Oftentimes, a lot of people think that travelling to Ireland is an expensive endeavor because it’s part of the United Kingdom. But just like any other tourist hotspot, one can have a fun vacation abroad without breaking the bank. With a little bit of resourcefulness, you can explore the Rock of Cashel, the Hill of Tara, the Irish History Museum, and other notable Irish destinations in a cost-efficient manner. In this post, we’ll give you some pointers on how to embark on a budget-friendly trip to Ireland without sacrificing the fun factor!
1. Stick to a single region
But if you have the extra money, you can also visit two or more regions. Ireland is a very small country anyway. In fact, it’s only as large as West Virginia which is only 62,755 km2. If your trip only lasts for a week or just a couple of days, visit sites that doesn’t require extensive travel times. Aside from reducing transportation costs, you will also enjoy your experience better because you won’t be too tired and you’ll have more time to immerse in the Irish culture.
2. Rent a car
If situation allows it, always opt to rent a car. Don’t worry about driving in a foreign country because you can easily learn it. if you are quite nervous about the experience, rent an automatic vehicle. It might cost much, but at least you can remove shifting from your worry list.
Having your own ride allows grants you the flexibility of going wherever you want. Plus, you can get great deals if you book online. And if your destination is extremely near, walk instead of drive.
3. Eat in a pub instead of a restaurant
Ireland is known for their amazing pubs. Not only do they serve delicious beer, but they also offer delicious dishes for a cheaper price. Most pubs offer the same food as the ones found on fancy restaurants, so it’s more practical to eat in the former.
4. Subscribe to a local network
While you are in Ireland, grab a cheap phone and a SIM card. This will prevent you from incurring expensive bills when calling inside and outside the country. And if possible, talk via Skype or social media. When you have a stable Wi-Fi, talking to your family and colleagues using these apps won’t cost you anything.
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