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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

  • Canoed crocodile-filled backwaters in the Amazon Rainforest
  • Hung out with penguins and elephant seals on the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Dodged crevasses and polar bears on a 5-week camping trip in the Arctic
  • 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
  • Escaped from reality on an orangutan research base in the rainforests of Borneo

Recent articles by Lucy

  • 24 Apr 2018
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Salvador and the Northeast of Brazil - Culture, Caipirinhas and Kitesurfing

What comes to mind when you think of 'Brazil'? Perhaps Sugar Loaf Mountain and Rio de Janeiro; the Amazon rainforest, Iguaçu Falls, or Copacabana Beach? Many of the country's best-known attractions are in the South but, when I visited in November, I chose to miss out on Rio and Southern Brazil. Instead, I spent three weeks in the Northeast.
  • 16 Jan 2018
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Why Laos and where to go

After finally deciding to tick off my long-overdue trip to Laos I was rewarded with the sight of lesser-known marvels that include splendid UNESCO sites, magnificent temples and stunning scenery. This small, low-key and laidback country wedged between far more famous neighbours like Thailand, Cambodia or Vietnam may not get a lot of attention on its own, but perhaps it should...or perhaps we better keep this lovely secret to ourselves, shall we?
  • 13 Dec 2017
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Reflections on St Lucia - why you should explore more

Even though the temptation in warm, scenic and sunny St Lucia is to stay put at your beach resort and lap up the natural beauty from the comfort of a sun-lounger, this blog sheds light on the many benefits of making the effort to explore beyond (though for most places it hardly requires any effort at all) and discovering many more sides to this magical island. Join me as I venture into St Lucia's wealth of vibrant sites beyond the beach.
  • 01 Dec 2017
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Pure joy, climbing Gros Piton in Soufriere, St Lucia

Climbing one of St Lucia's iconic twin peaks is an exhilarating challenge that although tricky in some parts is easily doable by most people with an average level of fitness. It provides you with some very special bird's-eye view over the island as well as the opportunity to spot the rare St Lucian parrot along with some other beautiful wildlife species. Take a leaf from my book and find out what you can look forward to in this sometimes steep but always stunning climb.
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