There is something about finally booking a flight to Ireland that makes it feel real, like I am actually going instead of just dreaming. While it is likely that I’ve been planning the trip for a while, when I get those plane tickets, I get so excited—like can’t-sleep-start-the-count-down-can-we-go-tomorrow excited. But before we buy those tickets, […]
One thing I have been eyeing ever since our very first trip to Ireland is an Aran sweater. It’s kind of the quintessential Ireland souvenir.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I didn’t grow up in an Irish-American household, so St. Patrick’s Day is one of those holidays I never quite got into when I was younger. I thought the day was primarily just an excuse for people to wear green and drink a lot of alcohol (Ha–I suppose this is true […]
We’re counting up all the expenses for our 2014 trip to Ireland. Parts I and II covered transportation and accommodations. This time we are talking about one of my favorite subjects, food! Not just any food though, so-delicious-I-can-still-taste-it-someone-please-bring-me-some-now food. Food in Ireland The Irish have an incredibly strong connection to the land and sea. Restaurants and pubs […]
Welcome to Part 2 of our ‘How Much Does It Cost’ series (Part 1 on transportation). This time we’re reviewing all our Accommodations in Ireland—how much they cost and our experiences with each place. Joe and I stayed in 7 different locations for 14 nights in June, 2014, opting to stay in most places for multiple nights. We […]
This blogging thing I get to do is pretty awesome. Because now and then I get to make new friends. :-) Here’s how it happens. It usually starts off with an email and quick question about an upcoming trip to Ireland, which leads to another email and then another. Sometimes, we steer off the Ireland planning path and […]
A few weeks ago, I spent the afternoon reminiscing about our past trips to Ireland. Mint.com sent me a bunch of questions that had me thinking about the way we budget our money. For us, I suppose it’s all about balance. We are willing to spend money on an automatic rental car, which helps us […]
Every few months or so Joe and I do a thorough budget check to make sure we are on track to get ourselves back to Ireland soon. Luckily, I have kept tabs on how much it costs to travel Ireland, so I know we need a pretty good chunk of change to travel how we want.
“Ready for a wet landing?” “What’s a wet landing?” I found myself asking, even though I was pretty sure I already knew the answer. Besides Steph and I, there were four others waiting at the pier. These four, a group of jovial middle-aged men, had been trading jokes with each other since we had joined […]
A few weeks ago I was asked by HotelsCheap.org to answer a few questions about our travels in Ireland. As I perused the site, I got hooked on their travel blogger interview section.