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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Sam, Guy, Aidan and Rory downed tools and headed to The London Bike Show recently. We wanted to get a sense of what sort of cycling holidays people did and what they wanted to do in the future.
We were armed with a few key questions but didn’t just survey people. Instead, we had proper open-ended chats, learning what people enjoyed the most from their recent trips and what they struggled with when booking them.
Should it help with your own sales and marketing, we thought we’d share some of the things we heard:
“Mallorca’s very much on my bucket list”
“Mallorca is the place I’ve enjoyed the most”
“I want to ride in more off-beat destinations, but I’m not sure how…”
“I’d want to know good the cycling infrastructure is before riding anywhere new”
“Would love to ride in Scandinavia… Eastern Europe… Northern Africa”
“We use Strava to work out the best routes”
“I would love to have access to route suggestions from local riders”
“I hate the hassle and risk of taking my own bike”
“It’d be great to ride a better bike than mine for a week”
“I’d happily pay more to rent and ride a better bike”
“I want to be sure the bikes to rent are of high quality and well maintained”
“I’d want to know the actual bike brands and sizes available to rent”
On booking holidays:
“I really want to go on more cycling trips, but it’s hard to persuade the family”
“I prefer to just book everything independently”
“It’s often hard to gauge how bike friendly some accommodation is”
“Packages seem more expensive and restrictive”
“Help with luggage transfers is very desirable”
“Happy with basic accommodation, so long as there’s somewhere safe to store bikes, or you can keep them in your room”
“We tend to find specialist holiday operators through word of mouth… through the cycle club, or during socials at the end of sportives, not so much in magazines”
“When booking we consider how specialised it is for road cyclists and how nice the location is”
“The main reason for going sunshine, quality time with friends and family and seeing new places – in that order”
It’s a no-brainer that a great set of photos make can make the difference between a customer choosing to click ‘Book’ or leaving the page.
Customers use our site because they are in the mood to book an exciting trip or an escape so it’s important that the visuals on your products reflect this. It’s not surprising that the most popular products on our site have strong visuals.
Studies indicate that ‘70% of customers rely on photos’ to learn about a holiday. User testing that we’ve done have shown that it’s the first thing people look for when browsing their options and good images keep users far more engaged and encourage them to read more and enquire.
As a minimum, if your products are accommodation-based they should:
Always include images of the outside the accommodation (covered in snow if it’s a ski product, and doused in sun for summer products)
Always include all rooms and bedrooms in the property
Always include all major features (eg. hot tubs, details)
Always include images of the service (eg. great pictures of your food)
Always include floorplans
Uploading fewer than 5 images
Stretched or blurry images
Using stock imagery
How to check and change your photos
Head to your Products page in Manager and click ‘edit’. This will take you to a page where you can upload new photos and re-arrange them.
Scroll down the page and click Add Images. You can then bulk drag and drop your files in.
In terms of order, we suggest putting your very best one first, followed by living rooms, any special features, then bedrooms, food and floorplans at the end.
Want new photos taken?
We’ve recently sent our resident photographer to some ski chalets with some great results.
Let us know if this is something you’d be interested in having new photos taken of your chalet and we can help arrange this.
If you have any questions about anything please send them to email@example.com.