First week back at work and we survived! Go Team.
That being said, it’s about time we got another holiday booked already! Problem is, everyone seems to think we have to wait for summer to arrive for a week on the beach but guess, you dont have to wait! Literally, you can go on holiday tomorrow if you really fancy.
The thought of waiting all year for one weeks holiday just drives me insane. So much so that a few years back, Chris and I decided that we would do lots of days here and there. The beauty of this being travelling and not having to use all of your holiday allowance plus, you could even go on holiday every month if you fancied. Now before you zone out, I’m not just talking a weekend in wales here (though dont knock it); I’m talking leaving on a jet plane days. For example, last April I took Chris to Barcelona for the day for his birthday. Our week went a little something like: Tuesday – work, Wednesday – Barcelona, Thursday – work. It was kind of surreal but amazing.
Day trips are my favorite because as soon as you add an overnight stay the price rockets and I would much rather be out exploring than spending a whole bunch of money to sleep. A lot of the time it actually works out cheaper to visit a place twice than to book an overnight stay. The leg work finding these deals and even calculating travel times to make sure the day trip is worth it can be kind of a pain in the ass though – worse than going to the bathroom the day after leg day!
Anyway, I thought you might find it useful if I was to pretty much do the legwork for you by sharing with you the trips I have done then all you have to do is go book the flights and have yourself an adventure! What do you think?
My time hop this week actually was a status from a day trip to Dublin. It was the first “fly out and fly back the same day” adventure we did. It was a Christmas present for Chris; hence going away on January 4th.
I’ve since been back to Dublin with one of my bestie’s (a bestie with the best squat form I have ever seen!) because it is such a beautiful city with so much to do.
On both occassions we got the first flight of the day there, purchasing our hop-on, hop-off bus ticket (which includes airport transfers) prior to leaving the airport and usually arriving in Dublin centre for around 10am.
There is an amazing Cafe in the Temple Bar area that you have to go get breakfast from. I believe the it is called Crowbar but I genuinley can’t wait to return to this quirky little cafe.
Now, I know this is supposed to be the adventures of a Gym Girl but can you really say you’ve been to Dublin without going to the Guiness Storehouse. I mean of course you can say you’ve “been” but can you really say you’ve been? In all fairness, they did used to tell pregnant women to drink Guiness so it can’t be that bad for you, right?!
The best thing about Dublin is that there is actually so much to see and do, it is impossible to get it done in one day, you can walk down O’Connell Street (which has an amazing all you can eat chinese on it by the way), cross the bridges, hire bikes to ride around the city on (something I am yet to do because last time I went it was pride so riding a bike through those crowds was just a definite not gonna happen situation – next time though for sure) and if your legs get tired just hop back on the bus to the next stop.
With so much history Dublin definitely gives the brain a workout too. Little fact you may not know about me: I have a law degree. The criminal and psychological side of the law fascinates me so there was no way I was leaving Dublin without visiting Kilmainham Gaol. If you are a bit of a nut for this stuff like me then, definitely worth a visit. If you aren’t so in to history or the prison system then this probably isn’t going to interest you too much and there definitely isn’t anything close by in terms of food or time killing – not that we found anyway and believe me when we walked for miles in search (partly because we got lost trying to find the bus stop).
One of the things Dublin is famous for is the Temple Bar area. In all seriousness, Temple Bar itself did not take my fancy. There was a bar across the way that had a really amazing live band and the vibe in there was just alive. I dont even know how else to explain it. Definitely get your butt to Temple Bar, find some live music and have the best ending to a day in Dublin. The hardest part is always leaving for that plane…
In the future, there is no doubt that I will be returning to Dublin. There is still so much more I want to do and there is a gym in Dublin that I would love to go workout at and that is Raw Gym. Maybe next time Chris and I hit Dublin we will go workout there before starting our day of tourism.
If you have any recommendations for this wonderful city then please share them in the comments. I would love to hear them!
Now what are you waiting for, get yourself to RyanAir and sort a day in Dublin!