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Everyone needs time off. Seems simple enough, and yet so many of us can’t escape the work grind long enough to find time for an adventure.

I work in a creative field where work is exciting and new everyday. But much of my work relies on the “inspiration factor,” and when I feel tired and out of ideas I need to clear my head, explore new places, and refill my creative tank.

Are you like me? Do you feel guilty taking time off, even though you hustle hard everyday? Do you long for a vacay but feel exhausted by the mere thought of planning out an itinerary?

Worry not, wanderluster-er! I did the hard work for you. Here, for you, is the perfect Ireland road trip agenda.

Days 1+2: Dublin

-Get an airbnb close to the Temple Bar area. Stay for two nights!

Dublin must sees:

  • Queen of Tarts – A breakfast must for yummy treats and teas.

  • The Guinness Storehouse – Tour the factory and sip different flavors of Guinness on a skybridge that overlooks the city.

  • Temple Bar – The most iconic pub in Ireland. Go for at least one beer, and then pub crawl around the area.

  • St. Stephen’s Green – Ireland’s most prominent lush park.  

  • The Trinity College Library – Ireland’s largest and most ornate library.

Day 3: Head to Killarney

  • Rent a car. We chose Sixt because they rent to people under 25.

(A note about the car sitch for all my fellow Americans: driving Ireland is only for the lionhearted! You steer on the right and drive on the left and the roads are narrow and twisty! It’s super fun, but a major adjustment. We may have gotten caught in a snowbank… but eventually dug ourselves out.)

  • Stop in Cork on the way to Killarney and take the Blarney Castle tour. Legend has it if you kiss the Blarney Stone you get the gift of gab and eloquent speech. Does my writing reflect that?? LMK, ha!

  • Get dinner in Killarney’s downtown area. It’s exactly what you’re envisioning: winding alleys, music spilling into streets, and a pub on every corner.

  • For hotel lodging, stay at 19th Green Guesthouse. It has a cozy fire setup where you can read and sip wine whilst warming your feet.


Day 4: To Dingle We Go!

Dingle is a small, colorful beach town on the peninsula. Besides the lolz-worthy name, the draw is the rugged scenery, colorful buildings, and town-made Murphy’s Ice Cream.


Day 5: Live out Your Childhood Dreams at Dromoland Castle

If Hogwarts existed IRL, it would be Dromoland Castle. Now an elegant 5-Star luxury resort, it’s the place to rec the royal treatment.

-Don’t forget to check out Cliffs of Moher. Lush, green, majestic cliffs that overlook the North Sea, and the perfect spot to contemplate the meaning of life.

Day 6: To Galway

Galway is Ireland’s bohemian party area, with a mixed community of college students and young professionals.

  • Drive the exhilarating loop known as the “sky drive.”

  • Stop by the magnificent gardens at Kylemore Abbey.

  • Pop into town for traditional Irish shopping and music, and be sure to live it up – this is your last night!

Day 7: Back to Dublin to Fly Back to Reality

Pro tip: WOW air has the cheapest flights. We scored round trip tickets from Los Angeles to Dublin for $400. Those black friday deals, tho!

Day 8: Back to the Grind

But you will feel renewed, inspired, and ready to slay!

Natalie Hovee