Charity challenge, Cosmo blog awards and adventures ahoy!

Winter was long, spring is full of hope and this summer will be terrific. I have plans. I have a brand new passport with no stamps, I have a lot to prepare for and a lot to be excited about. Bells of Hemscott First up, this weekend I will be heading up to my favourite beach in the country, Druridge Bay in Northumberland to stay in a bell tent with some of my best friends. The Bells of Hemscott kindly invited me to experience their new campsite after seeing me get excited about Druridge Bay on Twitter. There will be…

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5 watery adventures in 5 different countries

Messing about in boats — there’s nothing quite like it. I first got a taste for it when I was seven years old on Loch Lochy near Inverness. My father stationed me at the helm of the little motorised dinghy we’d hired and off we went, zig-zagging erratically across the water. My ashen-faced little brother nervously gripped the sides, while I struggled to keep control. My parents thought the whole thing was hilarious. I am the first to admit that when it comes to propelling and navigating a craft through water, I am always more enthusiastic than I am skilful.…

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A tapas tour of Barcelona

When one finds oneself alone in Barcelona, what does one do for fun? Why one eats tapas of course.

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Magical Morzine and silly snaps from the slopes

In my last post I wrote about how I booked an amazing ski holiday in France for myself and my friends for mere pennies (well… almost). What I didn’t tell you (although you might have guessed from the photos) was how much fun the trip was. It’s been a few years since I last skied and it felt so good to be back on the slopes, and with some of my best friends too. Not only did we tear down the pistes until we thought our legs would fall off… We also posed… And postured… And were super-silly. We apres-skied… And…

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How I bagged an awesome budget ski holiday in the Alps

I’ve been skiing since I was about nine years old, and so I know by now that’s there no way around it completely: skiing just ain’t cheap. That said, if you’re wily, there are ways you can book an awesome ski holiday on a more limited budget. If you’re a family and you’re careful, you can self cater in an apartment with the kids of a sofa bed, for example — but this isn’t always feasible if you’re travelling in a non-family group. In January, six of us decided we were really determined to book a skiing holiday this year.…

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