I’m going to Scotland!

This New Year’s Eve, I’ll be welcoming 2014 in a country I’ve never been: Scotland. The biggest midnight moment on the planet, as they say, will be happening at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay with 80,000 people and fireworks. In fact, it was recognized by the Guinness Book of Records in 1996 at the world’s largest New Year’s party with approximately 400,000 people. Hogmanay is the Scots word for the last day of the year and is synonymous with the celebration of the New Year in the Scottish manner.

Last year, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay presented an excellent social media campaign, #blogmanay. This award-winning project is back to highlight the Home of Hogmanay with a team of international travel bloggers, including me.  You can see my profile on their tumblr site, and also the other bloggers who are joining the event.

If you want to be a part of #Blogmanay, please read this blog post from the organizers.

How to get involved with #blogmanay




Edinburgh and Beyond

My one-week trip to Scotland is full of exciting activities. I visited Europe for the first time last year but had to skip the United Kingdom. A lot of people couldn’t believe my decision. But don’t worry folks, this December, I’m finally entering Great Britain!

These are some of the programs I’m looking forward to:

  • Welcome to #blogmanay at Edinburgh Castle
  • The Lord Provost‘s Torchlight Reception and Procession in Edinburgh
  • Snowboarding at CairnGorm Mountains in Inverness (heading there by train!)
  • Red Hot Highland Fling & New Year in Inverness
  • Cruise on Loch Ness
  • Highland Wildlife Park
  • National Gallery of Scotland private tour

I will be traveling to Scotland from Dec 28, 2013 to Jan 5, 2014.

I haven’t been on the slope since having a snowboarding accident several years ago, but I’ve decided it to make it as my New Year’s challenge. I was going to learn how to dive in the coming year, but I guess first-come first-served! Say yes to the opportunity, right?


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Welcoming 2014 with me!


I will be reporting Edinburgh’s Hogmanay and short trips around Scotland on my social media networks. Don’t forget to follow #blogmanay and @RunawayJuno  on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Instagram!





#blogmanay is brought to you by Edinburgh’s Hogmanay and is supported by ETAG, EventScotland, Homecoming Scotland, VisitScotland, Edinburgh Festivals, Marketing Edinburgh and co-creators Haggis Adventures. Created and produced by Unique Events. As always, all opinions expressed here are entirely our own. 


4 thoughts on “Celebrating New Years with Edinburgh’s Hogmanay – #Blogmanay”

  1. I really enjoy reading your blog. It inspires me to create mine. I love how you live your life.

    Sounds nice to celebrate new year in a country that you’ve never been there before. I had a chance to live my life in Europe for 2 years, but did not have any chance to visit the United Kingdom. I wanna be there once. Enjoy your time there and have a happy new year.

  2. Scotland!!! Awesome! We have only been to one country in Europe……….England, and we loved it!
    We look forward to visiting Scotland one day. It looks like a beautiful place to visit. Enjoy your fun filled week! And Happy New Year!!

  3. I came across your blog and really enjoy reading about your travels! 🙂 I’m a writer and university student, currently doing a year abroad in Edinburgh… It’s a beautiful city, so I hope you enjoy your visit as I have. It’s my first time in the UK too.

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