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No-frills snow thrills: skiing on a budget

Beginner skier Katie Forster and her friends find a budget break in the Alps full of unexpected twists and turns

Skiing isn’t meant to be like this. Surely there’s no point in four girls going on an Alpine winter holiday unless it’s to live it up in a catered chalet, popping bottles in the chopper before bombing down a black run with a film crew in tow? Or at the very least a drone.

Instead we’re staying halfway up a mountain in a tiny apartment. As we drag our bags round the bends of the near-vertical road, my friends raise their eyebrows at me and I hope it’s not much further. I flex my fingers beneath my mum’s old gloves, realising they were probably warmer in the 80s, and continue uphill.

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Travel dreams: how to make a new life abroad

Want to know what it’s like to give everything up and escape to more exotic climes? These inspiring travellers have made it work in all sorts of ways

Emma Robson, 35, from London is an adventure tour leader
I was a cardiac physiologist working at St Thomas’s hospital in London and had spent seven years working, studying and watching the NHS struggle. It was a rewarding job and I had great colleagues, but I was always restless. The idea that I could do something else came after I took a four-week overland trip to Africa with overland adventure specialist Dragoman. It was the longest time I could get off work and it was amazing. I cried when it finished – the idea had been to cure me of my wanderlust, but it backfired! The trip was led by two young women and I thought, “If they can do it, maybe I can”. I applied for a job with the company as soon as I got back. The interview went well, then there was a week’s trial before the training, which started last May. The hardest part was learning to drive a 13-metre long coach around London.

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