Much Better Jobs: Copy Writer/Editor

Who are we?

Much Better Adventures was born in 2012 from a rickety chalet in the Alps, on a mission to power your adventures, support local businesses and protect the planet’s most inspiring natural environments.

We’re creating the world’s best platform for the simple discovery and booking of active holidays and experiences, delivered by a community of locally and independently owned businesses in the world’s adventure hot-spots.

Local businesses are the secret to all the best trips – they are bursting with inside knowledge and a passion for sharing their favourite spots to ride, climb, surf or ski.

Even better, growing the local adventure economy creates a virtuous circle, with local communities incentivised to protect the amazing environments which attracted these visitors in the first place.

Fast forward to June 2017 and 90,000 nights of adventure have been booked, with customers all leaving 5 star reviews. We are now expanding our range of trekking, kayaking and adventure based trips to the world’s wildest places.

What’s the Challenge?

High quality content is central to our mission. To create a super pleasurable booking experience, every trip we sell needs to be carefully written up using a consistent format and expert attention to detail.

As the number of local suppliers and volume of trips we offer expands, so to does our need for reliable writers to help us edit and load these trips to make them available to customers.

That’s where you come in 🙂

If you’re interested in the role, please check out the full job description and apply via Upwork following this link

Escaped – Much Better Adventures’ all-new magazine


Ta da! We’ve published an awesome little adventure mag.

Escaped is packed with our favourite bitesized adventures to get out of the city and into the best of the great outdoors.

Volume one features Morocco’s Mt. Toubkal, the Norwegian Fjords, Slovakia’s High Tatras and Bosnia’s Zupa Valley.

We also interview a legendary Swedish wolf tracker and get deep about ‘Friluftsliv’, a traditional Scandinavian concept and why it matters today.

It is a joy to put together and we’ll be releasing new volumes every sometimes.

Look out for it at places we like around London.

Want a free copy of the first edition sent out to you? Let us know by emailing escaped@muchbetteradventures.com and we’ll get Pat and his cat on the case.

Enjoy.

Alert – Ryanair Brexit sale

Ryanair, very much the Piers Morgan of the airline industry, has just jumped on the Brexit bandwagon by offering 50 routes to Europe “from £2.99”.

Now of course, most of the flights aren’t actually £2.99, and most touch down in the middle of nowhere, but we’ve scanned the list with a beady eye and discovered four bargains for any opportune adventurers out there keen to celebrate pay day with an Epic Weekend.

Hike the Lakes and Mountains of Bulgaria

Explore the rugged Pirin and Rila mountains on this guided hiking trip, with nights spent in comfortable family-owned hotels.

£464pp including flights, 2 ½ days off work.

  • Friday, 16 June, 16:25: Stansted → Tuesday, 20 June 22:00 Sofia.
  • Flights: £26.99 each way = £54pp.
  • Experience: £410pp.

Book now

Raft the Tara River in Montenegro

Paddle the entire navigable length of the mighty Tara River in Durmitor National Park.

£406pp including flights, 2 days off work.

Book now

Hiking the Montenegro Highlands

Spend 4 days hiking through dramatic mountains and relaxing at glacial lakes in the highlands of northern Montenegro.

£520pp including flights, 2 days off work. 

Book now

Hike the highest Mountains of Ireland

Head to Killarney for a weekend of hiking the region’s most beautiful mountains and enjoying the town while unwinding with live music in traditional Irish pubs.

£446.98 including flights, ½ day off work.

  • Thursday, 27 April, LTN 16:10 → Sunday, 30 April, Kerry 18:10.
  • Flights: £29.99pp there, £36.99pp back = £66.98pp
  • Experience: £380pp.

Book now

These Ryanair flight deals will expire today before returning to their usual erratic prices.

There’s plenty more where these came from with more on the way.

…to adventure!

New – Behind-the-scenes weekend @ Freeride World Tour

Freeride World Tour Ski Weekend

We’ve teamed up with Faction skis, FATMAP and the Swatch Freeride World Tour to bring you perhaps the most unique ski weekend there has ever been.

Join us in Verbier to ski with pro skiers, enjoy VIP event viewing, meet the riders, go to the after party, enjoy a luxury chalet, demo the latest Faction skis and unique 3D terrain visualisations with FATMAP, and have a pro photographer with you.

This one-off experience runs 31st March – 3rd April, and is limited to 10 spaces.

Interested? You’ll need to register by 11.59pm, Sat 11th Feb for chance of a space.

View details and register now.

How do I add a special offer?

To add a special offer on Much Better Adventures;

  1. Head to Manager > Products > Pricing.
  2. Select the product with the special offer and go into the Pricing section.
  3. Enter a very clear description of the value of the offer and ‘Mark’ it as a special offer.
  4. Hit save.

Your special offer will now appear on your product, in the search results, and in our weekly deals newsletter if selected.

Which ski resort is for me?

Not sure where to go? Check out this handy ski resort comparison guide.

Ski ResortCountryAreaSummit (m)Altitude Range (m)Resort height (m)Ski Area (km)Closest airport transfer (hours)% of Beginner runs% of intermediate runs% of advanced runsOff PisteApres SkiResort CharmFamiliesOff the SlopesNumber of MBA properties
Alpe D'HuezFranceAuris33301130 - 333018602501 h 30 (Grenoble)583012*******************68
BanskoBulgariaPirin National Park2600990 - 2600930681 h 45 (Sofia)36577***********17
ChamonixFranceMont Blanc38421035 - 384210351081 h 5 min (Geneva)206614*********************176
ChamperySwitzerlandPortes Du Soleil32101000 - 246610501001 h 30 (Geneva)47485*****************0
ChâtelFrancePortes Du Soleil24661000 - 246612006501 h 30 (Geneva)444511*************27
CourchevelFranceThree Valleys32301100 - 323018506001 h 10 (Chambery)454312********************130
GrimentzSwitzerlandAnniviers Valais30011571 - 30011570702 h 15 (Geneva)255025***************4
KronplatzItalyDolomiti Superski2275835 - 22759351161 h 25 (Innsbruck)572815*************1
La PlagneFranceParadiski32501250 - 325019702252 h 30 (Geneva)612514******************110
La RosiereFranceEspace San Bernado26411176 - 264118501601 h 45 (Geneva)414019***************22
La TaniaFranceThree Valleys32301100 - 323013506001h 30 (Chambery)454312*************54
La ThuileItalyAosta Valley26411176 - 264114411602 h (Turin)414019***********4
Les ArcsFranceParadiski32251200 - 322518002002 h 30 (Geneva)562915***************47
Les Deux AlpesFranceLes Deux Alpes35681300 - 356816502031 h 50 (Chambery)652312****************1
Les GetsFrancePortes Du Soleil20101000 - 246611721201 h (Geneva)444214******************80
Les MenuiresFranceThree Valleys32301100 - 323018006001 h 20 (Champery)454312******************12
Maria AlmAustriaZell Am See1950750 - 19508001.5 (Salzberg)423820*****************4
MegeveFranceHaute Savoie235511003251 h 30 (Geneva)196813****************9
MeribelFranceThree Valleys32301100 - 323014506001 h 20 (Chambery)454312*****************144
MonterosaItalyAosta Valley24701149 - 24701587501 h 30 (Turin)247519
MorzineFrancePortes Du Soleil24661000 - 246610006501 h 15 (Geneva)444511*******************265
NassfeldAustriaHermagor2200610 - 2200140211001 h 30 (Klagenfurt)276310******************1
ObergurglAustriaInnsbruck30801795 - 30801907 1101 h 20 (Innsbruck)325018***********1
Saint GervaisFranceEvasion Mont Blanc11501150 - 252511504451 h (Geneva)206515****************4
SamoënsFranceGrand Massif2665690 - 266516002651 h 15 (Geneva)513811****************40
Serre ChevallierFranceSerre Chevallier27351200 - 273513502502 h (Turin)513613******************20
SoldenAustriaTyrol33401350 - 325013801471 h 10 (Innsbruck)523117*********************8
SoldeuAndorraSoldeu-El Tarter26401710 - 264017502.5 (Barcelona)512920***********1
St AntonAustriaArlberg28111292 - 281113042801 h 10 (St. Gallen-Altenrhein)404812*********************69
St Foy TarantaiseFranceSaint Foy Tarentaise26201550 - 26201550351 h 20 (Champery)454510******************118
St Martin De BellevilleFranceThree Valleys32301100 - 323014001601 h 20 (Chambery)63307**************16
TignesFranceEspace Killy34561500 - 345621003001 h 30 (Chambery)582517****************63
Val d'IsereFranceEspace Killy34561500 - 345618503001 h 30 (Chambery)582517********************33
VerbierSwitzerland4 valleys33281400–332815004101 h 50 (Geneva)344719*******************208
ZermattSwitzerlandSunnegga-Rothorn38991524 - 389916203603 h (Sion)216118********************119

How do I update my Pricing and Availability?

This article walks you through making edits to your prices and availability following the recent updates to price and availability on the site.


Pricing

How do I add/edit my weekly pricing? 

In Manager head to your Products and then scroll down to the Pricing tab.

Pricing

You can confirm the pricing for the products Service & Inclusions by following the link at the top of the page.

Extras

To add a new price period, click the ‘+Add Row’ button on the bottom left.

Add row

Then select the start and end period, add a description if there’s anything to highlight to the usual service for that period, confirm the option and price and hit ‘Save Period’.

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Keep adding more periods until you have finished the sequence of dates you wish to sell.

Dates


How do I add/edit child pricing rules?

In your products weekly pricing section, click ‘Pricing Settings’.

Settings

Here you can enable, add and edit all your pricing rules for all your price periods on sale.

Pricing

How do I add Seasonal Pricing?

Scroll down on your products pricing page and you’ll find the Seasonal Pricing section.

Seasonal

Here, click ‘+Add Row’ and then enter the periods and pricing rules on sale and hit ‘Save Period’.

Seasons


Availability

How do I update my availability? 

In Manager head to your Products and then click ‘Update Availability’ on the product you want to edit.

Edit

On the calendar, click the first and last date of the period you’d like to update, it will appear green, then change the number of spaces left then hit Save.

availability


We hope that helps. Do you have a top tip or suggestion for us that would help you? Email support@muchbetteradventures.com or pop it in comments below 🙂

Updates to Price and Availability

You may have noticed some improvements to Manager this week.

It’s all part of improving our service and being able to efficiently process bookings and payments online, making life much easier for both you and customers.

Here are the key improvements to managing your Pricing and Availability in Manager:

Pricing

You can now:

  • Display pricing for all your optional extras. e.g. transfers, lift passes, kit hire, lessons or anything else you offer as a concierge service. 
  • Set Non-Weekly Periods, e.g. weekends.
  • Set multiple prices for individual and sole occupancy bookings for various packages. e.g. Adult/Private Group; Full Board, Half Board, Self-Catered, B&B or Package.
  • Describe any unique pricing information for a period, special offer or not.
  • Apply Seasonal Price Periods if you set your prices by season, e.g. Low/Mid/High season nights/weeks cost £X.
  • Compare all your Past and Future price periods.
  • Validate all your pricing tiers and periods with our new Price Check tool.
  • Set discounts for child prices as a %, e.g.Infant Prices (0-4), Teen Prices (12-17) and Child Prices (4-12). 
  • Set a Single Occupancy Supplement as %.
  • Set Group Discounts as a % based on group sizes. e.g. % discount if groups over X.

Availability

You can now:

  • Set a period as unavailable when you accept a booking, in one click.
  • Manage everything on a new, much simpler, faster calendar.
  • Save all your edits automagically.
  • Undo any changes since your last save, in one click.

We hope that helps. Do you have a top tip or suggestion for us that would help you? Email support@muchbetteradventures.com or pop it in comments below 🙂

Taking bookings with online payments

We have recently started taking payments for bookings on behalf of our hosts, and are introducing financial protection on bookings too.

We’ve done it to make booking and payment more secure and streamlined for customers, and to make life easier for hosts.

Where hosts are concerned, there are no changes to the way the rest of the platform works. They still receive enquiries and bookings in the same way, and receive the customers contact details once the booking is confirmed.

Instead of the time, cost and admin involved in collecting multiple payments from overseas customers, we simply send them instant alerts when payments are made, and transfer the money to their nominated bank account on a regular basis.

Here’s how it all works:

1. Host sets up the rules

To set up online payments, hosts first set rules for the deposit amounts required to secure a booking, and due dates for balance payments to be made by. They also decide if a trip is available ‘on request’ or is instantly bookable.

If it is instantly bookable, this means the price and availability is guaranteed, and no manual confirmation is needed by the host before the customer’s card is charged for the deposit.

2. Customer requests a booking/card approved

To make a booking the customer will either have made an enquiry and received a personal quote , or will click ‘book’ to proceed immediately according to the listed prices and dates for the trip in question.
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To proceed the customer confirms their contact details, inserts card details, approves the deposit payment and agrees to the booking terms provided by the host. Their card is not charged at this point.

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If Financial Protection is available on the booking, details will be confirmed with the customer here too.

3. Host accepts the booking/card charged

The host is immediately alerted to this ‘Booking Request’ and can check the details, dates and prices are correct. As soon as they accept the booking request, the customer’s card is charged (the deposit payment is ‘pending’ in the screenshot below until the booking is accepted).

If the host has set the trip to be ‘instantly bookable’, this step is missed – the booking is automatically confirmed and the customers card will be charged.

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If the host needs to change the price or other details of the booking for any reason, they click ‘decline’ and edit the quote. The customer is alerted and is asked to make a new payment to confirm the booking again (step 3).

4. Introductions are made

The customer and host are sent instant emails to confirm that the deposit has been paid, and giving each other their direct contact details.

The host may enter these into their own booking system for ongoing management, and can communicate directly with the customer about the booking from then on.
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5. Customer pays balance before travel

The customer has a private payment page, from where they can pay the balance in multiple stages anytime before the balance is due, and split payments with their group. The customer is automatically reminded of payment deadlines by email, and we will chase on behalf of hosts to ensure all payments are collected on time.

We send the host an instant update by email each time a payment is made by a customer, so they can update their records elsewhere.

6. Host can make changes and add extras to the total

The host can add things to the booking and change the total balance payment required at any time if the customer requests it, or wants to arranges additional extras like equipment hire or transfers.

If there are changes or cancellations, we will process any payments due back to the customer.

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7. Money passed to the host

All customer payments are held securely in a separate account and passed to the host by bank transfer for free. The timing for this transfer depends on the host agreement with us, and the financial protection arrangements in place for that trip.

In summary:

Classic partners 

  • No additional fees or commission are charged to hosts for the service.
  • All payments are held securely and transferred for free to the hosts nominated bank account (less commission) on the 5th of every month, regardless of the date the customer is traveling.
  • Any extras added to bookings later (passes, kit hire, transfers etc) will not be commissionable, we will collect payment of them for a 2% processing fee to cover costs, and payout monthly with other payments.
  • It is possible for hosts to receive payouts weekly instead of monthly, but for an additional 2% processing fee to cover costs.  Contact us to arrange.

Exclusive partners
(and those offering financial protection through us – coming soon)

  • No additional fees or commission are charged to hosts for the service.
  • All payments are held securely and transferred for free to the hosts nominated bank account (less commission) on the 5th of the month, for all customers arriving before the end of the following month, (e.g. receive payment on 5th Dec for customers arriving before end of January, and on 5th Jan for all customers arriving before end of Feb, plus any last minute bookings taken since the last payment in Dec).
  • Any extras added to bookings later (passes, kit hire, transfers etc) will not be commissionable, we will collect payment of them for a 2% processing fee to cover costs, and payout monthly with other payments.
  • It is possible for hosts to request one off payouts (e.g. for a last minute booking) for a fee of £10 per payout. Contact us to arrange.

See terms for full details.

9 Mini-Adventures to Supersize Your Weekends

If you, like us, want more adventure in your life and a much better answer to “how was your weekend?” when you get back to the grind on Monday morning, you’re in the right place.

This handcrafted series of nine unique mini adventures, all run by awesome local hosts, take out all the complex planning usually required to maximise your time away. All you need to do is book your flights, turn up and be epic.

All of these trips may be booked as a private group for you and your mates, or you can join other like-minded weekenders on our pre-set dates.

1. Kayak and Wildcamp under the stars in the Norwegian Fjords. 1/2 day off work, from just £325pp. 

Kayak the Norwegian Fjords
Two days of kayaking and campfires on stunning fjords, only 1/2 day off work.

This weekend trip will be one to boast about. Put yourself in the heart of the stunning Nærøyfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Access little visited areas of the fjord only accessible by kayak, and enjoy a night under the stars around a campfire.

2. Sea Kayaking & Wild Camping in Sweden’s Archipelago. 2 days off work, from just £499pp. 

Sea Kayak Sweden
Three nights of self-guided adventure among your pick of 6000 beautiful islands, two days off work.

Step off the plane with your hand luggage, and into the wild freedom of the Swedish Archipelago. This trip is for those wanting to REALLY escape the 9-5. Your expert local contact handle all the logistics and equipment you will ever need for cooking, navigating, sleeping and exploring this magical place.

3. Climb Mt. Toubkal and Explore Marrakech. 2 days off work, from just £249pp.

Climb Mt. Toubkal
Climb Mt. Toubkal and discover Marrakech in this truly epic 3 night weekend.

This weekend trip will be one to remember. Mt. Toubkal is the highest mountain in the Atlas range and is on the bucket list of many! You’ll spend a night in a mountain hut at 3200m, and 2 nights in a beautiful riad. There’s plenty of time to explore Marrakech, famed for it’s bustling souks and UNESCO heritage market square before and after your trek.

4. Raft and Canyon on Montenegro’s Wild Rivers. 2 days off work, from just £275pp.

Throw yourself into the unspoilt beauty of Montenegro, just two days off work.
Throw yourself into the unspoilt beauty of Montenegro, just two days off work.

This weekend trip will have you exploring, rafting and canyoning amongst some of the most special scenery on planet earth.Beautiful, little visited Montengro borders Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, and is home to one of the most pristine environments in Europe – the UNESCO world heritage site of the Tara river canyon.

5. Via Ferrata Climbing in the Dolomites. 1.5 days off work from just £625pp. 

Climb the airy ridge walk at the beginning of the WW1 tunnels.
Climb the airy ridge walk at the beginning of the WW1 tunnels.

Climb war-time ladders and walkways on the cliff faces of the mighty Dolomites to reach spellbinding views that very few ever have. This weekend guarantees to push thoughts of work to the back of your mind as you tackle some of the most beautiful Via Ferrata in the Dolomites, and take in the sunrise and sunset from your mountain refuges.

6. Mountain Bike Finale Ligure, Italy. 1/2 day off work, from just £425pp. 

MTB in Italy
Mountain Bike Finale Ligure, Italy

Escape the British drizzle and head to Finale Ligure for an epic weekend riding some of Europe’s most scenic trails. With awesome runs ending on the Mediterranean coast and year round sun this place is on every rider’s bucket list. The final round of the Enduro World Series visits here every year and for very good reason. Finale’s flowing trails, spectacular views and rugged landscape make for amazing riding.

8. Road bike the very best of Mallorca. 1 day off work, from just £735pp.

Tick off Mallorca in an amazing weekend on wheels.
Ride the very best of Mallorca in a weekend.

Fancy a change from the same old Sunday club run? On this epic weekend, you’ll experience everything Mallorca can throw at you on two wheels. Escape to Mallorca for the weekend and immerse yourself into everything the island has to offer on this amazing long weekend. Everything is taken care of for you, from top-of-the-range bike hire, on-the-road vehicle support and mechanical assistance, to bag transfers and amazing overnight accommodation. Simply hop on a plane and you’re good to go!

9. Learn to Surf or perfect your skills in Lagos, Portugal. Only 1 day off work, from just £165pp. 

Learn to surf, or perfect your skills in sunny Portugal.
Learn to surf, or perfect your skills in sunny Portugal.

Spend your weekend surfing world class breaks and hanging out in beautiful Lagos. Just a short flight from the dreary UK weather lies a slice of surfers paradise; Portugal. A regular stop on the World Surf League tour and home to some of the best waves in Europe this trip is not one to miss! If you’re polishing up on your surf skills or trying for the first time (you’ll be standing before you know it), the balmy Portuguese weather means you’ll be sunning and surfing. Return home having perfected your trim (and tan).

So pick your favourite of the bunch, book it, and head back to the office with a smug look on your face, a pocket full of amazing photos, and the feeling you’ve had a much longer, much-needed mini-break in the great outdoors.