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.

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!

 

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.

 

 

Last week I made a post about my travel bucket list. If you’ve missed that then you can read it here. It got me thinking about all the places that I used to want to go to but have now had the opportunity to do so. I thought I would create a Reverse Travel bucket list of all the places that would be on my Bucket list now if I hadn’t already done them.

Sydney harbour bridge

1. Australia

Before I went solo travelling in Australia in 2015 ( You can read about this here). I’d wanted to visit Australia to see the beautiful cities as well as the beaches. I wanted to try Surfing, see a Kangaroo and many other things which I got to do while I was there.

Feeding Kangaroo

2. The Great Barrier Reef

One of the main things I wanted to do while in Australia was to see the Great Barrier Reef and go Scuba-diving as this is mean’t to be the best place to Scuba-dive.  I got to do this with a group and spent a few days sailing around the Great Barrier Reef.

Sailing Great barrier reef

3. Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the best places I’ve visited. The architecture is incredible and there is so many great places to visit like the Sagrada Familia,the Picasso Museum and Camp Nou. There are so many great things to see.

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

4. See Wild Dolphins

Dolphins are one of my favourite animals. I have had the chance to see them in captivity before but never in the wild. It had been my goal for some time to just see Dolphins in the wild, but while I was on a trip to Fraser Island I got to not only see wild Dolphins but also feed some river Dolphins. One of the best experiences ever!

 Feeding Wild Dolphin

So these were just a few things that I have been able to tick off my bucket list already. Hopefully I will be able to tick off a lot more in the next few years.

Bondi Beach Australia

So I recently read on O is for Ottilie’s blog, a post about how Solo travel changed her and how she believes everyone should try solo travel once.

So I thought I’d tell you a bit about my experience solo travelling and why you should try it.

Two years ago I was travelling round the East coast of Australia on my own.

Before I went many of my close friend and family had concerns about me travelling on my own. Was I safe? Would I get lonely? And honestly it was the best experience I’ve ever had.

I like Ottilie, feel like everyone should try solo travel once. And if you do need some persuading here are some reasons as to why you should.

Sydney Harbour Bridge at sunset

You meet so many great people

One thing everyone went on about before I left was that I wouldn’t know anyone and I wouldn’t have anyone to talk to.

Wrong.

While solo travelling I met some of the greatest people I’ve ever met. One thing I would say though is stay in Hostels if you are travelling alone, because it is the best way to meet new people.

The first day I got there I did start to get a bit nervous that I wouldn’t meet anyone. But within an hour of getting to my first hostel, I was talking to my room mates and was going out for drinks with them.

This happened pretty much every time I moved on to the next place.

So many people in hostels are on their own. Everyone is wanting to make friends which makes it so easy to have people to talk to.

I even kept meeting up with some travellers in various locations as a lot of people all travel in the same direction on the East coast of Australia.

You can set your own schedule 

Now, I hate doing things I don’t want to do. Like I’m sure the majority of people do.

Travelling on my own was great of me though as it mean’t that I could go off and do activities whenever I wanted. Not only that but I could move on to the next place when I wanted too.

This happened so much. For example I only had planned to stay in Nossa for three days. I loved it so much though that I ended up staying for over a week. It was great because I didn’t have to ask anyone if that was okay and if they wanted to as well. I just did it.

There were certain places I liked more or less than I thought I would. Being on my own mean’t I didn’t have to ask someone if we should go to the next place yet. I just did it.

I absolutely loved the freedom of being on my own.

You learn so much about yourself

When travelling around Australia on my own, I realised how much more confident I was than I thought. How I was able to speak to new people and make friends so easily. I met so many people that I still speak to now and keep up to what they’re doing and where they’ve been.

It showed me how I was capable of, and how easy I could deal with challenging situations.

You learn what it’s like to be completely independent and not rely on others. You learn that how to make all the decisions and not asking someone else what to do. You have to do it all yourself.

Feeding wild dolphins

At Melbourne Luna Park

This was my first time solo travelling, and honestly it was one of the best experiences. Yes there were times I wished someone was there to help me when things were tough but I’m glad I did it. And hopefully I will be able to solo travel again in the near future.