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September holidays

Hot September holidays to book right now

The back-to-school hordes may have to vamoose come September, but there’s no reason why the rest of us should. As the world at large sharpen their pencils, us free-spirits pick up where the masses have left off, taking advantage of recently vacated beaches, bars and hillside retreats the world over. September is prime time for […]

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5 of the finest picnic spots all across the globe

Back in the day, the word “picnic” conjured up images of limp cheese sandwiches and a gallon of orange squash. But throw a global stage into the mix, and you have a whole different picture. Set against the backdrop of a Costa Rican volcano, or a remote Omani wadi, the humble picnic is suddenly elevated. […]

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green therapy

Unwind and recharge with a green therapy hit

We hunter-gatherers evolved in vast open Savannah, but somewhere along the way we’ve lost the link. Years of glaring lights and gadgets have re-framed our relationship with nature, creasing a chasm between ourselves and the world around us. But this dislocation from the Great Outdoors isn’t a foregone conclusion. Read more: The man who canoed […]

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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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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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