Should You Buy That Great Vacation Package? | Traveling in Ireland Podcast Episode 91

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So many amazing travel deals coming to an inbox near you! But should you buy one?

Breaking down vacation package tips so you can make the best decision for your trip!

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Vacation Package Tips

Amazing travel deals are filling your inbox! But are they the best deal for you? Reviewing a few things to keep in mind about vacation packages as well as tips to help you decide if a package deal is the best vacation for you.

(1:40) Vacation Package Facts

Vacation packages are usually ‘all inclusive' so you're often getting airfare, accommodations, and transportation, all for one amazing price.

But when you book a package through a company that company becomes your travel agent – and the contact you have to go through to make any changes.

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(3:50) Check the Terms of Your Vacation Package

  • Check to see what is included in the package- and what is extra.
  • When are the travel dates, and are they flexible.
  • If the dates are flexible how does that change the pricing?
  • How is the vacation package priced? Most are based on 2 people, sharing. If you have a larger group how will you be accommodated (transportation, lodging, etc)? If you are a solo traveler are there extra charges?
  • Be sure to read the terms and conditions! What is the cancellation policy? Might trip insurance be a good idea? (Don't purchase the travel insurance offered with the vacation package without doing your research!)
  • Most importantly- who do you contact if you encounter a problem?

(5:10 ) Check The Transportation

  • Where do flights depart? Can that be changed and, if so, how does that affect the cost?
  • Can you get to the departure airport without further significant cost?
  • Also note that many packages do not allow accrual of frequent flyer points and that children do not receive a special fare.
  • Is car rental included? If so be aware that you will have to pay for insurance upon arrival in Ireland. Everything You Need to Know About Car Rental in Ireland
  • If your tour is guided check all information on pick up, drop off, and how you will be transported.

(7:15) Where is the Accommodation?

  • If the Ireland vacation package has set accommodation, where is it?
  • Check the drive times to your first night's lodging from the airport and your final night's lodging to the airport. That 2 hour drive may not seem like a lot until you realize your flight from Dublin leaves at 9am and you need to arrive 3 hours prior to boarding to clear all the security points.
  • If the vacation package offers B&B stays do your best to check availability for your travel times. Some B&Bs close during the winter months.
  • For packages offering hotel stays check hotel ratings (Trip Advisor is a great resource for this).
  • Also check to see if those great activities (like a Hawk Walk, horseback riding, or 5* dinner) are included in your package or if they will carry an additional charge.

(9:30) Where Does the Tour Package Go?

  • If the vacation package includes specific accommodation is it near to places you want to visit?
  • If it is guided does it include the places you really want to see?

As you work through these vacation package tips you'll be able to easily see if a specific Ireland tour is right for you.

(11:35) Thanks for Listening!

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