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The Camino Diaries – The final steps into Santiago de Compostela

By | September 2nd, 2017|Blog, Spain|

We left our suitcase at the bottom of the stairs, locked the door behind us and braved the drizzle. It was our final day of walking. “Goodbye Rua de Francos” we joyfully cheered, wiping away the morning sleepiness from our eyes. With just 11km to go until we reached our final destination, we were psyched. [...]

The Camino Diaries – Passing Padrón into Rua de Francos

By | August 20th, 2017|Blog, Spain|

Like all mornings on our Camino adventure, we got up early to make the most of the day. But leaving Caldas de Reis was in truth pretty terrifying because not only was it raining but the thunder and lightning were surrounding us. The ground was shaking with every thunderous boom and we had to be [...]

The Camino Diaries – Onwards to the Hot Springs of Caldas de Reis

By | July 31st, 2017|Blog, Spain|

With two days to spend in Pontevedra before we bustled to Caldas de Reis, we explored every nook and cranny. Pontevedra has traditionally been a trading city, a Galician port that was the hub of sea-trading activity. It’s lively with so many places to see including the gorgeous Parador Pontevedra; a haven that felt like [...]

13 Practical Tips for Walking the Camino de Santiago

By | July 19th, 2017|Blog, Portugal, Spain|

Whether you’re looking for an adventure with friends, a bonding with loved ones, an enlightening experience or simply a challenge, the Camino de Santiago can be one of the most memorable walks of your life. But what is the Camino de Santiago I hear you ask? Also known as The Way of St. James (or [...]

The Camino Diaries – The Long Slog to Pontevedra

By | July 11th, 2017|Blog, Spain|

After a much-needed siesta and shower in our hostel in Redondela, we managed to drag ourselves to the local supermarket to grab supplies. Our goal was to pre-make our lunches in advance of each walk so that we could snack along the way; something I’d recommend for future travellers! We spent the night in A [...]

The Camino Diaries – Road to Redondela

By | June 23rd, 2017|Blog, Spain|

With an extra day in Vigo before Redondela in our hands, my friend Diana who’s also a fellow travel blogger offered to bring us on a spin to the beach. Praia de Nerga was close to Vigo and was a white sanded paradise away from the grey industrial port. The water was crystal clear with [...]

The Camino Diaries – Crossing the Border

By | June 12th, 2017|Blog, Portugal|

Cheese drizzled with oregano and olive oil, prawns covered in garlic, the heat of the sun on our skin as the water lapped against the shore. This was the life! With our bags packed, boots on, and Google Maps firmly by our side our goal was to head across the border into Spain but not [...]

The Camino Diaries – The Journey from Porto

By | June 6th, 2017|Blog, Portugal|

I hugged Mom. We stood outside Santiago de Compostela Cathedral breathing in relief. It had been quite the journey. Over a week previously we had been taking it easy in Portugal, basking in the buzz of Porto, meeting up with friends and barely acknowledging that we had to walk to Santiago. On reflection, we’re not [...]

Eyemasks, Leg rests, Moneybags: 9 things we’re bringing to Vietnam

By | September 24th, 2017|Blog, Favourite Things, Travel Tips, Vietnam|

The deadline LOOMS. As I’m writing this I’m sitting on my bed with my suitcase close by. It’s packed with light clothes and other essentials but some of the most important things are going into my backpack. Over the years, we’ve picked up quite a few bits and bobs and tend to tweak each backpack [...]

Our Wild Atlantic Way Diaries: From Mizen to Malin Head Part One

By | September 9th, 2016|Blog, Ireland|

Value what’s on your doorstep, because what you can discover can be immense! This year Mam and I made the decision to explore our own country a bit more. We were initially going to jet off to the Camino de Santiago but changed our minds when we reflected on how much we can do here. The [...]