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Solo Road Trip 101 – How to Have Fun and Stay Safe

There’s nothing more fun or freeing than hitting the open road for a much-needed change of scenery or excursion. Though traveling alone can be a great way to clear your head and de-stress, it’s important to make personal safety your first priority. Here are a few helpful tips to remember when planning a solo road adventure. Leave Your Itinerary Behind Before leaving town, make sure you’ve shared your itinerary with a friend or loved one and give them a copy. No, it isn’t necessary to rigidly schedule your trip, but letting someone know your plans is a good idea should […]

How Best to Enjoy Tea and Scones in Ireland

Tea, scone, jam, and clotted cream. One of the most difficult aspects of planning a family vacation to Ireland is establishing a travel budget. Allocating funds for accommodations, airfare, and ground transportation are relatively straight forward but the uncertain and varying cost of food is the most challenging to project. Making allowances for “nice” dinners and splurges or simply estimating moderately priced meals necessitates calculation on a sliding scale with room for error. Having spent time traveling through Ireland, I’ve come up with a fairly reliable method of keeping meal expenses rather budget-friendly. I lovingly refer to it as, “tea […]

Visiting Dublin with Kids? You’ll want to become a Viking

Traveling with kids means searching for fun and entertaining options to keep the youngsters entertained.  Finding a tour or attraction that’s both amusing for children and adults is a tough balance to strike.  In Dublin, Ireland, Viking Splash Tours has the winning combination. What is a Viking Splash Tour? A Viking Splash Tour is one of the most unique tours I’ve ever taken. Passengers don Viking helmets,board an amphibious vehicle from the second World War called DUKWs, and tour Dublin’s City Center on land and sea. What You’ll See The tour begins across from St. Stephen’s Green, outside of Starbucks, […]

Holy cow! It’s a butter museum!

In planning our visit to Cork, Ireland, I knew there were certain places I simply had to visit.  Saint Finbarr’s Cathedral, St. Patrick’s Street and the River Lee – these are sites that were known to me.  However, in doing my research, I found one destination that intrigued me.  The Cork Butter Museum. Granted, I like butter, but it’s not the be-all-end-all of my diet. But the idea of a museum dedicated to butter seemed right up my alley.  I love finding those unique, one-of-a-kind places most tourists bypass so I was all-in for this trip. Getting There Getting there […]

Traveling light with PackGear: A product review

I’m forever searching for tips and tools to help make traveling easier.  I’ve recently discovered a product called  PackGear.  It’s a neat way to keep organized while also keeping things small enough to carry-on.  So what happened when I got one and traveled with it?  Here’s my look at the PackGear. PackGear Upon Arrival According to ThePackGear website, “The pack is lighter than a t-shirt and more powerful than 6 medium packing cubes.”  This definitely piqued my curiosity so I reached out to the company for a sample. They weren’t kidding. It’s extremely lightweight.  It arrived on my door step […]