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Into the wild: The trip that changed my definition of 'adventure' forever

Irish travel writer Anna Hart recalls the wild-camping kayaking trip in Sweden that changed her definition of 'adventure' forever. And it didn't break the bank, either…

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Anna Hart on her travels

Anna Hart on her travels

The compact kayak Anna and Jacob travelled together in

The compact kayak Anna and Jacob travelled together in

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Anna Hart on her travels

My adventure began in the Ryanair boarding queue at Stansted Airport.

I stood up on my tiptoes, alert as a meerkat, trying to identify a mysterious 'Jacob' in a snaking throng bound for Stockholm. Jacob was the photographer set to accompany me on an adventure travel assignment for Suitcase magazine. We'd not yet met, but for the next five days, we'd be sharing a tent and a kayak, sole companions on a self-guided expedition around the St Anna archipelago.

I hoped he was nice. I hoped I was nice.