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Jul
9

Remember These When Sightseeing

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Let’s face it.

There’s so much the world can offer to you, even if you’re just a wanderer by sight. There’s also so much the world has in store for you, especially if you’re really a wanderer by heart. From scenic views to pacific waters to fertile lands to bountiful forests, there’s no shortage of places to go here on Earth. From taking pictures to scuba diving to food tripping to hiking trails, there’s also no shortage of things to do here on Earth.

That being said, remember these when sightseeing:

You will not just see.

Sightseeing is not just a great way to finally see for yourself what you only saw in pictures online. It’s also a great way to finally experience for yourself what other people have only experienced before. You will not just see scenic views, but also experience what it’s like to be standing next to those scenic views via taking pictures. You will not just see pacific waters, fertile lands, and bountiful forests. You will also experience what it’s like to be under these waters, on these lands, and in these forests via scuba diving, food tripping, and hiking trails.

Bring what you only need.

The reasons for this are quite simple. Bringing what you only need when sightseeing allows you to move freely, as well as enables you to not get tired easily. This way, you will fully see what the world can offer to you and you will fully experience what the world has in store for you. This includes bringing essentials such as a light backpack, a blanket, a water bottle, and a snack (which, by the way, you can also make at home using a bread machine like a Zojirushi BB-CEC20. This also includes bringing other essentials such as warm clothes and emergency kits.

Just simply catch the moment.

And by this, it means taking in a dose of fresh air and letting yourself discover the world at its finest. You see, just simply catching the moment is more than just taking pictures of scenic views. It’s also catching the moment with yourself seeing the wonderful chance given to you. You also see, just simply catching the moment is more than just scuba diving under pacific waters, food tripping on fertile lands, and hiking trails in bountiful forests. It’s also catching the moment with yourself experiencing the wonderful chance given to you.

Any other tips and ideas when sightseeing? Share them with us below!

May
31

Travelling In Scotland With Your Kids

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Whoever said you can’t travel in Scotland with your kids seriously doesn’t know how to take fun to a whole new level.

Because let’s face it: we’re not getting any younger. What better way to prevent yourself from wondering all day on what to do with your life as you get older each year than to surround yourself with your kids?

That being said, here are other reasons why you should travel in Scotland with your kids:

It will make you feel more creative.

Mind you, parenthood is a form of art. You don’t just give your kid a place to sleep. You give your kid a kid-friendly place to sleep. You don’t just make your kid eat food. You make your kid eat food prepared especially for him. Travelling in Scotland with your kid is also the same. You don’t just go somewhere to make your kid have fun. You go somewhere to make your kid not just to have fun, but also to remember the trip for as long as he could.

It will make you feel more patient.

One of the ultimate challenges when traveling with your kid is being patient – not just with them, but also with yourself. Travelling in Scotland with your kid, however, will make you feel more patient as there are truly lots of things to do for those who have kids with them. You can either accompany your kid in Harry Potter film locations or even see the Northern Lights under the right weather conditions in Shetland.

It will make you feel more like a parent.

Nothing beats going somewhere awesome like Scotland with your kids. Why? Well, you will not just get to spend time with them. You will also get the chance to learn more about them – even if you’re just taking beautiful pictures of the Loch Ness in Gary Randall photography-style.

Dec
30

4 Movies about Scotland to Add to Your Must-Watch List

Scotland is a fascinating country brimming with heritage, history, compelling stories, and spectacular sights among others. One visit is barely enough to scratch the surface to understand and see more of its tangible and intangible treasures. If you are thinking of traveling to Scotland at some point and wish to know a bit more about it, books and films about the country can prove handy. In this article, we feature four of the top movies about Scotland to add to your must-watch list.

Culloden (1964)

Culloden is a docudrama by Peter Watkins. This critically-acclaimed film is about the 1746 Battle of Culloden that brought an end to the Jacobite rebellion. This film is not easy to watch for those who may be squeamish about the brutality and harrowing images of war. But it depicts war for what it is – brutal and disturbing. It puts people from both sides of opposing forces in stark relief by providing a glimpse into their reasons or motivations in joining the war.

Local Hero (1983)

Local Hero is a film that may not what you would expect it to be. The story and the related issues it presents are all too familiar. It is essentially a story of an American man sent by an oil magnate to a Scottish fishing village with hopes of acquiring it for the latter’s Knox Oil and Gas company. But the oil executive’s plans did not pan out as expected. This film is a poignant journey into a breathtaking place that would make you want to root for anyone who would wish to protect it.

Macbeth (1971)

The Tragedy of Macbeth is an adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most iconic plays. It stands out for its grim portrayal of a story steeped with darkness fueled by ambition, murder, revenge and the resulting madness. It is a gripping and haunting film that takes you into the convoluted and messy outcomes of ambition, revenge, and guilt.

Sunshine on Leith (2013)

Sunshine on Leith is an uplifting story about two soldiers and longtime best friends Davy (George MacKay) and Ally (Kevin Guthrie) who finished their tour in Afghanistan and has returned to their hometown of Edinburgh. Based on a Scottish band musical, this film may be teeming with clichés for some are not into what seems like formulaic approach to the conflicts and resolutions. But it is a feel good movie that features engaging tunes and stunning views of Edinburgh.

Dec
11

10 of the Best Places to Visit in Scotland

To say that Scotland is stunning seems like an understatement. Its rich history and heritage, diverse terrains, and dramatic sceneries defy the imagination. It is a place of captivating sights and compelling tales – best experienced than heard or read. There are many reasons to fall in love with the country. And here are just some of them.

Edinburgh
Edinburgh
Top attractions: Calton Hill and the National Monument, Edinburgh Castle, Greyfriars Church, Holyrood Abbey, Holyrood Park, Museum of Childhood, National Library of Scotland, National Museum of Scotland, National Portrait Gallery, Our Dynamic Earth, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Princes Street, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, St Giles Cathedral, the Royal Botanic Garden, The Royal Mile, the Royal Yacht Britannia,

Glasgow
Glasgow
Top attractions: The Bagpipe Museum, Bellahouston Park, Charles Mackintosh’s House for an Art Lover, George Square, Glasgow Cathedral, Glasgow Green, Hunterian Museum, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Kibble Palace, Mackintosh’s Art Academy, the National Piping Centre, the People’s Palace, Pollok House, Riverside Museum, St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, the Tall Ship, the University of Glasgow

Inverness
Inverness
Top attractions: Beauly Gallery, Cawdor Castle, Culloden Battlefield and Visitors Centre, Glen Ord Distillery, Inverness Castle, Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, St Andrew’s Cathedral, The Scottish Kiltmaker Visitor Centre, the Titanic Inverness Maritime Museum, Urquhart Castle

Aberdeen
Aberdeen
Top attractions: Aberdeen Art Gallery, the Aberdeen International Youth Festival, Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Brig o’Balgownie, Castlegate, Cruickshank Botanic Gardens, the Kirk of St Nicholas Uniting, Marischal College, Provost Skene’s House, St Machar’s Cathedral, the Satrosphere Science Centre, the University and King’s College of Aberdeen

Isle of Skye
Isle of Skye
Top attractions: The Clan Donald Centre, Coral Beach, climbing in Cuillin, Dunvegan Castle, the Fairy Glen, the Fairy Pools, Loch Coruisk, the Old Man of Storr, Neist Point Lighthouse, the Quiraing, Rubha Hunish, the Sea Eagles, Skyeskyns showroom, the Talisker Whisky, the Village of Boreraig,

Loch Ness
Loch Ness
Top attractions: The Caledonian Canal, Drumnadrochit village, Fort Augustus, Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition, Loch Oich, Nessie – The Legend of the Loch Ness Monster, Spean Bridge, Urquhart Castle

Fort William
Jacobite Steam Train
Top attractions: Ben Nevis, Jacobite Steam Train, Lochaber Geopark, Nevis Range, Road to the Isles, West Highland Museum

Cairngorms National Park
Cairngorms National Park
Top attractions: Atholl Country Life Museum, Balmoral Castle, Blair Castle and Gardens, Blair Castle Trekking Centre, Braemar Castle, Cairngorm Brewery, Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, Clan Macpherson Museum, Dalwhinnie Distillery, Drumin Castle, Funicular Railway, Highland Folk Museum, Inshriach Nursery, Loch an Eilein, Royal Lochnagar Distillery, Speyside Distillery, Strathspey Steam Railway Aviemore, Tomatin Distillery, Wild Mountain Garden

Shetland Islands
Shetland Islands
Top attractions: Broch of Culswick, Broch of Mousa, Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse Settlement, Ness of Burgi Fort, Old Scatness, Out Skerries, Ronas Hill, Scalloway Castle, Scalloway Museum, Shetland Museum, Shetland Textile Museum, Tangwick Haa Museum, Unst Boat Haven, the Up Helly Aa Festival

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park
Top attractions: Ben Lomond, the Highland Boundary Fault, the Island of Inchmurrin, Loch Katrine, Loch Lomond Shores, the lochs, the Maid of the Loch, the National Park Centre, the National Route 7, Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, the Rob Roy Visitor Centre, Rosneath Castle, the West Highland Way