With my vacation and on call chewing up a substantial portion of September, I promised myself in the spirit of Karen Fest 2014, that if I were to pick up any extra work, it would have to be international flying. It has been tough picking and choosing where I would like to go, as should a desirable trip present itself, one must act fast or one misses out. Without hesitation, I picked up two trips and I am totally excited about making these jaunts across the Atlantic Ocean.
Dublin, Ireland (9/15) – By and large, Dublin is one of my favorite cities in Europe. It is big enough to have a little bit of everything, but small enough that I can easily navigate the city center without relying on public transportation. While I love my Guinness and Jameson, I need to find new things to check out while I am in town. I’ve also seen the Book of Kells and the magnificent library at Trinity College. Weather permitting: I’m tackling a bridge run through the city center. Suggestions?
Brussels, Belgium (10/1) – I scored a Brussels last spring and went there with absolutely no plan at all. On a whim, I picked it up off the trip swap board, packed my bags, and had a fabulous time. This time around, I am doing a little research and make a task list that I would like to tackle on subsequent visits. Weather permitting, I would love to get a run through town in! Thoughts?
When preparing for a trip, which sites do you use for researching activities to do? How many of you go old school and hit up the travel section at a book store or library? Do you ask friends who have previously visited for their top rankings of must-see items? I tend to stick to what I know, but I am on a mission to branch out and explore! I’ve been using Yelp*, but it gets a little tricky in cities with a smaller following. I’m turning to Discover Ireland and Visit Brussels to see what I can find out!