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Are you all fired up for adventure this year?

Our new intrepid blogger, Helen Moat, puts a fire under her new wild and exciting life at the Stonehaven Fireball celebrations in Scotland

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What's the best way to see Belfast?

This week, Helen Moat gives herself and her bike a rest and heads for Northern Ireland where she is spoilt for choice as for ways of getting around

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Is this the United Kingdom's best kept secret?

Helen Moat explores Northern Ireland's wild west coast and asks – 'Why isn't everyone else?'

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Why you'll want to return to England's Lake District too

You chose the Lake District as the UK's top destination in the annual Wanderlust Travel A wards. Our intrepid blogger, Helen Moat, reminisces about her first trip there. And looks forward to another one next month.

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Monsal: The Peak District's best cycle trail?

After a rousing winter's day cycle ride, Helen Moat argues the case for what is arguably the Peak District's most spectacular ride

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Pourquoi je déteste la France et j’adore la France

Helen Moat on cycling the idyllic country lanes of Normandy and her love-hate relationship with the Gallic nation

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Your essential guide to the Landing Beaches of Normandy

Helen Moat gets off her bike and explores the iconic beaches that changed the course of the Second World War

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Is Liverpool as good underwater?

If you want to check out Liverpool's famous sites, check the tides first suggests Helen Moat

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Magic moments along the road that should never have been built

The Antrim Coast road in Northern Ireland wouldn't be built today. Helen Moat is glad it was.

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When did Salford get sexy?

Helen Moat takes her German guests to Salford and is surprised by the transformation of this formerly bleak corner of England's north-west

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Cycling with Boris in the Royal Parks of London

Your guide to getting the most out of a 'Boris bike' in London

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Travelling with locals: How do you repay the kindness?

Helen Moat ponders the hospitality and generosity shown by her hosts on a recent trip to Sri Lanka – and wonders how she'll ever repay it

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Cycling around Loch Katrine in the sun

It seems the sun always shines on Helen Moat when she visits Scotland – even when she cycles the famously inclement Loch Katrine

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When Red Pike bites back

Helen Moat thought she'd conquered the Lake District's most notorious fell. But it had other ideas

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The Great Toad Escape of Chiang Mai

Shuffling around her local farmers' market with a broken wrist reminds Helen Moat of a very different market in the north of Thailand

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Forget the bike – take a hike!

Hobbled by her broken wrist, Helen Moat abandons her bicycle and explores the Peak District by other means

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A walk in the woods – Thai-style

Helen Moat reflects on how the simple things in life are done differently in Thailand

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Planting the seeds of travel

Helen Moat discovers the power of plants to evoke a time and place in our travels

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Scotland's biggest mystery

Helen Moat ponders upon one of life's great imponderables. Why are the Scottish Highlands so empty?

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Travel and music: What are your favourite on-the-road songs?

Helen Moat considers the power of music to evoke a time and place – and remembers the songs that encapsulate her travels

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Camping disasters. I've had a few.

About to head off on a camping holiday in Greece, Helen Moat remembers the European camping disasters she'd rather forget

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How to cycle and twitch at the same time

Can you ride a bike and birdwatch at the same time? Helen Moat travels to the Midlands to find out

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Secret places in US state parks revealed

Freewheeling Helen Moat discovers the hidden corners of some of America's most spectacular state parks.

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Welcome to Derbyshire's craziest chicken run

Helen Moat visits Bonsall in Derbyshire for the annual World Championship Hen Race and discovers that you never, ever count your chickens until they've raced

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Cycling through the heart – and hearts – of Britain

Helen Moat gets her kicks on Britain's cycling Route Six and finds the locals much friendlier than their reputation suggests

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Walking Greece's notorious 'tooth' railway

Greece's Odontotos railway line is one of the most spectacular in the world. Even more so when you walk it, discovers Helen Moat

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People or places? What do you remember most about your trips?

Helen Moat spends time in the remote mountains of Greece with the local butcher - and discovers it's people, not monuments, that make a journey

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In praise of Greek melons

Helen Moat discovers that sampling the legendary melons of the Peloponnese comes at a heavy cost

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How to travel further by foraging

Treat the world as your larder, says Helen Moat, and you'll gain a whole new understanding of your destination

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The Lost Villages of East Anglia and Zeeland

Two countries. One killer storm. Helen Moat discovers that the consequences of a natural disaster knows no borders...

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How to cycle in the Netherlands without a map

The Netherlands is one of the most cycle-friendly nations on earth. But what if you can't read a map?

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The town that straddles Belgium and the Netherlands

Helen Moat visits Europe's most geographically confusing town which lies across the border of Belgium and the Netherlands

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How to enjoy a white Christmas in Switzerland

Helen Moat spends Christmas high in the Swiss Alps and discovers that a festive season under a blanket of snow takes a little getting used to

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Exploring Derbyshire's hidden corners

Helen Moat discovers a forgotten remnant of England's industrial past in a picturesque valley in Derbyshire

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Haunted by a smile at Auschwitz

On the 70th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Helen Moat goes in search of the identity of a prisoner whose smile set her apart from other prisoners

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Why Christmas never ends in Krakow

Helen Moat visits the picturesque Polish city in February and finds the yuletide celebrations still in full swing

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The unexpected joys of joining myWanderlust

When Helen Moat joined Wanderlust's online community she had no idea about the doors it would open or the people it would introduce her to. She wonders where myWanderlust will take you?

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The thoughts of a long distance cyclist before setting off

How does it feel to set off on an epic bike ride across Europe? Helen Moat is about to find out ...

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Couchsurfing and cycling across Europe

Helen Moat's long ride to Istanbul begins with a night on a Couchsurfing sofa in Holland. And a search for Noah's Ark...

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Coffee: fuelling long distance cyclists across Europe

Helen Moat arrives in a Dutch village celebrating their liberation by Americans in WWII. But where is all the coffee?

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Is it mad to cycle across Europe?

Helen Moat addresses the elephant in the room: Is she crazy for trying to cycle from the UK to Istanbul?

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How to set – and reach – your goals as a long-distance cyclist

Helen Moat conquers the first stage of her long distance cycle to Istanbul, and reflects on the importance of setting goals

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Cycling through Germany

As our long-distance cyclist reaches Germany, every day brings a new view or experience that takes her breath away

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The biggest surprise about cycling across Europe

Helen Moat takes a break in Austria and gets her biggest surprise so far on her epic ride to Istanbul

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How to gear up for a trans-Europe cycle ride

Helen Moat discovers that the key to successful cycle touring is the company you keep

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The most dangerous thing about cycling across Europe

Forget murderers and thieves. Helen Moat discovers it's the Hungarian lorry drivers you've got to watch out for

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The light and shade of cycling across Europe

Helen Moat experiences the best of times – and the worst – as she leaves Hungary for Croatia

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How cyclists celebrate Danube Day in Serbia

Helen Moat cycles into an unexpected celebration in Serbia and has the time of her life

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Speed cycling in Romania

Cross-continent cyclist Helen Moat hits the back blocks of Romania and discovers she's the fastest thing on the road

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The superstitions of a long-distance cyclist

As Helen Moat cycles towards the Black Sea coast, she ponders upon the superstitions that have kept her and her son going

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Pushing past breaking point when long-distance cycling

Helen Moat is more than 90% through her epic cycle ride from the UK to Istanbul. So why does the end still seem so far away?

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How to judge a country from the back of a bicycle

Helen Moat reflects on her first impressions of Bulgaria as she cycles through the country on her way to Turkey

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What I learned cycling from the UK to Turkey

As Helen Moat approaches Istanbul, she remembers her concerns before she set off. And realises they never materialised

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How to end a long distance cycle ride in Istanbul

Helen Moat finally arrives in Istanbul and finds the locals non-plussed. Surely she could have flown?

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In praise of Greek melons

Helen Moat discovers that sampling the legendary melons of the Peloponnese comes at a heavy cost

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8 reasons to visit Holland

The best bits of the Netherlands are outside of Amsterdam, says Helen Moat. Do you agree?

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