About Una-Minh

Hello! Úna-Minh is a journalist, social media consultant and virtual assistant who loves (you guessed it) TRAVEL. She also feels a bit strange writing in the third person so she'll stop that now. You can find out more about me and my Mammy in the about section of this blog!

Making a Will: Your Questions Answered Part One

When should I make a will? Do I need to discuss it with my family? What about inheritance tax? These are just some of the questions that so many of us want to know, but yet many of us have been too afraid to ask. In this short series, I’ve put the key questions to [...]

By | August 26th, 2016|Blog, Dying Matters|8 Comments

8 Travel Bloggers Who Inspired Me to Quit My Job and Travel the World

I'd be lying if I said that to quit my job to travel the world was an easy decision to make. I remember in January 2016, I was sitting at my desk editing photos while my eyes and heart were welling up. I just knew I had to leave. I’m one of those people who [...]

By | August 20th, 2016|Blog|12 Comments

Rated and Reviewed: The Westgrove Hotel and Conference Centre in Clane

My head bobbed up and down in the water - it had been a while since I’d had a good swim! Behind me Mam floated along, her hair expertly tucked into her swimming hat. We had both agreed with each other that we would do five lengths and then treat ourselves to the Jacuzzi. This [...]

By | August 16th, 2016|Ireland|0 Comments

Places We Love: The Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens

We love horses and we also love gardens, so naturally being in Kildare for a breakaway, it made sense for us to head to the Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens. The Irish National Stud is a Thoroughbred horse breeding facility in Tully, Co. Kildare and is seen as Ireland’s centre of equine excellence. Its [...]

By | August 9th, 2016|Ireland, Places We Love|9 Comments

18 Blogger Questions Answered by the Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland

Over the past few months, bloggers and disclosure have come to the forefront in the media, but there has still been a lot of confusion in the air. Is this an ad? Do I need to disclose? When do I need to disclose? There were a lot of questions that needed to be answered. To combat [...]

By | August 2nd, 2016|Blog, Blogger Tips|8 Comments

“Is Pikachu the yellow fella?”: How Pokémon GO brought Mam and I closer

There’s a global phenomenon that’s sweeping the world at the moment, and if you haven’t heard about it you’re probably one of the very few. To say I’m a Pokémon-fanatic is an understatement. From the TV show and Pokémon cards to the games and the movies, it’s one of those things that remained a constant [...]

By | July 31st, 2016|Blog|9 Comments

What We’d Do Differently: Five Things That Went Wrong in Vietnam

We’d be lying if we said that our entire trip was peachy but then again that’s part of the adventure. While our blog diaries may have just lightly touched on some of the issues that occurred on our trip to Vietnam this year, there are certain things we learned there that will help our shape [...]

By | July 25th, 2016|Blog, Vietnam|3 Comments

What’s in a name: Why is our blog called “Before My Mam Dies”?

For many, if you see the word “death”, “dying”, “dies”, “died” in a sentence you’re instantly taken aback. That’s understandable, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be the case. When I, Úna-Minh, came up with the name of Before My Mam Dies, it wasn’t made as a decision to shock people. It was simply what [...]

By | July 20th, 2016|Blog|7 Comments

20 Travel Movies That Will Give You Pure Wanderlust

Jeffrey L. Cohen - Bus from the movie "Into the Wild" Wanderlust can take over your mind and body and there’s nothing quite like that feeling. It’s a mixture of euphoria and longing, escapism and love. While we mightn’t be able to head to every country we’d like to, it’s still a thrill [...]

By | July 18th, 2016|Blog, Favourite Things, Travel Tips|5 Comments

Rated and Reviewed: The Tour Groups We Used in Vietnam 2016

Oftentimes people don’t realise how much work goes into planning long-haul holidays. From confirming flights and hotels to paying off tour groups and liaising with airport pickups, a lot went into our three week holiday. In this post, we’re looking at each tour group that we used on our trip and how they fared in [...]

By | July 9th, 2016|Blog, Travel Tips, Vietnam|1 Comment