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A YEAR IN PORTUGAL – a travel journal

Available for pre-order now     A Year in Portugal is the second edition of our print travel series dedicated to exploring ...

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The definitive Algarve bucket list: 29 tips from east to west

July 18th 2017   Mountains and artisan food, festivals, wildlife, and outdoor adventure galore, the Algarve isn't just about the beach. ...

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Cool off: 5 lakes ideal for wild swimming in Portugal

June 27th 2017   Take a break from the summer heat in these wild swimming spots across the Portugal that see far less crowds than their ...

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Slow travel: 8 tips for soaking up the soul of a city

June 22nd 2017   As a newcomer it's hard to get under the skin of a city, especially if you're only there for a few days. Follow these ...

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Journal extract: An adventure in Inishowen, the edge of Ireland

Words and photos: Emma Higgins  |  June 13th 2017   The following is an extract from a feature in A Year in the UK & Ireland, our ...

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Portuguese recipe: Wine and garlic pork (Carne de vinha d’alhos)

Author: Emma Higgins  |  June 11th 2017   Pork is a popular meat in Portugal, and there are many ways the people cook and prepare it ...

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6 ways to use social media for travel tips and perks

June 7th 2017   It's undeniable that social media is a powerful thing. It's entirely changed the way we travel and access information ...

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Towards the setting sun: a weekend in the western Algarve itinerary

June 1st 2016   Rugged, wild, and beaten by the Atlantic Ocean, the western Algarve offers a different view to what you’d usually ...

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Active Portugal – the best hiking, biking, surfing, and more

May 28th 2017   With one of the most favourable climates in Europe, Portugal is an ideal destination for getting outdoors. Whether you get ...

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9 of the best hotels in the Alentejo, Portugal

May 22nd 2017   Portugal's sizzling Alentejo region is characterised by miles of farming land, undisturbed beaches, historic cities, and ...

Travel light: how to purge weight from your suitcase

May 17th 2017   Wave goodbye to arm-aching suitcase weight with these travel light tips that will have you whipping your luggage up ...

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7 of the best free contemporary art galleries in Lisbon

May 8th 2017   Recently hailed as one of the coolest cities in Europe, Lisbon is full of creatives. These contemporary art galleries in ...

Larger than life: visiting Peneda-Gerês National Park in Portugal

Author: Emma Higgins | April 26th 2017   Standing at Miradouro Pedra Bela, I can see the fresh green emerging from the landscape. Swathes ...

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6 top Portuguese cities to explore (that aren’t Lisbon or Porto)

April 20th 2017   You've done Lisbon. You've done Porto. Where next in Portugal? In this far western corner of Europe, you sort of have ...

Solo travel: What to do at night when you’re travelling alone

April 17th 2017   We'll be the first to encourage anyone to travel alone, but it does have it's difficult moments. Those social hours in ...

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7 lessons learnt from living in Portugal

April 6th 2017   We've been living in Portugal for almost a year now, and the country has amazed us as the months have passed by. With ...

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Bragança travel guide: where to eat, sleep, and wander

March 27th 2017   To look at Bragança's citadel – its walled old town with a 15th-century castle keep and commanding views over the ...

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Trás-os-Montes: Portugal’s forgotten province

Author: Emma Higgins  |  March 20th 2017   The restaurant smells like smoke and meat, a thick scent radiating from the open coal-fired ...

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7 wine-free things to do in the Douro

March 15th 2017   Portugal's Douro region is world-famous for its wine, but hopping from vineyard to vineyard isn't everyone's cup of tea. ...

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Buying travel insurance: 5 things to look out for in the small print

March 12th 2017   Buying travel insurance is the least sexy part of travelling, we all know that. It's one of those necessary evils that ...

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Interview: meet the wild folk of Gather Outdoors

March 8th 2017   It was a year or so ago we found out about Gather Outdoors. Sharing our same beliefs about the endless benefits of ...

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Travel itinerary: a weekend in the Douro, Portugal

March 7th 2017   It's no secret that Portugal's Douro region is one of the most visually stunning places in the country. Its slopes, lined ...

8 tips for an eco-friendly city break

March 6th 2017   City breaks are among our favourite means of travelling, but it's important to stay mindful on these adventures. Cities ...

Where to stay in Porto, Portugal

March 2nd 2017   From up-scale hostels to slick and swanky luxury hotels, this where to stay in Porto guide brings together some of the ...

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Day trips from Porto: Visit Guimarães, birthplace of Portugal

Author: Emma Higgins | February 23rd 2017   The clouds sweep hurriedly over Dom Afonso Henriques' head. He is mounted metres above me, ...

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7 essential Portugal foodie experiences

February 21st 2017   Portugal's culinary scene is hotting up year-on-year. With hundreds of miles of coastline, pastures and farming ...

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GKM diaries: How our travel journal went from wild idea to worldwide seller (Part 3)

Author: Emma Higgins | February 16th 2017 This post is the third and final in a behind-the-scenes series about our print travel journal A Year in ...

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Alternative Algarve travel guide – off the tourist trail

February 13th 2016   It's true that the sun-drenched Algarve makes for a beautiful getaway spot. Foreigners come here in droves over the ...

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7 of the coolest cafés in Lisbon

February 9th 2017 Travelling to Portugal soon? You need our print journal A Year in Portugal, filled with outstanding travel narratives and ...

Why travel at home is more important than ever

Author: Emma Higgins | February 6th 2017   Travelling in your own country is deep at the heart of what GKM is all about. When we decided ...

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From backpacker to jetsetter: 4 easy ways to upgrade your travels

January 31st 2017   Are you getting to the stage in your travel life where you're outgrowing hostel dorm rooms? Do you want to eat out in ...

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Craft beer in Lisbon: Visiting Dois Corvos Brewery

January 27th 2017   There's a constant soundtrack of tinkling at Dois Corvos; bottles clinking against each other in crates as they're ...

Palacio Belmonte: The most enchanting hotel in Lisbon

January 26th 2017   “This is not a hotel. It’s an expression of the things we love, a piece of our soul.” Maria, our host, moved her ...

5 simple Portuguese phrases and language tips for beginners

January 23rd 2017   As we've been living in Portugal, we've of course picked up bits and pieces of Portuguese along the way. We do this in ...

GKM diaries: How our travel journal went from wild idea to worldwide seller (Part 2)

Author: Emma Higgins | January 20th 2017 This post is the second in a behind-the-scenes series about our print travel journal A Year in the UK ...

Alternative Lisbon city guide

January 18th 2017 Travelling to Portugal soon? You need our print journal A Year in Portugal, filled with outstanding travel narratives and ...

6 things they don’t tell you about solo travel

January 13th 2017   Travelling alone is a must-try for every adventurer. But what does it really feel like to be on the road by yourself? ...

GKM diaries: How our travel journal went from wild idea to worldwide seller (Part 1)

Author: Emma Higgins | January 11th 2017   It’s October 2014 and I’m sitting on the floor of a hotel room in Bangkok. I’m on Skype ...

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Responsible tourism: 5 ways to give back as you travel

January 9th 2017   Make a difference on your travels with these five tips that are easy to follow and will take your experiences around ...

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Where to stay in Lagos, Portugal

January 4th 2017 Travelling to Portugal soon? You need our print journal A Year in Portugal, filled with outstanding travel narratives and ...

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Your month-by-month travel calendar: 12 tips for 365 days of adventure

January 3rd 2017 It's January and there's a whole year of exploration and discovery ahead. You've got that big trip planned, but what else? Make ...

5 reasons why Portugal is great for solo travellers

Author: Emma Higgins // December 15th 2016   GKM has been based in Portugal since April 2016, and for large parts of that I've been ...

Évora's Chapel of Bones

Photo journal: Évora’s Chapel of Bones

  'Nos ossos que aqui estamos pelos vossos esperamos'  A sobering message above the entrance to Évora's Chapel of Bones - 'We bones ...

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Algarve travel: a practical guide to eating, sleeping, and getting around

  Portugal’s Algarve is one of the country's easiest, most accessible places to travel around. Tourism has been here for decades (in some ...

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AirBnB advice: how to be the best guest ever

  In the last five years, AirBnB has taken the travel world by storm and opened up local homes across the globe. Over this time, an etiquette ...

7 of the most beautiful Portugal wine hotels

  For decades, wine has been one of the top reasons travellers choose to visit Portugal. Hundreds of vineyards are spread across this ...

Évora hotels: Imani Country House review

  Our car rumbled along the dirt road approaching Imani Country House. When they say country, they really mean it; this hotel might be just ...

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Alentejo Hiking: Taking on Portugal’s Serra D’Ossa

Author: Emma Higgins // November 29th 2016   From my feet the landscape plunges downwards then settles into flat plains. Around five miles ...

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A foodie travel guide to urban exploration

If you're serious about smorgasbords or gaga for gastronomy, this foodie travel guide is an essential for your next city break. We take you through ...

Ireland Travel: A Weekend in Belfast and Co. Antrim

  Belfast and County Antrim have for decades be high on the list for travellers in Northern Ireland. The country’s capital has suffered ...

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Photo journal: Portuguese street artist Vhils

  In the last two decades street art has become a common form of urban expression. There are over 22 million photos on Instagram tagged with ...

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Portugal itinerary: a weekend in Évora in the Alentejo

November 16th 2016   Located 85 miles east of Lisbon, in the heart of Portugal's rustic Alentejo region, Évora is a one-of-a-kind city. ...

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13 UK Winter Staycation Ideas

November 13th 2016   Go with the flow this winter with these thirteen UK winter staycation ideas, from getting out and braving the cold to ...

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Alentejo hotels: Ecorkhotel Suites and Spa

  We arrive at Ecorkhotel to the gentle clanking of bells. The peaceful sound is coming from the necks of grazing livestock in the next field ...

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How to improve your city photography

  City and street photography is among the most captivating in the world. It offers us a glimpse into city life across the planet, and how ...

Photo journal: Late summer in Silves, Portugal

  Summer is coming to a close in the Algarve. It lingered for a while after the August rush, giving us blue skies and warm nights through ...

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A guide to the best markets in the Algarve

On any given day of the week, there are markets held in towns across the Algarve. From the region's best fishmongers to fruit and veg sellers, ...

7 tips to help you start housesitting

  Housesitting is one of the single best ways to travel for free. You get to stay in different places across the globe, in often beautiful ...

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Algarve vineyards: Wine tasting at Quinta do Francês

Author: Emma Higgins  //  October 17th 2016   A rain shower has just passed over the hills in the Algarve. I smell the fresh, damp earth ...

Photo Journal: Ambling around Alvor boardwalks and lagoons

  The quiet village of Alvor sits on the south coast of Portugal, not far from busy Portimão. The main attraction here is a strip of sandy ...