The VA Book Club

25 Jul 17


Recommended Summer Reads for Adventure Lovers

Summer is here and now’s the time to escape: to the beach, to the mountains or to the world of a good book!

As a team of adventure enthusiasts, we’ve always got a good adventure book on the go and we wanted to share some of our favourites with you.

So put the kettle on, pull up a chair and tuck into one of our top summer reads…

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15% off Adelboden 2018 trips – experience Switzerland from just £389pp!

5 Jul 17


With stunning surroundings to explore and magnificent mountain-tops to ascend, Adelboden is Alpine paradise. Add to the mix a range of exciting activities, as well as the chance to visit WAGGGS World Centre, Our Chalet, and you’ve got yourself the perfect adventure guaranteed to inspire your group’s love of the great outdoors and their appreciation of WAGGGS global initiatives.

And with a new low price for summer 2018, for just £389pp for 10 days and 7 nights, Adelboden adventure has never looked so good!

Enquire now for your Adelboden adventure!

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Here come the girls…

19 Jun 17


2017 has been a big year for women’s sport and it’s set to get even bigger.


This week the Women’s Cricket World Cup starts right here in the UK, the Women’s European Football Championships kick off in July and August sees the Women’s Rugby World Cup head to Ireland and the Netherlands host the Women’s Hockey Championship. We don’t know about you, but we’re pretty excited about a summer of women’s sport!

As well as the eagerly anticipated Women’s Cricket World Cup, today also marks the start of Women’s Sport Week, a campaign launched by Women in Sport, the leading charity dedicated to transforming sport for the benefit of every woman and girl in the UK. Tracey Crouch, Minister for Sport, said:

“We want more women and girls to get involved in sport and enjoy the huge benefits that being active brings to their lives. Women’s Sport Week is a fantastic campaign that encourages more women to try out a new sport or physical activity and celebrates the amazing achievements of our female athletes, coaches and volunteers.”

We couldn’t agree more. At Venture Abroad, we are proud to be advocates for encouraging more girls to take up sports and live a healthy and active lifestyle.

Statistics released by Sport England in March 2016 showed that just over 31% of women aged 16 and over participate in sport at least once a week. Almost a third of women in this country being involved in sport seems very encouraging, and it is, but it still lacks behind the percentage of men participating in sports once a week, which was reported to be just over 40%.

Why? Could it be due to the fact that women’s sport makes up just 7% of all sports media coverage in the UK? Perhaps, but whatever the reason, it’s fantastic to see campaigns such as Women’s Sport Week and This Girl Can making a difference and encouraging more and more women to get active (and reminding us what awesome warriors we are!).

How active are Venture Abroad/Rayburn Tours?

We thought we’d kick start this week by taking a poll in the office. With 61 women working for Venture Abroad and our parent company, Rayburn Tours, we wanted to see how many participate in sport or physical activity at least once a week – and the results were phenomenal!

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Trefoil Guild Annual Meeting 2017

14 Jun 17

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Following another fantastic Annual Meeting Weekend, we would like to thank all the Trefoil Guild members who joined us in Brighton and who made it so special. This event is always a privilege to be a part of and this year was no exception!

We hope you enjoy our little ditty of the event, summing up our experience of this wonderful weekend…


So ladies, a year has passed and the Trefoil A.M is here again,

And so comes the time to bring out my blogging pen.

How should I write it, to capture the memories we’ll share ?

A witty ditty secured the vote, of a weekend both special and rare!


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Introducing new destination, SPAIN!

2 Jun 17

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Say ¡Hola! to your next big adventure…

Sun-seekers, culture-vultures and water-sport lovers, you’re in for a treat…we’re very excited to bring you Venture Abroad trips to the Costa Brava! If you’re looking for an adventure that encompasses sunshine, sandy beaches and non-stop water sport fun, Spain ticks all the boxes so say ¡Hola! to your next big adventure!

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Iceland’s Golden Circle

2 Jun 17


The Land of Fire and Ice is a magical combination of thundering waterfalls, gushing geysirs and rugged scenery, where activities such as hiking across glistening glaciers contrast with a soak in a steaming hot spring.

Adventurers to this land of extremes are spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding which of the breathtaking wonders to behold. But one thing is for certain… no nature enthusiast can tick Iceland off their bucket list without having embarked on the Golden Circle tour!

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