Exploring the Highlands: 2-day Timberbush tour

Exploring the Highlands: 2-day Timberbush tour

Six months into our relocation to Scotland we were itching to become tourists in our new country. What were we going to do? How were we going to start our adventures of touring Scotland? All good questions. So we went online and started looking at guided tours, bus tours, day tours and overnight tours. We finally settled on a two-day tour of the Highlands departing from Glasgow with Timberbush Tours.

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Find your true self by giving everything away

Find your true self by giving everything away

Moving from Australia to Scotland is one of my life’s peak experiences. It’s up there with falling in love and having children.

From the moment we decided to close the chapter on our old lives in Australia and start over again in Scotland, we started to feel happier, younger and more fulfilled.

Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.  - Mark Twain

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The first 8 Weeks in the UK: An Expat’s Plan

The first 8 Weeks in the UK: An Expat’s Plan

Having a settlement strategy when you arrive in the UK will help you get established as soon as possible. Time is money as they say. The longer you take to get settled, the more money it will cost you. Temporary accommodation alone will eat a massive hole in your cash.

You’ve got some big decisions to make. Where will you live? What are your accommodation requirements? Will you have a car or will you be reliant on public transport? Do you need to find a good school for your kids? Do you have a job or will you start searching for employment after you arrive? You’ll also need to do some essential administration as soon as possible including opening a bank account and registering for a National Insurance Number.

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How much money you need in the first 3 months in the UK

How much money you need in the first 3 months in the UK

The amount of money you need when you first arrive in the UK should ideally cover 3 months of living costs. Any less and you may find yourself having to cut your stay in the UK short.

The following figures are based on our experience as a family of four (mum, dad and two teenage boys) living in Glasgow, Scotland.

I've provided a reasonable range of costs as well as some insights into what our budget looked like when we first arrived. Rest assured, the first 3 months is unique, and can be brutal. It's easier sailing once you start earning an income. Make sure you're sitting down while you read this!

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How to survive bus travel in Scotland: 25 Tips for a better ride

How to survive bus travel in Scotland: 25 Tips for a better ride

It is costly to own a car and with the price of parking in the city, most people only use their cars on weekends/days off and for chores/emergencies. Know now that catching a bus in Scotland is not like catching a bus in Australia. Same. Same. But different.

Catching a bus in Glasgow is a unique experience. These 25 tips will make sure you have a better (and safer) bus ride.

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