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adventure quiz

Where in the world is your ultimate adventure?

** Adventure quiz alert – grab a cuppa and settle in ** Life wasn’t made for sitting at your computer, glued to a landscape of post-its and leftover coffee mugs. Nor was it made for thinking, “what if?” or “maybe, one day…” As any adventurist will tell you, our time on earth is short but […]

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adventure architect

Life as a Flash Pack adventure architect

Charlie Cotton is an adventure architect for Flash Pack. He spends his days hunting down fresh ideas for off-radar experiences and travelling abroad for research (yes, really). Here, he gives a peek behind the scenes of his dreamy-sounding job Ever since I can remember, I’ve relished going on an adventure. If it’s something a bit […]

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islands

5 bucket list islands to tick off in a lifetime

“The island had come to seem one of those places seen from the train that belong to a life in which we shall never take part” There’s something magical about the lure of islands, as the cast of Swallows and Amazons know well. The perfect island doesn’t have to have palm trees and white sand […]

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adventure travel

6 warm-up trips to awaken your adventurist within

Behind every great adventure lies a smaller challenge; something that whets your appetite and builds your stamina for the challenges that lie ahead. Rather than jump right into a major feat (say, climbing Rainbow Mountain in Peru), you might prefer to first test the sponge-like walls of your comfort zone. Courage is an elastic quality, […]

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adventure travel

Unusual adventures for the thrill-seeker within

A brave new dawn has risen over the realm of adventure travel, as more and more of us seek out the Great Unknown. Not content with merely sitting on a beach, a new generation of thrill-seekers are driving forward a boom in experiential holidays. It’s out with the inane and in with the intrepid, as travellers […]

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hotel pool

6 of the best hotels with statement pools

One of the (many) delights of hitting your 30s and 40s is that you get to be more discerning about the hotels that you stay in. No more roughing it in $20-a-night shared dorms with “air con” that sounds like a persistent, hacking cough. Instead, you begin a subtle shift over to the finer things […]

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meeting new people

Travelling with strangers: “what if there’s no-one like me?”

Meeting new people is a daunting prospect; especially if you’re about to spend two weeks on the road with them somewhere far-flung and exotic. “Oh my goodness, I was so nervous,” says Kirsteen, who travelled with Flash Pack to Peru and Bolivia. “I still remember the first thing I did after I booked the holiday […]

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single

No dating, no drama: just single people travelling together

Here at Flash Pack, 80% of our customers are single. We specialise in holidays for solo travellers, drawn together in the framework of a group. Yet, our adventures are about as far from a messy singles getaway to Magaluf as you can hope to get. Why? The people who join our trips aren’t looking for […]

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get fit

6 covert ways to get fit on your travels

Hands up who wants to get fit? It’s an ambition many of us hanker after at the beginning of a new year – but wow, can it be boring. There are only so many re-runs of Home and Away one can watch on a treadmill before losing the will altogether, and the appeal of swimming […]

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fear

Feel the fear with these 6 daredevil challenges

Fear is a funny old thing. It either fuels you or freezes you, and staring it down can do wonders for your confidence. “Every time you encounter something that forces you to handle it, your self-esteem is raised considerably,” writes psychologist Susan Jeffers, in her best-selling book Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway. “You […]

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