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Having a winter holiday? 5 of the best holiday reads
December 15, 2014 – 8:27 pm | No Comments yet
Having a winter holiday? 5 of the best holiday reads

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There might be plenty of activities to keep you entertained in the daytime on your winter break but what should you do with yourself in the evenings in those cooler climates, or if you have time to lounge by the pool?

Well, it might come as a shock but a good book should be your first choice. They are the perfect entertainment solution, they don’t cost too much, they don’t require charging and they offer you whole new worlds to become immersed in. So with that in mind, here’s our list of the top five best holiday reads for your winter getaway:

 

Thriller

Stephen King – Full Dark, No Stars
This compilation of five short stories from world-renowned author Stephen King doesn’t disappoint; he continues to produce stories that keep you on the edge of your seat with beautifully crafted characters and plot twists. The five stories can be read in any order, so we suggest you get through Under the Weather first, as it could be considered the weaker story of the lot.

A Good Marriage, which is now being made into a feature length film, describes the story of a wife finding out that her husband is not all he appears to be and is our favourite. Perfect for reading in front of the fire on your holiday to Lapland or by the pool in your Portugal property, you’ll finish reading, lift your head and blink into the light, unsure what to do next.

 

Lighthearted Young Adult

Zoella – Girl Online
If you haven’t heard of Zoella then you probably haven’t been on the Internet lately. The 24-year-old lifestyle blogger has taken the social world by storm and recently published a book. Following the story of a well, young female lifestyle blogger, Girl Online is an encapsulation of the trials and tribulations for a young girl growing up, whilst she also deals with falling in love for the first time.

The book has actually broken the record for first week book sales, selling 78,109 copies and beating the likes of JK Rowling. If you’re looking for something sugary sweet and easy to read then Girl Online is the perfect romance novel to enjoy in your sun lounger.

 

Life affirming

Cecelia Ahern – The Year I Met You
Cecelia Ahern quickly found literary fame when Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler played the roles of Holly and Gerry in the film adaptation of her novel, PS I Love You. She has since gone on to sell 20 million books worldwide. Her latest book is not essentially a romance but more of a story that follows its lead character searching for purpose and finding her feet in life. It’s great if you’re looking for something in depth and emotional whilst relaxing in a log cabin in France, with a large glass of wine.

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Essential Music Festival Packing Guide Infographic
December 12, 2014 – 2:44 pm | Comments Off
Essential Music Festival Packing Guide Infographic

Take a look at the infographic to know all that you need with you when you participate at a music festival.

Funding the Backpacker in You
December 6, 2014 – 12:40 am | Comments Off
Funding the Backpacker in You

You know the saying, all dressed up with nowhere to go, well the same probably applies to you right now, sitting there with wanderlust, a packed bag and no money to fund your epic trip around the globe.

Backpacking Checklist: The Essentials
December 1, 2014 – 3:55 pm | Comments Off
Backpacking Checklist: The Essentials

You’ve got your travel insurance, passport and flight details, had your recommended jabs, and have your clothes and toiletries packed. So, what else do you need?

Get Fit before You Backpack
November 19, 2014 – 2:16 pm | Comments Off
Get Fit before You Backpack

Being physically fit is more likely to prevent injuries and ensure you feel good throughout your trip. Here are some important fitness areas to work on ahead of your trip.

Five Backpackers You’ll Meet On Your Travels (That You’ll Want To Avoid).
November 18, 2014 – 5:17 pm | Comments Off
Five Backpackers You’ll Meet On Your Travels (That You’ll Want To Avoid).

Ask anyone what the best thing about travelling in and they’ll undoubtedly mention the people they’ve met. at some point you might meet people that you’d rather avoid. Here’s who to look out for..

Essential Fishing Tips for Backpackers
October 28, 2014 – 4:12 pm | Comments Off
Essential Fishing Tips for Backpackers

Away from the comforts of home and familiar surroundings presents plenty of challenges. Here are a few tips to overcome them.

Six Must-Pack Pieces of Kit for a Winter Activity Holiday
October 28, 2014 – 4:03 pm | Comments Off
Six Must-Pack Pieces of Kit for a Winter Activity Holiday

You can have as much fun in sub-zero temperatures as in summer sunshine as long as you’ve packed the right kit. Here’s our guide to the six pieces of kit you’ll absolutely need to pack.

Three Ways to Survive a Winter Hike
October 16, 2014 – 1:36 pm | Comments Off
Three Ways to Survive a Winter Hike

Though this might be true, it’s also the case that walking in the wild outdoors during the winter here in the Great British Isles is not the safest thing to do in the world, and therefore, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to write this short guide…

The Top 5 Souvenirs for Backpackers
October 16, 2014 – 11:00 am | Comments Off
The Top 5 Souvenirs for Backpackers

To avoid returning home minus a fully functional back and with shoulders resembling a weightlifters, these are the items you should be buying.

The Ultimate Backpacker’s List of Essentials
September 19, 2014 – 11:52 am | Comments Off
The Ultimate Backpacker’s List of Essentials

Traditionally a niche way to travel, backpacking’s popularity has grown exponentially over the last few years, thanks to its exciting mixture of flexibility, economy and freedom.

Scuba Diving In Tenerife
September 15, 2014 – 2:46 pm | Comments Off
Scuba Diving In Tenerife

European destinations like Tenerife offer the perfect combination of great weather, budget options for accommodation and lots to see underwater.

Three reasons to fall In Love With San Sebastian
September 15, 2014 – 2:38 pm | Comments Off
Three reasons to fall In Love With San Sebastian

At the heart of the Basque region in northern Spain lies the coastal city of San Sebastian. All at once charming, trendy, lively and laidback, San Seb.

Colorado and the battle to legalize pot
July 12, 2014 – 3:14 pm | Comments Off
Colorado and the battle to legalize pot

To help clear things up, we explain the main arguments of both legalization activists and prohibition supporters, so you can make up your own mind.

5 Best Hemp Products for Travelers
June 30, 2014 – 6:49 pm | Comments Off
5 Best Hemp Products for Travelers

That said there are a few items that come in really handy and are well worth making space for. Here are 5 hemp based products that all travelers should make space for in their backpack: