Cork City Chronicles: Becoming Resilient

Worn out soles from adventure around Ireland. An international job at a national university. A new apartment with all my belongings—except my boyfriend.

That’s what the past 3 months in Cork, Ireland has given me.

It’s taken me longer than it should have to write this. And if I’m being honest, I often feel pressured to validate my decision of living abroad by sensationalizing my experience. The truth is living abroad is not all adventure; it can be mundane, frustrating, and extremely lonely. But as I’ve (literally) stood alone in the downpour rain, I have become more resilient. Read more

Kinsale: the Colorful Burano of Ireland

If you find yourself scrolling through pictures of colorful towns in faraway places, you’re not alone. With Instagram and snapchat, it’s never been easier to access the world’s vibrant destinations at the touch of a finger.

One of the hottest destinations for color-obsessed travelers is Burano, an Italian island of Venice painted every colorful shade you can imagine. But there’s another quaint town on the other side of Europe, which is giving Burano a run for its money.

Painted bright pink, blue, yellow and green, Kinsale is a colorful town in Cork County Ireland. Kinsale is a must for in-the-know travelers lusting for a pop of color. Read more

Cork City Chronicles: the Pieces Falling in Place

Things began to move faster than I anticipated, and my only choice was to roll with the punches. Within a few short weeks, I found a part-time job, then took a new full-time job, traveled around Ireland’s coast, and built roots in my new home, Cork.

It wasn’t until I took a step back that I realized: all the little pieces and unanswered questions were coming together. Read more

Ireland’s Colorful Port of Titanic Treasures

I glanced out the train window at the pastel-colored buildings in the distance, like an inviting “welcome!” to incoming traffic. I then shifted my focus to the storm clouds on the sea’s horizon.

“And our last stop is Cobh, folks,” the train conductor announced. As I looked out at the powerful and eerie Atlantic, I imagined myself as an Irish woman setting sail to New York 105 years ago. “Cobh is our last stop, folks! The Titanic is off to the New World!”

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A Simple Breakdown of Major Airlines’ Sustainability Policies

Correct dates and destination? Check. Affordable tickets? Check. Ensuring the airline optimizes fuel-efficient fleets with a robust waste management policy? Wait what?

Yep, I’m adding one important step to your travel-planning checklist. If you consider yourself someone who likes to travel and cares about the environment, then it’s time to do a bit of research about your airlines. Which airlines are “green-washing” hype and which ones are actually cutting emissions and investing in greener air transport? I’ve done a lot of the work for you. Read more