Leslie Gilmour

I love hiking. From the Camino de Santiago to the West Highland Way in Scotland or simply a great day hike on the weekend. Hiking refreshes me, my mind, and keeps my body reasonably fit. So far I have walked three Camino routes and many other long distance hikes in the UK, Canada, and around the rest of Europe. One of the best was my hike up Ben Nevis.

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How to Start a Successful Travel Blog

I have been blogging since 2006 and run into all the problems along the way. If you want quicker success with your travel blog then read around and short circuit the learning process.

Best Hiking Pants

Best Hiking Pants

We compared the best hiking pants on the market. Check out our guide that will help you pick out the best hiking pants for your next adventure.

Landscape in Spain on Camino

17 Best Camino de Santiago Blogs

There are many hundreds of Camino blogs started every year as pilgrims keep a diary of their planning, travel, and journey. This is the best of all these many blogs.

best down jackets

Best Down Jackets

We have taken the hard work out of finding the best down jackets for hiking or just being outside during the winter. Read our buying guide in what to look for in a down jacket.

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Do Crocs Run Big?

Born in Colorado in 2002, Crocs footwear can now be found everywhere around the planet. These extremely popular foam-made clogs are available in more than 100 different styles for men, women, and kids. In other words, there are Crocs for every season and occasion – that’s how versatile and adaptable this footwear is.

osprey vs camelbak

Osprey vs CamelBak

Designed to make drinking-on-the-go efficient and convenient, hydration packs are undoubtedly one of the best innovations in the world of hiking. With these, you never have to slow down or stop to take a sip of water.

winter hiking jacket

Columbia vs North Face Winter Jackets

If your search for a perfect winter jacket has led you to compare Columbia vs North Face, you’ve come to the right place. Both Columbia and North Face are high-quality American sportswear brands, and they make some of the best winter jackets on the market.

Salomon vs North Face Hiking

Salomon vs North Face Hiking Shoes

Next to roasting marshmallows over a fire and fishing down at the lake, it’s hard to come up with a more iconic outdoor activity than hiking. There’s nothing quite like it – you wander quietly under the shades of tall trees, march across grasslands, and traverse rugged and rocky ground to finally make it to the top of a summit, where you can enjoy a mesmerizing view.

reasons to hike

Why do People Hike? 12 Reasons to Start Hiking

My love of hiking started when I was young. My grandfather was a lover of nature and he used to drag me on long walks while explaining the world around us. Like many, I rebelled as a teenager and stopped hiking. I was late in my twenties before I start again.

Camino trail in Galicia

Buen Camino! by Natasha & Peter Murtagh – Book Review

If you are looking to get a very good impression of the French Camino or bring back some of the memories from your own journey you can’t go wrong with this book.  I found myself unable to put the book down and wanted to read what happened next – something I am used to in a good novel, but this is real life.

gift ideas for Camino de Santiago pilgrims

13 Gifts Ideas for Camino de Santiago Pilgrims

Beautiful and unique gifts for pilgrims-to-be and memorabilia for pilgrims already finished with the Camino.

Buying presents can be hard especially for pilgrims. Many peregrinos while walking realise that they need very little in life. They live off a backpack for several weeks and stick to a routine of the Camino — wake up, eat, walk, sleep.

Thus material things are no longer as important as before.

Camino family

What is a Camino Family?

I reflected in a previous story, that the Camino is a place where the magic happens, something I have not experienced anywhere else, there is a strange ‘need’ to return that I cannot explain, a longing for something…

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