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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

  • 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

  • 30 Nov 2018
  • Travel Advice
Always adventuring

A return trip to Laos - My plan

Last year, I visited Laos for the first time. Basing myself in the UNESCO city of Luang Prabang, I toured the city's temples, palaces, markets and French-colonial architecture; I took a cruise along the Mekong River and explored the famous Pak Ou Caves; and I spent a day walking with elephants and learning about their conservation at Mandalao Sanctuary.
  • 09 Nov 2018
  • Travel Advice
Always adventuring

Ten reasons why Mauritius is so unique

If you've ever wondered what it is that draws so many holidaymakers to Mauritius and then keeps them coming back time and time again, this blog post will let you in on ten amazing reasons that make this Indian Ocean island so attractive. Beyond its natural captivating beauty, there's so much more to Mauritius than meets the eye and makes this a spellbinding destination worthy of discovery in many more ways than one.
  • 11 Oct 2018
  • Travel Advice
Always adventuring

A guide to Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia

An exotic paradise off the Tanzanian coast, Zanzibar beckons with its coral beaches, fragrant spices and azure waters. Most people think of Zanzibar as an island but, officially, it's an archipelago that's dominated by two main islands – Unguja and Pemba. Also off the Tanzanian coast is lesser-known Mafia – a castaway island with incredible scuba diving.
  • 03 Sep 2018
  • Travel Story
Always adventuring

Zanzibar: Why I want to go back

It's almost two decades since I first visited the island of Zanzibar, or Unguja as its officially known. I was on a gap year, travelling around the world in 2001 after my A-levels. I'd already toured through Asia and Australia, and was working my way overland from South Africa to Kenya. After a fantastic few weeks in Tanzania and the Serengeti, I took the ferry from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar.
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