For the most part, vacations are wonderful. You get to take a break from work, be carefree for a little while, relax, and ideally have fun. Unfortunately, vacations aren’t always so picture perfect. Whether you are worried about your kids causing a scene or gaining 10 pounds after a week of eating delicious food and not exercising, vacations are often not as peaceful as they should be. If you want to combine the best of both worlds and relax while still staying healthy and fit, there are plenty of vacation destinations all over the world that should satisfy all of your vacation needs.
If this week’s (or month’s) Saint Patrick’s day festivities have given you a bad case of the Irish fever, I can assure you that you aren’t alone. Maybe you had so much fun wearing green and drinking Guinness that now you are just dying to go to Ireland. Or maybe you’ve been to the Emerald Isle before and March leaves you aching to go back. Most of our St. Paddy’s day traditions here in the states are pretty American, but you get to experience a whole new level of debauchery if you actually make it to Ireland. Sure, the Irish are notorious for their drinking capabilities, but they are also some of the friendliest people out there. For the most part, if you go to Dublin, or anywhere else in the country, you will probably feel right at home.
If you do get a chance to take a trip to Ireland, you will most likely be spending at least a few days in Dublin. If drinking is your mode of relaxation, you probably don’t need my suggestions. However, if you want to get a richer experience out of that green and rainy little island, read on:
Where to Stay:
The Westin is located right in the center of Dublin, so you will be pretty close to all of the action. The hotel also offers a lot of wellness-related features and amenities. They offer in-room spa treatments and a gym open 24 hours. They even have an athletic clothes lending service for 5 Euros, so you don’t have to take up space in your luggage with workout clothes. The hotel’s dining options – including a restaurant situated in an airy and relaxing atruim – offer healthy menu choices as well, even in the breakfast included with your room.