Exploring Ireland to trace my Irish roots

I got chatting with a friend recently about the random reasons we decide on destinations to travel to. There are so many places in the world to choose from - what makes us decide where to explore next? You probably already realise I'm one for heading off the beaten track: while I've loved … [Read more...]

Take me back to Inis Meain, or Inish Maan, or whatever you call that gorgeous scenic place …

Shockingly to me, it's almost a year ago that I was on my last European trip and about to visit Ireland for the first time since my childhood. With friends spending six months on one of the least known Aran Islands, either Inis Meain or Inish Maan depending on your preference, I dragged my husband … [Read more...]

How travel helps you want a minimalist lifestyle

Every single time I return home from a trip I have a burning desire to declutter my house. Yes, travelling makes me want to lead a much more minimalist life and I love it. In fact, given my tendencies otherwise to hoard and by untidy, I should probably travel every month and then my house would look … [Read more...]

Travelling to meet online people offline and taking my travel blog to the Gold Coast for Problogger

I get to travel again next week - yippee! - although it's only a quick trip, over to the Gold Coast in Queensland, the other side of Australia, to attend the Problogger conference. I haven't been to the Gold Coast since I was twelve and then it was an extremely quick look. I won't have much time to … [Read more...]

Meeting the locals, the Inis Meain way

Easily one of my favourite things about travelling is meeting local people, which is one of the reasons I particularly loved living in Japan, Slovakia and Germany for a year or more each, because that was really the way to get to know the locals. On our recent trip to Ireland I cheated: I stayed … [Read more...]

New year, new travels: My plans for 2013

An Irish writer named John Millington Synge is the reason I'm going to visit the Aran Islands this year. Curiously, though, I'd never heard of him until recently. Yet when I realised his inspiration was going to put me close to landscapes like this:Inishmaan by kevinoneillthen I couldn't … [Read more...]