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If you love nature and wildlife and everything that's wild and natural, this space in our blog is where you will find inspiration to visit some of the world's rarest and most spectacular natural attractions.

Whether you want to do the authentic backpacker's "back to basics" experience and follow routes off-the-beaten-paths or you want to interact with nature without forgoing modern luxuries, here we list every kind of natural adventure you can encounter at a long list of destinations around the world.

From awe-inspiring waterfalls, to jaw-dropping active volcanoes, dense jungles and dreamy cloud rainforests, Mother Nature sure packs a powerful punch of exciting landscapes and here we help you discover some of the most outstanding and strikingly exciting. Through our posts you can find inspiration for your next natural exploits, expeditions and adventures.

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  • 06 Oct 2015
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  • Lucy Grewcock
Always adventuring

My pilgrimage to Adam's Peak following the "sacred footprint"

Read all my about my personal journey of pilgrimage in Sri Lanka following the "sacred footprint" and climbing the country's most revered mountain; Adam's Peak. From the challenges encountered along the way on this nocturnal route (the idea is to reach the top in time for sunrise) to the stunning views to be taken in, the beautiful shrines and helpful monks we passed; this was a memorable hike in more than one way. Read on to find out why...
  • 27 Jul 2015
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  • MJ Lopes
Globetrotting away - There goes MJ!

Iguazu Falls - Third time's the charm

Displaying curtains of water indisputably wider than Zambia and Zimbabwe's Victoria Falls, and indeed much higher than Canada's Niagara Falls, the Iguazu Falls National Park is an incredible display of natural beauty that I was extremely pleased to finally visit! Over the course of a month's long trip to South America, I had the opportunity of visiting this UNESCO listed World Heritage Site, and its magical array of cascades blew my mind away.
  • 03 Jul 2015
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  • Lucy Grewcock
Always adventuring

Sri Lankan wildlife: Yala National Park

Covering an area roughly the size of Ireland, Sri Lanka is crammed with wildlife, which thrives in its National Parks and bursts beyond their borders. Vegetation drenches the island in countless shades of green, with lush forests reaching down to the coasts where white-sand beaches are backed by palms and fringed by swampy mangroves.
  • 29 Jun 2015
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  • Sasha Wood
Writing the world

Green, black or gold: which Canary island is for you?

Epic lunar landscapes and geological wonders, boundless beaches and water sports, ancient forests and charming Spanish towns - there's much to explore in the diverse Canary Islands, but which island is the best base for you?
  • 05 Jun 2015
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  • Lucy Grewcock
Always adventuring

Whale Watching in Mirissa, Sri Lanka

Ten years ago, few people were aware that thousands of whales were skimming past Sri Lanka's southwest coast each year. British marine biologist Charles Anderson first proposed the idea and, after significant research, it turned out that the island was sitting just off one of the greatest migration paths on the planet.
  • 29 Nov 2014
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  • Kiri Nowak
Selfies around the world

Nicaragua, an unexpected gem with active volcanoes, breathtaking landscapes and hair-raising activities

Find out why Nicaragua is the destination on the top of my list of places to visit. I know I will love this country and its colonial charm, action-packed activities and jaw-dropping landscapes. Discover my top things to see and do in this magical country that is often overlooked.
  • 23 Oct 2014
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  • Claire Boobbyer
The world is my oyster

Cruising Cuba's Caribbean coast in style

Cuba, the dreamy isle that has captured the hearts of so many, mine included, is now available to cruisers aboard StarClippers' Cuba cruise, on their StarFlyer ship; ensuring you make the journey in style. Throughout the sailing adventure you'll be stopping off at amazing UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Trinidad, the beautiful archipelago of Los Canarreos and even a short hop to the Cayman Islands for a different Caribbean experience altogether. A memorable trip for all the right reasons.
  • 07 Oct 2014
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  • Claire Boobbyer
The world is my oyster

Monteverde, nature and adventure in Costa Rica

Learn about what makes the Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica so special with my handy guide along this amazing volcanic peak and what you can see and do at the beautiful Arenal National Park and its spectacular lake. From amazing forest trails to vigorous climbing feats and fantastic wildlife spotting opportunities, this is an experience to remember and make the most of during a holiday in Costa Rica.
  • 24 Sep 2014
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  • Lucy Grewcock
Always adventuring

Knysna: one-off walks

An idyllic place found along the famous Garden Route in South Africa, my stop in Knysna proved most touching and exhilarating, as I got to walk with elephants, hike in the amazing Harkerville Forest and tucked into a big plate of oysters. Read all about it and more on my Knysna adventure here.
  • 13 Sep 2014
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  • Lucy Grewcock
Always adventuring

Chobe National Park: The Elephant in the Garden

Home to the largest concentration of African elephants in the world, Chobe National Park is Botswana's most ecologically diverse reserve and promises some of the best wildlife viewing on the African continent.
  • 26 Aug 2014
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  • Claire Boobbyer
The world is my oyster

Arenal Volcano and its national park

Join me on my incredible hike to Costa Rica's amazing Arenal Volcano, a national park in its own right and one of the most spectacular sights you're likely to ever come across in your lifetime.
  • 27 Jun 2014
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  • Lucy Grewcock
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Hiking in the High Atlas

Beyond the traditional sights and popular tourist stop-off places, I've taken the time to explore Morocco's heights and take the holiday experience in the country to a whole new level. Read all about it on this personal blog and guide to climbing the impressive High Atlas Mountains.
  • 20 May 2014
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  • James Corporal
Off the beaten track

Following Africa's Great Migration route, the eco-friendly way

The migrating season for wildebeest and other creatures from the African savannah is a natural phenomenon that never fails to leave spectators in sheer awe and amazement. It's not one for the faint-hearted and you might wince at the sight of a lion pouncing over some stray herd members or some crocodile pulling down a helpless zebra, but nevertheless is a truly breathtaking experience that is definitely worth having at least once in your lifetime.
  • 15 May 2014
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  • Lucy Grewcock
Always adventuring

Escape to Shek O - Hong Kong's Green Lung

The beautiful Shek O in Hong Kong is a place little discovered by tourists but highly popular among locals and on this blog piece you'll find out just what makes this place so special and naturally appealing. As I discovered myself, this little slice of heaven offers many different experiences that, depending on your mood and interests, may strike you as especially attractive or worth your valuable holiday time. Follow my Southern China adventures to find out more about wonderful little Shek O.
  • 06 Mar 2014
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  • James Corporal
Off the beaten track

Floating markets in Southeast Asia

Find out all about some of the best, quirkiest floating markets dotted along one of the largest river in the world, running through six different countries, from Vietnam to Thailand and Burma. Follow my blog post to learn more about which floating markets you definitely shouldn't miss if you ever find yourself sailing along the Mekong River.
  • 02 Jan 2014
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  • James Corporal
Off the beaten track

Going the extra mile: eco-friendly safari camps in Kenya

Kenya is a naturally beautiful corner of the world with naturally abundant ecological riches, but a visit here shouldn't cost the earth - quite literally. By that we don't mean that a holiday to Kenya isn't necessarily expensive (although that can also be true) but that there are ways you could take in the country's natural beauty without damaging the fragile ecosystems. Here we show you three of the best eco-friendly safaris in Kenya, so that you can enjoy the African nation without any carbon footprint-related guilt.
  • 26 Nov 2013
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  • Claire Boobbyer
The world is my oyster

Coffee and crafts tour, Costa Rica

Join me on my trip to Costa Rica and learn from my fascinating tour, taking in the Doka Estate Coffee Plantation and seeing the largest oxcart in the world! Read my detailed guide along this amazing plantation and follow the coffee trail, right from where the beans are planted to when they are roasted and poured into a mug. Find out about this region's tradition for crafting the most colourful and intricate oxcarts - a real must-see!
  • 01 Oct 2013
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  • James Corporal
To travel is to live

What are Vietnam's top natural attractions?

If you want to explore Vietnam's most striking natural attraction during your holiday in the country, there are a few sites that should be high on your list of top places to visit. Here we've narrowed it down to three natural sites of breathtaking natural beauty that any true nature lover simply cannot afford to miss in their travel itinerary.
  • 30 Sep 2013
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  • Claire Boobbyer
The world is my oyster

Introducing Birdwatching in Cuba

If you're an avid birdwatcher and plan to travel to Cuba in the pursuit of catching sight of some its rare endemic species, read our guide to the best places in the Caribbean island for spotting the most beautiful of these flying creatures. From the largest swampland in the West Indies to beautiful mangroves, virginal keys and lush mountain regions, Cuba has a wealth of birdwatching sanctuaries.
  • 27 Sep 2013
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  • Claire Boobbyer
The world is my oyster

Taking the Discover Costa Rica Tour

If you want to explore Costa Rica to the fullest and really soak up all its natural and cultural riches then there's only one way to do it - by taking the Discover Costa Rica Tour. In this post you can read about my personal experience discovering the many Costa Rican wonders, trekking through its lush countryside, immersing in its colourful culture, zip-lining along its treetops on the rainforest and bathing in its warm beaches.
  • 25 Sep 2013
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  • Claire Boobbyer
The world is my oyster

Beaches, wildlife and adventure in Guanacaste

Join me on my wild Costa Rican adventure tour through the lush Guanacaste region. Learn about the many spectacular natural wonders I witnessed, the giant waves of the Pacific beaches lapping the golden shore, the exciting nature tours I went on, and the guided birdwatching walks I enjoyed. Guanacaste is sure a place to be experienced with all the senses!