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St. Patrick’s Day Contest Entry: Off the Beaten Path

In Win A Trip to Ireland by Leslie Intriago1 Comment

When I think of Ireland, without a doubt, the first thing that comes to mind is history. With sites older than the pyramids in Egypt, Ireland is an area full of rich cultural relics and landmarks. I can’t even begin to imagine where I would start exploring. I’ve never been anywhere aside from the continental United States and Mexico, and Ireland offers seemingly endless possibilities for a new traveler to wander. I cannot comprehend what it would feel like to witness the architectural history and beautiful landscape of Ireland first hand. When I think of Ireland, I think of the flawless pictures you only see in calendars and online. It doesn’t seem real that scenery so beautiful could exist in real life.

When I graduated from college I dreamed I would travel the world and learn about new places and people, and explore all of the beauty and wonderful experiences the world has to offer. I instead got wrapped up into the life so many Americans find themselves living. I went to law school, got bogged down with school loans, and had to start working right out of school just to keep up with baseline payments. Eight years later, I’ve taken two vacations. I spend my days like most others. Up early, long commute to work, nine hours spent with people I’m fond of, but aren’t my family. Long, traffic laden drive home, chores at home. Try to make dinner. In bed as early as possible in order to have the energy to get up the next day and do it all again. Living that life you start to forget everything that’s out there.

Everything that exists outside of your life between Georgetown and Austin Texas. When I get the chance to finally take a break, I find myself drowning in all of the shows on the Travel Channel; watching others delight in exploring new places. I want that to be me. I want to walk the lush rolling green hills of Ireland. I want to explore all of the sites. I want to try all of the food. (I’m such a foodie. I will try anything once) I want to meet the people. (And, quite honestly, I want to get drunk in a local pub with an Irishman. Cliche, yes, but it sure sounds like a heck of a good time to me) I want to learn new things and expose myself to all that Ireland has to offer. I like to truly immerse myself whenever I do actually get the chance to go to a new place. I like to see the usual sites of course, but I like to try to live like a local as well. I like to find the interesting little books that don’t find their way into the travel guides and find time to explore off of the beaten path. I think the best times can be had by meeting locals, making friends and letting those people share with you what their country, their Ireland, not the calendar Ireland, is really all about. When you have that, you have he most fulfilling experiences that travel with you for a lifetime.


We often get caught up in the day-to-day routine that limits us from being able to see the world and take the vacations that we yearn to have. Luckily when you travel to Ireland with our company, we can be sure that you have an experience-filled vacation! We can also customize your number of travel days, in case a two-week long vacation doesn’t fit in the cards for your work schedule. Even a 5-night tour can still have you staying in an Ireland Castle!

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