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Hashem Aly: On The 3 Peaks Challenge

As we were planning for the pilot of our special Move Wild challenge with Ali Ismail’s Move, our Marketing and Business Development Manager Hashem Aly decided to join in on the fun! The Move Wild Challenge itself features hiking 18km, kayaking 15km, and mountain biking 18km in Fayoum as well as The 3 Peaks Challenge in Sinai.  Alongside triathletes and fitness junkies, he was determined to complete The 3 Peaks Challenge with them, entailing...

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For the Love of Travel: Giving Back to Local Communities

Source: SkitterphotoIt’s much easier to claim that we love something, or someone, than to act upon that claim. Beyond its commercial and romanticised façade, love is a mutual bond that requires commitment, sincerity, and a lot of hard work; a bond that is capable of building bridges where misunderstanding would otherwise fuel hatred and disparity; a bond that can heal the deepest wounds.Can the same be said of our love for travel?Many of u...

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Rock Musician to Rock Climber: One Egyptian’s Epic Journey

Hazem El Shamy on top of Nirekha Peak, Nepal at 6,069mAll photos are courtesy of Hazem El Shamy.“Falling was the last thing I remembered; the next thing I knew, I was regaining consciousness on the shore as the fisherman tried to resuscitate me.“When I woke up coughing water with pain in my neck, I told myself I wasn’t going to do this again until I was fully aware of everything there is to know [about technical rock climbing], and apparentl...

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Answering the Big Question: Why Adventure Sports?

Credit: Liza Cicuto/ PixabayWhen asked what the best religion is, the Dalai Lama replied: “The best religion is what brings you closest to God.” What about riding ghastly waves, or meticulously calculating the next move on a narrow mountain ridge? Can you find spirituality there? As long as you do it for the right reasons, then yes, you can.Over the past few decades, extreme sports have garnered a lot of attention. Despite this growing inte...

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7 Bucket List Destinations to Visit Before They Disappear

Credit: Alexander Kaiser, pooliestudios.comWe all want to travel the world, see new places, get inspired by their heritage, biodiversity, or whatever it is that breathes splendour into their DNA.  While we may often fantasise about a perfect carefree life spent mostly on travel, there are always constraints holding us back. As we try our best to reassure ourselves, we keep making false promises that we’ll commit to our travel plans ri...

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How to Choose the Best Suited Kilimanjaro Route for You

Each year, approximately 25,000 people attempt to climb the 5,895 meter Mount Kilimanjaro - Africa’s highest summit and the world’s highest free-standing mountain – around half of whom don’t succeed at reaching the summit. Although the climbing motives may change, almost everyone wants to reach the summit.Many elements contribute to the success or failure of summiting Mt Kili: how physically and mentally prepared you are, the gear you’re u...

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Sinai Trail: Walking the Nomadic Paths

All photographs by Enas El MasryReaching out and connecting is an innate human tendency. Some people reach out through mindful observation, while others do so through conversation. However, there’s nothing like walking a mile in someone else’s shoes to really understand them. For as long as we’ve inhabited the deserts and highlands, nomadic tribes have walked these ragged terrains and made them home. Beneath the surface, many secrets and pl...

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Denmark in Pictures: My Time in One of the Happiest Countries in the World

All photographs by Enas El Masry.“Hello. Is this Enas El Masry?” a phone call interrupted my already slow day at work. “I would like to inform you that you have been accepted to the journalism summer school program to take place this August in Copenhagen.”Quite gracefully, I thanked the lady on the other side of the phone, and hung up. Seconds later, I stormed through the shared workspace squeaking and stomping my feet, telling my friends t...

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PHOTOS | Everything You Missed at the 1st Ever 'El Wadi Trail Run'

Where were you this past Friday at 7 AM? Were you fast asleep and ready to dropkick anyone who wakes you up that early on a weekend? Were you up and getting ready to set out for a weekend trip? Were you having breakfast after a Thursday all-nighter adventure? No, this is not the promo script for a terrible spoof of I Know What You Did Last Summer – we’re just seeing if anyone else had a weekend as incredible as ours.Despite a bright and ea...

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4 Hiking Misconceptions You May Want to Reconsider

A group of hikers navigate Wadi Khsheib in South Sinai. Credit: Enas El MasryIt’s not so unusual to shy away from activities that you’ve never tried before, especially when you continue to associate them with false impressions. Hiking is no stranger to the injustice of prejudice and stigma.Although commonly popular among the community of adventurers, hiking is otherwise regarded as a niche activity. Having been on many hikes of varied difficulti...

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The Secret Ingredient to a Memorable Family Trip

We all yearn to travel, to live richer experiences, to broaden our horizons, to learn more about ourselves and the world around us, and more often than not, to escape the various forms of pressure that we deal with on a daily basis. To a lot of teenagers and youth, this sadly includes their families, making traveling alone with their friends the ultimate getaway – from everything.It’s no wonder that when I tell people I’m travelling with m...

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Adventure Hacks: How to Mentally Prepare for Hiking

HIkers on the Sinai Trail. Credit: Enas El MasryThe first time I went on a thru-hike, I was skeptical whether my body would be able to cross 200+ kilometers, and summit four or five mountains. Like anyone preparing for a trip that requires physical endurance, I kept myself busy with all sorts of exercise and physical preparation.On the fourth day of the two-week hike, a gush of emotions overcame me and I broke down, triggered simply by losin...

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Summer Splash of Adventure: 5 Must-Visit Middle East Beaches

The Middle East can be one of the most exciting destinations for adventure travelers – that is of course conditioned you dig past all that’s commercial and stereotypical. But as spring starts to recede, allowing for the summer scorching sun to settle in, adventure travel in the Middle East becomes as good as a mild death wish. Nonetheless, one silver-lining remains, and that’s the region’s extended beaches along the Mediterranean, the Red...

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Egyptian Woman's Solo Cycling Adventure Through Enigmatic South Korea

Travel can be one of the most exciting experiences in anyone’s life, but have you ever considered exploring a new, foreign culture from the seat of your bike? For many travellers, cycling is a leisure activity that barely lingers on the margins of a travel agenda. However, to 34-year-old architect, cyclist, and environmentalist Shaimaa al-Zayat, cycling has become integral to her trips. On September 24 2016, Zayat became the first Egyptian...

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Sri Lanka: Hidden Scars Behind Picturesque Beauty

Source: PixabayNo travel destination can ever solely fulfill all of your travel wishes, but some destinations can certainly offer you a lot to feast your soul and senses on. One perfect example is the ‘pearl of the Indian Ocean,’ the ‘teardrop of India,’ or as it’s officially known, Sri Lanka.From jungles to beaches, tea plantations, temples, and more, one can easily describe Sri Lanka as breathtaking. However, what most travelers don’t kno...