Dec 052015
 
Travel With a Toddler: 11 Tips To Make it Less Insane

If you ask anyone, “Is travel with a toddler hard?” the resounding answer is usually, “YES. ARGH, YES.” Don’t despair, however. By using the following tips that our family has learned the hard way, you do NOT have to be trapped at home for the entire youth of your munchkin. Ready? Let’s learn.

1) Don’t overthink it — just book your trip.

A person who thinks long enough about the challenges of having a child in the first place [...Read More!]

Oct 102015
 
Giant Birds Landing on Your Hand to Eat Mice in Ireland

Did I get your attention with that title? Other contenders included “Falconry in County Mayo” and “My Favorite Activity During Ireland Travel,” but both lack the heart-thumping drama necessary. The simple truth is that one of the top things I’d recommend you do on a visit to Ireland is have a terrifying bird of prey land on your hand to eat dead mice. Yum!

The spot we chose for this madness was Ireland’s School [...Read More!]

Jul 022015
 
Irish Breakfast and a Luxury Hotel Near Ashford Castle

When traveling in Ireland, you must decide: How many days in a row can you eat a full Irish breakfast without popping? This traditional, delicious feast consists of the following: Sausage, bacon “rashers,” black and white pudding (pork, oats, and pork blood for black), fried tomato, potatoes, and eggs, all cooked in butter and graced with a heap of Irish soda bread, tea, and orange juice. Wow!

As a proud glutton, I ate a full Irish breakfast [...Read More!]

Jun 162015
 
Limerick, Ireland: We Didn't Expect How Great It Is!

Our time in Limerick was infuriating. Why? During our Ireland road trip, we only allotted one day to tour the city, and I ached the whole time for more time to explore! The city has SO much more to offer than we realized, from arts, to nightlife, to historic castles. Let’s take a peek at lovely Limerick, shall we?

One of the most beloved tourist attractions in Limerick is King John’s Castle, which towers above [...Read More!]

May 312015
 
Why an Ireland Travel Plan Should Include Westport

Ireland has countless cute towns, so the fact that Westport in County Mayo was voted the best place to live in the entire country in 2012 holds major clout. Besides being deliciously livable, Westport is also an excellent place to visit, given its wide variety of historic, natural, and doggone charming attractions.

To begin to understand why people adore Westport, one must first look at the geography. Westport is nestled between mountains and an ocean inlet, providing [...Read More!]

May 172015
 
This Ireland Castle Hotel Made Us Smile and Laugh

I have never stayed anywhere that has as much character as Abbeyglen Castle Hotel in County Galway, Ireland. What a hoot that hotel is! It was a highlight of our Ireland road trip, and its colors and cast of characters would fit perfectly into a Wes Anderson movie.

Want an illustration of how well the hotel pairs luxury with quirk? As the well-dressed porter ushered us into the lobby, what should we see [...Read More!]

Apr 152015
 
Ireland's Most Unexpected Best Tourist Attraction

Sometimes the best tourist attractions are the ones you least expect. My husband, baby, and I were on day three of our Ireland road trip, and as our car rumbled up the path from Clifden to the Connemara Heritage and History Centre of Ireland, I tried to figure out what the heck this “Centre” even was.

“I think this is some guy’s house or something?” I muttered to my husband, Colin, shuffling through print-outs [...Read More!]

Apr 082015
 
Ireland's Kylemore Abbey: Surprising Beauty and History

Ireland is a country of castles. In fact, the Emerald Isle has so many castles that on each day of our Ireland road trip, we saw no fewer than two castles per day, just chilling by the side of the road. Many of these castles date back to the 1400s!

As our car chugged towards the turrets of famed Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, County Galway, medieval tales bounced through my head. Little did I [...Read More!]

Mar 312015
 
A Handsome Man Emerges from the Travel Suitcase

Much is said about travel fashion for the ladies, but what about male clothes for the road? Happily, both my husband and I got to try out some apparel from a hot company during our Ireland trip, and here are the dramatic results.

The hot company in question is called prAna, and you may recall that they are the makers of the pants and dress I can’t stop wearing. Recently, my husband Colin became [...Read More!]

Mar 232015
 
Where in Ireland to Find the World's Best Rainbows

Before we left for our week-long travels in Ireland, our downstairs neighbor demanded we bring back a gift: at least one pot o’ gold from the end of a classic Irish rainbow. Little did I know how easy it would be to find those rainbows in Ireland! (The gold, not so much.)

Why does Ireland have so many rainbows? Because it has a lot of rain! Then sun. Then rain. Then sun. [...Read More!]