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 …

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 …

City Girl Whisky Diary #1 – Scotch Whisky Experience

Whisky. The Scots call this lovely amber liquid  "The Water of Life". With this, you know that they take their Scotch very seriously. (For example, it's whisky, not whiskey with an 'e'. This is a thing.) And there are endless kinds. So if you're new to whisky, it can all be a bit daunting when …

Small Group Travel Tips and Recommended Accommodations

I've been back a couple weeks now from a really fantastic trip with some of my best girlfriends, and with jet-lag blessedly dissipated, I've begun to dive into my photos and notes. So many pictures, and a lot of information. And memories. Really fun and good memories. (Like this one!) For obvious reasons, small group …