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Ireland! 50 Shades of Green!

via uma HilaryStyle Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, surrounded by lush green landscape all year long, I was skeptical about the idea that there could be anywhere more green, I mean just as green, sure, but MORE green, no way… Okay, I was wrong, Ireland has the PNW beat, because not only are there 50+ shades of the most intense green you’ve ever seen and then some, but there are castles too!  You’ve got to have castles!! Driving from Cork to Killarney we experienced not only all those beautiful shades of green, but its possible to have weather from all four seasons within one day, if not the hour, which made our drive, not only stunningly beautiful, but eventful as well!  Rain, wind, sun, clouds you name it… White caps on the lake! Planning to explore nearby areas we spent three nights in Killarney, the gateway to the Ring of Kerry and the perfect little… View original post 764 more words

Destination: Cambria, California

Originally posted on The Finicky Cynic:
Hello, fellow bloggers! After spending this past week recalling my travels in Scandinavia during the summer of 2012 (for the post that started it all, check it out here), next on my “Throwback Travels” takes us all the way back to 2010, when I spent a good amount of it visiting different parts of California and Nevada. I’ll refer to this series of travel posts this week as the “West Coast,” even though I didn’t visit all of the states in that certain geographical location. But I digress. Any case, let’s start the travels from the good ol’ US of A…West Coast-style! 🙂 It was the summer of 2010; I was a soon-to-be high school senior who had spent the time figuring out colleges to apply to, as well as beginning to draft my personal statements and taking (and retaking) the SATs for good scores to get me in to some of the best schools out there. In the meantime, it was summer, meaning that?there were plenty of opportunities…

Glamping in Asheville

Originally posted on daisyfrancesca:
Disclaimer: I’ve never been camping. The disclaimer is necessary because it definitely influenced my experience and I don’t want to skew your thoughts of glamping just because my expectations were very off. Anyway! Since there are nonstop flights from Jacksonville to Asheville now, my friend Kristina flew to Asheville and I met her there. Since we were feeling adventurous, we decided in try glamping instead of staying in a hotel. I actually found Asheville Glamping because they had liked a picture of mine on Instagram. So we roamed the website and landed upon the Deluxe Belle Tent. If you aren’t sure what “glamping” is, we stayed in a tent that had AC, WIFI, a bed, tv, lights, etc. There was also a full bathroom next to the tent. Basically super fancy camping. I’m not sure what my expectations were, but this was a lot closer to camping then I thought it would be. I don’t think that’s a bad thing, but there were times where it was. Because it had rained…

Travel Fail: My Honeymoon Hooker in Oz

Originally posted on CARLVERSUSLIFE.COM:
Sydney proved an amazing starting point for our 2015 honeymoon adventure (after a 4 day stop over in Dubai, of course). We were on the other side of the world and loving life. Four days in and we had ticked all the tourist boxes; beaches, Blue Mountains, kangaroos, koalas, Darling Harbour, Circular Quay, boat trips and of course, Sydney Opera House (see Travel Fail: Sydney Opera House – whoops! Yep, we kinda make a habit of this kinda thing over here). We were Sydney-satisfied and hungry to see more of Australia. It was our last night and we had decided to stay in, pack our bags, order a takeaway and sort ourselves out a hooker for the night. Hold on. Wait. What? Let’s backtrack… We were off to Cairns early the next morning and decided to spend the evening in our hotel room. Time was ticking away and it was fast approaching 10pm before we realised we hadn’t had a bite to eat all evening. We decided to hit up TripAdvisor…

Barry’s Place: Eco Friendly Paradise

Originally posted on TRAVELLING THE WORLD SOLO:
After being assaulted and very nearly robbed in Dili, I desperately wanted Atauro to be the haven I imagined it to be. I was to stay on the island with no way of contacting the outside world for a few days and after the previous days incident, I was worried it would be another horrible experience – but this time one I couldn’t run away from. Luckily for me, all those fears were unfounded and instead, what I found on Atauro was nothing short of paradise. Better yet – it was off-season paradise – which meant that for the majority of my stay, I did not have to share this unspoiled island with any other travellers. Atauro Island is located 36km north of Dili and is accessible by numerous different private boat companies and also occasionally by the Nakroma ferry. Transfers go for around $40 USD and usually take about 1.5-2 hours. Oddly enough, on the boat I caught to Atauro, I was joined by another passenger –…

A Paradise of Foods, and Summerland Fruit Stands.

Originally posted on HappyHealthyHouseholds:
Guests, a home full of extra babies, sister, great friends and love. Fruit stand hoping, camping, beaches, still guests, and I might have even got married in the midst of it all! So much has happened already and we are really just headed into the 2nd full week of summer holidays (3rd full week for some!) We have packed so much summer into such a short period of time, I feel like we are much farther in than the 11th of July. So remember that one time, I talked about all the excitement of the season of fruit stands and farmers markets? Here in the Okanagan there is really no shortage. While we were lucky enough to have the other half of HHH stay with us an extra week after the wedding, I also had Jeff… the HUBBY… off for a week on holidays as well! What better time to get a few things crossed off my producey-bucket-list. So fruit stand hoping we did. The first round consisted only of 4…

Traveling Is My Therapy

Originally posted on Sublunar Reflections:
I do my best thinking when I travel. Whether it’s a short commute to work or a bus ride out of town for the weekend, I feel like that absence from being somewhere, that constant state of motion, really helps me to focus. When I’m traveling I can let my mind wander, let my thoughts come to me naturally. I can give up control for a few minutes while someone else drives and just feel. I remember once, when I was living abroad in Belgium, I was having a particularly bad day. In that moment I felt my homesickness as a sharp ache, a heavy feeling on my heart that I couldn’t seem to shake. So I got up, left my house, and even though I had no where in mind to go, I took the tram from the end of my block all around the city. The whole time I felt like I was on the verge of tears, but watching the scenery streak by out the window for…

Disneyland! Paris!

HilaryStyle I love Disneyland! I really do and I’m not embarrassed to admit it! There’s a reason they call it the Happiest Place On Earth! Lucky for me, we’ve often (okay too many times to count) had the good fortune to visit the parks in Southern California as well as a one time visit to Walt Disney World, but I’d always wondered what it would be like to visit an international Disney park. A few years ago during a trip to Paris my wish came true! Not only did we get to visit Disneyland Paris, but it happened to be the Park’s 20th anniversary while we were there, so that was an added bonus! Getting There: Disneyland Paris is located about 20 milesfromParis and is easily accessible from the city by train, car, shuttle bus and express train. All of these options are listed on the Disneyland Paris website. View original post 335 more words

Do the Thing That Scares You

Originally posted on Travel Bugg :
Baldy Peak on Mount Livermore in the Davis Mountains, West Texas. Courtesy Photo / Jenise Zuidema What do you get when you take 35 strangers with varying levels of outdoors experience, lead them into the wilds of West Texas, and ask them to primitive camp on a trail that isn’t usually open to the public? Pure mountain magic. What should have been a logistical nightmare, ended up being one of the best experiences of my life. Climbing Mount Livermore in the Davis Mountains of West Texas. Courtesy Photo / Jenise Zuidema For the past few years, I’ve had a mantra running through my head: “do the thing that scares you.” Since I was young, I’ve been terrified of falling. It didn’t matter if it was slipping down a mountain or the skating rink at the mall. My feet would tingle just watching movies with characters standing on high objects. I couldn’t even watch the scene in “Forrest Gump”when Jenny is contemplating jumping from a building. I used to be afraid…

Lichinga

Originally posted on Head over Heels 2014:
Sunrise, Emma and Mike set off every day at dawn Emma is taking a rest day tomorrow. We stop early today (early by Emma’s standards at this point means after 40km) and head north to Lichinga to check into a hotel where we can enjoy soft comfortable clean smelling beds, showers with plenty of warm water and privacy. We all still wake up by 5am the next day, which is a lie-in. This video is of Emma running through a village in Mozambique and in to her stopping point for the day. I like it because it gives a good feel of what the journey was like: Lichinga is a busy hot town and extra busy because it is Saturday. To get cash, I stand for hours in a long queue of people squashed together and overheating in the sun. It seems there are 10 people in each booth. Many people are getting money for other people. The queue barely moves. Happily, after a couple of hours Woocash discovers…