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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.

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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

  • 06 Jun 2017
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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.
  • 03 Jan 2017
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Thailand guide for first-timers

You might think a country as popular as Thailand might need little introduction for UK travellers, yet first-time visitors could immensely benefit from a brief introduction and step-by-step guide to navigating the cultural differences and getting the most out of your trip. From currency to the plug adaptors you'll need, mobile reception, top tips and what to pack, read my Thailand guide for first-timers to ensure you enjoy the smoothest of holiday experiences.
  • 10 Oct 2016
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Thailand good reads

Before making the all-important immersion into Thailand, I personally find it a good idea, not only to read up on some background info regarding history and places to see, but to also go beyond the travel guides and get a different, more real and up-close perspective on the country as a whole, its people and their day-to-day outlook on many issues, their worries and passions. The way to get that insider's look is by reading novels either set in Thailand or written by Thai authors, or better yet, both. Here I list my top Thai reads and novels to immerse in before getting there.
  • 26 Sep 2016
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Thailand beyond the beaches: deciding where to go

When thinking of Thailand most people imagine dreamy, out-of-this-world secluded beaches with white sands that go on for miles and the most crystalline shades of aqua-green waters. And, although this image certainly isn't wrong, as Thailand is indeed home to idyllic beach stretches, that's not the full picture, nowhere close to it in fact. This is why, on my upcoming trip to Thailand I'm planning to go beyond the coastal lure and discover more of the country's natural and cultural riches. Find out which Thai destinations made it to the top of my list.
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