Travel local: Going places around Dublin

Afternoon tea Titanic Quarters

Can’t fly to travel? Then do long weekends in Ireland instead!

As you are aware, I am in a bit of an international travel hiatus right now. Before this, we managed to go to Rome for Christmas last year. This was documented through another travel website called ExpatPost. Finances are going well but I guess it’s part of that so-called adult life not to spend all the money on trips and travel (boo!). Especially now that we have our little man to save up for, my husband and I decided to cut on our trips this year.
It sucks. Especially now that I managed to live in Europe and have easier access to countries I used to dream of going to. I still have A LOT of places I want to go to! But on the other hand, it led me to do things differently when it comes to traveling. It paved way for me to visit nearby counties around Dublin instead – local travel!

Dunboyne Castle
My little man and I. Spending time at Dunboyne Castle (County Meath). Photo via Facebook

It’s been close to four years since I relocated here but I am embarrassed to admit that I haven’t been around. You know how it is sometimes when you live in a certain place – traveling locally seems like an option. It feels like there is no urgency to do so and going to other countries is more important as you feel that everything is just so close anyway. That’s what happened to me and in a way, one of the reasons why I haven’t been to a lot of places in the Philippines as well.

Kyteler's Inn
Having dinner at Kyteler’s Inn at Kilkenny. Photo via Facebook

The trips were not rushed but still challenging especially since we have our son to take with us. Even so, I am so happy to have had the opportunity to have quick family getaways during long weekends. It is a nice way to spend some down time with family. And I think once you have a family of your own, that becomes the top priority.

Afternoon tea Titanic Quarters
Technically not “local travel” but it was just a 2-hour train ride! Afternoon tea at the Titanic Quarters in Belfast. Photo via Facebook

In the coming weeks, I hope to gather my thoughts and freshen my memory on this year’s local travel to share with everybody. Every trip is worthwhile sharing. Regardless if it’s local or international. And I think those trips deserve a spot on my travel blog, too.

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23 thoughts on “Travel local: Going places around Dublin

  1. I know the feeling about the getaways. I’m also on a travel hiatus now, but important for life since I work full-time–and need to pay the bills! I always love exploring close to me and these long weekend trips are my way of feeling like I’m doing something when I’m sitting still (which can be nice). I love castles and I hope you add more castle pictures to this! 🙂 I really love exploring the Netherlands. It’s funny how I’ve seen a lot more places here than many of my coworkers despite them being from here, but traveling locally as an expat is a bit different in my view.

    1. Yeah, especially once you have kids – everything will change, LOL! I think that’s a typical mentality about local travel. My husband hasn’t been around and to think he’s living in Ireland for more than 10 years already! I think it is easy to take local trips for granted since you think it is just “close” or you can visit it whenever.

  2. We just moved to London about a month ago and coming from the Middle East, having so many places to visit around the city (and the country) is enough for us for now even if we don’t travel internationally. I guess we’re also in an international travel hiatus right now but it’s intentional because we’d like to explore this part of the world more. Lol.

    Ireland of course is in our list. 🙂

  3. I love going on little adventures- sometimes I find that we get so caught up in traveling to other places that we forget to explore our own countries and hometowns! Dublin looks absolutely stunning!

    1. Thank you 🙂 It is. I think it is sort of my regret before I left Asia. There’s still so much to explore!

  4. Staycationing is the best part of living abroad. It’s great to see your host country and get to know it like a local. Even when I lived in America, I didn’t go as many places as I would have liked. It’s good to see your exploring!

    1. I think Ireland is our second home for the time being. But it would be such a shame to live here for x years and don’t go around as much 🙂 So yeah, going on international travel hiatus has its benefits.

  5. I wish I could travel 365 days a year, but I know its not possible. When I cannot leave the country, I’m always looking for places to explore that are close to me. I think its fun to be a tourist in your own country. I’d love to visit Ireland some day.

    1. I think that’s a common “issue” when we get the traveling itch. LOL! There’s just so much to see and do but we need money to travel – that’s for sure!

  6. Wishing that i lived in Europe so that I could just take a train to all these amazing places. Ahhhhh one day I’ll be able to check off Irelandm on my bucket list ☺☺☺☺

    1. That’s exactly the reason why we decided to settle here instead of Australia – for now. 🙂 The accessibility to ALL these amazing countries sans the expensive airfare is really handy.

  7. I totally know what you mean about not checking out some of the touristy things in your own city. If it weren’t for friends coming to visit and wanting to see the sights, there would be a lot of famous attractions in Chicago that I still wouldn’t have seen! I’m going to Dublin for the first time in March and can’t wait to check out some of these. Glad you’re able to take the time to explore locally a bit 🙂

    1. It is like I am “dependent” on tourists to be a tourist myself, LOL! It is ironic if I think about it, HAHA! Oh, be ready for the rainy season when you get here in March, though. 🙂

  8. Super beautiful place! I love exploring places like the locals do, and seeing their country through their eyes! thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. This is so true! As an Expat, it is important for me to truly see it from their perspective – I am living in their homeland and calls it my “home” anyways. So to travel around the attractions they are proud of is important for me, too.

  9. Am planning to visit Ireland! Totally agree with you about not traveling around the area you live, like they will be there anytime we want to go, but once we miss the chance, sometimes that chance is gone 🙁

    1. Sigh, this happened to me in the other countries I lived in. 🙁 I think I can honestly say I was able to ONLY travel well in Singapore. So I am hoping to make amends here in Ireland, while I can.

  10. I don’t have a family of my own yet, and I can say we have the same thoughts of that international travel hiatus too or mine is like travel hiatus. I love to travel slow and travel local. In the place where I’m in, its also the place where I usually takes so long to finally check places.. hahaha.. I agree with you

    1. I just put it simply as international travel hiatus. I think if you got used to traveling or had a good traveling year, being on a hiatus is sooooo hard! I think my best traveling year was on 2012-2013 but didn’t have my blog yet. So it is really an ironic timing to create a blog at this point.

  11. Nothing wrong with exploring closer to home! As you said, every trip is worthwhile sharing. We are both working full-time, so long trips overseas are difficult, but that doesn’t stop the wanderlust, we just have to travel and explore on a more local scale. You are lucky living so close to so many great European destinations!

    1. I truly count that as a blessing – living close to scenic spots in Europe. But I also miss the Asian countries that were so accessible to me back then but at the time I didn’t have the traveling resources (money, LOL!).

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