Tips for Traveling to Ireland

St. Patrick’s Day is a day to “celebrate all things Irish,” and it is recognized in Ireland with parades and festivals much like in the U.S., especially in Dublin. In fact, the St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Dublin is March 14-17th this year.

If you’re heading to Ireland to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, here are some things to keep in mind before you go.

Don’t try to pack it all in. Although it may be tempting to see the entire island in one week, it is probably wiser to choose a couple of destinations. If you’re renting a car and driving, be sure to leave in some wiggle room for taking a wrong turn or stopping for photos and exploring the countryside. It’ll be worth it.

Ireland is full of must-see attractions, so narrowing the list down may be challenging. In case you need a starting point, here are a few popular destinations.

Seek advice from a professional. If you need help planning a last minute vacation to Ireland, consult a travel blogger or a travel agent. They can be excellent resources. Additionally, don’t forget to use social media to keep your finger on the pulse of what’s happening now in Ireland.

Remember, it’s a different country. You’re traveling outside of the U.S., so be sure to plan accordingly.

  • In Ireland, the main language is English, but some sayings may be different, so keep that in mind.
  • You may need to bring adapters for electrical outlets.
  • If you’re renting a car, be sure to ask for an automatic if you need one. Also, remember to drive on the left side of the road.
  • It’s probably going to rain, so pack the right clothes. If you stay in a bed and breakfast, there may not be an elevator. Lugging big suitcases can get old fast.
  • As with any trip, be sure to check your flight and baggage requirements before you go.
  • Whenever traveling, be sure to consider travel protection from a reputable company such as CSA Travel Protection.

No matter where you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year, may good luck, great company and beautiful countryside be in your immediate future.