Ireland Travel Recommendations
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You can vacation in Ireland the typical way, on a tour bus, or you can go the way we do,
by car with a little faith and a sense of adventure. Ireland is made for the
adventurous tourist, there is a B&B on every corner and a new site to visit over every hill. Be brave, support Ireland and take a chance. B&Bs are by in large good everywhere, you can call ahead and get recommendations or get a list on the web ahead of time (your best bet). We recommend booking your first few night and your last few night and leave it to chance in between. There is so much to see in Ireland that if you just wander,
you'll be happier and have a lost less stress than following an agenda. Ask the local where to go, pick up guides along the way, improvise and be flexible, go to local events, spend an extra day in places you like. There will be more memories, happier days and more to look forward to on your next trip.
I take a good many pictures when I travel to Ireland. I've used point and shoot, to larger fixed lens cameras to DSLRs. My mileage varies as will yours. The trade off is portability vs. image quality. The point and shoot fits in your pocket or small bag, but you won't get the nice interior shots in low light that you can with a DSLR. Of course you could be a tourist and use the flash, blinding everyone in the pub and disturbing the poor musician causing him to drop the family fiddle onto the flagstone floor. OK, you don't want to be that guy (or gal). Learn how to use your camera, turn off the flash and bump up the ISO setting.
Here are a few cameras that I either have or want to have when traveling. Read the reviews, think about what kind of pictures you like to take and get what works for you!
from Irish Car Rentals online prior to leaving, it is cheaper and easier than negotiating at the airport. Get a manual
shift if you can drive one, they are a lot cheaper than an automatic. Make sure you allow for people and luggage in your vehicle choice. Get the smallest
car possible, the roads are narrow, but make sure you are comfortable and have room for your luggage.
Get a map of Ireland, city maps are helpful too, especially in Dublin. It may not help, but at least you'll see where you should be. We live and die by our multi-paged atlas. It doesn't show all roads, but enough to get around the back ways.
ATMs are fairly plentiful in populated areas. Take larger amounts of cash out to avoid additional ATM or bank charges. Check with your bank before you go as to additional charges. We found a Credit Union with no charges for currency conversion, you should too.
Using your phone's GPS, especially if it
is connected to Google maps can help you locate yourself when lost and often
guide you to sites that you can see from the air, but not the ground. It
is also useful for finding roads to sites that are not marked, but you can
trace you way to a main road. Other options are an
iPad. Both can store GPS maps via the MotionX
apps and don't require being connected to view the map.
The Photographer's Ephemeris app is
indispensable for determining lighting conditions and planning
Take the boats to the Islands. Blasket, Skelligs, and Aran Islands are all worth the trip. The boat trip from Doolin to the Aran Islands results in a rough ride. Don't take it unless you have a strong stomach and/or motion sickness pills.
Take a travel
for your electronics when traveling from the US to Ireland. Irelands
electricity supply is 220 volts at 50hz, whereas the United States uses
120 volts at 60hz.
Last Updated on Monday, February 28, 2011