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Published : Jul, 2023

Sites & attractions | Suggested itinerary | Activities: Cultural | City tours & passes | Activities: Outdoor | Activities: Nature & Wildlife
Museum of Edinburgh | State Apartments | Camera Obscura & World of Illusions | get ghostly or go underground | Greyfriars Kirkyard | take a Harry Potter tour |
Edinburgh, Scotland is one of my favorite European capital cities (it's the capital of Scotland, in case you didn't know!). It has everything that I love in a city, including gorgeous architecture, access to nature, good transport links, and of course lots of interesting history.

Edinburgh as a city dates back to at least the 1100s, though the area was inhabited by different groups for centuries before that, and there was some sort of fortification atop Castle Rock since before the Romans arrived in the 1st century. Both the Old Town AND New Town of Edinburgh are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which is pretty impressive...

Published : Feb, 2023

<$50 day | <$100 day | Accom (any) | Food (any)
Total Cost: £45-£90 | Loch Ness trip: £8-£18 | Dinner: £8-£18 | Beer: £1.60- £3.50 | Rental Apt: £95-£150+ | Hotel: £85-£150 | Hostel: £18-£40 | Midrange $$: £85 | Thrifty$: £43 | Breakfast: Free-£10 | Lunch: $3-$8 | Edinburgh Castle: £18.50 |
Edinburgh is a beautiful city that has plenty of options for budget travelers—except when prices are jacked up during the multi-week Edinburgh Festival each August. Many of the museums are free but other attractions can be pretty expensive. Food and drink can be affordable if you know where to look.

In this Edinburgh price guide, we’ll outline the estimated travel expenses for food, accommodation, attractions, alcohol, and other things to help you budget your trip to Edinburgh...

Published : Feb, 2023

<$50 day | Accom (any) | Food (any)
St. Christopher’s Edin. | Edin. Backpackers | Kick Ass Greyfriars: £15 (£23 wk.end) | Kick Ass Hostel: £18 (£26 wk.end) | High Street Hostel: £16 (£19 wk.end) | Royal Mile Backpackers Hostel: £19 (£24 wk.end) | Castle Rock Hostel: £19 (£22 wk.end) | Hostel Facts |
Edinburgh is a fun and vibrant city that doesn’t get enough love but it’s certainly worth a visit. Like much of the UK, Edinburgh can be a bit expensive. However, there are actually a handful of affordable, well-rated hostels throughout this fun city. All-in-all, Edinburgh has about 45 hostels but we’ve narrowed it down to bring your The Savvy Backpacker’s guide to the best hostels in Edinburgh.

Published : Jan, 2023

Sites & attractions | Activities: Cultural | Activities: Outdoor
Glasgow | Stirling Castle | St Andrews | National Monument | Nelson Monument | Salisbury Crags | Mons Meg canon | National War Museum | Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo | Scottish Parliament Building | National Museum of Scotland | Gladstone’s Land
Hear about fun things to do in Edinburgh, Scotland as the Amateur Traveler talks to Dan from the Zipping Around the World podcast about his recent trip to the capital of Scotland.

In answer to the question of why someone should go to Edinburgh, Dan says, “The history. If you like a little whiskey, if you like, just greenery, it’s just a wonderful place to go. The people are wonderful English-speaking, so it’s easy for a lot of people to cast their net first. So all those things encompass why you’d want to go to Scotland.”

Published : Jul, 2022

Sites & attractions | Accom (any) | Food (any) | Activities: Cultural | Activities: Outdoor
Hiking | Dean Village | Royal Mile | Greyfriars Kirkyard | Victoria Street | Arthur^s Seat | Duddingston’s Sheep’s Heid Inn | White Hart Inn | White Horse Bar | The World’s End | Camera Obscura | Princes Street |
Whether you’re taking a trip specifically to see Scotland or you’re hoping to explore the United Kingdom as a whole, a trip to Edinburgh is a must.

You can easily take a train from London to Edinburgh, or you can fly to the city’s airport. Either way, this list of the ten best things to do in Edinburgh will help you plan a memorable vacation to this historic and exciting city.

Tip: If you’re not sure when to plan your trip to Scotland’s capital city, consider visiting during August. Not only is the weather nice, but you can also attend any of the hundreds of events that take place during the month as part of the famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Published : Mar, 2023

When to visit | How to get there | Activities: Outdoor
enjoy beaches | Peek @ Mt. Kilimanjaro | See Mugie Conservancy | Boat Safari In Lake Naivasha | See Flamingos In Lake Nakuru | See Red Elephants In Tsavo | Climb Mt. Kenya | See Nairobi | Visit Nairobi Park | Chase Waterfalls @ Karura Forest | Visit Giraffe Ctr.
Located in East Africa, Kenya is a popular destination for travelers looking to experience the unique culture, incredible wildlife, and stunning landscapes.

From the savannahs of the Maasai Mara to the peaks of Mount Kenya and the stunning Kenyan coastline, this destination is home to a variety of landscapes. But it’s not just about the scenery in Kenya. In our opinion, the biggest drawcard of this East Africa destination is an opportunity to experience an authentic African safari...

Published : Oct, 2023

Activities: Cultural | Wellness
Anamaya | Blue Spirit | Bodhi Tree Resort | Envision Festival | Harmony Healing Ctr. | Peace Retreat | Samasati Yoga & Wellness | The Retreat | Waterfall Villas
If you are a yoga enthusiast, then you’ll agree that there is nothing more beautiful and relaxing than checking into a yoga retreat in a unique destination. And if you ask us, when it comes to yoga holidays, Costa Rica is just the place to do it. There is nothing quite like practicing yoga in Costa Rica, in the heart of the rainforest or on the beach.

Some retreats combine yoga with other activities, like surfing, detox, meditation, and even new skills like permaculture farming. No matter what you want for your yoga trip, Costa Rica has options for you...

Published : Jul, 2023

When to visit | Accom (any) | Activities: Outdoor
Attend La Feria Verde | Beer Tasting Tour | Braulio Carrillo Park | Buttefly Gardens | Choco Workshop | Food-Coffee Tours | La Paz Waterfall Gardens | La Sabana Metro. Park | Mercado Centrale | Metro Cathedral | Museums | Natl. Theater
If you’re visiting Costa Rica, you’ll inevitably begin your trip in the nation’s capital city, San José. While many people simply stop over in the city on their way to the rainforests, the city deserves a visit on its own.
Since the capital city of Costa Rica is an up-and-coming tourist destination, you can find plenty of attractions and points of interest that make it worth a visit...

While it’s common that people don’t know all the things to do in San José, Costa Rica, this guide should get you started with planning some fun-filled days in the city.

Published : Sep, 2023

How to get there | Bars & pubs
Adelaide Hills (SA) | Barossa Valley (SA) | Hunter Valley (NSW) | Margaret River (WA) | McLaren Vale (SA) | The Yarra Valley (Mel) | Where to Eat | Wineries Location
Australia is a wine-lover’s dream destination. Australian wineries have a glowing reputation around the world for their top-quality grape varieties grown in perfect climates and picturesque settings. No matter where you find yourself across the southern part of the country, you won’t be too far away from a wine-growing region...

Exploring wine regions in Australia was one of our favourite adventures when we lived in Australia. So, we can attest that visiting one or more of the following wine areas in Australia is one of the best things to do on any trip to Australia!

Published : Sep, 2023

Bars & pubs | Nightlife
Art Scene | Artist & Local Farmers Mkt. | Boutique Shopping | Carlton Gardens | Culinary Scene | Festivals | Getting Around | Markets | Micro-breweries | Queen Victoria Mkt. | Unexpected Weather
Melbourne – a hip, trendy, and vibrant Australian city brimming with culture. Its neighbourhoods have personalities of their own, ranging from bohemian quarters with amazing restaurants and fashion boutiques, to edgy, artsy areas that are home to more tattoo shops than a city could possibly need. It’s impossible to truly understand the cultural centre that is Melbourne without actually living there. And it’s equally as difficult to explore it as a visitor.

I’ve been to Melbourne 4 times. Each time, discover a whole new side of the incredibly complicated and fascinating city that has topped the charts of the World’s Most Liveable Cities. But despite my frequent visits, I couldn’t possibly try to share the best that this city has to offer without some local help. Luckily, a few of my friends and locals were eager to share their tips and recommendations for things to do in Melbourne.