Five Mistakes Visitors to Ireland Make
corey says…I’ve worked with hundreds of people planning trips to Ireland, and even with the most diligent forethought, there are a handful of “mistakes” they tend make over and over again. Here’s a go at the first five that come up regularly.
- Warp Speed – An unreasonable list of must-sees will leave you seeing Ireland from the windows of your tiny rental car. If you’ve got a week, expect to see a quarter of the country. Exceed that, and you might be at risk for the accurately named Green Blur Tour.
- Avoiding the Locals – After spending hours reading guidebooks and online reviews, don’t convince yourself you’ve got all the information you need. Ten minutes chatting with your B&B host, a shop clerk or a pub owner can provide insight no pre-trip resource can offer. Don’t just say you’ll do this, actually set aside the time for this interaction.
- Sticking to the Big Sites – Each region in Ireland is loaded with attractions, but most itineraries string together only the major sites. Rather than rushing to the next big site, try choosing a major attraction and then find nearby destinations to fill the rest of the day and even the next morning.
- Misunderstanding the “Real” Ireland – Thatched cottages and donkey carts? Ireland is not the same place your great grandparents left behind. Folk parks and heritage centres will provide a peek at what has happened in Ireland over the generations. Expect a modern, educated, vibrant population.
- Following Those Who Have Gone Before – Your friends and family who visited Ireland are excellent resources for planning, but don’t let their experience be the end-all. Try to make the trip your own rather than an attempt to come home with matching photo albums.