My first SOLO adventure – Hello Ireland 🇮🇪

My first SOLO adventure – Hello Ireland 🇮🇪

If you’ve seen my last post, you’ll know that I’m beginning to transition to Youtube (It’s been a long time coming!).

Some of you have been so lovely in giving me support, commenting on my last video and just generally being amazing people.  Well, I’m just updating you to let you know I’ve released my second video letting you know that I’ll be taking my first steps into solo travel, and you can find out all about that by watching the video here.

I’d love to know if you’ve been solo travelling before, if you have any tips and tricks for me, as there can never be enough and I’m constantly Googling for more! Also, if you’ve been to Ireland, let me know where I should visit. I mention a few places in my video but there’s still time to help me narrow down my itinerary. I want to make sure I capture the best of Ireland in the short time I’m staying there, and what’s better than asking some of you who have first-hand experience?

I’m sure you’ll be able to give me the best guidance!





  1. July 7, 2018 / 3:09 pm

    I’m currently in Ireland! Welcome! Also, I was in Thailand earlier this year. I love travelling solo, it’s brilliant. Galway, Dublin and Glendalough are great to visit. There are some nice places in the midlands too. I’m currently in Thomastown, lovely little town near Kilkenny. Send me a message via my blog if you like, I’d be happy to help! I’ve reviewed quite a number of places in Dublin and just a couple in Galway.

      • HeyitsLeaa
        July 7, 2018 / 5:18 pm

        This is amazing! Not just saying this, but you’re blog is going to come in really handy for when I go. It’s a shame I’m only there for a matter of days, I’m trying to cram in as much as possible. I have a feeling i might be passing through Kilkenny for one of tours I’m doing, so it’s nice to know a fellow blogger isn’t too far away! Thanks for your help 🙂

        • July 7, 2018 / 5:32 pm

          Aw, no problem, I’m glad it will be of help, that’s so lovely to hear. The Cutting Vedge in Kilkenny is lovely, completely vegan and she’s really into supporting local organic producers too. I hope you enjoy your trip!

  2. July 7, 2018 / 9:06 pm

    Thank you for liking my dairy on my log. Loving your blog well done x

  3. July 8, 2018 / 12:54 am

    My husband and I are going to Ireland this fall for our belated honeymoon! Can’t wait to read about your adventures!

    • helloleaa
      July 8, 2018 / 9:50 am

      That sounds so exciting! Hope you have a lovely time xx

  4. July 8, 2018 / 1:28 am

    How exciting! I think that’s a great idea to build up to traveling alone in Thailand; it will help you to acclimate to relying only on yourself, especially in such a foreign country like Thailand with their different culture 🙂

  5. July 8, 2018 / 8:59 am

    I was always scared of going somewhere new alone haha but I wish you luck and to have a great time and I’ll hope you share your experience with us 🙂

    • helloleaa
      July 8, 2018 / 9:38 am

      Haha completely understand, Do you travel much?

      • July 8, 2018 / 10:08 am

        Not that much as I would like. I guess I am just afraid of getting out of my comfort zone so I end up travelling with my friends or family a few times a year

        • helloleaa
          July 8, 2018 / 10:12 am

          I’m honestly the same as you. Maybe you could also start off small and go somewhere close enough to home that you can just get to grips with it? I didn’t get on a plane until 2 years ago, so it’s pretty nerve wracking to be doing it alone! If you’ve been doing it with friends and family for a while, perhaps you should trust yourself a little more. I’m sure you’d be fine 😉

          • July 8, 2018 / 10:16 am

            Maybe someday I will be “brave” enough to actually do it :))
            I hope you have an amazing trip!!

          • helloleaa
            July 8, 2018 / 12:14 pm

            I hope so! Let me know how you get on 🤞🏻🤞🏻 Thankyou!

  6. July 8, 2018 / 2:05 pm

    Google will always be your friend – Solo Adventuring is just the best: You get out there and you meet new people that other’s never ever get the opportunity, The best advice I have, between travelling to Boston dressed as someone from the Matrix to mingling with students in a Foreign Exchange is Research and Route Planning, 2 crucial elements, knowing the Where’s, the Whats and the Whens. have a rough Itinerary and let loose, once you have a fair grasp of the 3 W’s everything else ends up breezing into place, If you have anything planned on the Wild Atlantic Way be sure to drop by for a free tour around the Burren in Corafin (it’s literally FREE!)

    • helloleaa
      July 8, 2018 / 5:46 pm

      Neal, you are amazing. Thankyou for your advice, I really appreciate it. Definitely some peace of mind has come from your comment!

      • July 9, 2018 / 12:51 am

        I am Clare/Tipperary based and the train system is terrifying here, saying that – I have yet to explore my student stomping grounds in Thurles properly so feel to ping me for the western tour ^^

  7. July 8, 2018 / 5:40 pm

    Hi Lea, I’m actually FROM Ireland, so if you have any questions whatsoever or even want to meet up, let me know!!

    • helloleaa
      July 8, 2018 / 5:43 pm

      This is amazing! I would LOVE to meet up, if you’re willing! Where are you based?

  8. July 8, 2018 / 5:51 pm

    I’m based in Wexford but could travel as far as Dublin!

    • helloleaa
      July 8, 2018 / 5:59 pm

      Ths is so exciting. Well, my Friday I’ve left open to wherever the wind takes me. Seeing as I’m in Dublin, I’m happy to escape for a few hours (I want to see as much of ireland as possible anyway, and an excuse to get on the DART!). Where would you recommend best to meet?

      • July 8, 2018 / 6:00 pm

        I’ve just messaged you over on your website so if you maybe wanna figure out the details via email??

  9. July 8, 2018 / 7:18 pm

    Good luck with your trip. You will love Ireland. Let me know if you have any questions.

  10. ArtsyChic Creations
    July 8, 2018 / 10:32 pm

    That’s awesome! I’m admittedly a little jelly! 😉

  11. July 8, 2018 / 11:10 pm

    This is so amazing! I’ve always wanted to try solo traveling!

    • helloleaa
      July 9, 2018 / 6:33 am

      Do it! ❤️

  12. July 10, 2018 / 3:21 am

    I would add a few comments about traveling solo particularly since I’ve not been to Ireland. I’m currently traveling through Vietnam for six months and am in Ho Chi Minh City having traveled basically south from Hanoi with side trips here and there and a visa run to Hong Kong. I think you will find solo travel has its ups and downs. On the up side, is the freedom of exploration. In a place like Vietnam its been very nice to just take off on a plane somewhere else, take a bus or tour or whatever with no real planning. I also enjoy photography so I walk the cities for hours a day taking photographs.

    On the downside, I have felt lonely a few times. Nothing really happened after that but perhaps some ice cream or a cold beer or I visited one of the large shopping malls.

    I have never really felt alone or vulnerable and I’m an old retired guy. If you are considering Thailand its easy also to make it to Vietnam. I would highly recommend visiting.

    For myself, I left the United States in February and will not be going back ever. The solo traveling thing works well for me. I’ll be going to Cambodia after this for a year and then to Thailand and perhaps Lao. I think if you practice in a place closer it may or may not prepare you for traveling alone in a place farther away that is completely different. Just some food for thought.

    • HeyitsLeaa
      July 10, 2018 / 6:51 pm

      Thank you so much for you’re comment and providing me with your experience of solo travel! It’s honestly really useful to hear from others experience of it. I find it really fascinating how you’re jumping from country to country, can I ask what you plan to do once you’ve ‘outdone’ you’re traveling? I only ask since you’re plan not to return to the US really struck a chord!

      • July 11, 2018 / 3:29 am

        i don’t know what I will do. It hurts my brain to think about something farther out than a year. i’ve planned to slowly move country to country. I’ll be in Cambodia for a year starting in September this year. So many places to see there but I can get a longer term retirement visa there and use it as a home base and travel to Thailand, Laos Malaysia, India, Singapore if I want. I decided in February I would not push to reach final decisions and would take things gently. I know one thing. I’m happy now with how things are. The pace of travel I do is not stressful or anything. Perhaps I will know next year what I will do 🙂

  13. July 10, 2018 / 8:05 am

    Solo traveling is th best! You get to do exactly what you want to do and spend as much time doing it as you want! I just finished my first solo trip, and something that I didn’t expect to feel was loneliness. Yes, I was experiencing all of these cool cities, but it sort of made me sad at first to realize that I was doing it alone. For me, these feelings were just a funk and I quickly got over it but it was for sure something that I didn’t expect to feel!

    • HeyitsLeaa
      July 10, 2018 / 6:54 pm

      This is so insightful! The loneliness aspect is something I haven’t really considered yet, because I’m a little bit of an introvert anyway. But still, I’m sure it’ll hit (New place, away from home, newly alone in my adventure – seems inevitable!)

  14. July 14, 2018 / 10:58 pm

    Good luck beautiful!
    What you’re doing is amazing and I’m excited for you💗

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