And Just Like That, I’m Off Again

That’s right. After a mere 9 ½ months in New York City, I am on my way to another adventure. An Irish adventure! I absolutely loved my time in the city, but when I learned that I qualified for the Irish work holiday visa program, I knew that I had to take the leap.

Well, to be honest, I didn’t know right away. There was a lot of internal debating. Is this responsible? Should I be trying to focus on a career? Do I want to spend all of my money on this? Is this really what I want to do? As you can obviously tell, I went with my heart. And suddenly, I’m here. I am leaving my home country yet again. It snuck up on my this time, let me tell you.

I don’t really have a plan. The visa lasts for one year, but I don’t even know if I will be there that long. Moving to Europe was an amazing experience, but I had a nice set up in New York: a fun group of friends, a pretty good job, a network of favorite places to hang out. And right as I hit my stride, I decided to throw a wrench in the whole thing. Spontaneous and adventurous, or impulsive and dumb? There’s only one way to find out.

I am planning to hit up a few major cities over the course of my first week in the country, namely Dublin, Cork, and Galway. Then I am meeting up with a friend for a week in Italy. After that mini-vacation, I have to get serious. As much as I’d love to slowly work my way through every little town across the country, I do not have the funds for that.

Hopefully my preliminary tour will give me an idea of where I want to set up shop. Then I just have to find myself a job and spend all of my free time (and money) traveling to all the parts of the country I can. Easy, right? (I feel compelled to tell you that was sarcasm).

The plan could use some fleshing out, I know. But I am so looking forward to the freedom to do whatever I want whenever I want. If I like a place, I stay. If I don’t, I can leave. I’ve never traveled completely solo before. Maybe signing up for a year of it is a little extreme, but I see it as a challenge. Can I make it totally on my own in a new country?

More than anything, I think this will be a trip of self-discovery. I may not enjoy everything, but I will definitely learn something. And hopefully I’ll meet some cool people and have some fun as well. And you know I’ll be posting all about it here.

Wish me luck!

This photo, which features prominently on this website, is from my first trip to Ireland back in 2013. How will this trip compare? I’m ready to find out.

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