Northern Ireland

Chasing the Aurora in Northern Ireland

The Northern Lights, are one of those ultimate bucket list items. The idea of seeing multiple colours dancing in the nights sky, sounds like something out of a Disney movie. Many people will opt to do a trip to see the Northern Lights in any one of the Nordic countries, and can pay a hefty price tag for a tour. However, you don’t always need to go to these...

Discover Northern Ireland: Hiking Slemish Mountain

Hiking Slemish is something I will never tire of. Slemish is one of many mountain ranges in Northern Ireland, but is probably the smallest. In fact it looks more like a big hill than a mountain.   Where is Slemish? Slemish is on the Causeway coastal route and is based outside a small county Antrim Village of Broughshane, not far from the larger town of Ballymena...

What it feels like to be home

Boarding the flight, I settled in, as I normally would, and made sure I had everything on board to ensure that the next 8 hours would be as comfortable as possible. It felt like any other flight that I had taken over the past 3 years since I left my native Northern Ireland, or indeed in the recent 5 months I had spent in South-East Asia. Except it wasn’t.  I was...

Do travellers from Northern Ireland know their own culture?

Culture is something we are all born into; it gives us a sense of who we are, and is woven into the very fabric of our lives. Our culture has he ability to influence us, our behaviours, belief systems and values, but culture can also change; the way we think and behave, but there is a chance, we may also lose sight of what our own culture is. When people ask why I...

Where Life in a Rucksack is going in 2014?

Although we are almost halfway through 2014; I thought I’d share my travel plans for the remaining 6 months of this year. I’ve been living in New Zealand for the past 2.5 years, and will be leaving to travel around Asia for a little over four months. I am excited, scared, nervous, … I am again going into the unknown. A new chapter. New adventures...

The Titanic Centre, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Growing up in Northern Ireland, amongst beautiful scenery and the by sea, you take things for granted. However, being away from it for 20 months and coming back, I wanted to just immerse myself in everything and anything Northern Irish. I wanted to see old places and explore newer ones too. One thing I did manage to get to was the Titanic Centre in Belfast, a new...

Returning to Northern Ireland after 579 days

I was 19 when I left Northern Ireland, to live, study and work in England. It was September 2006; a whole seven years ago now. My youngest sister is now about to do the same thing in a matter of days herself, and I am excited for her. Living in England, I found my independence, and my passion for adventure and exploring grew, with the great public transport network...

Planes, Trains and Automobiles: a return journey to Northern Ireland

How do you get from London to Belfast? Normally, a one hour flight. Not this time … Not all travel experiences are good ones. Some people envisage travel as being perfect weather, great photos and friendly people; this is not so, and if it was it would make for a boring time travelling. Some experiences, although bad at the time help you in the future as you...

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