There are several things I have learned about Dublin and the Irish in just one day here. First this city is a thriving city which is extremely diverse and active. The Irish have one of the highest per capita incomes in Europe and even surpass Britain. It shows here, the Irish spend money in their shopping districts which seem to be doing very well. The Irish are becoming more fashion conscious which is evident everywhere, from TV and magazines to the street. The food while it used to be some of the worst in Europe is now some of the best with more fresh ingredients and health food. Meat and potatoes are still here but you find many more healthy options on the menus.
I have finished paying for the trip. It will be done entirely with cash although I have secured the trip with credit cards. Use what I have saved to pay of the credit amount. Nice feeling that it hasn’t added to my credit card bill. What I did was set aside money every month to pay into an account in another bank. This money is for travel purposes only. Just feel this is the best way to go. There is still plenty of money in this account to fund the cash I will need for the incidental expenses with enough left over to make a short stateside trip a little later.
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The agent I worked with recommended I go ahead and make reservations for the air fare. Booking way in advance will often get you some good air fares and lock in the price. I am traveling from Cincinnati which does not have direct flights ot Dublin so a connection was inevitable. It takes tie to do this to get the best flights and the lowest fares so planning is important. I finally settles on a flight from Cincinnati to Washington Dulles and with a relatively short 1 and a half hour layover hopping an overnight flight to Dublin getting in at 9:30 am on Monday morning. A little over night rest and should be able to do some things on Monday. The return was set for a week later on Monday traveling from Shannon Ireland to Newark International. I am from New Jersey and thought I could always make a short trip to my home on the Jersey shore and visit my brother.
Once the reservations were made and the span of the trip defined I could now fill in the details with the agent who had some excellent suggestions. This was being planned five months in advance so there was plenty of time to make the auto and B&B reservations which is what I wanted instead of hotels. The trip was to be in April and wanted the whole trip ironed out by Christmas. Next would be the lodging and auto.