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Four Great Travel Writing Books About Travelling With Your Dog

Anyone who has a dog knows how much their best friend loves getting out and about, and these four books are among the best travel writing books which feature a canine companion in the writing.

1. Narrow Dog to Carcassonne; by Terry Darlington

One of the best and funniest travel books ever written full stop, with Jim the whippet as the integral part of the book. Why one would ever think of taking a narrow boat across the English Channel with a dog is something else, but it is beautifully and evocatively written and makes Jim a hero.

2. The Cruelest Miles; by Gay and Laney Salisbury

Some may not consider it a travel writing book in the pure sense, but it’s an amazing story of the dogs who carried a life saving serum across the ice of Alaska and inspired the annual Iditarod Dog Sled Race, whilst also immortalising the lead dog, Balto.

3. Freedom on Both Ends of the Leash: A Dog, His Man, Their Journey; by Ara Gureghian

This may divide opinion and is written by the author in his own inimitable style. It tells of his travels – still continuing – across North America with a dog he rescued, Spirit. Cool dog.

4. Travels with Macy; by Bruce Fogle

British Vet, Bruce Fogle, along with his dog, Macy, retraces John Steinbeck’s path from the American author’s 1960’s classic Travels with Charley. 

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Meet Emma Svensson: She’s Climbing All of Europe’s Highest Mountains in One Year

Swedish photographer, Emma Svensson is climbing the highest mountain in every country in Europe. That’s 49 peaks. In one year.

The 49 peaksShe says that “after climbing Elbrus [in Russia] I got home and became restless and decided to climb the highest mountain in every country in Europe. I was on the top of Elbrus on August 1, 2017 so I have until August 1, 2018 to climb all 49 peaks.”

As well as Elbrus (5642m), she has already climbed Mont Blanc (4810m), Spain’s Mulhacén  (3478m) and eleven others. Only 38 to go!

She adds that depending on how you count Europe, there are different lists. “Others who have done Europe’s high points have mostly done the upper list, geographical Europe [click on the list on the right hand side]. So that is my main goal. If I do that I will be the first Swede to do this. But if possible, I will also try to do the extra mountains, just for fun.” You can see the list of those extra mountains on her website.

That is quite some definition of fun. But it will definitely be quite some achievement.

You can follow her progress on her website

On a slightly lower scale, we have t-shirts celebrating some of the UK’s mountains and treks:

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New Range of T-Shirts & Tank Tops for Runners

We have released a new range of t-shirts and tank tops for runners. Our first design is all about running words together… So if you rave about running, marvel about marathons or just love getting out in the open and hitting the pavement/forests to get fit (or you know someone who does…), then these t-shirts may be for you.

We have a range of colours and sizes for all.

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Running a Marathon? Here’s 3 Inspirational Stories to Encourage You

If you’re training for a marathon or half-marathon, or thinking about running one, then here’s three very different inspirational stories which should keep you going or get you onto the road:

Heart transplant survivor runs half-marathon with her team of doctors

Kristin Marx recently ran the Milwaukee Half-Marathon, more than 16 years after she had been diagnosed with cardiomyopathy and had to have a heart transplant.

Woman Sets Marathon Record in 3-Inch Stilettos

27-year-old Irene Sewell of Blacksburg, Virginia, and ex-professional ballroom dancer for five years, has set a record for running a marathon in high heels! She ran the 26.2 miles at the recent 7 Bridges Marathon in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  She ran the race in 7:27:53.

56-year-old wins Niagara, first marathon victory in 23 years

Masters runner, Stuart Galloway won the recent Niagara Falls International Marathon – his first win at this distance in more than 20 years, at the age of 56. He beat 1005 other entrants in a time of 2:51:07.

And if you’re looking for a t-shirt or tank-top to help you on your way, then we have our unique designs:

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15 Ways to See Multiple National US Parks In Just 3 Days

Combining visits to well-known national parks with some lesser-known treasures, the National Park Foundation’s new “Road Trippin'” guide inspires people to getaway for a long weekend with 15 different national park itineraries.

“Our guide details how it’s possible to enjoy a variety of national park experiences in just three days,” said Will Shafroth, president of the National Park Foundation. “Through easy to follow, diverse itineraries, we hope to motivate more people to plan a national park trip of their own.”

Featuring natural, cultural, and historical parks, and a mix of interests and activity levels, the guide’s suggestions include:

  • Traveling through time in Idaho with visits to Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument, Minidoka National Historic Site, Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve, and City of Rocks National Reserve
  • Re-tracing history from Tennessee to Mississippi with visits to Natchez Trace Parkway, Shiloh National Military Park, Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site, and Tupelo National Battlefield
  • Discovering spectacular stories of South Dakota with visits to Wind Cave National Park, Badlands National Park, and Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

“Road Trippin'” is the tenth special edition in the National Park Foundation’s popular and FREE Owner’s Guide series. When visitors download their copy of the guide, they’ll also have access to other national park guides highlighting great places to stay, romantic destinations, adventures for kids of all ages, and more.

Visit to download a free copy of “Road Trippin'”.

And if you’re inspired to get out trekking, then here’s a selection of our t-shirts you might like:

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Series Six of Ben Fogle New Lives in The Wild

Periodista inglés Ben Fogle visita barrio La Ronda - Quito Ecuador

One of our favourite travel programmes on TV, Ben Fogle’s New Lives in the Wild, has started Season 6, in which Ben meets people who have turned their backs on the daily grind and have setup something new or wild somewhere new and wild! It’s a great insight into what people can do if they really want to do something different and get away from it all.

Ben begins his travels this season in the remote Wilderness Island, off Australia’s north-western cape, to meet Jim, who is pursuing his “Robinson Crusoe” dream. 

This series will include a woman who set up a farm on the edge of the Sahara, a hostel owner in the Guatemalan jungle, and a British couple who founded an Alpaca farm in Spain.

You can see the series on My5.

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World’s Top Restaurants Recognized In TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards

TripAdvisor®, has announced the winners of its Travelers’ Choice® awards for the best fine dining restaurants around the world.

This year’s awards recognize nearly 400 fine dining restaurants, including the Top 25 in the World, plus dedicated lists for Asia, Europe, India, Canada, Mexico, Australia, South America, South Pacific, the U.K. and the US. Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews for restaurants around the world, gathered over a 12-month period.

Top 10 Travelers’ Choice Restaurants in the World

  1. The Black Swan at Oldstead – Oldstead, England
  2. Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons – Great Milton, England
  3. Maison Lameloise – Chagny, France
  4. L’Auberge de l’Ill – Illhaeusern, France
  5. Martin Berasategui – Lasarte, Spain
  6. DanielNew York City, New York
  7. La Colombe – Constantia, South Africa
  8. David’s KitchenChiang Mai, Thailand
  9. Maido – Lima, Peru
  10. El Celler de Can Roca – Girona, Spain


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New Michelin Guide to Washington, D.C. Restaurants

Michelin will this week release the newest edition of the MICHELIN Guide Washington, D.C., for 2018, and they are adding two more star selections to the nation’s capital.

Michelin inspectors, who have been dining anonymously around Washington, D.C., for the last two years, have recognized Komi and Metier for the first time.

Komi, led by local chef Johnny Monis, earns its first star for a Mediterranean tasting menu that offers diners a variety of small bites, house-made pasta, and roasted meat, often goat.

Métier, owned by chef Eric Ziebold and partner Célia Laurent, features menu items that have been locally sourced and décor items from the owners’ personal collections.

Additionally, the 2018 MICHELIN Guide Washington, D.C., recognizes more than 70 restaurants with the Plate symbol, a designation given to restaurants that inspectors recognize as having potential and are recommended to travelers and locals for quality food.

More than 33 styles of cuisines appear in the Guide. Diners can find recommendations for establishments with notable wine, beer, sake and cocktail lists, as well as menus on which average prices are $25 and under.

The 2018 selection includes:

  • Three restaurants with two stars
  • 11 restaurants with one star
  • 22 restaurants with a Bib Gourmand


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Top 4 British Road Trip Films

I published a blog post a while ago with my favourite US Road Trip movies, but when it comes to listing British Road Trip films, that is far harder. But here’s my attempt:

4. Radio On (1979)

Shot in black and white by Wim Wenders’ assistant cameraman Martin Schäfer and featuring music from a number of new wave bands from the time, as well as established artists such as Kraftwerk, Devo and David Bowie. It is a journey through late seventies Britain by way of a road trip from London to Bristol, with Robert, a DJ (played by David Beames) attempting to investigate the suicide of his brother.

3. The Trip (2010)

The TV series with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. So desperate are we for good road trips that we had to accept this as a “film”, but it is excellent. Coogan and Brydon are hilarious, the countryside beautiful and the food looks delicious.

2. Coast to Coast (1987)

Two men, Ritchie Lee (Lenny Henry) and John Carloff (John Shea), team up to start a mobile soul disco by converting an old ice cream van for their work. Wonderful Motown soundtrack, some very funny bits and a great supporting cast from actors such as Peter Vaughan, Pete Postlethwaite and Cherie Lunghi.

1. Sightseers (2012)

A dark and very funny comedy where the ‘hero’ Chris, takes his girlfriend on a trip around the UK but a ‘dream caravan holiday’ does not turn out to be such a dream. Definitely black in its humour and a dark ending not to be forgotten.

31/10/17: And an honourable mention to Channel 4’s new series, The End of the F***ing World – a road trip by 2 disillusioned teenagers. Excellent viewing.

The Three Peaks Challenge

If this inspires you to combine your own road trip with some serious hiking, then you could consider the Three Peaks Challenge – in which case, we have some t-shirts which might complement your trip!