My Travel Essentials

I've become a seasoned enough traveller over the years that I've mostly figured out exactly what works for me. I'm constantly streamlining and trying to make things easier for myself, but there are some absolute essentials. I've divided it out into the things that keep me well, things I wear, technology related items, and the practical …

Pause and Explore – Dancer Pose in Glencoe

Three years ago this month, I was on an epic road trip through Scotland and Northern England with my lovely Edinburgh friends, Lesley and Stephen. They literally took me everywhere and were the best tour guides. One of my favourite spots that we drove through at least twice, was Glencoe. More recently, I stopped at …

The Seven Best Places to Hop Off the Bus in Glasgow

In continuing with the cheap, cheerful, and efficient theme of my recent May/June trip with the girls, how does one best explore a city with just a couple days to spare? And without breaking the bank? Like I mentioned in my post about finding Nessie, sometimes you need to hop on a bus. In this …

Tourist in My Town – My Favourite Vancouver Summer Weekend Activities

We were out and about last weekend and it occurred to me that it's almost at the end of August. How did that sneak up so quickly?? Despite summer whooshing by, I can safely say that I've been properly enjoying my weekends playing tourist in my town. Having an ex-pat significant other has made for …

City Girl Whisky Diary #3 – Getting Thrifty with ‘Friends of the Classic Malts’

Travelling in Scotland is one of my favourite things to do. It’s one of my happy places. But the exchange rate isn’t really ever in my favour, so I’m always on the hunt for ways to #GetThrifty - without sacrificing fun - when I’m away. During the research phase of my recent trip with the …

City Girl Whisky Diary #2 – Whisky stereotypes and touring the softer side with Tomatin Distillery 

Okay, ladies. This question's mostly for you. Regardless of whether you enjoy a dram or not, when you think about whisky, what comes to mind? Don Draper from Mad Men? Stuffy old men with cigars? It tastes like rocket fuel? The second and latter of those were my thoughts on whisky for the longest time. And …

Nibbling and Sipping Through London’s Soho District 

Before I left for my trip in May, I was quizzing my expat colleagues about where the girls and I should eat and drink for our three nights in London. They all recommended one place: Soho. Though I've been to London many times, it was an area that, aside from the theatres, I had no paid …

Airport R&R

Flight delays. Or long layovers for connecting flights, usually involving flight delays. Not very glamorous and inevitable realities when travelling. There's a lot of hustle and bustle and then you're left a bit worse for wear in your gate area and having to kill however many hours. (Click here for some flight delay survival tips for …