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Oliver Lang

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What are you most looking forward to in Edinburgh?
The people and the food! Travel anywhere and it’s always the quality of the people and food that matters most. Edinburgh will be full of people who’ve come for a party, so I think I’ve come to the right place for NYE! Also keen to have some Haggis again.

What’s your top travel tip?
My first tip is to know when to take a photo, and when to just let the moment happen. It was recently proven that too much photography gets in the way of memory. But my second travel tip is to take lots of photos and make a simple photo book of your trip. In a few years that photobook will trigger so many old memories.

About Oliver
Oliver Lang is a mobile photography specialist who teaches people around the world how to take and share great photos with their mobile phone. The mobile phone is now the world’s most popular camera and Oliver enjoys showing people how to capture great memories from their travels without their heavy camera equipment.

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Matthew Karsten: The Expert Vagabond

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The Expert Vagabond’s goal is to inspire you with entertaining stories & beautiful photography from around the world. To share useful budget travel tips & advice that he’s learned after 3 years of constant travel. Read Matthew’s blog, The Expert Vagabond.

What are you most looking forward to in Edinburgh?
The castles! I’ve never been to Europe before, so I’m a castle virgin.
What’s your top travel tip?
Keep an open mind. Don’t judge the lifestyles of others if different from your own. Listen to opinions you don’t agree with. It’s arrogant to assume your views are correct and other people are wrong. Practice empathy and put yourself in someone else’s shoes. Embrace different possibilities, opportunities, people, suggestions and interests. Ask questions. You may be surprised at what you’ll learn from each other.

Dylan Lowe: The Travelling Editor

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What are you most looking forward to in Edinburgh?
Fresh, locally grown produces. Scallops and clams hand-picked by divers. Fish smoked and livestock reared in Scotland’s own backyard. Are you sensing a pattern here?

What’s your top travel tip?
Finding the balance between meticulous planning and spontaneity: often the best travel moments are those the least shackled by expectation, so letting serendipity run its course can often attribute to encounters and anecdotes that stand out from mundane, rigid itineraries. That said, even the most spontaneous forms of travelling – hitchhiking, for instance – require some minimal logistics and preemptive research. No one likes missing a flight!

About Dylan
The Travelling Editor began as one man’s quest to enhance and edit one’s life through travelling and exposing himself to the world. To this day, Dylan has documented his numerous journeys around the globe about the things he’s passionate about:, culture and history, hitchhiking – and storytelling that implores his readers to share his thoughtful approach to a life in constant motion.

Travel writer, photographer, blogger. Brit, Storyteller. Food geek. Hitchhiker. Could-be innovator. Sentimentalist. Self-editor. Read Dylan’s blog The Travelling Editor

Nomadic Samuel

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Nomadic Samuel has spent time overseas in Asia working as an expat English teacher, model, photographer, freelance writer and – of course – as a wandering nomadic soul completely infatuated by all the splendor and woe longterm travel has to offer an individual.  He is a bit of a jack of all trades and a man who wears many hats – the kind of individual that doesn´t like to stay in any one place for any serious length of time.

Read his blog.

That Backpacker

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What are you most looking forward to in Edinburgh?
The Keilidh! I’m looking forward to listening to traditional music and perhaps even learning a few dance moves. 
What’s your top travel tip?
Don’t plan out all the details! Leave a little room for serendipity. You just never know who you might meet or what you might find. 

About Audrey
Audrey grew up travelling but started doing so seriously when she turned eighteen. Since then she has travelled through Europe on three occasions, backpacked through northern Argentina, gone to India to attend a wedding, lived and worked in Korea, and is currently backpacking around South East Asia and wherever the wind blows.

Read her blog, That Backpacker

Off The Path

"I think everybody should travel more and create better memories. You don’t need to share them as I do on a blog but share them with other people and inspire them to travel. Weather you are going on a short weekend trip, on a one week holiday or even traveling around the world I hope that my articles help and inspire you to go places you wouldn’t have considered visiting in the first place!"

Read the Off The Path blog.

A World To Travel

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What are you most looking forward to in Edinburgh?
Visiting in such a special date, the concerts and Torchlight Procession! We love parties and winter so we are beyond excited to get to Edinburgh for Hogmanay and combine both. 
 
What’s your top travel tip?
Do not let all the planning and urge to see everything kill the fun! You can afford to miss out something in order to fully enjoy the experience
 
About A World To Travel
After hitting more than 30 countries, Spanish couple Inma and Jose started A World to Travel to share their love for photography, great outdoors, unique events and adventure travel. With higher energy levels than the average girl her age, travel addict Inma found out one of the best ways to channel them was through travelling. Snowboarding and music festivals make her happy too. On the other hand, with a background in Engineering, Jose started to fall for photography a few years back while a rad sunset was taking place in an Ibiza remote beach. From then on, self learning and passion did the rest.

Adam Groffman

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What are you most looking to in Edinburgh?
Well, I’ve heard Edinburgh is a pretty cool city (most recently I heard it here!) so I’m really curious to check out the bars and restaurants that make Edinburgh so special. Besides that, I’m a huge Harry Potter nerd so I’m obviously planning to scope out some of the sites that served as inspiration for JK Rowling. 

About Adam
I’ve been blogging for years, but travel blogging on travelsofadam.com for the past four. Though I’m from Boston (via Texas), I now live in the coolest city in Europe (or so they say): Berlin, Germany. My blog covers my favorite experiences and things to do around the world, and I publish hipster city guides for the best of the best. I’m also the editor of a new gay travel website, mygaytravelguide.com, plus handle a lot of the content for various food & travel blogs. As a freelance writer, my work (or my blog) has been featured in Vanity Fair, Conde Nast Traveller, DETAILS, AFAR, ELLE and London Metro, among others.

Jayne Gorman: 40 Before 30

What are you most looking to in Edinburgh?
I’ve been wanting to visit Edinburgh for a while now, longing to explore the historical streets, discover the city’s literary connections and rummage through a few of the vintage shops.
 
Top travel tip for the train
 I’ve recently learned that you can purchase 24 hour wifi access from East Coast Trains for £10 so I shall be doing that to make sure I can stay online and (hopefully) productive during my journey from London. I’ll also be packing my mobile power device in case I need to recharge along the way.
 
A little bit about Jayne
Jayne Gorman has been blogging her way around the world for the last 4 years in a bid to blog 40 countries before her 30th birthday. She has picked up some awards along the way, including a British Travel Press Award for Travel Blogger of the Year and a Cosmo Blog Award for Best Travel Blog. She is a confessed shopaholic and runs a site called Travelling Shopaholic dedicated to all those who love to shop on their travels. When not travelling Jayne can be found consulting for brands on social media strategy and tweeting as @jayneytravels (a lot!)

Read Jayne’s blog 40 Before 30.

Kirsten Alana

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What are you most looking forward to in Edinburgh?
I’m looking forward to a few pints with locals and some good storytelling. There is no one that matches the Scots for a good tale over a tall pint. (At least, not amongst the countries I’ve yet been to!)

What’s your top travel tip?
Make sure you take the time to explore as much as you possibly can of Edinburgh. It’s not a large city, so it is easily done, and it has a lot to offer above ground and below. There’s a rich history to the old, and even the new, town that easily rivals other places in Europe. And don’t skip brunch at Urban Angel.

About Kirsten
Returning for her second #blogmanay, Kirsten is a 
photographer, travel writer, consultant and on-camera host who believes, as they say in Italy: “la vita è bella”.

Read Kirsten’s blog Aviators and Camera.

Robin McKelvie

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What are you most looking forward to at #blogmanay?
Meeting other bloggers from these shores, some of the best bloggers from around the world and all the lovely people of Scotland who help make #blogmanay and Hogmanay such world class, world beating fun!
Top travel tip for coming to Edinburgh? 
Get Lost! Seriously. Ditch the map or smartphone for a few hours and wander the cobbled streets drinking in the intoxicating ghosts of Louis Stevenson, Walter Scott and Burke and Hare.
About Robin
Robin McKelvie (www.robinmckelvie.com) is a blogger, travel writer and broadcaster who has swished his kilt around 100 countries, but rates his native Scotland the highest. His own blog is www.thescottishtravelwriter.com. He is also the blogger for massive Scottish travel website www.welcometoscotland.com and blogs regularly forwww.coolplaces.co.uk and www.madeinscotlandmag.co.uk. Print outlets include the Guardian, Scotsman, Sunday Post, Ryanair, CNN, Britain Magazine and the Sunday Times Travel Magazine. Robin also has his own BBC radio travel slot and he has written over 30 travel guidebooks, many on Scotland. His Twitter handles include @robinmckelvie, @insiderscot and @thehotelsguy.

Juno Kim

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What are you most looking forward to in Edinburgh?
Winter scene in Edinburgh! I’ve heard it’s beautiful. 

Top travel tip for the train
Conquer the window seat! The best think about train travel is that you never get bored. It’s like watching a nature movie!

Juno Kim is a storyteller, writer, and photographer at Runaway Juno Media. She was born and raised in Seoul, but struck out for the wider world to pursue her passion for international travel and storytelling. Since leaving her corporate job, she has been living out of a backpack, writing, and photographing her way through more than 30 countries for last two years. She believes there are always stories to tell, in any corner of the world.  She published a daily travel photograph at MasterTravelPhoto.com