In June, I will be returning to Dublin, Ireland. It’s a city I’ve been to multiple times now, the first being when I was eight years old, and the last being in December of 2017. This time I won’t be going alone, in fact most of my immediate family will be with me, so I’ve been busy trying to think of things for us to do in/near the city while we’re there. We’ll of course be hitting the normal tourist spots: Guinness, Molly Malone, St. Patrick’s. But, there a few spots I’ll be plotting our path around just because they make me happy:
If there’s one thing that I’m truly horrible at, it’s making new friends. During high school, I never noticed my ineptitude because I was forced into friendships through band, and other school activities. My freshman year of college is when I first started to notice how bad at friend-making I truly was. It turns out, if you’re bad at something at home, you’re still bad at it when you travel.
There are lots of reasons to travel. As I explained in my post ‘A Nerd’s Guide to Travel’, I tend to think on the nerdier side when it comes to picking a travel destination. But, there’s more to my decision than just if one of my favorite movies was filmed there. The most important factors that lend to my picking a travel destination are:
Switzerland is one of the most beautiful countries I have ever visited. The cities are a perfect blend of old and new. Riding a train through the alps is like entering into an alternate reality where everything is so shockingly blue and snow-globe-esque. The only problem is that everything in Switzerland is stupidly expensive.
You don’t. There is no beating jet-lag. You can bargain with it, like the lesser God it is, but there is no beating jet-lag. No matter how far you run, how many energy drinks you drink, or how much sleep you get on the airplane, jet-lag will find you; and when it does, the best thing you can do is give in.