So 2017 unfortunately wasn’t a big year for travel for me. I took a couple of small trips but that was about it. However 2018 is going to hopefully be very different. 2017 was about saving and now I’m so excited to start making all my plans. So here are some of the places I’m hoping to go or do over the next year.

2018 travel goals

Go to some countries in Eastern Europe

So I’ve never been to anywhere in eastern Europe. So next year I’m hoping to go to a couple. I’m hoping to do this by going interrailing. Which takes me to my next goal.

Go Interrailling

So I’ve wanted to go interrailing for quite a long time. Partially because I think it’s a great way to see lots of different places in a short amount of time and also because I hate flying so it’ll be nice to go around by land. I’m hoping to do this around summertime next year.

Go to Canada

So this is somewhere I’ve not been that interested in visiting before but I’ve been spending so much time on pinterest and it looks beautiful. I’ve also never been to North America so it will be a new continent for me. I’m hoping to visit towards the end of next year.

See more of the UK

I’ve only ever been to Wales once, I’ve never been to Northern Ireland. So next year I’m hoping to see more of the UK. Maybe go to some more cites in England or Wales but I’m not sure yet. Hopefully I will get to new cites in the UK every so often so I can see more.

Volunteer

I really want to do some kind of volunteering. I’m not sure it will be the one on my bucket list which is to volunteer with Elephants at the Elephant nature Park or some kind of other volunteering somewhere else.

 

Hopefully this time next year I can look back at this list and hopefully say I have done at least half of these things.

So this week I went on a mini break to Dublin, Ireland. This is the first time I’ve ever been to Ireland and it didn’t disappoint! I had such a good time even though I wasn’t there for long. I stayed in the Issac Hostel. Here are some of the things I got up to while I was away in Dublin.

Trinity College Dublin

Outside trinity college, Dublin

Trinity College was so beautiful. I planned to see the Book of Kells but unfortunately it was closed for the few days I was there.

Grafton Street

Grafton Street

I also went shopping down Grafton Street. Dublin was such a good place for shopping if only I had more room to bring stuff back!

St Patrick’s Cathedral

St Patrick's cathedral Dublin

St Patrick’s Cathedral is the largest church in Ireland. It was built between 1191 and 1270 and is a must see when visiting Dublin. As well as St Patrick’s cathedral there is also another nearby cathedral of Christ Church Cathedral which is also worth a visit.

Temple Bar

Outside Temple bar

Before visiting Dublin everyone said that Temple Bar is worth a visit. Temple Bar is a great place to go during the day or the night and listen to some great live Irish music. Temple bar is expensive but is a must see! There are more pubs in Temple bar, lots with a great atmosphere and music.

St Stephen’s shopping centre is located at the top of Grafton street and is named after the close by St Stephen’s green. It’s currently decorated so nicely for Christmas.

The Spire

the spire

The Spire of Dublin which is also known as the monument of light. It’s 120 metres tall and is located on the same site as where the former Nelson’s pillar was. It is located on O’connell street.

river liffey

Guinness Storehouse

outside guinness storehouse

Now visiting the Guinness Storehouse was one of my favourite parts of my trip which surprised me. Even though I am not a fan it was a great place to visit which was really informative. As well as getting a free pint at the top in the Gravity bar where you could see the whole of Dublin from. It is definitely worth the visit.

 

Here are just some things I got up to on my mini break in Dublin.

Trying to find ways to travel for cheaper? Or even for longer without spending too much more money? Well to do this cutting down accommodation costs could be the easiest and simplest way too cut costs. So here are some of the easiest ways to cut costs and find cheaper accommodation.

laptop and daily planner

Hostels

Hostels are one for the best ways to cut costs with accommodation.Hostels are so much cheaper than hotel rooms. And normally the bigger the dorm the cheaper the cost of the hostel. One of my favourite sites to use is Hostelworld.

Couchsurfing

One of the best ways to findĀ freeĀ accommodation is by using sites such as couchsurfing. Couch surfing allows you to stay with locals and learn more about their culture. If you are concerned about staying at a strangers home you can look at reviews on their profile as well as different levels of verification.

Short term rents

If you are planning on staying in one place from one night to a few weeks Air Bnb may be a good choice. Not only will it give a homely feel but if you are staying for a week or more there is normally a discount which will help you save money over time. Air Bnb is likely to be cheaper than a hotel but more expensive than a hostel. However it depends on the level of luxury you like while travelling.

Stay mid week

If you have the opportunity too, try stay through the week and skip the weekend if you are only going away for a few days. This is likely to cut the costs of your accommodation as well as missing the busy periods.

Try not stay central

If you can or don’t need to stay in a central location, then staying slightly out of town can help you cut the costs of your accommodation as it will likely be cheaper. Places like Travelodge have places in and around cities.

 

Here are a few ways to cut costs and find cheaper accommodation.

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