October 15, 2018

Traveling with Technology 

Technology can help alleviate some of the frustrations that people tend to experience while traveling. This blog covers a few ways that you can use technology to avoid a stressful situation.

Email yourself a scan of your passport: Scanning a copy of your passport will provide you with key information such as your passport number, issue date, and expiration date in case your passport has been lost or stolen.

Use Google Maps offline: Google Maps can get you out of a jam if you’re lost or trying to find a place, but it doesn’t help you if you’re traveling out of country and trying to avoid roaming charges from your cellular provider. The fix is to save Google Maps directions offline so you can access the info without using data. Here’s how to do it. (Hint: do this before you go offline).

How to save Google Maps directions offline
  • On your phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app.
  • Make sure you’re connected to the Internet and signed in to Google Maps.
  • Search for a place, like Palm Springs, Madrid, you get the idea.
  • At the bottom of the page, tap the name or address of the place (in the white bar).
  • If you search for a “place” like a restaurant, tap More.
  • Select Download.
Check your flight’s entertainment options before boarding, and make sure you have any necessary apps: Make sure that you check your flight’s entertainment options prior to boarding, so you can download any apps necessary to have in-flight entertainment.

Store power cords in a small case – such as an old sunglasses case: Storing cords in one place, such as an old sunglasses case, will help alleviate the stress of trying to find them mid-flight!

Bring a converter: European countries use different outlets then what we have in the U.S. Make sure to have the correct adapter with you when traveling, so you are able to charge your phone. Going to multiple countries? Not every country in Europe requires the same converter, so ensure that you are prepared for each country you will be visiting.

October 5, 2018

Haunted Tales of the Emerald Isle

October is a time full of fun festivities, delicious treats, and scary stories as we gear up to celebrate Halloween. Did you know that this frighteningly fun holiday originated in Ireland? Halloween originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, where people lit bonfires and wore costumes to ward off ghosts. Halloween has since evolved with fun festivities and games. Even though this holiday is celebrated by many, Ireland is home to some of the biggest Halloween festivities in the world. 

The Best Halloween Destination in the World

Derry, voted the "Best Halloween Destination in the World" in 2015, earned its title through their expansive offering of festivities including; fireworks, musical performances, haunted trails and more. Learn of the haunted tales of the walled city, which is said to have ghosts roaming throughout. One haunting tale includes the story of the White Horse Hotel, which is rumored to be haunted by a mail stagecoach and ghostly driver. Legends say that these ghosts pull up to the hotel, only to mysteriously disappear. Another area within Derry which has been said to be haunted includes London Street, a popular area for pubs, stores, and ghosts. There have been several reports of strange noises, ghost sightings, and unexplainable occurrences. These are just a few of the many ghostly sightings within Derry.

The Most Haunted Pub in Ireland

If you are looking for a place to enjoy some good drinks, food, and history, perhaps visit Grace Neills, which is said to be the most haunted pub in Ireland. Grace Neills was established in 1611, making it one of the oldest pubs in Donaghadee. Over time this establishment has been visited by smugglers, pirates, sailors, and of course ghosts! Members of staff have reported mysterious occurrences of glass and books moving around on their own, lights randomly flickering on and off, and slow footsteps being heard from above. While these random occurrences are sure to leave any customer feeling spooked, there have also been ghost sightings within and around the pub. There have been reported sightings of a Victorian lady lurking about in the darker recesses of the premises, and people have claimed to have felt an invisible presence pass through them, in the vicinity of the pub's staircase.

Kilmainham Gaol

It's no surprise that this jail is one of the most haunted places within Dublin. Reports of ghostly activity have been recorded since the 1960s. Flickering lights, the sound of mysterious footsteps, and workers being knocked over by random gusts of wind, are some of the many stories told by workers. Interested in checking out the supposedly haunted site yourself? You are able to visit the Gaol today, but keep in mind, strange things tend to happen here.