Why I Don’t Regret Quitting my Job to Travel

It was my birthday this week. It’s a date that always prompts a bit of navel gazing, and this year my thoughts were focused on my career. I’ve never been the kind of person who draws up and maintains a five-year plan (my commitment issues are too great). However, even it I had, there is no … Read more

The 10 Weirdest Places I’ve Been

I get asked on a regular basis where is the best place I’ve visited. It’s a hard question to answer because over the years I’ve fallen in love with so many destinations and all for different reasons. However, someone asked me a slightly different version of this travel question the other day: where is the … Read more

How to Speak to Someone who Doesn’t Speak Your Language

I have a missing brain cell…actually, there’s discussion between my family and friends that I might be missing more than one, but there’s a particular brain cell I’d like to talk about – the one that covers learning a language. Ever since I first set foot in Spain, then Latin America, I’ve been trying, painfully … Read more

The Highs and Lows of Low-Season Travel

Travelling in high-season can be a bitch. I should know, I foolishly planted myself in Italy for the entire month of July last year and endless queues and searches for beds ensued. Prices were high, street space was low. There. Were. People. Everywhere. So, it seemed logical (in my tiny mind) to test the converse … Read more

I’ve Eaten And I’ve Prayed, So Where The F#ck Is Love?

“Everybody who travels has had a breakup.” It was an observation from someone who happened to be happily ensconced in a healthy relationship.  I smiled, about to deny it, but I knew she was pretty close to the truth. Besides college gap-year travellers, a significant number of the people I’ve meet on the road have … Read more

What Does Travel Insurance Cover (and What’s Excluded)?

What does travel insurance cover? It’s a good question that many people don’t ask; a fact that’s surprising when you think about the cost and importance of buying travel insurance. As a former-lawyer, I’ll guide you through what is covered by travel insurance, what is not covered, what level of cover is typically good enough and … Read more

Camera Killer Attends Photo School

I kill cameras. I don’t do it intentionally, so I guess it’s more manslaughter than first degree murder, but the end result is the same. A non-functioning, non-blinking, entirely useless hunk of metal. My first murder occurred back in my lawyer days, ironically. Vegas, the Bellagio (of course – too much money, too little sense). … Read more

Fears, Failures and Why 2013 Was My Worst Traveling Year Yet

 Photo by: bingham_becky. I used to be crazily superstitious. I wouldn’t walk under ladders, I’d salute magpies (damn things never saluted back) and Friday 13 was a flat-out reason to stay in bed (were it not for the fact I was aged 13 at the height of my superstitious years and didn’t have the autonomy to choose … Read more

The Art of Packing Light

    I vividly remember sitting in the empty shell of my house after the removal men had taken away all but my last possessions. The only items that remained were my bed, which would be collected the next day, and a spare-room full of stuff I’d explicitly told the men not to touch on … Read more

10 Tips: How To Be a Better Blogger (From the Experts)

Bansha Castle for Bloggers at BlogHouse

I wasn’t sure if it was usual behaviour for men on the 2.14pm train from Dublin to Limerick to wear underwear over their day clothes, but there he was, parading up and down the aisle with pride. Like most people in the carriage, I took a picture on my phone and, upon the strict instructions … Read more