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Some things I do to stay sane: Sports and mental health

I hate meditation. It’s impossible for me to empty my brain. Yoga does nothing for me. I can’t get the hang of it and I just end up thinking about food. But, like a lot of people, I really need to clear my head, to focus and forget about life and it’s worries. And as much as we know physical exercise is beneficial to mental health, I never found one I liked. I’m not a great runner, I don’t like […]

Why female solo travel?

  I was asked not so long ago about my experiences on travelling solo as a female. Why did I do it? What did I worry about? What made me think I could do it? To be honest, it never occurred to me that I wasn’t able to do it. Think about it. Outside of destinations like Afghanistan or Syria – they are justified concerns – have you ever heard a guy being told: “Are you sure you’ll be able […]

The Right Way to Travel

I’ll admit the title is click bait. Type “travel blog” into Google and you get 270 million hits. Searches for expert travel (248 million), travel like a pro (48 million), or the right way to travel (486 million) just go to show how much is written about travelling. And before you say anything, yes I know I’m guilty. The idea for this post though came from seeing so many posts on social media about the right way to travel. I follow a lot of travel […]

Bucketlists and Travel Goals

It´s that time of the year, come January it’s all new diaries, resolutions and of course travel plans. Looking back over my Travel Goals for 2017 I got thinking. I saw Arctic foxes in the Westfjords which was amazing, I did a road trip through the Highlands and I got to see more of the Northern Lights – all pretty cool right? But then of course, being me, I felt depressed that I didn’t get to go skiing, or visit Vatnajökull […]

Life lessons I’ve learned from travelling

Travelling can be scary. It’s often stressful. The smells, the tastes, the new sounds, the traffic or even perhaps the emptiness of a new place can be overwhelming. But I always maintain that travel is the best education and really does teach you the best lessons. Here are some I’ve learned. Everything will probably turn out just fine and you’re not going to die* *probably anyway. Luggage will get lost. You will get lost, at least once. You’ll probably get ripped […]

Sibeal Turraoin, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Iceland

Moving to Iceland: 6 months on

I’ve been quiet on the blogging front of late but I haven’t been idle. There’s been a lot to do on the back end of the site and I’ve been getting a Viking shield-maiden to help me out with that in the form of the fabulous Stella Légrádi. Also bills have to be paid and Iceland not being the cheapest country to live in that means getting the hours in on the day job. But six months since moving to […]

3 tips for using geothermal pools in Iceland

3 Tips to using geothermal pools in Iceland

One of the nicest things to do in Iceland is relaxing in one of the geothermal pools in Iceland, especially in the winter. The small tubs or pool are known as hot pots (which, confusingly for people from the British Isles, has nothing to do with stew). And there’s honestly nothing better than soaking in hot water with snow all around. Even the swimming pools are heated. But Icelandic pools are just a little different to your regular ones so here three tips to using […]

Beat the winter blues and Christmas drinks: Malt og appelsín, Iceland

Living in the far north: Beat the winter blues

I will freely admit that I don’t do well in the winter, even in Ireland. I get lethargic, it’s difficult to motivate myself and unless I have to get out of bed it’s downright impossible some days. So why the hell did I move to a country where on the shortest day of the year the sun will rise at 11.30am and set at 3:30pm for a whopping four hours of daylight. And this year there’s very little snow and a […]

On hitchhiking in Iceland: Lessons learned

On hitchhiking in Iceland: lessons learned

Right now I’m based north of Selfoss and find myself (for the first time since I was old enough to drive) car-less while living in the countryside. At this point I’m getting cabin fever and on my Sunday off a couple of weeks ago, I really wanted to go to Gullfoss, only about an hour north and so I packed my bag with my camera gear, positioned myself on a bit of road where it would be easy for cars to […]

Interview with Irish TV: photography, travelling and the Northwest Passage - Sibeal Turraoin, travel blogger, photographer and Arctic sailor

Waterford Matters photography and travel interview playback

Waterford Matters: photography and travel interview playback In case you missed this week’s Waterford Matters where I was speaking about photography, travelling, solo travel and the Northwest Passage you can watch it back here.

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