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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Go Dté Tú Slán to Ireland

I’ve been reading some of the great comments you’ve been posting on the book launch party on Facebook  which is still open until the end of the day if you want to join and enter to win a book copy  and I love the destinations readers are coming up with. Since I always want to show people how they can reach their travel goals, I have chosen Dublin to write about today. Those words in the title of this post are actually Gaelic for "May you go safely". Many people I’ve talked to have the desire to vacation in Ireland, and with it being so affordable to travel to, I’m surprised more people haven’t gone yet. Check out these ways to save getting there and sightseeing.

Get yourself a Dublin Pass. As always, I am recommending the city pass for those visiting Dublin. Not only is it a great deal if you plan to do a fair amount of sightseeing on the Emerald Isle, but it also it lets you skip the queues at the ticket booths. Your Dublin pass comes with an airport-city center transfer, entrance to over 30 top attractions, the Croke Park Experience (for those of you who are sports lovers), discounts on dining, shopping, etc. and even unlimited public transportation! Purchase online before you go to save 20% off. Your Dublin pass is valid for 12 months from purchase and “activates” upon your first use.

My Goodness My Guinness! Do you love Guinness like I do? How would you like a FREE pint? If you’re in Ireland, take a walk through the Guinness Factory and see how it’s made, enjoy a free pint at the end of your tour and take in all of Dublin from the 360 degree view in the Gravity Bar on top of the factory. Before you leave, make sure to stop into the visitor centre and museum to view old adverts and pick up some souvenirs. Here’s a good tip: purchase your entry ticket(s) online to bypass long queues and get 10% off (the not-so-cheap admission price of 14 Euros) or use a Dublin Pass that includes admission.

Do you prefer Jameson whiskey? You can take a distillery tour of their factory as well! Again, your tour ends with a good size “sample”. You can volunteer to do a taste-test, and if you are chosen it includes 3 Irish whiskeys, a Scotch whiskey and an American Whiskey and then a fancy diploma saying you took the taste test. Take a trip through the gift shop and buy a nice bottle for the rest of your trip or send some home for you, family or friends. The tour lasts about an hour and the distillery is open 7 days a week, but you can make reservations online and save 15% off the admission price of 13.5 Euros.

It might take a bit of luck to find a great deal on travel, but if you know what you’re doing – or you have me! – then it’s not so much luck as it is brains. Leprechauns are known to be crafty little guys, but you can outsmart them by turning the tables and not letting them find your pot of gold. In other words, don’t part with everything in your wallet trying to find them. Instead, find big savings with these great travel sales.

Sceptre Tours has Europe on sale. Tour packages generally include round-trip airfare, hotel and car. 

  • Save $400 off a 4-night Dublin getaway from New York. Book by November 30 for winter travel starting at $559 per person. More departure cities available. Add the Ultimate Dublin Experience for $99 more per person which includes a 3-day Dublin Pass, 1-day Hop-on Hop-off Dublin Bus Pass and Dublin Literary Pub Crawl. 
  • Explore the Ireland countryside for $799 per person. Stay 1 night at the Ritz-Carlton, 4 nights at a B&B, 1 night at the Academy Plaza hotel, a weekly rental car, round-trip airfare, a Glimpse of Ireland discount book and a tour of the Waterford Crystal factory.
  • Save $900 off a 5-star 6-night vacation. Spend 2 nights in each of 3 hotels (including the Ashford Castle) in each Wicklow, Clare and Ashford. Drive yourself to each amazing destination in your rental car and enjoy the diversity of Ireland.

Groupon wants to you stay in Ireland for cheap! Groupon Travel offers one or three night stay for two from £19 at choice of UK or mainland European hotels with Holiday Plus. You have your choice of over 1,600 3- to 5-star hotels.


  1. The Jameson Distillery is a little worn down, but quaint. If you volunteer, you can also be your group's whiskey taster. Don't be afraid to raise your hand!


  2. That sounds like a TERRIBLE job :D Thanks for the tip!


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