Ireland

2016 Rewind

With 2016 being slated as the worst year in the history of time, this is a unique moment of time to reflect on. Of course there are plenty of other historically crap years arguably worse. But, between the conflict in Syria, the Refugee Crisis, ISIS, terror attacks, Brexit, Trump, the Zika virus, police shootings, and what seems like an endless stream of loss and sorrow, 2016 is at least on the shortlist of crap time. 2016 has certainly left me hoping that 2017 will be a year of a million changes, fresh starts, and happiness. Putting the gloom behind me,…
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What’s Coming: Eastern Europe & Ireland

Ireland

What’s Coming: Ireland & Eastern Europe This weekend I’m spending a fair bit of time preparing for my next trip. On Wednesday I head off to visit one familiar place and a bunch of new places. It was only when I started getting things together that it really hit me how little I know about some of these new places, and I’m feeling a bit guilty that I didn’t put more effort into finding out about local customs and conversational phrases. Starting it off: The first stop is Ireland, and though I’ll be landing in Dublin which is familiar, I’ll…
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It Was the Best of Times; it Was the Worst of Times

With people often asking me the best and worst places for certain types of travel I’m kicking off my list of the best and worst travel destinations in a few different categories…offering advice and of course my personal successes and, well, less successful dabbles in these arenas. These will be bias based on the places I’ve been – so check out the travel map   Western Europe on a Budget – The Best : If you’re looking for a taste of Europe, but want to spend a modest amount of money on your travels you should absolutely be kicking it…
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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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What’s Coming: Ireland, Spain, & Portugal

I’m writing to you tonight on the eve of my departure for my next trip: 3 weeks in Europe. Tomorrow afternoon I fly from Dulles, Virginia to Dublin, Ireland and I am too excited to handle it! Needless to say, my work day tomorrow will see me in a flutter of insanity trying to tie up loose ends and assuring Laine that I will keep her posted if I meet Prince Harry (if he were your boyfriend), any current member of One Direction (how’s normal 22 going Zayn?), or that person she likes in the illustrious picture of 16 abs. So…
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