The Bells of Hemscott: Glamping in Northumberland

There are a handful of places in the UK that make me feel nostalgic and that I could revisit time and time again. These are they; the places that are woven deep within my ongoing travel story: Cartmel and Coniston in the Lake District; the New Forest; Abersoch and Portmeirion in Wales and the Northumberland Coastline. I returned to the latter this weekend — to Druridge Bay — after Alison from the Bells of Hemscott saw me raving about it on Twitter. I’ve written about this part of the world before and praised its beaches to high heaven, but I’m always…

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Travel luxuries: little things I won’t leave home without

I feel like I’m away more often than I’m home at the moment, and my suitcase is constantly being unpacked and repacked. I like to think I’m practical packer most of the time, but there are some things I just need to have with me to help me on my various travels. Here are a few of the luxuries I can’t leave home without. Snowsports and winter trips There are friends, there are best friends, and then there are those you’re inseperable from. Let me introduce to you to Fosy. Mine is currently tucked away in the back of my…

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Why glamping at a festival isn’t just a cushy copout

I was put off camping in the UK at quite an early age by attending a festival many British school teachers like to refer to as the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme. Oh sure, it was fun enough the first time — we walked a bit, set up our tents, lay out on the grass in the summer sunshine eating our supernoodles and marshmallows listening to Glastonbury on a portable radio. One boy even brought a guitar and as darkness fell we all sat around the fire solemnly singing Karma Police and mulling over whether to quit school and set…

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The only cat in the desert and the big TV in the sky

Even when we were technically in the desert, speeding across the stony ochre plains, we were still waiting for the Sahara to rise up from the dust and roll out a burnished carpet of soft golden sand to greet us

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5 beautiful, remote spots where time stands still (and you can too)

When all the things that need saying have been said, and all the things that need doing have been done, where can you go to be still and quietly enjoy the lightness of just being? Here are five rustic, remote spots where you can hide away from life as you know it, and rest your eyes upon the world’s prettiest parts with nothing to distract your gaze. The Sunset Gecko, Gili Meno, Indonesia How do you like your sea? I like mine soupy and full of turtles and all different shades of turquoise. My relief on the greyest of British…

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