Where to begin? Well I suppose by introducing myself is a good point. My name is Eoin and I am currently studying for a Masters in Digital Marketing at Dublin City University.
As part of the programme we were tasked with setting up and running a blog for the next 12 months. The brief was very simple, pick something you love because writing about it will come a lot easier to you if you actually enjoy it. That meant there was only one answer when it came to picking my topic, travel.
Over the coming months I plan to write about all things travel related including;
- Recent and upcoming trips that I have planned
- Ideas for getaways and breaks
- Funny stories and experiences from past adventures
- Tips for making your own travelling as straightforward and stress-free as possible
As for the name, it’s a pretty straightforward question I ask myself quite often. By my count I have been to 27 different countries, which is roughly 14% of the countries in the world. Which begs the question, where to go next?
The Beginning- Curiosity
I suppose you could say the travel bug was bound to get me. With aunties, uncles and cousins scattered all over the world, there was always a constant stream of visitors coming back to Ireland to see us. Hearing stories of these strange far away places made me curious as to what they were like and how they were so different from home.
From as young as I can remember I always looked forward to family holidays more than anything else. I loved the chance to experience a new country, different food, strange languages and most importantly warm weather (being Irish means this was usually the deciding factor on where to go) as well as meeting new friends for a week or two.
The J1 Summers – Becoming Braver
As I got a bit older the urge to head off with friends for a little bit longer than a standard two week holiday began to kick in. Spending both the summer of 2008 and 2010 living and working in New York confirmed that I most definitely had the travel bug. Both years we managed to work hard enough (depending on who you ask) and save for a trip to the west coast at the end of August. Visits to Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Diego opened up my eyes to a whole new world. The manic lifestyle of New York was in complete contrast to laid back days on the beach in Southern California. As you might imagine, both ways of life were a world away from living in little old Leixlip, Co. Kildare.
Post University – Time to Explore
I graduated from University in the summer of 2012. Many of my classmates began talking about further education, graduate programmes which would take two to three years to complete and a range of other career focused topics. My only objective was to find a job as quickly as possible, which would allow me to start saving immediately. I managed to do that and just over a year later I reached the perfect balance of being completely dissatisfied with the job, and having enough money saved to finally head off.
From October 2013 to December 2015 I was fortunate enough to visit 12 different countries and have some incredibly diverse experiences. From jumping out of an aeroplane in Australia, walking across a glacier in New Zealand, diving with Tresher Sharks in the Philippines and travelling across almost one third of the worlds land mass on the Trans-Siberian Railway.
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