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We have been bitten by the wanderlust bug and have been itching to get away from gloomy Ireland for far too long.

We are forever checking airline prices, swooning over travel blogger’s Instagrams and wishing we could just drop everything, grab our passports and abandon the dull realities of everyday life.

There are too many places we want to go to but one at the very top of our list is Iceland.

The Irish Globetrotter aka Niamh McDonnell sat down with us to share her words of wisdom after a recent trip to Iceland.

Niamh headed to Iceland for three full days and managed to squeeze everything and anything into her quick getaway.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Flights:

“We flew into Reykjavik on Thursday afternoon with Icelandair, who are so lovely to fly with. The two-hour flight was a breeze, especially because of the TVs.”

The flight cost €120. Niamh recommends booking your flights at least three months in advance to get the best deal.

Accommodation:

Airbnb is extremely popular over in Iceland so you’ll have a much easier time finding somewhere to stay if you rent an apartment as opposed to staying in a hotel. Niamh and her pals found an apartment that slept up to six people.

The apartment cost €625 between their gang, which works out just at a little over €100 each.

“Staying near the main strip will make your trip a lot easier, as that’s where all the bars, pubs, restaurants and shops are. Staying close by will save you a lot of hassle, especially on nights out.”

The other great thing about renting an apartment is having a kitchen to rustle up meals throughout the day. “The food in Iceland isn’t the best and is extremely overpriced, so making breakfast and sandwiches to snack on during tours was a huge help financially,” Niamh shared.

Night Life:

Speaking of nights out, like every Irish person on holidays, Niamh ended up going to an Irish pub during her trip to Iceland. She said the best thing about the Irish bars is the mix of people you unexpectedly meet there.

“There were international students and Norwegian sailors drinking in one Irish bar, and the atmosphere was so different.”

“Dubliners is a great spot, as is the Drunken Rabbit, where you can order food from the fish and chips next door whilst you’re enjoying a pint.”

"Appy Hour is a life-saving app that will show you all the local drink offers, which will be a huge help to you as Iceland can be super pricey,” Niamh shared.

Sightseeing:

“We booked our tours with Reykjavik Excursions for €330. This price included the Northern Lights tour, pick up at the airport, Blue Lagoon entrance and drinks, Golden Circle tour, a glacier tour and even pick up on our last day.”

“Head to the Blue Lagoon in the early evening because you will experience it during daylight and as the sun sets.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The main reason she headed to Iceland was to see the Northern Lights, so it’s safe to say Niamh was gutted when the weather meddled with her plans.

“We were scheduled to go see the Northern Lights on Friday evening, but the tour company cancelled the trip because of the weather.”

September and October are supposed to be the best months to go, but the weather wasn’t on Niamh’s side. It was extremely overcast and cloudly on the second night they tried to see the lights.

Despite the Northern Lights disappointment, Niamh adored seeing the glaciers and waterfalls Iceland is so famously known for.

“We went on a four-hour tour to see glaciers and waterfalls, which was an experience I’ll never forget,” Niamh said.

“The only thing is the weather is extreme. There was one point where I had to get down on my hunkers because the wind was so harsh, so dress warmly.”

Forget about your Nike runners and OOTD Instagram snaps, because all you want to wear in Iceland are a pair of boots and about 50 layers.

Flights: €120

Accommodation: €125

Spending money: €350

Sightseeing/tours: €330

Total: €925

Niamh experienced all Iceland has to offer and more for less than €1000 so if you’ll need us we’ll be booking our flights immediately.

 

 

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Whether you are heading to beautiful Bali, staying in Ireland or hitting the beaches of San Diego you can have the holiday of a lifetime.

Just remember these tips:

Know what you want from it
No matter where you go there will always be somewhere or something you want to do there that you have never done before, like sky diving, surfing or just wanting to stay away from the tourist track. Write a list of what you want to do on the holiday and just do it – the crazier the better.

Book a hotel
Make sure you have somewhere to stay when you get there. While backpacking across Asia will mean you won’t be able to book all your accommodation, booking a room for when you land for the first few days will give you a chance to recover and get to know your surrounding area.

Don’t have an overloaded itinerary
While you might only have a limited amount of time to go exploring don’t overload your time with activities – you will end up only experiencing half of what you go to see. Choose a couple of things that you really want to see and do – an overloaded itinerary will leave you tired and stressed out.

Bring people you like
This goes without saying – how can you possibly enjoy your trip if you are stuck with someone you really can’t stand. Go with someone who is on the same wavelength as you and who wants to do the same things – you’ll have more fun this way!

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If you are a fan of beer you will definitely appreciate these breweries. So, instead of travelling city to city, why not travel brewery to brewery – any excuse for a drink, really!

Hit these places if you do fancy an alternative holiday:

Cigar City Brewing, Tampa, Florida
This place has become a major attraction for tourists and is a perfect place to vivist even if you aren’t a fan of beer.

Brouwerij Alvinne, De Proefloft and Beershop, Moen, Belgium
Here you will get to drink beer straight from casks and you will be given info on each beer that you sample  – although you may not really care…

Port Brewing/ The Lost Abbey, San Marcos, California
The Lost Abbey and Port Brewing Company are co-located which means you get to experience two breweries in one.

Cantillon Brewery, Brussels, Belgium
This is a family brewery where Lambic, Gueuze, Faro and Kriek beer are made. The brewery takes you back in time as it still uses the same brewing process from the 1900s.

Heineken, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Here visitors are taken on a ride where they can experience what it feels like to become a beer… hmmm, interesting.

Guinness Storehouse, Co. Dublin
Start your journey off here!

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London is one of the most amazing capitals in the world and because it is so close it is a pretty popular place for a weekend away.

However, it is big and there is a lot to do, so if you’re only heading for three days you may want to plan what you want to do.

Day 1
Get on a Hop On Hop Off sight-seeing tour. It is the best way to see as much of London as possible and if you sit on top you will get a bird’s eye view of the whole city. Hop off at Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Tower of London and Buckingham Palace.

Day 2
Day two is dedicated to shopping. Head to Harrod’s, Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus. Camden Markets are open every day and are a must-see, even if you are not planning on buying anything.  When you are all shopped out, pop into the British Museum  and have a stroll along the Southbank of the Thames. Don’t forget to have a go on the London Eye.

Day 3
You’ll be pretty tired today so head to Hyde Park and Regent’s Park and grab some lunch before heading to a show on the West End.

 

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