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Interesting Traveller Stories from Far and Wide

I don’t watch a lot of television right, but there are instances when I’ve been abroad and caught some TV, mostly watching travel related shows on specialist channels. One thing I noticed is how the tourism boards of various countries from all over the world run adverts encouraging people to visit their countries. You know, those ads show some shots of beautiful scenery and have someone serenading the viewer in the background? Continue reading

Getting a True Taste of Continental Europe

I don’t know, I reckon for me island fever is somewhat of a self-fulfilling prophecy in that it only really happens to those who’ve been made aware of something called island fever. I mean sure, Wales is a tiny country comparatively speaking, but if it’s what you grew up with then it’s all you really know, really. And besides, some of us are quite content with small town life and the healthy dose of seclusion that comes with it, along with constantly bumping into familiar faces whenever you decide to wander further than usual. So whenever a bit of island fever hits and going into England doesn’t prove enough to rebalance the scale, continental Europe beckons, but you’ll only really be satisfied if you engage in experiences not readily available locally. Continue reading

Top walking routes around Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire is a great destination to enjoy the outdoors, with the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park offering some beautiful coastal scenery to explore.

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Reasons to Visit Chester in the Winter

Chester, England might not be the most obvious choice for a winter break – the weather will be cold, dreary, grey, rainy and possibly even snowy. However, it’s worth bringing your umbrella and braving the cold because this city has a lot to offer visitors. Here are some of the positives of visiting Chester in the winter:

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Best Places to Travel in 2015 Twitter Chat on Tuesday January 6

What are this year’s “it” destinations? Learn insider tips from the experts by joining our Best Places to Travel in 2015 Twitter Chat on Tuesday, January 6th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDTContinue reading

Cebe Origins Adults Ski Goggles in Lime – Review

Cebe Origins Ski Goggles in Lime
£54.95 from Trekwear

cebe origin goggles review

Technical Features

  • Large fit
  • Category 2 Lens
  • 100% UVA / UVB protection
  • Visible light – 39%
  • Double lens
  • Anti-fog treatment
  • Vent filters in 3D mesh
  • 50 mm strap for a secure fit

Our Verdict

The Cebe Origins Ski Goggles look amazing and despite feeling very big on my face, they fitted well and eliminated the usual small gap I get between my helmet and the top of my goggles. The visibility provided by the goggles is completely unrestricted and provided me with a wider than usual field of vision, so I could see more of the slope.

During our recent trip to Morzine in the French Alps, the conditions were hugely variable. With heavy snow and flat light in the morning followed by clear blue skies and blazing sunshine in the afternoon. Such variable conditions are a real test and make a good all-round lens a must. My Oakley Stockholm goggles have interchangeable lens’ in response to the problem of variable light conditions, but no one takes spare lens up a mountain, so you still end up stuck with one lens depending on what you choose before heading out.

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Sticking to a lens that performs well in all lights makes a lot of sense, and at a price of £54.95, the Cebe Origins Ski Goggles did a great job, and were perhaps a little better in bright light than they were in very low, flat light; however visibility on the day I tested them, was low in general due to heavy snowfall, so I think it’s fair to say they are a good all rounder.

The Goggles are big. Out of a group of 11 people, with 8 of us wearing goggles, they were definitely the biggest. This extra size however provided a great field of vision and meant it was possible to wear prescription glasses under them too.

Pros

  • Great colour and styling
  • Strong performance in variable light conditions
  • Extra wide angle of vision
  • Big enough to wear prescription glasses under
  • Very little fogging

Cons

  • The sides of the goggles were prone to coming unclipped
  • Not brilliant in ultra dull/flat light conditions

Would We Recommend It?

The Cebe Origin goggles look great and are good for their price (£54.95 from Trekwear); the performance of the lens makes them decent all-rounders. They are ideal for those with a larger frame, or who need to wear glasses whilst on the slopes.

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Thank you to Trekwear who supplied the Cebe goggles for us to field test.

First Time Sea Kayaking Tips

When Alex over at the brilliant outdoors blog, Kayak Critic asked me for my top camping meal suggestions for an article he was putting together, I decided to draw on his area of expertise, and ask him a question of my own.

Kayaking on a sheltered lake is enormous fun and relatively easy and safe for all abilities, but heading out on to the open sea requires some basic skills and extra care to be taken

I’m a keen amateur kayaker, but have never battled tides before. Well used to kayaking on the gentle waters of inland lakes like Bala and Windermere, I have been wanting to give sea kayaking a try for some time now, so Alex was the perfect person to ask for some tips on the subject.

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Basic Tips For Your First Sea Kayaking Expedition

Alex has written a fantastic article on sea kayaking, covering everything from the fundamentals of understanding the risks and safety considerations you need to be aware of, right through to what to wear and how to progress.

The tips in this article have given me the confidence I need to head out onto the open sea this summer – read the full article  10 Basic Tips Before You Head Out On Your First Sea Kayaking Expedition.

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