In 1986, the world’s worst nuclear disaster struck the district of Chernobyl in the former Soviet Union. As a result of the catastrophic nuclear meltdown in Reactor #4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, over 50,000 citizens of the nearby city of Pripyat were evacuated. Since that fateful day 30 years… View Post

Snorkelling with the largest fish in the world would naturally be on every travellers bucket list, right? Wrong. Throughout my journey in the Philippines, I came across many a heated discussion about the Whale Shark swimming in Oslob. Opinions from both locals and travellers alike differed greatly, some supporting the enterprise… View Post

August in Edinburgh is busy, so I should have known better when I planned a visit to Edinburgh Castle, which rises above the hustle and bustle of the city. I immediately thought “Screw This”, as the throngs of tourists poured out of their tour buses and through the gate of the… View Post

Go there, NOW! The secret of Port Barton is out, the asphalt is creeping closer to this slice of Filipino paradise and the locals are discovering the lure of tourist dollars. Port Barton offers one of those rare opportunities to do absolutely nothing and not feel guilty about it. Unwind in… View Post

Plovdiv (Пловдив), in central Bulgaria, is reckoned to be one of the oldest settlements in the world. Reputedly spanning back to 4000BC, it’s older than the Greek city of Troy, Egypt’s Pyramids, Ireland’s Newgrange and even New York’s Empire State Building (wow I hear you say). We finally reached Plovdiv after a very… View Post

In 2008…….. 7 frickin’ years ago!….we went on a university trip to Belgium. For educational purposes of course. Ahem, however…Simon and I instantly thought….”hmmm, Belgium = BEER!” Brilliant! So to be honest, it wasn’t the most cultural of trips, and towards the end the lure of so many different types… View Post

The futuristic DeLorean aka the Back to the Future Car, was built in Belfast in the early 1980’s before the company collapsed. “Time circuits on… Flux Capacitor… fluxing… flllluxxxxiiinnngggg…. Engine running… All right!!!” “You what!! Are you out of your mind?! Jesus Christ you could have been killed!!!” – The… View Post

This morning I realised that dam, after writing about all these awesome places abroad, I should really post something about my hometown. Dún Laoghaire (please – go ahead and try to pronounce it) is a harbour town south of Dublin city centre. It takes it name from Laoghaire, a High King of… View Post