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  1. Craig Gottschalk

    First I love the name! My wife’s name is Kristen.
    I think your thoughts were spot on. We have traveled to Ireland twice now (she’s been 3 times – once with our daughter as a college graduation mother/daughter trip) and are looking forward to our trip this coming November!!!! Sounds like it is opening up again in early July.
    We have enjoyed our Irish forays so much – the dream to retire a portion of the year in the “Emerald Isle” has captured our hearts.
    We are drawn to north western Ireland and love the Donegal/Dungloe area the most. The Slieve League Cliffs – followed by a pint at the Rusty Mackerel in Teelin (at the base of the road to the cliffs) is a perfect day to say the least. We’ve enjoyed sunshine, rain, sleet and snow – all within the same 2.5 hour visit and hike!!!
    Keep your feet moving, seeing this gorgeous blue ball of ours and letting us know how the wind hits your face!!.

    Thank you,

    Craig Gottschalk
    Colon, NE

    • The Blonde Abroad

      Hi Craig! Thank you for the kind words! That sounds like an incredible trip and you’ve got me itching to go back. Enjoy!!

  2. Robyn

    This article was awesome! Thanks so much!

    I always resonated with Ireland in my heart for some reason, and I want to just dive in and go one day as a solo traveler but from looking online it seems as if things could get pricey really fast.

    Do you think it’s advisable to go for about 4 days as a solo traveler as a student?

    • The Blonde Abroad

      Hi Robyn! Things can get pricey but it really depends on what you’re doing. In my experience, I’ve found that there are ALWAYS ways to make a trip budget-friendly. Particularly if you’re not renting a car and you’re staying in a main city like Dublin, there’s a ton to do and you don’t have to pay much for transportation. It really depends on what kind of activities you’d like to do though.

      And absolutely! I ventured to Ireland early on in my travels and it was super fun to explore on a meager budget.