A New Year, A New Place

As much as I would love to spend every waking moment exploring new places across the seas and venturing far and wide, it’s just not a possibility for me. I have said it before and will say it again that quitting your job to go travel the world is great and all that – but it’s just not something that is feasible for me personally (yet anyway!). I love my job in Ireland and I’m willing to stay here and do it for years if necessary – but that doesn’t mean that I don’t want to give up travelling altogether!

So, my resolution for next year is to visit a new county in Ireland once a month. Ireland is a small enough country compared to a lot of others with a good connections between counties. So in order to branch out of my comfort zone (Dublin to Limerick, with an occasional trip to Tipperary for good measure) I am going to try broaden my Irish horizons and explore places I never knew about. It’s easy to say that Ireland is quite similar throughout the whole country – but there are gems to be found in every corner for the world! In the event of me not being able to venture further afield I will try and make a serious effort to do things I have never done before around Dublin & Limerick. Little things like climbing Croagh Patrick in Mayo or doing the Cuilcagh way in Fermanagh are things on my to-do list, and this year is the year I intend to do them!

2017 is the year that I hope to really get my sh*t together, save a bit of money (for once!), put the head down at work, keep fit, yada yada yada! There are also no large trips abroad on the horizon until the end of the year, so this is a way for me to keep the travel bug alive in me without breaking the bank. And as the saying goes, there’s no place like home!

So what are your goals for the new year? Are you going to travel more? Save? Complete something you have wanted to do for ages? Let me know! πŸ™‚

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18 thoughts on “A New Year, A New Place

  1. I love this idea! I’m currently at uni and don’t think I’m brave enough to just take a year off travelling at the moment (also can’t afford it!!), so will maybe think about taking smaller trips in the UK!

    1. It’s funny how we always ignore our home place even though there is still plenty to do here! I’m planning a trip to South Africa later in the year so this will keep me well occupied until then! πŸ™‚

  2. Look forward to seeing where you end up visiting – I’ve only ever been to Dublin (and the surrounding coast) with a brief day trip to Wicklow, but Ireland’s a country I’d love to explore more. All too often we end up forgetting about the gems in our home countries, which is a shame as there are so many gorgeous places to discover close to home!

  3. I feel the same! I’m beginning to run out of places to blog about haha. But I need to save and I’ve also just gone freelance so until things start taking off money is a little tighter. I have seen some deals online though – have a look at Skyscanner if you fancy a quick and cheap trip to somewhere in Europe. I saw return flights to Copenhagen for under Β£30 and I’m tempted! But at the same time I should really start exploring the UK more, lots of beautiful places! I’d like to visit Ireland – your posts will give me ideas about where I should go!!

    1. Freelance? Wow! Really big step, congrats! I have my mind set on going to Copenhagen this year funnily enough πŸ˜… hopefully I’ll manage to give you a few ideas of places other than Dublin 😜

      1. Thank you!! It was a big step indeed, quite scary 😬 Copenhagen looks so pretty! There’s so many places I want to photograph. Haha Dublin is on the list! Anywhere with a good Irish pub too πŸ˜‰

    1. I would love to make it up to Donegal at some stage and Fermanagh mentioned above is also Northern Ireland. I’ve been to Belfast quite a few times so I’ll try focus on places I haven’t yet been before! Do you know exactly where you will be going yet?

  4. Oh what a great resolution! I should really explore parts of my own country as well but I don’t live there since 5 years.. I am sure you’ll find hidden gems in Ireland, after all it’s known as a beautiful country πŸ™‚
    I will be traveling a bit in 2017, tomorrow to Prague, to Philippines in February and probably places in Europe (Greece, Italy and nearby countries from Poland where I live etc) in summer. and long weekends I am also going to a remote island called Svalbard (special territory of Norway) in August and I am quite excited about that. Since I also work full-time, if I will have any free days remaining at all after the above said trips, I’d really like to go somewhere warm at the end of the year for a week or so πŸ™‚ Besides that, of course eating right, exercising more, improving in my job etc etc. πŸ™‚ The usual.
    Happy New Year and good luck with your resolution!

    1. Wow Prague tomorrow?! Enjoy it! It’s such a beautiful place. Very jealous about your trip to the Philippines!! Loving all of your new years resolutions also.. best of luck with them all and happy new year to you! πŸ™‚

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