I got some really cool travel related gifts this year and am so excited by them that I want to show them off! These are my top 3:
1 Colour your own passport
I’ve never seen this one before and just think it’s a great idea. A portable world map that isn’t an app (yey old-school) and it protects the passport and the ever important stamps that are in it along the way! I won’t go anywhere without a passport cover any more as once a bottle of water spilled in my backpack and the cover saved my passport and all of my stamps I’ve collected from around the world.
2 Exotic holiday fund savings box
This just lit up my face when I opened it. So cute and thoughtful and gives that extra bit of motivation to keep saving for the next adventure even when funds are low.
3 The scratch map
One that is popular and widespread but it is ever so satisfying scratching off that gold covering country by country. My sister got me an awesome one that also has a travel journal and miniature maps that are the perfect size (about A5) to bring with you on your travels.
These are just a few of the fabulous gifts I’ve received over the last while. Maybe you’ll treat yourself to something similar or it might spark an idea for a gift for the travel addict in your life. 🙂
I’ve heard many talk about going up The Great Sugarloaf Mountain but it’s something I hadn’t ever gotten around to. Well with the New Year here and a fabulously sunny day I decided to bite the bullet and do it!
On the way up
The view from half way up
I parked in the car park at the base of the trail and off I went. The views are stunning. I could see stretches of Dublin, Wicklow and The Irish Sea. It was Irish horizons all around and it was the most picturesque site ever.
The walk itself was lovely. There were people of all ages climbing up and down, one man even had a little baby who was definitely under 12 months strapped onto him while doing the walk. There is a steep part towards the very top which is a bit of a scramble and I must admit made me slightly nervous but it was definitely doable and worth it. Mind you next time I would wear my hiking boots rather than the runners! There are also three different pathways to the top to choose from so you can choose the one that best suits you and the people who are walking with you.
The view out to sea, and the shadow cast by the mountain
Wear the climbing shoes
This trail is a must do for both locals and visitors to Ireland.