|Ladies' View Overlook|
Here we go!
Although I always hoped to visit Ireland, I honestly never expected to. Today's post is about how that dream came true.
On Easter weekend, some friends and I were texting, and one of the girls said she'd heard about a tour to Ireland. She wanted to go, and needed a roommate. All the other girls had conflicts with the dates, but I was nearly jumping out of my chair as I texted back.
Me! I can go! IF I can swing the cost...
I think there is a common misconception that all authors are millionaires. Oh boy, is that a misconception!
Although I have enough for my daily needs, and can tithe each month, although I'm blessed with the riches of relationships with friends and family, I'm not financially wealthy. I live a quiet life with few frills. If you're a numbers person, you can tally in your head how much I save each year by living this way:
|St. Patrick's Cathedral|
- My vehicle is over ten years old, and I bought it used.
- I live and work in a studio apartment.
- I don't have cable or satellite TV. (I do have internet for my computer - almost a requirement for my work.)
- I seldom go to a movie theater or see live professional productions. I see movies when they're available on disc, and maybe get to a play in Louisville once a year, which makes it a very big deal.
- I pay for a restaurant meal only once or twice a week, and generally drink ice water (free).
- Although I have a closet full of clothes, many of them are several years old.
- Because I live in an apartment, my appliances are furnished. My washer and dryer are second-hand.
- In January 2015, I made my own window insulation panels. The project cost less than $50 and has saved me hundreds of dollars so far on heating and cooling.
- I have an aversion to shopping, and don't care about name brands, or having the newest, coolest, shiniest anything.
Even though ours was a ten-day tour, I wanted to travel with just my 14-inch rolling suitcase and a big tote-size bag. I spent loads of time looking at specialty clothes for fans of travelling light. But instead of dropping money on "travel" clothes, I ended up wearing (and hand-washing in the hotel room, to wear again) comfortable clothes I already owned.
|My Luggage for 10 Days|
I had to get a passport for the first time ever, but you can see I didn't spend lots of money on travel prep.
My plan for this series is to cover the following topics, not necessarily in this order:
The Sea ~ The Burren ~ Villages ~ Castles ~ Pubs ~ Hotels ~ Manor Houses ~ Fellow Travelers ~ Flights and Traveling Light ~ Tour Guides ~ Scenery ~ Dublin ~ Weather ~ Home Design ~ Sheep ~ Food and Drink ~ Environmental Friendliness.
I hope to see you here next Tuesday when we get into more about the wonderful trip to Ireland. And please visit my new feature here on Fridays, in which I introduce some of my sweet romance-writing friends.
In the meantime, Happy Reading!