Q&A: What are the benefits and pitfalls of a self-drive tour of Ireland?
Feb22

Q&A: What are the benefits and pitfalls of a self-drive tour of Ireland?

My son and I are in the planning stages of a 15-day visit to Ireland. We decided we are not interested in the canned tours and want to strike out and see the countryside on our own. Could you point out some of the benefits and pitfalls of trying to do tours on our own? Your sage advice would be well received. – Tom Driving around Ireland on your own will definitely give you and your son a chance to see what you want, when you...

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Q&A: How Much of a Tip Should I Leave in Ireland?
Feb17

Q&A: How Much of a Tip Should I Leave in Ireland?

I’m an American, and I’m unsure of what is expected in terms of tipping waiters, waitresses, bartenders, taxi drivers, etc. in Ireland. – Barbara Tipping in Ireland is truly at your discretion and intended to show your appreciation for good service… which differs a bit from the US where many workers, especially wait staff, rely primarily on tips for their income. Irish servers earn a wage comparable to other...

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#138 The Unexpected Value and Comfort in Ireland’s Unique Hostels — AUDIO
Jul28

#138 The Unexpected Value and Comfort in Ireland’s Unique Hostels — AUDIO

Hostels have come a long way in recent years, and many hostels offer a boutique, yet budget, experience for travelers. In this episode, I get reactions from my friends Liam and Tony about their stays in Irish hostels and reveal my list of the best hostels for those who might have reservations about staying in a budget accommodation. Have a listen and feel free to review the show notes: CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON below to listen    Quotes...

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The Leap Card for Tourists: Dublin Unveils All-In-One Travel Pass
Jun20

The Leap Card for Tourists: Dublin Unveils All-In-One Travel Pass

Dublin City has just unveiled a new program that makes it easier for tourists to get around the city. A tourist version of their prepaid travel pass known as the Leap Card is now available at Dublin Airport; and if you’re planning to spend a few days in the city, you’ll travel like a local when you swipe your pass in front of the card reader on buses and trains. Here’s how it works… You purchase a card at...

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Q&A: How Much Does a Trip to Ireland Cost?
Feb05

Q&A: How Much Does a Trip to Ireland Cost?

How Much Does a Trip to Ireland Cost? – Tony via e-mail This is one of the first questions people ask when they start planning a trip. Each visit is unique, so there’s no universal answer, but let me get the conversation started. Remember, several factors come into play that affect the cost, such as how long you stay, what type of accommodations you prefer, what kind of dining you choose, what type of transportation you...

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Q&A: What’s It Like to Travel Ireland in the Winter?
Jan29

Q&A: What’s It Like to Travel Ireland in the Winter?

We’re planning our first trip to Ireland, and we’re thinking of taking advantage of the lower prices in the winter. Is this a bad idea? Will it be a rainy mess? – Kerri from Ohio via email Your question arrived at the perfect time. At this very moment, I’m in Ireland… in the dead of winter… and you know what? It’s not bad, but it’s definitely different from other times during the year....

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