A few years ago I got to dip my feet into Lake Thun in Thun, Switzerland, on which my great, great grandfather was a ferry boat operator. I’ve slowly dabbled in learning more about my ancestry and recently got my ancestry.com DNA test back. The results? Some of it was expected, but some of it was a huge surprise. All of it sparked my wanderlust and I now have several new destinations on my list.
My New Year’s resolution last year was to start a travel blog. I’ve never been good at following through with hobbies, but this project has been the perfect blend of travel, writing, and photography to keep me interested and challenged. However, the best part is that it pushes me to prioritize traveling when I might otherwise get sucked into the daily grind. It has also encouraged me to travel local (how had I not been to the mustard museum before this year?) and try to view familiar places with fresh eyes. I feel super lucky to have had these adventures in 2017…
Giant’s Causeway is the crown jewel of Northern Ireland. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site featuring about 40,000 hexagonal basalt columns situated on the coast. Walk on the columns themselves, then take a hike along the rim to see the view from afar. Were the formations caused by science or giants?
On a recent solo trip to Ireland, I flew into Dublin and made that my home base as I explored the country. Though I took a number of day trips, a week could easily be spent in Dublin itself. Here are my top 10 activities you can do in Dublin, all within a moderate walk or easy bus ride of the city centre.
I had mediocre expectations when I headed to Howth (pronounced like “both,”) but I was very, very wrong. Howth was a highlight of my trip to Ireland and a place I definitely would have spent the night for a longer stay in retrospect. Though Howth is super small, there’s quite a bit to do, especially if you love the outdoors.