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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Q&A: What are the rules for traveling to Ireland with medications?
Feb02

Q&A: What are the rules for traveling to Ireland with medications?

What are the rules for traveling to Ireland with medications? My husband takes prescription pills for his blood pressure, and I take Ibuprofen several times a day. Do I take this in my carryon? Should I wait and buy Ibuprofen when I get to Ireland? Is it even available there? –Angie — Indio, CA I recommend placing all your medications in your carryon in its original packaging. For prescriptions, that means it should have...

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Ask Us a Question
Jan19

Ask Us a Question

If there’s something you’d like to know about Irish travel, send it our way… your query might even appear on our blog, e-newsletter, or podcast. You can send your question via email (include text or an audio recording) or you can leave a voicemail at 414-395-0633 (a US number), or you can record and send your question below (this option might not be available on all devices). Enjoy this post?If so, join our list of...

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Q&A: What is Tax-Free Shopping in Ireland?
Nov18

Q&A: What is Tax-Free Shopping in Ireland?

Could you explain VAT refunds on purchased items for tourists in Ireland? – Angela via email One of the advantages of shopping in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland for Americans and other non-European Union residents is that certain purchases can be bought tax-free. It’s a great opportunity to save on your purchases. However, it’s not available for every item or at every location, and it requires a bit of...

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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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