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Coming soon to Into the Wild:

Interview with Adventurer Levison Wood!



Although a small country just off Central America, Belize is not to be missed. A marine paradise with islands and historical culture to be explored, the pocket sized country should be next on your bucket list. With a big focus on diving and marine exploration, we’ve put together the best things to do in Belize and what you need to do when you go.

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Stepping off the plane in Belize City I could tell that Belize was a special place. Leaving the terminal I was greeted by a friendly and charasmatic driver called Rob who, while driving me to the water taxi, told me a little bit about the people and customs of Belize. He also told me about life on the frontier base and the people I would meet there.

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Only 12 days til Krismos (Creole spelling) and things are getting a little festive on camp and we are planning how we like to celebrate here on base. For all of us this will one of the fist christmases away from family back home and for me away from chilly England. Being in the sunshine in Belize requires extra effort to get in the Christmas mood.

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If you’re like me and love to start your Christmas wrapped up in a scarf with some mulled wine to hand, you’ll have probably found yourself at a Christmas market at some time. Here we've collated the worlds most extravagant Christmas markets, from the European classic chalet stalls, to a light show displaying over the whole of Hong Kong, get into the festive spirit!

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From the Nile to the Himalayas, Levison Wood is no stranger to an adventure. His next mission in new book Arabia: A Journey through the Heart of the Middle East - depicts the stories he found exploring the misconceptions and dangers of a 5000-mile discovery through the Arabian Peninsula. In our Into the Wild Meets this week, Levison spoke to us about all things travel, why the Middle East is important to him and where he's going to take his next steps.

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If you love summer sunshine, frosty snow and cold winds that breeze through winter might sound like hell, yet for some arctic animals the winter is their blossoming season. Of course, we all know that penguins thrive in the ice of the Arctic, but did you know you can find an otter digging around in the snow as well? Here’s our list of the most unusual animals you didn’t know about.

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Solo travelers are found everywhere where flying across the world and exploring remote places, has become easier and easier. Some people may flinch at the thought of the danger of travelling alone, where others might jump at the chance of seeking out new places. Whether you’re travelling independently or searching out newfound friends in hostels, here are some of the best travel tips to enjoy solo travel safely.

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Christmas is a celebration that happens in many countries and across cultures and traditions. If you want to get away this festive season then there is no shortage of places to visit. Soak up the Christmas spirit and get in the mood with our top 5 places to visit!

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These gentle cuddly creatures are found native in the tropical rainforests of South and Central America. Often hanging off trees, many people wouldn’t expect the mammals to be able to swim. That’s right – swim. So, what else can we find out about Sloths?

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Known by the locals as ‘Tana’, Madagascar’s capital is the biggest city of the entire country. Known for its sticky traffic and polluted streets, not many people head to this urban metropolis, and head to the remote rainforests with their biodiversity. But today, we’re going to paint the town red, and find out why Antananarivo is the place to stay.

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