I wrote three travel pieces not too long ago, check them out as you start to plan spring/summer trips!
~ elina x
So you’ve decided to stay in a hostel (YAY)! Your first step should always be to parooze Hostelworld. It is hands down the best place on the web to choose your perfect hostel. Hostelworld lets you filter the results for the kind of property you’re looking for; it also lets you sort properties by different factors.
Decide what’s most important to you about your hostel. In my experience, the four main factors to consider when choosing a hostel (or any travel accommodation really) are Price, Location, Reviews/ Ratings, Vibe. I’m going to break these down.
As a traveler, there are more and more options for where to stay on your journey. However, I always recommend the hostel experience! (At least for a few nights of your journey). Here’s why:
Photo: Zagreb, Croatia.
So you’ve decided to hit the road! Now what? I’ve had a few first time travellers and friends ask me for my best travel tips! I thought I’d write a few of my biggest travel tips for those itching for adventure! Feel free to message me for any questions or advice 🙂
It’s hard to believe it has been one full year since I graduated University! So much has happened in that time. Many amazing things, some hard things. Leaving Canada, travelling, exploring Europe, falling in love with Dublin. So much musical creation, digging in to the music scene here. Seeing with my own eyes what the musical life entails. A Diploma in Songwriting from BIMM Dublin. An EP on the way. Gaining respect for those who spend their lives in the service industry. Leaving that industry to focus on myself and my art, and gaining even more respect for self-employed entrepreneurs, especially artist. Manifesting a wild summer ahead. A Charity Gig & Single. Lots of Guinness. And finally, Its been full of making new connections, as well as nurturing old ones.
It was my first year really being on my own in The Real World, without answering to an institution, without family around. There have, of course, been challenges along the way. All I had was myself, and I really had to trust myself. I learned a lot about what I might want from this crazy, wonderful life. Truth be told, I still really have no idea but I can’t say I’m in a rush to figure it out.
I think it important to look back on the road behind. After all, its the only road we know. The path ahead tends to be much less clear, and much harder to trust. But we can trust the one behind, the moments of joy we experienced, and this can fill us with hope that the one ahead will be just as beautiful, the sunsets even brighter.
Those who know me know that I live on an undying quest for freedom. But freedom can be found in every moment. Freedom can especially be found in gratitude. I think I’m too quick to get down on myself. I need to take pride in the things I’ve accomplished in a year, of the risks I’ve taken, and for doing it all on my own.
I could be absolutely anywhere one year from now, and that fills me with excitement. Looking forward to the summer ahead!
I have had some lovely visitors this year. Some of my oldest and most loyal friends have found themselves on my floor. From Syd and Julia, whom I shared a home, and innumerable laughs with, for 4 years. To Marina who I instantly bonded with in Welcome Week of first year, and haven’t stopped bonding with since. To my cousin Rachael who’s really should write a book on How to Do All of Ireland in 10 days or less. I am incredibly grateful to be able to have shared a guiness (or 4) with these amazing people.
My lovely parents came to visit the emerald isle! We explored Dublin and did all of the museums that I couldn’t afford otherwise, after which we took off to the countryside for a few days. We stayed in the beautiful and scenic Dunmore East, before heading back to the bustling Dublin city. My Dad and I then spent the next three days recording my EP. What a champ my mom was to explore the city on her own while we were in the studio! I absolutely loved having my OG travel buddies around.