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The Best South America Packing List – for Hot & Cold Climates!

If you know me the you'll know I struggle to pack light! I'm very proud that more recently I've managed a few long weekends away with carry on luggage only. So imagine my concern packing for 9 weeks in 2 wildly different climates on the same trip?! In Peru I will be sleeping in a tent at high altitude which means sub-zero temperatures! By contrast, it will be the height of summer in Brazil (and the depths of winter when I arrived back to Gatwick!) I will also have to carry my bags for 9 weeks and this time I'm starting with a misbehaving back ... Read More...

The real girls guide to training for high altitude

There are oodles of health and fitness blogs out there which will give you plenty of fitness regimes to get you in tip-top condition for your high altitude trek. But most of them are written by personal trainers or fitness gurus. I am neither. As a doctor I know the importance of being healthy and I try to keep reasonably fit. I LOVE dancing and dance regularly. I try to eat healthily 80% or the time (Oh ok... more like 60%) but I've never really been a gym go-er, the idea of going for a run gives me palpitations and I have to admit I drive into town more often than I walk! (I blame the rain in Wales!) But I'm a sucker for a bucket list and the Inca Trail has been on mine for as long as I can remember having one!... Read More...