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.
… Tips for Preparing Your Travel Adventures for 2017
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
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
Our Dulcet Christmas Wishes to You, Our Readers! Why do we all love the Internet so much? Because it allows us to answer back! “Two-way communication” is, I believe, the technical term for this. Writers no longer talk to but with their readers, leading to proper and real conversations all over cyberspace. Isn’t that wonderful?
Some of you, however, have sent me little messages in the form of comments on our posts over
… A Wally Christmas to All!
Hiking Reads Summer has – finally! – arrived in Europe, and not a moment too soon, just in time for the peak of the holiday season.
For hikers, however, temperatures above 30° centigrade (that’s the high 80s and 90s for you) are a mixed blessing. For some trails, perhaps even for all trails, this is just too hot! So, let’s be lazy for a few days – after all, everybody needs a break.
… Hiking Reads for Summer
Rebirth is in the air: early April* is the time of year when trees are blossoming, birds are looking for mates and bloggers are rethinking their blogging strategies.
This is what my own strategic rethinking process produced.
There are many ways in which blogs are unlike political parties, but there are also some points they have in common. Take the Republican party (or the British Tories), for example: they would no longer be
… What’s New, Pussycat?
Help Promote Better Child Protection Something about Third World Travel
The arguments for and against traveling to 3rd world countries are very similar to the ones for and against buying clothes from Bangla Desh. No, say some: to do so inevitably means supporting unsustainable and at times downright inhuman practices. But, say the others, if you stop giving your business to these people you take away one of the few opportunities they have
… Promote Better Child Protection in Tourism
Here is something for your bucket list: Crossing Borders on Foot
We are crossing borders all the time, more than any generation before us, but choose to do so in the most uncivilized way possible – most of the time above the clouds on our way from one identikit airport to the next.
Trains and cars are little better. Often, we only notice that we are in a different
… Crossing Borders
What is the worst enemy of a hiker?
Not the cold: you can quite easily defeat the cold by wearing an extra layer of clothing – and by pulling your thickest sweater on top. It’s not the heat, either – there is an old and trusted weapon against hot weather, called “taking it easy”. It’s not even short winter days: you can leave early. And neither is it the snow – I have
… I’ll Do My Walking in the Rain (Not)
Dirk has a Passion for All that is Wine
The German wine-growing season is slowly reaching its climax: Bad Dürkheim’s Wurstmarkt, the world’s largest wine festival, has just broken a new attendance record (with nearly 700,000 visitors over two weekends), while many similar festivities still remain to look forward to. Today and for the rest of the week, we will return to one of Germany’s foremost wine-growing regions.
… A Passion for All that is Wine