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Tom Powell

Staff Writer

Tom likes to travel, which is perfect, really, considering his role at Escapism. When he's not testing out mattresses all over the UK, lusting over US national parks, or following his stomach across the south of France, you'll probably find him writing about his latest adventures at Escapism HQ, or nerding out about the latest gear.

Tom Powell's articles

Best short-haul winter sun holidays for 2018

Want some sun and sand this winter, but don't want to fly far for it? Here are some of the warmest places to go in Europe when everywhere else gets cold

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: city guide

Spending a short break or stopover in Abu Dhabi, UAE? Here are the best places to eat, drink and stay, plus a few must-visits to see while you're there

London: The best great outdoors activities in the city

Get a flavour of the outdoors without leaving London by trying this activities in the city

Haglöfs Vina 40 backpack: gear review

Compact, sophisticated and versatile this hiking backpack from Swedish brand Haglöfs will serve you as a carry-on, camping pack or trekking bag

Daisybank B&B, Brockenhurst, New Forest: UK hotel review

Get back to nature with a stay in a shepherd’s hut at Daisybank B&B in the New Forest and prepare yourself for a weekend of eating, cycling and lots of ponies

Best packable waterproofs for 2018

If you're looking for a new waterproof jacket, look no further than this packable rainwear in 2018 – it's some of the best

Ben Saunders interview: the British polar explorer on Antarctica, fitness and more

Record-breaking polar explorer Ben Saunders has spent more time in Antarctica than any other Brit, we find out what keeps him going back

Britain's best boozy breaks

Looking for a UK getaway with some serious spirit? From seaside Suffolk to the lakeside crags of Cumbria, these drinks tours are well worth a shot

The best UK breaks this year

We love uncovering new destinations, but a thirst for exploration doesn’t have to take you to the other side of the world: there’s plenty to discover right here in Britain

Cruising in Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia: a window on the world

There’s choppy sea, and then there are the waters around Cape Horn, Patagonia… we jumped aboard an expedition cruise ship to traverse the region's notoriously perilous waves on a voyage of ecological discovery and responsible tourism

Fitbit Versa smartwatch: gear review

Part smartwatch, part personal fitness tracker, Fitbit's new 'budget' offering is versatile wristcandy par excellence

Michaela Strachan interview: the wildlife TV host talks conservation, sustainability and travel

You might best remember TV presenter Michaela Strachan from The Really Wild Show or Springwatch, but now she's on an all-new mission: helping save the kiwi in New Zealand

5 of the best Mediterranean adventures for 2018

These Mediterranean summer holidays are about more than sunbathing – they’re for the people who need an extra dose of action and adventure

Best Mediterranean beach breaks for 2018

Try these beautiful less-visited and under-the-radar Mediterranean summer beach escapes if you're looking for a little more space to sling down your towel

Vango Nemesis Pro 300 tent: Gear Review

Looking for a tent that'll breeze through festivals and camping trips in the unreliable climes of Britain this summer? look no further than this three-man beauty from Vango

Teva Arrowood Lux Mid boots: Gear Review

Footwear brand Teva may have just released the perfect hiking boot for city dwellers. Waterproof, versatile and lightweight, this mid-height shoe has it all

Canada Goose Reflective Rainwear range: Gear Review

Canada Goose's new range of reflective birch bark-print rainwear is high-functioning and perfect for wet days both in the city and in the field

Wacaco Nanopresso Coffee Machine: Gear Review

The Wacaco Nanopresso is a hand-pumped espresso machine that'll fit in your backpack, making it one of the best coffeemakers for a caffeine fix on the go

Best alternative American sights for 2018

Already seen the States' main sights and want to check out something new? Try these. Here are some of America's best under-the-radar attractions for 2018

Colorado, USA: Why you need to visit Denver and Estes Park this year

Craft beers and hipster malls in Denver, wildlife watching and epic adventures in the Rockies, plus a 200 million-year-old concert venue. When it comes to the ultimate stateside destination, Colorado might just clinch the title