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Time travel

Imagine being able to make time last longer. Three writers escape the daily routine on three magical weekend getaways

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One of our favourite books in the Psychologies office is Warped: Unlocking The Mysteries Of Time Perception (Canongate, £8.99) by Claudia Hammond, which explores our relationship with time. Hammond teaches us how to lengthen our years, or our perception of them, by creating new memories and adding events to the timelines of our lives. This idea inspired three of our writers to go on three adventure breaks to see how much they could pack in, and discover if they could make time last longer.

TAKING IN THE COUNTRYSIDE ON A CANAL CRUISE

Elizabeth Heathcote heads off aboard a narrowboat on South Oxfordshire Canal with her family

A long weekend on a narrowboat ticks all my boxes. With a 12- and 16-year-old, homework and friends, family time is becoming rarer, and breaks away more precious. This will be three nights (so plenty of half-term left for everything else) and an hour’s drive from home, with a relaxing pace and a shared activity to bring us together. After a quick tutorial, we are off, dad Neville at the rudder, chugging upstream towards Rugby. It may not sound like the most exotic of adventures, but within minutes we realise we have entered a different world. South Oxfordshire Canal takes us deep into countryside no roads have discovered, a rolling landscape of reedbeds, waterfowl and pasture land. Narrowboats belong to the 19th century, and travelling on one today makes you feel you are back there.

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