2014 is the year of Scotland’s Homecoming, when ex-pat Scots and those of Scottish extraction return to their Celtic roots. It’s the year that Scotland “welcomes the world”, hosting the Commonwealth Games, the Ryder Cup, and a string of celebratory events. It is also the year I will leave.
If all goes to plan, this year I will be following in the footsteps of generations long gone across the Atlantic to America. Of course it’s not clearances, famine, or political upheaval that lead me to take the leap, but something more personal. It will be quite the adventure – but until then, I’m determined to make the most of my home country as it steps up to the global stage.
Scotland has been selected by Lonely Planet as one of the world’s best countries to visit this year. Glasgow is making ‘top cities for 2014’ lists all over the place, from Rough Guides to The Telegraph. Edinburgh recently rang in the New Year with special ‘Hogmanay Homecoming’ events, as bloggers from around the world sang Scotland’s praises on social media.
Seeing Scotland inspire others has encouraged me to look closer to home for suitcase stories in 2014. Travel is as much about local exploration as it is global gallivanting. Scotland sits on my doorstep and has so much to offer, from the majestic scenery of the Highlands to the beautiful beaches of the Outer Hebrides; the Art Deco architecture in Glasgow to ancient archaeological sites that easily outshine Stonehenge.
With that mind, my only ‘resolution’ this year is to truly see what “brilliant moments” Scotland has to offer, both near and far.