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: 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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#145 How Much Does Accommodation Cost in Ireland? – AUDIO
Mar16

#145 How Much Does Accommodation Cost in Ireland? – AUDIO

Stephanie Chastain returns to the podcast to talk about the various accommodation options available and how much you should set aside in your budget. CLICK for Show Notes 00:00 Liam talks about one of his more memorable castle stays in Ireland 01:26 Budgeting for your accommodations in Ireland 01:45 How much does a trip to Ireland cost? How much does accommodation cost in Ireland? 02:05 Stephanie Chastain – www.infiniteireland.com How...

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Best Boutique Hostels and Unique Budget Stays Along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way
Aug01

Best Boutique Hostels and Unique Budget Stays Along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

When I suggested we stay in hostels on our Wild Atlantic Way trip, Liam groaned, “I did hostels thirty years ago. I’m waaaaaay beyond the age of traveling like that.” He proceeded to recount tales of waking up to a goat in his room, a bathroom with a clear glass door that didn’t lock, and a blanket covered in creepy-crawlies. I assured him I had vetted the properties on my list and, at the very least, promised clean rooms with no...

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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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Ireland on a Budget
Jul10

Ireland on a Budget

This summer I’ve started a new project that centers on Ireland’s best budget accommodations. It’s been an interesting task; and I’ve been quite pleased with some of the places I’ve visited — most for under €25 per person!!! This research has opened my eyes to some absolutely outstanding places to stay that are under the radar of the average visitor… I had almost resigned myself to believing...

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