Ireland: Sligo

I set myself a goal earlier this year to travel lots in 2018, but cheaply.  The two aren't often portrayed as going hand in hand but I am determined to stretch out a small budget and experience some amazing sites this year.  We do plan on travelling abroad at the end of summer but  I want to spend a lot of it living out of a small bag, sleeping in a tent in rural Ireland.

 Some of you might be thinking, "But you are from Ireland".  There is so much to see and do at our own doorsteps that we often forget what our own country has in store.  Ireland can be explored from the highest point of the North to the bottom of the South in a matter of hours and why I haven't climbed into the car and road tripped my home country sooner is bizzare to me.  I really truly feel blessed to live in such a vastly green, true to nature country oozing with places to venture, and I plan to make the most of it.

 I thought I would start off by sharing some photos I took a few weekends ago when we stayed a night in Sligo town.  We stopped off at any brown "point of interest" sign along the road and seen some spectacular views and all only 2 and a bit hours from home.  The highlight for me was visiting the Strandhill area where we ate lunch in a really cute cafe and ran up huuuuuge sand dunes.

 Getting outside into the fresh countryside air is when I feel like the truest, best version of myself.  Everything from the working week fades away and becomes a distant worry, I live in that very moment and I feel so relaxed and care free. There is just something so soothing and good for the soul and I would quite literally go mad if I spent too long cooped up indoors. Social media wasn't even on the agenda for most of the trip and my focus was on spending some quality time with Simon & my camera. 

Make sure to get out and explore your local areas.