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5 Awesome Adventure Bloggers!

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Food, cars, travel, fashion…you name it, you can blog about it. But, for us Go Ape folk, nothing beats getting stuck into a good ol’ adventure blog. After all, adventure is our specialty…

From trekking the Himalayas to cycling Europe on a tandem, we love reading all about other people’s adventures. Aside from giving us itchy feet and turning us green with envy (thanks very much for sharing those pictures of you soaking up the sun in Oz), we find adventure blogs incredibly inspirational.

Read them, enjoy them, be inspired by them; heck, after reading them, you may even want to start an adventure of your own and blog about it! Here are five of our favourite adventure bloggers:

Adventurous Kate

It’s not a question of where Kate has been, but rather a question of where she hasn’t been. Kate packed in her job at the age of 26 and has since travelled to over 50 countries – solo. In her blog, you can read all about each destination and, in Kate’s words, learn how to travel “easily, safely and adventurously.”

We especially liked her post on zip-lining through the forest in Costa Rica.Expert Vagabond - How to seduce an ostrich

Expert Vagabond

Keen traveller and photographer Matt has been traveling the world for over 4 years. He’s super hot on adventure travel, defining it as “breaking out of your comfort zone, immersing yourself in different cultures and trying new things” (a man after our own hearts, we think). He has blogged about pretty much everything, from camping on erupting volcanoes and cage diving with great whites, to advice on ‘how to seduce an ostrich‘ (yep, that’s a real blog post…)

Hiking The Trail

Hiking The Trail is a blog about backpacking, hiking and camping. Written by Adam, it contains lots of helpful hiking gear reviews and survival tips. Although it’s an American blog, you can find several reviews of English hiking trails on there, too.

Mapping Megan

Megan and Mike are self-confessed adrenaline junkies that have been on the road since 2007. They’ve hiked the Inca Trail, biked in Bolivia and white-water rafted in Iceland…and they’ve written all about their experiences for you to read. Check out their post on 8 Amazing Trips from London, featuring our awesome Forest of Dean and Leeds Castle Tree Top Adventures. According the duo, “life begins outside of your comfort zone.” Hear, hear!

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XpatMatt

Matt confesses that he loves “attempting ridiculous adventures in far-flung places with a total lack of planning and common sense.” Sounds fun. His blog is perfect for people needing a crash-course on travelling and adventure. He offers advice on everything from finding cheap traveling gear to learning how to scuba dive.

Are you ready to start living life adventurously? Start today by booking a trip to Go Ape! From high ropes and stirrups to Tarzan swings to zip wires, our tree-top courses are jam-packed with outdoor adventure activities!

Do you #LoveAdventure? Your favourite trip could win you a three night cabin break with Forest Holidays! Simply tell us, in 50 characters or fewer, why you love adventure. Enter here, but be quick, the competition ends on 22nd February.

The Rise of the Treehouse

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Were you lucky enough to have your own tree house as a kid?

The humble tree house was once a small shack in the garden where we played with friends, escaped from our parents and hosted many a sleepover. Dads with little construction experience would bang a few pieces of wood together, attach a rope ladder to the entrance and Bob’s your uncle…a tree house.

But nowadays it’s not just kids – everyone wants one, with tree houses evolving into something of a luxury rural retreat, equipped with windows, electricity and insulation.

It’s fair to say modern-day tree houses are a far cry from the shacks of yesteryear. Varnished staircases have replaced the dodgy-looking rope ladder, while sturdy doors have replaced Grandma’s old pair of curtains. In fact, many modern tree houses boast verandas, hot tubs, multi-levels and fully-furnished living spaces.

So…it seems like people really do want to experience the ‘high life’ – and we don’t blame them. Tree houses are a great base from which couples and families can connect with – and explore – the great outdoors. They are the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city living and offer a rare chance for you to be completely surrounded by nature, whether you’re nestled deep in the forest or perched on the edge of the rolling countryside. Bliss.

As house prices rise, more people are choosing tree houses as their permanent homes as they are eco-friendly and make for sustainable living. There are also tonnes of tree house hotels popping up all over the UK, so what’s stopping you?

For the optimum outdoor experience, why not combine a tree-top stay with a tree-top adventure at Go Ape? There, you’ll spend the afternoon tackling rope ladders, whizzing down zip wires and swinging through trees as you take on the UK’s number one forest adventure.

Essentials for the Great Outdoors

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Planning another outdoor adventure with your tribe? Whether you’re going to tackle some trails, set up camp in the woods, or hike up a hill or two, there are a few outdoor essentials you can’t leave home without.

Sunscreen

OK, so the British weather is unpredictable at the best of times. But, no matter what the weatherman says, you should always have a trusty bottle of sunscreen to hand. Nothing’s worse than watching your friends have fun and being too sore to move whilst looking a little bit like a lobster.

Waterproofs

You never know what the Great British elements are going to throw at you so pack a waterproof just to be on the safe side!

Insect repellent

If you’re venturing into the deep dark woods, don’t allow yourself to become a bug’s tasty tea-time treat. Make sure you pack plenty of insect repellent to last you the duration of your adventure.

First aid kit

Us adventurous folk have all met with the ground unexpectedly on more than one occasion. Make sure you’re prepared for a fall by packing a first aid kit with all your accident-essentials: plasters, bandages, antiseptic cream, paracetamols, etc.

Flashlight

What’s that rustling in the tent? Maybe you don’t want to know. Still, if your outdoor adventures are likely to carry on until or through the night, a flashlight is a must.

Drink and food

Exploring is thirsty work. Not only that, but it’s important to stay hydrated, so make sure you pack plenty of water and keep yourself topped up throughout the day. You’re also likely to build up an appetite, too, but instead of cramming your rucksack with crisps and chocolate that will make you feel lethargic, instead pack it with plenty of nutritious and filling grub.

Camera

Your outdoor adventures will no doubt provide you with plenty of picture-perfect opportunities. Pack a camera and don’t be ashamed to get snap happy.

Looking for ideas for your next outdoor adventure? Why not gather your tribe together and spend an afternoon climbing rope ladders, tackling Tarzan swings and whizzing down zip wires at Go Ape?

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