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There’s No Place Like Home

Hi guys,

When you look at all the different travel blogs out there people have so many different ways of travelling. There’s the Nomads, people who have no home base. They travel all over the world with everything they own on their back, having complete freedom to travel to wherever the hell they like whenever the hell they like. There are also the people like Amanda over at A Dangerous Business, who has a set home base, works at home, and then travels throughout the year around work and other commitments.

And then there’s the people like me, who dream of travelling the world and seeing the sights, but lack the courage, funds and time to actually go out there and see the world. Trips abroad are family holidays or concert tours (can you believe the NYCoS America tour is less than TWO months away? Because I can’t!) where sightseeing is usually done in groups to the big touristy destinations, and you don’t really get the chance to get involved and truly get the feel for a destination and its culture.

Hopefully though this will change soon, and I’ll have the funds to be able to explore and see all that’s out there.

But even if I do, I know that the nomadic life probably isn’t for me, because no matter where in the world I go I will always have a home, and that home will always be…

Scotland!!

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Scotland is and always will be home for me. There’s just something about it, it’s a country filled with magic and wonder and fairy tales, and I just feel like I belong here. Yes, I know I go on and on about wanting to travel and get out of here, but that’s because I know Scotland will always be here, calling me back. Back to what I know, back to settled normality. When I get off the train at Glasgow Queen Street and I haven’t been into the city in a while I still get this tingle that just tells me “I’m back, this feels right”, and I love that feeling! It’s an amazing sensation, and one that I hope never goes away.

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There’s something just so distinct about Scotland and its people. The culture is so unique, as are the locals who live here. We’re a very patriotic nation, but in a uniquely Scottish way. Unlike other patriotic countries, we don’t think Scotland is the best country in the world. In fact, we know it can be a bit of a shithole, but you know what , it’s our shithole, so don’t you say anything bad about it, because the only people who can are born and bred in this ridiculous country and we won’t take any flack from anyone! So I dare you to give it a try. Bring it, and see how far you get.

Anyway…Moving on.

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There’s no denying though, no matter how much of a shithole it may be, Scotland is a brilliantly stunning country. The weather’s shit, but it’s because of the dank, dark, murky skies and constant bombardment of rain, sleet and snow that our country is so green and lush and spectacular. Few places on the planet rival Scotland in her beauty and her unique landscapes and scenery. I love it, and I love that I can call this beautiful country home.

Now to head out in search of her rivals.

Where’s home for you? Have you been lucky enough to find that place you belong, or are you still out there searching? Or not searching, perhaps? Let me know!

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My Favourite Travel Blogs

Hi guys,

I absolutely love reading travel blogs. It’s one of my favourite things to do. My standard daily commute into uni involves a good read of a few travel blog posts, a quick Facebook check, and an update to Wandering Scotland if the inspiration strikes.

I do follow several travel blogs, because it’s always worth keeping up with the travel blogging community, but I do have to say I do still have my favourites.

A Dangerous Business

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Amanda over at A Dangerous Business is probably one of my favourite bloggers. Her writing makes her seem so genuine and friendly, and she was really generous with her help when I emailed her with a blogging related question. A Dangerous Business was one of the first travel blogs I ever read, and a read of at least one article is pretty standard commute reading. I also absolutely love her take on travel blogging, and the fact that she doesn’t travel full time, yet still manages to run a frequently updated blog.

Young Adventuress

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Young Adventuress was the first ever travel blog I came across, and was that sparked my interest in travel blogging and all its wonders. Liz just seems like such a strong woman, something I truly aspire to be. I also love that two of her favourite countries are Spain and New Zealand, just like me!

Hand Luggage Only

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I love Yaya and Lloyd, they are absolutely hilarious. There’s always at least one line in each post that makes me giggle. The images they share in their posts are spectacular, and are sure to inpire wanderlust in all who lay eyes on them. How they manage to travel to so many fabulous foreign destinations so frequently will always baffle me, they just always seem to be somewhere new and exciting.

The Travel Hack

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This blog is a godsend. There are so many tips and tricks to achieve cheaper travel, it’s fab! They also always seem to do their research, and so their destination posts are always educational, and I always seem to learn something.

Travelletes

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I was drawn to the Travelletes blog by a guest post I came across on Bloglovin’, but after a little exploring I was hooked! Although I am a reasonably new reader of the blog, I’ve found that the seem to think on a way very similarly to myself.

So there you have it, my current list of favourite travel blogs. I am always on the hunt for some new reads, so if there are any blogs out there that you think I’d like, let me know!

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Game of Thrones – My Westeros Travel Bucketlist

Hi guys,

In honor of the return of Game of Thrones to our television last night I thought I might write a bucketlist post with a difference. Because, y’know, why not. Anyway.

There are several places in Westeros that are mentioned that you can’t help but think “that sounds nice, I kinda want to go there”, and there are places that you see on screen that you really can’t help but think “I have to go there!”.

Note: I do intend to mention a few bits and pieces about the plot and things like that going on so, if you’re new to us and haven’t caught up yet, just a warning, Winter is…no wait, wrong phrase…SPOILERS!!

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Is any trip to Westeros really complete without a trip to its capital, King’s Landing? Not really, no. Just think of the sightseeing! There’s the ruined Dragon Pit, who’s Golden gates have not been opened in more than a century, or the Great Sept of Baelor and its marble plaza. You could perhaps wander near the Red Keep, but be sure not to upset the gold cloaks.

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The seat of the Tyrells, Highgarden must be a beautiful place. Fertile and fragrant with all those flowers around, it must  be a spectacular sight in the summer when all is in bloom. You could perhaps aim to visit around the time of the Harvest Moon, for the Great Masquerade.

Winterfell

I have a bit of an affinity for snow and ice, so Winterfell would be a must visit for me. Or would have been, were it not now controlled by the Boltons. Ah. Not sure I want to visit when Ramsay’s hanging about. However, should the Starks regain control I’m all up for trip North. But Winter is Coming so lets hope that’s soon!

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Not sure if I could cope with all that cold, but the Wall is just such a spectacular feat of engineering you just kind of have to want to see it, right? I mean, a 700 foot high wall of sheer ice isn’t something you see every day! It just isn’t! Slight issue in that there’s a little bit of unrest going on at the minute, due to a mutiny and, you know, a certain dead Lord Commander, but, eh, why not?

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After all that cold you’re gonna need some sun, so why not head south for the Water Gardens of Dorne.They just look so idyllic, don’t they? So peaceful, so calm, and…oh, look, Ellaria and the Sand Snakes, run away! Maybe just stick to some sunbathing on a beach somewhere, me thinks.

Where would you guys like to visit in Westeros if you had the chance? The Free Cities? Casterly Rock, maybe?