As I mentioned in one of my first posts, accessing Europe from the U.S. by way of Dublin is a simple way to reduce the cost of airfare… and taking a couple of days to tour Dublin and its surroundings can be a great way to start or end any Eurotrip. If you have more than a day or two, you should consider heading out west or up north to explore more of the lusciously green country!
In this post, I discuss transportation options to and from the airport, my favorite restaurants and to dos, and I provide a sample three-day itinerary.
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I have found the most important element of maintaining equilibrium is establishing some sort of routine. By this, I don’t mean depriving your life of any spontaneity. I simply mean, ensuring you have certain elements in your life that you prioritize (exercise, eating vegetables, etc.). This can be challenging with long-term travel, but for me it is necessary for feeling healthy both mentally and physically.
The routine that works best for me, is eating breakfast in and working out before kicking off the day. Staying in Airbnbs, or places with kitchen access, makes this easier. Usually on our first day in a new location we go to the grocery store or check out a local market. Scott picks up fresh fruit, muesli and Greek yogurt, and I pick up milk, eggs, avocados, and whatever cracker or thin toast I can find for my avocado toast.
There’s a saying in nutrition that one should eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper. If you’ve tried it, you know that living any sort of social life or travel life can make this difficult. One often finds themselves out to dinner with friends, or ending a day of >15k steps at a pub with a hearty meal. However, I have found that I feel orders of magnitude better on the mornings following days living according to this noble mantra.
Thanks for joining me!
In May 2018, my boyfriend and I packed our bags in D.C. and set off on a year of travel and reflection. I call it “gap year”, but if I am being completely honest, I haven’t stopped working entirely. I established a technical consulting practice and work part-time on the side to help fund excursions!
I have four simple goals for my gap year:
- Exercise often
- Have fun
- Don’t run out of money
- Cut down on single use plastics
The first three are self explanatory, but I’d like to elaborate on the fourth. Did you know that last year, Americans used ~50 billion water bottles? Unfortunately, only 23% were recycled. We could all do better when it comes to producing less waste, and I figured I’d do my part in starting now!
I pledged to not use single use plastic water bottles, which means carrying around a water bottle. As much as I’d like to deny it, I have never been the best at keeping up with things. This water bottle lasted about a month before it was left somewhere. I still have my second water bottle though!
I look forward to sharing itineraries, favorite travel spots, and travel hacks in the coming months!
Stay tuned, and if there is something you’d like to hear about in particular please reach out!