“Where you go, go with all your heart.” — Confucius
Do you have a top trip on your bucket list? Have you gone yet? If not, why not?
This month (September), I am celebrating my first Anniversary of having done my Number #1 Bucket trip —I did it — and alone! Everyone that shared my passion for Ireland and Scotland had already been or was planning on going with their families. But like everyone else, each of us only get one life to live. Besides I wanted to not end up saying I always wanted to but… you get the picture.
So I made up my mind, that I was just going to go for it! I found a tour company that I trusted and booked my trip to Ireland and Scotland. The tour I signed up for also had the bonus of also getting to go to Northern Ireland, which I didn’t realize had such rich history and also a few off the beaten road places that I was surprised ended up as some of my favorite parts of the trip. Our tour director was a local to all three countries, though he claimed United Kingdom citizenship, and he threw in such great surprises that made our trip even more memorable! The major tourist destinations were all included of course, even though I wasn’t really sure what the big deal was about going to the Irish Stud Farm. However, it was very interesting and had a really nice Japanese garden. Who knew? Of course, I absolutely found the scenery amazing and the local people (and those I was with) open for music and a party anytime, even if starting at 10:30 in the morning in the middle of nowhere. More off beat tourist attractions that were surprises were the bridge at Brigadoon (yes, it is a real place), drinking Guinness with black current juice (suggested by the taxi driver for this non-beer drinker), the Titanic Museum in Belfast, and an unexpected stop at one of the locations of the standing stones used in Outlander*. Yes, I did the Outlander dance through all of the standing stones and tried to cross through to the other side to meet Jaime, my other husband in 1743! Well, maybe someday I’ll get another try. Anyway, my new found travel companions were very amused and also very encouraging!
I was amazed that in the Castle of Edinburgh that I could actually stand inside the bedchamber and birthing room of Queen Mary. Not everything is roped off as expected! I was sure to add additional days to my tour both before meeting my tour group beginning in Dublin and at the end in Edinburgh after the tour group departed. This can usually be done with the only major additional cost being lodging. It was on these days, that I truly was on my own alone, but I was able to see other attractions that I felt I needed to see to make my trip complete. The taxi driver that I had met one day, actually ended taking me on another day to the Boyne Valley, where Newgrange is a world UNESCO Heritage site and he even ended up walking the Hill of Tara with me. I was thrilled since these were two of my top destinations!
It was on my additional days in Edinburgh that I got to see Rosslyn Chapel and the other end of the Rose Line, another have to goal! You may remember these from The Da Vinci Code*. If you like to travel, don’t give up on plotting and planning for how you will finally get to do “your” Top Bucket List trip! I have listed some tips for traveling alone that you may find beneficial. Please share with me — where is your top trip? Have you already done your trip or are planning on doing it? I look forward to hearing from you— Happy Traveling!
Top 10 Tips for Women Traveling (Alone)
Don’t forget to share in the “Comments” where your top bucket trip is going to be! Thank you for visiting with me today at Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons ~
Brown, Dan (2004). The Da Vinci Code. Doubleday, New York, NY. USA.
Gabaldon, Diana (1991). Outlander. Random House, New York, NY. USA.
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