Travel Advice

Wear Layers 
Ireland is known for 4 seasons in one day although those seasons don’t vary as much as they do in the USA – wear layers.

The dress formula:   t-shirt + long sleeve top + windproof jacket with hood + jeans + sneakers/walking shoes

ireland unplugged tour dress Here are some of our previous tour members to give you an idea:

I personally don’t use umbrellas – a hooded jacket is far better paired with a cap.

Quantity = 2 pairs pants, 4 tops for lower layer, 1 fleece (or equivalent), 1 waterproof jacket, cap/scarf, 2 shoes (walking & alternate recommended) 6 undies, sleepwear that can be worn in the day if necessary, a light little tote bag for your day stuff. 

earplugs for a light sleeper and a mini flashlight may come in handy

perfumes/colognes/scented lotions…please use as lightly as possible in consideration of fellow travellers’ allergies and sensitivities

We have a washing machine, and if you are missing something there are shops in the towns.

There’s no glamour on these trips. Remember we will be out all day for most of the excursions so you leave with what you’ll need for the day running into late evening.

Luggage – How big can it be?
One bag about 23” x 15” x 11” or 21″ x 14″ x 9″ and a small day bag / tote.carryonluggage

You’ll be responsible for your own luggage which may include going up and down narrow flights of stairs.
The lighter you travel the happier you’ll be. Save some space in your luggage for the odd items picked up.

Remember to put your 3oz (100ml) liquids & gels into a quart size ziploc bag if you are putting them in your carry-on luggage.

Currency: euro €
Exchange rate is about €1 to $1
Most shops/restaurants accept credit cards. BUT some only accept cards with the chip on the front.
Change dollars to euro at any ATM using your debit card  – you get the best exchange rate this way.
Let your credit card company and bank know that you are traveling as the default nowadays is to block the payment and leave a voicemail on your home answering machine – fat lot of use that is! And with all these mergers, your previous travel history is often disregarded or lost. Also you may want to increase your daily limit on your debit card withdrawals by notifying your bank.

Power: 220 volts
camera battery charger, phone charger will work with an outlet adaptor plug… we’ll have some extra plugs/adaptors for you to use while here.
Hairdryers will be available so leave the dryer at home together with the vanities.
You’ll notice that there are no power outlets in the bathrooms – that’s the building safety code. Curling irons will definitely not work in Ireland. 

Restaurants: Separate checks are not customary. Quite often each couple can go up to the bar area to pay for their meal separately – no waiting for the server to present the bill. Sometimes we do the math and everyone chips in their portion. Tipping recommended at a minimum of 10%.
No free refills on coffees, teas and sodas.

Bars: Drinks are usually paid for when ordered at the bar – tips are not expected but greatly appreciated.
Non-alcoholic drinks are Cidona (a sparkling apple juice), Lucozade, and the usual sodas. A cider here is generally alcoholic (aka hard cider).
Tea and coffee can be ordered at a bar.

Irish Movies you may want to check out:
The Quiet Man (based in Cong)
The Field (based in Leenaune) John B Keane
Dancing at Lughnasa (Brian Friel – playwright)
The Wind that Shakes the Barley
Song for a Raggy Boy (tough subject)
Waking Ned Devine (comedy) The film is set in Ireland, filmed on location in the Isle of Man
A Man of No Importance (set in Dublin, Albert Finney)
Once (set in Dublin)
Magdalene Sisters (tough subject)
Breakfast on Pluto
My Left Foot
In America (semi-autobiographical by Jim Sheridan)
Inside I’m Dancing (aka Rory O’Shea was Here)
Ryan’s daughter (Dingle peninsula)
Far and Away (Dingle peninsula)
Fr Ted Series (comedy-reflecting the Burren/Aran Isles)-acquired taste
The Guard (2011 comedy)
Jimmy’s Hall (director Ken Loach)

Books I enjoyed:
Strumpet City – by Oliver Plunkett
Angela’s Ashes – by Frank McCourt
John B Keane (author) – plays and short stories
William Butler Yeats (poet)  

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