Ireland: A Nature Getaway for Millennials
The first time when I went on a trip without Ollie was a couple of months ago. It was a 7-day trip in the Republic of Ireland. There was probably no such thing as "post babymoon", but if you were a tired and stressful mom, would you prefer to have one getaway, just for some peaceful time only focusing on yourself, your body and soul? As for me, this trip was also a goodbye to my stay-at-home-mom life and the beginning to a new me.
Ireland was such a "green" country with beautiful nature and scenery spots. Renting a car and rolling along mountains and small towns was a perfect way to discover this breathtaking island. Here are my top five places that helped me de-stress from postpartum life:
Cliffs of Moher is ranked as the number one most visited spot in Ireland, a true natural wonder of the world. It is best known for its high altitude and steep shapes caved by clashing waves, and its panoramic view of the Atlantic ocean.
|Cliffs of Moher, Ireland|
2. Skellig Island
You might have heard about Skellig Island because it was one of the film locations of "Star Wars: Force Awaken". To visit the island, you can book a tour that departs from the marina at Portmagee, Kerry. Whether you are Star Wars fan or not, this small island has a mystery history and a wealth of wildlife. Puffin is one of the popular birds on the island.
|Skellig Island-"Star Wars: Force Awaken" filming location|
3. Powerscourt Estate and Gardens
When you needed a break form cliffs and islands, a royal garden called Powerscourt Estate, was located about 20 mins outside of Dublin. The free audio tour was provided at the entrance to guide you walk around the mansion and learn about the history of the estate and statues. Don't forget to take a stroll by the Japanese garden, golf course and waterfall. If you are planning for a wedding, apparently, Powerscourt is one of the top venues in Ireland.
|Powerscourt Estate and Gardens, Ireland|
I was a romantic at heart, but motherhood made everything too real and tough. As a new mom, it was not always easy to find desires to dress up and put on makeup (whatever fancy clothes will get messy in just a second anyway). Sometimes, I just needed a motivation to lift up and to feel happy again. As you can see in the picture, I couldn't help running in the center of the beautiful garden, smiling like a little girl with a pretty princess dream.
|The peaceful lakes in Killarney National Park, Ireland|
5. Ice Cream at Dingle
Besides hiking and climbing, I didn't forget treating myself something sweet for all the hard work. Ireland is renowned for its dairy products, and the ice cream in Dingle is the best in the whole country. Imagine me indulging a scoop of ice cream from Murphy's, while sitting back and enjoying this scenery view. Life is a long journey with different chapters and challenges. I couldn't find a better way to rejuvenate than traveling, exploring and appreciating the beauty of Mother Nature.
|Ring of Kerry, Ireland|
What's your favorite place to help de-stress from new mom life?