Ireland: Travel and workaway

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Workaway

What is it?

Workaway is a concept that’s been around for years! The concept is to work for a host and in exchange you’ll get food and border. It’s a pretty sweet concept. In general you’ll work five hours for five days and you’ll have two days off. From what I’ve read it’s different from host to host, if you are going to get your two days off together or separate. I would recommend getting them together, cause you’ll be able to travel around the country that you’re in a lot easier.

These are some of the websites, where you can create an account:

How to?

I have a profil on Workaway. There’s not really a particular reason why I choose Workaway instead of one of the others, I think in this matter, just look through the different websites, before you decide and then go with your gut. You have to pay to create a profile on all of the above mentioned sites. You can initiate the contact or the host can. Most of the time it will probably be you taking the initiative. It’s a really good way to get to see another country and learn more about the culture and the people. It’s really important to list when you’re going and where you’re going to. There are a lot of profiles, where the workaway will say that they are going to ten different countries. If a host is searching for help and they want to initiate the contact, it can be hard for them to figure out when you are going to their country, if you have listed ten countries.

I have only had one workaway experience so far, but I would say it’s going rather well. I took the initiative to write to a couple of hosts and one host took the initiativ to write to me. I had very clearly stated, where I was going and the dates I would be available for. I would advice to plan your trip as early as possible. I planned mine quite close to the dates, that I was available for and I got lucky. The hosts I wrote, already had enough workaways for the summer, so I went with the host who contacted me. We very quickly sorted out everything over email and skype. It’s very important, that you are satisfied with the terms, that you and your host agree on before going and remember, you can always leave, if there is a problem.

Travelling while being a Workaway

Agree on the terms
I wanted to travel around Ireland, while I was doing the workaway. I talked to my hosts, Patricia and Gerry, about it and we agreed that my two days off would be Tuesday and Wednesday every week. That way I could take off Monday afternoon and be back Wednesday evening and have two nights away. I would say that it definitely depends on, where you are and what kind of workaway experience you’re doing, but I really needed two nights away from my host place.

I’m at a B’n’B in Ireland and it is really amazing and a wonderful experience, but on my days off, I don’t want to wake up and experience the craziness that goes on before and during the breakfast run, cause I would just feel bad about leaving then.

Getting around
It is really easy to get around in Ireland, it might take quite a lot of time to get from A to B, but it is easy. You can jump on a bus anywhere in Ireland and you’d be able to get to the other side, north, south, east or west. These are the websites that helped me getting around in Ireland:

Bus Éireann is for The Republic of Ireland and Translink is for Northen Ireland. That’s a thing you need to be aware of, they use two different currencies and different bus companies, so if you try to look up your route on Google maps, which is absolutely amazing most of the time, it won’t really work to your best interest, when travelling from city to city in all of Ireland.

What to do and see in Ireland

My babushka doll at The Cliffs of Moher, Doolin, Co. Clare

My babushka doll at The Cliffs of Moher, Doolin, Co. Clare

As any other place, there are most see attractions and cities in Ireland. I’ve been a little bit all over and I still haven’t seen everything, but I do feel that, I’ve seen a lot of the best places. First of all do try and make it as far north in The republic of Ireland as you can. Co. Donegal is absolutely gorgeous and if you’ve heard a lot of great things about the Cliffs of Moher, they’ve got nothing on The Slieve League Cliffs in Co. Donegal, near Killybegs. According to Wild Atlantic Way they are some of the highest accessible sea cliffs in Europe.

The giant's chair and table

The giant’s chair and table

I personally think that a visit to the The Aran Islands is a most. I’ve been to two out of the

three; Inishmore(The big island) and Inisheer(the small island). You can get to all three islands in a lot of different ways. You can take a boat or plane from Galway and Doolin. Google it, you will find plenty of ferry services going to the Islands. If you are going to Doolin, I would definitely recommend staying at The Rainbow Hostel, they are absolutely lovely.

The Giants Causeway and the Carrick-Rede Rope bridge are most sees as well. I would recommend getting there as early as possible, especially for The Giants Causeway. No one can change the magnificence of the place, but it would definitely be better without to many tourists.

For any GoT fans, go to Belfast or Derry, they have a lot of GoT tours. I saw Castle Black and a road with a bunch of old trees, apparently Arya escaped down that road. I haven’t seen the series, only read the books, so I wasn’t all that excited about it, but I’m sure a true GoT fan, would go ballistic over it. I was on a Giants Causeway tour, not a GoT tour.

Belfast is a great city to spent a few days in and you should definitely stay at the Lagans Backpacker. You will have a great time there!

My favorite place of all in Ireland, so far, is Killybegs. I love it there! It is gorgeous, there are so many jaw dropping venues close by and the people are amazing. You can stay at Seawinds B’n’B, which is right in the middle of the town. There are plenty of brilliant places to grab a bite to eat, eg. Mrs. B’s or Ahoy Café, the latter being my favorite, cause you can sit outside and enjoy the day. Another thing for the sports interested, Seamus Coleman, he was captain for the Irish soccer team at the Euros16, he’s from Killybegs.

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