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!

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

Video Diaries 2016: From Ireland to Vietnam

From Ireland to Vietnam: Videos you say? Yes, videos! For those following us on snapchat during our Vietnam trip, you probably noticed me recording like mad! Normally I don't like vertical videos but because I took all the videos on Snapchat to save myself from being glued to my phone AND a camera, these compilations [...]

By | July 2nd, 2016|Blog, Vietnam|0 Comments

Vietnam Diaries Part 10: My Heart is Torn

This part has been hard for me to write. I'm back in Ireland and my heart feels torn. I've never felt this way about Vietnam. In 1998, the first time I came back, I was just seven. I don't remember much, but I remember not finding any connection. It was just a holiday to me [...]

By | June 29th, 2016|Blog, Vietnam|14 Comments

Rated and Reviewed: Where We Stayed in Vietnam in 2016

We had a fantastic holiday in Northern Vietnam this year, varying our experiences from trekking to cycling, to kayaking to swimming. Throughout our adventure we roamed across the north, staying in various types of accommodation. Rated and reviewed, from start to finish, here’s where we stayed in Vietnam on our 2016 journey. Hanoi Golden Sun [...]

By | June 27th, 2016|Blog, Vietnam|7 Comments

Vietnam Diaries Part Nine: SaPa and the Cool Mountain Retreat

For a change of pace and temperature, we decided to head to the highlands of Vietnam and to the mountains. Renowned for its beauty, SaPa is in the Lào Cai Province in north-west Vietnam, close to the Chinese border. Several ethnic minority groups such as the Hmong, Dao, Giáy, Pho Lu, and Tay live there. [...]

By | June 18th, 2016|Blog, Vietnam|1 Comment

Vietnam Diaries Part Eight: Better than Ha Long Bay? Welcome to Bai Tu Long!

Floating in seawater with the gentle slosh of the waves hitting the shore, there was really no better place to spend a balmy afternoon. Earlier on in the day we waved goodbye to our tour guide My and driver Duong, and made our way onto the Dragon Legend 2, a spectacular cruise ship on Ha [...]

By | June 12th, 2016|Blog, Vietnam|0 Comments

Vietnam Diaries Part Seven: Pu Luong, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Adieu!

To overnight in a homestay is a truly unique experience. Parting ways with our driver in a sleepy town, we pulled what we could on our shoulders and set off across the weaving dirt tracks of Pu Luong. The nature reserve Pu Luong is located along two parallel mountain ridges divided by a central valley, [...]

By | June 9th, 2016|Blog, Vietnam|2 Comments

Vietnam Diaries Part Six: From the lush greens of Mai Chau

Forgive the silence on the blog, the amount of wonderful exploration we've been doing has brought us farther and farther away from wi-fi (which is definitely not a bad thing!) For the next diary entries, I'm whizzing back in time to some of our adventures in the Vietnamese countryside. From the silence of Mai Chau to [...]

By | June 8th, 2016|Blog, Vietnam|2 Comments

Vietnam Diaries Part Five: How much is that in Dong?

You could tell that the woman was smiling. Though the mask covered her face, the knowing lines surrounded her eyes. She beckoned us forward as we walked in parallel with her footsteps across Le Duan, one of Hanoi's busiest motorways. This simple act of kindness stays with you. We never spoke, but we too smiled [...]

By | June 6th, 2016|Blog, Vietnam|3 Comments