Little Surprises When Visiting Ireland (Ep. 3)

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Do you hope to be visiting Ireland at some point in the next couple of years? You might be in for some little surprises (not least of which the locals!). In this episode of Bitesize Irish Gaelic Podcast, Eoin is joined by travel writer Jody Halstead of Ireland Family Travel. She has made lots of trips to Ireland from the United States, and Eoin chimes in with his local view of things.

We’d love to hear about your time in Ireland, those little nice surprises. Please leave a comment at the end of this page.

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8 thoughts on “Little Surprises When Visiting Ireland (Ep. 3)”

  1. loved this episode too. i saw supermacs when i was in dublin, but i didnt realize it was such an institution!

    on traveling to ireland, do you suggest purchasing a package? or should i take out direct flights? who flies to ireland?

    1. This is really a great question, and one that I know many people have. So which should you do?

      It depends.

      Not helpful, I know. So let me go into further details.

      Before you book any package, you really need to break it down. A few details to check:

      Where do the flights leave from? Often many great packages fly from the east coast. How great will that package look if you fly from your closest airport?
      Does the deal include lodging and, if so, where? Some packages have specific hotel stays included, others offer bed and breakfast vouchers. Make sure the package gives you the freedom you need.
      What are the travel dates? This is likely the most important question as no deal is good if the dates don’t work for you.
      How many people need to travel? Most deals are priced for 2 people traveling together. If you travel alone you may be subject to a ‘single suppliment’ cost, which covers the “empty” space you are leaving by traveling alone.
      Is transportation included? How will you get around Ireland? Is this a tour or is a car rental included in the price? And don’t forget about the CDW!
      Often a package will get you the best combined price of airfare, car and lodging, but it’s best to do your homework.

      If I can answer any other questions, please do let me know!

      1. Thanks Jody! With my wife we were definitely thinking the western coastal areas. But then I’m not sure whether to arrange it ourselves or to do some package tour.

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