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The Big Trip

The Big Trip

One of the tricky things with young kids is getting them to draw a mental bridge between the Bear Grylls or Al Humphreys adventures they love to watch, and the sphere of their own experience. 

Al's done awesome work with some specifically kid-based #microadventures, and great tips for getting kids out there, but I still wanted to give the boys something more tangible to aim for and identify with. Some way of placing themselves at the heart of the story.

Enter the Dirtbag Diaries...

Already one of my favourite podcast series, it unearthed a real gem with Otto Gallaher's tale of a family tradition of a Big Trip that I instantly and shamelessly adopted.

Telegraph Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show

Telegraph Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show

On Friday 12th Feb, we packed our rucksacks with provisions, water, and emergency items (toys trains for on the train, and notebooks for interviewing adventurers), and headed to London's Excel Centre for the 2016 Telegraph Outdoor Adventure Show and the London Bike Show.

A double whammy of excitement, and the perfect solution to an inset day at the boys' school.

We met up with Andy Bartlett, who was putting the final preparations in place for his epic Stand Up Paddleboard adventure following the Danube from source to sea, and went exploring around the stands, speakers, and shows that are squeezed in under the enormous roof of the Excel.