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Official site of Kerry Christiani – travel writer, author, photographer and translator.

Adventures in Pembrokeshire

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Nowhere in the UK can rival Pembrokeshire, in Wales’ wild southwest, for coastal adventures. Here, you can eye puffins on Skomer, feel your stomach somersault as you jump from giddy heights while coasteering and kayak in silent exhilaration below cliffs that have been around since dinosaurs roamed the Earth. My Lonely Planet feature.

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Telegraph review: Gliffaes

Gliffaes Hotel, Crickhowell.
Gliffaes Hotel, Crickhowell.

Nowhere captures the soothing beauty of the Brecons and slows the pace like Gliffaes. With views that inspire towards the poetic and profound, this Italianate Victorian manor invites lazy days spent playing croquet, taking afternoon tea on the terrace and fishing in the River Usk. My recent Telegraph review.

Exploring Norway’s Fjords

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Here you’ll find the big wilderness that southwestern Norway does so well – jewel-coloured fjords, cliffhanger trails, dune-fringed beaches and moon-rock landscapes with a beauty that borders on the surreal. Read about some of the adventures to be had on Stavanger’s doorstep in my latest feature for Lonely Planet.

Helsinki Weekend

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If Helsinki has so far escaped the short-break spotlight, this is its moment to shine. Shaped by the Baltic, swinging between extremes of dark winters and midsummer sun, and defined by its east-meets-west geography – the Finnish capital is a one-off. My take for Lonely Planet.

On the trail in Utah

Utah is made for hikers. Strike out into its big wilderness and you’ll be floored by red-rock mesas thrusting above mighty rivers, vertiginous treks teetering along knife-edge ridges, and tracks leading ever deeper into skinny slot canyons that have been carved out by elemental forces since dinosaurs roamed the earth. Here’s my Lonely Planet feature.

 

Antarctica by cruise

An Antarctic expedition cruise isn’t just random bucket list stuff – the White Continent wields a power and singular beauty that linger long after you’ve left its frozen, penguin-dotted expanses behind. Find your place on the planet where nature had its finest moment. Read my Lonely Planet feature for total immersion in the icy wilderness that is Antarctica.

Active Italy

Italy’s appeal extends way beyond Renaissance art and plates of pasta. Mother Nature had one of her finest moments here: from the snow-frosted Alps in the north to Tuscany’s shaggy olive groves, where cicadas drone at dusk. From the top to the high heel of Italy, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors. Read more in my Independent feature.

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