Pickpocketing may be a problem even though a minor one in large cities in Ireland especially Dublin. It is not so serious in Dublin compared to many other larger cities in Europe especially London, Madrid and Athens. It is still better to prevent it when you can. Pickpocketing will be reduced to a minimum if and when we prevent it. Don't carry your rucksacks or backpacks behind your back in crowded places such as over-crowded public buses and crowded pedestrian streets especially Grafton Street, Temple Bar, Henry Street and O'Connell Street. Carry them in front of you so that you are able to notice what is going on in front of you. Leave behind your wallets and your passports in hotel's safe deposit boxes. Bring along only one credit card and enough cash for the day. This will also prevent you from unneccesary excessive gambling.
We all know that the capital of Ireland is Dublin. But the history behind it is not founded by Irish people. No. It was founded by vikings from Scandinavia, and we cant say from what country they came from. Why? Because during these time no countries excisted. Probably the vikings came from Denmark or the coast of Norway.
What a wonderful place to visit is Ireland but make sure when travelling here that you have sufficient Travel insurance for your needs. Ireland has the reputation for a beautiful picture in a poor frame and Ireland surely is a pretty picture that's for sure but is not without its dangers.
When travelling it is difficult to think of troubles that can really spoil our travel plans but Accidents can surely do that, even its just a simple fall. A mishap can happen anywhere ...anytime.. I never travel without the neccesary Travel insurance for my needs. When formulating my long trips I always see that my travel Insurance is one of the first things that is organised in my plans..Hospital and all medical cover is a must along with cover for theft and lost baggage. The most important cover though is repatriation in case of the worst scenario happenning. Not only an accident, but robbery and theft are high on the list in most major cities. I know the consequences of this as ..it has happened to me.
We all know the horrific costs of a Hospital stay along with doctors and medical bills and without any Travel insurance can bring your travels or holiday to an abrupt halt..
So as they say: DONT LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT!!
... when in the country driving you might want to drive slowly - for some unknown reason there are suicidal sheep, especially in the midlands that just jump over the ditch onto the street ...
... apart from that it's pretty safe - IF you aren't scared by goblins and fairy folk - hihi
...stuff like shampoo/soap?! washcloths?! a TV bigger than 12" screen?! are you kidding me!
... reservations (confirmed by phone) mysteriously disappearing when you arrive... your room not being ready because the previous tenant hasn't left yet and no solution offered by front desk...
... paying for full breakfast and getting only continental ...
... rooms booking via "travel sites" that end up being the worst one in the place which is why they were cheap (like my uncle discovered when his feet dangled off the bed and he's only 5'10")... so beware! Don't assume same level of service as your used to in N.A.
visa may be everywhere you want to be but their transaction machines don't seem to work!
(could it be that the merchant doesn't want to pay the credit card vig?)
had this happen more than once (fortunately we learned to carry cash just in case)
The roads in Ireland are VERY narrow. If you rent a car GET the extra insurance! It will ease some of the stress of driving on the narrow roads. Stone walls often line both sides of the road. See my picture? The area that looks like a shoulder is the lane for oncoming traffic. Trucks and buses are wider then their lane, you may scrape the stone walls to avoid them. Get the extra coverage!
Getting off the ferry at Dublin Port from Holyhead of Liverpool is one thing, and being prepared for rip-off Ireland is one thing , but finding the Statoil petrol station on the South side of the river is another.
If heading on the main road out to the west of Ireland , this is the first petrol station you come across without heading into the city backstreets. I know it is in an expensive part of towm, but charging 1.54 a litre for Diesel is positively OBSCENE (when the avergae price is arount 1.07). If you have left enough in your tank (I stupidly hadn't) thena few more reasonably priced plkaces appear after a couple more miles on the N4/6.
Check the 'going rate' on the internet before you leave.
UPDATE 2009: It appears that the petrol statio in question has changed hands and is now in line with the rest. prices are now around 1 euro a litre. It's still worth checking the price before you arrive.
The 'Celtic tiger' is the name given to the so-called economic miracle which existed for about 10 years up to the stock market crash of 2008. It made Ireland one of the most expensive places to visit in Europe.
Prices have dropped a little, but this warning is more about the hotel sector.
It is widely predicted that during 2009 at least one hotel a week will permanently shut it's doors. These will often be quite smart three and four star places that have only be open a couple of years. Many were products of the boom times - built more on tax breaks and expectation rather than anything else.
My advice is to book into larger chains or long established hotels to ensure a greater chance of it still being a hotel when you get there.
So what will happen to all these places ? The smart money is on them being turned into old people's homes - someone out there will make another fortune.
When driving in Ireland's rural countryside take your time, and adjust your pace to the local rhythm. Remember that in these areas the sheep are the queens of the road, and around every corner there may be a sheep walking or standing in the middle of the road, trusting your good driving instincts. So, please, mind the sheep!
Driving on Ireland's narrow country roads is fun but also dangerous. Constantly winding between high hedges, visibility is often zero. There is usually only one lane in each direction, and no margins at all, so that the road does not tolerate careless drivers. Always keep to your lane (the left one of course!), and respect the white line dividing the road as if it was a stone wall: Around the next bend in the road cars will appear in the opposite direction out of nowhere and go racing past you. They will assume that their lane is free, and they will need every inch of it.
So, dear VT driver, please take care!
When driving along narrow country roads, be mindful that a ditch typically runs along either side. This can be troublesome for people who are not used to driving on the left side of the road, because they tend to not properly gauge how far over they are.
There is a reason everything is so green - it rains a lot. Coming from drought ridden places like Australia we expect it to be dry and hot all the time. Not so over here. I knew when these birds even looked cold and damp in the Rock of Cashel that the weather conditions were not like at home. Bring warm clothes and an umbrella or raincoat and you will enjoy yourself any sort of weather.
I think we learned a couple of lessons. Next time, we will try a self-catering cottage (with more than one room) and do day trips from there. That will accomplish two things. My husband will be able to get some peace and quiet after driving all day and our son will be able to run around a make noise (can't really do that in a B&B or a hotel).
The second lesson is don't drive in cities. If we plan to tour a city, then we will do that either first or last and either not get the car until that is over or turn it in early. In the city we can walk or take the local bus
In Ireland we drive on the left and not very well. I've driven in many countries but here is the first place I'm often afraid when I'm behind the wheel. We have one of the highest accident rates in the EU. Not surprising really with almost non-existent law enforcement and an estimated 100,000 drivers on the road who have NEVER passed a driving test. Scary!
Be aware of the Indicator Tax. There is a levy charged on use of indicators in a vehicle. Luckily most Irish people have well developed telepathic skills and don't need to worry about it.
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