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Posted in Ireland, Europe, on 6 March 2020, by , 0 Comments

Think you’ll find leprechauns in Ireland? Think again. Despite what the world may think, Ireland doesn’t have any little green men, nor does it have a pot of gold at the end of every rainbow. Whether it’s your first or tenth time to Ireland, avoid these common misconceptions!

1. The Irish drink all the time

Contrary to popular belief, the Irish are not drunk all the time. It’s true: you can’t visit Ireland without throwing back a few pints at a pub, but there’s no evidence to show that the Irish drink any more than their UK or European counterparts. In fact, Ireland comes in at seventh for how much beer they drink per capita, behind countries like Czech Republic, Austria and Germany.

2. They created the term “luck of the Irish”

This well-known term isn’t actually Irish. The term was actually invented during the gold rush of the late 19th century in the United States, where many Irish immigrants went to become miners. Many of the most successful miners happened to be Irish, therefore leading to the phrase.

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Posted in Europe, Groups, Ireland, on 21 February 2020, by , 0 Comments

We’ve received over a dozen requests for Ireland over the last few weeks, along with a number of general questions. Here are the answers to the top 13 commonly asked questions we’ve received.

How is the weather?

Get the rundown on Ireland’s climate and seasons here.

How populated is Ireland?

Ireland’s population as of 2016 is estimated to be about 4.7 million – about the same number of people who live in the state of Louisiana.

When should I travel?

Whenever you can! The busy season is June-August, when Ireland is crowded with tourists. Those who can travel in the “shoulder months” of April/May and September/October will be rewarded with less hustle and bustle and pleasent weather. But anytime of yeat there are wonderful places to visit and things to do and see in the Emerald Isle.

Is Northern Ireland a part of Ireland?

No. In 1922, after violent uprisings, the Irish Free State was created within the British Empire. In 1948, most of Ireland became an independent country, while six mainly Protestant counties in the northeast remained a British territory.

Should I drive?

You’ll certainly have the most freedom with your own car. However, keep in mind the driver’s seat is on the opposite side. If you plan on staying in Dublin, we do not recommend driving as the city is quite small and very walkable. If you’re not keen on driving, traveling by rail will allow you to take in the lush green landscapes from the train window as you speed between chaarming cities and unmissable natural attractions. Operated by Irish Rail, most trains operate to and from Dublin with frequent rail service to most parts of Ireland.

What is the tipping policy?

Tipping is generally 10-15% in restaurants and some hotels, but check your bill as the gratuity (service charge) may already be added. People generally do not tip in pubs, but for higher end bars with waiter service, leave about €1. Taxi drivers or hackney cab drivers, who make the trip for a prearranged sum, don’t expect tips.

What kind of money is used there?

The euro (EUR) is the currency of Ireland, like much of Europe. However, if you’re traveling to Northern Ireland, the currency is the pound sterling (£).

Do I need an adapter?

Yes. Irish electricity is roughly twice the voltage in North America, so you will need to bring suitable transformers and/or adapters.

Is there Internet access?

More and more hotels, cafes, and retailers in Ireland are signing on as Wi-Fi hot spots, meaning you won’t have to stay in your hotel room just to get free Wi-Fi. When in doubt, just ask!

Will my cell phone work?

The short answer is “probably.” Ireland uses the world-standard GSM network, which is used by both AT&T and T-Mobile. When using a cell phone abroad, it’s advisable to turn off your data services function to avoid exorbitant, unexpected fees. If you plan on making calls, consider purchasing an International Plan or using a SIM card to avoid racking up roaming charges once you’ve arrived. You can also use for apps like WhatsApp, Skype and Google Hangout to make calls online (You will need WiFi).

Do I need my passport?

Yes

What if I need medical help?

If you become ill while visiting Ireland, you can visit any one of the walk-in clinics in most major cities. For emergencies, dial 999 or 112, the European standard. And we highly recommend a travel insurance policy that includes medical coverage.

Is Ireland safe?

Rest in comfort while staying in Ireland. Anytime you’re abroad, you should be a little weary of those who may wish you ill, but Ireland has a very low crime rate and has been ranked safer than many of the states. Of course, with any city comes the risk of theft, but keeping your wits about you will keep your wallet on you!

Interested in traveling to Ireland but not wanting to go it alone? Join us as we visit the Emerald Isle this September. See the full itinerary here or contact Maria for more information.

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Posted in Travel, Unique Getaways, on 7 February 2020, by , 0 Comments

For some travelers, the idea of exploring the world alone sounds invigorating. For others, it sounds lonely. But, it doesn’t have to be! If you’re without a match in 2020, this year might just be the perfect time to head to Ireland. Below are some tips for enjoying a visit to the country even if you’re single.

Bring a Family Member

So you don’t have a significant other. That’s okay. Odds are you’ve got someone in your family who would love to get out of dodge with you! What better way to deepen emotional bonds than by doing something relaxing and rejuvenating like visiting the Emerald Isle?

Make it a Girl’s (or Guy’s) Trip

Friends are the family you choose, and going with them can be one of the best ways to have fun on vacation. In fact, this is true even if you are already coupled up! There’s nothing quite like learning about new cultures and traditions with your closest friends by your side. It takes all the pressure off, and allows you to focus on what you really want out of your trip. 

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Posted in Ireland, Theme Vacations, Travel, Uncategorized, Unique Getaways, on 10 May 2014, by , 0 Comments

Edinburgh3Have you ever dreamed of staying in castles?

Can You do that? Don’t you have to be a King or a Queen or something? Or at least a Lord to stay in a manor house?

There are castles and manor houses all over Europe that have rooms available for tourists wanting to indulge in a little fantasy… I mean haven’t you ever dreamed that you were royalty, and the world just hasn’t figured it out?

As far as accommodations go, this is probably one of the more expensive ways to spend a night in Europe, but it can be worth the splurge… after all, you’re indulging in that fantasy remember. And while it may strain your budget a little, a castle stay may not be as expensive as you think.

To be sure, some are very luxurious and expensive, but there are plenty of smaller places that will give you crenelated towers and suits of armor and antique furnishings… perhaps even a ghost or two… and still fit within a budget splurge!

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Posted in General Travel Information, Travel, Uncategorized, Unique Getaways, on 14 March 2014, by , 0 Comments

bigstock-Temple-Bar-in-Dublin-50753864When deciding on a short holiday or tour, it can be hard to choose between soaking up a destination’s culture and going out to have fun and party. If you like beer, you can do both at once. Beer has never been more popular than now, and brewery and pub tours give you an opportunity to enjoy great companionship while discovering an area’s culture and history. Beer festivals and tours are becoming increasingly popular additions to a holiday, especially with groups of friends who travel together. You no longer need to separate your holiday time into culture and entertainment. Beer tours come in many forms, from tasting exotic brews at a small pub to tours of large breweries, or even full scale beer festivals. Whatever you fancy trying; there is something to tickle the taste buds of all beer enthusiasts.

No visit to many of the great cities of Ireland and the United Kingdom would be complete without visiting their famous and historic pubs. The culture surrounding pubs is a tradition in many countries and an important part of the social order. Pubs are often community meeting places where all manner of politics, religion and important matters are vigorously debated.

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Posted in General Travel Information, Girlfriend Getaways, Ireland, Travel, Uncategorized, Unique Getaways, on 12 February 2014, by , 27 Comments

Celtic ArchWhat is a Celt? The Celts are one of the ancient races of the world, tracing their origins to before written history, somewhere in Eastern Europe. By 500 BC the Celtic world stretched from Ireland and Scotland in the West to Russia in the East and down to the Mediterranean. By the fourth century BC, they were thought to be one of the four great barbarian races by the Ancient Greeks.

The Celts were never really unified as a people, but they shared a common culture. To this day, a Welsh speaker can make themselves understood to a Breton, or recognize links to Scots or Irish Gaelic.

Today, the Celtic strongholds are Scotland, Ireland, Wales, the Isle of Man and Cornwall in the British Isles, and Brittany in France, but you can find evidence of the ancient culture across Britain and parts of Western Europe.

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Posted in Authors, Ireland, Sports, Theme Vacations, Uncategorized, on 28 February 2013, by , 0 Comments

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Last week we told you about our upcoming trip A Jane Austen Tour:  Seascapes and Landscapes with authors Syrie James and Laurel Ann Natress taking place this September.

We want you to know about two other literary trips we have coming up as well.

erin-mccarthyAuthor Erin McCarthy’s Speed Reader Weekend is taking place June 28 – 30, 2013 in Sandusky, OH. Come hang with Erin and a number of her author friends (Kathy Love, Shiloh Walker, Jayne Rylon and others) for a weekend of laughs, races, and Cedar Point.  Not only will there be swag handed out, but you’ll also get a sneak peak at Erin’s newest book in the Fast Track Series:  Full Throttle!

Irish Cemetary - FB Ad Urban Fantasy Ireland takes place the week of Halloween (October 26 – November 2, 2013) and is perfect for all those who love the paranormal and urban fantasy. Where else is there to spend when the veil between worlds is the thinnest? Who’s your favorite paranormal or urban fantasy author?

All trips are filling up, so be sure to register today! Contact us with questions.

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Posted in Authors, Ireland, Theatre, Theme Vacations, Uncategorized, Unique Getaways, on 8 November 2012, by , 1 Comments

Just finished reading Karen Marie Moning’s, ICED, which takes place in Dublin, Ireland. So much history, culture and folklore: Celts, and Druids and Faeries oh my! Oh Dublin, how I want to visit thee!

This got me thinking…if you go to Dublin, what are the top five literary things you should do/see/experience while there?

1. The Old Library at Trinity College — Not only is the library itself amazing, but no visit is complete without seeing the “Turning Darkness into Light” exhibition which leads you to the infamous Book of Kells. It was written in 9th century Scotland and arrived in Ireland in the mid 1600’s. Trinity College has been its home since 1661.

2. The Dublin Writers Museum — Be sure to visit the restored Georgian mansion where you can explore and enjoy Dublin’s literary celebrities. What a way to experience literary history, through the books, letters and portraits of Joyce, Shaw, Wilde, Yeats and others!

3. Dublin’s Literary Festivals — Dublin hosts a number of literary festivals throughout the year. The Dublin Writers Festival takes place in late spring (May/Jun). You’ll find a number of literary greats doing readings, presenting workshops, etc. They even have readings for children! The Bloomsday Festival is held June 16th every year. This festival is all things Leopold Bloom from Ulysses. Don’t forget the Mountains to the Sea dlr Book Festival, which presents the very best of Irish and international writers reading from their work!

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Posted in College Football, Football, Ireland, Theme Vacations, Uncategorized, Unique Getaways, on 8 June 2012, by , 30 Comments

How would you like to see the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame and Navy go head-to-head in the Emerald Isle Classic on Monday, September 1st, in Ireland?

Fans, we have a stellar package for you, including round trip airfare!

 

For the game:

  • Two nights at the luxurious Lyrath Estate in Klkenny
  • Club tickets to the Notre Dame Vs. Navy Game
  • Car rental

For the rest of your trip:

  • Four nights at some of Ireland’s beautiful Bed and Breakfasts
  • Car rental
  • Admission to Kilkenny Castle and the House of Waterford Crystal tour

There are only a few seats left, so don’t wait: This package will sell out FAST!

Contact Ingenious Travel for additional information and start packing!

 

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