My road trip through Ireland

Headed to Ireland? Rent a car and hop in for the best road trip of your life.

Last summer I took the best trip around Southern and Central Ireland and I am convinced this is the best way to see the country. We flew into Dublin and rented a car and drove to our accommodations right away. We'd be back for Dublin later. We got an Airbnb in the center of the country in a small town called Croom located in County Limerick so we could make various day trips. Here were our destinations and the things you need to know:

County Limerick, Croom and Adare

The farmhouse we stayed in was gorgeous! A two storey house with tons of living space and an open kitchen provided the five of us with enough space to spread out. James, the owner of the home met us there upon our arrival. He was so sweet and accommodating and even left us travel resources. Check out his listing on Airbnb here! The views from the backyard were incredible! All you could see for miles was green and the occasional cow. Across the street was a nice hiking trail where you could see even more of the beautiful Irish countryside. The kitchen was fully equipped, so we saved money by eating breakfast here before setting out for the day. I find grocery shopping abroad really fun because it can be so different which brings me to our next destination.

Croom had no grocery store so we had to make a quick trip to the neighboring town, Adare. This was such an amazing happy accident and we ended up returning a few times! Adare's main street is flanked with small shops, bars, and restaurants. After grocery shopping, we stopped in Aunty Lena's Bar And Lounge which quickly became a favorite. The locals seemed to regard it as your average local pub but to us it was a treat. My first night there, I had their Bangers and Mash and it was incredible. I think that's the first of many times on this trip I decided I needed to move to Ireland. There are potatoes in almost every dish - these must be my people, I thought. Aunty Lena's and other local pubs boasted live music most nights of the week. A combination between top 40's and old Irish folk songs, it was the perfect soundtrack to dinner.

Some of Ireland's amazing food at Aunty Lena'sPhoto by Anie Delgado

County Kerry, Killarney

Our first full day in Ireland was spent driving to Killarney in County Kerry to visit the Muckross grounds. We visited the haunting Abbey and cemetery first which is a must-see! The old stone tombstones and structures overgrown with greenery is eerie but down the road near the house and the gardens is an entirely different vibe. The gardens are bright and well manicured. They are the perfect spot to stop and have a picnic. We packed some lunch with us to save money and ate in the shade of a tree overlooking the gardens. Nearby, there was a shop where they sold handmade goods like gorgeous hats, pottery, Trinity crystal, and more. Killarney is a quick hour and 20 minutes from Croom and I definitely recommend visiting if you love architecture.

County Galway, Galway

Possibly the destination I was most excited for as an artist myself was Galway. I didn't know exactly what to expect and the city surpassed any expectations I did have. You can feel the artistic soul of the place in the buzzing streets. We came across a group of street performers called the Galway Street Gang who were 15 or so strong playing Irish Folk songs and Bob Marley covers throughout the streets. We ran into them later when they hopped a boat and serenaded Galway Bay. Besides walking around, there are tons of bars to see in Galway. Most notable, Róisín Dubh is known as a legendary music hall. I enjoyed a drink there during one of their quieter times and loved the space. Galway is crowded with stores selling handmade clothing and housewares and even music stores selling hand carved wooden instruments. Galway is a quick hour and a half from Croom, so again it was an easy trip and definitely a must-see!

The streets of GalwayPhoto by Anie Delgado

County Cork, Blarney and Kinsale

The next day we made sure to cross visiting a castle off our bucket list. We chose the Blarney Castle known for the Blarney Stone. The legend is that if you kiss the stone you get the gift of gab which is essentially charisma. Locals joke that they pee on the stone at night when all the tourists go home and made up the legend as a prank on the tourists. Regardless, I kissed the stone. What can I say? I did it for the 'gram. The castle itself was tall and narrow and well preserved. There were signs all around indicating what each space was used for. My favorite part was the poison garden just outside. It was really fun to read about all of the poisonous plants and crazy to think that they are right there within arms reach of guests!

Later that day, we continued further South into County Cork to Kinsale. We heard that Kinsale boasted the best fish and chips and had to try it. Kinsale was super fun because it was a smaller, less-touristy town and it was a bank-holiday so we got to interact with more locals. We indulged in fish and chips at Kitty O Se's and they were pretty good!

The Blarney CastlePhoto by Anie Delgado

The view from the top of Blarney Castle.Photo by Anie Delgado

Kissing the Blarney Stone: DuringPhoto by Marie Delgado

Kissing the Blarney Stone: AfterPhoto by Marie Delgado

County Clare, Doolin and the Aran Islands

The next day we spent in Doolin and seeing the Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands. Check out my post about The Cliffs of Moher and The Aran Islands here.

County Limerick, City of Limerick

We were told since we were staying in County Limerick we couldn't miss Limerick. We were also told that it was one of the rougher areas in Ireland, but we had a blast. We visited King John's Castle which was one of the best museums I've ever been to. It was interactive and they also had historical reenactments throughout the day. After the museum we went to a pub around the corner and enjoyed some step dancing!

King John's CastlePhoto by Anie Delgado

The historic river outside King John's CastlePhoto by Anie Delgado


Our last trip was to the capital of Dublin. Dublin was a little overwhelming even for this city girl! There are so many things to see and so many attractions that it's hard to do just one day here which is something I noted for next time! Some of our big stops were the Guinness Factory, The National Museum, and Trinity College. We also walked around the streets and stumbled across an amazing old bookstore with (very expensive) original signed copies of novels from the greats like Ernest Hemingway. We also stopped in the country's oldest bar, Temple Bar.

Having the freedom to roam the country without worrying about transportation made all of the difference! I highly recommend road tripping through Ireland if you visit.

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If you want to travel but have a job that is currently holding you back, here are a few of our suggestions for the best jobs for people who love to travel.

For many people, traveling is an amazing experience, but traveling is not always feasible because of responsibilities to work.

One way to get around this roadblock is to get a job that will let you travel and see the world. Here are some of the best jobs for people who love to travel.



A translator is a wonderful job for those who want to travel. It will bring you to many places as you work, so long as those places speak the language you can translate. The great thing about translating is the variety of work you can get by translating for specific clients or just translating for tourists in the area. You can choose what type of scene you wish to work in very easily.


A pilot fits the definition of a job that gets to travel perfectly. Now, whether you are a private pilot or a commercial pilot, you will still get to fly all over the planet. The only major problem with this job is the requirement of flight classes. But once you get your license, you can fly freely around the world while making yourself money to fund your trips.

Travel blogger

Being a travel blogger is a temperamental job but, if done correctly, it will allow you to visit anywhere you want. Writing to fans as you travel the world can be a fun and exciting way to engage with the planet. This job can be difficult to do, though, as you must be able to write consistently and capture your audience with each post.

English teacher

This may not sound like a job that allows you to travel, but schools all around the world are always looking for more people to teach English.

In this career, you would move near the school that you would teach at and live there over the course of your time there. The interesting thing about this job is that it does not necessarily require a teaching degree, depending on the school and country in question. You also get to live in a new country for an extended period.

When it comes to the best jobs for people who love to travel, these are just a few of our suggestions. There are plenty of jobs where you can travel around the world, but these ones are far-reaching and cover a lot of different lifestyles. They might seem like pipe dreams, but hey, you never know!

Seattle, Washington is a rainy, coffee-fueled, coastal town often referred to as the "Emerald City."

Located against the ecological wonderland of Puget Sound, this cosmopolitan, seaside city is a mishmash of arts, culture, history, nature, and, of course, cloudy weather. Thanks to its proximity to nature, its greenery, and its culturally rich, big-city atmosphere, the city is becoming increasingly popular, both for tourists and those looking for a change of scenery.

The Big Stops: Tourist Seattle

If you only have a few days to visit Seattle, you'll probably want to check out the area's most famous attractions.

For nature lovers and summit-chasers, there's the imposing, wildflower-shrouded Mt. Rainier.


Mt. Rainier

For foodies, there's the popular Pike Place Market, a giant patchwork of food-sellers and friendly chaos where you can purchase everything from giant crabs' legs to bottomless amounts of coffee (more on that later).

Pike Place

And finally, there's the iconic Space Needle and the Sky View Observatory, which will give you extraordinary views of the city.


Seattle Arts and Museums

For arts and culture lovers, Seattle has plenty to cut your teeth on. Don't miss the Chihuly Garden and Glass, a collection of extraordinary blown-glass sculptures by Dale Chihuly.


Chihuly Gardens

For art, there's the giant Seattle Art Museum Downtown. Seattle also offers the Museum of Pop Culture, a nonprofit that features all your favorite icons from history, and plenty of other options.

Museum of Pop

For some history, there's the Klondike Gold Rush Museum, which commemorates Seattle's history as a gold rush hub.

There are plenty of quirky attractions—like the giant Fremont Troll, the 18-foot sculpture in the Fremont neighborhood that cuts an imposing figure.


You could also take in the city from a boat—marine enthusiasts might enjoy visiting to the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks to explore the history of this port city.

Seattle, of course, also has a gritty underground side—you may know the city from its time at the heart of the '90s grunge movement.

It also has a long, storied history that has left more than a few scars. You can literally see its underground through one of its underground tours, which will take you on a walk through the "buried city," the remnants left over from before the Great Fire of 1889.

Seattle Undergroundpinterest

Natural Wonders

Seattle is notorious for its natural wonders. For a close-up view, there's the Seattle Aquarium, a marine experience that showcases the best of what Puget Sound has to offer.

For more exposure to the beauty of Seattle's nature, try the Washington Park Arboretum, a 230-acre showcase of Seattle's wetlands and natural wonders.

Washington Park

You might also pay a visit to the Alki Beach for some time with the ocean waves.


Or consider taking a more exhaustive adventure to Discovery Park, a giant and labyrinthine natural park at the edge of Puget Sound.

Discovery Parktrip

Food and Drink

Food tours are also popular options for those who want to get more intimate with the city's cuisine, and Seattle is often ranked as one of the best cities for foodies.

It's also a great place for coffee-heads. You might also pay a visit to the Starbucks Reserve Roastery, AKA Ultimate Starbucks, a tasting room that features a coffee library amongst other treats for coffee addicts.

Sarbucks Reserve

Moving to Seattle

If you're planning on moving to Seattle, locals say there's a few things you should know. First off, it is most definitely overcast the majority of the time, though the rain is rather like a mist. That makes the rare sunny day shine even more, though, locals say, in addition to fostering natural abundance.

The city is generally very congested with traffic, which can be noisy, though it offers great public transportation options, from buses to rail—regardless, you'll want to get an Orca Card for that.

Like every city, Seattle has a number of diverse and charismatic neighborhoods. For example, there's the beachy, more laid-back West Seattle.

West SeattleWest Seattle

There's the vibrant Capitol Hill, a hub of arts, culture, tech bros, and nightlife (during non-COVID times).

There's the historic and artsy Pioneer Square, featuring plenty of museums, shops, galleries, and pubs.

Pioneer Square SeattleExpedia

Fremont is a more bohemian area. Belltown is a trendy waterfront neighborhood that's close to everything.

In general, Seattle residents love the city for its proximity to nature, from beaches to glaciers, and its abundance of arts and cultural attractions. As Kimberly Kinrade said, "Seattle is for people who love culture, but refuse to sacrifice their wild nature to attain it." Residents dislike the steep cost of housing and all things that come from rising prices, including the city's large homeless population.

In general, the city is known as environmentally conscious, liberal, and dog-loving. The people are often referred to as nice but possibly a bit standoffish and cold (the "Seattle Freeze" is when you make plans to hang out and then bail, which is apparently very common). The rain can certainly get depressing, but the proximity to nature helps.

Remember, if you do happen to move: umbrellas are dead giveaways for tourists.

What's your favorite part about Seattle? What did we leave out? Let us know at @thejourniest on Twitter!


Weed World Candies Exist to Prey on Gullible Tourists

Weed is still illegal in New York, but scamming tourists is not.

You wouldn't know it walking around midtown Manhattan, but marijuana is still illegal in New York.

It does seem strange to think that perhaps the most metropolitan city in the US would be lagging behind so many other parts of the country that have legalized possession, production, and sale of cannabis and THC products, but it's true.

New York's decriminalization of marijuana has led many smokers to be more brazen with their public consumption in recent years, and Governor Cuomo recently announced plans for limited legalization for recreational use at the state level. But for the time being the sale of products containing THC is still very much illegal.

buy happiness You sure about that?

Adding to the confusion is a company that has sprung up to prey on tourist's uncertainty. Weed World trucks have multiplied at a staggering rate since they first started appearing in Midtown and the Village a few years ago. Easily a dozen RVs and vans now line the tourist-dense streets of Manhattan, advertising Girl Scout Cookies and Gorilla Glue, clad in marijuana-leaf decals and occupied by employees who are paid either to be stoned out of their minds, or just to pretend they are.

With eyes nearly in slits and an air of relaxation that suggests that customers are temporary interludes from a permanent nap, they will promise you as much as they can get away with while letting their branding do most of the work. They will sell you four lollipops for $20, which would seem like a great deal if not for the fact that they will not deliver on the strong implication that they'll get you high.

They have a Twitter account where they celebrate the supposed availability of weed and claim to "have New York locked down." They'll even sell you vape cartridges that advise you to "get medicated," and which are packed with potent doses of… flavor?

weed world truck

An employee once assured me that their candies do contain THC—maybe they wouldn't be so brazenly dishonest today—and in a drunken state I coughed up $5 to test that claim. There is a faint weedy taste to their candies, and you may find trace amounts of CBD inside, but that's it. It's a scam. There is no THC. Nothing that will give their customers the experience they're selling.

Worse than the trucks is the Weed World Candies storefront that opened in midtown in 2019. Just walking past you would swear that people were passing a massive blunt inside.

The smell is unmistakable and overpowering, except that it's fake. Whatever chemical fragrance they pumped onto the street, it was not connected to anyone smoking weed. Inside, the psychedelic wall art complemented shelves lined with suggestive candies and boxes emblazoned with pot leaf insignia.

Whatever the venue, they are all too happy to sell you overpriced hemp products and CBD creams and chocolates made to look like nugs. And if you're a tourist, or a moron like me, you might believe the scam long enough to give them money, but nothing they sell will get you high.

weed world store Hiroki Kittaka

The owners of Weed World, Judah Izrael and Bilal Muhammad—who prefers to go by "Dro Man" or "Doctor Dro"—will defend their products by claiming that they serve to promote legalization and decriminalization efforts by normalizing the idea of public sale of marijuana. But at no point in the purchasing process is the illusion that their candies will get you high broken. At no point are their customers offered literature explaining the mission of Weed World.

On their website's FAQs page, there is no mention of THC or its absence from their products, but the first question, "How much should I eat?" is answered, "It's all based on your tolerance but there's no limit." Tolerance for what? Sugar? The company—which originated in Alabama and has spread to cities around the country—mostly seems like a very profitable way to sell candy to gullible adults.

weed world wall art Nicole Mallete

The best thing I can say in their defense is that one of their trucks was recently busted by police in Saraland, Alabama, with products that "tested positive for marijuana." Assuming this isn't a screw up or deliberate frame-job by the police, it's possible that some of the Weed World trucks are using their faux activism as a front for selling actual drugs. If so, that would be the most honest thing about this company. Until that's confirmed, ignore these trucks and maybe just ask a friend for a hookup.