๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Dublin

May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light. May good luck pursue you each morning and night.”

– Irish Blessing

Dublin City ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช

I haven’t blogged for a while but I thought it was time to catch up as this year I’ve began to solo travel. I have been learning along the way(and learning from mistakes) and discovered travel hostels which has then put me on a path to seeing how to travel on a budget.

I’d only ever stayed in one hostel and that was in London a few years ago. I’ll be honest, I didn’t last an hour before I left, got a hotel and thought I’d never stay in one again. However, knowing what I know now, I know I was just unlucky and hadn’t done any research.

I went to Dublin in May as although I’d been around the world, I’d never been to Dublin which was literally only a 50 minute flight from Liverpool. At the beginning of the year, I worked for Ryanair as crew for a short period of time and from that, I discovered how cheap the flights can be. Id gone back to my job as a Rapid Response Health care worker and work a week on/week off rota which gives me plenty of spare time to go off and explore by myself.

Brief time at Ryanair before deciding to do Solo Travel

I found a flight with Ryanair for ยฃ30 return then began to look for accommodation and came across Jacobs Inn, a travel hostel in the city centre and a fraction of the price of a hotel. It looked fresh and funky on the website but I was a bit wary due to my London experience but decided to take a gamble and book for 2 nights for 80โ‚ฌ.

I arrived in Dublin at 09.20 so this gave me plenty time to take a bus to the city centre rather than paying for a taxi. I made my way to Jacobs Inn hostel and it definitely lived up to its online description, if not better. I was in an 8 bed mixed dorm and each pod had its own privacy curtain, light, low light for reading, plug socket and hook. As ex-cabin crew, this was just like an upgraded bunk on the aircrafts when doing long haul. Due the privacy curtain, I never even seen any of the other guest so would never have even known I was sharing. For me, all I wanted was somewhere to sleep, shower and store my luggage then be out exploring the city. Its thanks to Jacobs Inn I found a new love for travel hostels and realising how travel could be done on a budget.

Dublin Castle

Once I had settled in at Jacobs Inn, I headed straight out in to the city. I hadn’t looked into it prior to my trip so I was surprised to discover that Dublin Castle was located in Central Dublin, just off Dame Street and cost me around 7โ‚ฌ for a ticket into the Castle to look around.

“Constructed in the early thirteenth century on the site of a Viking settlement, Dublin Castle served for centuries as the headquarters of English, and later British, administration in Ireland. In 1922, following Irelandโ€™s independence, Dublin Castle was handed over to the new Irish government. It is now a major government complex and a key tourist attraction”. Source: http://www.Dublincastle.ie

Hop on, hop off bus tour

From my time travelling with BA, I learned that the quickest way to see a city in a short space of time was to take one of the bus tours. I chose the Big Bus Company and a single ticket was around 27โ‚ฌ

Dublin Central

Molly Malone Statue
Temple Bar
River Liffey

Jacobs Inn Travel Hostel

2 night Mid-week stay in May: 80โ‚ฌ

I loved this hostel and felt safe as a female solo traveller and the location was great and so handy to get around. If I go back to Dublin, even in a group I think I’d opt to stay here

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