And I’m back. Home that is. And just in time, too, because tomorrow is my four-year wedding anniversary (yay us!).
As much as I love savagely traveling around Scotland, there’s something beautiful about stepping through my front door when I return home. I’ll be busy doing all the things I love about autumn in Wisconsin over the next couple months. You know, watching the Packers, picking apples, carving pumpkins, raking moldy leaves and pruning back plants in suddenly cold weather. Well, nothing’s perfect.
Maybe you’ve noticed that while I’ve been away in Scotland these past three weeks all I’ve written are posts in the style I call “vignettes.” It was a little experiment to see how all of you – readers of uncommonly good taste – would react. I’ve received some positive comments, a negative one too, but not really enough to know if it was a smart move or not. Please take a minute and leave a comment letting me know what you think.
Over these next few months I’ll also be writing loads of posts about all of the amazing experiences I’ve had in Scotland this year, from wildlife cruises to distillery visits to super-comfy accommodations. I’ve got a lot to tell you about Scotland’s Inner Hebrides plus more about my trips to Edinburgh and the Highlands earlier this year. It amazes me that after seven trips in the last eight years, I’m still finding new aspects and things to love about Scotland.
I’m also becoming something of a whisky scholar. If you ever want to talk single malts (or anything whisky, or anything, really), feel free to contact me.
Plans & Happenings
My return home today marks the completion of my fourth official Traveling Savage trip in the last 10 months. To be honest, I’m feeling the mental wear and tear of such constant and extended travel, so I’m tentatively planning my next trip for early 2012. This gives me some time to catch up on writing about my previous trips, formulate my next itinerary, and dodge the worst of the Scottish weather.
I won’t be sitting idly at home, however. The next couple months are jammed with short trips to Minnesota, San Francisco, Chicago, and Door County. If you’re in the Midwest, why not hit Chicago on October 18 to hear me and several other cubicle-crackers speak at Meet, Plan, Go’s national event. If you’re unhappy with your job and looking for a way out, here’s your chance to be inspired and learn how others like me have done it. Life’s too short to hate what you do.
In my spare time I just might be learning about distillation. I think I recognized something dear to me while in Scotland on this last trip. I should note that I would never do something as heinously illegal as home distill.
What do you seek from travel blogs? From Traveling Savage in particular? Practical information about Scotland? Well-written travel narratives? Let me know in the comments.