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Rated and Reviewed: Where we stayed in Japan 2018

By | August 29th, 2018|Blog, Japan|

This year myself and my partner headed on a three-week trip to Japan. Too long had it been on our bucket list and we didn’t know what really to expect but because it was new territory for us, we stayed in a mix of hotels, hostels, and inns. We were aware that some more traditional [...]

Nerds Unite: 32 things every geek needs to see in Japan

By | July 17th, 2018|Favourite Things, Japan|

My partner and I are pretty hardcore gamers so it was only natural that our journey to Japan was heavily on the geeky side. But Japan is not just heaven for gamers and anime fans, it also caters greatly for science, the animal obsessed, movie buffs and tech nerds. I did a serious amount of [...]

Do’s and Don’ts: Japanese etiquette for first-time travellers

By | July 9th, 2018|Blog, Japan|

Well now! How are you? It’s been a while. Myself and my partner are just back from an epic adventure to Japan. We spent 3 whole weeks traipsing across the country and flew home to Ireland just last Thursday, so as you can imagine – we’re still recovering. But boy, do I have so much [...]

Places We Love: The Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens

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

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 [...]

Where in the world? Our Trips and Travels in 2019

By | January 30th, 2019|Blog, Vietnam|

Let’s cut to the chase - where do we plan on going this year? So far, I have two trips booked. This March (and following our “every two years” trend), Mom and I are heading back to Vietnam. This will be the 5th time I’ll be back and Mom’s 6th; the first when she was [...]

Customs and Manners: Looking at etiquette around the world

By | November 6th, 2018|Blog|

A version of this article was originally published in Fórsa Magazine To tip or not to tip? Is it rude to make this gesture? When it comes to etiquette while travelling, it often involves you being aware of the silent, unspoken “rules” of the community and one country that takes pride in its rules is [...]

A First-Timer’s Guide to Vietnam

By | April 1st, 2018|Blog, Vietnam|

This piece was first published in the April 2018 edition of Fórsa magazine and my piece was reproduced here with permission. I've added a few lines for links. It's aimed at people in Irish so there are references throughout, however, I hope that the information will be useful to many. Vietnam is on a lot [...]

Part One: 32 reasons why Ireland should be on your bucketlist

By | February 6th, 2018|Blog, Ireland|

I could rave about Ireland all day but for many others, quite often we forget what’s on our doorstep, and so I set off on a task. I reached out to fellow bloggers and came up with a collaboration to celebrate our country. For this, I included counties from both the Republic and Northern Ireland [...]

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

By | August 16th, 2016|Ireland|

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 [...]

20 Travel Movies That Will Give You Pure Wanderlust

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

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 [...]