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Take the plunge to visit Ireland (Podcast 016)

Have you often dreamed of visiting Ireland, but life keeps getting in the way? Would you love to “come home” to Ireland, but can’t decide where to start?

Stephanie and Joe Chastain of InfiniteIreland.com visited Ireland in 2006. With all the organizing for the trip, they were overcome by all the books and websites that offered advice. But they still had lots of questions about the practicalities of their trip. After their first trip, they were glad they did it, and they keep traveling back to Ireland.

What you’ll hear

  • How to choose between hiring a car, vs. bus tours
  • Make a point of visiting Ireland at your own pace
  • Expenses involved with traveling to Ireland

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5 thoughts on “Take the plunge to visit Ireland (Podcast 016)”

  1. Eoin, a chara,

    Several years ago when we were back in Dublin we took part in a Day Tour to Newgrange with Bus Éireann.
    When we got there the place was packed. We were a bit worried that we would not be able to actually go in to the Chamber itself. It turned out that by travelling with the Coach Tour we were guaranteed slots for visiting the NewGrange monument inside. Others who arrived by car had to be content with going thru the replica in the Visitor Centre.
    So there can be some advantages to travelling with a group as part of a coach tour. It can save time at each venue with less queuing time & guaranteed access.
    Le meas,

  2. Hi Eoin! I’ve been listening for a while now, just haven’t commented yet. I really enjoyed this episode. I wanted to share my experience about the coach tours. I took a 2 week coach tour around Scotland and Ireland with my mother 2 summers ago (1 week in each country). It was the first time either of us had been to both countries, and we had a wonderful time! I would agree with Stephanie that there were certainly times when we just didn’t have enough time to see everything we wanted to, and we would often feel rushed, especially at Blarney Castle and in Galway. It was nice to not have to worry about planning things or figure out every last detail, though. And getting to travel with a group was fun. I would say that the big plus of taking the coach tour for our first trip was helping me to narrow down the areas that I’m really interested in. There are so many beautiful places and things to see in Ireland, it seemed impossible to choose where to go. With the coach tour, it gave us a little taste of many areas, so that when we go back again (because we WILL be going back at some point), we can go back to those places we really fell in love with on our own and really spend the amount of time we want there. So while I’m glad we took the coach tour first, I’m definitely ready to strike out on my own and just explore the country more in-depth.

    1. Hi Laurel, thanks for sharing your experience of the coach tour of Scotland and Ireland! I definitely see your point, that you get a nice taster, and can come back for more. Hope you do make it back soon 🙂

  3. This should have gone out on a Thursday, but we’re having trouble right now with our blogging software (WordPress). Thanks to Stephanie for this lovely chat.

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