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!

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

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 [...]

By | July 9th, 2018|Blog, Japan|4 Comments

Camino de Santiago for the senses: What you can smell and taste along The Way

This year Mom and I journeyed again to Spain where we walked the Camino from Santiago de Compostela to Finisterre. Also known as Land’s End, Finisterre is rock-bound peninsula on the west coast of Galicia, Spain and in Roman times was believed to be the end of the world. BUT WAIT – that’s not what we’re here for. In [...]

By | June 7th, 2018|Portugal, Spain|1 Comment

A First-Timer’s Guide to 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 [...]

By | April 1st, 2018|Blog, Vietnam|0 Comments

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

Welcome to part two of the Ireland, county-by-county bucketlist. I reached out to fellow bloggers and came up with a collaboration to celebrate our country. I gave Irish bloggers the task to showcase why their county is the best in a few paragraphs and they did not disappoint. We hope that what we've said will [...]

By | February 12th, 2018|Blog, Ireland|2 Comments

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

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 [...]

By | February 6th, 2018|Blog, Ireland|1 Comment

Rated and Reviewed: Where we stayed in Vietnam 2017

I know, I know, it’s already 2018 and I’m only getting around to writing this now. But hey, better late than never eh? Last October we spent an amazing month in Vietnam and travelled from north to south, staying in some fabulous places. Like our 2016 trip, this piece is the lowdown on where we [...]

By | January 7th, 2018|Blog, Vietnam|2 Comments

A taste of Hue: where the women are clearly the bosses

The dragon boats are floating up and down Hue's Perfume River as Mom and I sit under the canopy of the Truong Tien Bridge. Who'd want to eat in a dreary restaurant when you can get energy from this? The smell of barbecue hits you like a sixth sense, it takes over your body and you [...]

By | December 11th, 2017|Blog, Tales from Abroad, Vietnam|0 Comments

Hidden Hanoi: How to get the most out of Vietnam’s capital

While there’s plenty to see in Hanoi, for people like us who have visited all the major tourist attractions, we’re always on the lookout for something different. Too many times have we read guides who claim that seeing the Temple of Literature, the Water Puppet Show and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum are “hidden gems” [...]

By | November 28th, 2017|Vietnam|2 Comments

Giving back: six charities we supported in Vietnam this year

“Pray for the dead. And fight like hell for the living!" - Mother Jones We’ve been back from Vietnam since the end of October and while we’re both settling into our normal lives at home, I’ve held off updating the blog a bit. Why? Well, we did so much over the course of the visit [...]

By | November 16th, 2017|Blog, Vietnam|4 Comments

Eyemasks, Leg rests, Moneybags: 9 things we’re bringing to Vietnam

The deadline LOOMS. As I’m writing this I’m sitting on my bed with my suitcase close by. It’s packed with light clothes and other essentials but some of the most important things are going into my backpack. Over the years, we’ve picked up quite a few bits and bobs and tend to tweak each backpack [...]

By | September 24th, 2017|Blog, Favourite Things, Travel Tips, Vietnam|2 Comments