Europe by Rail – An Indispensable Train Travel Companion

Book Review

Today’s post is about more reading matter, not for quiet contemplation (in contrast to last week’s Christmas reading list) but focusing instead on a single book for your active planning. If you are looking forward to travelling through Europe in 2018, intending to rely on public transport for any part of your journey, this book is for you.

An Indispensable Train Travel Companion

Europe by Rail, now in

Europe by Rail – An Indispensable Train Travel Companion

Cozy Christmas Reading for Hikers

Across most of the northern hemisphere, the Christmas season has always been a time for quiet contemplation rather than hectic activity, the time for thinking things through rather than actually doing them. For hikers, it is a time for remembering past adventures and for planning new ones – and for reading about hikes from the comfort of their armchair.

If you are looking for reading material about specific hikes and hiking in general:

Cozy Christmas Reading for Hikers

Tips for Preparing Your Travel Adventures for 2017

I have always found, going (a long way) back to the time when I was a child, that the week between Christmas and 1 January had something magical about it: the old year is clearly over – newspapers and TV schedules are full with reviews and “this was the year that was” analyses – while the new year still lies in hiding somewhere, slouching towards Bethlehem to be born.

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Tips for Preparing Your Travel Adventures for 2017

Brain Fodder and Eye Candy from 2015 in These Pieces

Christmas time is the time of ancient family rituals. Easy Hiker is not a family, of course, nor is it old enough to have ancient traditions – but I have provided you before (ghosts of Christmases past!) with a brief look into articles about hiking and more generally about travelling that I had found over the year, so I might as well do it again. I could have opened this post by saying that Christmas

Brain Fodder and Eye Candy from 2015 in These Pieces

A Holiday Reading List of Great Travel Writing

Aristotle, Train Stations and the Romance of Travel Christmas may not be the best time of the year for hiking, but it is surely perfect for reading about it: so much time on your hands, so few incentives to step out your front door (with either the rain pouring down in buckets or the temperature below freezing) and nothing on TV but the usual repeats (“Ghosts of Christmases Past”). Here then is a small selection

A Holiday Reading List of Great Travel Writing

Ultimate List of the Essential Tools for Winter Hiking

Guest Post by Chris Beattie For survival on a wintry hike, even for one day, you need the right tools. No self-respecting hiker would set off into the wilderness ill-equipped because nature and the weather tend to be highly unpredictable. Here are some of the key items you’ll need, and some you’ll just want for happy trails this winter.

Photo by blmiers2 from Flickr

1. Resilient footwear

As if tramping for miles

Ultimate List of the Essential Tools for Winter Hiking

The Premier Hiking Hotel in Val Gardena

Hotel Adler Dolomiti specializes on guided hiking tours in the Italian Alps

Hiking, skiing and “wellness” make easy and obvious bedfellows for tourist resorts and hotels in the mountains: skiing in winter, hiking in summer and there are spa-type activities, sports and swimming pools any time of the year, to help people rest and recover between more active pastimes.

Easy and obvious it may be now, but this was much

The Premier Hiking Hotel in Val Gardena

Mala Beach in New Footwear

A coastal walk that produced a few stressful moments – and a stress-free shopping experience This is the story of two firsts.

The first “first” first: never before had we organized a Monaco to Mala Beach hike for a group that was larger than our own little family. But this time, the invitation to take part in the 5 km walk from Monaco to Mala Beach had been extended to all members from

Mala Beach in New Footwear

Product Review: Hiking Pants or Fanny Pack?

Product Review: What’s Best for a Day Hike? Where to put all the stuff you need for a short outdoor trip? We put two popular alternatives to the test.

What size bag or pack to bring is one of hiking’s perennial problems. This is particularly true for day-hiking trips because even a day-backpack is often too big to store just the water bottle, the sandwiches and the camera.

Two alternative solutions

Product Review: Hiking Pants or Fanny Pack?

Christmas Presents for Hikers

Better Late than Never: My Choice Christmas Presents for Hikers This Christmas may already have come and gone, but it is never too late to receive presents, is it? Which is why today’s post is filled with little gifts from the international travel press that may have been overlooked in the hustle-and-bustle of our busy everyday lives when they were first published, but are certainly worth a second look – particularly at this time of

Christmas Presents for Hikers