State of the Savage: January 2012

by Keith Savage · 13 comments

A Disheveled Traveling Savage Hiking the Hills Around Dunkeld

In over two years of writing on Traveling Savage, I have yet to “miss” a post. By that I mean I’ve stuck to my schedule of writing and haven’t taken a post – or a week of posts – off since the founding of this site in December 2009. I use an editorial calendar these days instead of devising a topic in the moment, and I moved from my original two posts per week to three posts per week after I left my old job.

So what, you say? Consistency is a hallmark of blogging. Well, that’s about to change. I’m taking a vacation. A brief one. Like for the rest of this week while I’m at Disney World.

Look, I’m not just going to leave you hanging in the wind like that, staring at Traveling Savage wishing there was new and juicy information about Scotland while I’m galavanting in one of America’s most over-the-top tourist attractions. I wouldn’t do that to you.

With all of that time you normally use reading new posts here, why not consider doing one of the following:

  • Read my four-part series on planning a trip to Scotland, which covers when and where you should go and how much time and money you’ll need.
  • Catch up on my four-part beginner’s guide to single malt whisky and prepare yourself for enjoying Scotland’s national drink.
  • Soak up some excellent travel music recommendations by reading my Trackpacking series of articles.
  • Browse through my snapshots and word portraits of Scotland in a series I call Picture This.
  • Click over to any of the awesome travel blogs I keep track of in my Good Reads list.

Ah, guilt assuaged. I’ll be back next Monday with more goodies to share, but before I get back to eating giant turkey legs and traveling the world within a theme park (so American)…

Plans & Happenings

I’m in Orlando! Well, hopefully, I’m actually writing this a bit ahead of time. Sarah loves Disney World and I love seeing her happy so it’s a win-win situation. Plus, I get to escape the Wisconsin winter (again) and give our cat Pip some SAD time alone. He’s been such a downer.

I’ve completed loads of planning for my next trip to Scotland, and I’m happy to say most of it’s done except for minor things like plane tickets. Here’s what to expect from my fourth trip to Scotland in a year’s time:

  • 3 days in Edinburgh
  • 4 days in Perthshire
  • 5 days in Moray/Speyside
  • 4 days in Ross & Cromarty
  • 4 days in Orkney

The accommodations all look great, and my dad and I will be traveling during the first half of May – one of the best times to visit Scotland. We’re both getting really excited about the trip while I continue to set up events and meetings.

I’m trying to figure out when to take another trip after this upcoming one in May. There will be three weddings in my family in a three-month span over the summer, including my brother’s, which is making travel tricky. I would like to get another trip in before the end of September. Keep you posted.

Parting Blow

Now’s a good time to check in with you and find out if there’s Scotland-focused information you’d like to see on Traveling Savage that isn’t currently here. Different kinds of posts? I really value your feedback, so please let me know in the comments or via email.

Katherine HerrimanNo Gravatar February 6, 2012 at 11:21 AM

I’m just super impressed right now that you post three times per week and have never missed a scheduled post. I do once a week over at Nellie Windmill and the longest I’ve gone without missing a scheduled post is a few months. Respect.

Keith SavageNo Gravatar February 6, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Yes but you’re an artist as well. Aren’t you exempt from schedules and taxes and stuff?

KristinNo Gravatar February 2, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Really enjoying your site. My daughter and I are going on to Scotland on a tour in September with a few days at each end to recover from jet lag and do whatever we please. Tour starts and ends in Edinburgh. We are so excited, never been out of the USA!

Keith SavageNo Gravatar February 2, 2012 at 4:46 PM

You will have a blast! Let me know if there are any specific questions I can help with. Enjoy!

wandering educatorsNo Gravatar January 31, 2012 at 9:33 AM

yay!! vacation!!

i’d like to read more outdoor adventure type – whitewater rafting, kayaking, surfing, etc. not that YOU have to do it. but maybe where?!

Keith SavageNo Gravatar January 31, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Good suggestion – thanks!

Andi of My Beautiful AdventuresNo Gravatar January 31, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Have fun in Orlando!

Keith SavageNo Gravatar January 31, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Thanks Andi, we’re having lots of fun!

CHIPNo Gravatar January 31, 2012 at 8:39 AM



Keith SavageNo Gravatar January 31, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Hey Chip, thanks for the feedback. I realize golf has been conspicuously absent here. I’ll see what I can do.

KenNo Gravatar January 30, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Have fun, Keith. You deserve it and so does Sarah. That picture of you at the top of the page…you look so much like my grandfather Willie Stewart it’s amazing. My family’s “oor Wullie”.

Keith SavageNo Gravatar January 31, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Huh, I’ve never heard you make that comparison before. Do you have a picture of him you can show me?

KenNo Gravatar January 31, 2012 at 1:59 PM

We think we have a wedding picture of him. We’ll see if we can find it.

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