About

Hello, my name is Brian O’Halloran and welcome to Bottlecap Travels! I come from the small county of Carlow in Ireland. I grew up in the countryside and spent my summer days playing out in the garden. I’ve always been an outdoor type of person and when I was finally old enough to get a job and start earning my ways, I set off travelling the world!

For me, it all began back in 2014 when I spent two weeks interrailing across Europe with my two housemates. The trip opened my eyes to the world of travel. I fell in love with the freedom, the uncertainty and the opportunities that come with travelling. Exploring new locations, experiencing new cultures and making new friends are just some of the things I love about travelling.

Interrailing opened my eyes to the world of travel. I’ve never looked back

Myself, Cormac and Barry at Lake Bled during our Interrail trip across Europe

Getting to travel the world professionally is my dream, there is no doubt about it. However, the harsh reality is that the likelihood of actually achieving this dream is literally one in a million. So I have accepted my faith and focused my efforts on balancing a working lifestyle with my passion for travel.

“Work hard, travel far and laugh lots!”

A little bit about me

In 2011 and qualified as a radiation therapist from Trinity College Dublin. Since then I’ve worked full-time in my profession, nine-to-five, five days a week. I have managed all of my adventures using just my annual leave as time off. So far, I have visited 24 different countries and in 2014 I achieved an amazing goal of being abroad every month of the year!

Edel and I inside the Sagrada Familia

Our plans for the future

This year, my girlfriend and I have taken a massive leap of faith. We have quit our jobs (temporarily) to go travelling the world for six months! The first half of our journey sees us travelling across South East Asia, where we are hoping to explore Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. For the second half of our journey, we aim to take on South America, visiting as many new locations as we can.

“Life is a mystery. Who know’s where you’ll end up next”

Looking out on Skellig Michael

Why this blog?

I created Bottlecap Travels as a place to share my stories and travel experiences with others. It is a place where I share my tips for balancing work and travel. I genuinely believe that balancing work and a lust for travel is achievable and this website is my way of trying to show others how to do it.

My travel goals:

  • Visit 30 countries before I turn 30
  • Travel abroad every month of the year
  • Visit 40 countries before I turn 40
  • Reach Everest base camp
  • Climb Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Sky dive over the palm islands of Dubai
  • Swim with dolphins
  • See the Sydney Opera House
  • See the puffins at Skellig Michael
  • Eat authentic Asian street food
  • Visit Machu Picchu
  • Walk along the Great Wall of China
  • Pray at the Sagrada Familia
  • Visit the Colosseum
  • Eat Pizza in Italy
  • Go diving at the Great Barrier Reef
  • Whale watching
  • Bird watching at the Galapagos Islands
  • Pay my respects at Auschwitz
  • Smile with the Mona Lisa
  • Visit the Pyramids of Giza
  • Knock on the Berlin Wall
  • Take a boat tour through Halong Bay
  • Visit the Valley of the Kings
  • Hike through Patagonia
  • Shoot a gun!
  • See Red Square
  • Share a kiss at Shibuya Crossing

 

Work hard, travel harder.

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