As I reviewed the most popular posts for 2013, it seemed to me that quite a few people were planning – or thinking about planning – an Ireland family vacation. I'm excited so many people found information here! I hope I was able to help, or inspire you, to take your family to Ireland.
2013 was a terrific year for Ireland With Kids. We visited Ireland twice, and had an absolutely amazing 3 weeks in June with almost no rain! IrelandFamilyVacations.com was launched as a supplemental site as requests for Ireland vacation help began to flood my inbox. We were thrilled to partner with IrishTourism.com, a wonderful Ireland travel company who arranged part of our June vacation. And at the end of the year I was honored to be asked to be a contributor to the Tenon Tours website. I ended the year by launching the Ireland is Magical for Families Newsletter, which shares fun Ireland articles from around the web, a bit of news, and usually a tasty Irish recipe. Each newsletter also has a desktop wallpaper featuring beautiful photos from across Ireland.
2014 will begin with a new web design that will bring my two sites together in a beautiful, user-friendly, mobile-friendly format. I can't wait to unveil it!
10 Most Popular Posts in 2013
Killarney may well be the most tourist-ed area of Ireland- and for good reason. Since before Queen Victoria visited in 1861 people have visited Killarney to tour its famous lakes, begin a tour of the Ring of Kerry, or to walk through the Gap of Dunloe.
In Killarney you’ll find vast quantities of shops, restaurants and lodging- almost too many. If your stay includes Killarney I have a few handy tips to make planning a bit easier.
A side-by-side comparison of an Adventures by Disney Ireland Vacation and a do-it-yourself Ireland Vacation.
I answer many questions about travel in Ireland, but the most popular topic- by far- concerns driving in Ireland. A couple weeks ago I received a question about CDW- collision damage waiver. While you can opt out of the CDW in some countries, it is a mandatory coverage in Ireland.
A Dublin Pass can be an incredible deal- if you plan to spend a few days in Dublin. But it could be a waste of money for some families. Is it the best deal for your family vacation in Ireland?
It is rare for my family to visit Ireland and not buy an OPW (Office of Public Works) Heritage Card. The €55 fee (appx $80) allows my family access into dozens of OPW Heritage Sites across Ireland.
Packing for a trip can be tricky, but packing for a vacation to Ireland can cause even the most experienced packer a moment’s pause. In Ireland the weather chatter often includes “if you don’t like it, wait 5 minutes, it will change”. And while that’s not overly helpful when packing, it is hopeful when you wake to a grey day.
4. Why Ireland?
With as often as I am asked “Why Ireland?” I thought I would ask some of the Ireland bloggers I read on a daily basis.
Ireland has a reputation for being an expensive destination. And I suppose it can be, if you travel in the high season and expect 5 star luxury. But it is possible to travel in Ireland for much less, if you plan carefully.
While many tourism guides make much of pub tours and guided bus travel, Ireland has so much to offer families. A to Z : 26 Tips for Traveling with Kids in Ireland.
I've found a few can’t fail souvenirs to remember your fun family vacation in Ireland.
Thank you so much for reading Ireland With Kids in 2013! I look forward to sharing more of the country with you in 2014.