A caravan in Cork: A night full of laughter

Caravan Before My Mam Dies

Caravan Before My Mam Dies

As the rickety caravan swayed side-by-side and the rain poured down on our roof and into the back of our capsule, we couldn’t help but laugh.

With the ocean at our doorstep, a caravan on the edge of the world (or so it felt), was the perfect place to bond. It was a bit bonkers we knew, but the absurdity of it made it wonderful.

We were travelling up the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland, 2500km of coast road that went up through the entire west of the country.


This was a route we decided to explore as a staycation, spending two weeks taking in our home country. Our shaky caravan was in a place called Allihies, a picturesque haven in Cork away from main tourist routes.

Located on the western tip of the Béara Peninsula and stretched between Cod’s Head to the North West and Dursey Island to the South West, it’s the furthest village in Ireland from the capital, Dublin.

Mom and I felt like giddy schoolchildren as we cooked atop the gas stove in the pitch black.

As contrasting types of travellers, we work well together. While Mom is outgoing and more extroverted when it comes to travelling, I’m more introverted and analytical. Thus we’re both able to take a step back and take in the situation (even if it sometimes involves us getting annoyed with each other!).

Even though we were exhausted, dishevelled and pretty hungry, our laughs at the madness of it all rang through the derelict caravan park.

There was something just wonderful about being in the middle of nowhere with no electricity and spending time together cooking – doing something that we both loved.

In the morning and with little sleep, we opened the caravan door to the Atlantic bursting into song.

Quite simply: heaven.


This is an extended story piece from our Wild Atlantic Way diaries, you can read them here. You can also connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Snapchat.


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!

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  1. […] You can read an extended story piece about our caravan adventures here. […]

  2. We love your writing style. Very personable, and open. It draws the reader into the story. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Aw Jeff, thank you! I really appreciate comments like this. I like writing in story-based style and I find that my adventures with my mom certainly help fuel the fun!

  3. Traveling across country in a caravan is a dream of mine but I would have to be able to stay connected since I work virtually. Love that you’re doing this with your mom!

    1. Thanks for reading Leiha! Lack of wi-fi definitely an issue.

  4. That sounds pretty fun travelling in a caravan. I travel with my daughter who is 5 yo – I hope she will always want to travel with her mummy 🙂

    1. Aw super Melissa! Hope you keep travelling for sure Mom and I have been traveling for years and it’s just wonderful for bonding.

  5. I’d love to travel through Ireland! BTW – I love your writing style! I find it hard to find “storytelling’ type of blogs that I like because most are more like I did this…then we did that…” 😀

    1. Aww thank you so much Doro – you should definitely come to Ireland. And I’m so, so glad that you like my storytelling style! That really makes me happy.

    2. Also, you’re very right, it’s very hard to get story based blogs! I love Paul Theroux’s writing and read a lot of stories based abroad so I’m probably heavily influenced by them 🙂

  6. I would love to travel in a caravan. SO much freedom and beautiful views.

    1. Thanks for your comment Nicole! Really appreciate it 🙂

  7. Ireland is so beautiful, but I am yet to visit Cork. Someday! I love the excitement of travelling in a caravan, I grew up on camping holidays and your post brought back so many lovely memories to me!

    1. Oh wow! Sounds like you had a great time growing up There’s something very “hippy” about it that I love. I’m a bit biased so I love Kerry more than Cork, but Cork is still beautiful!

  8. This looks like quick an adventure! It’s been over a decade since I’ve been to Cork and I hope to return someday, I’d love to experience it in a caravan for at least a couple days 🙂

    1. Thanks Aisha! We had a great time. Wow a decade is a very long time! You’ll have to come back

  9. This sounds lovely! What a nice idea to travel with you mum 🙂

    1. Thanks Chiera! She’s my travel inspiration for sure

  10. We have recently moved to Ireland and would love to such a trip on some weekend. Cooking food and star gazing …awww bliss!!!

    could you please let me know how to rent a Caravan.

    1. Oh wow! That’s very exciting. Genuinely, and not a word of a lie, Mom just googled caravan parks and Anthony’s in Allihies came up. We rang up and Mom booked it! Now just to point out too – this isn’t a caravan we could move, it was permanently lodged there.

  11. Sounds like a lovely experience. I actually love camping/being in a caravan when it’s raining and just listening to the sound of it. Definitely a nice way to bond and spend time with someone too.

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