Thomas and I have been together for more than three years now, and for the past year and a half we’ve been saving to buy our first home together. At the beginning of October last year we finally realised our dream and got the keys to our gorgeous 4 bedroom new-build house.
You might be wondering why, as a travel blogger and business owner who can work remotely from anywhere in the world, I’d want to settle in Scotland. Well, there are many reasons.
The first reason is that Thomas’ job is based in Scotland and, although he can be sent all over the world (he’s been to South Korea, Azerbaijan, The UAE, Angola, South Africa and many more in the past few years), his office is based here. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t be possible for him to transfer to another office somewhere abroad, as nice as that might have been.
Secondly, Scotland is home for both of us. We were both born here and have lived here all our lives. Our friends are here, our family is here and our beloved dog Ben is here.
I’m an incredibly independent person but it would be hard to move away from my family and friends as I’ve been used to being so close to them my whole life. I also see a lot of them when Thomas is working away, otherwise I’d spend my days working alone in my home office, not speaking to or seeing anyone like a hermit!
One great thing about Scotland is that because it’s located within Europe we’re incredibly well connected to many locations in the world. The home we’ve bought is just a ten minute drive from Glasgow International Airport, and just over an hour from Edinburgh International Airport, so we can get to pretty much anywhere we want easily from here. That makes it perfect for my job, Thomas’ job and perfect for our joint love of travel and adventure.
Last, but definitely not least, we both absolutely adore Scotland. It’s an amazing country with beautiful scenery, great cities, a fantastic lifestyle and so much going for it. We can be at the seaside in under an hour, in Glasgow within less than 15 minutes, walking the streets of Edinburgh within in hour and on the banks of Loch Lomond within 35 minutes. It has so many things we love so close by and for that we’re incredibly lucky and grateful.
So, whilst periods of extended travel will be less, I’ll still be travelling as much as possible. There will still be plenty of city breaks, exotic trips and exploration. It just means now I have somewhere wonderful to come home to where I can work and relax with Thomas, family and friends. It’s the best of both worlds and I couldn’t be happier.