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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

  • 17 Jan 2017
  • Travel Story
Always adventuring

Thailand's five best national park forests

Thailand is blessed with jaw-dropping national parks that blanket its mountains, fill its valleys and spill out onto its beaches. While many tourist brochures show stunning images of coral reefs, remote islands and coastal reserves, there's far more to Thailand's national parks than sea and sand; in fact, some of the country's richest and most pristine wildlife lies in its forests, as I discovered on a recent trip.
  • 15 Dec 2016
  • Travel Story
Always adventuring

Bangkok City - A guide for first-timers

Bangkok; the most mind-boggling of Thai destinations and the most diverse of all can easily overwhelm first-time visitors. This is why I’ve taken the time to write up my own guide to visiting the Thai capital, after having ventured there myself last October and having enjoyed an at times relaxing, others fascinatingly engaging experience. Read on for my top recommendations on visiting Bangkok for the first time and top attractions not to miss.
  • 15 Nov 2016
  • Travel Story
Always adventuring

Beyond green curry - a taste of Thailand

Embarking on a culinary journey is a must in Thailand, especially when you go beyond your comfort zone and taste new, unknown dishes. During my time there I ventured beyond the typical takeaway green curries, who most people associate with Thailand (and which taste much better in their place of origin) to try regional cuisines that changed in line with the landscape and the different geographical zones. The result was a sizzling palate rewarded with an incredible variety of flavours.
  • 03 Nov 2016
  • Travel Story
Always adventuring

City Guide: 24 hours in Chiang Mai

If you happen to be in Chiang Mai for a very limited time, this guide is the one to read. Check out my packed itinerary of what to do in the city for a day; right from the moment you awaken to very last minute before you tuck into bed. This 24-hour Chiang Mai guide will give you a full taste of the city, from where to enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner to where to base yourself for people-watching, getting a monk blessing and exploring the main temples and sites.
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