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LP Pathfinders: top posts from December 2016

SOUTH AFRICA- Land Rover Defender 110 Choose your own path with an overland trip across Africa © Edwin Remsberg / Getty Images

Forget ‘new year, new you’. It’s all about ‘new year, new Pathfinders round-up’!

In keeping with the spirit of a fresh start, this month’s posts are a reflective bunch of travel tales. We take a look back over 2016 travels; look ahead to future adventures overlanding across Africa; challenge our fears and find calm in Copenhagen; and discover how a Polaroid picture can change the way you travel.

Why you should travel with a Polaroid camera – Chris Lindgren

We read a lot of marvellous photography posts about how to take the perfect piccy, but we especially love Chris’ as it explores the emotional value that comes with sharing a snap. It’s a great way to make friends, capture memories and, in the case of a gifted Polaroid, a great way for locals to remember you too!

This Norwegian traveller loves going off the beaten track. Follow his blog at unusualtraveler.com

Finding hygge in Copenhagen – Nina Aldrighetti

If Nina’s post doesn’t leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy – and, well, hygge-y – then we don’t know what will. From chomping delicious Danish pastries to huddling by a warm fire and exploring fairy-tale worlds, take a tour of Copenhagen inspired by a trend that is taking the world by storm.

Maryland native Nina now calls Germany home. Follow her blog at ninasroadlesstraveled.wordpress.com

Travelling Africa: 18 reasons I am determined to overland the continent – Natasha Alden

What could be more adventurous than traversing the continent of Africa in a 4x4? Sure, the prospect of cold showers and nights spent camping out in the car sound like a nightmare for some. But a read of Natasha’s reasons for hitting the road might just have you Googling a quote for car insurance.

Natasha caught the travel bug after studying abroad in Australia. Follow her blog at theworldpursuit.com

How to overcome the fear of wheelchair travel – Sylvia Longmire

Sylvia’s honest reflections and practical advice for wheelchair travellers make this post a really engaging and informative read. The idea of travelling into the unknown can be a scary prospect and we think that all travellers could benefit from reading Sylvia’s tips for overcoming your fears.

Among many things Sylvia is an author, entrepreneur, world traveller and the reigning Ms. Wheelchair USA 2016. Follow her blog at spintheglobe.net

Best of 2016: our favourites from another amazing year of travels – Jurga Van Steenbergen

From the coldest places to the hottest climes, the steepest stairs and best sunsets, this wrap-up of Jurga’s 2016 travels has got us jotting a few places down on our own bucket lists for 2017. Large, stunning images and quirky headlines make this post a fun and inspiring read.

Jurga travels the world with her three kids in tow. Follow her blog at fullsuitcase.com

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