Category: Travel Tales

House Sitting and Visiting Portsmouth England

Date Posted: September 1, 2019
Posted in: Housesitting, Travel Tales

visiting Portsmouth England for house sitting - header image Amanda Walkins

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House sitting and visiting Portsmouth sounded like an easy trip to take from Scotland for a little summer break. I always keep my eye out for fun house sitting adventures to take (can’t help it!). So, off I went to cuddle cats and stay by the sea for a week in August…

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Winter Travel in Southern France

Date Posted: August 29, 2019
Posted in: Housesitting, Travel Tales

Travel to Southern France in winter

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My very first housesitting assignment with TrustedHousesitters was in picturesque Southern France. Winter travel in Southern France is a popular option from the UK and elsewhere in Northern Europe. The region boasts over 300 days of sunshine each year…including during the otherwise dark and cold dreary days we experience farther north.

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2 Week European Vacation in Winter

Date Posted: August 22, 2019
Posted in: Travel Tales

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A 2 week European vacation in winter might not be your first thought when you consider such a big holiday. But – hear me out – Europe in winter actually has plenty of positives! I took a (typically American) whirlwind trip through 5 cities in 2 weeks with a very dear friend. And I think you should consider doing the same.

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My Favorite Things to Do in Pitlochry Scotland

Date Posted: August 20, 2019
Posted in: Edinburgh Expat, Travel Tales

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My favorite things to do in Pitlochry reflect a microcosm of Scotland at large. I recommend you visit Pitlochry for an ideal addition to your Scotland travel itinerary, especially if this is your first visit to the country!

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My DIY Writing Retreat on Loch Rannoch

Date Posted: August 18, 2019
Posted in: Freelance Writing, Travel Tales

planning a DIY writing retreat in a Scottish hotel

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A cow ambling down a grassy knoll is not, in fact, graceful. Those four legs simply don’t seem to work together as hoof meets angled ground. I realized this as I watched five of those cows attempt the downhill slope to the loch (lake) for a mid-day drink.

It was exactly the bucolic scene I had hoped to enjoy on my DIY writing retreat on Loch Rannoch.

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Visiting the Isle of Arran in Scotland

Date Posted: July 28, 2019
Posted in: Edinburgh Expat, Travel Tales

Visit the Isle of Arran in Scotland for outdoor adventure, history, whisky and more

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The Isle of Arran in Scotland is frequently called Scotland in Miniature, and for good reason. This tiny island boasts everything the mainland has, from ancient standing stones and beautiful castles to whisky distilleries, beaches, and highlands. As my first Scottish island, visiting the Isle of Arran has officially set the bar very high for all others to come!

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A Weekend in Portland Maine

Date Posted: July 9, 2019
Posted in: Travel Tales

Spending a weekend in Portland Maine by the sea

I recently spent a weekend in Portland Maine around the Women in Travel Summit (WITS) travel conference. It was actually my very first visit to Portland! Shockingly, I grew up just down the road in Massachusetts and had spent years visiting Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. But, in all that time, I never stopped into Portland.

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Easy Day Trips from Edinburgh Scotland

Date Posted: July 2, 2019
Posted in: Edinburgh Expat, Travel Tales

Edinburgh Castle image for easy day trip options from Edinburgh

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Day trips from Edinburgh can be easily arranged so you can explore beyond the city. While there is ample to do in Edinburgh itself, getting outside the city can show you more of Scotland from different angles.

For some Edinburgh day trip ideas, I pulled together my favorite days out that we’ve done in the years we’ve lived here. There are probably plenty more to do, too! But, so far, these seven are my favorites.

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