Planning travel itineraries usually take many hours of research and when you’re taking a group of people with you, the details become even more important. Initially, I was putting together a 9 day trip to Turkey in September for my travel meetup http://www.meetup.com/Travel-Spirit-Meetup-Group/, but then looking at airfare, I realized for just an additional few hundred dollars, I could fly to Dublin, Ireland and Edinburgh, Scotland. With airfare being the biggest expenditure, hitting a couple of my bucket list spots made sense!
Four nights in Dublin and four in Edinburgh should give me ample time to explore the Cities and take a day trip or two. Traveling solo, I’ll be able to take photographs and leisurely or quickly make my way through these amazing Cities. I’ve found a couple of Airbnb accommodations in the City centers that range between $50 and $60 per night. I’ll have my own bedroom in someone’s flat with access to their kitchen for making breakfast and perhaps a sandwich for dinner to save money. Of course, I’ll dine out occasionally…probably every day for lunch.
Some of the places I intend to visit in Dublin are Howth Head and St. Stephen’s Green.
Additional spots within Dublin are Temple Bar, Grafton Street, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, O’Connell Street & bridge, Trinity College, Dawson Street, and Kilmainham Gaol (an old jail).
My flight from Dublin to Edinburgh through Ryan Air is $107 with the baggage fees.
In Edinburgh, I’ll walk the Royal Mile, visit the Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and climb up to see the view from Arthur’s Seat.
$170 will take me from Edinburgh to the Mediterranean coast of Turkey (near Fethiye) to a beautiful family owned Villa with a pristine swimming pool, and hiking along the Lycian Way trail to the towns of Oludeniz and Fethiye. The weather should be perfect, in the 80’s! I have four tour participants signed up and one gentleman who is very interested.
After spending four glorious days of soaking up the sun and regenerating our spirits, we’ll head to the exciting and bustling City of Istanbul. Exploring main sites such as the Blue Mosque pictured below, the Hagia Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, Spice Market, and the Grand Bazaar, our senses will be filled with bright colors, aromatic scents, and the hauntingly beautiful call to prayer as it permeates the Streets!
My philosophy is…if you want something badly enough…you’ll find a way to make it happen!