Welcome to the Indie Tripper, a travel and food blog with writings, tips, photography and musings from some of my favourite places, both in Ireland and abroad.
I’m Karyn. I grew up in the midlands but being a city girl at heart, moved to Dublin in 1998 and never left. Travel has always had a huge part to play in my life and I knew from a young age that I wanted to see as much of the world as possible. Some of my earliest memories are from my granny's house: she had one of those View-Masters (remember those, children of the 70s and 80s?) into which you inserted a disc of small transparent color photographs on film - before your eyes would appear some of the world's most famous tourist attractions and travel views. I was obsessed with it and spent hours looking at some truly gaudy postcard-type images of Yosemite, Yellowstone National Park and New York City. But that was the start of it for me and that obsession has never waned. I didn’t make it abroad until the year I turned 18. I was hooked. Since then I’ve traveled all over the world and love to take a city break in Europe whenever I can. It’s safe to say I’ll never be wealthy in a financial sense (it’s an expensive hobby) but I consider it the best investment a person can make.
My passions in life are travel, photography, food & wine, nature and art. Over the past few years, I’ve combined those interests into this blog, with articles and photographs to document some of our best trips, both in Ireland and abroad, with the intention of sharing those experiences with others.
I've always traveled with my trusty notebook and a camera to hand - those hastily scribbled notes and images have been a great source of holiday tips for family and friends throughout the years. Someone eventually suggested that I share those experiences with the wider world and so, the Indie Tripper was born.
My favourite cities in the world are (in no particular order) Paris, Rome, New York and Copenhagen. I spent three months travelling around South East Asia in my twenties which was a really eye-opening experience for me and one I will never forget. I lived in Toronto while at university, and it was a city that held my heart from day one. I met the most wonderful people and was completely taken with this vibrant multicultural city. It felt like my home in a very short space of time and it broke my heart to leave it. I also had a short but very sweet three week trip to Australia in 2007, taking in the wonderful cities of Melbourne and Sydney, with a trip to the Blue Mountains thrown in for good measure. In short, travelling makes me really happy and I hope to continue in this vein until I shuffle off this mortal coil.
All pictures and words are my own unless otherwise stated.