One of Europe’s fastest growing cities. The Pale. The Big Shmoke. Dublin has many names, but it also has many opportunities. More and more people are choosing Dublin as the place they believe is the correct location to further their career. It doesn’t matter if you’re re-locating from Dubrovnik, or a small village in West Donegal, moving can be tricky, and navigating a foreign city can be even trickier. This is why I devised 5 top tips to make a stressful situation a little bit simpler.
Be that person
Accommodation. Where do you start? Sure enough, you have got the standard daft.ie, rent.ie and other accommodation websites, but these sites are typically for those who have time and/or looking for somewhere with 3/4 people. One of the most underrated tools for getting accommodation in Dublin is Facebook. Groups such as the Ideal Flatmate, Rent a room, all have thousands of members you can link in with. Also, don’t under-estimate the power of Instagram stories, Snapchat stories and Facebook statuses. If you have connections in Dublin, you will most likely know someone, who knows someone, who needs a housemate. Don’t be afraid to spam your social media!
Get your App together
Life is complicated enough, so why not let technology provide some assistance? Apps are a great way of improving your life in Dublin. The standard Dublin Bus, Irish Rail and Luas Apps are a necessity for your travel needs. Also convenient is MyTaxi for the nights out on the tiles, JustEat for those days where you just need a Garlic Cheese Chip delivered and Google Maps, for when you’re lost down a side road looking for Aldi.
What’s up Google Doc?
Thought Google Docs would never come in handy in the real world? Welcome to 2019. If you have a group of friends and have a list of things you want to accomplish whilst living in Dublin, create a Google Docs that you can all add to so you can keep track of all your activities. Things such as winning a holiday at Bingo Loco, organising lunch at The Pepper Pot or a trip the Guinness Storehouse can all be ticked off as you slowly conquer the city.
Unless you’re in the privileged position where you can walk to your workplace, most likely you will have to board some form of public transport each morning. This can all be made easier through preparation, preparation, preparation. Having your work outfit already chosen, your breakfast and lunch prepped and ready and a morning routine will get you into the swing of the city life in no time. Splashing out on a Netflix or Spotify subscription will also make the cold mornings a lot more bearable.
There’s no place like home
Finally, one of the best things you can do is make sure that the place you’re staying is a comfortable space to come home to. Make sure you don’t put off getting your chest of drawers from IKEA, getting those fluffy pillows from Penney’s or even hanging up a few fairy-lights. Once you have that done you will be able to settle in and fully immerse yourself in city life and you’ll be a regular in Copper Face Jacks in no time.