Browsed by
Category: Backpacking in Europe

Europe is a special continent, and with so many amazing & different countries packed so close together there is plenty of things to see and do.  Backpacking in Europe can be expensive, but there are plenty of ways to travel in Europe on a budget!

Inis Mór Island: A Day Trip to the Aran Islands from Galway

Inis Mór Island: A Day Trip to the Aran Islands from Galway

Inis Mór, or Inishmore, is the largest of the Aran Islands, a group of Islands off the Galway Coast in Ireland.  Famous for their woolly Aran sweaters, I hadn’t realised just how beautiful Inishmore Island would be.  I visited Inishmore on a day trip from Galway as part of my Shamrocker Adventures 5-day tour around Ireland, and Inishmore is well worth exploring, either by spending the night or by taking a day trip to the Aran Islands from Galway.  Here…

Read More Read More

Visiting the Cliffs of Moher from Galway

Visiting the Cliffs of Moher from Galway

The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most spectacular and most famous sights.  Towering above the sea, the dramatic cliffs are an essential stop on any Ireland trip itinerary and make a great day trip from Galway.  Although it is possible to visit the Cliffs of Moher from Dublin, I’d suggest at least spending a night or two on the east coast of Ireland so you can enjoy the area and take a more leisurely visit to the cliffs…

Read More Read More

Best Self-Guided Walking Holidays in Europe

Best Self-Guided Walking Holidays in Europe

Europe is a wonderful and diverse continent with 50 countries, the majority of which, have had their walking trails for centuries. Taking a self-guided walking holiday in Europe is best between April and October when the weather is warmer, and you can make the most of the outdoors. The most popular walking holidays include those in the Alps, the Amalfi Coast or the Austrian Tyrol. If you’re really thinking outside the box then there is the Picos de Europa In…

Read More Read More

Blarney Castle Tour & Kissing the Blarney Stone

Blarney Castle Tour & Kissing the Blarney Stone

Blarney Castle in Ireland is famous for the Blarney Stone legend, and visitors flock to the castle to stand in line and kiss the blarney stone.  However, there is much more to Blarney Castle then I expected, so take your time here and explore Blarney Castle Gardens too.  I visited Blarney Castle as part of my Shamrocker Adventures 5-day tour around Ireland, but you can also visit Blarney Castle from Dublin on a day tour or spend some more time in…

Read More Read More

7 Reasons to visit Romania

7 Reasons to visit Romania

I am spending the next year or so exploring more of Europe, and hope to be visiting Romania some time next year.  I am fascinated by this country I know so little about – and until I can get there and see it for myself, I asked Marius from Romanian Friend to share his reasons to go to Romania.  Are you thinking: why visit Romania?  Here’s why: You probably don’t know much about Romania, do you? Tucked away in Eastern…

Read More Read More

Where to Stay While Backpacking in Dublin: Gardiner House Hostel Review

Where to Stay While Backpacking in Dublin: Gardiner House Hostel Review

Dublin is a wonderful city, and unsurprisingly very popular with visitors from all over the world.  However, Dublin can also be very expensive, especially during the summer holidays and at weekends.  Finding a cheap hostel in Dublin isn’t easy, and finding a good cheap hostel if you’re backpacking in Dublin is even harder!  I was searching for where to stay in Dublin on a budget, somewhere clean, central and good value, and I found the Gardiner House hostel – read…

Read More Read More

Free Museums in Leeds You Need to Visit

Free Museums in Leeds You Need to Visit

I lived in Leeds for 10 years.  I love this city in England, I came here to study at the University of Leeds, and stayed around for several years after that.  However, I am ashamed to admit that in all that time I didn’t appreciate everything I had on my doorstep.  True, Leeds has changed a lot in the last eight years since I left, but some of the best museums in Leeds have been here for much longer than…

Read More Read More

Things to do in Portrush Northern Ireland

Things to do in Portrush Northern Ireland

The Northern Irish Coastline is incredibly beautiful.  There aren’t quite enough superlatives to describe the variety and drama of the cliffs, beaches, castle ruins and UNESCO World Heritage sites.  The whole of the Causeway Coastal Route is fascinating, and if you have a few days to spend in Northern Ireland then you should take the time to explore.  I spent two nights and three days in and around the Giant’s Causeway, and one of the days I decided to visit…

Read More Read More

Incredible Belfast Street Art You Need to See

Incredible Belfast Street Art You Need to See

Everyone in the UK (and beyond) has heard about the political murals in Belfast, Northern Ireland.  In fact, that was pretty much the only thing I knew about Belfast before I came here.  However, after spending several days exploring the city, I discovered that there is far more to Belfast than it’s difficult past.  Yes, the murals are still there, but there is a buzzing street art scene which has emerged in Belfast, where a different kind of art is…

Read More Read More

Afternoon Tea at the Titanic Museum – A Delicious Afternoon Tea in Belfast

Afternoon Tea at the Titanic Museum – A Delicious Afternoon Tea in Belfast

I adore afternoon tea.  I’ve had delicious afternoon teas in cities all over the UK including some of the best afternoon teas in York, and a themed afternoon tea in London, so when I read about afternoon tea at the Titanic Museum in Belfast, I knew I had to give it a try.  There are lots of options for afternoon tea in Belfast, but none quite as iconic as at the Titanic Museum!  Here is my full review of afternoon…

Read More Read More