• Typing at a laptop on Palawan in the Philippines.

    Travel Writing

    Inside Travel Writing: An interview with Solange Berchemin

    Solange Berchemin is a travel and food writer and photographer based in Greenwich, London. Her work has been published in various national and international publications, including France Magazine, EuroNews, The Times and Trip Reporter. Disclosure: Some of the links below — marked with (£) — are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost […]

  • Adam Weymouth paddling a canoe. Photo © Ulli Mattsson.

    Experiences

    Interview with Adam Weymouth of ‘Kings of the Yukon’

    We had a couple of run-ins with grizzly bears, which were totally fine in the end but, in that moment, it definitely sets your heart racing.

  • Leeds Art Gallery and Library on the Headrow.

    Places

    Loads of lovely reasons to visit Leeds now

    Did you know that it was in Leeds, rather than Hollywood, that the world’s first film was shot? Louis le Prince, a French inventor, filmed Roundhay Garden Scene in 1888.

  • Geoff Moore photographing on location at Bagan in Myanmar.

    Travel Writing

    Inside Travel Writing: An interview with Geoff Moore

    I first visited Fregate Island when it was a very basic destination with small hotels and guest houses, and the island was very natural.
    I visited a few years ago and it was then one of the most select private destinations in the world. You get your own butler, solar powered golf cart and a choice of 20 different pillows just for starters. I had three wonderful days there.

    It has unique wildlife as well as seven beaches to choose from.

  • The Winnipeg sign by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

    Places

    15 top things to do during a weekend break in Winnipeg, Manitoba

    As you may already have guessed, many of Winnipeg’s residents love sport. During the National Hockey League’s 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs people across the city wore white ‒ a mass action known as the Winnipeg Whiteout ‒ to show their support for the Winnipeg Jets, who reached the Western Conference Final. If you can’t get hold of tickets for Jets games, or don’t want to pay the exorbitant prices, you could watch the Manitoba Moose, of the American Hockey League.

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The MannedUp Christmas Gift Guide includes board games, gin, books, a Nivea toiletries gift set, a Charles Tyrwhitt shirt and Tag Heuer watch.

Christmas gift guide

Men are notoriously tricky to buy presents for at Christmas. Here’s a gift guide that provides a few handy gift suggestions.

 

Travel

Adam Weymouth paddling a canoe. Photo © Ulli Mattsson.

Interview with Adam Weymouth of ‘Kings of the Yukon’

We had a couple of run-ins with grizzly bears, which were totally fine in the end but, in that moment, it definitely sets your heart racing.

 

Food & Drink

A Copper Stone Pan frying pan.

Cooking with a Copper Stone Pan

As a man who enjoys cooking healthy food regularly, I was pleased to take delivery of a couple of the non-stick frying pans, from JML Direct’s Copper Stone Pan range. The pans’ ultra-non-stick technology means there is no need to add oil or fat while cooking. I was sent pans in […]

 

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Gifts & gadgets

The MannedUp Christmas Gift Guide includes board games, gin, books, a Nivea toiletries gift set, a Charles Tyrwhitt shirt and Tag Heuer watch.

Christmas gift guide

Men are notoriously tricky to buy presents for at Christmas. Here’s a gift guide that provides a few handy gift suggestions.

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Experiences

Bruce 'The Manic Mechanic' Henderson 
under the hood of teh Nissan 4x4 ahead of the Bamako Road Challenge. Photo by Nick Redmayne.

The Timbuk Two’s Bamako Road Challenge

“We were simply going to write, blog, record, photograph and video the journey in order to at least cover costs… Now we’re raising funds for the British Heart Foundation, two journalists’ welfare charities, and by virtue of donating our vehicle, directly supporting a primary health care clinic in Mali,” says Nick Redmayne, one of the men who have jokingly dubbed themselves ‘The Timbuk Two’.

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Family Days Out

Van de Graaff generator at Enchanted Parks at Saltwell Park in Gateshead.

Enchanted Parks at Saltwell Park in Gateshead

Enchanted Parks has become established an annual wintertime event. It takes advantage of the early nightfall during December to draw families into the park to follow a themed trail with art installations. The House of Lost and Found features character actors in steampunk-inspired costumes.

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Photography

London-based photographer Darryl Vides-Kennedy at work by the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Photo by Stuart Forster / whyeyephotography.com.

Inside Photography: people photographer Darryl Vides-Kennedy

“Life is short. Do what you love doing and never give up. Dream big,” says London-based photographer Darryl Vides-Kennedy.

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Cooking

A Copper Stone Pan frying pan.

Cooking with a Copper Stone Pan

As a man who enjoys cooking healthy food regularly, I was pleased to take delivery of a couple of the non-stick frying pans, from JML Direct’s Copper Stone Pan range. The pans’ ultra-non-stick technology means there is no need to add oil or fat while cooking. I was sent pans in […]

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Places

A lighthouse during a foggu night in Saint John, New Brunswick.

Ten tremendous reasons to tour New Brunswick, Canada

New Brunswick offers much for travellers to view and experience during a road trip in the Canadian province. Here are 10 tremendous reasons to tour New Brunswick: Dine on delicious seafood Atlantic Canada is renowned for its outstanding seafood. Freshly landed lobster and fish is served at restaurants in coastal […]

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Family Days Out

The Morgenster sails past Roker Pier to enter Sunderland harbour during the 2018 Tall Ships Race.

Family Days Out: The Tall Ships Race in Sunderland

From 10 to 14 July 2018 more than 50 sailing vessels docked at the Port of Sunderland, in northeast England, ahead of the first leg of the Tall Ships Race. Thousands of people visited the port and East End of Sunderland to see the ships and enjoy the free entertainment […]

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Experiences

The alley near the Clinique Stérin in St Omer which Gilbert Petit helped Bader escape along.

A guided tour on the Douglas Bader Trail in St Omer, France

Douglas Bader was a Royal Air Force fighter pilot during World War Two. While flying a Spitfire over France on 9 August 1941 he was forced to bale out of the aircraft and was taken prisoner by the occupying Nazi Germans. On Saturdays from 7 July until 1 September 2018 […]

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Travel Writing

Half-timbered building in Troyes, France,

Inside Travel Writing: An interview with Victoria Trott

Victoria Trott is an award-winning travel writer from Swansea who specialises in France. Here she talks about her life as a travel writer: What kind of travel related niche do you specialise in and what drew you to it? My specialist country is France. I studied French and Spanish at […]

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Travel Writing

Simon Parker

Inside Travel Writing: An interview with Simon Parker

Simon Parker is a travel writer with a love of adventure. In 2018 he will appear on television in the five-part series, Earth Cycle. He took a break from his busy schedule to answer MannedUp’s questions about life inside the travel writing industry. What kind of travel related niche do […]

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