Don’t waste your university years on wellness

Wellness  – in the broadest sense of the word – is something we should all aspire to. It means being healthy, both mentally and physically. Active. At peace. Balanced. Now in my mid (*ahem* late *ahem*) 20s, I’m pretty into the whole thing. I work out five times a week. I follow a plant-based diet. I barely drink, I don’t smoke, I freak out if I don’t get a least six hours sleep. Rewind back five years, however, and I was a different person altogether. During my BA, I was…

Two Adventures Just for Women Showcase Darwin’s Galapagos through Eyes of Female Naturalists

A leading travel company that specializes in women-only expeditions has teamed up with female Ecuadorian, naturalist-trained guides for two itineraries that explore on land or from the sea the Galapagos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wild Women Expeditions offers more active travel departures for women only than any other tour company in the world. Its programs in the Galapagos epitomize for owner Jennifer Haddow the importance of being part of the solutions emerging in places where tourism, among other issues, places fragile infrastructure at risk. “We run adventure programs with highest…

How to Start a Fire, Plus 15 Other Outdoor Skills That Aren’t Complicated

Because having fun outdoors shouldn’t be complicated, here’s a reminder that even some of the most important skills are simpler than we often make them out to be. #1. Start a Fire Fire requires fuel, air, and heat. Start with the smallest, driest fuel source you can find or make. Stack it in such a way that it’s sheltered from the wind but has plenty of internal airflow. Use a lighter, match, or ferro rod to start a flame. As the fire spreads, gently blow on it to add more…

Is it safe to visit the Amazon?

The murder of British kayaker Emma Kelty on a remote stretch of the Solimões – the name by which the mighty Amazon is known upriver of Manaus – will understandably give pause to anyone planning a visit to Brazil’s green heartland. Brazilian police said Miss Kelty had been shot and killed by robbers – known locally as ‘water rats’ – who then dumped her body in the river. It comes less than a year after police chief, Thyago Garcez, disappeared on the same stretch of river, after he and fellow officers got into…

Western Balkans Adventure Travel Webinar 6: Travel Fairs – How to Get the Most from B2B Tourism Events

Attending travel fairs has been a tried-and-true tactic in the tourism world for decades. The value of these events for networking, creating partnerships, and producing new business is indisputable. However, profitable attendance at these functions is not an accident. Operators who achieve B2B success at fairs have clear strategies that include preparation, information dissemination, precise meeting schedules, and productive follow up. For this session in the Western Balkans Adventure Travel Webinar Series, we’ll speak with three regional tourism experts about the best ways to plan for, think about, and solidify networking…

Why was the UK’s favourite seaside town on the Soviet Union’s nuclear hit list?

There are many measures of a good town, but I think my favourite might be this: whether it was on the Soviet Union’s list of nuclear targets for an attack on Britain. Salcombe, weirdly enough, is thought by the MoD to have been one of those targets because in the event of a decapitatory bombing of London it was going to be a regional seat of government. By that point, I guess, port towns would be doing a roaring trade in mutant three-eyed fish, so it’d be as good a local…

Massive poaching ring uncovered in Pacific Northwest

SEATTLE — An extensive poaching ring is responsible for slaughtering more than 100 black bears, cougars, bobcats, deer and elk in southwestern Washington state and northwestern Oregon, with many of the animals hunted with dogs and then left to rot, authorities said. “There was an absolute wanton disregard for our conservations laws,” Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Capt. Jeff Wickersham said. Seven people – six adults, some of whom have previously been targeted in poaching investigations, and one juvenile – have been charged so far, but investigators plan to…

Hurtigruten Is Kicking Ocean Exploration up a Notch with Underwater Drones

Hurtigruten, the exploration cruise company, has recently partnered with Blueye Robotics; an innovative and environmentally conscious tech company in Norway, for the development of Blueeye Pioneer underwater drones. As the drones share video and images of each guest’s underwater adventure, Blueeye and Hurtigruten implore guests to take exploring into their own hands, with all relevant content being stored and made available to scientists. The underwater drones will be offered to guests on two of Hurtigruten’s groundbreaking hybrid-powered cruise ships; MS Roald Amundsen and MS Fridtjof Nansen. This collaboration between Blueeye…

Airport delays in Europe – your questions answered

It may be the busiest time of the year, yet the EU have chosen this moment to enforce tighter border controls. As a result thousands of British holidaymakers are facing longer airport queues and delays with some even missing their flights homes, especially those travelling home from Spain. Why is this happening? Following the terror attacks in Paris and Belgium the EU has put in place new security measures on April 7. The rules require countries to carry out more stringent checks on travellers entering and leaving the Schengen area, a…

BHS’s former Oxford Street flagship store open its doors again with a little bit of help from Kate Moss

The former BHS Oxford Street store, which became widely associated with the 88-year-old retailer’s tumultuous collapse, is to open its doors again today as Polish fashion chain Reserved launches into the UK. Of the 160 BHS shops that were shuttered following its demise, around 60pc of the estate remains empty with discount retailers such as B&M Bargains taking on the majority of stores. Reserved is hoping to breathe new life into the BHS shop and appeal to British shoppers by hiring supermodel Kate Moss and close-friend of former BHS owner…

River herring, hurt by dams and climate, might be endangered

PORTLAND, Maine — The federal government is reviewing the status of a pair of river herring species to see if the little fish should be listed under the Endangered Species Act because of factors including dams and climate change. The National Marine Fisheries Service is looking at the health of the alewife and blueback herring populations. The fish live in rivers from Maine to Florida, and conservationists have long made the case that their declining populations pose a major problem for the health of ecosystems along the East Coast. The…

Do the colours you wear at work matter?

Does the colour of the clothes you wear at work matter? Could wearing a red tie or dress be the key to getting promoted? Pennsylvania bank boss John Spier was fed up with looking like a “stuffy banker”. So after decades of wearing loose-fitting pinstripe suits and anonymous ties, he decided he wanted a fashion makeover. Taking a leap of faith, Mr Spier enlisted the help of a corporate stylist Toi Sweeney. Overnight his old wardrobe was binned, to be replaced with “warmer ties and a more fitted suit”, says…