Ireland is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world - and it's one of our personal favourites as well! I've been to Ireland four times now, in visits ranging from 24 hours to an entire summer, and each time I always discover something new that makes me fall in love with the country all over again. But I also get frustrated with some traditional images of Ireland - there is so much more to the country than wild parties in Dublin's Temple Bar or jam-packed castle visits. Here are five things we always look forward to in Ireland that reflect the real heart and soul of the country.
Here's how I'm protecting myself online and around the world.
Since I made the transition from traveler to travel blogger, not much has changed in my travel style. I'm still catching early morning flights to save money, still searching for online coupon codes, still going to free museums. And I'm still trying to squeeze in as much as I can on every trip, with early morning cafe visits and late night bookstore stops. The only real difference is that I'm working while I'm doing it and that means a never ending, insatiable need for Wi-Fi.
Technology doesn't come naturally to me (remember I'm still the girl who needs paper maps!) so for years the only thing I cared about when it came to Wi-Fi was that I could find it. I never gave a second thought to online security. I just cared that I could get online! Besides, who would ever care about hacking little 'ol me, with a hard drive full of pet photos and a credit card that's always jammed with airline tickets?
What could possibly go wrong?
Who needs the beach when you can have brownies?
I love everything about seaside towns. Long walks at dawn with a creamy latte, combing the shore for beach glass. Sunny, salty afternoons with sand and surf and ice cream dripping off the cone. Balmy evenings spent curled up with a good book as the sun goes down, followed by delicious dinners with friends. This has been my routine all around the world, from growing up on the Nova Scotia coast, to studying in Ireland, to vacationing in Hawaii. And that pattern works splendidly in Daytona Beach too!
And there's no better compliment to an afternoon, a weekend, or an entire season by the seashore than delicious, indulgent, CHOCOLATE! Here's where you go to satisfy your sweet tooth in Daytona Beach.
Should you pre-purchase gas with your next car rental? We weigh out the pros and cons.
It may seem silly to worry about something as small as gas prices when you're on the trip of a lifetime. Why sweat the small stuff when you can be out there enjoying yourself? But small steps can add up to huge saving - savings you can use to make your trip even more unforgettable.
Savvy travelers know that theirtrip budget needs to take into account more than just base prices. Hotel rooms require taxes and tips. Flight costs don't include luggage fees and airport meals. And car rentals are more than just an automobile's base price. There are taxes and fees, insurance options, upgrade possibilities, and even add on features like GPS rentals. And of course you need something to get around town - you need gas!
The next time you rent a vehicle, you will probably be encouraged to "pre-pay" for your final tank of gas. This promises to be not only a convenient choice but an economical one as well. But is it all too good to be true? Readers want to know what the most frugal choice is and I am all to pleased to do the research and run the math!
We set out to find awesome burgers, pizzas, and local fare - from Brule to Port Howe.
The north shore of Nova Scotia, incorporating Colchester and Cumberland counties along route 6 and 366, is one of my favourite spots in the world in summertime. It's small town Nova Scotia at it's best, but sometimes you can't help but feeling that dining options are few and far between. We noticed that a few of our favourite spots had closed since our previous visit just a few years earlier and discovering new eateries was at first a necessity; then a fun quest.
Here are some of the favourites that we discovered - and we'd love to hear from you if you have more to add to the list! Our apologies for the lack of shellfish recommendations - allergies kept us away!