Bailey Schafer: Where would you go?

Interviewing Western students on their dream travel destinations

Sarah Austin | Lifestyle Editor

With COVID-19 limiting travel for many, “The Western Howl” set out to create a piece where we ask students their travel dreams. In between classes, I caught Western senior Bailey Schafer, an education major, to ask her about her dream destination. 

If you could leave tomorrow and go anywhere, where would you go?


Have you been there before?

Yes. I’ve been there twice. First when I was 11 and the next (when) I was 17.

That must be a long flight.

Yeah. It’s like 16 to 18 hours.

What do you do for that long in a plane?

Sleep mostly or read. If it’s a nice plane I’ll watch a movie.

What factors (cuisine, architecture, natural beauty, nightlife) draw you there?

I have family there, it’s really beautiful. There (are) a lot of landmarks to visit too.

What key things would you do while there?

Visit The Giant’s Causeway and the Cliffs of Moher.

Where would you go to eat?

There’s a cafe I really like called Java Republic. My uncle owns it, it’s like the Dutch Bros of Ireland.

What barriers keep you from actually going?

Money and being able to take time off of school and work.

Since you’ve been there before, how much would you say it cost to go?

A few grand. I stay with family so I save there and with food but it’s really the plane tickets that are expensive. Traveling by bus there is cheap too.

If you were able to take time off work and school with your current financial resources, realistically where would you go? 

I would go to California to visit my best friend! She lives in San Bernardino.

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