My next trip is to Glasgow, Scotland! I know since I have lived there off and on, it may not seem like an adventure. But I am so homesick! I feel like this trip is just what I need. Plus, I get to be with the boyfriend on his birthday and for Valentine’s day. So I couldn’t be more exited than to go back to Scotland for a bit.
Scotland’s weather tends to be wet and rainy. It can get pretty cold however, it doesn’t get anywhere near as cold as Denver. Being by the sea, Scotland’s temperature is fairly well regulated year round. When planning a trip to Scotland, always think about bringing warm, and water proof clothing.
This may strange, but one thing you don’t want to bring is an umbrella. The winds can get high and will break pretty much any umbrella you buy. I’ve never had one that’s lasted longer than a few weeks when I was living there.
Because Glasgow is so far north, the daylight hours in the winter are super short. In February the sun starts to peek through more, they get an average of 8-9 hours of daylight.
My Packing List:
This is one trip I will need to pack very strategically for. My flight doesn’t include checked baggage, so I need to get 8 days worth of outfits and two special occasion looks into my carry on luggage. Challenge accepted.
I have created a packing list containing 9 pieces of clothing and 5 accessories. I will probably cheat and wear something else on the plane. It is such a long flight and can get uncomfortable if not prepared. So I have designed my plane outfit to help me last 9-10 hours of travel. Click here to read about my plane outfit and what I wear when flying.
Check out my packing guide below:
I will be in Scotland for a total of 6 days (not including my travel days), and will have at least 3 occasions I need to dress up for. Below are my outfit ideas from the packing list above:
Here are the things I plan on doing when I am back in Glasgow:
Visit the Art Museum:
The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is probably one of my favourite places to go in Glasgow.
In Glasgow, all the museums are free and open to the pubic, so if you have a strict budget when traveling, Glasgow is a great place to go because you can see so much on a small budget. Plus, you can see a lot of other places easily too, like getting a train into Edinburgh for the day is only like 13 pounds.
Every Day at 1pm, an Organist plays the organ in the museum for about 15 minutes, which is really cool to watch. The museum itself is HUGE. I guarantee you, it will take about a day to get through most of it.
Visit my alma mater:
I studied at the University of Glasgow, which is by far one of the most breath taking places in Glasgow. The main part of campus is so peaceful and beautiful. It is worth going in and taking a peek at this old wonderful castle like structure. PLUS! Fun fact, GU was the university that inspired scenery for Hogwarts, which is totally believable when you see some of it’s architecture.
Going for a wee dram at Ashton Lane:
Ashton Lane is such a cool area of Glasgow. It is hidden down an ally off Byers Road. It also happens to be right behind the Uni. Ashton Lane has restaurants, pubs and a cinema. You can also normally find live music and pub events going on here. At night, the lights are always lit up. It is one of my favourite locations to go have a night out in while in Glasgow.
Things I am most looking forward to:
I am so excited to be able to spend my boyfriend’s birthday with him! Being in such a long distance relationship, it is never guaranteed that you will get to spend important days together. I have learned to stop and really appreciate the time I have with him.
Plus, I am looking forward to seeing all my friends that I haven’t seen in months. I am very much looking forward to getting to be ‘home’ even if it is just for a week. I am a bit worried that when I come back to Denver, the homesickness will hit me hard, but only 7 more months here before I get to go home for good <3