Monthly Archive: July 2015

July 2015 Recap

July was a very busy month here at The Avid Wanderer. Grace traveled to Europe, another trip was booked for December, and we started to find our feet as bloggers. August will continue Grace’s trip recap and potentially some discussion of domestic travel. Around the Web: The Billfold discussed cell phone plans while abroad. I still have an old global phone I bought through STA travel before I went to France in 2011. It’s not a smartphone, and I’ve started weighing the merits of doing something a bit more high tech. We haven’t yet covered how we dress to travel,…
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Ireland, Again and for the First Time

Laine: I have never been to Ireland. Given Grace’s incredible enthusiasm for the country, it’s amazing I’ve made it this long without hopping a flight across the Atlantic. When Grace returned from her most recent trip last week, she was already determined to sneak another trip in this year and, willing accomplice that I am, I didn’t hesitate to say “yes”. One week later, and we have the flights for a long weekend in Ireland booked in December. Throwing a trip together in a such a short period of time may seem impetuous, but both of us always keep an…
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The Wild Atlantic Way & The Cliffs of Moher

The west coast of Ireland, dubbed the Wild Atlantic Way, is probably my favorite area in the world to visit.     Though it’s one of the most visited areas in Ireland,  roads are still small and winding and there aren’t billboards littering the side of the roads or strings of crappy hotels. I love traveling here because of this. There seems to always be a breeze and the fresh air and secluded corners do retain the wild feeling written in the name.         One of the biggest stops along this route is the Cliffs of Moher. This…
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Rural Pub Tour – Dubin

Pub tours aren’t something I usually sign up for. On the previous pub tours I’ve done, the pubs ending up being clubs or moderately crummy dive bars without any character. These places are usually playing the lyrically moving song “shots” and filled with (*trying to think of the nicer way to say douchebags*) people I have no interest in being around. While these pubs have their place in this world, it’s not exactly what I want to do when visiting a new country. When looking up things to do in Ireland, I wasn’t searching for a pub tour, but when I came…
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If Magic Still Existed, it Would be in Ireland

“If magic still existed, it would be in Ireland” This is one of my favorite things someone has said to me while traveling. First of all, I love that the person who spoke these words counted magic as one of the realities of the past that somehow became extinct in modern times. Secondly, I love that so many of the people I’ve met on my various trips through Ireland see the beauty and magic in the place they are from.   I think most people, myself included, think the grass is always greener somewhere else in the world. I don’t…
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Packing Up & Moving On – Changing Travel Plans

Most people who travel will tell you that travel plans hardly ever go exactly as planned.   I usually set an itinerary, but know that I’m willing to make changes to bend to the situations that come up.   Being flexible and willing to address situations as they happen can maximize your fun while on a holiday.   Sometimes it’s as simple as meeting new people on a walking tour and deciding to ditch your beach plans to hang out with your new friends.   Sometimes, it’s slightly more complicated.   Before arriving in Madrid two weeks ago, we knew it was…
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Books that Made Me Want to Travel – Amelia Peabody

The Amelia Peabody Series by Elizabeth Peters takes place in late 19th and early 20th century Egypt and England. They are my favorite books of all time and have inspired many of my travel fantasies. I could attempt to review the first book, Crocodile on the Sandbank (and the subsequent 18 books in the series plus compendium!) but in reality they are the most formative and perfect books I have ever read, and any attempt at literary analysis would devolve into the written equivalent of incoherent sobbing. Instead, I’ll link to Orson Scott Card’s review, which does a great job of…
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Expectations vs Reality: Study Abroad in France

I don’t remember deciding to study abroad. It was always something I assumed was a life changing part of a college education, and I was merely biding my time until a semester or two abroad fit with my course requirements. Of course, making plans to study abroad was not nearly as simple as I had believed. There were personal obstacles because I transferred colleges and had limited time to study abroad, but the biggest challenge in planning came from my own lack of knowledge regarding the sheer volume of programs and trying to navigate the differences between them. The wealth…
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The Night My Hotel Was On Fire

By the time this post is live, I’ll be at Nationals Park enjoying a Taylor Swift concert with my sister. While I’ll be sure to post about the concert later in the week, I figured now was a good time to write about the last time I stayed in a hotel in Washington, DC. I have a very close friend from high school who now lives in Massachusetts. Last August, Alison excitedly told me she had to attend a work conference in DC, and we made plans for me to head into the city for a night while she was…
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Camel Riding in Tangier, Morocco

Morocco

Honestly, I booked the flight to Tangier, Morocco because it was only $10. That’s such a good deal, you can’t pass it up, and I wanted to take advantage of this while living in Madrid. Facts known about Morocco: none. Facts I knew about Morocco from old Bob Hope movies: still none. It’s somewhere I’ve never been so of course wanted to go – plus the bonus of no expectations! When we got to the airport there were a lot of other people like my friend and I at our gate, clearly tourists. That was comforting, and had me believing…
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