, made famous by author Alfred Wainwright, crosses England on it's smallest stretch from the Irish Sea via three UK National Parks to the North Sea. Here we're listing some of the reasons why a guided Coast to Coast walk (whether you're travelling with your own group or joining one of our departures) is one of the best ways to take in the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors national parks.

 

Why Go Guided? 

✔ Enjoy the benefits of an experienced guide, who has first-aid qualifications, local contacts, and secret insights.

✔ Get a deeper insight of this part of the UK: it is your guide's passion is to bring to life the flora, fauna and history along the Coast to Coast

✔ Fully focus on the walking and taking in everything beautiful around you while not having to worry about the route or getting lost.

✔ Your guide will work tirelessly to tailor the trip to your interests while ensuring your holiday runs smoothly.

✔ If you book on one of our trips, you'll be joining a small group of international outdoor enthusiasts, all with the same goal of completing the trail. 

 

Guided Options on UK's Coast to Coast 

With World Expeditions you can choose from three trips following the famous Coast to Coast Trail. They range in length and grading level, but all have a group size of no more than 16 walkers plus your guide.

Find below your three options for your guided holiday crossing England on one of it's most epic long distance trails.

 

Coast to Coast Classic Guided Walk

Duration: 15 days

Grading: challenging

Start / Finish Point: St Bees / Robin Hood's Bay

Follow in Wainwright's footsteps on a guided walk along England's famous Coast to Coast trail and experience the satisfaction of completing one of Britain’s best long distance hikes from the Irish Sea to the North Sea coast.

Hiking to Borrowdale |  <i>Jon Millen</i>
 

 

Coast to Coast Guided Explorer

Duration: 17 days

Grading: challenging

Start / Finish Point: St Bees / Robin Hood's Bay

Walk the famous Coast to Coast trail guided from St Bees to Robin Hood's Bay. Due to popular demand and with a slightly slower pace, we are offering this 17-day guided walk across the Coast to Coast.

Hikers making their way through Nanny Catch |  <i>John Millen</i>
 

 

Coast to Coast: St Bees to Kirkby Stephen Guided Walk

Duration: 8 days

Grading: moderate - challenging

Start / Finish Point: St Bees / Kirkby Stephen

Enjoy a guided walk experiencing the first half of the epic Coast to Coast Walk from St Bees towards the historic villages and beautiful landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales to Kirkby Stephen.

Beginning the Coast to Coast walk along the green cliffs of England |  <i>Tim Charody</i>
 

 

Want to learn more about your options for a guided Coast to Coast walk with us? Please contact our expert team for an answer to all your queries.

 
 
6 benefits of choosing a self guided holiday

Whether you want to be the master of your own travel destiny or enjoy the journey of travelling solo, choosing to travel independently doesn't have to be a daunting task.

Enter self guided holidays. They provide the freedom of moving at your own pace and being challenged further. When there's a lot to consider on an active adventure – from transfers to accommodation, route mapping to gear hire – it helps when the hassle of organising is taken out of your hands.

What does a self guided holiday involve?

A self guided holiday is pretty much letting you control the steering wheel but having a personalised Siri navigator – i.e. an experienced travel company – help you along the way.

Especially when seeking out paths less travelled, a self guided adventure combines the flexibility, comfort and freedom of independent travel with the benefits of an organised tour.

Our self-guided departures don't compromise on security and organisation, with 24/7 support and logistics taken care of by our ground team. You can get the perks of gear hire included, have most meals (or food drops when out in the wilderness) provided, camp equipment use, maps and route details on hand, luggage transfers and more. All you need to do is arrive on the day of your great adventure and start navigating.

How different is a self guided tour to independent travel?

Independent tours are for travellers that want to go it alone, seeking out a unique experience with that extra freedom to venture where and how one pleases. And thanks to the internet, the boom in DIY has become the rage. But that means planning, researching, making calls, organising bookings and schedules, budgeting, doing more research, making more phone calls... I think you get the drift. Planning an itinerary and managing all the logistics can get tedious and exhausting. So is saving a few bucks worth sacrificing the overall experience, not to mention the time taken to co-ordinate a one to two week holiday? And, do you actually save that much money in the end?

Self guided holidays take the hassle away with expertly planned itineraries and service both on and off the trail with plenty of wiggle room to tailor your travel experience to suit your style, budget and needs.

While travel styles are continually evolving, a regular constant is people's need to seek out value for experience and value for money. So a boom in self guided tours makes a lot of sense for those that like the feel of independent travel but with the luxury of the expertise, advice, assistance and safety of a travel company.

Self guided walking or cycling trips offer a multitude of advantages, regardless of whether you are an experienced active traveller or a first-timer.

6 benefits of opting for a self guided trip:

1. Convenience: Researching all the possibilities can get exciting, but it is also time-consuming, overwhelming and even exhausting at times. Choosing our self guided holidays means we do all the leg work with specialist knowledge of your destination from our experienced team of adventures and experts. You'll save a lot of screen time not scouring the internet researching ideas and reading reviews with the luxury of an expertly crafted itinerary, based on years of experience and local knowledge of a destination. It allows you to make the most of your time and ensure you can travel worry-free with all the logistics sorted.

2. Competitive pricing: Travel companies can get a better price thanks to their volume. We can help pre-book accommodation, gear hire and activities at great prices and our team can help tailor your trip to meet your budget. Plus, with plenty of inclusions in the trip cost already, you can better budget for your adventure holiday and eliminate many out of pocket expenses. 

3. Luggage transport service: Having your bags transferred for you each day is a major plus where you simply leave your bags at the reception of your accommodation in the morning with our luggage tags attached and they’ll be picked up and dropped off at your following destination accommodation.

4. Travel at your own pace: With more flexibility, you can pick and choose what you want to do, where you wish to spend more time and not have to worry about keeping up with a tour group. (You can even choose your own travel buddies!) Under your own steam, you’ll have time to savour the sights and delights of the region.

5. Up-to-date and well-thought-out route notes and maps: These get updated more often than a guide book does and they always benefit from local insights and knowledge. Rest assured that we'll look after the logistics, so you can concentrate on the trail ahead.

6. Added security: If something goes wrong on your trip when travelling independently with a small group of friends or solo, who are you going to call? There's no need to go into 'survival mode'. Our self guided trips offer 24-hour local emergency contacts, which can be the difference between you getting back on the trail in a matter of hours, or aborting the trip completely. Travel with a peace of mind knowing that there is help only a fingertip away, especially when the unexpected has a way of happening.

Rather than thinking and worrying about trip logistics all day, isn’t it worth treating yourself to a trip where someone else takes on this thankless task, so you can focus on all the amazing reasons you came to the destination in the first place? We don’t doubt that independent travel doesn’t have its place, but there are certainly plenty of perks when you have expert support and advice on hand.

New to self guided trips? Start by browsing our range of holidays that let you travel at your own pace without the hassle of organising >

Best Places to Visit in the UK

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Best places to visit in the UK 

 

Most of us may have had moments in the past year thinking back of all the amazing holidays we were lucky to enjoy before the world got to an almost complete standstill early in 2020. We’re excited about the positive news on the vaccination front and are looking towards a summer where some form of travel is permitted once again and if you are unsure about the best places to visit in the UK itself, we are here to help. 

 

Check out our list of eight favourite active holiday destinations from around the world and find an alternative trip to embark on in the UK instead. 

Relaxed Booking Conditions

What’s more? Book and travel with complete confidence and flexibility with new health guidelines and relaxed booking conditions for 2021.

 

Plus, for extra peace of mind, in 2021 we're waiving transfer or change fees for bookings up to 70 days prior to departure.

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Loved the traverse of Costa Rica under your own steam?

    You may like the Wainwright’s Coast to Coast 

Coast to Coast walkers in Swaledale near Muker
Whether by bicycle or on foot, the ultimate crossing of England that you can do under your own steam is the Coast to Coast, or C2C when you’re cycling it. 

Loved the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage in Japan? 

    You may like the Kerry Camino Walk in Ireland

Hiking along the Kerry Way |  <i>Arthur Ward</i>
The Kerry Camino is an inspiring pilgrim route along the Dingle Peninsula in southwestern Ireland. St James Church in Dingle was originally a farewell point for pilgrims as they set sail to Finisterre in Spain to continue their walk to Santiago de Compostela. As with any pilgrimage, be sure to have your pilgrim passport available to be stamped. 

Did you know? If you complete both the Kumano Kodo and Camino de Santiago pilgrimages you can qualify for the dual pilgrim passport? 
 

Loved your Everest Base Camp trek? 

    You may like to summit Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis across Loch Linnie
Choose to add an extra day to our West Highland Way walks in Scotland and you have a chance to summit Britain’s highest peak. Although slightly shorter than Mount Everest, with 4408ft (1345m), Ben Nevis does offer rewarding views of the surrounding highlands. On the walk (claimed by some to be the most popular walking train in the UK), follow valley routes through the mountains round Crianlarich and open heather moorland across the Rannoch Moor wilderness area.

Loved walking the Great Wall of China?

    You may like to follow Hadrian’s Wall Trail

Take a walk back through history along Hadrian's Wall, England
Emperor Hadrian’s wall was built “to separate Romans from Barbarians,” across northern Britain at its narrowest point back in 122 AD. Today, you can experience the scenic variety of this part of England from cities such as Newcastle Upon Tyne and medieval Carlisle of from the heights of Highshields Crags in the Northumberland National Park. Along the way, discover ruins of Roman forts & reservoirs, the old ‘vallum’, and ancient castles. 
 

Loved the Queen Charlotte & Abel Tasman hike in NZ?

    You may like to walk the South West Coastal Path

Hike along Cape Cornwall on the Cornish Coastal Path |  <i>John Millen</i>
England’s longest and, many would say, finest trail is the 630 miles long South West Peninsula Coastal Path from Poole to Minehead, of which almost half is in Cornwall. Escape the crowds, dip in and out of coves and harbours and ascend beside dramatic cliffs, up to high viewpoints, along promontories and back down to expansive beaches in Cornwall. 
 

Loved the John Muir Trail in Yosemite Park?

    You may like to follow in John Muir’s footsteps in his native Scotland

Fishermens' cottages  in Port Seton |  <i>John Millen</i>
The John Muir Trail in California has been famous for years, and Scotland in 2014 also recognized its famous son with a trail in his native land. The John Muir Way is a route that symbolically links Dunbar with Scotland’s first national park, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs and with Helensburgh in the west, forming a fabulous Scottish coast to coast route.

Loved taking in life along the Mekong River?

    You may like to walk the Thames Path

Approaching Kingston |  <i>John Millen</i>
The Thames Path offers a huge range of mixed scenery and an amazing amount of history. See palaces such as Hampton Court and Syon Park; castles such as Windsor and the Tower of London, multiple bridges each with their own history and wildlife reserves. As the backdrop to it all the life on the river, barges, yachts, powerboats, kayaks and paddle boards. The walking is generally easy and few of the days are too long that you could not pause at an attraction for an hour or two.

Loved cycling on Prince Edward Island in Canada?

    You may like to explore the Isle of Wight on two wheels

Taking a break above Alum Bay
This is a lovely short break for cyclists who want an attractive sightseeing tour, with a mixture of town and country. Almost half the island has been designated as an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and after the beaches of the north, the route tracks inland on fast roads through some attractive forest and farmlands. 
 
 
If you require any specific advice on travelling in the UK, contact us during business hours. We're here to help you organise your break away.  
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