By day Co-Editor Keri is a freelance journalist and copywriter, but spends most of her free time either travelling or planning her next trip!  A complete travel fanatic, she has a love of tropical climates, wildlife and afternoon tea (hence the creation of her Global Afternoon Tea Challenge!)

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.

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Inspiring ideas

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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By day Co-Editor Keri is a freelance journalist and copywriter, but spends most of her free time either travelling or planning her next trip!  A complete travel fanatic, she has a love of tropical climates, wildlife and afternoon tea (hence the creation of her Global Afternoon Tea Challenge!)

43 thoughts on “The Girl Outdoors Book Review [+ Win a copy!]

  1. Just reading through your posts reminds me of my travelling days pre children and I can literally breathe in the freedom… a breath of fresh air and positive role models for my daughter!! Well done

  2. Great prize. Please consider allowing competition entry via e-mail, blog comment, etc.

  3. I liked reading about Iceland, it is somewhere I’ve wanted to visit for some time. Thank you.

  4. Enjoyed reading about part time travel. It’s made me realise how much I can travel and I will. Really motivated me.

  5. This is right up my street!! I love the outdoors but sometimes find myself talking myself out of adventures…I need that push to just get out there! Have entered your comp too! #MondayEscapes

  6. This looks like such a fantastic book and I have heard some really good things about it so far. Great giveaway, fingers and toes crossed

    Laura x

  7. You had me at ‘girl’ and ‘outdoors’. I love finding even more ‘outside’ inspiration and any excuse to get out and enjoy the world 🙂 Looks like a good read!

  8. Love this inspiring idea for a book! Wherever I go, even if it’s a city full of buildings, I’m antsy until I can get outside. I want to walk and breathe in the fresh air and explore. And hiking is my happy place!

    1. I’d love to be able to hike but sadly bad health stops me, still I def plan to push myself and try and get outdoors more

  9. Looks like a fun book especially for those of us who enjoy travel and adventure! Thank you for sharing on #farawayfiles

  10. It sounds great. I’ve travelled a fair bit already but generally abroad. I hope this inspires me to have more adventures.

    1. Its easy to forget how many great places we have on our doorstep isn’t it! I am trying to visit local places too

  11. Loved the article on Japan. It’s a place that is on my bucket list and even more so, after reading the information on it

  12. Reading your articles on Italy has really put me in the notion for a city break……..trying to decide where to go is the problem!

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