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Introducing the Every-Day Explorer Podcast

  Here at GKM, we’ve always been advocates for slow travel and adventuring on your own doorstep. We maintain a big focus on how to show ...

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6 reasons to visit Scotland in autumn

21st September 2016   For our indie travel journal, A Year in the UK & Ireland, we ventured to Scotland for two months over September ...

5 easy western Algarve walks

  The wild western Algarve boasts a range of landscapes: undulating hills, thick forests, arid plains, and a dramatic coastline. Discover ...

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Alternative Manchester City Guide

  A thriving arts program, a strong student community, pioneering architecture and industry, a vibrant LGBT scene, world-class food and drink ...

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Living abroad: 7 realities to know before you go

  Living abroad can be one of life's most thrilling adventures, and something everyone should consider if possible. Whether you spend a ...

Loulé Market: a glimpse into century-old Portugal

Author: Emma Higgins  //  September 9th 2016   I enter, and the first thing I hear is the thump of a chopping knife. In the ...

Every-Day Explorer Podcast Ep. 10: Expat Life and Taking Your Career Abroad

We're talking about something a bit different for this episode of the Every-Day Explorer Podcast. While almost all our episodes up until now have ...

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Ireland Guide: a Weekend in Wicklow Itinerary

  County Wicklow is famously known as the Garden of Ireland, and it's easy to see why. Characterised by verdant rolling hills, yellow gorse ...

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6 Budget-Friendly Places for Lunch in Porto

  Beautiful Porto is full of great places to eat, but with a busy tourist centre it's hard to find good food at affordable prices. These six ...

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Every-Day Explorer Podcast Ep. 9: Get into Photography for Immerisve Travel Experiences

We love taking photos here at GKM. We regularly go on photo walks, we get a thrill out of Instagram, and we care for our cameras as if they were our ...

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The Ultimate Guide to Being a Traveller at Home

  Not everyone can travel the world all the time – in fact, very few of us can. However, that's not to say you can't play being a ...

Every-Day Explorer Podcast Ep. 8: Why You Should Start Cycling Now

There's nothing quite like the freedom of feeling the wind in your hair while riding a bike. Cheaper and greener than a car, and quicker than ...

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Prodigal Sun: Eastbourne in Pictures

Words: Clare Finney  //  Photos: Joseph Fox  //  August 22nd 2016   There’s barely a blade out of place in the manicured gardens. ...

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Portugal Hotel Review: Monte Falperras, Alentejo

Author: Emma Higgins  //  August 18th 2016   During the summer months in Portugal’s Alentejo, it feels like the air doesn’t move. ...

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Every-Day Explorer Podcast Ep. 7: How to Rock a City Break

When many of us want to get away for the weekend, we choose to escape on a city break. Spending a couple of days in an exciting new city is one of ...

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8 Signs You’ve Found the Perfect Travel Companion

  Finding the perfect travel companion is like finding the holy grail, but when you discover the travel buddy of your dreams you wonder how ...

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Every-Day Explorer Podcast Ep. 6: Wild Swimming 101 – take the plunge to widen your world

Wild swimming is nothing new. People have been taking a dip in lakes and rivers across the world for thousands of years. And yet, for most of us it ...

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Every-Day Explorer Podcast Ep. 5: Volunteer at Home or Abroad to Discover the World

When you first think of volunteering and travel, pictures of schools or building projects across the world no doubt spring to mind. While these ...

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Lisbon Days Trips: Discover the Setúbal Peninsula

  Around 40km south of central Lisbon a headland protrudes west, out into the Atlantic Ocean. On top of the very end sits a lighthouse, which ...

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Every-Day Explorer Podcast Ep. 4: Secret Adventures and How to Find the Outdoors in Big Cities

Today we're joined by Madoc Threipland, a keen traveller from London who founded a company named Secret Adventures. Designed to prove that the thrill ...

5 Ways to Find Outdoor Adventure in Cities

  For the outdoor adventurer, urban spaces can be claustrophobic. We find ourselves craving fresh air, big open landscapes, and the sound of ...

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Hotel Review: Quinta do Miguel, Portugal

Author: Emma Higgins  //  July 20th 2016   I pulled up to Quinta do Miguel with white dust in my trail from the rural tracks I’d been ...

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Every-Day Explorer Podcast Ep. 3: Why ‘Quit Your Job and Go’ is Terrible Travel Advice

Today we're joined by Brenna Holeman, who runs a fantastic travel blog called This Battered Suitcase. The inspiration behind collaborating with ...

Every-Day Explorer Podcast Ep. 2: Surrender to the Drift – exploring spaces on foot

In this episode, we're joined by author and filmmaker John Rogers, and we're talking about walking. The large majority of us are blessed with two ...

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Every-Day Explorer Podcast Ep.1: Maximise Your Holiday Time with Daring Destinations

In this episode, we talk about how travelling to unusual, off-beat, and sometimes nerve-wracking destinations is the best use of your few weeks ...

In Praise of Getting Lost (and Not Giving a Damn About It)

Author: Emma Higgins  //  July 12th 2016   When I was eight or nine, I got lost in a hardware store. I was out shopping with my mother ...

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Travel Guide to Ria Formosa Natural Park, Portugal

Author: Emma Higgins  //  July 4th 2016   I begin to wander from the port down to the beach on the other side of the island. There are ...

7 Ways to Manage a Fear of Travel

  We’ve come to a sad time in human history where our fears are played upon on an almost daily basis. Even during a quick scroll through ...

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Porto in Pictures: a City of Contrasts

Author: Emma Higgins  //  June 27th 2016   For most of my walk through the city, my eyes are glued to rooftops. They dart around, eager ...

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Why your travels need a digital detox

Author: Emma Higgins  //  June 16th 2016   Travel has never been easier than it is today. New flight paths are opened up every week, ...

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Cooking Class in Porto: An Evening with Taste Porto

Author: Emma Higgins  //  In collaboration with: Taste Porto  //  June 2nd 2016   As a keen cook, there’s nothing more exciting to ...

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How to Rock a Road Trip

  In 2015, we drove more than 5,000 miles across the British Isles to put together our print journal A Year in the UK & Ireland. Needless ...

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Alternative Porto City Guide

  On first glance, Porto is pretty as a picture. The city centre is full of charming higgledy-piggledy buildings, decorated with ornate tiles ...

How to be a mindful traveller

  Travel and mindfulness go hand in hand. When we're experiencing new places, our minds are exposed to new sights, sounds and smell, so we're ...

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London: Lido Swim and Campfire with Secret Adventures

Author: Emma Higgins  //  May 4th 2016   Against the black night sky, the water of London Fields lido glowed a luminous blue-white. ...

Wild Swimming in England: A First-Timer’s Experience

Author: Emma Higgins  //  April 19th 2016   I never pictured myself walking down a towpath on the outskirts of Oxford on a Sunday ...

Alternative Oxford City Guide

  You’ve been punting. You’ve gawped up at spires and strolled through quads. You’ve visited the Ashmolean. Perhaps you’ve knocked ...

8 Best Boutique B&Bs in Southwest England

  With some of the most beautiful coastal scenery in the UK and green rolling hills inland, southwest England is one of the best places in ...

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Visiting Cornwall: Recapturing Childhood Memories in Looe

Author: Emma Higgins  //  March 27th 2016   Almost everyone has one special place they visited as a child time and time again – a ...

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Travel Guide: 14 Best UK Beach Breaks

  Oh we do like to be beside the seaside, us Brits. We've been flocking to the coast for our holidays for over 100 years, and while the old ...

Wales: A Weekend in the Brecon Beacons Itinerary

  Characterised by vibrant green vistas in summer, rugged brown scenery in autumn, and snowy wonderlands in winter, the Brecon Beacons is one ...

Why Adventure is at Your Fingertips Right Now

Author: Emma Higgins  //  March 3rd, 2016   Last week I was in London and the sun was shining, so I decided to take a walk. I set out ...

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Hiking the Peak District: Indomitable Mam Tor

Author: Emma Higgins  //  March 1st, 2016   I stood at the bottom of the mount and traced my eyeline along the path that ran uphill from ...

Alternative Dublin City Guide

Author: Emma Higgins  //  February 25th 2016   Bursting with Irish charm and a laid-back, effortlessly cool atmosphere, Dublin is a ...

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Days Out in Donegal: Visiting Glenevin Waterfall

  The crisp breeze moved moisture through the air, covering my coat in a film of water without me even noticing. No one was on the trail with ...

Walking the Causeway Coast Way in Northern Ireland

Author: Emma Higgins  //  In partnership with: Ireland Ways  //  January 26th, 2016   I checked weather reports days ahead of time. ...

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Ireland Itinerary: A Weekend in Inishowen, Co. Donegal

Author: Emma Higgins  //  January 19th, 2016   White houses are dotted all over the verdant patchwork landscape, some in rows and others ...

Discover Islay: The Single Malt Whisky Wonderland

  When I arrived on the Scottish island of Islay, I didn’t know a thing about making whisky – but that’s not the case for many people ...

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GKM Guide to Travel Planning: 9 Steps for the Best Trip Ever

  Sometimes the anticipation for a journey can match the greatness of the voyage itself. Other times, a destination can blow all your ...

Wild Islay: Photos from the Queen of the Hebrides

  As an island with no less than eight distilleries, Islay draws in thousands of whisky fanatics every year. Here you’ll find people from ...

Kayaking in Scotland: A Weekend with Sea Kayak Arisaig

  The west coast of Scotland is a playground for the outdoor adventurer. Never-ending rolling hills, craggy coastline, and deserted beaches ...

Days Out in Scotland: Rogie Falls in Ross-shire

  The air hung still; cool and crisp. It was October and autumn was in full swing in the Highlands: the landscape was covered in dense layer ...

What is ‘A Year in the UK & Ireland’?

  Throughout 2015, GKM went on a journey across the UK and Ireland. We kayaked in Scotland’s icy seas, braved winter on clifftops in ...

Alternative Glasgow City Guide

  Gritty, grounded and a true Cinderella’s story, Glasgow doesn’t get half as much credit as it deserves. Years of industrial decline ...

In Pictures: Scotland’s Cairngorms National Park in Autumn

  It was as if King Midas had brushed his fingertips along the treetops. The leaves were a radiant, blinding shade of gold, and it was this ...

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Slow Travel: Time Out in Angus, Scotland

  Sometimes house sitting can take you to the strangest of places. I’ve been looking after people’s pets and homes as I travel for around ...

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Travel Gear Review: Autumn in Scotland with Sprayway

  Scotland in autumn is a vibrant blend of colour: dazzling golds, burnt oranges, muddy browns, deep greens, and slate greys. For that ...

A Food and Drink Guide to Chorlton in Manchester

  I love suburbs, and Chorlton in Manchester is a fine example of such – everything you could possibly need without having to venture into ...

Days Out in England: Marvel at Little Moreton Hall

  “Little Moreton Hall has been an accident waiting to happen for over 400 years.” Comforting words from Jane the National Trust ...

Highlights of Anglesey: An Island Escape in Wales

  Located off the northwestern tip of Wales, Anglesey is the country's largest island. A blend of undisturbed beaches, green fields and ...