Tag Archive: 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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Solo Travel for Women – Is it Overrated?

As I reach the upper tier of my twenties I’ve been ill-advisedly clicking on more and more articles about things you have to do while you’re still “young”.  Many lists are entitled things to do before you turn 30 or things everyone should do in their twenties, and other headlines which make me worry I’ve missed out on something extremely time sensitive things and after 30 I’ll be too old and decrepit to do whatever it was. Though many of the items are fairly eye-roll worthy (try a new sport – really?), one thing I did take away was solo travel. I…
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A Lesson in Age

As I somberly careen towards the upper end of the decade where my age begins with a 2, I’ve found that I’ve aged in a very real way with very little knowledge of it. I actually didn’t even know it had happened… until I spent an evening attempting to socialize with a group of 19-22 year olds. They were nice. I didn’t dislike them. I did want to rip my own arm off just for a bit of interest.   My evening of awakening began in Galway, where I went solo to a pub crawl. Usually I find with a…
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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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Gradually, then Suddenly. May 2016.

As long as April felt, May turned the tables a fluttered by… at least that’s what I’m assuming as I have very little memory of this time. While writing down the month that passed I had to check the calendar again to be sure that really was May that was already out the door. Not 100% sure I wasn’t drugged and missed part of that?! Also summer arrived. GRACE   With two new employees starting this month I’ve been on a roller coaster of emotion. Both of them are great, but it’s fairly overwhelming to try to teach a million…
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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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Scrambling to Book… International Flight Frustrations!

Booking international flights has been something I’ve always felt like I had a handle on. Google Flights is my go-to for getting started, and I think I’ve gotten some pretty sweet deals in the past. I haven’t really understood the frustration first hand…until this past week. I decided to extend my Balkans adventure this summer with some solo travel in Ireland before the tour, and another jaunt to Ireland on the tail end with a friend. Flying in and out of Ireland is cheaper than to the tour start location in Hungary, even with connecting flights, and additional travel connections,…
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2015 Rewind

2015 rewind

To kick off 2016 we thought it would be fitting to do a quick recap of our highlights from the last year.   Grace: This past year has been unique. I’ve had a pretty strange mix of highs and lows and plan to use this next year to iron out some of the struggles.When you’re in school, each year has such a distinct beginning and end (with a nice long holiday thrown in), and one of the strangest things about the “real world” is that time just floats by with no distinctive markers. So, this new year will be my marker….
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I Finally Have a Base Tan – August 2015

Margaritas

Hello, fellow travelers! It’s been a busy month here at the Avid Wanderer. You may have noticed some slight changes to the menu headings and categories to make them more intuitive and user friendly. If you’ve found us recently, may we suggest starting with our intro post to get an idea of who we are and what we do. In September, we hope to cover many destinations that we’ve been to but haven’t posted about yet. Expect some amusing stories, photo posts, and tips and tricks that got us through previous trips abroad.   Laine’s August Recap: After a summer…
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Natural Motion Sickness Remedies

Natural Motion Sickness Remedies for Travelers Motion sickness sucks, especially if you like to travel, and I think my motion sickness has grown stronger over time. Recent event #1 to support this: Having to leave and sit down while Laine and I were cleaning out the fish tank at work due to the excessive sloshing sounds. I felt moderately sea sick from the tiny sea represented in the fish tank. Ugh. Recent event #2: Someone at work was rocking in their chair and I had to ask them to stop due to feeling like death. This also reminded me of the…
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