How a Visa Dilemma Led to the Best Road Trip of My Life

10 Photographs From Road Tripping Across Ireland

“Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.” — Jack Karouac

A road trip is considered the modern conveyance for those who seek to truly experience a location or culture that would otherwise be missed if one were to travel by air or train. Every fork in the road, every viewpoint, pit stop, or wrong turn are all avenues that provide unique opportunities to explore - which adds to the excitement of being bold or just simply being lost. This is a self directed tour; a journey towards a goal that is always subject of the randomness of impulse. Whether it’s to travel cross-country, or just to get away for the weekend, a road trip means “adventure” for those who seek it.

It was August when my girlfriend’s visa expired. The weeks preceding her move-out date went by fast and just like that, she was back in her home country, Ireland. I decided to join her there a week later in order to meet her friends and family, and explore a place that had always been on my bucket list.

Hitting the Road

The road trip started in Dublin and covered 1,583 miles in the span of a week. From the Ring of Kerry to Giant’s Causeway - we followed most of the Wild Atlantic way, took every opportunity to hike, camp, and even sail to places that neither of us had ever seen before! Picnics, which consisted mostly of peanut butter and jelly, took place on seaside cliffs, in castle ruins, and on the beach. 

Cathedral Ruins at Glendalough National Park in County Wicklow

Climbing up from the depths of Dunmore Cave in County Kilkenny

Rough seas and rain on the boat ride to Skellig Michael

Hiking through Ireland's Burren National Park in County Clare

All smiles in County Mayo


Waking up to the view of mountains and castle ruins in County Galway

Freezing blue water in Keem Bay on Achill Island

Windy afternoon at the Cliffs of Moher

Living on the edge at Connemara National Park

Giant's Causeway in Giant's Causeway World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland

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Published: September 26, 2017

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