Seattle to Scotland — 3 Travel Tips

There’s a small yet significant Scottish population in Washington state — the 2010 census indicated 200,000 individuals of Scottish descent or roughly three percent of the total. Seattle to Scotland — 3 Travel Tips

And since 2007, The Caledonian and St. Andrews Society of Seattle has celebrated Burns Night and Chinese New Year simultaneously at the end of January as ‘Gung Haggis Fat Choy’. This culinary cultural fusion combines the iconic Scottish pudding with a range of delectable Asian delights. 

But whether you’ve got tartan in your blood or simply want to visit 2017’s most beautiful country in the world according to Rough Guides, a trip to bonnie Scotland might be easier to organize than you realize.

If you’re savoring the thought of a Seattle to Scotland vacation, here are three travel tips.

  1. Flights

If your geography’s good, you’ll realize that you’ll be sat on a plane for some time to make this trip — the quickest non-stop flight takes the best part of 10 hours.

But you can arrange to fly to Edinburgh, Glasgow or Inverness and ticket prices are surprisingly reasonable, considering the distance.

Carriers like Virgin Atlantic, KLM, Brussels Airlines, Finnair and Lufthansa offer round-trip Seattle-Tacoma flights to Glasgow or Edinburgh from around $500 — not bad at all.

Once you know your desired travel dates, search for the most reasonable Sea-Tac to Scotland flights and you’ll find a deal that matches your budget.

  1. Parking

The last thing you need prior to a long-haul flight to Scotland is a stressed journey to Seattle airport spent stuffed into public transport besides dozens of perspiring fellow travelers. And if you’ve got young kids in tow, this scenario is a touch-paper for explosive tantrums.

Better to book Seattle-Tacoma airport parking at and travel in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. You’ll head for check-in feeling completely relaxed and when you return home, you can hop in your car and be on your merry way.

To really get yourselves in the mood for your impending trip, be sure to sing along to 500 Miles by The Proclaimers — there’s nothing like a spot of car karaoke to raise the spirits.

  1. Tattoo

Don’t worry — you don’t need to get a set of bagpipes, thistle or bottle of Irn-Bru inked onto your skin before traveling to Scotland (unless you really want to).

But if you’re visiting in summer, you absolutely must order a ticket for The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Held at the spectacular Edinburgh Castle esplanade with performances throughout August, this superb event features military music, amazing marching moves and fantastic fireworks.

It sparks the senses of visitors from across the globe — but when you hear the massed bands pipes and drums belting out traditional tunes like Highland Cathedral, you’ll start to understand what’s so special about Scottish culture.

These three travel hacks are the tip of the iceberg for a Caledonian adventure — but they’ll set you up solidly for a Seattle to Scotland trip to remember.

Do you have advice for a Scottish holiday? Share it in the comments section.

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The Top Munich Attractions for Architecture Lovers

The Top Munich Attractions for Architecture Lovers

The Top Munich Attractions for Architecture Lovers


In terms of its recognition and popularity amongst German cities, Munich is perhaps overshadowed by the country’s capital, Berlin. However the city is the capital of Bavaria and home to dozens of museums, centuries-old buildings and architectural wonders that make it a perfect destination for art, culture and architecture lovers. And so if you’re a culture vulture looking for one of the best architectural mainstays in Europe then Munich is the place to go. Here are some of the top Munich attractions for architecture buffs to consider visiting on your next trip to the Bavarian capital:




The Brandhorst Museum 

Brandhorst Museum-TripAdvisor
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A good place to start your journey through Munich’s architectural wonderland is the Museum Brandhorst. Officially opened in 2009 and housing a private collection of hundreds of German and American artwork, Brandhorst is worth a visit just to see its striking façade. Designed by the famous Berlin architects Sauerbruch Hutton, the building is covered in thousand of brightly coloured vertical rods that give it its pixellated and undulating colour.


Odeonsplatz Munich Germany Trip Advisor
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Although at a certain point in its history the Odeonsplatz is the place where Hitler held some of his rallies, the building now commemorates all those that stood up to Nazism with its golden cobblestones.

Consisting of the commemorative cobblestones and an impressive facade, the Odeonsplatz is a great example of the impressive Architecture that Munich has to offer. And if you’re worried about getting about the city to see all these wonders Munich airport transfer to and from the city is easily available, as are various public transport links. Be sure not to miss the daily performance piece entitled ‘It’s never too late to say sorry’ held here every day at noon.

Munich Residenz 

Munich Residenz - Palace in Munich

Regarded as one of the most spectacular palaces in Europe, Munich Residenz was the seat of power for several of Bavaria’s Dukes and Kings for many centuries. Now the vast complex of three main buildings is home to a number of museums and monuments. The Residenz houses the Court Church of All Saints, the Residenz Museum, Cuvillies Theatre, and beautiful gardens that feature dozens of exquisitely designed courtyards, ponds, fountains, and gardens.


frauenkirche cathedral munich
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Munich is also home to the magnificent Frauenkirche, or the Cathedral Church of Our Lady, an imposing late Gothic church that was completed in 1488. Highlights include the massive twin towers that make up part of this huge building and measure at 100 meters tall, as well as its Renaissance-inspired domes. The two towers are a major Munich Landmark, while the cathedral also houses the black marble and bronze tomb of Emperor Ludwig the Bavarian placed there in 1622.

Nymphenburg Palace 

Nymphenburg Palace Munich Germany

Set in glorious gardens that feature breathtaking landscapes, the Nymphenburg Palace is a must see for all architecture and culture buffs. Its highlights include enchanting pavilions, artfully decorated tearooms and swimming pools, as well as a Francois Cuvillies-designed hunting lodge complete with ostentatious dog kennels.

As the examples above prove, Munich is a treasure trove of architectural wonders and cultural heritage for those excited by both ancient and modern buildings. Many other fine examples exist in the city and its authorities have made it their mission to actively promote their beauty and charm. Munich is well worth a visit for an itinerary choke-full of art, culture, and amazing architecture alone.

Picking Your Level of Luxury

We all deserve the chance to get away and truly feel like we’re being pampered. Daily life can be a real grind, and it’s hard to find a moment to relax, much less a full few days. Sure, staycations are cheap, but they aren’t really that rewarding unless you just really want to do nothing more than not work with your paid time off.  If you have the time and money to really take a look at your luxury travel options, you’ll find that there’s no one-size-fits all model for taking an elegant, relaxing vacation that you’ll remember forever. There are levels of luxury, and you should feel comfortable picking the one that works best for you.Picking-Your-Level-of-Luxury

What matters most

We all have deal breakers when we’re going on vacation. Some people won’t go camping without indoor plumbing or even a fancy RV. These people are known as “glampers.” Other people won’t take a plane anywhere unless they can get seating that’s better than basic coach. Some travelers want a certain type of pillow at their hotel. The list of deal breakers can be endless, and some demands are harder to meet than others.

Do you want a room that looks out upon the beach? Then be prepared to pay for the view. But if you don’t want that view, maybe you should spend that money on a room with a hot tub instead. Consider how much you’re going to use each available amenity. Sure, hotels with room service are nice, but if you’re on a special diet and can’t eat most of the food on the menu, then it’s not worth paying extra for a place with 24-hour room service.

Hidden fees

One possible dealbreaker you should look out for? Resort fees. Hotels of almost every star rating charge them. They may not show up in your initial bill, but you have to pay the resort fees before you leave the hotel. “Resort fees” are a catch-all term for services like free drinks or use of the hotel’s fitness facility. You’re going to pay the resort fees even if you don’t use all the amenities, which is one reason some people really dislike them and will do anything they can to avoid them. Other people consider them just a part of travel, and that’s a good mindset to adapt when you’re headed to places where resort fees are almost impossible to avoid.

If you’re staying on the strip in Vegas, go ahead and budget an extra $20, $30, or even $40 a day for services you might not even use. They’re a really common way to get extra money from tourists visiting hotspots, so you’ll also see resort fees pop up in places like Mexico or the Caribbean. To avoid surprises, make sure to do plenty of research before you give out your credit card number. Let’s say you’re looking for luxury resorts Cabo, but the language on some of the websites is unclear. By all means, feel free to call and ask if the property charges resort fees. If you want luxury, you’re going to have to pay at least a little extra for it, but that doesn’t mean you should let resort fees sneak up on you.

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Packing Ideas To Match Your Trip

How To Plan and Pack For Any Size Trip Packing Ideas To Match Your Trip

Being a woman can make packing an absolute nightmare and sometimes, well often we live up to our reputations of hoarding and packing far more than we need. But its also a part of the fun the stress and anguish of having to leave one of your favourite pair of pants behind on a trip can be heart braking but also a small cleansing experience. We realise we don’t need everything to fit into our bag and that we can survive with a minimal number of belongings. Obviously though this is for the long-term traveller and not the weekend warrior. For those shorter trips I recommend packing anything you look good in as we won’t have any idea what adventures we can get up to. Let’s have a look at some types of trips we can go on and some items that we should, bring with us.


This is more for the long-term traveller going for a couple of months. We want to be rough and ready without a massive suitcase to lug about with us. I always try to bring comfortable clothing for the long journeys and gear to match up to the activities I plan on doing. Base your packing on the countries you intend on visiting and the weather you expect. Trainers, a fanny pack and a light rain jacket are three things I ensure to bring with me on any long-term trip. A sturdy backpack is essential. Although hopefully you won’t have to carry it for too long, a decent backpack always helps with comfort and accessibility.

Weekend trip:

The less, the better but you can also afford to bring a decent sized suitcase for shorter trips allowing you a much larger variety of choices in the outfit you want to wear about. Again, this all depends on the type of trip you are going on, partying, sight seeing or adventure. Plus, everything else in between. City breaks always require a decent amount of research on the trends and places you are most likely to visit. To be a style icon one must do their research. I always choose at least one cute evening dress, someday leisure clothing, a good pair of shoes and always my camera. I seem to take more pictures on my shorter trips than I do on any others.

The two-week holiday:

Oddly probably the most common on this list. This one usually comprises of beach, the pool the beach again and possibly your bed. Relaxation is key so comfy outfits, and something that allows me to get a tan is the most important for me. A large case is important to, shopping will definitely be done so the extra space will come in very useful on the last day.

Hopefully some of my trip packing guides lines will give you a better idea of what to pack and what’s necessary for each type of trip. Remember you will probably lose some items so try not to pack anything you will miss a lot.