After 6 years, I'm finally back to the UK! This time round with husband and baby Bing as well. We have really been looking forward to the trip because I'm attending my convocation at Edinburgh. Because of husband's study block schedule, Bing and I took off a week later on our own. Read this blogpost about how I survived the long haul flight with him.

We have decided to do a road trip because it will be more flexible and we get to stop for breaks and breastfeeding times. We rented a car at GBP 170 for 9 days. We will recommend booking online because it's cheaper, comes with unlimited mileage (not when you book on the spot) and insurance. He actually searched through local agents and managed to secure a much better deal via auto Europe website.

Driving along the countryside is enjoyable. We rented a manual car because it's at least 50% cheaper than automatic transmissions. Kind of odd because we never had such problem back in OZ and NZ. As Malaysian tourists, we are allowed to drive using or Malaysian licence, no need for translation. Remember to register your co-driver's name so that the insurance will also cover him or her.

This is our companion for the past 10 days-Vauxhall Merina. Fairly spacious. Will recommend for max 4 adults. Boot space kind of limited because it's hatchback. Petrol wise we spent about GBP60 for a 500 miles trip. Do Google search for cheap petrol stations-they are rated. Go for the ones 4* and above-the difference can be up to 50p per litre for 95% unleaded petrol.

Parking wise, not much of an issue for rural and even the city except Edinburgh and London. It can get up to GBP3.80 per hour in Edinburgh. London has congestion charges to encourage people to commute in the CBD. In the stark contrast with getting a day ticket (which includes bus and tram rides) which cost GBP4 per pax.

Accommodation all booked through AirBnb. There's no need to worry about getting conned or checking into an unsatisfactory place anymore all thanks to this app. Just key in the dates and places we want to stay overnight at, a few Bnb will be shortlisted. We also need to indicate the presence of the infant as some Bnb do not accept this.

We choose mainly around the range of GBP35 to 60 per night. Please pay special attention to the reviews to guide whether it suits your preference. It's possible to get an idea where the Bnb roughly is before booking in order to facilitate planning but the actual location will only be revealed much nearer to date via personal messaging due to safety concerns.

 Day 1

Reached Sheffield at night so we just checked in to our AirBnb immediately.
Love our first night at this Bnb hosted by Derek. It's really homey-actually better than my own home! The whole house is for us to use and we shared with another Brazilian tourist. Our host does not stay on site so keys are left in a password protected box. My photos doesn't really do the place justice. It's the best yet cheapest Bnb we had.

Day 2

Drove from Sheffield to Edinburgh. Stayed slightly outskirt of the town. Spent our night at which is hosted by a middle-aged Indian lady. The house was subdivided into the host or guest areas. So we didn't have much contact with the host. We had an ensuite room. However there was no proper kitchen area. There's a cabinet which contains the microwave, toaster and kettle. No fridge though.

Day 3

Headed to Scotland Highlands! Lots of farm lands, very hilly yet close to the beach. Put up a night at Arisaig-a cottage owned by Pete. First encounter with the owner staying at home. He's retired and decided to run a Bnb recently. He said everything is about cleaning and drying nowadays! Awesome living area with a fireplace and 2 dogs which baby Bing loves. Kitchen available for use. Our room is in an attic with a huge window overlooking the neighbor's farm and the ocean beyond. Pete even recommended beautiful places that are less touristy.

Day 4
Back to Edinburgh area. Decided to stay somewhere about 30 minutes bus ride away from the city because the price is at least GBP60 which is almost double. This apartment is near the Heriot Watt university and is owned by a group of Malaysian students. I'm surprised at how clean and well they maintain the place! Otherwise, living in a pretty minimalist style.

Day 5 to 7

Moved slightly closer to the city to another apartment. No lifts and we gotta climb 3 floors. Good to exercise those leg muscles. Cosy apartment hosted by Gemma, we were free to use the living area and kitchen. Well decorated with lots of fluffy soft toys. She doesn't spend much time in the common area though.

DIY trips are fun if you enjoy flexibility and better deals. It allows us to make last minute changes to our interest itinerary if needed. Staying at Bnb is a good option if you want to experience local culture and practices.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

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Full time working mother of one. Specialist in internal medicine. Married to another doctor. Enjoying life while juggling between work and caring for my family. No longer the carefree single woman who aims high in career. Happy and satisfied to be the woman behind the hubby and mother behind baby Bing