Best Boutique Hostels and Unique Budget Stays Along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way
Aug01

Best Boutique Hostels and Unique Budget Stays Along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

When I suggested we stay in hostels on our Wild Atlantic Way trip, Liam groaned, “I did hostels thirty years ago. I’m waaaaaay beyond the age of traveling like that.” He proceeded to recount tales of waking up to a goat in his room, a bathroom with a clear glass door that didn’t lock, and a blanket covered in creepy-crawlies. I assured him I had vetted the properties on my list and, at the very least, promised clean rooms with no...

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#138 The Unexpected Value and Comfort in Ireland’s Unique Hostels — AUDIO
Jul28

#138 The Unexpected Value and Comfort in Ireland’s Unique Hostels — AUDIO

Hostels have come a long way in recent years, and many hostels offer a boutique, yet budget, experience for travelers. In this episode, I get reactions from my friends Liam and Tony about their stays in Irish hostels and reveal my list of the best hostels for those who might have reservations about staying in a budget accommodation. Have a listen and feel free to review the show notes: CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON below to listen    Quotes...

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Ireland on a Budget
Jul10

Ireland on a Budget

This summer I’ve started a new project that centers on Ireland’s best budget accommodations. It’s been an interesting task; and I’ve been quite pleased with some of the places I’ve visited — most for under €25 per person!!! This research has opened my eyes to some absolutely outstanding places to stay that are under the radar of the average visitor… I had almost resigned myself to believing...

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The Leap Card for Tourists: Dublin Unveils All-In-One Travel Pass
Jun20

The Leap Card for Tourists: Dublin Unveils All-In-One Travel Pass

Dublin City has just unveiled a new program that makes it easier for tourists to get around the city. A tourist version of their prepaid travel pass known as the Leap Card is now available at Dublin Airport; and if you’re planning to spend a few days in the city, you’ll travel like a local when you swipe your pass in front of the card reader on buses and trains. Here’s how it works… You purchase a card at...

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Follow in the Footsteps of Irish Saints: Beautiful and “Blessed” Places to Add to Your Ireland Itinerary
Feb24

Follow in the Footsteps of Irish Saints: Beautiful and “Blessed” Places to Add to Your Ireland Itinerary

With over 300 saints directly associated with the island, Ireland earned the title of “the land of saints and scholars.” However from a global perspective, St Patrick maintains celebrity status among Irish saints…after all, he’s the guy who gives the world an excuse to party every March 17th, right? I thought I take a moment to introduce you to a few wonderful places in Ireland that are associated Irish saints:...

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Q&A: What’s a Good Golf Course for a Beginner Golfer in Ireland?
Feb16

Q&A: What’s a Good Golf Course for a Beginner Golfer in Ireland?

What’s a good golf course for a very amateur golfer? — Mike via email There is no shortage of golf courses in Ireland, and they range from basic courses to some of the best links courses in the world. Since you don’t have a particular course in mind, I would recommend checking with your accommodation hosts. They will know nearby courses that will suit your needs and will not require a time-consuming trek to reach a golf course....

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