In Life: Solo Travel

I made a video about solo travel with some things I learnt along the way. Give it a watch!

Do you solo travel? Have any horror stories?

In Edinburgh: Scott Monument

The Scott Monument is a key piece along Princes Street. The monument is dedicated to Sir Walter Scott a writer in the 1700s. After his death in 1832 a commission was held to design his memorial monument. It is the largest monument to a writer in the world and went way over budget but it is an amazing building that is definitely worth a visit. phoebegill170102284It’s blackened exterior from smoke damage is an eye catching feature but it’s height really gives it power and as this was my third trip to the city I had to go up. There are 287 spiral steps like with so many towers, it is a tight squeeze and it gets narrower as you get to the top.phoebegill161231055With the entrance in Princes Street gardens, admission for me was £5. I would recommend you say if you are coming up or down and listening out for other people because there is a lot of visitors. The views on the three platforms are panoramic and beautiful. All of the main attractions can be seen from each level so it’s the prefect place to take in the city. phoebegill161231157I love a good tower and this is one of my favourites. If you don’t have a crippling fear of heights I recommend!

Happy Travels!

 

In Edinburgh: Hogmanay and New Years

Hogmanay is Scotlands way of celebrating New Years and they go all out. It’s a three day affair of festivities which are all amazing.

Edinburgh Castle is the focus of New Years Eve in the city. There is lots of events that go to over three days but on New Years Eve there are a couple of options, pay in or free. The pay in option is the Street Party around Princes Street Gardens and the Christmas Market. It costs £25 and has stages and food, it is perfect for a group. There is also the option to go to the Concert in the Gardens event, which is inside the street party. phoebegill161231022 I didn’t go for these options because I’m cheap and it wasn’t really what I was interested in. I went for the free option! There are a number of places you can go to see the fireworks for free. I walked to Usher Hall, with a great view of Edinburgh Castle, it is a great location to see the fireworks. There is also Calton Hill, Arthurs Seat, where a lot of people go to see an amazing view of Edinburgh and the fireworks. phoebegill161231041-1The fireworks are really impressive, it’s six minutes of noise and colours and you can’t help but smile ear to ear! There is also a song that Scots sing after the fireworks to come together and celebrate. It’s really quite lovely. The fun doesn’t stop there! The morning after on the 1st of January, there is the Stoats Loony Dook parade and dip in the Forth for charity! It’s wonderful and you can go and watch these mad lads get jump in the water.  phoebegill161231063Additionally the christmas market will still be on, so you can get trinkets, food, drinks, and go to the fair. It’s a great place to go for come comfort food and drinks after the night before. With Princes Street next to you and Calton Hill so close there is lots to do on a sleepy New Years Day.  phoebegill161231051Edinburgh is a great city to spend the last day of a  year and the start of a new one. I recommend going and see this beautiful and vibrant city at any time of year but New Years is really special.

Happy Travels!

In Life: 3 Reasons Why I Solo Travel

 

So since my trip to Iceland last September I have been on four solo trips and I have planned another three this year.

I have heard the usual stuff when I first told people I would be going it alone. Could you not find anyone else to go? Can you just bring someone else? You might meet your dream man! All of these statements make me want to punch a tree so in order to try stop all of this, I thought I’d write about it.

I love my own company 

Now I know this is an unpopular thing to love yourself or be alone with yourself these days but truly, honestly, I love me. It is that simple.PhoebeGill150917012

I don’t want to worry if you are having a good time

If I organise a trip with people I feel like I need to make sure they are having a great time, if they are not smiling ear to ear I feel like I have done something wrong. Yeah I know I exhaust myself just thinking about it. It gets annoying and my need to control drives me nuts.PhoebeGill160409372.jpg

I also don’t want your input

This sounds harsh but you see I like doing what I want, my job involves making travel itineraries that gets my team from one place to another in the best, most efficient way possible so I am pretty good at timings and where to stay, so on, so forth. Also I can drive 14 hours straight to get to where I want, some people wouldn’t be game for my kind of adventure. There have been times in the past where I thought I should have been somewhere longer but because the group wasn’t into it, we didn’t end up staying longer which I think was a mistake.PhoebeGill1604231185.jpgSo there it is I’m not going solo to find love, I don’t do it because I can’t find people to go, I do it because I have the freedom to do whatever, to fail, to spend however long I like taking pictures, vlogging, snapchat, instagram. I also love being reflective and self aware so that time away gives me the opportunity to recharge.

If you feel the same as me, don’t let anyone make you feel like you are weird or a loner because you want to go off on your own. There are loads of people doing it, you may be travelling alone but you definitely aren’t alone.

Happy Travels!