How to Travel Your Hometown

I love a good international flight as much as the next person (kidding – I actually hate flying but love to travel… not a good mix) but sometimes that trip to Europe is not feasible and you have to settle for your hometown!

I recently went home for a week long visit (longest I’ve spent at home in almost a year) and had an amazing time! I did a bunch of stuff that I have never done before because I had deemed it “too touristy” but I regret not doing it sooner. See below for some tips on how to travel your hometown.

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Lose the ‘tude

I never wanted to see the sights in my hometown because I had grown up with them being right there. I figured they couldn’t be that special because they were just…there. As soon as I went though, I wish I had been before! Look at your city with an open mind- it will literally open your eyes to all the sights that have been there the whole time, you were just too cool to see them.

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Amazing architecture in downtown Ottawa

Act like you’re a traveller

Unless you live in a town of 1000, chances are you can be as unknown in your city as you would be anywhere else. Keep the fun traveller attitude when it comes to visiting your hometown. Talk to locals, ask questions, and don’t be afraid to look a little tourist-y.

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My first beaver tail in 5 years! 

Take advantage of your knowledge

Whenever I land in a new place the first thing I try to establish is how I am going to get around. In London it was the tube, in Ireland it was the bus, in Leeds it was Uber…etc. When you know your way around your own city – use that to your advantage to save money. That being said…

Go off the beaten path

Don’t take all your favourite roads, don’t visit the restaurants you’ve been to a million times, don’t just go to the movies. Walk down streets you’d normally drive past, try the chip truck down the road, and go to the old fashioned theatre! Do the things you wouldn’t normally do and you’ll learn so much more about your amazing hometown.

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Hope this post helps all of you wanderlust babies that are currently stuck on the ground!

 

 

Why You Should Study Abroad

…if you’re able to that is. Studying abroad for even a semester does not come cheap. Once you’re in your destination of choice, there is so much around you that you want need to experience that having a good financial situation is necessary.

If studying abroad is your dream, there are ways to make it happen. Bursaries through your school should be available, taking out a loan (either through a bank or through your student assistance program) or using savings.

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If you’re on the fence about it, see below for my interview with one of my best friends, who spent last semester in Leeds, England (she’s back now, thank god).

Hey Kels, what made you decide to go abroad and leave all of your awesome friends behind (not bitter at all I swear)? Studying abroad has always been something I wanted to do every since I was in high school. ‘Leaving my friends behind’ wasn’t a deterring factor for me because I knew I that when I came back at the end of the five month- or however long, my friends would always be here. For me, I wanted to go on exchange because I love traveling also because everyone I have ever spoken to about going abroad has had an amazing time.

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What was your first thought when you got to Leeds? The first couple of weeks in Leeds were very different to what I am used to back in Canada. The two nights I remember being in my dorm room and my neighbors playing god awful music up until 5 am and thinking, ‘oh god, what have I gotten myself into?’ But then as the week progressed I barely  spent time in my room and went to events held by the university. The first weekend there was definitely a culture shock in terms of nightlife. The going out culture is just so different in England compared to Canada. In England, the people are rowdier and more aggressive, however they are harmless and as time went on, I got used to it and even grew fond of the English crowd.

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Was it difficult to make friends? Not at all. You first and foremost need to keep in mind that you really need to put yourself out there and be open to new things and meeting new people from different walks of life. Going to Leeds I did not know anyone, including the people from Mac- that is in part my own fault because I bailed on the mandatory pre-exchange meetings, oops. I made my first friend at the airport in Toronto because I recognized a Mac sweater and found out that she too was studying abroad at Leeds. Once in Leeds, it was very easy to make friends through exchange events and parties. I met some of my best friends by accident on my way to a pre-drink when they asked me and my other friends if we were lost and needed help. Ever since then we became really close and traveled around Europe together. 

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What did your typical weekend look like? To be honest my weekends were not as wild as my weekdays. For kids on exchange, the weekends meant rest, local day trips or weekend trips to different cities/countries. I barely spent any weekends in Leeds because my friends and I would travel. When I did spend a weekend in Leeds, there would usually be club events on Saturday nights that would be held from 9pm up until 5am- those were a lot of fun and my personal favourite kind of nights. Sunday would be ‘recovery’ day and brunch that would usually take place at no earlier than 1pm.

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What was different about studying abroad than studying at our university? The main difference for me was the grading system and the fact that as an exchange student my classes were pass or fail. Obviously I still tried to do well, but at the end of the day all I needed to do was pass, which was a 40% according to the grading system at the University of Leeds. Also, the attendance was taken in every single course, or as the English say ‘module,’ and if you miss a certain amount of classes, you were called to a meeting with your parent school. I never had to attend such a meeting however I did receive a warning email-whoops.

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What was the hardest part about leaving home? This may sound a bit harsh, but it honestly wasn’t hard for me to leave home at all. I consider myself pretty independent and I already live in student housing during the school year, so while moving to another country for five months isn’t exactly the same thing, it did help me prepare for living on my own. Don’t get me wrong, I missed my parents and my friends a lot but I FaceTimed them to make the transition easier.

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What was your favourite memory of being abroad? There is not one single memory that I would consider my favourite. I think for me the best part about studying abroad was making lasting memories with my new friends. Its nice to have made friends with people from all over the world and how you could become so close with someone in such a short amount of time. You see these people basically everyday for five straight months, travelling and living with them, so you really get to know them- perhaps even more so than the friends you have back at home. My favourite memories-nothing in particular, would be the nights going out in Leeds either to my favourite club called Mission (Thursdays are the day to go) or grabbing ‘a pint’ at Hyde Park Pub, as long as the company was good, every night was sure to be memorable.

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What have you learned from studying at Leeds? Academic wise- not much. Personally, I’ve learned a lot about myself while studying abroad. I really learned to become more self-reliant and self dependent- I cooked and cleaned for myself all the time. I feel like going abroad has changed me as a person, for the better of course. I feel like I have a better attitude on life and I’ve realized what’s important. I definitely value things differently after going on exchange. I self admittedly valued material things beforehand but now I would much rather spend my time and money on experiences with the people that I love because those mean more to me than any material object. Most importantly, I’ve learned that I truly can do anything I set my mind to. For me, studying abroad was nothing but positive learning experiences and having successfully completely 5 months abroad (I passed all my courses-yay!) I know my next adventure awaits.

For more amazing pictures check out Kelsey’s Instagram here 

 

 

How I Packed 2 Weeks Into 2 Carry Ons

Right before leaving for Europe this summer, I posted a photo of my “luggage”, i.e. two small carry on bags, and received dozens of messages asking if I was nuts.

I was going to be travelling for two whole weeks and I decided to only bring two carry ons for a couple of reasons. This trip was going to be different than my last; we were staying maximum three days in one place, hopping on every mode of transportation possible, so a suitcase really wasn’t feasible. Also, with taking flights every few days as well, I did not want to have to pay to check a bag.

And I can say, that after surviving two weeks with only a backpack and a gym bag, for next time: I will bring even less.

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How is this even possible (people have asked)? It is very possible and very efficient. My only suggestion for myself to better the experience of bringing so little, is to nix the gym bag (hard on the shoulders) and invest in a bigger backpack, like this one for example. 

Reason being: balancing two bags while running through bus stations in Scotland (this happened so many times you wouldn’t believe it) can be difficult. A backpack would have totally been worth it.

My roommates each brought a backpack and a small carry on suitcase. Again, easier on the shoulders than a gym bag but still having to balance two items is harder than one.

See below for the list of what I packed and some tips on how to pack so light!

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My main concern when going to England was the weather. It can go from cold to hot within minutes so I needed to make sure I brought enough layers. Pack clothes that go well together (my entire travel wardrobe consisted of pretty much only black, white and grey.) so that if it gets cold you can keep adding layers. My main outfits on my trip included: pair of pants, tank top, sweatshirt, and a jacket.

Sharing is caring

A great thing about travelling with friends: sharing clothes. I only brought one “going out” outfit for our trip but because my two other roommates did too, we all were able to share and switch up our outfits each night.

Only you will know

The good thing about hopping on a train every two days (is there a good thing??) is that you’re in a new place, every two days. That means, no one knows you wore those leggings three days in a row. No one knows that sweatshirt has gotten more life in the past week than it ever has. You’re the only one who cares (and as long as you take precautions, see point below) you’re the only one that knows.

Keep it clean people

If you can’t afford to do a wash (laundromats are expensive!) wash your clothes in the sink! Hostel living is not glamourous but it gets the job done. Also key: dryer sheets tucked into your bags (keeps everything smelling a little bit better). Make sure you separate your really dirty clothes from your semi dirty clothes from your unworn clothes, within your carry ons if possible. I tucked my really dirty clothes (think socks that have been worn just a few too many times) into a side pocket but you can also put them in ziplock bags within your travel packs.

Rollin, rollin

Roll anything and everything! Roll your t shirts, roll your jeans, roll all your underwear. I’m serious, it’s the only way to get everything to fit. Such a pain to do this every two days but worth it. I even folded my Longchamp bag when I wasn’t using it to make more room.

Hope this helps when you’re packing for your next trip!

 

Warner Brother’s Studio Tour

I, along with several billion other people, am obsessed with Harry Potter (still waiting for my Hogwarts letter…).

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I knew that coming back to London the second time, I had to visit the Warner Brother’s Studio. The studio houses tons of different props, sets and spaces used during the filming of the movies. Needless to say, I started crying as soon as we got there.

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Getting There

From London, we had to get to Watford Junction Station, in order to catch the Harry Potter shuttle bus to the studio. The bus was very crowded but I didn’t care. Be forewarned though, this is a popular school trip attraction so expect lots of small children. The price of the studio tour is pretty steep, it was roughly 70$ Canadian but that is also due to our crappy exchange rate.

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Sets

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I took a million photos of the studio because I knew my sister would kill me if I didn’t but there is so much to see that it can be impossible to look at everything! Firstly, the Great Hall is pretty much the most amazing thing ever. Even for the common muggle, being inside the Great Hall is a tearjerker.

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They also show you the Gryffindor Common Room, Snape’s classroom, and sets from the Burrow, amongst other, smaller sets. My favourite one was definitely little Harry’s cupboard under the stairs from the first few films.

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Props

There are a million props used throughout the 8 films but some of them were incredibly recognizable, i.e. the Goblet of Fire. They have them displayed throughout the entire studio, grouped into sections based on which film they were used in. They also have an entire room devoted to the animals used in the film, i.e. the Basilisk head, goblin masks, the Hippogriff…

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They also have all the costumes displayed throughout the studio as well. My favourite was Hermione’s dress from the Yule Ball (fourth film).

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Extras

Once you’re through the studio, you enter into an amazing gift shop with a million different things to buy. I had to buy a Gryffindor scarf (even though all signs point to Slytherin for me) and some of the Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans (“and they mean every flavour”). We also stopped and had some amazing Butterbeer (see here for how to make your own!) in the cafeteria, then checked out some of the outside sets, i.e. the Knight Bus, 4 Privet Drive, The Hogwarts Express…

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For anyone who is a fan of the Harry Potter movies I highly recommend making the trek out to the Warner Brother’s Studio. You will want to immediately re-watch all of the films!

Thanks for reading!

How to Come Back to Reality After a Life Changing Trip

wan-der-lust: a strong desire to travel.

We’ve all heard the term, seen it tattooed on friends’ arms, and definitely all experienced it. Most of us in our twenties probably fight the urge nearly every day to get on the next plane out of here (where ever here is…). Summer is especially bad for this feeling of FOMO; caused by checking out everyone’s trip photos on Instagram (insert shameless plug here), or seeing people’s check in locations on Facebook…etc. However, let’s say you were lucky enough to go on an amazing trip.

You had the time of your life: you met amazing and interesting people, you ate way too much food, drank every night and had real, life altering experiences (some of mine include actually making it up Arthur’s Seat in Scotland, visiting the Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studio, and seeing my friend Emily in London.).

And now it’s back to reality. To some that may mean back to the 9-5 desk job… others it might mean back to school… and some it may just mean back to your family and friends. I definitely know the feeling of instantly missing travelling immediately after the conclusion of a trip. It sucks.

So how do we combat this feeling? There are ways to incorporate your feeling of wanderlust into every day life. And if travelling really is your passion, feel comforted in the fact that you will be able to travel again, somehow, someway.

Here are a few suggestions that I’ve come up with in the last couple years after travelling.

  1. Go through your pictures, a lot. Try and remember exactly what was going on in the photo when you took it. Who was there with you, what did it feel like when you saw whatever sight you were looking at and note all the things you enjoyed about that moment. It sounds silly but feeling gratitude for the moments you have experienced makes that trip all the more influential on your life.
  2. Keep your attitude. You know the one I’m talking to. The crazy, carefree, nothing can go wrong attitude. The one that enables you to do some really crazy sh*t. When travelling, things that seem way out of your comfort zone back home suddenly become achievable. It’s not weird to approach someone at the bar because you know if it goes horribly wrong, you will never need to see them again. Keep that same attitude when you come back home, because really, nothing has changed. The more opportunities you say yes to, the better life will be.
  3. Similar to point 2, continue to go with the flow.  While travelling, nothing usually goes as planned and because you’re forced to adapt because you really have no where else to go, it really requires some loosening up. Keep that up when you come back home. Don’t cancel on girl’s night because one of you can’t make it, enjoy the company that comes and relax.
  4. Talk about it. No, I’m not saying to be that super annoying person who only ever talks about how good the food is in Paris is comparison or how there is no culture in Canada or how Europe is really the place to be. But find like minded people who enjoy talking about travelling, and exchange stories and tips. This can also be done online through blogging or tweeting at travel bloggers or even just through messaging a friend that’s abroad at the moment. By making travelling a part of the conversation, you’re able to cultivate your passion while also keeping/creating connections with other people.
  5. Keep budgeting. You should definitely try and follow a budget while travelling (so you don’t end up like me – eating McDonald’s every day to survive in Scotland) so bring those good habits back with you! Drop your change into a jar every week, cancel your Netflix (this one could be tough), make dinner at home more often, every little bit counts towards your next adventure!
  6. Keep travelling. Huh?? This one may be confusing but what I mean is, try and keep travelling even when you’re not travelling. Go on a cheap road trip around your area, explore your hometown (pretend you’re a tourist and do all the dumb stuff you make fun of tourists for doing, you might surprise yourself at how much fun it is!), or plan a weekend away somewhere close but not too close. Keep the wanderlust alive by always exploring – you don’t have to go to Europe to be a world traveler.

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    Me in Port Dover, only an hour away from my city!

  7. Start planning your next trip! Even if it’s months and months away or it never even comes to fruition, planning your next trip allows you to channel your wanderlust into designing your next experience. Make a list of all the places you want to go to and research all the fun things you can do once you get there. Look at plane prices, plan a budget, talk to friends who’ve been there. Once you are ready to make the trip, you’ll be totally prepared!

Worse comes to worse, if your wanderlust is that bad, just get on the damn plane right now. Reality sucks anyways.

Thanks for reading,

Shelby

Brighton: At A Glance

On our second trip to England, we took a day trip to the small town of Brighton, the home of the famous Youtube star, Zoella (I wouldn’t have known this if it weren’t for Julia so thanks Jules). Not quite sure what to expect, we arrived in the cutest little town only about two hours drive from London.

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There’s lot’s to see in Brighton but our first stop was the Brighton pier. Super old school (opened in 1899!) and kind of kitschy, the Brighton pier is a sort of carnival/fair type of establishment with rides and vendors and an amazing view of the English channel. The day we went was beautiful and the view was spectacular.

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One of the cool things in Brighton to see is the rainbow storage units. There’s probably a hundred of them all lined up along the beach and they’re super cute!

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After viewing the beach we walked through the actual town of Brighton and had an awesome time discovering all the little shops and restaurants available. Brighton is actually a university town so it had a lot of younger people as well. There is live music on every corner, little hole-in-the-wall restaurants, and artists showcasing their talent everywhere. 

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Other things to do in Brighton include taking a walk to the Brighton Dome which houses some of England’s new music artists, watch a movie on the beach (June and July only!) or visit the Royal Pavilion (looks kind of like the Taj Mahal).

I have also heard that there is a naked bike ride parade of sorts that goes on in Brighton every June so if biking and nudity are your thing you’re in the right place! 

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All in all, I actually really enjoyed Brighton! It was a nice change from the busy London so if you’re in England, definitely give it a visit! (It’s only an hour on the train so if you don’t have access to car, don’t write it off!)

Thanks for reading xx

Toronto in the Summer

Having moved to Hamilton a few years ago for school I have had my fair share of visits to Toronto. It’s only a short bus/train ride away so I find myself visiting when I get a weekend off!

Most of the things I’ve seen are pretty standard, but some may be off the beaten track. See below for a list of a few fun things to try in the summer if you’re in Toronto or nearby!

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See a Jay’s game! Take yourself out to a ball game with friends and cheer on Canada’s team. Be forewarned though – alcohol at the Rogers Centre is extremely overpriced so maybe skip the beer. Or if you’re like me, control your thirst by drinking prior to the game!

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Check out the Art Gallery of Ontario. They have some amazing feature artists as well as visiting exhibits that change quite often (ps. the gallery is free Wednesday’s after 6pm). My sister and I went here when she came to visit and it was a really great way to spend a rainy afternoon (weather in Canada is never predictable!)

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Visit one of the beaches. I was so shocked to find out that for 7.50$ round trip I could visit an island off of Toronto for the day and spend my time laying out in the sun. My friend Paigey and I went recently and it was such a nice way to relax after the work week. There is also apparently a nude beach nearby as well if you’re into that!

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Sit and drink on one of Toronto’s rooftop patios. Some of the more popular ones include: The Porch, Mascot Brewery and Pauper’s Pub. Enjoy the scenic view of Toronto during the day or evening while drinking out of an adorable sand pail full of alcohol!

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Ripley’s Aquarium. Such a cute date activity! Also good if you’re obsessed with Shark Week.

Take a stroll through the St. Lawrence Market, slightly touristy but I love a good market regardless.

Check out a festival! Summerlicious and Taste of the Danforth if you’re into food (who isn’t). Veld music festival if you’re into EDM or OVO Fest if you’re obsessed with Drake (who isn’t). 

Otherwise, simply take a stroll through Toronto, any time of day or night.

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Check out the CN Tower (go up it and walk on the glass floor if you dare!), have a drink at the Steam Whistle Brewery, explore the ROM on a rainy day, do some shopping at the Eaton Centre… Toronto is full of things to do, especially in the summer when the weather is nice so take advantage!

Some of my favourite moments in Toronto are simply walking down the busy streets, stopping to have dinner somewhere and catching up with friends. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Thanks for reading xx

 

…and why you should do it

Travelling has a huge effect on me. Even the idea of planning my next trip (hopefully Thailand…) gets me excited for all the new experiences I’m going to have. I have been extremely lucky to have even gotten to travel at all during my studies and I appreciate every trip I’ve been on. Both times have taught me something new and I strongly believe travelling provides some of the greatest opportunities to grow as a person. But it also:

  1. Helps change your attitude. While travelling you really need to go with the flow. Luggage get’s lost, trains are late, flights are cancelled… things never goes as planned and if you get hung up on the details, your trip/experience will suffer. Travelling definitely helps re-adjust your attitude towards disappointments and promotes a more carefree and positive outlook.
  2. Forces you to make friends. While travelling alone or even with a smaller group of friends, it’s vital to reach out to the locals and/or other travelers. There’s no way (even if you read 100 travel blogs) you’re going to know all the in’s and out’s of every country you visit and therefore it’s essential to get to know some people who can offer their own advice/opinions/experiences. Especially if you’re alone, it can be hard to be outgoing and talk to strangers but travelling offers the perfect opportunity to get past that. You’re in a foreign place and if you embarrass yourself or say the wrong thing – it really doesn’t matter because you will probably never see that person again!
  3. Puts you out of your comfort zone. Similar to point 2, travelling puts you in uncomfortable situations all the time: Trying to communicate to people who don’t speak the language, trying to find your way “home” (back to your hostel) after a night out, even trying the local food and not squirming about it. This is actually a good thing because your comfort zone gets bigger the more things you try and you start to realize how much travelling has to offer you.
  4. Helps you become more resourceful. I cannot tell you how many times we were “lost” on our trip. We would literally get on a bus, arrive in a new city, no map, just the address of our hostel. We couldn’t use our phones to find anything because we had no data (not necessarily a good thing) so we needed to rely on ourselves to find out where were staying. In each city we took all the public transits (some were easier than others, i.e. London tube vs. Cork public buses) and had to figure all of those out while trying to make it to our destinations. Travelling puts you on edge but as long as you keep your wits and aren’t afraid to ask for help, you’ll be fine.
  5. Makes you appreciate home. Ha, didn’t think this would be on here did you? Travelling really does show you where you feel most at home. Some people can just pick up and make any place their home, and others need their hometown at least within an hour’s drive to feel safe. It’s different for everyone but I think we can all agree that wherever you feel at home, is where you feel the most comfortable. So when I’m travelling and every day is exciting and there’s something new to experience, I do tend to appreciate my home and all its qualities as well.

Thanks for reading!

It’s not all McDonalds I swear.

I don’t know about you guys but when I travel, one of my main concerns is food. Where do I get it, will I like it, do they have a McDonalds if necessary and most importantly – how much does it cost? The UK is not known for its amazing food but they do have a lot of selection (Paris was another story so stay tuned for that…). That being said, with the conversion rate being absolutely crap, food was basically double in England and Scotland. Therefore, I had around 50$ Canadian to spend on food a day…

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What you can alternatively spend your food budget on…

So that equates to about one good meal in the UK (not including alcoholic beverages which were a priority for me and the girls). So how did I combat this? By spending my food budget on dinner and scrambling for breakfast and lunch.

Meaning: between the three of us we would purchase one loaf of bread, one small block of cheese and some salami for the day. We would pick at this all day until dinnertime rolled around and we could splurge. Sometimes if we were lucky the hostel we stayed at would provide a small breakfast (usually just toast and coffee but still it’s something!) and we could gorge on that before heading out for the day.

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The amazing cheese shop in Galway where we purchased our daily trifecta

You will be starving by dinnertime due to all the walking during the day but you will be surprised at what you can survive on. You will also really enjoy and appreciate your dinner more because you really suffered for it (sarcasm). That being said, this is no way to live permanently!!

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We would munch through one of these between the three of us all day

If you’re in one place for a long period of time (as we were in London for 7 days on the first trip) go to the local grocery store and stock up on breakfast and lunch materials. Buy a couple muffins and a bag of apples and you’ve got breakfast. Buy a loaf of bread, some sandwich meat and lettuce and you’ve got lunch.

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One of our most amazing meals out! (Cork, Ireland)

Definitely make dinner in your hostel one night at least! Another way to save money but also a good conversation starter. When we were in Glasgow we bought enough pasta to feed the entire hostel so we went around asking people if they were hungry (nobody wanted our pasta but at least we were talking to people!). It can save you a lot of money and sometimes it’s nice to have a home cooked meal while travelling. 

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Our little treat for the day – hot chocolate! (a nice break from the daily cheese and bread)

Bring granola bars from back home. Julie did this on our trip and it was a good idea! That way during the day you can just have a small snack to keep you going until dinnertime. Also the bars were purchased back at home which made them half the cost of anything in the UK at the moment.

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Another amazing dish from a Thai restaurant in England

Purchase your alcohol from the local store – not when you get to the bar. On our trip we would buy a couple bottles of wine, pre drink a little before going out to dinner, maybe get one bottle to share at dinner, and then return home to drink some more before heading out for the night (sorry girls – I am making us sound like alcoholics). It is much cheaper to buy your alcohol at the grocery store than at the restaurant or bar (and lucky for us, they sell alcohol everywhere in Europe it seems like).

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A little too much wine at the pre-drink I think…

Try the local food i.e. street meat. Definitely okay while travelling in Europe but I’d be careful in other countries where the definition of street meat is literally meat found from the streets. Be brave and order the most random thing or ask the owner what they recommend!

All in all remember that eating while travelling is an experience in itself so try and limit the trips to McDonalds if you can (this tip is mostly for myself since I am a sucker for Big Macs).

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I can’t help myself

Cliffs of Moher

One of my favourite excursions on our trip to Ireland was our visit to the Cliffs of Moher. If you’ve seen Princess Bride (best movie of all time btw…) you’ll recognize this sight as the cliff that Wesley climbed up to rescue Buttercup.

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We visited the cliffs while residing in Galway (an amazing city in itself) the morning after we left Dublin. The bus ride to Galway was hell and a half (we may or may not have been too hungover to function – it was our last night out in Dublin!) but once we arrived and found our hostel, we headed off straight for the cliffs. 

The tour guide on our bus was an adorable Irish man, who made the two and a half hour excursion so much fun.

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Ireland is so green – mostly due to the rainy weather but it looks amazing!

We stopped in a little town, at a pub called O’Connor’s (my grandmother’s maiden name – can you tell she was Irish??) for lunch.

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The bus ride was amazing, all the beautiful hills and greenery were so nice to look at. Lots of sheep as well…

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Once we got there we started hiking up and when I say hiking I don’t mean a strenuous workout – it was a slight incline. But once you got to the top, it was totally worth it. It’s one of those sights that can’t even be captured on film, to really see it and appreciate it, you must visit.

Hope you all get a chance to see the Cliffs of Moher sometime in your life!

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Shelbs xx