When Booking: Do NOT go with eDreams!

So I booked a flight to the UK for work and as always I go on SkyScanner. I find the cheapest flight as it is last minute and I click through to eDreams. I see that the price has dropped, I see that in my email confirmation I am charged three things:

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So all is well and I continue about my business. As I am waiting for a payment to go through on another trip I have been checking my bank transactions and I notice that eDreams has taken an additional €56.25 in the transaction.

Also note that the terms and conditions link you see there is a dead link. Also read through the T&Cs on their site and there is not one mention that they will additionally charge you just for making a booking.

They state that the price you see is the price you pay which is not the case.

There is a whole load of other charges that can occur if you want to change or if your card is faulty. Again nothing is mentioned about an additional service charge.

Update: 23/01/16 – Money was put back in my account after I called the a New York customer services number. I was told it was a mistake but I don’t know about you but I don’t like people making mistakes with my money. Still wont use them again.

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In Life: A Perfect Sunday

So for many reasons, most notably I am very grateful for the ability to move and the fact that I am reasonably healthy, I decided to go for a hike on Sunday. I have decided to get out and do more on the weekends since I sit at a desk all week.

I left the house at 7:30am to do the 45 minute drive to Glendalough, somewhere I love and go to an awful lot. I was the first person in the car park, I love being the first person in a car park. PhoebeGill160110052This hike is a part of the white route in Glendalough, there are a lot of rocks as the path winds up the hill. I see various outfits whenever I’ve walked up here. I’ve seen hiking poles, I’ve been waterproofs and thick coats, I’ve seen shorts and gym gear. My suggestion is you wear any shoe with good enough ankle support, bring gloves because the wind comes down this valley and it can get quite cold, especially in winter. Also wear something that is comfortable, I’ve done this hike in jeans in the height of summer…terrible terrible decision! Like awful! Just wear exercise clothes or sweatpants, be comfy! I also recommend water and a clementine. Clementines are fantastic! PhoebeGill160110061Take note, in this area there is lots of wildlife! I love looking at the side of the hill and spotting all the deer and the feral goats. I like the feral goats, I was hiking in a spot close to here and I heard a noise above me, I look up to see a line of goats wandering on the side of the hill. I then called the person I was with and they thought I was mad but believe me there are goats, look out for them they are pretty cool! PhoebeGill160110094The hike up is fun, there is a gorgeous waterfall that is now strong and thunderous, it’s pretty great! The view from the top is amazing and I love it. I have so many memories around this place! PhoebeGill160110088Once I reached the top I realised how much snow had fallen the night before. I knew that the fact I am like a new born giraffe on ice meant that I probably shouldn’t walk up the mountain ridge. I met two dogs and their human said that it was quite icy on the walk so that only confirmed that I should venture any further. PhoebeGill160110105Once I descended the hill I got back to my car and drove up to the top of Glendalough to see more snow. I got to see the most gorgeous view of the Wicklow gap. Snow makes me ridiculously happy! Ever since 2010 I have learnt that in Wicklow it snows and that if it’s not too bad I can drive around and go see it. I love snow, it makes all my memories happier and warm. PhoebeGill160110179Although I was giddy at the prospect of new powder hugging the ground, my heels at this point were on fire! I needed to break in those Mendel boots I bought for Iceland, I did walking in Iceland but I didn’t do any hiking, so this was their first proper outing…ouchy!PhoebeGill160110185I then drove home with a stupidly big smile on my face and donned some blister plasters and spent the rest of the day relaxing.

My definition of a perfect Sunday!

 

What’s your perfect day? Tell me in the comments! 

Happy Travels!

Goals for 2016

So I didn’t complete any of the goals I made last year but to be honest it doesn’t really matter. I completed 5 things off my bucket list last year which I love and I am already planning on so many more things for this year. So here are my goals for 2016.

Keep my job.

I really want to keep my job, I want to help more and work harder. It’s an amazing opportunity and I don’t want to waste a minute.

Do something new every month.

So I think this is pretty attainable and I already have two adventures planned. I cannot wait to share them with you. There is so much of Ireland I haven’t seen so I am very excited to see more of my own country!

Complete a pretentious monthly scrapbook.

This is where you vlog your month and make it into a video. I failed last year because I got really down during the year but I am determined to make it this year. I’m also determined to not give a crap talking to a camera in public.

Read 20 books, no really this time.

I put this on my list last year and I completely failed but I got so many books to go through and books I have borrowed so I need to read them and give them back!

Meet new people.

During the really difficult times this year I looked around and didn’t really have anyone to turn to (who was close to me) although I have people moving back, closer to me, yay, I think meeting new people is really really important, especially since I don’t work with people own age.

Keep going.

I have a habit of stopping when things get difficult or when I’m not perfect at something and that is the worst thing you could do so I want to keep going. Even if what I’m doing isn’t earth shatteringly good doesn’t mean I don’t have the potential to make great things.

Skydive.

I hope this goals stops rolling over every year and I am able to do it soon!

What do you have planned for your year? What are your goals?

Happy Travels!