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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 […]

The Family in Akranes and Ísafjörður

The Family in Akranes and Ísafjörður

(This was written in July but between one thing and another I’m only posting it now. Just in case you think Iceland looks this sunny and warm in October. It doesn’t!) One of the things that you just can’t escape when you’re living abroad is, no matter how much you love the country, or how great a group of friends you have – you will miss your family. And that’s why it was so nice to meet up with aunts and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Four tips to get over your post holiday blues

Four tips to get over your post holiday blues

It’s always a downer when you get back from a trip, be it short or long, and have to face back into real life. Here are a few suggestions to get over the post travel blues. 1. Unpack and do your washing! Yes this is the worst part. No no one wants to face unpacking but you will feel better getting all your stuff cleaned and put away asap. Preferably in the first few days. I’m between homes right now […]

4384 Snæfellsjökull, Iceland

Iceland: Snæfellsjökull and Kirkjufell

After the north I spent a week on the Snæfellsjökull peninsula in Vesturland. This is a gorgeous and relatively quiet part of the country with lots of nice hikes and beautiful scenery.  Camping in Grundarfjörður For the first few days I camped at Grundarfjörður, it’s a nice but basic campsite. Showers at the local pool and one socket, so wasn’t using the phone much. I spent at least a day and a half at Kirkjufell and the most beautiful waterfalls next […]

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