Travelling amidst lockdown

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As oxymoron as it may sound, the words: travel and lockdown; are two contrasting ideas that would puzzle anyone reading it together in one single sentence!

The new world we’re living in, is full of restricted movements. A total nightmare for travel enthusiasts. However, very much to the displeasure of many, this is now the reality or the new normal as we refer to it. Many countries today are following essential travel guidelines. This has made it impossible to plan a long stay vacation to a different country or continent. People are learning to adapt in this new reality and make the best of what they have.

Many international students who moved to Ireland before lockdown and had aspiration to explore a new land as they study were quite taken a back as Covid 19 took over the world. Nonetheless, there are certain places one can visit within County Dublin and in vicinity. Here are some recommended places one can visit.

  • Poolbeg Lighthouse –

The lighthouse is definitely one the best tourist attractions in Dublin. While it’s a tedious walk to reach there especially if travelling via bus. However, nomads would not mind to walk those extra miles. On the way one can view the amazing Dublin Bay. It’s definitely worth the visit.

Poolbeg Lighthouse- Image Credit: Emma-Marie B. Whittaker
Poolbeg Lighthouse- Image Credit: Emma-Marie B. Whittaker
  • Phoenix Park –

Phoenix Park is one of the largest parks in Dublin. It’s a tourist attraction that one can certainly not afford to miss. One can see beautiful deers within the park and spend hours exploring it. A perfect location for a picnic. Dublin is undeniably a park city, it has innumerable wonderful parks. Botanic Gardens, St. Stephen Greens, Bushy Park and Marley Park are certainly worth the mention.

  • Portmarnock Beach –

Portmarnock Beach is a must-visit, especially during the summer season. It is a picturesque destination for all the water babies. There are many stunning beaches in Dublin like Blackrock Beach, Seapoint Beach, Malahide Beach, Dollymount Strand, and many more.  

Photo Credits: Rupali Ovhal
  • Killiney Hill Viewpoint –

Located at South East of Dublin, Killiney Hill Viewpoint is an apt location to visit. It provides a beautiful view of the city and the coastline. People who love hiking shouldn’t miss traveling to this spot.

  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral –

St. Patrick’s Cathedral was founded in 1191, it is the national cathedral of the church in Ireland. It is a popular tourist attraction in Dublin. While people aren’t allowed to enter inside the cathedral due to Covid restrictions it’s an ideal place for people who like viewing ancient structures.

One can always make the most of what they have in proximity. The lockdown especially has taught us to cherish what we already have.

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