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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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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London’s train stations and the kindness of strangers

London King's Cross Station atrium, UK

The London King’s Cross is beyond hectic — it’s no wonder Harry Potter had to ask for directions.

I commuted into downtown London with my friend, who had been kind enough to let me “kip” on her couch, but she left me a few metro stops early to go to work. This was my first time visiting the city and I emerged into the melee of morning rush hour at King’s Cross, entirely overwhelmed and a little in awe. It’s a big place, filled to the brim with busy people.

I decided...

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A day out in El Greco’s Toledo

Degas was obsessed with ballerinas and horse races. Van Gogh had his landscapes of swirling brushstrokes and vivid colours. Dali enjoyed melting times pieces and fantastical elephants with spindly legs.

El Greco is most easily recognized for his paintings of twisted and elongated figures.

Although born in Crete, El Greco spent most of his life in Toledo, a small city less than an hour’s drive from Madrid. There, he produced one masterpiece after another. El Greco wasn’t known...

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Biking San Antonio’s Missions Trail

Dome of the San Jose Mission in San Antonio

We chose the hottest day of the summer to bike the Missions Trail along the San Antonio River.

I had been struggling with a persistent cold for a couple days and when we stepped out of the hotel that day I felt like I stepped out of my skin. I was almost numb from the blistering heat coming off of the pavement. I don’t remember why we decided to go biking that day specifically but I’m proud to say that we made it 10 kilometers in the scorching sun. That may not seem like much, but...

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