Chicago – Rugby, tall buildings and pizza

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I’ve wanted to go to Chicago for a long time and the All Blacks playing what some would call an “exhibition game” at Soldier Field seemed like a pretty good excuse to make the trip over the Atlantic. With a former local (Kris) to show me the sights, we drank and ate our way around easily the most impressive architectural city I’ve been to…even gives New York a run for its money.

3 Peaks in 3 Days

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Although not the reaching towering heights, the biggest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales offer some spectacular scenery and a decent workout for the legs. I’d been wanting to do this “challenge” for a few years now after hearing about the 24 hour version. 16 hours of driving, 50km of walking and 4000 vertical metres climbed, here’s how it went down.

Greece – Boats, islands and sunsets

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After Croatia last year, island hopping on a yacht is definitely the best way to see the Med. The Greek Islands need no introduction and we got a crew together and filled a Medsailors yacht for a week of swimming, drinking and eating. After getting back on dry land, a few days on Santorini and its world famous sunset was next up followed by some time checking out Athens.

New York – Summer, hipsters and baseball

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Back to New York for work, this time in the summer and it was in the 30s and HUMID. After slogging it out during the week, I got in a baseball game and then headed out to Brooklyn to stay with friends and eat brunch, endure the sweltering subways and give the MET a second look. Love this city.

Glastonbury – Music, madness and mud

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My previous festival experience has been a bunch of Big Day Outs and some music in parks, it was time for 5 days of awesomeness in the Sommerset countryside. Glastonbury is arguably the biggest and most famous festival in the world and it’s pretty unique to be able to see Metallica, Dolly Parton & Arcade Fire sharing the stage within 48 hours.

Sardinia – Beaches, mountain roads and donkeys

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Admittedly Sardinia hasn’t really been on my radar in terms of places in Europe to visit, but after looking into somewhere to go for one of the May bank holidays Sardinia seemed like a strong choice. It’s got beautiful white sand beaches and glorious seafood with the italian touch.

Val Thorens – Powder, partying & proposals

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Snowboarding trip number two for 2014 was back to the French Alps in Val Thorens which makes up one of the Les Trois Vallées. Another catered chalet for the week was on the cards with a great crew keen to sample the French après and powder. We lucked out with close to the perfect mix of bluebird days and storms dumping fresh snow.