Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Something unusual for Summer Solstice: My first Microadventure

What is a bivvy bag and why do I need one? for a microadventure? And what exactly is a microadventure?

Alistair Humphreys book has been either on my coffee table or by the side of my bed since I bought it, back in April.

I've honestly been trying for ages to give a microadventure a go. However, the usual excuses of not having time were getting in the way and it was a combination of eventually getting my hands on a bivvy bag and a nudge from a friend that finally got a date in the diary. Then when the day came, I just stuffed a bunch of things in a bag and trotted out the door, without a care in the world.

photo credit: Adam Snelgrove
The great thing is, that's what a microadventure should be about. Not really having to make plans. Just turn up and go. Literally.

Plus it fits in perfectly with my series of unusual experience posts: Fulfill your travel bug with: something unusual

Saturday, 27 June 2015

5 unusual London tours

A first time visitor to the UK's capital will of course want to see the key sights. The choice of organised and guided tours is endless and the quality and price can also vary quite a bit.

What about those who have been there, seen it and done it all already, or perhaps would rather avoid the popular tourist traps and want to venture off the track.

Then there's those who probably live reasonably close to the capital but don't take advantage of this enough.

For me, it's all about getting under the surface of a destination and doing something a little bit different and unusual. As regular readers will know I have been running a series of posts focusing on unusual experiences, more of which you can read about here: Fulfill your travel bug with: something unusual.

As part of this series, for this post, I have been scouting out some of the best tours in London with an unusual theme. Whether you're visiting London to see the sights, or like me, want something different, then some of these really should not be missed.

Monday, 15 June 2015

Experimental travel: walking London from A to Z

As promised in yesterday's post, here are the highlights from my day of experimental travel in London: walking from A to Z, starting at Aaron Hill Road in E6, all the way to Zulu Mews in SW11.

Click here for full detailed Google 'My Map' which you can add to your device.

Staring at the map of my first official Experimental Travel challenge, I felt somewhat overwhelmed.

At almost 13 miles (20 kilometres), which would apparently take just over 4 hours, if we didn't stop, this wasn't going to be a simple walk across London.

The route passes by numerous landmarks, things to do and of course, for us, geocaches. So plenty to explore and experience.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Endless 'unusual' experiences with: Experimental travel (Latourex)

Ten years ago, Lonely Planet released a guide on experimental travel which was based on the concept of Latourex (LAboratoire de TOURisme EXperimental, or in English: LAboratory of EXperimental TOURism), which involves a novel approach to travel, where the journey is based on a quirky concept and can lead to anywhere.

The idea of the book didn't really take off, at least not evidently from the blogosphere. However, some of the ideas and stories within it are definitely worth considering; even if just for something different and unusual to experience.

So, if you have been following along with my series of posts covering unusual experiences in the UK (see 'Fulfil your travel bug with: something unusual' for the list so far), and in my bid to inspire those that can't travel as much as they would like to, you can probably guess what's coming next!?

Sunday, 7 June 2015

10 unusual things to experience in London at night

London's busy nightlife lures people after work on week days and visitors on weekend's. Like many other cities, it completely changes once the sun goes down.

There are many things to experience at night in London, some of which are difficult to get tickets for. However there are plenty of things throughout the year as well. Here are some of my recommendations for the coming months.

Monday, 1 June 2015

An unusual weekend at Open House London and my tips for planning your visit

Open House London is a once a year chance to explore some of London's extensive architecture, and in particular some special and unique buildings that are not normally open to the public. Included in this are: private homes, government buildings, historic sites, educational establishments, and many others.

As part of my series of posts covering unusual experiences (see 'Fulfill your travel bug with: something unusual' for more), I wanted to share with you my experience from last years Open House London event, plus a few tips on how to make the most of this years event in September.