Vacations? That’s what rich people do. The concept of traveling, even throughout the US, was unfathomable to me. My family never took vacations and I thought that was completely normal. Idk.. maybe it’s the “work, work, work” mentality Americans have that convinced me that a life without vacations was normal. Boy was I wrong.

About a month ago, that all changed for little ole Tina.  I went on my first ever vacation with my lovely friend from Minnesota.

My vacation started in Dublin, ended in Venice and had a pit stop in a Belgium jail. (I’ll elaborate on the jail part in a future post.) Today, I’ll just be highlighting my time in Ireland. Keep an eye out for future posts on the rest of my vacation adventures!

Ireland was breathtaking. I know most of us have seen clips of Game of Thrones shot in Ireland or various pictures online of the Cliffs of Moher, but trust me when I say, the country is even more beautiful in person. I was blown away by the pure beauty of this little island.

Dublin city center

My friend and I stayed at the Kinsley Hostel right in the heart of Dublin. The hostel was conveniently located in the city center, but it was drastically overpriced. Part of me thinks I got this impression because I live in one of the cheapest capital cities in Europe, but the other part of me knows it was a rip-off. The staff was friendly and there was free wifi, but I definitely wouldn’t recommend this hostel to anyone. On the bright side, there are a plethora of walking tours that start at the hostel.

I arrived in Dublin really late on a Saturday night, so I passed out right when I got to my hostel because I had to wake up at 6am for a day trip to the CLIFFS OF MOHER. We booked our day trip through Paddywagon Tours and it was quite honestly the best day trip I’ve ever been on. The whole experience was amazing, from start to finish.

3 Things I loved About My COM Day Trip:

  1. This day trip included four other stops besides just the COM. We stopped at two castles, the baby COM, and a small village near Galway. Our tour guide was FANTASTIC and incredibly hilarious. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience and it was only 40 euros! I would definitely, definitely, recommend booking through Paddywagon Tours if you plan on visiting Dublin.
  2. We were allowed ample time at each destination.
  3. Our trip included a ticket to enter the COM. (Some tour companies don’t include a ticket in the price.)

Casually stopping by the Atlantic Ocean on our way to the cliffs.


Our next stop was this adorable castle. If you don’t already know, I LOVE castles.


Next up, the iconic Cliffs of Moher. 

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The Cliffs were absolutely incredible. Thankfully, my friend and I went on a Sunday so it was relatively free of tourist. As you can see there isn’t anything to prevent one from falling, so please be careful if you visit. Also, wear comfortable shoes.

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