The best day hikes in Hong Kong

Forget the steel skyscrapers, the huge crowds and endless shopping centres. The outdoors is where it’s at in Hong Kong! There are endless hiking opportunities around the city that’ll give you the impression of being in a totally different place! The best time for hiking is October through to May.  Trust me, you don’t want to be huffing and puffing in the heat and humidity of the summer months! So put on your hiking boots and off we go for some of the best day hikes in Hong Kong! 1. Continue Reading

The best hiking trails on Ilha Grande

Ilha Grande is often described as Brazil’s paradise on earth. Gorgeous beaches and virgin Atlantic forest make this the ideal place to unwind for a couple of days after hectic Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo. The main village of Vila do Abraão is where most people stay, but a few kilometers inland, you have the whole island to yourself! There are 16 well-indicated trails spread all over the island, so wherever you stay you’re likely to find a trail nearby.  Put on your hiking boots Continue Reading

That day I got lost in the Bulgarian woods

We just hung up a bag of food in one of the nearby trees. Food, soap, shampoo: anything that smelled really! I remember from my trip to the USA a few years ago, that, if you are in bear-country, you’d better make sure to keep everything that could possible attract them, far away from you. And apparently, the Bulgarian Rhodope mountains, the place where we were stuck, was bear territory indeed. When setting off this morning the lady at the Chepelare tourist office warned us: “Be careful of Continue Reading

The 5 most beautiful hiking trails on Sao Miguel

What if I told you that there is a place in Europe where the vegetation is as lush as in a tropical rain forest? A place where the landscape is interspersed with azure volcanic lakes, where you can bathe in sulfuric hot springs and drive from viewpoint to viewpoint, each one even more dramatic than the last. Welcome to the Azores! An ecological paradise in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, made up of 9 different islands, 1360 kilometres from continental Europe and 1925 kilometres from North Continue Reading