No Place Like Home

“Níl aon tinteán mar do thinteán féin” (literally: there is no hearth like your own hearth). This Irish phrase simply means, there is no place like home.

What makes home feel like home? Is it the sense of familiarity in your surroundings, the people, the language, the accent, the weather? I believe it runs deeper than that. For me, it’s a place where you feel like you belong.

Prior to Dublin, I’ve had other homes. Homes in the the sense of cities. There is my hometown where I was born and then my family decided to immigrate to Canada. Not that I didn’t enjoy these cities but I didn’t choose either fo them. I’ve always loved travelling. The more you get out there and see the world, the smaller you feel, and this inevitably makes you feel like you haven’t seen the half of it.

Before my big move, I had visited Ireland twice. The second time was the Centenary of the Easter Rising, my first solo trip. I felt deeply touched and connected to the Irish history. I intentionally chose those dates. On the day of the Easter Sunday parade, I stepped out of my flat with my tri-colour wrapped around me, I looked up to the street ahead of me and a lady smiled at me. At that moment, I knew I was in the right place and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

After that trip, I went back to my “normal life” like any vacation. I looked back at the pictures as if it was from another life. I realised that it was madness. I’m still living this life. Eventually, it came down to “Will I regret it if I don’t do it?”. So if you’re reading this and still hesitating then ask yourself that question.

Now I call Dublin my  home. Instead of naming a list of reasons to convince or encourage you to move abroad, it can be as simple as, “because you can”. The only person who really needs convincing is you.

As much as I miss my friends, family and favourite tea room, I’m happy to be here in Dublin, Ireland. USIT will support you every step of the way. You will meet new people and find new favourite spots. The working holiday visa is literally a once in a lifetime experience and we only have one life to live. There will be obstacles, tears and laughter along the journey. The adventure is what you make it, so dare!

By Tracy Yeung


Ireland Set’s New Record For Annual Visitors in 2017 – This Is Why

Céad Míle Fáilte quite literally translates into one hundred thousand welcomes but it turns out that’s not nearly enough in 2017 as more people have come to visit Ireland this year than ever before!

10.56 million people (more than twice the Irish population), came over to our beautiful little island over the last 12 months. It’s becoming pretty clear that we’re doing something right so to help seal the deal on the best ever year for visitors to Ireland, we’re going to delve into why our home has never been so popular.

Ireland Goes Global

It may have been a secret to the wider world for many years but 2017 was the year that Ireland’s stunning landscapes were catapulted into the limelight (overdue if you ask us) thanks to two of the biggest film/TV franchises in history.

Turns out Luke Skywalker had been hiding out all this time in Co.Kerry, or more specifically, 7km off the coast of Kerry on the simply breathtaking rock we more as Skellig Michael. It wasn’t only down South that was used as a set location for The Last Jedi, our most northerly point of Malin Head also features prominently in the new blockbuster.

Game of Thrones has long been shot in Northern Ireland with the Iron Islands, Winterfell, the King’s Road and many more infamous scenes were brought to life by our landscapes and history.

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Star Wars and GoT have done for Ireland what Lord of the Rings did for New Zealand, and they’ve loved it!

We Can’t Stop Featuring On The ‘Hot Lists’ And Winning Travel Awards

Every day, another global travel blog or website lists Irish locations near the top of their ‘hot lists’. Belfast and the Giant’s Causeway is Lonely Planet’s No.1 Region to visit in 2018.

The Titantic Museum in Belfast was listed as the Best Tourist Attraction in Europe and then the world in 2016, beating the likes of the Effiel Tower and the Taj Mahal.

Spike Island in Co.Cork was recently voted the top tourist attraction in Europe for 2017, making it back-to-back victories for Ireland in the World Travel Awards.

More Flights, Cheaper Flights

Dublin airport has become one of Europe’s busier airports since the introduction of US pre-clearance and a second terminal in 2010.

Transatlantic routes have seen a huge increase in frequency in the last 2 or 3 years as international low-cost airlines like WOW Air and Norwegian have entered the market, driving down the cost of a flight from North America to Dublin, Shannon or Cork.

The Bounceback is Complete

Ireland’s roaring economy crashed in a mightily big way back in 2009. Fast forward eight years and the economic outlook is comparable with ‘Celtic Tiger’ days but this time, backed up sustainably.

Dublin has been coined the European Capital of Digital on many occasions and it’s not surprising to see why given the stature of online companies that have their European Headquarters in Ireland. In no particular order the likes of Google, LinkedIn, PayPal, Dropbox, Microsoft, Apple, IBM. Airbnb and Twitter. Impressive right?

What’s more, Dublin is fast becoming a multicultural haven for talented labour from all corners of the world who are flocking here for the opportunities but also the lifestyle.

Whiskey and Golf Courses

If you’re like me, that heading is essentially Christmas. Granted, this combination isn’t for everyone but Ireland is uniquely positioned as a global standard for both. Over 650,000 tourists visited Irish distilleries this year (that’s not including the 1.6m who check out the Guinness Storehouse).

Ireland is home to some of the world’s most naturally spectacular and challenging golf courses in the world. While the profiles of Rory McIlroy, shane Lowry and Padraig Harrington continue to push Ireland into the golfing limelight, some 160,000 international visitors came here in 2017 with great links courses like Royal Portrush, Portmarnock and Ballybunion in their crosshairs.

The Craic

Last but not least, the mystical vibe and sense of community which oozes out of every moment being here – the craic. Have you ever heard anyone coming to Ireland and not enjoying themselves, enjoying the music, enjoying the laughs and enjoying new friendships made over a pint? Us neither.

Thinking about spending some time away from home in 2018? Join our growing international community right here in Dublin by spending four months or an entire year living and working in Ireland? USIT’s Work in Ireland Programme offers our clients a support network to help you get off to a flying start here in Ireland. We’ve helped hundreds of students from the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe settle here. Email or call us on +353 1 602 1888 and let’s start planning.