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American? You’re overdue a vacation, here’s why

If given the choice, Americans prefer toiling away at the workplace rather than disconnecting on vacation. While it seems unbelievable, a new study released this week by Expedia shows that American vacation deprivation levels are at a five-year high. 59% of respondents said that they are “somewhat” or “very” deprived. That’s 8% more than last […]

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“Sightseeing drones: a travel trend that’s nothing to do with travel”

The growth in sightseeing drones is yet another way to spoil travel and take away from the moment. Let’s stop trying to shortcut adventure, says Flash Pack contributor Anna Brech This weekend, the Times reported on a surge in “sightseeing drones”, whereby tourists abroad can plug into a virtual reality headset and explore nearby sights […]

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15 of the world’s most incredible views to be in right now

We’re all familiar with the world’s starring views: the Great Wall of China, say, or the Herculean peaks of the Canadian Rockies (above). But behind these headline acts lie other, more remote windows onto the world which are just as powerful, yet off the mainstream radar. Read more: 5 friendly towns for solo travel newbies […]

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Why people who live single are often the least selfish of us all

With more and more people flying solo around the world, being single has evolved from a life stage to a state of being. Increasingly, it’s something that people are actively seeking out, as a means of finding fulfilment and purpose. Read more: Can adventure help you live longer? And yet, a common myth persists: that […]

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The brilliant benefits of wild swimming and hot spring bathing

We always feel better after a swim outdoors but why? With a new study showing that paddling just once a month eases anxiety and depression, we take a closer look at its feel-good effect – along with the world’s best places to take the plunge. Swimming is like meditation Stressful crawl lessons in the school swimming […]

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“Hiking the Everest Trail helped lift my depression”

Tony Stevens recently travelled with Flash Pack on our first adventure to the Nepalese highlands, hiking the Everest Trail to the viewpoint at Farak Ri, at 5,000 metres. Here, he explains how escaping to the hazy Himalayan foothills helped clear his head, creating a new path forwards from a low period in his life Our […]

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Why Thanksgiving is the best time for your first international solo trip

The turkey is roasting in the oven, the mashed potatoes are simmering on the stove, and you are — exhausted. Whether you’ve taken a flight, train ride, or car trip to your Thanksgiving destination, surely you’ve had to battle crowds since the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after are some of the […]

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How to make new friends in one week, with seven solo challenges

When your mum utters the words, “Do you think you should maybe find some new friends?”, I think you can be forgiven for having somewhat of a confidence crisis! She had me ‘trapped’, cruising down the M6 in our beloved VW camper van and the rogue question seemed to have come from nowhere. After I […]

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Have you visited the world’s most popular city?

The Thai capital Bangkok has been named the world’s most popular travel destination in a global index poll by Mastercard. This pulsating city of contrasts saw off competition from 161 places around the world to nab the title for the second year running. With over  20 million intentional visitors pounding its streets in 2017, Bangkok soared […]

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“Meghan Markle’s baby news is great but women are more than just mothers”

With Meghan Markle’s pregnancy in the headlines, writer Anna Brech says it’s time to rethink the way we talk about women and motherhood Kensington Palace has announced that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting a child today: cue a slew of baby-related trivia for the next nine months and beyond. Interestingly, Harry will play […]

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