Road Trips England: Birling Gap & The Seven Sisters

Sussex Cottage holidays and Staycation dog friendly

We all know the feeling; it’s a beautiful day outside and you want to do something, but you just don’t know what? You know you want it to be different but are lacking inspiration. A lot of us are guilty of not exploring our backyard enough. Myself included. I’ve seen more of New Zealand than…

Mountains, festivals & stunning city views: This is Salzburgerland, Austria

Salzburgerland - Intrepid Escape

There’s something about Austria that’s always appealed to me. I’ve loved every trip I’ve taken here at any time of the year. As a summer destination it’s sometimes overlooked, particularly the mountains. I don’t understand why, I can’t think of many better places to hike or bike in the summer. As a region, Salzburgerland has…

Barcelona Weekender: 3 days in the Catalan Capital

Barcelona Weekender

Barcelona is another European city made hugely accessible by the rise of budget airlines, yet it’s sometimes overlooked as a holiday or long weekend destination. Us Brits in particular chose the Balearic Islands or Costa del Sol (well some of us). So after an incredible trip to Catalonia (check out my 7 Secrets of Catalonia),…

Boomtown Festival Chapter 10; A vast fantasy world in Hampshire’s hills

Boomtown Chapter 10

The Netflix series Narcos opens with the quote “Magical realism is defined as what happens when a highly detailed, realistic setting is invaded by something too strange to believe.’’ Just outside Winchester, Hampshire is a natural amphitheatre, known locally as the devil’s punchbowl. It’s a quintessential piece of tranquil English countryside; rolling green hills with…

Learning to Kite-surf in Essaouira, Morocco with KiteWorldWide

Kite-surfing Essaouira, Morocco KiteWorldWide - Intrepid Escape

The term “Slice of life” didn’t mean anything to me before this trip to Morocco. It’s the name of the kite-surfing camp run by KiteWorldWide, in collaboration with Tom Court. I guess it’s more of a concept, I thought it was just a fancy name. After a few days here I realised that there’s a…

Doorstep Skiing at Les Arcs 2000

Doorstep Skiing Les Arcs 2000

In this article I’m letting the video above do all the talking, with just a few words from me. It had been 15 years since I was last in Les Arcs, on an annual University ski trip, I was part of the Ski & Snowboard club and the University of Gloucestershire. I always remember it…

Hiking the Path of Gods Italy; the ultimate day-by-day itinerary

Hiking the Path of Gods Italy - Intrepid Escape

When I first heard about the Path of Gods Italy, a 130km hike (or walk) that connects Bologna to Florence my immediate thoughts were “I have to do it”! It even sounds epic, it’s a path of… GODS. I imagined grand views, huge mountain passes, and the kind of scenery found in this part of…

Exploring the Norwegian Fjords, with P&O Cruises

Exploring the Norwegian Fjords - Intrepid Escape

Let’s start with this confession – I’ve never been to Norway. Well at least not before this trip. Why? I don’t know, the longer it got the higher up the list it went. I knew I’d like it, correction, I knew I’d LOVE it. So naturally when I was discussing visiting with P&O Cruises it…

Hiking the Great Wall of China: The ultimate 3-day itinerary

Hiking the Great Wall of China - Intrepid Escape

They say you’ll remember the first time you see the Great Wall of China forever. Well they don’t, I just came up with that, but it’s true. Just look at this view below. As we started with the toughest climb of the whole trip the magnificent Great Wall was revealed to us, from behind the…

Adventure Activities in North France

Adventure activities North France - Intrepid Escape

Considering it’s on our doorstep, France and specifically North France is a little undiscovered for some of us Brits. So, when I started talking P&O Ferries about being a part of their #WhatNext campaign, I was excited to explore what the North Coast has to offer. Naturally, I wanted something, or somewhere that offered some…

Camping on the Dorset Jurassic Coast with Go Outdoors

Camping in Dorset Jurassic Coast - Intrepid Escape

I’m lucky enough to live on the beautiful south coast of England, with places like the Jurassic Coast right on my doorstep. The British countryside never ceases to amaze me, we are spoiled for choice when it comes to stunning coastlines and varied landscapes. The Jurassic Coast stretches nearly 100 miles from Exmouth to Swanage…

Driving a 4×4 off Road around Fraser Island

Fraser Island off road 2 - Intrepid Escape

Australia’s East Coast is a well trodden path for most backpackers, and Fraser Island is usually high on everyone’s list, here’s why. Considered the largest sand island in the world, travellers revel in the chance to see an almost untouched world heritage site first hand in a 4×4, taking in the incredible lakes, viewpoints and…

Skiing in Sainte Foy Tarentaise: a hidden gem in the French Alps

Skiing in Sainte Foy

There aren’t too many ski resorts in the French Alps that I haven’t come across before, having either been there myself of heard someone else talk about it. But Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise is one of those, I hadn’t even heard the name mentioned. After some research I realised why, it’s widely referred to as the hidden gem…

Real life Mario Kart on the streets of Tokyo, Japan

Mario Kart Tokyo Japan - Intrepid Escape

Yes! You read that correctly. If you haven’t already seen the videos on social media, you can dress up as Super Mario Kart characters (or super heroes) and drive (legally) around the streets of Tokyo, taking in lots of the sights and getting an adrenaline rush whilst you’re at it! I was in Tokyo recently,…

The Alberta Winter Road Trip: Edmonton to Calgary

Alberta Winter road trip - Intrepid Escape

If you know me, you’ll know I love a road trip. I love the feeling of freedom you get, the open road, a good road trip playlist, you can’t beat it. I’ll always try to travel overland on big trips, often travelling in to one airport and out of another, driving the gap in between,…

Skiing and Snowboarding in Alberta, Canada

Skiing in Alberta Canada - Intrepid Escape

I first came to Alberta a couple of years ago, in summer, when I compared Jasper and Banff in the Alberta National Park showdown. I’ve wanted to come back in winter ever since, after hearing so many amazing stories. I wasn’t disappointed. First things first, Jasper and Banff National Parks are stunning, winter or summer,…

Southampton to Amsterdam with KLM

Southampton Amsterdam KLM - Intrepid Escape

It now couldn’t be easier to get to Amsterdam from Hampshire. Southampton Airport is one of the emerging, up and coming airports on the South Coast, and my local one. I used to live less than 2 miles from it. It’s easy to underestimate the difference it makes to your journey when you fly in…

Tokyo Weekender: Tips for exploring Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Weekender - Tips for Exploring

It was my first time in Japan, so I was a complete Tokyo novice! So I basically wanted this article to help out someone like me, visiting for the first time. It’s by no means a comprehensive guide, so I’ve started off with a few of the general things to do, including Parks & Gardens,…

20 Photos of Wildlife in Costa Rica

Wildlide photos Costa Rica - Intrepid Escape

Costa Rica is easily one of the most wildlife rich places I’ve ever travelled. I’ve never had so many amazing opportunities to take wildlife photos than I did here. I’m not a professional photographer, it’s just a hobby. Not all of these photos are perfect, but I hope you enjoy them. The majority were taken…

Happy Travel: The mind body connection

Happy Travel Samantha Alice - Intrepid Escape

We all want to be fit to travel for as long as possible right? To rock that beach bod, and also to feel physically fit & to be thinking fit, these are the big players in the longevity of your travel-span. The connection between physical & mental health is a bond like no other. What…

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