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Lucy Grewcock

The Escape Artist

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One-off experiences, action-filled adventures and eye-popping cultural encounters: my kind of travel is all about switching-off from the everyday to discover the ultimate escape.

If you can ski it, surf it, bike it or hike it, I'm there. But I'm a sucker for culture too and find chaotic cities and ethnic enclaves just as exciting.

From windsurf instructor to chalet girl, I've travelled under many different guises but nowadays you'll find me scribbling in my notebook, penning my next travel article for the national press.

A Mandarin degree sent me to China in my 20s, as an expedition leader I've guided groups in the Amazon and, when I won the Guardian's ‘adventure travel writing competition,' the paper packed me off to Antarctica.

Follow my blogs to find inspiration for your next escape.


Lucy's Been There Done That

  • Dived with whale sharks in the Philippines and great whites in South Africa
  • Travelled the long way round by train, bus and bike from Beijing to Hong Kong
  • Hung out with penguins and elephant seals on the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Canoed crocodile-filled backwaters in the Amazon Rainforest
  • Escaped from reality on an orangutan research base in the rainforests of Borneo
  • Dodged crevasses and polar bears on a 5-week camping trip in the Arctic

Recent articles by Lucy

  • 18 Aug 2017
  • Travel Story
Always adventuring

Incredible Ayutthaya - a daytrip from Bangkok

Ayutthaya was once one of the world's wealthiest cities. Founded in 1350, it was capital of Siam for more than 400 years and was home to more than a million citizens. In the 16th 17th centuries, merchants from across the globe were in awe of this major international trading port, with its 400-plus gilded temples and elaborate palace buildings.
  • 24 Jul 2017
  • Travel Story
Always adventuring

Riding the Death Railway in Kanchanaburi

Far beyond the lure of Thailand's popular beaches, villages and islands, there are fascinating historical sites to experience, including one amazing centuries-old relic that can still be ridden today. I'm talking about the Death Railway, an infamous feat of civil engineering that cost around 60,000 builders their lives. The restored part of its track remains a working marvel, one through which you can discover the region's dazzling beauty, from dense jungle to raging rivers and dramatic cliffs.
  • 05 Jul 2017
  • Travel Story
Always adventuring

Reflections on Thailand: five reasons why I'll return

With Thailand being an extremely popular destination with one of the highest rate of repeat visitors, there's indeed a thousand reasons why those who make it here end up coming back sooner or later. After having experienced Thailand, myself I can conclude that returning is an urge impossible to resist, especially once your eyes are opened to the many possibilities and remote corners to explore. Read on to learn about the five factors that have me longing to go back.
  • 06 Jun 2017
  • Travel Advice
Always adventuring

Five fantastic daytrips from Bangkok

For when you have limited time to spend in the kaleidoscopic city of Bangkok and you want to see more beyond its reaches, I've come up with five different itineraries to make for memorable daytrips, taking in some of the most evocative sights and wonders surrounding the Thai capital. Read on to see where to spend your time when based in Bangkok but wanting to explore a bit outside its confines, without time-consuming trips or more expensive domestic flights.
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