Collaborative Post | The Emerald Isles are a favorite vacation spot for many a people from all over the world. Europeans and Americans particularly like visiting Ireland, especially during the late-spring, summer, or early-autumn. A lot of people even plan their winter vacation in Ireland, as few things feel better than celebrating Christmas and New Years in an Irish pub, surrounded by friendly folks drinking beer and whiskey.
It is always good to start planning your holidays early. With winter just around the corner and 2024 summer approaching, we would like to discuss the best vacation spots in the Emerald Isles. We’ll share the best things to see, the top attractions, and more. If you’ve been wanting to visit Ireland, we hope this article can help you navigate the country.
Limerick is an Irish city, famed for its historical significance, as well as its nightlife. If you are just looking to visit Ireland with a group of friends and party your hearts out, Limerick would be a great choice. Especially if you and your friends have a propensity for hitting reels and spinning wheels.
Limerick is home to the fabulous Fitzpatrick Casino. One of Ireland’s biggest casino chains, and by far the most popular gambling establishment in the country. Of course, there are also online casinos that offer a variety of the best online slots, most people are already familiar with casino games, so playing at the Fitzpatrick might be even easier.
But we don’t want to make it seem like Limerick is all just parties, nightclubs, and casinos. The city holds both a cultural and a historical significance. It is the home of King John’s Castle, the ruins of which are exhilarating, especially for history nerds. The Limerick Museum is also worth checking out, for those who want to learn more about the Irish city.
If you are religious, or at least have a passing interest in the history of religion, Limerick is home to various cathedrals, built at different points in history. They all have their own charm, which makes them a wonderful visit destination.
Planning a family holiday can be stressful. You want to please everyone, but at the same time, they all have different interests and places they want to see. One person may want to spend the day relaxing, while another just wants to party, and yet a third is interested in the culture and history of the place you are visiting.
Luckily, Ireland’s capital, Dublin, can please everyone. As the country’s capital, Dublin is the cultural and political hub of the nation. Anyone interested in learning more about the country would naturally visit Dublin, and for good reason.
On the other hand, Dublin is also home to quite a few quaint and relaxed pubs and cafes. There, you can relax, watch some sports, drink beer, and enjoy some “me” time, away from all the worries of day-to-day life. Of course, not all pubs are the “relaxing” type. There are some that can get quite rowdy and loud. For those who want to party, Dublin is probably the best choice.
The city also has quite a bit of historical significance. The National Museum of Ireland is located in Dublin. For those who are curious about Irish history dating back to the Ancient World, the National Museum is a must. If art is more your thing, the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) is also in Dublin, as well as the National Gallery of Ireland.
Like Limerick, Dublin is also home to a lot of historically and culturally significant churches and cathedrals. Among them, the most well-known one is the Christ Church Cathedral, known for its unique architecture. Lastly, if you just want some good old fun times, the Irish Leprechaun Museum tells you all you need to know about Ireland’s magical creatures.
The Inishowen Peninsula
If road trips are what you like, there can be no better place than the Inishowen Peninsula. The place is perfect for hiking, long walks, and even jogging. If you visit in the off-season, around November, you might even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights, which make Inishowen one of the most popular vacation destinations.
Most visitors travel to the very edge of the peninsula, hoping to go to sleep and wake up to the magnificent ocean breeze. For party animals, there is not much to do here. However, those who enjoy a good road trip, camping trip, or relaxation vacation would surely benefit from visiting one of Ireland’s most spectacular tourist destinations.
It only gets better. If you have the money, you can rent a cabin and truly see what it’s like to live by the Irish sea. The cabins range from old-school to luxury, so choose wisely when you are renting them out. If you are unprepared for a lesson in historical living, we would recommend renting the luxurious ones.
Road trip through the country
Thus far, we’ve discussed specific cities (or regions) in Ireland that are worth visiting. In doing so, we might have given the impression that some parts of Ireland are better than others. However, that is far from the truth. For those who truly want to see the beauty that Ireland has to offer, the best thing to do is go on a road trip through the country.
If you can get your hands on a RV, or perhaps book different accommodations throughout the country, revving up your engine and going on a cross-Ireland journey will give you a fantastic experience. You will see the beauty that Ireland has to offer, the culture of the different regions, and come across spots that not many tourists are aware of.
You might even see some legendary spots where the locals believe that fairies dwell. If you don’t mind spending the bulk of your time in a car or RV, a road trip across the Emerald Isle is certainly an undertaking we would recommend whole-heartedly.
These are just a few recommendations for first-time visitors. The Emerald Isle has so much more to offer. And once you visit Ireland once, you will want to return. We hope that this article has encouraged you to start planning your next vacation, and we wish you all the best once you do visit.
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Collaborative Post | It’s all too easy to get out of the habit of keeping fit. Between work, hobbies, and home life it can seem like there’s little time left to rest and relax, let alone exercise!
However, staying fit has a host of mental and physical benefits that will aid your long-term health. This is especially true for women who are experiencing or have experienced the challenges of the menopause.
Follow this guide to staying fit and healthy in your 50s and before long you’ll be feeling fantastic!
The benefits of exercise after 50
The general benefits of exercise include reduced anxiety, better sleep, and an improved muscle-to-fat ratio. There are also specific benefits of exercise after 50 which include:
Top tips for staying fit in your 50s
You lose muscle mass and mobility as you age, so many suggest avoiding aggressive exercise in your 50s. This might include heavy weightlifting and long-lasting high-impact cardio sessions. However, everyone is different and regular exercise can sustain your body functionality well into later life.
Not sure where to start? These three exercises are reasonably gentle on the body but are effective in helping you build muscle and maintain good cardiovascular health.
Lift weights - there are many reasons why women should lift weights as part of their fitness programme. The added resistance helps to build muscle more quickly and increases bone density which is especially important for women. Even light weights or just bodyweight exercises will have the desired effect over time.
Get your steps in - walking is far more beneficial than you might think. Regularly getting your steps in at a decent speed will lead to better stamina, cardiovascular health and balance, and aid weight management by burning excess calories. Try simple swaps such as walking to the shops instead of driving and taking the stairs rather than the lift when possible.
Do core exercises - menopause changes the distribution of weight around the female body, with most extra fat settling around the middle. Building your abdominal strength by doing core exercises will create the appearance of a flatter stomach as well as improving posture and decreasing back pain.
Staying safe when exercising
Especially if you’ve been out of a fitness routine for a while, it’s important to follow best practices for staying safe when exercising.
First and foremost, consult with your GP. They will be able to give you a physical examination and outline any risks that you should be aware of and recommend personal fitness goals for you.
Joining a gym? Make sure that you’re given a comprehensive induction by a qualified team member before you get started: this should cover how to use the machines and any other fitness equipment. If you’re not properly informed of the risks, you could make a claim in the event of an accident that causes you avoidable harm.
Lastly, educate yourself on how to protect your joints and muscles when exercising. This includes the right way to lift weights, bracing your core, and book-ending your workout with a warm-up and cool-down. You might find it useful to train with an experienced partner or a personal trainer in the initial stages of your 50s fitness journey – this has the added advantage of keeping you motivated as well.
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Collaborative Post | Financial security is important for anyone, but as you get older, it becomes more imperative that your money is in a good place before you retire. According to research collected in 2022, just over half of women in the UK felt financially independent, which leaves a huge proportion still wanting to boost theirs.
Given the ongoing cost of living crisis, improving your financial situation may feel harder as your money is stretched every month due to higher costs of goods and utility bills. For women over 50, this can weigh heavily on your mind as you’ll want to have your finances in a good place for when you eventually retire.
If you’re in this boat, then we’ve put together a list of methods you can try to give your finances a much-needed boost, so you’re not feeling anxious about your money anymore. Read on to learn the best finance tips for women over 50 years old.
Assess your current financial situation
A good first step is to take a look at your spending habits and current financial situation. Try to come up with a saving goal you’d like to achieve and give yourself a realistic timescale to reach it. Once you have this, take a look at your average monthly expenditure and cut unnecessary costs to save more. This can include the following:
Build a cash reserve for emergencies
Emergencies like car troubles or a leaky roof can be costly and you’ll want to have the money to pay for them when they occur. That’s why you should keep a pot of money to one side if you have to deal with a costly issue. Failure to have this may mean you have to take out a loan, which may impact your finances negatively.
Consider life insurance
If you get seriously ill and are unable to work, you may want protection in place and over 50 life insurance may be able to give you that. Plus, some policies pay money to nominated family members if you sadly pass away, giving them financial security.
Invest in stocks and shares
Investing in stocks and shares can give you a huge return on your investment and is usually completely passive. This means that you can invest in the top-performing shares and won’t have to worry about your money again until it’s time to sell your stocks for hopefully a huge profit.
As you can see, there are plenty of ways to give your financial situation a security boost if you’re over 50, so you don’t feel as anxious about your money and can live your life stress-free.
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