Sightseeing in Scotland

Scotland, the U.K.’s northernmost country, is a land of mountain wildernesses, glacial glens (valleys) and lochs (lakes). Scotland’s major cities are Edinburgh, the capital, and Glasgow.

Here are a few recommendations  of things to see while visiting Scotland.

Loch Ness  – We have all heard the myth of the Loch Ness monster.  So we have to go check out the lake, right?  You can enjoy your monster hunting by taking a cruise on Loch Ness.  What a fun activity for the entire family. I met a tow truck driver named Tim who was on a family vacation and he told me about the souvenir shops and various castles on this trip.  Located in the Scottish Highlands, this is a trip for the entire family.


Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle is an impressive fortress and military stronghold atop Castle Rock. This castle’s history is so intriguing. Make sure to see the Crown Jewel Exhibition and get a good view of the firing of the cannon.  You will get some great pictures and the view from the rooftop is gorgeous.

Due to the popularity of this attraction I would advise purchasing the Fastpass and avoid the long ticket lines.  To really enjoy the castle and see everything allow about 3-4 hours to make your way through.  Be sure to stop by the  Tea Room and enjoy some warm tea and a snack.  

Stirling Castle

If you are a castle enthusiast then you need to visit Stirling Castle. You will enter a world of Scotland’s Renaissance kings and queens. The colors and craftmanship are stunning.

There are many things to see and do at Stirling Castle. If you take the free guided tour the staff are very knowledgeable and full of personality. This is a great place to take the kids. They have staff dressed in costumes that re enact how things were back then. Plus you can take pictures with them. There are many exhibitions throughout and the view from the castle is breathtaking.

Be sure to wear comfortable shoes as you will do a lot of walking.  And before you leave stop by some of the charming cafes and restaurants in Stirling.


The Scottish Whiskey Experience

This is a fun and informative trip for all ages and very affordable. Take a guided tour through a replica whiskey distillery and learn about Scotland’s national drink. You will learn about the production process, be introduced to a variety of aromas and taste the whiskey you prefer and you get to keep the crystal whiskey tumbler.  Children under the age of 18 can sample a famous Scottish soda.

The most fascinating part is seeing the world’s largest whiskey collection. Even if you are not a drinker this is still a fun time.  And you might just discover a whiskey to your liking.



My Favorite Colorado Cities

Colorado is an absolutely beautiful state to visit on vacation. The mountains, national parks, natural wonders and scenery make this state a must see. There are many cities to visit in the state and some of the top 4 include:

  1. Denver – The capital and largest city in Colorado, Denver is  located on the edge of the Rocky Mountains. There are luxurious hotels, bed and breakfasts and more to fit any budget. Denver is home to 4 different professional sports team so take a tour of Mile High Stadium or Coors Field. Places to visit include the Denver Zoo, Botanical Gardens, museums, US Mint, breweries and much more. Use Denver as a home base and check out local skiing areas. Definitely worth the trip.
  2. Colorado Springs – this 2nd largest city in Colorado sits at the foot of Pikes Peak giving it stunning scenery. Stay in town and visit some of the many attractions including several museums, Cheyenne Zoo, local restaurants and more. Take a train up Pikes Peak, drive or hike for beautiful pictures and scenery. Another local attraction is “Garden of the Gods”. It boasts natural red rock formations surrounded by white capped mountains. Put your photography skills to work taking the picture of a lifetime. You can also visit the Air Force Academy or check out athletes working out in the U.S.Olympic Training Center. Be sure and add this great city to our itinerary.
  3. Boulder – This city of around 100,00 sits at the foot of the Rocky Mountains along the Flatirons. It is home to the University of Colorado and has many different opportunities for both indoor and outdoor activities. A must see in Boulder includes Pearl Street in downtown. You can shop, eat and people watch in one place.  You can take a bus tour, visit a brewery or do a wine tasting and much more. Some of the outdoor activities include hiking along the trails, fish in Boulder Creek or try some winter activities such as skiing at some of the ski resorts.
  4. Aspen – This small city is known as a hot spot for the rich and famous but it is also for the more budget conscious. Accommodations range from camping all the way to the most expensive of hotels. Aspen is most known for its great skiing in the Aspen Snowmass Resort formed between 4 mountains. From beginners to the most experienced, there is a perfect trail for you. For those who prefer to stay off the snow, you can take a scenic drive, shop or just relax in the small town atmosphere.


Any of these cities will make your visit to Colorado a trip you will not forget. Take the family and make memories that will last a lifetime.

Tips for Cruising the Mediterranean with Kids

Mediterranean cruises are a great way for the kids to get an education.  Way better than books.  Cruises can include plenty of fun excursions that allow the family to experience history bring ancient history and civilizations to life.

In Athens, Greece a family can visit the Acropolis to see the Parthenon and other temples.

While in Rome, imagine you are one of the gladiators fighting in one of the great Coliseums.

In Turkey, travel to Ephesus to see where one of the first Christian churches was recorded (via Paul’s writings) and you can see where “Cleopatra” use to live.

But, it’s not just “seeing the sights” that make it so cool.  The family can experience what it was like back in time and gain a better appreciation for the ancient world and compare it to how things are today.   When they are back in the classroom, they can talk about such things as: what languages people use in Europe, what life is like in Italy or Greece, what the countryside in Spain or France looks like, and so on.

Of course, food is always a topic of discussion.  The Mediterranean offers plenty of pasta, veggies, pizza, gelato, and even plenty of new things to try.  Like olives.  Yuck!   And Gyros, Koos Koos or however the heck you spell it, and also yuck!   Oh, and plenty of wine.  But, not for the kids.

A few tips:

Rest while at sea so you’ll have plenty of energy when touring on the land.  There is SO MUCH TO DO.

Hire a private guide instead of the normal excursions.  There is SO MUCH TO SEE.

Go over the plan for the next day and have an emergency plan to get back in touch if someone gets lost.

Don’t schedule too much and make it stressful.  Part of the idea is to relax and enjoy.

Carry water to stay hydrated and separate your local cash into several pockets.


Keep in mind, you can’t go wrong with a Mediterranean Cruise.  There so many sights to see and cultures to explore. Just be sure to plan well in advance to make the most of your adventure and take plenty of picture to enjoy for the rest of your life.


Have fun!


A backpacker’s guide to Las Vegas

The one place everyone dreams to go is for sure Las Vegas. This is the one place where you can party, gamble, and have a truly great time. But, this is also known as a really expensive holiday and that you need to make sure that you have a lot of cash, before you can start planning your holiday in Las Vegas. However, if you are on a tight budget and you are a backpacker that are going to go to Las Vegas, then you can go there without a large budget. You just need to make sure that you are going to know these tips:

Find the cheaper hotels

If you are going to backpack to Las Vegas, and you don’t have a huge budget, you need to make sure that you are going to find the cheaper hotels that you can book into that aren’t as expensive.

But, you need to know that if you are booking at the cheaper hotels, that you aren’t going to be able to sleep at the five star hotel that you can find in Las Vegas. This might be cheaper accommodation that any backpacker can afford, but this also means that you should compromise on comfort and luxury.

You don’t have to party at the most expensive clubs

When you are searching online, you will find that there are many different clubs and bars that you can go to that are expensive and known as the high-class clubs and bars. However, if you want to have a great time, on a backpacker’s budget, you can find the cheaper clubs that are still safe to go to.

You just need to make sure that you are going to find a club or bar that is safe and that are drugs-free. Because, there are some of the cheaper clubs that can be dangerous if you are not careful.

There are many affordable foods and drinks available

The one great thing about Las Vegas is the fact that there isn’t a shortage on foods and drinks. This means that you will be able to find some restaurants that are cheaper, but that is still offering high quality and delicious meals that you can enjoy on a limited budget.

Especially, if you are to do some research, you will be able to find some of the cheaper, but still highly recommended food outlets where you can find affordable food and drinks.

Most people think that a holiday in Las Vegas is going to be expensive and that you will not be able to backpack to Las Vegas and still having a great time. However, this is possible to have a backpackers experience in Las Vegas and to have the best time ever. You just need to know the tips and tricks and other information that will ensure that you are going to have a great time in Las Vegas, on a limited budget.