Features // Lottie Gross

The man who accidentally picked up a pet penguin in Uruguay
The man who accidentally picked up a pet penguin in Uruguay

Tom Michell, author of The Penguin Lessons, was an intrepid but fairly ordinary 23 year old when he travelled to Argentina in the 1970s to teach English in a boys’ school. But on one school break, in which he travelled through Brazil and Uruguay, he picked up an unusual companion… Here’s the story of how it…

Video: couple captures the romance of Norway’s wild storms
Video: couple captures the romance of Norway’s wild storms

If howling winds and unrelenting rains aren’t your idea of a romantic break, then perhaps this isn’t the trip for you. But watch this video, and it might change your mind… Norway‘s rugged coastline is battered by wild storms every winter, but that doesn’t mean adventure, and even a bit of romance, isn’t possible – as…

The magic of Vietnam in 22 pictures
The magic of Vietnam in 22 pictures

Vietnam: an intoxicating country full of stunning sights, sizzling beaches and sumptuous food. It’s a country bound to make an impact on you, no matter where you go, whether it’s trekking with hill tribes near Sa Pa, or whizzing around Ho Chi Minh City on a motorbike. From our favourite Picfair photographers, here are 22 gorgeous…

21 pictures of Iceland to make you swoon
21 pictures of Iceland to make you swoon

Iceland‘s landscapes look different from every angle and at every time of day. Whether it’s a late-morning sunrise in the middle of winter, or the aurora borealis dancing in the skies above a glassy lake, the country produces vistas that make even the most travel-weary adventurers say “wow”. The climate can be challenging, but the rewards are plenty –…

9 secret cabins that’ll have you pining for your own
9 secret cabins that’ll have you pining for your own

We all want to get away. To find a refuge we can retreat to for peace, quiet and solitude; a place where our mind can breathe. This was the driving force behind Zach Klein and his friends when they started up their Cabin Porn Tumblr blog. “Inside each of us is a home ready to be…

Poll: is travel the best education you can get?
Poll: is travel the best education you can get?

Education; noun; the act or process of acquiring knowledge. Travel may just be the best education you can get. Sitting at a desk studying page after page is only half the story; exploring the world can give you so much more than just knowledge. You can learn about the geology of the Grand Canyon in…

5 TED Talks that will inspire every traveller
5 TED Talks that will inspire every traveller

If you’re in need of inspiration, TED Talks aren’t short of it for most topics – and they certainly aren’t lacking when it comes to travel. You could spend hours watching presentation after presentation, soaking up all the words of influential and interesting people from around the world. But we’ve got a few favourites; here are…

The best of Instagram’s travelling pets
The best of Instagram’s travelling pets

If there was ever a perfect pairing on Instagram, it’s travel and pets. You might look at a landscape and think: yes, that is beautiful. But it’s still missing something. Sometimes it takes a fluffy friend to give an image that real awe (or aww) factor. From climbing cats to daring dogs, Instagram plays the visual home to some…

6 reasons to visit Edinburgh outside of the Fringe
6 reasons to visit Edinburgh outside of the Fringe

It’s that time of year again: Edinburgh has taken off its Festival face and the Fringe has finally petered out of our social media feeds. After a month-long celebration of all things arts, culture and creativity, the city can go back to sleep. Or can it? It’s not all about the Fringe in Scotland’s capital…

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