Guess what? I’m finally going travelling again! After 4.5 months of sitting at home in London, recovering from all manner of illness and injury, I’m now ready to get on a plane again. Seriously, I’m gasping for an adventure and here are my very exciting travel plans for this spring.
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After cancelling my trip December trip to Dublin (jumping off a stage in heels can hurt your knees – who knew?), I’m ready to give it another shot in April. This will be my first ever trip to Ireland and I’m very excited to finally be heading there.
As I’m now on the 7-day countdown, I’m already researching like crazy: tasty brunch spots, awesome club nights, interesting exhibitions and maybe even a day trip from the city. I’ve been wanting to visit the infamous Pantibar (named after Ireland’s most famous drag queen and LGBT+ rights activist, Panti Bliss) for years, so that is definitely high on my list. I’m also really impressed by how many queer parties and performance nights this small city has (Glitter Hole, Spicebag, Mother Club) so there’s definitely some interesting stuff happening in Dublin. I’m also craving a little fresh air and greenery, so I may even try a little day trip outside Dublin! I’d love to visit The Cliffs of Moher but as it’s a pretty epic round trip from the capital, I’m thinking a Kilkenny and Wicklow day tour might be better suited to my short stint in Ireland.
It’s also a really interesting time to be visiting the Irish capital, with their referendum on abortion rights finally happening in May (abortion is illegal in almost every circumstance in Ireland, making it the only democracy in the western world to have such a constitutional ban and forcing thousands of Irish women to travel the UK for terminations each year). I’m already seeing quite a lot about this referendum as I research for my trip to Dublin, so I’m curious to see what kind of impression I will have of it when I actually visit.
☘️ Have you visited Dublin? What did you love about it? Comment below and let me know as I would love to hear all your recommendations.
Every time I think about the fact that I’m visiting Rome for the first time soon, I do a little squeal inside. I’ve never met a traveller who didn’t love this iconic city, so I’m incredibly excited to finally be stepping foot in Roma!
I’m a little overwhelmed by how much I will want to do when I’m there and so I think I’ll need to do a lot of planning. When I visited Athens last year, I was surprised by how much of my High School Ancient History studies came flooding back to me, so expect Rome will be the same. The Colleseum, the House of the Vestal Virgins, the Temple of Julius Caesar, Circus Maximus. Plus, let’s not forget the Vatican, the Trevi Fountain, the Sistine Chapel, Galleria Borghese….. I better take some seriously snazzy walking shoes because this is going to be one hell of an adventure. My blogger buddy, Arabian Wanderess, has already impressed upon me the need to pre-book all the biggest tourists spots so I am getting myself prepped.
As with all of my trips, I’m very keen to see what the city itself has to offer. After editing a guide to Rome’s Trastevere neighbourhood for Hostelworld recently, I can’t wait to explore (and eat) my way through this part of the city. Speaking of food, I’ve often heard that Italy is quite a gluten-free friendly city but I’m still a little nervous about what I will be able to eat there. After all, it’s a country built on pizza, pasta and all kinds of amazingly delicious wheaty treats! I really want to be able to join in the fun of eating when I’m here, so I’ll be doing loads of research to make sure I know where to go.
🍕 Have you visited Rome? What did you love about it? Comment below and let me know as I would love to hear all your recommendations.