Backpacking around Scotland without a car – My firsthand experience

My name is Anirudh and I'm one of the VisitScotland Community Ambassadors (Horizons@ on the VisitScotland iKnow community forum). I've lived and worked in Edinburgh, Scotland for 3.5 years now and I have done all of my travel around Scotland by public transport. My single longest trip across the country was an epic 4-week camping … Continue reading Backpacking around Scotland without a car – My firsthand experience

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The 20 year old umbrella

My father has always preferred to keep things around. When we were growing up, he insisted on fixing broken things, even if it meant spending more than its original price on repairs in the long run. Our school shoes, for example, were sent off to the local cobbler every time the strap broke or the … Continue reading The 20 year old umbrella

That time you almost caught a thief

Dear Reader, My mum and dad have come to spend late summer with us, and it's been...surprisingly interesting. The thing is, when you live with your parents for an extended period of time after a few years of living by yourself, you notice some changes. The most obvious one is their sorted sleeping schedule. The … Continue reading That time you almost caught a thief

Just A&E Things

Dear Reader, All our best trips end with my ending up in an Emergency room somewhere. It's happened so many times that it's not a coincidence any more; it's a proven fact. My sibling swears that I've always been clumsy, awkward and accident-prone, and my parents never took me to emergency departments back in India "because … Continue reading Just A&E Things

24 hours in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland by public transport (Day 17)

Continuing from the previous post, I had planned to set sail for the Outer Hebrides to spend an entire week beach-combing across Harris and the Uists before sailing back to Oban. However, after a few hours, the weather turned to become very wet, windy & miserable. So I had to turn back after a very … Continue reading 24 hours in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland by public transport (Day 17)

The other side of Bohol, Philippines

Dear Reader, This is going to be an emotional, somewhat rambly post, possibly depressing. But this experience has affected me deeply, so please bear with me as I come to terms with it in the only way I know how: by writing about it. As many of you know, we visited Bohol on Day 7 … Continue reading The other side of Bohol, Philippines

Katara’s Trip to the Philippines

First guest post! Katara, our dearest friend, flew all the way from Singapore to meet us in Philippines during the last leg of our trip. Being the awesome person that she is, she brought lots of delicious snacks, extra earrings and her signature sense of humour with her. All the memories we have of Philippines … Continue reading Katara’s Trip to the Philippines

Our visa-free year of travel: The background

Note for our dear readers: This post is a rant & provides background for why we decided to travel visa-free for a year and a half. We're going to provide our best pictures from our last visa based trip (across France & Switzerland) as an incentive for reading 🙂 Also, what's a blog without a … Continue reading Our visa-free year of travel: The background

Philippines Day 1: Travelling to Manila

Day 1 Destination Manila, the capital city of the Philippines. We flew Oman Air from London Heathrow via Muscat and our definition of a day is a block of 24 hours as we saw 3 timezones in quick succession. Very few pictures as the day was spent transiting. Lessons Learnt Oman Air economy class is … Continue reading Philippines Day 1: Travelling to Manila

That time when you hiccuped for an hour in Washington State

Time for another Yolek travel story. Till date we've lost our passports and thrown up on a boat in Florida but were woefully underprepared for visiting the fiery depths of hell in cool and placid Washington state of all places. So let's place ourselves in Yolek's shoes spending a long weekend at the faux-Bavarian village … Continue reading That time when you hiccuped for an hour in Washington State