In Life: 2016 According to My Instagram

Oh 2016, I didn’t like you very much. 2016 was a really horrible year for a lot of people all over the world. Too many mornings I woke up to horrible news and it was heart breaking. It’s also been a really hard year for people I care about and that sucks. This is going to be a bit different than the previous years. I am just going to show you my travel of this year. The personal bits aren’t mine to share. So here is where I went in 2016.


I took a trip to Clare, I had a bucket list item booked and I thought I would see a new county in the process. Seeing the Cliffs of Moher and roaming in the Burren was a great start to my adventures and then a helicopter flight over the area was the cherry on top. I absolutely loved every moment of that trip.


This was a fun month because I went away twice this month. I decided to go to Mayo and make some new memories and just drive around to clear my head. There is nothing better than driving around exploring and finding beautiful places. Mayo Triptych.jpgI then went on my first overseas flight of the year. I had been planning this since December of last year and I was not disappointed. I flew to Norway, hired a camper van and I drove around for three days and it was an incredible, awe inspiring experience. I didn’t sleep well or eat well and I drove for 14 hours at one point but it was incredible. I drove from one side of Norway to the other and I loved every second. Norway Triptych.jpg


I went to London to visit a friend, it was hot and familiar, beautiful and relaxing. I got to do lots of new things I’d never done before and it was great. London is a city I love and I will be back time and time again and to have such a lovely experience with friends was wonderful.London Triptych.jpg


I took a birthday trip to Donegal. Except I didn’t like it so you didn’t see anything about it on here. So here are some shots from Slieve League which was nice but very windy.Donegal.jpg


I went to Stockholm for TBex but I loved Stockholm so much that I didn’t go to the conference once and went all around the city, exploring and taking in as much as I could. I had such an amazing time I don’t regret it at all. It is such a beautiful city and I am desperate to see it in Winter, I will be back.Stockholm Triptych.jpg


I went to Kilkenny to visit a friend and be tourists for a bit. We went to Dunmore caves and they were absolutely amazing. Can’t recommend them enough!kk


I took a trip to Kerry to go back to Dingle, a place I had visited as a kid. I wanted to go back to the palces I used to go and see what’s changed or what hadn’t. I suppose it was quieter back then, not as many tourists but still as wondrously beautiful. Kerry Triptych.jpg


Now this month is very special but I can tell you right now, I didn’t take enough photos. You see I had again planned this trip since December of last year. I have wanted to go to this place for about nine years. I booked my flights and got everything together to experience somewhere so special, I went to Japan. Now I haven’t written a word about this trip yet but just wait because it’s coming. I have lots in the works and I will give you everything I experienced this coming year but for now have a sneak peak of somewhere so wonderful and that I miss very much. japan.jpg

I had a great year of travel and even personally it wasn’t a bad year but there was a lot of loss this year and it spilled over into my life. I am not going to go into detail but I am sad for the people who lost loved ones this year. I am hopeful for the new year and the potential for what it can bring. I am excited to see more and do more and I will bring you along with me.

So with all that said. Thank you my dear beans. Thank you for reading my ramblings and liking what I do. I hope you have the most wonderful 2017. Be good to each other and be kind to yourself. Cheers to a new year.

Happy Travels!


2015 According To My Instagram

It’s that time again where we go through the year and see the ups and downs of the last 12 months. Check out my 2014 wrap up!  2015 was a great year, lets take a look. Jan

My first trip to Iceland. Words cannot describe how amazing this trip was. I went with my father, this meant I have now travelled with every member of my family alone and it’s pretty cool. Although we have travelled together for years it’s really interesting to see each member as an individual. Iceland in snow is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. This trip sparked a complete infatuation with Iceland and I vouched that I would be back sooner rather than later.

FebI went to a Google, Irish YouTube event. This really inspired me to create more content on YouTube and my channel. I wanted to make travel videos to go along with this blog. I have watched YouTube since 2007 and love the community and love watching content.

March April MaySo something very exciting happened in March, I gained new family members which was an amazing feeling and I am so so happy I got to be a part of it. In April, we lost a member of our family. It was a hard time but am so appreciative of peoples help and kindness. We also adopted Tiffin, the Beagle pup, we started out puppy training at the DSPCA in April and most of the month was training the pup and making her new life as wonderful as possible. In May something very wonderful happened in Ireland. We became the first country to pass same sex marriage by popular vote. I was so so proud of my country, amazing day. JuneJune is my birthday month. I had planned a trip away to Croatia with a couple of friends. I actually was travelling over my birthday. Plitvice was a place that had been on the bucket list for a long long time and I built the trip around this amazing park. Croatia was beautiful but I don’t think I want to spend another birthday away from the people that love me. I loved travelling around Croatia and I will be back one day to do one epic roadtrip.


I got to use my christmas present from my sister and have a falconry experience which was so so much fun! When I got back from Croatia I decided to do something that turned out to be a bad decision. I thought I could help, I thought I could do something but it’s not up to me to make a change. It basically went how it always did but this time I was strong enough to make the decision I should have made a long long time ago. Although this was a bad month I can look back now and see the good and I can see the bad but most importantly, I can see my worth and if someone can’t see that, then they don’t deserve me.augustAn amazing thing happened in August. I won a trip to Iceland!!! I was crying I was so happy. I decided to take my wonderful friend with me and we had such a good time! We walked around the city, we went to a Kings of Leon concert, we went puffin watching, we went on the golden circle tour, we debated about veganism. It was just awesome! I am so so glad I went with her. That is now two trips we have been on in two years! Woo! sepMy third time in Iceland! This month marked something very exciting, I was ticking off two things on my bucket list. Driving in another country and travelling solo. Iceland on my own time was incredible! I couldn’t recommend it enough, no tour busses, no set times, no limits to where you can stay.  It was such a good experience. I would do it over and over again. octnovBefore I left for Iceland, my parents said when I was back I needed to get a job, that was fine and I had been looking previously. Well it turns out luck was on my side because the day after I got back from Iceland I got myself a job. It’s really interesting and I am so excited for the business to succeed. It also means I get to work in the centre of the city which is really handy and will be great when one of my friends moves back into the city.   decDecember was a lot of fun but there was also a big shock to my household. It was scary and truly showed me what to be thankful for and what not to waste energy on. With that I booked my next adventure. Thinking that money can’t give you much sitting in an account, they adventure is priceless. Christmas was lovely, I got to spend it with my family and it was so relaxing. I got lovely things and was so happy to give people I care about the gifts they had wanted. I also spoiled myself a lot this month most notably in this shop so now I have to calm down and save for more adventures.

2015 had no where near as many downs as last year and that is so nice to say. I have learnt quite a lot about myself and others and it’s invaluable. I completed 5 things off my bucket list this year which is wonderful! I cannot wait for 2016 and to see where it takes me. There are a few goals I have for 2016 so they will be coming soon!

Lastly, thank you so much for reading my blog. I just want The Start and The Bean to be a resource for like minded people. Thank you! I hope your 2016 is fantastic!

Happy Travels!