The fairytale Ireland – Interview with Dang Travelers
Who are the Dang Travelers 🙂
Hi! We are Dave and Angela from Dang Travelers. Dave is a pilot and I’m an accountant. We are a couple in our mid-thirties who have always loved to travel, but struggled with the limitations of “corporate” jobs. I quit my job in 2014 and Dave recently started working part-time so we could get a taste of long-term travel. We started the blog this year to document our travels and hope to inspire others.
Where was your favorite trip so far? Why?
I would have to say our trip to Ireland was our favorite. We fell in love with everything about it: romantic castles, rolling green hills, dramatic cliffs, flower-lined roads, and let’s not forget the wonderful people.
We drove around the entire island so one of my main concerns before the trip was driving. We are from America where we drive on the right side of the road so you can understand why I was concerned! Dave did great driving, the weather was awesome, and everything went smooth. We love to visit new places, but when we are both asked separately where we’d choose to go back to, we both say Ireland. It was such a magical trip for us.
Can you share the top 3 things to do in that destination?
• Kylemore Castle was our utmost favorite castle. Built in 1867, it’s fairly new considering most castles in Ireland were built anywhere from the 12th – 15th century. It’s also not your typical Irish castle as it was built as a private residence and not for royalty or as a defense fortress. It is located in Connemara near Galway at Kylemore Abbey, a Benedictine monastery. It is the most picturesque romantic castle in Ireland. The 6-acre Victorian walled garden and Gothic Church on the estate are enchanting.
• Southwest Ireland was our favorite area to explore. The scenic Dingle Peninsula drive isn’t as well-known as the Ring of Kerry, but it offers spectacular views. You’ll see rugged cliffs overlooking the wild Atlantic along with bright green rolling hills inland. It is quite the clash.
• Walk across the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge near Ballintoy in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Not only does the area offer fantastic views, but it is an exhilarating experience walking across a 20 meter (66 ft) swinging bridge that is 30 meter (98 ft) above the rocks below.
What are the people and culture like over there? Any interesting fact about them?
One of the main reasons we enjoyed our trip was because of the friendly people of Ireland. They are warm and welcoming. We stopped in a pub one day for lunch and asked our bartender, if he had heard of the place we were going to next because we weren’t sure how to get there. Our GPS decided to stop working that day. He didn’t know, which was fine, so we finished our lunch, paid the bill and left.
When we were walking down the street, probably a good 10 minutes after we left, we heard someone calling after us. He left the bar unattended and chased us down the street just to tell us he had figured out what we needed to know to get to our destination. We couldn’t believe this complete stranger went out of his way to help us! That pretty much sums up every person we encountered on our trip.
How can we best prepare for visiting that destination? Any particular things one should do, pack or expect before the trip?
If you are going to drive, make sure you are a confident driver and you can manage a manual car. Look up the driving rules before you go and when you get your car practice A LOT before taking off on the road.
If you typically use the car insurance on your credit card make sure to call before booking because the only exclusions on our card were Ireland and Israel (another reason that made me uneasy about driving!) so we had to purchase it through the rental company.
No matter what time of year it is pack for all seasons. The weather varies significantly from day-to-day and even hour-to-hour.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you during that trip?
During a visit to one of the castles, an older gentleman that worked there struck up a conversation with us. He asked where we were from and we told him the suburbs of Chicago. He was so excited and talked about our mayor, the history and great Irish culture in the city. I felt like he knew more about our city that we did!
We ended up finding out that every time he visits his family there he spends time at an Irish Community Center which is right down the street from where we live. He had been to almost every Irish function I had been to growing up over the years. Even though the world is huge, that day it seemed like a pretty small place.
You are a great travelling couple, can you share few words on the happiness to enjoy travelling with your beloved one.
We won’t pretend that traveling with your significant other is all rainbows and sunshine, but I will say that it is a privilege and a blessing to make unforgettable memories traveling the world with the one you love.
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