Having met Sian Anna Lewis several times at past travel and blogging events, I was very excited to get my hands on a copy of her new – and first – book, The Girl Outdoors. Whenever you talk to her you can’t help but be enthused by her passion for adventure, especially when she shares tales of winter surfing or camping on the side of a cliff!
Even so, being more of a fan of spas than wild swimming, I wasn’t sure how much this book would appeal to me, but I was very pleasantly surprised. To be honest I don’t think I can describe this book better than its cover into: The Girl Outdoors is an adventurous best mate in book form.
Making outdoors accessible to all
It’s just as easy to pick up and flick through as it is to read from cover to cover, and the thing that I loved more than anything is that Sian makes the whole idea of getting more ‘outdoorsy’ really accessible. There’s something in here that will appeal to everyone, whether you’re already an avid fan of the outdoors or would love to do more things out in the country.
There’s sections dedicated a variety of active outdoor sports from surfing and SUP-ing (stand-up paddleboarding for those not ‘in the know’) through to mountain biking and snowboarding, plus useful guides to the best equipment for each sport and top tips – like how to change an inner tube and the best way to wax a surfboard. Sian also offers up some destination ideas for each of the sports she covers.
But what I really enjoyed was the idea that, overall, this book is a great guide to simply getting off the couch and into the wild.
You see, as well as the sports aspect, this book is all about inspiring you to make the most of the great outdoors. Sian shares her tips on wild camping and road tripping, offers up some surprisingly appealing campfire recipes and crafty ideas and even invites you to hold your own mini festival! She’s all about inspiring and supporting you – this is a book for anyone who’s up for trying something new and having a huge laugh while you do it.
There really is something for everyone in this book and I think it’s a great way to introduce someone to what the great outdoors has to offer. I dare you to read this book and not feel inspired to put on some walking boots, start making your own sloe gin or book a glamping trip!
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