The smug satisfaction of knowing the view you're looking at has been well & truly earned.

There’s nothing like standing on the top of a mountain enjoying a magnificent view, basking in the knowledge you’ve earnt it. It’s even better when that mountaintop has a hut with a full menu and ice-cold beer.

Hiking in beautiful locations is one of our favourite holiday pastimes. Particularly so for Mark, whose English heritage has firmly planted the walking DNA in his genetic code. He spends hours scouring maps, to construct the perfect hiking day. Paul has grown to appreciate it, but being Australian still finds the British fascination with walking slightly unsettling.

Nonetheless, we have covered some great walking territory on our trips, which often involves Mark waking us up at 5 am to ensure we get an early enough start.

You will find most of our hikes last from 3 to 7 hours. We try to pick destinations with great scenery, some half-decent infrastructure and nearby hotels rather than campsites and huts. If you travel like we do, then have a look through our hiking adventures below..

ON THE TRAIL

big daddy dune deadvlei sossusvlei
Climbing Big Daddy Dune & roaming the Deadvlei pan

Climbing Bid Daddy Dune and staring across the never-ending Namib Desert is a breath-taking experience almost anyone can do. Here is how.

3 week south africa itinerary
3-week South Africa itinerary – Cape Town to Kruger

Sip great wines, spot the big 5, hike the coastal paths and uncover the story of apartheid on our magnificent 3-week South Africa itinerary.

Best things to do in Iceland. Iceland's hidden gems
Iceland’s hidden gems: Best things to do in Iceland in July

Our pick of the best things to do in Iceland that showcase its geological uniqueness and uncover some of the countries hidden gems.

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4X4 self-driving Landmannalaugar day trip & hike

Our 4X4 self-driving Landmannalaugar day trip is the perfect way to see the best of Iceland. Here is what you need to know.

Kerlingarfjoll hike
Hiking in Kerlingarfjöll and Hveradalir day trip

A self-drive 4x4 day trip into the highlands for amazing hiking in Kerlingarfjöll and Hveradalir was the highlight of our trip to Iceland.

4 day Cappadocia Itinerary
Our comprehensive 4-day Cappadocia itinerary

Cappadocia is one of our favourite destinations. A land of sculpted rocks, where you sleep in five-star caves and ride hot air balloons. Our 4-day Cappadocia itinerary helps you see it all.

hiking in Cappadocia
Hiking in Cappadocia – Our three favourite walks

Our detailed guide to hiking in Cappadocia including all the information, maps and tips we think you’ll need to experience some beautiful walking in this surreal destination.

hiking in tre cime di lavaredo
How to ruin a day hiking Tre Cime di Lavaredo loop

We had a great day hiking the Tre Cime di Lavaredo loop in the Italian Dolomites. But the trip home took a nasty turn with a lesson in European tyre maintenance.

Turtagrø Hotel, Hiking in jotunheimen
Misadventures hiking in Jotunheimen from the Turtagrø Hotel

With clearly marked paths, excellent facilities and inspirational scenery, you'd think hiking in Norway would be a breeze. Not so for us. Here's our account of our walking trip from Turtagrø hotel.

skagefla hike geirangerfjord norway
Stunning Skageflå hike in the heart of Geirangerfjord

Our fantastic day hiking up to Skageflå Farm in Norway's impressive Geirangerfjord with some incredible viewpoints along the way.

How to visit Cinque Terre without InstaRemorse

After spotting Cinque Terre on Instagram we set out to see if this Italian destination lived up to it's 1:1 reputation.

Exploring the matterhorn glacier paradise view
Exploring the Matterhorn on cable and foot from Zermatt

One fantastic day riding Switzerland's impressive cable cars and completing a tricky, yet exhilarating walk up to Hörnlihütte

Sassolungo in the Italian Dolomites
Walking bliss in the dramatic Italian Dolomites

Our 7-day walking holiday in the Italian Dolomites, featuring dramatic scenery, interesting walks and a few spectacular rifugios.