If you’re a dedicated adventurer, it’s fair to say that the last year has been very frustrating.
Health always comes first and foremost, but when travel is in your heart and soul, being stranded in one location makes your feet so itchy that it’ll take much more than a regular vacation to scratch them.
So now’s the time to think positive and plan ahead for your first major post-lockdown trip.
But with the whole world to choose from, which stunning location should you opt for?
We’re championing Scotland – the weather might be unpredictable, but the scenery is sublime, the history is hard to beat, and the people are amongst the world’s warmest and friendliest.
But a little insider advice will help you prep perfectly, so here are four tips for long-term travelers in Scotland.
1. Check official travel guidance
We know that it’s not the most exciting way to start planning a dream vacay, but even if you’re sure that you’re allowed to travel to the UK a few months down the line, it’s worth double-checking requirements nearer the time.
So for peace of mind, look at your official government travel news for the UK and suss out visa and health check requirements.
2. Choose Your Main Bases
You’ll probably want to be based in a Scottish city and the good thing about most Caledonian urban areas is that they’re in striking distance of the lochs, glens, and mountains.
Capital Edinburgh is one of the world’s most beautiful cities and features an elegant neoclassical new town, a castle perched on an extinct volcano, and an old town steeped in history.
Alternatively, you could choose Glasgow, which is the largest city, has legendary locals that take friendliness to another level and superb sports and culture.
3. Book Accommodation and Flights
If you can take a leap of faith and book flights as early as possible on a comparison site like Skyscanner, you’ll probably make considerable savings. Edinburgh Airport is Scotland’s largest and best-connected, but Glasgow also serves many international destinations.
You can choose from hotels of all types, well-appointed hostels, and Airbnb properties, but check that wherever you choose has a good internet connection – whether you’re broadcasting a blog, studying with ARU Distance Learning, or just want to keep in touch with friends and family, it’s essential.
4. Learn the Lingo
Almost all Scottish people can speak English. But in their everyday lives, around 70% speak a form of Scots – this is similar to English and shares many words, but it also has distinct words and phrases which, combined with a strong accent, can occasionally make it hard to follow.
To learn a few Scots phrases from YouTube before you leave home and polish your fluency in a local bar. If the regulars are saying ‘aye’ (‘yes’) more than ‘naw’ (‘no), then you’re doing ok.
Follow these four tips and you’ll have a fantastic time in Scotland – you can thank us later!