Chinese New Year 2016: Lucky Holiday Plans for Adventurous Monkeys

As we ring in the Chinese year of the Fire Monkey, you’d be forgiven for thinking it will bring our ‘monkey’ friends some good luck in 2016. In reality, the year of your Chinese birth sign is deemed pretty unlucky. But, fear not! Follow this year’s lucky travel tips and disaster can be averted. According…

Road trip: Travel Ireland’s West Coast

What’s not to love about Ireland’s wild wesht? Rugged coastline, awesome surf and wind-swept villages will charm the bejesus out of you! Hire a car and start your road trip in County Kerry, driving north to County Mayo’s idyllic seaside village, Westport.   Image via Flickr CC, Ritesh3: Black Valley, Killarney.  Start your trip in Kerry’s crowning…

AWOL in Dublin : Expat Life

I have lived in Dublin as an English expat for over four years now. As I prepare to move back to the UK the time seems right to impart some of my learned wisdom on life as an expat. Apart from a firm handshake and a strong backbone, you need patience… Once an expat, always…

Eating out on a Budget in Dublin: Burritos, or Burritos?

Tourists travelling to Dublin to indulge in Irish food and booze may be surprised to see that we are going mad for Burritos. The Mexican craze was no doubt triggered by the recession — burritos are cheap to eat and easy to produce en masse. For just seven yo-yos we can enjoy a trip into the city and dinner with our pals, without…

Dublin Day Trips to Wicklow

There’s no denying Dublin’s great ‘craic’ but even Dubliners need to escape every now and then. If you’re planning on spending more than a weekend in the capital, I would highly recommend you taking the opportunity to stray beyond the city limits and between those Wicklow mountains. Only half an hour’s drive from the city,…

Dining in Dublin @ Darwins

It’s a dog eat dog world, my dears and for those hungry carnivores craving a tasty slab of meat — cooked to perfection — Darwin’s Restaurant in Dublin’s city centre is the place to go. Walking into the aptly named Darwins on Aungier Street is like gliding back into the era of evolutionary discovery. With…

Brittas Bay Bums – Rambling and Wild Camping in Wicklow

The Wicklow Mountains taunt locals who descend through Dublin’s north inner-city. Their framing of our grey city dwellings only reminds us that escape is within reach – if we could just schedule the time. Thanks to the crazy burst of sunshine this summer, my boyfriend and I decided the time was right to explore Wicklow beyond the great…