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Italian Dolomites

A Week in the Dolomites

Driving up the motorway from Venice to the Dolomites, my heart always lifts as the plains give way to deep green forests and steep limestone gorges. When I reach Calalzo, the start and end point of our Dolomites circuit, I can be sure of a warm welcome from the family who run the Hotel Ferrovia;...

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Tour du Mont Blanc, hiker

Glorious day hiking around Chamonix

Now that you’ve done all your training at home in preparation for your Mont Blanc trek, you can warm up your legs before the main event with day walks around Chamonix. This gateway town for all our Tour Mont Blanc treks is a wonderful place to explore. We recommend arriving into Chamonix at least a day...

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Tapas-Barcelona-Spain

Finding foodie paradise in Spain

If you’re a foodie, you’ll love Spain! In fact, it’s pretty hard to have a bad meal in any of the cities I visited last August while on my trip around Europe for our RAW travellers. Spain is world famous for its tapas, and boy oh boy and does it deliver. Wherever you go, a...

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Camino de Santiago, Spain

What to wear when you are walking the Camino

The Camino de Santiago is an incredible journey. To fully enjoy the experience, you need to come well prepared. Working out how to pack light as well as making sure you have everything you need can be very challenging. The maximum weight you are allowed each day for your luggage transfer is 15kg per person,...

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Walker on Via Francigena Italy

Via Francigena: Gambassi Terme to San Gimignano

There is something truly magical about a pilgrimage route – following in the footsteps of thousands of pilgrims on the same earthy country or ancient cobblestone path that has been traversed since the earliest of times. This is what I’m thinking about as I stride out in a rhythmic meditation on Day 2 of my...

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Kiso-Fukushima Nakasendo Way

Discovering the secrets of Kiso-Fukushima

All of the post towns along Japan’s ancient Nakasendo Way have something special of interest. The beautifully restored and preserved post towns of Magome, Tsumago and Narai tend to be more recognisable and picturesque; however, another of the larger but historically very significant towns is Kiso-Fukushima. Kiso-Fukushima is the 37th Edo post station and was...

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Walking the Camino de Santiago

Top 10 tips for preventing blisters

The key to preventing blisters and avoiding unnecessary pain is to eliminate friction. Different things work for different people, but one thing’s for sure: blisters can be prevented with a little bit of effort. The best strategy is to be keep an awareness of your how your feet are feeling and recognise if there is...

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Hiking

Tips for hiking in hot weather

Having just completed one of our Walk & Talks in Victoria’s Point Nepean National Park on a particularly hot day, here are my tips for making your experience on the trail more enjoyable and safer when you are out in the heat this summer. Sip don’t gulp It’s far better to sip water than gulp it...

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English Pub, Coast to Coast walk, UK

Gastronomic delights on the Coast to Coast

Whether it’s a cosy country pub, a quiet village cafe or a 5-star restaurant, there are endless ways to sample local specialties and gastronomic cuisine along the Coast to Coast as you walk through Cumbria and North Yorkshire. High-quality, locally sourced produce ranges from the famous Cumberland sausage (stuffed with herbs and finely chopped pork)...

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