Exploring the Isle of Ireland with Budget Car Rental Ireland

Four days, 1,400 km (847 miles), and 8 stops.  I step off the plane in Dublin, Ireland.  I have a very short time frame and a whole adventure ahead of me.  The Republic of Ireland and Nothern Ireland are my last stop on a month long trip that has taken me through Egypt and Eastern Europe. I both excited and nervous about this road trip.  I have never driven on the right side of the road.  This fact has just gotten real as I walk out of customs and head over to baggage claim.  I grab my bag and head over to the rental car counters.  It doesn’t take but a glance to find my trip sponsor’s counter.    There is one other person at the Budget Car Rental Ireland counter.  It doesn’t take the attendant but a couple of minutes to check them out and give them directions.  Within five mins of getting my bag, I have my car and am off to find my rental car.

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Journeying to the see the Iceburgs of Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

I am up before dawn and packing my bags.  Surprisingly, it was just after 9 am and I had beaten the sun up.  I double checked my hostel room and headed upstairs for breakfast.  I had some of my favorite local Icelandic yogurt while I did a quick weather check.  The weather report was clear but I had learned over the last six days that the weather could change in an instant.  I walked out of my hostel and into the bitter Icelandic cold.  The sky was just starting to get light as I gassed up my car for the next stage of my Icelandic Winter Road Trip.  I had a little over two hours drive ahead to get to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon.

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Spotlight Thursday – Sόlheimasandur Plane Crash in Iceland

Every Thursday, I will be posting a photo from my travels and a spotlight on the location. Today’s spotlight Thursday is from my winter Iceland road trip. On this three-week road trip, I had some amazing adventures and some unique experiences. One of my favorite was visiting the Sόlheimasandur Plane Crash site. The crash site is the remains of a United States Navy Douglas Super DC-3 airplane.

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Unsuccessful Fossil Hunting in Badlands National Park South Dakota

I hiked through the buttes, pinnacles and spires of badlands.  I was keeping a close eye on the rocks.  I was hoping to locate some of the fossils of Badlands National Park. I was hiking the 5 mi Castle Trail from the Door and Window parking lot to the Fossil Exhibit parking lot.

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My First Cross Country Solo US Road Trip

“Review this list and determine suitability,” is the first line of an email from my father.  He also includes a list of four cars as well.   I stare at the email for a couple minutes.  I walk down the dorm hall to one of my friends.  “If you got an email from your dad with four cars what would you think?” I asked.  “I was getting getting a new car,” was the response.  A call to my father confirmed that I was getting a new car for my cross country US road trip.

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