Choosing the Right Irish Airport
Nov22

Choosing the Right Irish Airport

Most people outside of Ireland are familiar with only one of Ireland’s airports — the country’s largest in Dublin. However, there are other options that may suit a traveler’s needs. Let me take a moment to introduce you to them and offer a few “insider tips.” DUBLIN Ireland’s capital city hosts the country’s largest airport. Dublin Airport offers the most flights to and from the greatest...

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I Flew RyanAir, and I Almost Liked It
Oct25

I Flew RyanAir, and I Almost Liked It

What it’s really like to fly on a €10 flight from Ireland. After typing in dates for a flight from Shannon – Ireland’s west coast airport – to London, my computer search churned out an insanely broad range of flight options. Several came in at around €130 ($140), loads more were over €200 ($217), and more than half the results came in at over €2,000 ($2,178). The offer that garnered my attention came from RyanAir. They...

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Tips for Planning Your Irish Itinerary
Jun17

Tips for Planning Your Irish Itinerary

I’m in charge of the itinerary for our family trip to Ireland, and I’m struggling to figure out how to put together a schedule that let’s us see a lot, but won’t leave us exhausted (and make me crazy trying to plan it). — Nan   When planning a big trip, it’s easy to feel pressured to get it right. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution, but here are a few tips that might help you along the way....

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Could My Perfect Irish Holiday Rental Be a Scam?
Apr21

Could My Perfect Irish Holiday Rental Be a Scam?

My heart sunk when I received an email in February from a reader named Dana… She found the perfect Dublin vacation rental property on VRBO (Vacation Rental By Owner), which is part of HomeAway — both are well-known, trusted vacation rental websites. When she inquired, the property manager wrote back with bad news. The townhouse of her dreams was no longer available. However, she was directed to another property listed on a...

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Q&A: What kind of adapter do I need to keep my electronics charged in Ireland?
Apr07

Q&A: What kind of adapter do I need to keep my electronics charged in Ireland?

We’re from the U.S., and we’ll be traveling Ireland with our iphones and ipad. What kind of adapter do we need? — Marie There are two things you need to know before “plugging” in your devices in Ireland: Ireland’s wall outlets/sockets deliver 220 volts (countries like the US and Canada only use 110 volts). Ireland’s wall outlets/sockets are the same as the ones used in the UK and handful of...

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Q&A: Do we need to prebook our accommodations in Ireland or can we “wing it”?
Feb17

Q&A: Do we need to prebook our accommodations in Ireland or can we “wing it”?

We have our “places to stay” all set up for our trip this September. However, we’ve left two nights “unscheduled” to see possible places we might not have heard about until we get there. Will it be easy or difficult to find a place to stay while traveling without booking ahead? – Lexa If you’ve got a sense of adventure, you should have no problem “winging it” with accommodations in...

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