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Hello…

spring 19

…and welcome to the new issue of The Journey. Springtime is always a time of fresh plans and new adventures, as the country shakes off its winter shackles and (with luck!) the temperatures start to rise. You may well notice we’ve given the magazine itself a bit of a rebirth, with a cleaner look, extra kids’ pages (see p16-17) and a brand new name. At YHA we work hard to provide the kind of experiences that trigger transformation, particularly where young people are concerned. The Journey therefore seemed a perfect fit.

We hope the following pages provide you with some inspiration of your own. You’ll find news, competitions and a bagful of ideas for the year ahead. We also speak to presenter Michaela Strachan about her love of the natural world, and travel to Bath to learn more about this most graceful of English cities. Happy reading – and please feel free to send in any thoughts or feedback. We love hearing from you.

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In this issue

Your YHA discoveries

Each issue we’ll be sharing some special moments you’ve had while staying with YHA. We’d love to hear about your …

Heritage hostels

The joy on their faces is infectious. This merry group is shown at the official opening of Bellever Hostel – …

Capital idea

London will become a National Park City in 2019 What comes to mind when you think of London? Buses and …

Inspirational reads

Four of the best recent releases to galvanise your travel plans Wild Women Edited by Mariella Frostrup A sparkling through-the-ages …

The Adventure Effect

While one of the country’s best-known adventurers was locked up, five children were let loose in the mountains. Here’s what …

2019: the adventurers

Alastair Humphreys Adventurer, author and keynote speaker. “My aim this year is to do the smallest adventures I’ve ever done. …

Hostel heroes

In a new series, we take a look at some of the remarkable stories of the people who work for …

Michaela Strachan

Michaela Strachan is what has become customary to describe as a national treasure. Starting out as a presenter in the …

Spring time spotting list

Every year, the countryside changes as the weather gets warmer. Springtime brings more colours, more wildlife and more daylight. It’s …

Bath: The water of life

Ben Lerwill packs his swimming costume for a visit to the South West. The past bubbles up around you in …

9 hostels tailor-made for cycling breaks

Whether you’re a fan of muddy mountain biking or long, challenging days on country roads, whether you have bike-mad mates …

11 good reasons to make 2019 unforgettable

If your calendar’s looking a little bare for the months ahead, heads up – we’ve picked 11 upcoming events from …

Challenge events

If the more energetic events listed here have triggered a desire to get out there and do something meaningful, then …

Outdoor photography

Outdoors and underwater photographer Rachel Keenan shares  her tips about capturing the best images on the move Some of the …

Tried and tested

Four outdoor items put through their paces by The Journey team. Icebreaker 200 Oasis Base Layer seticebreaker.com “Warmth from Nature” …

Readers pic

Each issue we print a reader’s picture that’s really grabbed our attention. Share your picture on Twitter: #LiveMoreYHA or email …

Competitions

WIN! Petzl TIKKA headlamp worth £35 We have an amazing Petzl TIKKA headlamp to give away. Simple and compact, the …