Welcome to my page.
Hi, my name is Cherie but most of my friends call me Ree. I hope after you read this comprehensive Travel to Scotland Guide and my story on how I got to travel, you will be inspired to do the same.
I had mixed feelings about starting this journey, being an introvert and lacking in confidence, I thought that no one would be interested in my life or what I have to say. However, I figure I have nothing to lose apart from the chance of being embarrassed and it might just help you to take the plunge and follow your dreams and passions too. I'm 62 (as I'm writing this), divorced, living in the outer suburbs of Brisbane, and in the last few years, I've finally been able to overcome my fears and turn my dream of traveling into a reality. In fact, I've turned my life around in lots of ways, but I still have a way to go.
I hope you will join me on this journey, as a lot of others have, that you enjoy my ramblings and find my page helpful and hopefully you gain the inspiration to also follow your dreams. In the current challenging times, travel is not an option but once it is I’m sure it will boom. Once the world opens up again I want to be on a plane heading off on the next trip.
“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.”― Jack Kerouac
Where it all started and how I found ‘a better way’
I had my first child at 17 and by the time I was 29 I had 3 kids and was on my 2nd marriage. I’ve always been looking after someone else, and all the decisions I made I had others in mind. I was 57 years old, I was looking after my Mum, who had dementia, I was unhappy, stressed, I hated my job, my kids had left home but with 2 mortgages and a beautiful home that took a lot of work to maintain, and an investment unit, I just couldn't see a way out. I didn't want to continue to work to just pay bills and I knew I wanted more. I was sick of trading money for time and wasting my energy on things that I didn't enjoy. The idea of giving up a good income and security was scary but I knew things had to change. I was running out of time.
I had traveled a bit, I’ve been right around Australia, done an overseas cruise, 7 trips to Thailand with friends and my sister. The thought of going to the UK and Europe was a dream but I didn't know where to start, how I could afford it, and who to go with?
The Universe works in amazing ways and my youngest daughter, Mallory, earned a scholarship to attend Leeds University for 12 months and I figured if Mal could go on her own, so could I. So I planned an 8 week holiday and headed off to join Mallory in the UK. We had the most amazing trip, and that was it, I had had the travel bug and had fallen in love with Scotland. I knew something had to change, I needed to find a better way.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. - Mark Twain
Unfortunately, my Mum had a fall and due to her declining health I could no longer care for her and she was moved to a nursing home. I have always been the “go-to” person in our family, and don't get me wrong, I don't mind that, but once all that responsibility was gone, I didn't know who I was. Every decision up to that point involved considering someone else and all of a sudden, it was just me!
I started thinking about
- what I should do next?
- Who am I?
- What do I want?
- What do I NOT want?
- what am I passionate about?
- What makes me smile?
- What's missing in my life?
“Live life with no excuses, travel with no regret” -Oscar Wilde
I have lots of interests but don't I excel at anything, I have no outstanding talent or calling. I went through all my loves and dislikes and the only thing that really excites me is travel, to Scotland in particular and I love everything to do with Outlander and behind the scenes of my favorite TV shows and movies and books. I love visiting film sites and meeting the actors from my favorite shows. It's as close to the film industry as I can get. I love learning about new cultures and seeing live music. I love photography, especially when I'm traveling. When I think of those things my heart beats faster and I feel a surge of energy. When I talk to anyone about my tours I hear the excitement in my voice, so much so, that I have to make a conscious effort to slow my speech down.
So I figured that’s my passion and that’s where I start, I also know there are a lot of older women who feel the same.
A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. -Lao Tzu
So here I am 5 years later, I’ve been to Scotland 4 times, India, Singapore, and back to Italy. If not for Covid I would have been back to Scotland and to the States last year for my daughters wedding.
I have learned so much and I’m still learning. I’ve had 3 failed attempts at business and lost lots of money, but I have stuck to my goal and I’m still standing and it gets better each year.
I’m starting my next challenge which is an online community around travel.
I want to encourage other women to follow their dreams and if that’s travel, give some helpful hints and tips and support them on their journey.
It’s so much easier to do it when you know what to look for and the steps to take
“What good is inspiration if it’s not backed up by action?” – Tony Robbins
Since travel is on hold at the moment I figured I would keep trying to educate myself so I’m learning how to make an income online and incorporate it into something I love which is to travel and help others do the same. I know it will take time, at the moment I have plenty of that. I don't have thousands to invest so I want something that will teach me what I want for a small outlay.
I don't know the first thing about websites or online business, so the first step was to do some research and learn what I needed to do. It will take time, but I can be patient. I really hate how online businesses and websites are so pushy and in your face and I get bombarded with emails, but it's a catch 22, I want the information about travel, etc but don't want to be harassed with useless information. Most only give you snippets and you have to pay if you want more information.
So my idea is to do the research for you, provide information but not spam or bombard anyone. I want to build a community so we can help each other. I have made a lot of mistakes both with travel and business, so I figure if I can help someone else achieve their travel dream and not make the same mistakes that would be a way to give back. If we can build a community to support each other even better and I've already started this in a way, our first three tours have formed a sort of travel clan. We still chat most days and catch up when we can be it within our own countries or in Scotland on reunion tours. There are over 80 members to date and I want to build on this. Plus our Facebook page Travel to Scotland has over 15,000 members and growing daily.
I don't have thousands to invest and I have found an online system that is easy to follow, doesn't cost a lot, and has easy step-by-step guides that are easy to follow non of the usual hype and empty promises, really good customer service, and tech advice. It’s perfect for what I want, there is no risk, no big financial outlay and even a tech-challenged baby boomer like me can follow it.
I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. -Thomas A. Edison
Like I said above I already run a page on Facebook called Travel To Scotland and it's full of great information about Scotland and travel tips. I have also organized tours around Scotland and traveled a bit myself over the last 5 years so have learned a lot and want to pass that on, plus I still have more to learn
Obviously, we can’t travel at the moment, because of Covid, but once that is sorted then what's going to stop you? We can still plan and dream in the meantime.
- I would love to hear from you and if you have any questions please ask?
- What information would you like to see on the page?
- What concerns do you have about travel?
- What’s stopping you from traveling? (what stopped you before covid hit?)
My intent with this site is to pass on the information and provide value and help others travel.
I will have links to products I mention or reviews, but they will only be products I own and use myself and that I know work and the link just makes it easier for you to find them. I will do research to find the cheapest most reliable source I can.
I would love to hear from you if there are other products or services you recommend that I can check out and try.
You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing, there will be no results. Mahatma Gandhi
I do hope to eventually become an affiliate and also to sell my own products so I can earn a passive income and I can travel more, but that will be secondary to giving helpful information and building the community and it's going to take a while. If it works and it’s successful then follow my journey and you can do the same. Plus selling products I have tried and tested will hopefully help you too.
If you would like to know more hit the link. If you would like information about my trips so it helps you plan yours, have access to helpful information, product reviews, new tours coming up, and more, keep an eye on my page. Eventually, I would like to do a monthly email newsletter that you can subscribe to with helpful tips, product reviews, and tour information as they are added to the page.
This is all a work in progress so there will be lots of changes to the page as I learn more. I’m enjoying learning new things, exercising my brain and I’m finding the process interesting. If you would like to learn more about the online business side of things or have any questions, let me know.
This is the link to the Facebook community page Travel to Scotland. We have over 13,000 members now, made up of guides, seasoned travelers, and people interested in traveling to Scotland, plus lots of photographers, artists, craftspeople, etc. You can ask and answer questions and share information about Scotland. Come join us.
"It's not too late at all. You just don't yet know what you are capable of." Mahatma Gandhi
Thank you for taking the time to read my ramblings. If you would like to become a part of this new community and follow my journey or better start your own - you can email me.
Gus am bi sinn a 'coinneachadh a-rithist (until we meet again)
Slainte Mhath (cheers)
27th February 2022
Just as an update. It's now February 2022, I'm a few years older and a little bit wiser. I've learned a lot about building a website and I'm still learning, mostly by trial and error. I can say the tech support is great with Mentors. I also signed up to do a blogging course with Blogging Fast Lane. I will write more about it soon.
The thing I'm most excited about is the international borders are open and we can travel again. I've had my shots, I've booked my flights and we have 4 tours going in August. I can't wait and I know our tour members are also excited to finally be traveling again.
If you would like to join us we have a 7-day, 11-day, and 16-day Spirit of Outlander Tour. All our lovely tour members have stayed loyal and will be heading off with me this year. A few have had to defer until 2023 due to their circumstances but that's ok, they have something to look forward to and I will be joining them again.
If you would like to join us you can book here.
10 April 2022
Another quick update. We have added a tour in July too. The Highlander Convention is on in Glasgow from the 1st to the 3rd of July and Sam Heughan is one of the guests. We have a 7-day Outlander Tour commencing on the 4th and running until the 11th of July. If you would like more information please contact or use this link to book.