Six must-visit towns close to Edinburgh

Bass Rock, North Berwick, Scotland

On my first visit to Edinburgh, I spent a lot of time getting familiar with the city, but after a while I began to crave more and decided to branch out. One of the great things about Edinburgh, or really any big city in the UK, is their railway system. It’s very easy to hop on a train and take a daytrip!

Although Edinburgh is amazing, I highly recommend going beyond Scotland’s capital if you have the time. Here are six charming towns, close to Edinburgh, which I think everyone...

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Five Senses for Travel: Scent

Summer, Ukraine, Europe

Travel is often referred to as sight-seeing. But if that was all there was to it, travelling would be like flipping through a virtual reality guide book. Yes, there’s a picture of Golden Gate Bridge. Ooh la la, the picturesque Montmartre. Look at those Alps, aren’t they grand?

Travel should be an experience of all the senses. It’s not just about seeing a place, but hearing the noisy clamour of a city like London or the soft quiet of the countryside in Scotland. It’s about...

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Untethered — Travelling without a plan

Edinburgh, Scotland

Sometimes we need to be removed from the familiar. I usually make lists and plans when it comes to everyday life, I think too far ahead. And when I don’t, I stress about the fact that I’m not making lists and plans.

Travelling isn’t like that. For me, travelling is often as simple as picking a destination and going there. I usually have an idea of what I’d like to see but I’m not a devout follower of itineraries. I like to exhaust a place — in the sense that I will try to...

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Hauntingly Beautiful: Upper Canada Village pumpkin art

These aren’t the jack-o-lanterns of your childhood.

Pumpkinferno, as the name suggests, is a fiery vision of thousands of beautifully hand-carved pumpkins laid out against the backdrop of historic Upper Canada Village. As you walk through the streets under the open night sky you encounter scenes of breathtaking beauty — from mythical and supernatural beings to wild and exotic animals.

Upper Canada Village is a historical recreation of what life would have been like in a...

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Song Stuck in the Soul – Jazz Journey

Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans

The beer had a strange aftertaste of carrots but it was free so I gulped it down. It was jazz night and the musician on stage was warbling out a song more country twang than anything else. As he was the owner of the bar all the drinks were on the house. He must have been feeling charitable in the warmth of all the clapping or maybe there was some sort of affectionate nostalgia from picking up his old guitar. Whatever the reason, the beer kept coming. All around us the room was hot and...

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