Me in 3: Adventurous | Word-loving | Creative
Favourite Place to Play: Anywhere I can hike or bike with spectacular views, see a castle, and take beautiful photos. Some of my favourites are the Dingle Way, the tranquil landscapes of Sligo, the wilds of Donegal, and beauty of the Causeway Coast.
Not a lot of People Know This About Me: I always travel with a book, and nearly always come home with more books than I left with. Sometimes those books are in English… or French… or Spanish! I can also read the Cyrillic alphabet but not quite ready to read stories in Russian yet.
Mini Bio: American by birth but European in spirit, I’ve called the US, Costa Rica, Spain, England, Poland, France and Ireland home. In the past decade, I’ve explored some 35 countries, but have fallen in love with the rich Irish culture, history and sweeping landscapes.
I obtained my Bachelors Degree in Communications & Writing in Virginia, USA, with a focus in writing and analysis. In 2016, I received my Masters Degree in Marketing & Tourism in Lyon, France (in a bilingual French-English programme) after completing a thesis studying the connection between millennials and adventure travel in Europe’s tourism industry.
I’ve been the Marketing Executive for Wilderness Ireland since 2017 where I continually hone my marketing, writing and even photoshop skills as well as share my love of Ireland, adventure and the outdoors with the wide world. Within this role, I manage B2B and B2C marketing projects and initiatives, as well as writing and editing content, supplying imagery, and liaising with PR/press and media.
Previously, I’ve worked for the ATTA (Adventure Travel Trade Association), the worldwide renowned authority for adventure travel, as well as the tourism marketing brand, OnlyLyon in Lyon, France.
Awards & Publications
In 2017, I was recipient of the David Clark Excellence in Editorial Award from Philips Publishing and FOGHORN Magazine. Over the past several years, I’ve contributed and written for a number of different publications, both of a B2B and B2C nature – AdventureTravelNews, World Travel Market, FOGHORN Magazine, Textile Services, among others. Feel free to view my online writing portfolio or check out my latest articles on Wilderness Ireland’s blog.
Travel & Biggest Adventures
Living in Europe since 2011 in a combination of the UK, Spain, Poland, France and Ireland, I’ve been lucky enough to travel to some 35 countries (including nearly every country in the EU as well as Russia and the Ukraine). I’ve trekked through mountain ranges such as the Rockies and the Appalachians in the USA, the Alps in western Europe, France’s Massif Centrale, Italy’s Dolomites, Poland’s Beskids and Romania’s Carpathians.
Since moving to the Emerald Isle, I’ve hiked in the Ireland’s Blue Stacks, Twelve Bens, Ox and Dartry Mountains – and been to 29 of Ireland’s 32 counties (not to mention 34 US states). But it’s the age-old conundrum – the more places I go and activities I do, the more I want to see and do!
Hobbies & Activities
An avid long-distance runner and hiker, I’ve clocked up too many miles to count (including a 1h55 half marathon in Warsaw, Poland!). I also love being out-of-doors, exploring new places, and discovering amazing off-the-radar sites.
As a travel enthusiast and amateur photographer, I’ve taken more than 100,000 travel photos, and I enjoy writing about the places I visit (I even have a blog where I do so!). Languages fascinate me – bilingual in English and French and conversational in Spanish, Italian is next on the list (though I’ve dabbled in Russian, Polish and Danish).
I’m passionate about history and architecture – with a special fascination for castles and monasteries – and I love learning about Europe’s abundance of beautiful places. As an outdoor and adventure lover, I am often found either outside exploring the little-travelled corners and castles of Ireland (and Europe at large!) or reading about the amazing places still to visit. I am also a member of an Irish living history group to promote knowledge of early medieval and Viking history in Ireland.
As my family’s ancestry is mainly Polish, French, Scottish, and Irish, I guess you can say I’m slowly going home!
Living in Sligo (on the border of Roscommon), I’ve made it my mission to discover as many amazing places near here as possible! I also travel up to Northern Ireland and Donegal quite frequently (both for hiking and to attend events) – in fact, I prefer Belfast to Dublin! There are some many hidden corners in places like Fermanagh and Derry and even Antrim.
I’ve hiked a good bit in Connemara, and have walked the length of the Dingle Way, as well as part of the Causeway Coast. Though perhaps on few bucket lists, I have family in Limerick and therefore visit it regularly. I’d love to explore the rural region of Cavan to discover the place where my great-grandmother emigrated from a century ago.
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Join LinkedIn Passionate about Europe, travelling, writing, photography, culture, adventure tourism and the great outdoors, my goal is to increase responsible tourism throughout Europe, with a focus on the continued development of adventure travel, with a particular interest in my own generation, the Millennials.
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Classic - Staying in 3 or 4 star hotels and guesthouses you can enjoy warm hospitality along with a hot shower, great food and a comfortable bed at the end of a day.
Deluxe - Staying in 4 or 5 star hotels or country houses you can enjoy superior comfort and the finest service.
Luxury - Selected castles in locations across Ireland, each have their own character and you will be exceptionally well looked after in each of them.
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