Where in the World Wednesday: Edinburgh, Scotland Edition

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Every Wednesday, I share a Where in the World Wednesday featuring where in the world I am, what I’m doing there, where I’m planning to go next, my general thoughts on the latest week of travel, and what I’m currently reading.

Where in the World Wednesday: Edinburgh, Scotland Edition 

Where in the world are you?

I just arrived to Edinburgh, Scotland. It’s already a city I feel like I could live in for months without growing tired of its beautiful architecture, surprising natural beauty, and down-to-earth feel.

Where are you coming from?

After spending quite a bit of time in London, I escaped the city to The Cotswolds. The English countryside was a welcome change of pace.

We took a train to Oxford, picked up a rental car (much easier than picking it up on London’s busy streets), and made our way towards the quaint cottages and rolling hills of the Cotswolds.

Bibury Cotswolds - Pages to Passport Where in the World Wednesday

Driving on the “wrong” side of the road down tiny country lanes was a bit harrowing, but the payoff was well worth it. We drove from castle to castle, village to village, until finding our way to our Airbnb cottage in a small hamlet called Chedworth. The town consisted of a single church and pub (my kind of village). We chatted with our hosts, got comfortable in our cottage built into the hill, and walked to the pub for a pint of cider to end a perfect day.

Chedworth Cotswolds Airbnb Pages to Passport

We woke to the sound of birds chirping, walked to the bottom of the hill for milk for our coffee (it was chilling in the stream!) and packed up the car for another day of road tripping. After enjoying tea in an adorable village called Stow-on-the-Wold, we drove to what could easily be called the highlight of our day. Lavender fields!

Cotswolds Lavender Fields - Pages to Passport - Where in the World Wednesday

I could have spent weeks living the slow life in the Cotswolds, and maybe I will someday, but Scotland was calling me.

What are you up to there?

I’m incredibly excited to be spending the next (almost) week wandering Scottish streets, listening to live music, and exploring the Highlands on a 3-day tour of the Scottish Highlands with Hairy Coo Tours.

I’ve already been able to explore some of the Royal Mile, climb around Arthur’s Seat, and listen to some live music at the pub across the street from the pod hostel I’m staying at. A great start to a city that already feels like home.

Arthurs Seat Pages to Passport Allyson Dobberteen

What are you thinking about these days?

My tendencies to plan too much, put unreachable expectations on myself, and worry too often.

I expected to feel carefree as a long-term traveler. I’m quite literally living my dream. I have all the time in the world to travel the actual world. My to-do list is the shortest its been since… ever. I’ve budgeted well to know I can sustain this lifestyle for a while.

Even so, I find myself reverting to my old mindset of “should” dos and checklists. I long to be the kind of traveler who wanders without wondering if there’s something better to be doing and rests without regretting the missed hours. I hope she shows up with time.

What are you currently reading? 

I certainly haven’t read as much as I imagined on the trip so far. I’m still working on Victoria: The Queen: An Intimate biography of the Woman who Ruled an Empire but also added the Outlander series to the mix. I think the book juggling will pay off when I head to the highlands in a few days!

Where are you going to next?

My next Where in the World Wednesday will be coming to you live from Greece. In perhaps my most risky (and most off-character) travel moment yet, I signed on to be an English tutor for a Turkish family sailing around the Greek islands for two weeks. I have no idea what islands I’ll see and I’ve never met the family (I found them via Workaway) but I’m ready for the slower travel pace.

Wifi may be weak or non-existent, but I’m still hoping to write weekly. If not, see you on the flip side!

Where in the World Wednesday Edinburgh Scotland // Pages to Passport Weekly Travel Diary // long-term travel

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  1. Libby
    July 22, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    love, love, love the cotswolds! so idyllic. I mean, milk chilling in the stream!
    cannot wait to hear more about the greece-tutor-sailing adventure!!

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