Recipes from Around The World: Irish Easter Cake

“You have to taste a culture to understand it” Deborah Cater Ingredients: Cake: 225g Cream Plain Flour 225g Butter (room temperature) 225g Caster Sugar 4 Eggs (beaten) 1 teaspoon Baking Powder 1 tablespoon Orange Juice Orange Filling: 225g Icing sugar (sieved) 125g Butter (room temperature) Rind of 1 Orange 1 tablespoon Orange Juice Glace Icing…

How To Be a Tourist At Home

“Once a year, go some place you’ve never been before” Dalai Lama In the Dalai Lama’s instructions for life, he tells us to visit a place we’ve never been before every year… For many of us, this may not be possible in the “traditional” sense, as we would jump to the conclusion that this means…

20 Tips for Mindful Travel

“The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.” G.K. Chesterton When your travelling, it is important to travel mindfully so that you can enjoy every moment all the more and create deeper and more meaningful memories. I have put together some tips to help you make the most out…

Surviving Your Long Haul Flight

“Travel brings power and love back to your life” Rumi Long haul flights can be a killer, even for the most seasoned of traveler’s. On my upcoming trip to Australia, I have several very long flights to enjoy ranging from 11 hours between Dublin and LA, 10 hours from Honolulu to Sydney and some shorter…

London, Baby!

“Travel is like a giant blank canvas, and the painting on the canvas is only limited by one’s imagination.” Ross Morley Dates: 7th October – 9th October Flights: City Jet Accommodation: AirBnB Rental Last October, we spent a lovely few days in London with my two sisters, Claire and Helen, and Ronan’s mum. Good value tickets…

Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days Of Summer: Gran Canaria, 2016

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby Dates: 18th June 2016 – 2nd July 2016 Flights: Ryanair Accommodation: Hotel Parque Tropical…

Travel Accessories – Wish List

“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” Lao Tzu Naturally, there are a lot of bits and pieces that both myself and Ronan are going to have to buy before we leave for our big trip. One of the things at the top of our list is a rucksack…

Throwback Thursday: Surfing in Lahinch, August 2012

“Heroes take journeys, confront dragons and discover the treasure of their true selves.” Carol Pearson Dates: 28th-30th August Transport: Bus Eireann (Bus) & Ionrad Eireann (Train) Accommodation: West Coast Lodge Ronan and I took the plunge of our first trip together nearly 4 years ago. Ronan had spent the summer on an amazing J1 in…

Throwback Thursday: San Francisco, May/June 2015

“If you’re alive, you can’t be bored in San Francisco. If you’re not alive, San Francisco will bring you to life.”  William Saroyan  Dates: 30th May – 1st June Flights: Aer Lingus Accommodation: Grant Hotel, 753 Bush Street, Union Square “If you’re alive, you can’t be bored in San Francisco. If you’re not alive, San…

Throwback Thursday: Gran Canaria, June 2013

“Take vacations. Go as many places as you can. You can always make money. You can’t always make memories.” Dates: 4th June 2013 – 11th June 2013 Flights: Ryanair Accommodation: Corona Roja Back in the summer of 2013, Ronan and I had our first holiday together – for some reason I never count our few…

“Travel Photo of the Day” Photo Gallery

  “One of the best ways to make yourself happy in the present is to recall happy times from the past. Photos are a great memory-prompt, and because we tend to take photos of happy occasions, they weight our memories to the good.” Gretchen Rubin  

Hawaii – The Plans Begin to Take Shape

“Oi kau ka lau, e hana l ola honua” Live your life while the sun still shines Our plans are beginning to take more shape for our 10 days in Hawaii. Our accommodation has been decide and booked, along with some of our day trips – and even more ideas have been found. We have…