24 Hours on Ireland’s Dingle Peninsula: Beaches, Ancient Ruins, and Lots of Coffee

In June, I traveled with a group of five to Ireland and Scotland for two weeks. I’ve written all about my travels, including tips on what to do, where to stay, and how to get there, in a series of blog posts

24 hours on Dingle Peninsula what to see and do

Visiting Dingle Peninsula was at the top of our list for places to see in Ireland. National Geographic Travel deemed it “the most beautiful place on earth.” Often described as a less-touristy alternative to the Ring of Kerry, Dingle is known for its unspoiled coastline, friendly locals, and ancient sites. Continue reading

Prepping for a Hurricane

List of item for hurricane

This week we’ve been consumed with watching Hurricane Irma and the National Weather Service’s predictions of if the storm will hit Charleston. Irma has already left a path of destruction in the eastern Caribbean and the state of Florida is bracing for the worst.

Hurricane Irma has been difficult to predict, but as of this morning the storm continues to shift west and away from Charleston. Of course, the storm’s path could change again. There has been no official evacuation orders, although those may come tomorrow morning. As for now (Friday morning), we don’t know if we will be staying or leaving and we are preparing for both scenarios.

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Backyard Project: Turning our Shed into a Tiny House

We lived in our house for a little over a year when we began dreaming of the idea of renovating the shed in our backyard. The 200-square foot custom-built shed definitely had some wear but was solidly built. We had been using it for storage, cramming everything in there that would not fit in our house.

We lived in our house for a little over a year when we began dreaming of the idea of renovating the shed in our backyard. The 200-square foot custom-built shed definitely had some wear but was solidly built. We had been using it for storage, cramming everything in there that would not fit in our house.

Our friends have two successful short-term rentals that they used to pay their mortgage bills. Any money they had leftover went towards traveling to destinations like Spain, France, and Costa Rica. They inspired us to see our shed as more than just storage space, but rather a money-making opportunity. Continue reading

Our First Trip to Scotland: 48 Hours of Being Constantly Amazed in Edinburgh

In June, I traveled with a group of five to Ireland and Scotland for two weeks. I’ve written all about my travels, including tips on what to do, where to stay, and how to get there, in a series of blog posts. 

Our First Trip to Scotland: 48 Hours of Being Constantly Amazed in Edinburgh

We were pleasantly surprised by Scotland’s capital. We had two days to explore the city but definitely could’ve stayed longer. We flew into Edinburgh Airport from Cork, Ireland. Taxis were plentiful and easy to find, even for the five of us plus all of our luggage.

We rented a flat not far from Edinburgh Castle. We traveled by foot and walked on average for 7 miles a day around the “old town” section of the city. We kept saying to one another “I could totally see us living here!” Continue reading