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How to Make Your Next Trip to Ireland a Self-Care Vacation

Self-Care Vacation Ireland

Thinking of a self-care vacation in Ireland? If you need a recharge, rest assured that there are plenty of engaging experiences to fill your bucket. In truth, you really can’t go wrong with a trip to The Emerald Isle to rejuvenate your mind, body, & spirit.

Let’s face it…Ireland has lots to offer any traveler. It’s also a particularly inviting place for a self-care themed vacation.

Sound intriguing? It should…

After all, who doesn’t want to see the world AND reboot at the same time?

How to Make Your Next Trip to Ireland a Self-Care Vacation

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Maybe you’re feeling burnt out? Or just need an escape to revive your energy? If so, you’re not alone.

I just got back from a self-care vacation in Ireland. After all, wellness travel isn’t just something I share about in this space, I practice it too!

It was a very last minute decision…and a good call. I was reminded that Ireland is such an engaging place to explore, so you can’t help but come back feeling energized.

How to Make Your Next Trip to Ireland a Self-Care Vacation

I’m no stranger to Ireland. Over the last 30 years, I’ve explored it solo and with friends, many times.

Maybe it’s all that green? Maybe it’s the castles? Maybe it’s the accents?

There’s just so much to love, that it keeps me coming back. ☘️


Why Ireland is Ideal for a Self-Care Vacation

Self-care is a reason many of us go trotting around the globe every year.

Whether near or far, there is something restorative and transformative about travel.

How to Plan a Self-Care Vacation in Ireland

While a self-care reboot could take you anywhere in the world, here’s where Ireland shines for a self-care themed vacation:

  • If you’re looking to escape the daily grind, the landscapes will transport you to another world.
  • If you feel the pull to connect with others as you explore a new culture, the Irish are sure to make your trip memorable.
  • And if you want to be at one with mother nature, there are enough green & blue spaces here to keep you engaged for a lifetime.

If you need a recharge and Ireland is calling your name, it’s actually rather simple to incorporate a self-care focus into your trip.

Here’s how.


How to Experience Wellness Travel in Ireland

Just back from a dedicated self-care week of travel, I wanted to share some of the engaging things Ireland has to offer.

The great thing is that you can incorporate these wellness practices anywhere you go on The Emerald Isle.

Giving you the flexibility to plan a self-care vacation that’s right for you.

Inspirational Quote Pub Window Ireland

Once you answer the call to wherever your heart is pulled to visit in Ireland, these ideas will help you sink into your adventure with meaning & joy.


How to Cultivate Well-Being in Ireland

Here are a few simple ideas to cultivate well-being and help you craft the perfect self-care vacation in Ireland.

The great thing about these ideas is that they can easily be incorporated into length itinerary, be it a weekend getaway or a proper vacation.

Most importantly, they will ignite your spirit and recharge your mind & body! Providing you with the inspiration you need to come back to your life and be a better you.


Kick-Off With Your Why

Planning a successful self-care trip that recharges the mind & body always start before you go, with the why.

Knowing the why makes all the difference in the world.

How to Make Your Next Trip to Ireland a Self-Care Vacation

Start by asking yourself why you need to recharge.

Journaling about it will help you identify your priorities and shape your trip.

Here are a few journaling ideas for you:

  • Why does Ireland call to you for a travel adventure?
  • What kind of self-care do you need right now?
  • What about Ireland inspires you?


Take Walks

There is nothing to clear your headspace like a walk.

Walk with purpose…or without.

Take a stroll, hike a trail, or meander with a mindful photo walk.

Explore the hidden corners of village life, turn down unknown streets in the city or take in the vastness of the landscape.

Walking on a Self-Care Vacation in Ireland

Just lace up your shoes, grab your camera (if you want), and go.

Have your journey and find your Ireland.

Authentically!


Experience The Landscapes

Nature is everywhere you turn in Ireland.

So tapping into its many gifts is not to be missed. Get awe-inspired and connect with mother nature as you plan your itinerary.

How to Plan a Self-Care Vacation to Ireland

Here are a few ideas:

  • explore a garden
  • marvel at an ancient castle
  • go whale watching
  • rent a car & take a scenic drive
  • watch the sunset


Explore with Photography

It’s Ireland we’re talking about… green fields divided with stone walls, statuesque castles, and rugged coastlines.

Who’s NOT going to pull out the camera to capture all of that beauty?

Photography as Self-Care on a Vacation to Ireland

So many of us love photography, but maybe never given any thought to how it cultivates well-being. Without a doubt, photography is a fun & creative self-care tool for both everyday life and travel.

It appears on all of my adventures… from day trips and family vacations to weekend getaways and self-care retreats.

Photography has something to offer everyone, so why not work it into your Irish adventures. And don’t forget that long after you return, you’ll have souvenirs of your happiness that will make you smile.


Make Time for Rest & Relaxation

Ahhhh…the feeling of bliss that washes over you when have time to slow down the pace.

Research finds the best way to recover from stress is to get involved in relaxing activities that refresh the mind & body.

So, if you want to re-charge, don’t forget to schedule in moments of rest & relaxation!

How to Plan a Self-Care Vacation in Ireland

Unwinding will look different for everyone, as there are countless ways to relax both the mind & body.

A great place to start is to give your brain a break with a digital detox!

Then weave small things into every single vacation day to gradually rebuild your reserves.

Why not:

  • linger over an afternoon tea
  • try an outdoor pursuit
  • get a massage
  • do yoga outdoors (one of my favorites!)
  • have dinner in a cozy pub


Reflect with Quiet & Contemplative Solitude

It must be the endless landscapes that make Ireland perfect for reflecting.

Journaling as Self-Care on Vacation in Ireland

I love to journal near the water and Ireland sure delivers with lots of blue spaces for self-discovery. Equally as lovely are the many birds-eye cliff top views (Galway, I’m talking to you!)

But, the where isn’t so important. Just be open to the moments that present themselves.

Then remember to sink into the meditative bliss of taking stock of your life or appreciating the awe right in front of you.


Meet People & Celebrate Life with Locals

The Irish are some of the friendliest people on the planet. They’re fun-loving, approachable, and jovial.

Sharing your experiences with locals is one of the highlights of visiting Ireland. So, be sure to tap into this unique part of the culture to connect with yourself & others..

How?

  • strike up conversations with locals (anyone & everyone you meet)
  • look for musical festivals
  • embrace the Irish pub experience

You’re guaranteed to walk away with some heartfelt gratitude for your experiences. And that’s a good feeling!


What else would you put in Irish self-care toolkit to rejuvenate your life?

Whichever ideas resonate with you, I sure hope you get to Ireland soon. With a bit of intent, you’ll come back energized & inspired. Promise!

until the next time…
…live well – travel well – be well

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