Hundreds of thousands of visitors plan trips to Ireland each year, and even with the great care and forethought, a number of ‘mistakes’ crop up again and again. Your vacation is yours of course, but here are some suggestions of what you should try to avoid during your trip to the Emerald Isle.
- Exploring at Warp Speed – Chances are, you almost certainly won’t have enough time to see everything you hope to during your visit to Ireland. While planning ahead and having a list of ‘must-sees’ is a good idea, the key point is to make it a reasonable list and allow for some deviation. If you’re visiting for a week, you can reasonably expect to see the major highlights of a quarter of the country with some unexpected delights along the way.
- Avoiding the Natives – Chances are, you’ve read up some guide books or looked up plenty of internet links, probably both, but don’t make the mistake of thinking you know everything you need in advance of your trip. Spend 10 minutes chatting to your B&B host or a pub owner and you’ll soon realise that they can provide insight no-visit resource can match. If you find yourself in a quiet pub sipping a pint of Guinness beside a crackling turf fire, give yourself the time to have this interaction
- Focusing on the Big Attractions – Each region of Ireland is crammed with great attractions, but many itineraries make the mistakes of stringing together only the world famous sites. Instead of rushing to the next major attraction, try to choose a big site and look for smaller nearby destinations to take up the rest of your day and perhaps even the following morning. You might be surprised by some of the hidden gems you find.
- Misunderstanding the ‘Real’ Ireland – The donkey carts and thatched cottages your great grandparents left behind do still exist, but where they are, they’re mostly there for the tourists. Heritage centres and folk parks will give you some insight into what life was like for previous generations of Irish people. Today Ireland is Europe’s tech capital, so expect to find an educated, lively, and contemporary population.
5.Following in the Footsteps of Those Who Have Gone Before – Talking to friends and family members who have visited Ireland is a great way to find information for planning your visit, but their experience of the Emerald Isle shouldn’t be the end-all. They’ll likely have different tastes and interests to you, and you should make your vacation your own rather than try to come home with a matching photo album.