My Mam is a retired teacher who has taught in Papua New Guinea, Canada, and Ireland, she’s also an avid walker, reader and green-thumbs extraordinaire!

I’m a journalist, food writer and blogger, who wants to see more of the world with my Mam in the time we’ve got left.

We both hail from Co. Kerry in Ireland and thankfully we are both in very, very good health. Read about why we chose the name of the blog here!


In Christmas 2015, I just got this energy, this buzz to travel. Call it delayed wanderlust or whatever, but it was there and it was pounding.

Maybe it was because my Mam and I talked so frankly about life and death, or maybe it was because I realised that life was far, far too short.

Whatever it was, it soon became far more than a want to travel and more a need to travel.

Because it’s just the two of us, my Mam and I are incredibly close. She’ll always be my Mammy and will always be my friend.


From Greece and Turkey to Egypt and Vietnam, between us we’ve travelled to 29 countries (My Mam more so than I!), but there are still so many things we want to do and see while we can.

This blog is a celebration of life. It’s a celebration of what we can experience together.

Like so many people out there, the reality that a loved one may die when they least expect it is very real, and can trigger real anxiety and fear. And it’s ok to talk about.

We’re all going to die, but what we do in life, well, that’s the adventure.

Nominated for Best New Irish Travel Blog in the Travel Media Awards 2016
Finalist in the Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards 2016

Want to see where we’ve been? Check out our Destinations page!

All images have been taken by myself Úna-Minh Kavanagh or my Mam, Noreen Kavanagh or taking from stock image sites, unless stated otherwise. Please do not use or take my images or copy any of our content without our permission. Any sponsored content will be declared within a blog piece, but we will never promote anything that does not live up to our standards. We will always talk about things in a clear and honest way, always.

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