Prior to departure from the United States for Ireland, our preparatory plan included tips for airfare, luggage, and money. Planning and budgeting in advance has allowed my family to experience the land of 100,000 welcomes without sacrifice. Once in Ireland, we had a focused itinerary with pre-paid tours, meals, accommodations and built-in down time. Here are a few more tips from our trip to Ireland…
PREPPING Planning for our trip began eight months in advance by pouring over the internet, purchasing travel books, maps and questioning friends who had traveled to Ireland. We each decided upon a “must see” which, in turn, helped us plan an itinerary and determine transportation needs. We visited a travel agent once we knew what we wanted. We saved by purchasing tours online, giving us a focused itinerary at a discount. Of course our tours included tourist hot spots:
- County Antrim, Northern Ireland to see the Giant’s Causeway and Game of Thrones film locations;
- Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary;
- Dingle Peninsula, from County Kerry; and
- Cliffs of Moher and Inis Oírr (Inisheer) of Doolin, County Clare and the Aran Islands.