Local’s guide to Ljubljana

Ljubljana is getting more and more recognition each year – and for a good reason. This pretty city easily steals anyone’s heart. Before you furiously google how big the capital of Slovenia actually is (278,789 inhabitants), let me tell you that Slovenians consider a city any place with over 5,000 inhabitants. I know most of you would call that a village. It’s different here, everything is small and adorable. Talking about small – one of the main reasons this country is often completely unknown to travelers it’s because of the size. Did you know only a bit over 2,000,000 people live here? No wonder many would struggle to pinpoint the country on a map. Guide books, however, keep naming Slovenia Europe’s hidden gem, which means it isn’t going to remain hidden for too much longer, so pack your bags and visit us as soon as possible!

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The ultimate 1 week road trip itinerary for Ireland

No pictures or information online can really prepare you for the trip to Ireland. It’s hard to believe how much this small country has to offer. One week is far from enough to see it all, but we knew that before coming and I can’t wait to be back.

If you ask me, the best time to travel in Ireland in spring, because of the weather (less rain than in winter) and also, because it’s low-season, so the prices are lower than in summer. You’ll probably have to dress for winter weather, though. Unless you’re British or Irish, then you can use T-shirt and shorts.

DAY 1: Wicklow Mountains and Glendalough

Pick your car at Dublin airport in the morning. We were staying in Dublin for a night and then headed to the airport using the local bus next morning. We had pre-booked a car using a German site.

Ok, time to start the journey. Your first stop is Powerscourt Waterfall. Well, that’s the first one planned, I’m sure you’re going to stop several times before that.

TIP: Pay your Dublin’s M50 (it is a barrier-free toll road) toll fee at petrol station. Tell them your car license number and once you pay, they will delete you off the system.

The ultimate 1 week road trip itinerary for Ireland | The Cheerful Wanderer

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AirBnB experiences and tips

For a really long time I couldn’t unserstand why people use AirBnB, when there are so many hotels, B&B and hostels around – until I tried it myself. After four very positive experiences with AirBnB, I can say I’m impressed with the whole system. Comfy rooms, friendly locals and cheap prices are the main reasons I’m using it more and more these days. Let’s start with the basic…

What is AirBnB?

Airbnb is a website where people rent out their rooms, apartments, and houses to people looking for a place to stay. Opened in 2008, it’s the biggest apartment rental website still functioning with over 2,000,000 listings worldwide. AirBnB allows you to stay in a wide range of lodging, from private rooms to treehouses, villas and castles.

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How much does one week roadtrip in Ireland cost?

Yesterday me and my boyfriend returned from Dublin, where we eneded our one week roadtrip. Because it’s all still fresh, I thought I could share the expenses with you, so you have an idea how much such roadtrip costs. Please note that I first write down the price we paid together and then calculate how much it was per person.

CAR

How much does one week roadtrip in Ireland cost? | The Cheerful Wanderer
Rent for 7 days: €77
Petrol: €46 + €8 + €42.8 + €10 = €106.8
Toll fee: 3 x €1.9 + €2.9€ + 6.2€ = €14.8
Parking: €4

Expenses per person: €101.3

We did a little under 1500 kilometres.

ENTRANCES (student tickets)

Powerscourt Waterfall: €11
Rock of Cashel: 6€
Prehistoric Fahan Beehive Huts: €4
Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden: €18
Guinness Storehouse: €32

Expenses per person: €35.5

Some of them planned, others not. No regrets for any of them.

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Travel Movie Monday: Wild

Every second Monday I’m going to recommend you one travel movie (in no specific order). Each one of those mentioned, had some kind of an impact on me and I’m sure they will affect you too. Travel movies have the ability to inspire your wanderlust, the motivation to a new destination and give you the power to chase your goals.

WILD (2014)

Travel Movie Monday: Wild | The Cheerful Wanderer

A chronicle of one woman’s 1,100-mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent personal tragedy.

With the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, Cheryl Strayed has lost all hope. After years of reckless behavior, she makes a rash decision. Without any experience, driven only by sheer determination, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone. Filmmakes didn’t sugarcoat the journey. Read More

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