Flash back to a couple of weeks ago, I was in Scotland on holiday and taking some time to myself. Dr W and I had planned this holiday a year before it was due to take place, so it was rather long awaited.
It was our first proper holiday post our PhD lives. A proper break with no work looming over us, out of office’s well and truly on and well and truly being stuck too for once (internet/phone signal not so great in Scotland). It really actually was quite odd being on holiday without much to think about. I spent many evenings sat in our hot tub chilling out and just chatting with my friends. Wonderful.
Sometimes you just need a break right? We didn’t really plan our days in advance, but we had vague ideas of what we’d like to do. The weather is one of those things that’s hard to predict. Plus who wants a strict schedule to stick too?! But with some fab weather we did manage to get some epic mountain days in, bagging a couple of munros in the process. This was the perfect time to think and reflect. And eat my weight in Kendal mint cake…
I must admit, we often pick Scotland for holidays. It’s far enough to get away from it all, but there’s also that staycation thing. Plus when we’ve stayed in Edinburgh and Aberdeen we’ve always had a great time exploring the history and the bars. I do like travelling abroad, but sometimes think people forget what is on our doorstep. There’s also slightly less faff in organising a holiday in the UK, especially when you have a busy job and not much time to sort out everything.
Maybe you, like I did, need some time out to get away from it all? We’ve already planned our next UK break and thanks to Hotels Combined we’ve started planning out a wonderful few places we’d like to stay on a staycation road trip. Hotels Combined cover all your major UK cities, but also some more middle of the nowhere places. It’s a good place to start if you’re looking for some inspiration for your next adventure that’s for sure! Our next holiday isn’t going to be so remote, a bit of hotel and b&b hopping is on the cards. But if the weather turns out alright, maybe we’ll fit in a hike or two.
Are you a fellow staycationer? Have you explored what Scotland has to offer? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. This post was written in collaboration with Hotels Combined. As ever all words, photos and opinions are my own.