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The Most Beautiful City In The World: Cape Town

Posted by on May 27th 2015 in Africa, Inspiration, Luxury, Travel Tips & Advice

The Most Beautiful City In The World: Cape Town
Why you need to visit Cape Town, South Africa   

The great explorer Sir Francis Drake was not wrong in the year 1580 by naming this “the fairest Cape in all the world”. On arriving here yourself, whether by sea or air, it’s almost impossible to disagree with him; quite simply this city is spectacular. More recent acknowledgement of this would be in 2014 when the city of Cape Town was named "the best place in the world to visit"  by both The New York Times and The Telegraph newspapers. 

When traveling from London, New York...

Mallorca - The Luxury Jewel In the Mediterranean

Posted by on May 20th 2015 in Europe, Inspiration, Luxury, Travel Tips & Advice

Mallorca - The Luxury Jewel In the Mediterranean
What's the best island in the Mediterranean? 

Mallorca, the largest of the Balearic Islands, for seven hundred years a strategic enclave, the jewel of the Mediterranean Sea. Known as 'The King's Island' and favorite of everyone from royalty, celebrities and millionaires right down to the common man. The island now attracts as many as 10 million tourists a year, so it is no wonder the name alone has become synonymous with 'holidays'.

There’s a relaxed and friendly atmosphere at this most emblematic of Mediterranean vacation hotspots. It’s a place totally at one with...

Top Travel Books to Read (Part One)

Posted by on May 13th 2015 in Adventure & Expeditions, Book Reviews, Inspiration

Book Covers
Eight travel books everyone should read 

Packing a book or two to enjoy whilst on this summer's vacation? You would do very well considering any of the below, some of our personal favourites will take you to all corners of the world: 

1. First Overland by Tim Slessor.  Buckle up and enjoy the trip of a lifetime. In 1955 to 1956, two teams of recent Oxford and Cambridge University graduates undertook a never repeated London to Singapore overland journey (including Burma one year before it closed its borders to...

Sir Ranulph Fiennes triumphs at 71 completing Marathon des Sables

Posted by on May 8th 2015 in Adventure & Expeditions, Africa, Inspiration, Sandgrouse News

Sir Ranulph Fiennes triumphs at 71 completing Marathon des Sables
Congratulations to Sir Ranulph Fiennes

The veteran, heroic explorer, described by the Guinness Book of Records as “the world’s greatest living explorer”, has completed the toughest footrace on earth and in doing so becomes the oldest Briton to complete the grueling 6-day Sahara ultra-marathon in Morocco.

Following his epic trek, Sir Ranulph’s chosen charity, Marie Curie, will receive donations in excess of £99,000 at the time of writing. Marie Curie is a charity close to Sir Ranulph’s heart and helps nurses assist those with terminal illness, including but not exclusively...

Micro Adventure: Catch A Sunrise And Hit Your Inner Reset Button

Posted by on April 30th 2015 in Adventure & Expeditions, Inspiration

Sunrise at 4:45am

"Sunrise is a moment that’s blissfully rejuvenating and potentially the most splendid aspect of anyone's day. For many I imagine, this moment of peace and solitude would be 'the calm before the storm'.”

Feeling like you’re stuck in a rut? 

Maybe you are. Many of us lead very busy lives. We are restricted by the timetables of the modern working world, dictating much of what we are able to enjoy. Hemmed in and holding back our imaginations, the restrictions act like great dam...

Book Review: A Long Walk In The High Hills - Selina Scott

Posted by on April 21st 2015 in Book Reviews, Europe

Book Review: A Long Walk In The High Hills - Selina Scott
Mallorca, the island of a thousand contrasts

For many travelers, Mediterranean island locations are perceived to be "just another sun-drenched hotel and beach resort". They would be wrong to do so. Selina Scott’s A Long Walk in the High Hills firmly rebuts this view of the largest of the Balearic islands, Mallorca.

"The true achievement of this book is that it leaves the reader wanting to discover Scott’s Mallorca for themselves."

Selina Scott, whose television broadcasting career in news and documentaries ranged from Europe to the USA, reveals a new...

An Interview With Record-Breaking British Adventurer, Author and Motivational Speaker: Dave Cornthwaite

Posted by on April 7th 2015 in Adventure & Expeditions, Ambassadors, Inspiration, Interviews, Scandinavia

Dave Cornthwaite
"Solo 1,000-mile pedal-powered kayak trip across Scandinavia"

Dave Cornthwaite is a British adventurer, author and motivational speaker. He is the founder of the exciting potential-fulfilling brand “SayYesMore” and is now well on his way to completing something quite remarkable – Expedition1000.

You may not know of Dave Cornthwaite, but we think you really ought to.  This man’s infectious enthusiasm and zest for life is impossible to ignore. We have no doubt you’ll agree with us and hope that you might be able...

Three Simple Ways To Enhance Your Next Vacation

Posted by on March 30th 2015 in Inspiration, Travel Tips & Advice

Three Simple Ways To Enhance Your Next Vacation

We asked one of our resident travel designers, Jonny, if there were any tips he had which help to enhance his own travel experiences. 

"When heading to a new country, I try and remember three golden rules. These may seem simple, but they can easily be forgotten in the pre-travel mad rush and even when on your trip." 

1. Research 

"Much of the excitement around my own travels is the anticipation of what's to come, what's out there. Therefore research and planning for trips is something I highly recommend you learn...

Farewell To A Safari Legend

Posted by on March 16th 2015 in Adventure & Expeditions, Africa, Sandgrouse News

Farewell To A Safari Legend
"Beyond Fashion" 

The Land Rover Defender has an esteemed heritage, and with good reason. The Defender we know and love today is a vehicle that has assumed legendary status the world over. This is because since Land Rover's inception 68 years ago in 1947, little has changed to the design. Fail proof, tried and tested, easy to adapt to the user's requirements and complete with an uncanny ability to go practically anywhere. These key ingredients are why it is likely to see these trusty vehicles on your next safari in...

Sir Ranulph Fiennes Turns 71

Posted by on March 10th 2015 in Adventure & Expeditions, Africa, Inspiration, Sandgrouse News

Sir Ranulph Fiennes
At 71, Sir Ranulph Fiennes set to run the Toughest Footrace on Earth

Heroic explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes turned 71 this weekend and in doing so maintains his remarkable hunger and steely determination to challenge himself. In April, Sir Ranulph aims to attempt to run 156 miles (251km) in just 6 days by taking part in the grueling Marathon des Sables.  This Saharan Desert ultra-marathon is ranked by the Discovery Channel as the toughest footrace on earth.

Participation is highly sought after...

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