Whether you’re drinking Guinness in a friendly pub, exploring the gorgeous countryside, shopping on the high street on learning more about the interesting history of the country, Ireland is a fantastic place to visit. There’s so much to see and do, whether you’re looking for a fun city break or a relaxing stay in the countryside surrounded by green fields and rolling hills. So, how do you make your upcoming trip to Ireland the best ever? Read our top tips.
Check baggage restrictions on flights:
If you’re taking a cheap flight to Ireland from within Europe with Ryanair or a similar airline that flies to Ireland frequently, be sure to confirm the baggage restrictions before you turn up at the airport, as they can catch you out. The last thing that you want is to be charged a massive fee for your carry-on luggage. If you’ve decided to travel from Helsinki to Rovaniemi by train and then make your way to Ireland, the easiest way is by air.
Bring an electrical adapter:
If you’re making your way over to Ireland from central Europe or the U.S., the plug sockets are different, so make sure that you get an adaptor. The last thing that you want is to be left unable to charge your phone!
Be prepared for the roads to be different:
If you’re traveling to Ireland from the US, you’re going to have to get used to the Irish driving on the wrong side of the road – the left-hand side, if you’re planning on renting a car. This can take some getting used to at first, but it’s really not that bad. And if you’re not hiring a car, remember to look to your right rather than your left when you’re crossing a road.
Learn public transport routes:
If you’re visiting one of the Irish cities then don’t waste your money on getting cabs. If you do need one there are plenty to go around during the day and you can flag one down by heading to a taxi rank or stretching out your hand. That being said, if you need to be somewhere for a certain time like the airport, it’s worth ordering one in advance. But most of the time, the buses are perfectly adequate for getting you to wherever you want to be – and much cheaper!
Be ready for the weather:
Irish weather can be quite unpredictable, so it’s best to prepare for pretty much every eventuality in terms of what you pack. If you decide to explore small group tours of Ireland for 2021, you’ll probably be able to ask your tour operator for advice on what the weather’s like if you’re not sure what to pack. But even in the summer, it’s a good idea to bring a lightweight waterproof coat just in case; it can rain at any time! But it’s probably also going to be sunny, so don’t forget your sunglasses.
Ireland is a vibrant and diverse country with plenty to see and do whether you’re looking for a city, countryside or beach break – or a little bit of all three.