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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Q&A: Answers to Your Questions About Family Travel in Ireland with Jody Halsted
Jan28

Q&A: Answers to Your Questions About Family Travel in Ireland with Jody Halsted

Although I can answer a lot of questions about Irish travel… when it comes family travel, I certainly don’t qualify as an expert. So when two family travel questions came in this month, I went directly to Jody Halsted from www.irelandfamilytravel.com who stepped in to share her wisdom. — Corey How do you plan a family vacation to Ireland for under $2,000?  That’s our vacation budget for a week’s stay and...

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Take Our Survey: Where Would You Leave Your Passport?
Jan21

Take Our Survey: Where Would You Leave Your Passport?

This question usually comes up AFTER someone arrives in Ireland. “Do I carry my passport with me everywhere I go?” I’ve heard differing opinions on this, and I’m curious to get yours. First, take the poll below and click the answers that indicate where you might stow your passport… and give YOUR HONEST answer (not the answer you THINK you should give). Second, use the comments section to offer some...

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Q&A: How Can I Check My Voicemail While I’m in Ireland?
Jan15

Q&A: How Can I Check My Voicemail While I’m in Ireland?

I’m heading to Ireland and plan to use Skype on my iPhone to keep in touch with my family, but I still need to check voice mail messages a couple times while I’m traveling. Is there a way to do this without adding an international plan to my phone or buying minutes on Skype? — John via email Skype, like other internet phone services, allows free audio and video calls between users; but as you know, if you want to talk to...

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Q&A: Can I stay with a host family in Ireland?
Jan12

Q&A: Can I stay with a host family in Ireland?

Can I stay with a host family in Ireland?  — Kerrie via email Ireland has a long tradition of bed and breakfasts, so in essence you stay with a family when you’re there. However, most modern B&Bs are professionally run and the homes are purpose built. This makes for a quality experience, but can also keep a certain amount of separation between hosts and guests… not like the old days when you used the toilet down the...

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Getting It Wrong in Ireland: Rethinking Common Irish Travel Advice
Nov26

Getting It Wrong in Ireland: Rethinking Common Irish Travel Advice

The internet has become the go-to place for gathering travel tips for visiting Ireland, but it also leads to some bits of bad advice getting repeated over and over until those nuggets start sounding like facts. Here are a few lumps of advice the internet seems to keep getting wrong… or at least not quite right… NOT TRUE: You should drive the Ring of Kerry in a counter-clockwise/anti-clockwise/clockwise direction –...

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