The best Irish travel tip, the A #1 travel tip to Ireland, is to relax. I know I’m supposed to wax poetically about the magical draw of Ireland. I am supposed to have you hyped up on visiting the land of your ancestors, that the blood of chieftains run through your veins. That the Irish people are a friendly and gregarious bunch that will roll out the emerald carpet and issue a hearty Cead Mille Failte to you and yours. That Ireland has gorgeous scenery, awe inspiring seascapes, patchwork countrysides, quaint picturesque villages. I am supposed to convince tourist that there will be traditional Irish music and nice chats with charming townspeople over a perfectly poured pint of guinness. And all that can be true. But none can be attained without being patient and non intrusive, or in a word, relax.
The funny thing is after you do your best to relax, be patient, non intrusive, you’ll be making friends and carrying on, having great chats with farmers or engineers, road workers and philosophy professors, having a pint or two and maybe even singing a song. Once you have shown you are not a royal pain in the butt, the Irish really are a welcoming interesting bunch to get to know.
So now that I have pounded this nail in with a sledge hammer, a few other suggestions.
- Know there are different sides to Irish vacation travel. Tour vacations, self directed, visiting family, family genealogy, revisiting favorite spots.
- The pub isn’t just a bar, it’s more of a meeting place, a place for social discussion and pleasantries.
- Have a sense of humor, and if you don’t know what a slang word is, ask.
So now you know my best Irish travel tip, clear some time in the next year and visit a truly wonderful place to experience.
If you have a tip or two add it to the comments,