Money Saving Tips for Ireland Vacations | Traveling in Ireland Podcast Episode 55

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An Ireland vacation doesn't have to break your budget! Use these 10 tips to make your Euro go farther and help you save money in Ireland!
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10 Money Savings Tips for Ireland Vacations

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10 money saving tips for Ireland vacations. Use these tips to save money in Ireland and stay on budget!
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(2:15) Save Money in Ireland Tip #1: Create a Budget

Plan a simple Ireland budget.

  • Don't forget to include flights, accommodations, meals, attractions, transportation, and souvenirs!

(3:23) Save Money in Ireland Tip #2: Choose Accommodations

Quick guide to Ireland vacation lodging

  • Consider self-catering and hostels to save money.
  • Stay outside of busy tourism centers to save money.
  • Self-catering accommodations also help you save money on food! Dining out always costs more than eating in!

(4:38) Save Money in Ireland Tip #3: How & When to Get Euros

How and when to get Euros

  • Don't use money changers at the airport and in city centres.
  • Best rate comes from ATM withdrawl. Be sure to have a 4 digit PIN for your debit or credit card.

(6:10) Save Money in Ireland Tip #4: Transportation Costs

Everything you need to know about car rental in Ireland

  • You don't need a car in Dublin so wait to rent until you leave the city, or return the car when you arrive in the city.
  • Galway, Cork, Kilkenny, and Killarney are also very walkable. Consider taking the train to these cities and renting the car from here.
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(7:48) Save Money in Ireland Tip #5: Find Free Sites & Attractions

(8:45) Save Money in Ireland Tip #6: Get an OPW Heritage Card

The OPW Heritage Card is the best value in Ireland!

  • Purchase at the first OPW site you plan to visit.
  • Do have cash on hand as not all sites credit card terminals.

(9:40) Save Money in Ireland Tip #7: Buy a Dublin Pass

How to decide if a Dublin Pass is a good deal for you.

Use code FAMILYVACATIONS at check out to save 15% off a 5 day pass and 5% off a 3 day pass.

(11:35) Save Money in Ireland Tip #8: Buy Tickets Online for Discounts

Many popular sites like the Cliffs of Moher and Guinness Storehouse offer discounts when you purchase tickets online.

  • Check websites of places you want to visit to see if they offer a discount.
  • You will need to choose day and time of visit so be sure your itinerary is set so you don't run late or have to rush off!

(13:05) Save Money in Ireland Tip #9: Turn in Your VAT

What is VAT and how to get your refund

  • Prepare your VAT paperwork before you go to the airport for departure.
  • It is easier to take care of your VAT refund before leaving Ireland than it is to try to file papers after you return home.
  • Allow yourself enough time at the airport to do this. I recommend a minimum of 3 hours at Dublin and 2 hours at Shannon (prior to boarding time).

(14:52) Save Money in Ireland Tip #10: Planning the Ireland Vacation of Your Dreams book

Your step-by-step guide to planning the Ireland vacation you've been dreaming of! 

Filled with more money saving tips for Ireland vacations – from finding airfare and using your mobile phone in Ireland to packing and handling jet lag!

(15:35) Thanks for listening!

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