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 find free 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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Newcastle is somewhere I do travel to regularly as that’s where James lives. It’s one of my favourite places to visit not only because it has some great shopping. But it’s also such a beautiful city. Here is my short guide to Newcastle, how to get there and what to do.

Transport

Newcastle is easy to get to from the majority of UK cities

By train:

From London: 3 hours

From Edinburgh: 1 hours and 30 minuites

From Manchester: 2 hours and 30 minutes

You can also get to Newcastle by plane

From London: 1 hour 15 minutes

You can also travel from many international destinations to Newcastle.

Places to go

The Quayside: The Quayside is somewhere you need to visit when going to Newcastle! There are so many nice restaurants and pubs down by the river. There is also the Millennium Bridge down by the Quayside too connective Newcastle and Gateshead.

The Baltic: Now if you love contemporary art then you will probably love this place! The Baltic is just at the other side of the Millennium bridge. Not only is there art, there is also a great viewing platform to take some great photos of the Quayside and Newcastle.

Grey’s Street: BBC radio 4 listeners voted Grey’s street the most beautiful and best designed street in the UK. It can be found in Grainger Town where over 40% of the buildings there are listed.

Angel of the North: Now this is technically in Gateshead but it is worth a visit! It’s one of the most talked about pieces of modern art and was opened in February 1998. If you are travelling by car to Newcastle you can see the Angel of the North from the A1.

 

Hopefully this will make you go and visit Newcastle!

Next post will be Leeds!

 

Flights can be so expensive for many reasons. You’re travelling at peak times, not being flexible and many other reasons. There are some things you can do to try cut the costs of flights.

how to find cheap flights  Private Browsing

Prices of flights can change from time to time. Maybe if you’ve been looking at these flights multiple times. This is due to the cookies on your browser. When searching, always go into incognito or private browsing to see the cheapest options.

Use flight search engines

Rather than looking at certain flight companies use flight search engines such as skyscanner or kayak to help search for the cheapest flights as it will look through all different airlines.

Be Flexible

Flights change depending on different days and locations. Can go on a different  day? Check all possible days. Theres another airport close enough by? Check there too. You’ll be surprised how much difference there can really be from going one day to another or another airport not far away.

Longer layovers

If you are taking a long haul flight consider taking two separate flights. Also when booking layovers do not have the flights only a couple hours apart. Try a couple of days. Then not only may you get cheaper flights, you get to visit an extra destination too!

Airline error fares

Unfortunately these are rare and don’t come around often but when they do they’re great! it could take hours to potentially find one maybe none. The best site that I have found to show error fares is Holiday Pirates.

Off Season

If you aren’t too bothered about what time of year you go. Then going off season could be a good choice. Not only because flights are likely to be cheaper but also the places you visit are also likely to be quieter.

 

So you may have seen my last post about solo travel. I spoke about how I thought how everyone should try solo travel and all the positives of doing so. But I didn’t really speak about any of the negatives of solo travelling and things that could potentially put you off. So I decided to write about all the pros and cons of solo travel.

watching the sunset in the Whitsundays

Meeting new people

Pro: Being on your own means you are pushed to meet new people, speak to new people and make friends. Whereas if you were with someone else you may find that you stick within your group. You also find loads of people who are also on their own and that you aren’t the only one solo traveling.

Con: If you are shy or maybe even a language barrier you may find it harder to communicate with people making it difficult. Also it can be more comfortable being with someone you know from day one and travelling with someone else doesn’t mean that you won’t meet new people at the same time.

 Planning

Pro: Being on your own means that you can plan your travels exactly how you want. You can go to all the places you want to go to and none of the places you don’t. Whereas if you were with someone else you may have to see or do something you didn’t really want to do and maybe there was something you’d rather do more.

Con: Being on your own means you have to do all the planning and think of all the things you want to do. Maybe if you’d been with someone else they’d have wanted to do something you hadn’t thought about and loved it. Maybe you’re missing out on experiences you’d not previously thought about? Basically two brains are better than one as people always say. And planning sessions could include so many places you’d never thought about.

Costs

Pro: As a solo traveller you may be more flexible with where and when you go as you don’t have to rely on anyone else. You can stay in hostel dorms which are cheap. All this meaning it’s easier to keep costs down.

Con: If you aren’t keen on hostels. Hotels are a lot cheaper when you’re in a couple of group being able to keep costs down that way. You can also share transportation costs like taxis and maybe even find multiple person entry fees to places. Splitting that is likely to be cheaper than if you were on your own.

So here are just some of the pro’s and con’s of solo travel. Hopefully this has given you more of an insight into if it is a good idea for you or not.