Stunning San Diego

“I thought San Diego must be Heaven on earth…It seemed to me the best spot for building a city I ever saw.” Alonzo Horton, builder of New Town, site of current downtown San Diego, 1877 After visiting San Francisco in the summer of 2015, I thought that it would always be my favorite US city….

Recipes from around the world: No Bake Anzac Cheescake

Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand which broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders “who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations” and “the contribution and suffering of all those who have served”.  Anzac Day is observed on the 25th April every year. This day of remembrance was originally…

Recipes From Around The World: Hawaiian Mai Tai

Time: 5 min Serves: 1 Ingredients Spiced rum – 1 shot Mango & passion fruit rum – 1-2 shots (can use coconut or other flavors of rum if preferred) Grenadine syrup – 1 teaspoon Pineapple juice – 45ml Orange juice – 45ml 1 cup ice cubes A wedge of fruit Directions In a cocktail mixer full of…

Awe-Inspiring Oahu – Top Things to Do

“Aloha is the unconditional desire to promote the true good of other people in a friendly spirit out of a sense of kinship”      Abraham Akaka When we first started planning our travels on the way to Australia, we initially planned to visit the island of Oahu. When we started to plan our stay…

My Top 5 TED Talks on Travel

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart” Confusius In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local,…

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…