Whether visiting one of the many castles or mapping out your ancestry, it's important to know how to plan a vacation to Ireland. Visiting the Emerald Isle is the vacation of a lifetime. With so much to see and do, it's always good to have a plan of action before vacationing in Ireland. There are several things you need to do to plan out your vacation and get the most out of your experience.
Have all of your documents ready and up to date. If you don't have your passport, you need to make sure you apply for it in advance of your trip. It can take anywhere from four weeks to several months to receive your passport after you've applied for it. If you have your passport, make sure it has not expired. If you plan on renting a car on your vacation to Ireland you will need a valid and current driver's license.
- Make an itinerary. Make a list of the things you want to see and do while on your trip to Ireland. Decide whether you want to travel place to place by bus, train or plane. Make sure you have a plan for when you arrive in Ireland. Know the address of your hotel and how you will get there. For the sights you want to see, make sure you know the opening and closing times. For instance, if you don't want to miss kissing the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle in Cork, make sure you know what time the popular attraction closes.
Book your accommodations in advance. Bed and breakfasts are a dime a dozen in Ireland and usually cheaper than staying at a hotel. Plus, you get to experience more of Irish culture. There are plenty of hotels you can also choose from; you can even rent a cottage. If you can, try to book your accommodations in advance so you don't have to spend time doing it once you arrive in Ireland. Plus, you don't want to get to your destination and not have a place to stay. If you book ahead you can sometimes get a better deal.
- Pack accordingly. Make sure you don't over pack for your vacation to Ireland. It can really put a damper on your trip if you have to lug around heavy suitcases. Packing light will help make your travels through Ireland much easier. It's also a good idea to pack a good pair of walking shoes, especially if you will be touring on foot. If you are traveling in the summer it's a good idea to take a light jacket since it can get chilly at night.
- If you plan to use a debit or credit card, make sure you notify your bank or credit card company. Failure to do so can cause your purchases to be denied. The bank of credit card company may deny the sale because you are in a foreign country and they might falsely assume there's been a theft. All you have to do it let the bank or credit card company know before you leave for your trip and everything should be just fine.
If you plan to travel by plane while in Ireland, Ryanair is a great and inexpensive airline to use. While you don't have assigned seats, you can usually manage to sit with your companions. Also, if you plan to rent a car and drive on your vacation in Ireland, make sure you know the rules of the road. Make sure you have plenty of Euro on hand and Pounds if you are in Northern Ireland. This way you won't be in trouble if your credit or debit card happen to get declined.
Personal travels to Ireland