No holiday planned this year? With summer now in full swing you may think it’s too late, but there are plenty of simple ways to get away from it all. We round up our favourite Positive Travel articles on short breaks to give you some inspiration

Switch up your routine with a commuting microadventure
Commuting is tedious and time-consuming, but what if we stopped to explore the places we blindly hurtle through every day, asks Alastair Humphreys.

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Photo © Alastair Humphreys

 

Visit the Sussex Downs
The Brighton and Lewes Downs have become the first place in the UK to be declared a UNESCO biosphere reserve in nearly half a century.

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Photo © Murray Ballard

 

A hitchhiking holiday
During six months of hitchhiking around Europe, Jamie Bowlby-Whiting puts his trust in the inherent goodness of the world, and it delivers.

Photo © Jamie Bowlby-Whiting

Photo © Jamie Bowlby-Whiting

 

Star gazing in Exmoor
Naomi Tolley reports from Europe’s first Dark Skies Reserve.

Photo © Flickr Member Christian Reusch

Photo © Flickr Member Christian Reusch

 

Unplug and reconnect: a break away from technology
With social media and email waiting to fill our every spare moment, many have become dependent on connecting via technology. So what happens when you take a digital detox, reconnecting with new experiences, other people and the land instead?

Photo © Nichola Downs

Photo © Nichola Downs

 

Discover the joys of fair share travel
Jasmine Irving spent three months in France, discovering a meaningful and cost-effective way to see the world by exchanging work for food and board.

Photo © Rob Gunn

Photo © Rob Gunn

 

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Get on board the super-fast Paris-Barcelona train
For a responsible family holiday to the Catalan coast, Alice Grahame took the Paris-Barcelona train, which opened in July 2014.

Photo © Robert S. Donovan

Photo © Robert S. Donovan

 

Explore the legacy of John Muir
John Muir is a household name in the US, but few in Britain are aware of the Scotsman’s legacy. With The John Muir Way long-distance footpath now open in Scotland, Aaron Millar looks at the life of the man who changed the way we interact with nature.

Photo © Visit Scotland

Photo © Visit Scotland

 

Find peace, the wild way
One trip in Snowdonia National Park combines walking and wild camping with mindfulness meditation. Jini Reddy straps on her boots and finds her hiking Zen.

Photo © Sholto Radford

Photo © Sholto Radford

 

Use your imagination
What would you do if you could do anything? Jamie Bowlby-Whiting asked himself the same question and ended up traveling as a pirate on the river Danube.

 

Photo © Great Big Scary World

Photo © Great Big Scary World

 

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  • John Baker

    So, nowhere meets your high standards as worth visiting in the North of England? You don’t know what you’ve missed, from ruined sites like Bolton and Whitby Abbeys to the Lake and Peak Districts and the Yorkshire Dales.

  • Tony Osborne

    Just to put the record straight, I contacted Five Hotel, and they don’t serve Organic food, or cooked breakfasts.

  • Jamie

    The north of England truly is very beautiful – I lived there for three years and enjoyed it greatly. In this article however, I don’t think the author was trying to dismiss the north of England, rather they were suggesting a few ideas for short breaks based upon existing articles on Positive News.

  • Jeff

    Just got into this website after reading the business plan for the next years. And this is the first article I read. I’m so happy to see such potential in positive news. I, myself, stopped reading news for the last 3 years, switched to Ted talks or other inspiring medias and I think positivenews might be the beginning of my reconciliation with news ! Thanks for your efforts !