Its been a busy year at Much Better HQ new staff, new systems, loads and loads of great new companies and holidays and lots more of you guys our visitors!
The Grapevine has also been packed full of articles 163 if you count this one! Given that its the end of the year, we thought wed take a look through the past year and pick our favourite article of each month. Without further ado here we go!
January
Aspiring Adventures ask: Volunteering, who benefits?
Steve and Katy from Aspiring Adventures debate who really benefits from volunteers. With the rise of voluntourism placements, it was a particularly enlightening article.
February
Tom goes snowshoeing with Indie Outdoors
In February I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to try something totally new to me snowshoeing. Walking through untouched snow was certainly something Ill remember for a long time!
March
The softshell on your back.. who made it?
Our resident techspert (see what I did there?!) Ed has been writing a series of articles on the sustainability of kit we all use in the outdoors. This article delved into the softshells which are gaining in popularity at the moment…
April
Cycling in Iceland a how to guide.
Iceland is one of those countries that, once youve been, youve just got to go back to… Heres a great account of Tom and Legs trip, cycling around Iceland.
May
Finally, a muchbetter Alternative to Carbon Offsetting
We all travel, we all know that this does have a negative effect on the environment. So how can we minimise this? Check out what we think is the perfect alternative to carbon offsetting.
June
VIDEO – a muchbetter member’s TED talk
If you are aware of TED Talks, youll know that TED feature some of the most interesting and inspirational speakers from virtually any subject. One of our very own muchbetter members, Omar Samra from Wild Guanabana is one such individual.
July
How to – Environmentally Friendly Diving
An interesting and informative piece on how you can reduce the impact of your diving a must read for divers!
August
Meet the members – Diamond Beach Village
Despite having loads of great general interest articles, we are a site designed to help you find great holidays! We have a regular Meet the Members series, and so heres a fantastic example of a muchbetter member.
September
Obituary – George Band
It was a sad moment in the office when we heard of the death of George Band a highly accomplished mountaineer who perhaps didnt get the recognition he should have.
October
Adventure sport in schools, what should be done?
With surfing entering the curriculum for high school students in Hawaii, we debate what can be done about introducing more adventure sports into schools.
November
The Toxicity Of Surfing – Infographic
More surfing this time looking at the environmental impact of the surfing industry. Could do better, we think!
December
Rowers rescued as boat is capsized by freak wave on Transatlantic charity challenge
December bought a dramatic firsthand account of what happens when your rowing boat capsizes in the mid-Atlantic!
Well, theres a year in articles for you! Thats only 12 of the 163 articles weve posted in 2011, so theres plenty more to explore in the Grapevine!
Were always looking for contributors, so if youve got a story to tell, do get in touch!
Heres hoping for a similarly packed 2012, we hope you all have a good one!

Its been a busy year at Much Better HQ new staff, new systems, loads and loads of great new companies and their holidays, and lots more of you guys!

The Grapevine has also been packed full of articles 163 if you count this one! Given that its the end of the year, we thought wed take a look through the past year and pick our favourite article of each month. Without further ado here we go!

January – Aspiring Adventures ask: Volunteering, who benefits?

Steve and Katy from Aspiring Adventures debate who really benefits from volunteers. With the rise of voluntourism placements, it was a particularly enlightening article.

February – Tom goes snowshoeing with Indie Outdoors

In February I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to try something totally new to me snowshoeing, with Indie Outdoors. Certainly something I’ll never forget!

March – The softshell on your back.. who made it?

Our resident techspert (see what I did there?!) [Ed. “Rubbish!”] Ed has been writing a series of articles on the sustainability of kit we all use in the outdoors. This article delved into the softshells which are gaining in popularity at the moment…

April – Cycling in Iceland a how to guide.

Iceland is one of those countries that, once youve been, youve just got to go back to… Heres a great account of Tom and Legs trip, cycling around Iceland.

May – Finally, a muchbetter Alternative to Carbon Offsetting

We all travel, we all know that this does have a negative effect on the environment. So how can we minimise this? Check out what we think is the perfect alternative to carbon offsetting.

June – VIDEO – a muchbetter member’s TED talk

If you are aware of TED Talks, youll know that TED feature some of the most interesting and inspirational speakers from virtually any subject. One of our very own muchbetter members, Omar Samra from Wild Guanabana is one such individual.

July – How to – Environmentally Friendly Diving

An interesting and informative piece on how you can reduce the impact of your diving a must read for divers!

August – Meet the members – Diamond Beach Village

Despite having loads of great general interest articles, we are a site designed to help you find great holidays! Heres a fantastic example of a muchbetter member – Diamond Beach Village, from our Meet the Members series.

September – Obituary – George Band

It was a sad moment in the office when we heard of the death of George Band a highly accomplished mountaineer who perhaps didnt get the recognition he should have.

October – Adventure sport in schools, what should be done?

With surfing entering the curriculum for high school students in Hawaii, we debate what can be done about introducing more adventure sports into schools.

November – The Toxicity Of Surfing – Infographic

More surfing this time looking at the environmental impact of the surfing industry. Could do better, we think!

December – Rowers rescued as boat is capsized by freak wave on Transatlantic charity challenge

December bought a dramatic firsthand account of what happens when your rowing boat capsizes in the mid-Atlantic!

Well, theres a year in articles for you. Thats only 12 of the 163 articles weve posted in 2011, so theres plenty more to explore in the Grapevine!

Were always looking for contributors, so if youve got a story to tell, do get in touch.

Heres hoping for a similarly packed 2012, we hope you all have a good one!