Wednesday, September 09, 2015

The Creaky Traveler in the Northwest Highlands of Scotland by Warren Rovetch

First Line: At the beginning of our trip, the Gaelic songs we played as we drove along were music to our ears.

When you reach a certain age and those old high school basketball injuries are making themselves felt, you just don't need vacation guides that tell you how to sign up for bungee jumping off Mt. Everest or polar bear tag up at the Arctic Circle. Sure you want some exercise, but you'd rather not wind up in traction. That's what the Creaky Traveler guidebooks are all about.

I've visited the northwest Highlands of Scotland. It's remote, and it's one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Since I'll be going back, I had to see if Warren Rovetch had any little gems that I might have missed on my first visit. As it turns out, he didn't, but his book is still an informative and enjoyable read.

First of all, it's filled with common sense tips on just about everything you can think of: tickets, packing, surviving the flight, choosing where to stay, etc. To this valuable information he adds a list of internet sites to help us plan our own trips. Gaelic pronunciation is provided for most place names, and the author also includes some of the history and politics of the region.

One of the most valuable tips he shares is: Don't plan out every second! I couldn't agree more-- especially in the Highlands. You need time to absorb all the beauty around you. You need time to unwind and to let serendipity turn your vacation into something very special.

This is a handy little tool for travelers to the Highlands, and although I didn't really learn anything to add to my own plans, I certainly appreciate all the information I learned-- and the nugget about the "March of the Cold Testicles" made me laugh.

The Creaky Traveler in the Northwest Highland of Scotland by Warren Rovetch
ISBN: 9780971078673
Sentient Publications © 2002
Paperback, 175 pages

Rating: B+
Source: Purchased from Amazon. 

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