Favourite travel experience | Kev Sidford

We asked some of our most well-travelled contributors, interviewees and partners about their favourite moments on the road – the experiences that sparked their love for travel or have stuck with them over the years.

Here at battleface, travel is what gets us out of bed in the morning.

The thrill of landing in a new destination, of immersing ourselves in a foreign culture, of pushing ourselves to our physical limits and expanding our understanding of this wide, wonderful planet we all share.

But we can’t do any of that right now.

So, instead we’re going to bask in the warm memories of our favourite travel experiences and daydream about that happy point in the future where we’ve beaten this pandemic.

Kev Sidford

Kev is an expedition leader, founder of Adventure Code, and a partnerships director of the British Association of International Mountain Leaders (BAIML). He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Development (Outdoor Learning). A Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Kev also works as a location advisor, journalist, and expedition consultant for youth expedition groups. 

Of all the places that I have visited, Transylvania is indelibly etched in my mind as the place to be. There are few places that I have visited that have so much to captivate the mind; ranging from fortified churches, medieval castles, great wine and beer to the last bastion in Europe for a habitat suitable for bears, along with lynx and wolves.

So, what is my most memorable experience in Transylvania? Taking a group of young cadets on the challenge of a lifetime. An unsupported trek across the Fagaras Ridge. A tough 80 km test with 5,800 metres of ascent crossing eight peaks of over 2,500m including Romania’s highest peak, Moldoveanu, at 2,544m. Not a bad bimble.