For many people around the world, a trip to Ireland is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and something they’ve always planned on, but somehow the time was never right. You’ve finally decided that 2019 is going to be the year to take that long-awaited tour of the Emerald Isle and the dates are set. You’ve put in notice for your annual leave and it’s time to start making travel arrangements. However, you probably don’t know where to begin. Here are three tips that should help you make the most out of that long-overdue trip to Ireland.
1. Book Your Travel Tours Earlyin Your Stay
While you can always leave a good amount of time to travel about Ireland on your own, perhaps with a rented car, you might want to begin your stay with a guided tour of the Emerald Isle. After that, you’ll have a good idea of where you’d like to spend more time and enough background to get you there once you’ve singled out several places for your ‘must see’ list. You might like to book a tour package with Go Irish Tours, an award-winning site that has several packages to choose from.
2. No Trip to Ireland Is Complete Without a Stay at a Local B&B
One of the main reasons you are advised to book more than a few nights at a local B&B is because of the money-saving benefits you will realise. Whether you are on a limited travel budget or not, why not start your day with an absolutely delicious home-cooked (and rather generous!) breakfast to keep hunger at by until at least mid to late afternoon? Not only will you taste authentic Irish food, but you won’t need to stop touring sights just to fill the stomach! The money you save can go towards extra souvenirs if you really want a reason to cut back on daily expenses.
3. Always Ask the Locals
If there is one thing which can be said of Ireland, you’ll find none of that British reserve the UK is noted for. A true Irishman (or woman if you want to be PC) will never resent a reason to stop and chat a bit with a newcomer. You might hear a yarn or two spun at your expense, but doesn’t that just serve to make the day all the more enchanting? Whether you are looking for the best pub to draw a pint of Irish ale or an amazing backdrop for a holiday photo op, you just need to ask and the locals will be glad to help in any way they can.
However, when all is said and done, don’t forget to make time to kiss the Blarney stone or travel the world’s longest continual coastal highway. There really is much to see and do in Ireland so the best tip of all would be to start exploring long before you set foot on Irish soil. Make a list of everything you want to see and do so that you can tick off the main events as you go. Enjoy your stay on the Emerald Isle and “May the luck of the Irish be with you.”