In the latest installment of Postcards to Wanda, we send greetings from the United Kingdom. Scotland, in particular.
This year has easily been our most prolific travel year since Angela and I married adventure and each other nearly a decade ago. In 2017 we saw four continents, nine U.S. states, twelve countries and territories, and I got to dip my toes in seven major bodies of water, including the Nile.
We also started writing about all of it.
Here’s a chronological review of our travels in 2017, along with our favorite photos. Thanks for sharing adventure with us!
On our first full day in Glasgow, Angela needed to catch up on some client work and decided to spend the morning enjoying her tea and the view from Bill and Ev’s penthouse patio. Really not a bad way to make a living.
As for myself, I was in the mood to explore the city on foot. So, armed with my Mavic Pro drone and a detailed route map provided by Bill over breakfast, I set out along the River Clyde toward the famed Glasgow Cathedral and its accompanying necropolis.
In her earlier post, Angela mentioned that we found in Glasgow the epitome of the Airbnb experience, and she is correct without a doubt.
But first, let me be very clear on this.
We have had the pleasure and extremely good fortune of staying at some spectacular Airbnb properties around the world, immersing ourselves in authentic culture and cuisine, and meeting hosts that we now consider dear friends. The Airbnb dynamic, if you are bold enough to openly embrace it, can be one of the most rewarding benefits of world travel.
It can also be something of a gamble. You are, after all, putting your vacation experience into the hands of individuals. Amateurs, if you will. So don’t expect turn-down service, consistently hot showers, or reliable wifi connectivity every time.
We had such a wonderful day seeing the sights on the Isle of Man as we drove from one end of country to the other that we almost didn’t want to leave the next morning. And thanks to Manx Ferries, we almost didn’t get to.
Mike purchased our ferry tickets from Douglas, Isle of Man, to Heysham, England, before we left the U.S., and the plan was to take the train through England to Glasgow, Scotland, which was the next stop on our U.K. adventure. We were foot passengers, meaning we didn’t have a vehicle to transport on the ferry, and we only had carry-on luggage, so we thought arriving 45 minutes prior to departure would give us plenty of time. We were wrong.