If you’re new to the blog, here’s a little fact to start: I LOVE HIKING! If you’ve read the blog, and follow me on instagram, you’ll probably already know that, and feeling like I’m stating the blatantly obvious. Sorrryyy! But what I love even more is that Northern Ireland has some absolutely cracking places to hike within such easy reach, that it would be wrong not to visit so often. Over the years living here, I have not made the most of what’s on offer. It is only recently that I have started to venture out and see the wonders…

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Despite living so close (in Northern Ireland), I have not taken the time to explore much of the Republic of Ireland. I can’t believe how obtuse I have been to what is sitting on my own doorstep. I’ve started to dedicate a lot of time to discovering the wonders of home, and it has been magic so far! Last weekend I took a VERY spontaneous trip down to Wicklow. The decision was easy after seeing a picture of Glendalough when strolling through instagram on the Friday morning. By that lunchtime I had booked a hostel, and quickly filled my boot…

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‘Coming home’ can be a difficult but inevitable part of any trip. Whether it marks the end to your travels, or rather just a short break in between, it can be a tough, strange but also exciting experience. After being on the road for 4 months, I have returned ‘home’ for a short period of time. I use the word home lightly as the experience of travelling has changed the perception of this word for me. What does home mean to you? The city you were born? The childhood house where you were raised? The streets that you ran up…

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Today I conquered the 311 steps leading to the top of the Monument. It is leg aching work to reach the summit, but totally worth it for the panoramic views of London. If you have an afternoon free in the city, then you must check this out:I had never heard of the Monument before, until I happened across it on a walk towards Tower Bridge. For those in the same boat; it was built in 1677 to commemorate the Great Fire of London but also to recognize the rebuilding of the city. The Monument consists of a classic Doric column…

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Trip preparation can be a nightmare. There are always so many questions and tasks, that sometimes feel as if they are stacked up against you. “Where will I go? Is that on Budget? How will I travel? What dates? How do I even get a visa?” When getting ready for my first solo trip, I often got dizzy. Not sure how to even start, or what to do next. Following these 12 steps will certainly help you plan you next trip, whether its short-term or long term: 1. Choosing Where to Go. Go where you feel comfortable – My choice…

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