Lookout, Ireland. I’m Heading Your Way in 2016
Sep24

Lookout, Ireland. I’m Heading Your Way in 2016

Look out, Ireland. I’m heading your way in 2016, at least that’s the plan. What started out as half a joke is another step toward reality.

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Travel to Ireland: Feeling Small at the Cliffs of Moher
May09

Travel to Ireland: Feeling Small at the Cliffs of Moher

Spend any amount of time in Ireland and you’ll discover the Irish are brilliant storytellers. Folklore and true tales have been passed through generations and if you have an open ear, hear these tales from your taxi driver, new pub mates, random folks on the street, and of course, your tour guide. I explored Southwest Ireland with Paddywagon Tours and discovered how they serve up a heaping bowl of fun storytelling to complement the Emerald Isle’s stunning scenery.

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Seeing Irish Travellers in Southwest Ireland Wasn’t Like Reality TV
Dec07

Seeing Irish Travellers in Southwest Ireland Wasn’t Like Reality TV

Riding through Southwestern Ireland in the comfort of the Paddywagon Tours’ mini-bus allowed me to soak up the scenery. I saw white sheep grazing in the green rolling hills, aging headstones in famine cemeteries and stone fences crisscrossing the countryside. When I saw a few guys walking a pier alongside a horse in water I needed to say something. It looked a little odd considering the water had to be near freezing.

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Visiting Ireland’s Fahan Beehive Huts with Paddywagon Tours
Dec01

Visiting Ireland’s Fahan Beehive Huts with Paddywagon Tours

The Paddywagon Tours bus parked just off the Slea Head Road (R 559) in the Dingle Peninsula. Gazing down the hillside through the fog I saw a pair of white sheep grazing in the green grass.

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Embracing My Family Heritage through Ireland’s Food
Oct21

Embracing My Family Heritage through Ireland’s Food

Attending the Travel Blog Exchange (TBEX) conference in Dublin was my cover for traveling to Ireland earlier this month but it was my family roots driving my decision to learn more about my heritage. Honestly, I didn’t spend time finding my family roots or chasing branches up my family tree but I did connect with my heritage through tasting the flavors of traditional and new Ireland.

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Roaming Around (and Dodging Raindrops) in Dublin, Ireland
Oct01

Roaming Around (and Dodging Raindrops) in Dublin, Ireland

Since landing late yesterday morning I’ve been roaming around, and dodging raindrops, in Dublin. The TBEX conference (Travel Blog Exchange) has led me to the Emerald Isle but an affinity to my Irish heritage brought me here a couple days in advance so I can explore. Being here is like getting a warm hug from my grandmother, even though today was a little damp.

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Tips for Traveling Solo for the First Time
Jun26

Tips for Traveling Solo for the First Time

Blogging is about sharing what you know, right? Following are my tips for traveling solo for the first time.

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I Spit in a Vial All in the Name of Research for the AncestryDNA Test
Mar08

I Spit in a Vial All in the Name of Research for the AncestryDNA Test

Who do I think I am? AncestryDNA helped me figure that out. When it comes down to genealogy, I thought I knew who I was based on what my family told me over the years. My father’s side is German with possible Austrian while my mother’s is Irish and Slovakian.

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Research Family Heritage on Ancestry.com then Plan Your Vacation
May12

Research Family Heritage on Ancestry.com then Plan Your Vacation

I recently read an article about what’s on people’s travel bucket list and “researching family heritage” was one of the top activities. Rather than visiting a travel planning site during your first step in planning a family heritage trip, give Ancestry.com a try. You may be surprised by what you find.

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Scariest Thing I Did in 2013 Was…
Dec30

Scariest Thing I Did in 2013 Was…

I wholeheartedly believe being a little scared brings out the best in a person. With the end of 2013 I’m looking back and remembering an incredible year. I traveled to three continents , met inspiring and good people, and emotionally grew by pushing personal boundaries.

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Health & Beauty: I Gave Myself the Gift of Health this Christmas with a #StepsToWellness Journey
Dec30

Health & Beauty: I Gave Myself the Gift of Health this Christmas with a #StepsToWellness Journey

I gave myself the best gift I could possibly give this year. The gift of health. Being a codependent, workaholic means I put the needs of others before my own. For most of my working adult life I’ve put work ahead of my health. I used it as an excuse to skip the gym and constantly ate fast food because I devoted lunches to working at my desk rather than prepare lunches at home and bring them to work. I used business trips as an excuse to try the most outrageous, gooey meals possible.

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I Took My Vitamins and during a Month of Travel Didn’t Break Fingernails and Stayed Healthy
Nov19

I Took My Vitamins and during a Month of Travel Didn’t Break Fingernails and Stayed Healthy

I’ve been taking Nature Made® VitaMelts because I’ve accepted I’m no longer a spry thirty-something-year-old with the stamina for staying awake and functioning 48 hours at a time, I’ve been consciously taking better care of myself including taking my vitamins. By adding vitamins and supplements into my nutrition plan, I suspect they’ve contributed to my well being.

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Greetings! SoloTravelGirl.com’s Postcard of the Month Club is Taking a Sabbatical
Nov10

Greetings! SoloTravelGirl.com’s Postcard of the Month Club is Taking a Sabbatical

It was my appreciation for the art of postcards that inspired me to launch SoloTravelGirl.com’s Postcard of the Month Club last October. It was simple. For a year, once a month I would send a postcard to those blog readers who registered. Can you believe it’s been a year?

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Day Trip from Dublin: The Wild Wicklow Tour is a Must
Oct10

Day Trip from Dublin: The Wild Wicklow Tour is a Must

Viewing the Wicklow Mountains for the first time was magical. Translucent clouds hovered over the rounded peaks and the surrounding landscape was carpeted in hues of green, gold, auburn and purple intensified by a little Irish rain. I literally gasped seeing this picturesque scenery as it didn’t seem real but indeed, it’s very much real. I’ve visited Dublin three times prior to this October trip but never had the chance to venture out...

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Here’s My Ultimate Family Vacation, What’s Yours?
Oct14

Here’s My Ultimate Family Vacation, What’s Yours?

Sponsored By Cheerios® is giving you the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, your ultimate family vacation.  As part of a paid promotion for their “Do What You Love” Sweepstakes, Cheerios® is sponsoring my post today about what my ultimate family vacation would be. Read mine and Enter the Sweepstakes for a chance to actually win your own fantasy family trip or one of a bunch of other great prizes. Where would I...

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