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 knewton64 06-14-2009 07:30 AM

MY "ADVENTURES N IRELAND" TRIP REPORT; JUNE 2011 (w/pics & video)

I am beginning to budget for my ABD Emerald isle vacation for next year.

If I am understanding it right, the conversion rate is approx 1.4 US = 1 Euro.

And I would like to have - say 2-3 yards of Guiness with my evening meal and don't have an issue with spending the money to have a nice meal.

So, with meals (that are not included) and my Guiness spending money and any other misc purchases, fair to say budget \$1600 US ??

Q: Did you find yourself converting US to Euros (at you local bank) BEFORE you went, after or was it a mixture of both?? Which was easier for you??

Q: What other things did you purchase while over there?? Fair to say you had to delcare it coming back? yes, I would like to make some small purchases while there (pull over shirts, caps, etc).

Q: Can you take your laptop with you on the plane??
Q: Anyone play any dart games while over there?? In the bars I mean.

Let me stop for know. Thank you all of ya for your patience here :goodvibes.

 redzinner 06-14-2009 08:49 AM

Maybe I can help with some of your questions ... I'll give it a try anyway!

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 If I am understanding it right, the conversion rate is approx 1.4 US = 1 Euro.
That's about right but of course it could change by the time you travel.

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 And I would like to have - say 2-3 yards of Guiness with my evening meal and don't have an issue with spending the money to have a nice meal.
I don't think 'yards' are sold in Ireland at least I don't remember any of the long glasses. The brews were sold by glass (half-pint) at €3.50 and pint at €6.10. Cheaper by the pint. That was the most common price we came across in May at the traditional pubs. The hotel lounges were more expensive.

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 So, with meals (that are not included) and my Guiness spending money and any other misc purchases, fair to say budget \$1600 US ??
I think that would do just fine depending on the cost of your other purchases.

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 Q: Did you find yourself converting US to Euros (at you local bank) BEFORE you went, after or was it a mixture of both?? Which was easier for you??
Used an ATM once we arrived at the Westin in Dublin.

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 Q: What other things did you purchase while over there?? Fair to say you had to delcare it coming back? yes, I would like to make some small purchases while there (pull over shirts, caps, etc).
I only purchased small items and yes you do have to claim it on the Custom Form coming back into the States. You don't need to list individual small items just give a total amount spent.

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 Q: Can you take your laptop with you on the plane??
Yes

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 Q: Anyone play any dart games while over there?? In the bars I mean.
We didn't play and actually I think I only saw one or two places that had them but then again I wasn't looking for them.

 knewton64 06-14-2009 11:17 PM

Thank you for youir reponse cuz....

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 Originally Posted by redzinner (Post 32264670) Maybe I can help with some of your questions ... I'll give it a try anyway! That's about right but of course it could change by the time you travel. I don't think 'yards' are sold in Ireland at least I don't remember any of the long glasses. The brews were sold by glass (half-pint) at €3.50 and pint at €6.10. Cheaper by the pint. That was the most common price we came across in May at the traditional pubs. The hotel lounges were more expensive. I think that would do just fine depending on the cost of your other purchases. Used an ATM once we arrived at the Westin in Dublin. I only purchased small items and yes you do have to claim it on the Custom Form coming back into the States. You don't need to list individual small items just give a total amount spent. Yes We didn't play and actually I think I only saw one or two places that had them but then again I wasn't looking for them.

after all....planning is 1/2 the fun:goodvibes.

1) Sounds like my quest for a good (Irish pub) game of darts will fall on my pre-day. Love to play darts and really enjoy playing the dart game 301 or 501. So, between darts and people watching, oughta be a pretty fun pre-day; along with checking out some of the sights.

2)Guiness cheaper by the pint eh? a huge thank you for the tip.

3) I had a few TSA guests come on by my job today (evualating local airports) - so as I was working, I asked them a few questions about airplanes & good suggestions as what to bring onboard to pass the time, etc.

Anywho - I figure to be refering back to this thread from time to time as I get closer to my date of departure:woohoo: (2010).

Going to the land of the Shamrock since I am 1/2 Irish:cloud9:.

Thanks!

 clarabelle 06-25-2009 12:32 PM

Hello! Just back!
I think for our family of 4 we spent more than 1600 US

We bought some Guinness stuff -a shirt and hat and a few other things
I also bought some earrings (Celtic Crosses and harps)
I got a Claddagh ring. Most of the jewelry was around 15 -30 euros for silver stuff in the gift shops. Gold was much more.

In Dubln we went to Marks and Spencer and got some teas and cookies. Not really Irish -but stuff you don't see here.

In the restaurants -you rarely saw and item on the menu for less that 10 euros.
Hope this helps

 knewton64 06-26-2009 03:32 AM

Ok....WHAT'S Mark's & Spencer's ??

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 Originally Posted by clarabelle (Post 32431737) Hello! Just back! I think for our family of 4 we spent more than 1600 US We bought some Guinness stuff -a shirt and hat and a few other things I also bought some earrings (Celtic Crosses and harps) I got a Claddagh ring. Most of the jewelry was around 15 -30 euros for silver stuff in the gift shops. Gold was much more. In Dubln we went to Marks and Spencer and got some teas and cookies. Not really Irish -but stuff you don't see here. In the restaurants -you rarely saw and item on the menu for less that 10 euros. Hope this helps
....is that a grocery store??? I looked up M & S on the internet and up popped up them being listed as a grocery store. Tea & cookies does sound good though - a huge thank you for the tip.

Laundry......... on what part of the trip (beginning, middle, end) did you take care of any laundry needs?? Where?

Flight over to Ireland.....ok?? did you feel a need to bring some things to keep you occupied??

ok....I have purchased a soduku had held game, Tetris hand held game, deck of cards, a book ----- about what??? Disboards screen name "Redzinner" would love this one ---------- it's a book called, "STREET GANG," the history behind Sesame Street / Muppets (I am refering to his comment about You Tube Muppet's video of "Danny Boy").
so......tempted to bring a portble dvd player but....gotta ask - what are the rules about luggage?? Isn't it something like only 1 luggage (under 50 lbs) and only 1 carry on (under 11 lbs)??

Anywho - a huge thanks for tips /suggestions as obviously you can tell this will be my very 1st overseas airplane trip but I am 1/2 Irish...I have been recently watching a music video about the Ireland landscape (bought at Walmart) and from what I have seen of it so far --- W-O-W:cloud9:. Green everywhere! The landscape is just breathtaking and can't wait to see it in person.

The 1600 US I have down - but gotta ask....suggest I do 1/2 now in euros and then 1/2 when I am over there or no?? need guidance on this one please. The \$1600 for incidentals I know is for me as I budget seperately for tips.

Clothing? Will do 2 pair pants and 2 shorts, etc.

From time to time I will be refering back to this thread as my go to for information about all things Ireland so please people, feel free to jump in and give your input as I can't wait for August 1st 2009 at 10am Central Standard time....for I will be on that phone to ABD making that phone call and reserving this trip - :woohoo:.

 tigger_ttfn 06-26-2009 05:29 AM

Laundry - didn't have it done as I had heard it was really expensive at the hotel and not sure where to go otherwise.

Flight - It was good. We had two legs with the longest being a little over 7 hours. It wasn't bad on Aerlingus. The plane back to JFK had personal screens where you could watch movies.

Scenery - It is amazing!

Money - we pulled money from the ATM right outside of the Westin Dublin. The guides said that the ATM was the best exchange rate. There is also one across from the Killarney Plaza.

Spending - We are a family of two and spent just about \$1000 including tips. We didn't buy a ton of things and we had water at most meals.

Clothes - It was unseasonably warm for us. I was wishing I had brought some short sleeves and shorts some days. However, early in the trip it was partly cloudy and cool. My jeans and thin sweaters were perfect.

 clarabelle 06-26-2009 07:01 AM

Quote:
 Originally Posted by knewton64 (Post 32442968) ....is that a grocery store??? I looked up M & S on the internet and up popped up them being listed as a grocery store. Tea & cookies does sound good though - a huge thank you for the tip. Laundry......... on what part of the trip (beginning, middle, end) did you take care of any laundry needs?? Where? Flight over to Ireland.....ok?? did you feel a need to bring some things to keep you occupied?? ok....I have purchased a soduku had held game, Tetris hand held game, deck of cards, a book ----- about what??? Disboards screen name "Redliner" would love this one ---------- it's a book called, "STREET GANG," the history behind Sesame Street / Muppets (I am refering to his comment about You Tube Muppet's video of "Danny Boy"). so......tempted to bring a portble dvd player but....gotta ask - what are the rules about luggage?? Isn't it something like only 1 luggage (under 50 lbs) and only 1 carry on (under 11 lbs)?? Anywho - a huge thanks for tips /suggestions as obviously you can tell this will be my very 1st overseas airplane trip but I am 1/2 Irish...I have been recently watching a music video about the Ireland landscape (bought at Walmart) and from what I have seen of it so far --- W-O-W:cloud9:. Green everywhere! The landscape is just breathtaking and can't wait to see it in person. The 1600 US I have down - but gotta ask....suggest I do 1/2 now in euros and then 1/2 when I am over there or no?? need guidance on this one please. The \$1600 for incidentals I know is for me as I budget seperately for tips. Clothing? Will do 2 pair pants and 2 shorts, etc. Cider?? OMG - I LOVE CIDER!!!! WHERE???????? (U can tell I read your blog about Ireland).... From time to time I will be refering back to this thread as my go to for information about all things Ireland so please people, feel free to jump in and give your input as I can't wait for August 1st 2009 at 10am Central Standard time....for I will be on that phone to ABD making that phone call and reserving this trip - :woohoo:.
1) Marks and Spencer is an English department store with a grocery in it. So the stuff I bought wasn't really Irish -just different that what you could get here. There is a M&S within walking distance of the Dublin Westin.

2)We did NO laundry. Like Tigger TTFN we had heard how pricey it was. We just brought lots of clothes and rewore things like jeans. I brought lots of underwear with me.

3)For the Flight -we brought our I-Pods. We had downloaded podcasts and movies and books on tape. (We are Pod people ;)) Also the flight over had seat back entertainment and I watch some movies and TV shows on that.

4)The luggage requirments depend on your airline. But ABD allows one suitcase per person. We had large ones (I have a thread floating around here somewhere about my massive luggage). We did not go overweight.

5) I brought about 5 pairs of pants and two capris and a skirt. We had an extra day in Dublin. Lots of tops some short sleeved and some long. I wished I had more short -but I understand we unusually warm weather the last two days.

6)Most of the Pubs will have cider in bottles -they don't all have it on draft. The big name in Ireland right now seems to be Bulmers. It comes in Apple or Pear and they serve it with Ice. I don't think it has much alchohol in it at all -as I rarely felt it and I am a lightweight when it comes to drinking.

You won't regret booking the Ireland trip

 slg 06-26-2009 12:53 PM

I was totally fine with what I had packed and then I woke up this morning in a panic. Somehow I only thought there was one fancy dinner, and only packed one nice outfit. I also didn't pack anything for my kids other than their jeans, shorts, runners and sandals.

Question: Of the 4 dinners, is it crazy just to have one nice outfit? I have now decided to pack another pair of shoes so I can have something nice/casual to wear on my feet other than runners and keens. And what about the kids? I didn't even think about them?

I'm just worried I haven't packed enought stuff. We are so limited as we are trying to get a family of 5 in 4 carry-ons (max weight each is 22 pounds) and one medium suitcase (maximum weight allowed is 33 pounds), plus leave some room for anything we may choose to buy in Ireland. Right now, without adding anything else we have about 8 pounds of space left to bring back stuff. If I add shoes and outfits that will drastically reduce it. Sigh.

This packing business is driving me nuts!

Is the water fine to drink? We don't drink pop in our family and usually have water with our meals (my dh doesn't drink any alcohol, but I occasionally might have a glass of wine or a beer in a social setting. Not the norm thought). My kids are used to drinking water everywhere, so that's not a problem. Anyone had problems with the water?

 clarabelle 06-26-2009 01:01 PM

We didn't really dress for dinner. Some people got a little more dressed up for the adults only meal and the last night-but you saw a little bit of everything.
One "nice" outfit should be fine. Nice meaning not jeans. But if you only wanted to pack jeans and nothing else -that would be ok too.

The "Irish night" (next to the last night) was really casual.

The kids wore all kinds of stuff. Really -don't sweat it -you will see a bit of everything.

We had no problems with the water.

 slg 06-26-2009 01:52 PM

Thanks so much. I usually don't agonize so much, but this trip has got me all in a flap! I have had no problem with my 3 disney cruises, or the other 4 bus tours (not ABD) I have done, plus the many, many other trips we have taken, but somehow, this trip I'm completely indecisive!

I appreciate the feedback, I now feel better about my clothes choices:)

I wish I was going right to Ireland and not to Portugal. I'm so excited about this trip that I will just be thinking about it every minute until we go and I don't know if I will be able to truely relax! Since we are flying ryan air, my next big fear is that they will cancel our flights last minute. EEk!

 knewton64 08-01-2010 05:14 PM

Well......i finally did it.........

.....gonna get in my practice visiting Ragland Road (Dwntown Disney in Orlando Florida Oct 28th-Nov 4th) while dreaming of..........................

:woohoo:IRELAND......... JUNE 2011:woohoo:!!

I FINALLY BOOKED IT:yay:!

P.S. (I am sooooo glad I bought enough Euros for this when they were 1 to 1.19 via the conversion chart a few weeks back).
But....some things I am having to adjust to:

1) washing my clothes in the sink (already bought my Rick Steves Clothes line "rope.");)
2) choosing to not have a pre-day since it's a long trip.:scared1:
(jet lag?)

3) learning the Euro money system as I will be in a few pubs (at night) playing darts and such.

4) the long air flight up & back
(but I got my tetris and soduku games, portable dvd player, etc)

LET THE FUN BEGIN!popcorn::

 allforpooh 08-02-2010 01:41 PM

knewton64,
We are also ready to book Ireland Summer 2011, looking at end of June or beginning of July. We are planning on going to London either before or after this trip. Trying to decide right now if we should go ahead and book or wait to see if there are any discounts coming out.
Denise

 knewton64 11-28-2010 07:07 PM

RE: Ireland's current economic climate....

Protests in the Dublin streets about the euro...., etc.

and I have a vacation set for Ireland June 11th for 9 days.

Hope they get their act together financially but ouch! No other country wants to help them....

This oughta be/get interestingpopcorn::

anywho -

thank you all who have posted their trip reports on Ireland (had fun reading them) as I plan on shying away from a glass of coca cola during meal time and enstead opt for a pint (almost the same cost).

and I just ordered the theme song from the Disney movie, "Darby O'gill and the Little People."

T.T.F.N.

 allforpooh 11-29-2010 04:06 PM

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 Originally Posted by knewton64 (Post 39082729) Protests in the Dublin streets about the euro...., etc. and I have a vacation set for Ireland June 11th for 9 days. Hope they get their act together financially but ouch! No other country wants to help them.... This oughta be/get interestingpopcorn:: T.T.F.N.

We are also keeping our eye on current issues and the Euro and Pound, trying not to worry....there always seems to be something new in the news. We are booked for Ireland Jun 25, with a week before in London...can't wait...:) I'm with you on the Pint....

Denise

 knewton64 12-05-2010 05:49 PM

London eh?

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 Originally Posted by allforpooh (Post 39090943) We are also keeping our eye on current issues and the Euro and Pound, trying not to worry....there always seems to be something new in the news. We are booked for Ireland Jun 25, with a week before in London...can't wait...:) I'm with you on the Pint.... Denise

It wud be wonderful if ya can let all of us in on your experiences in jolly ol London:goodvibes!

A trip report perhaps??

Q: What sights/ attractions do ya plan on seeing?
reason why I ask is I am mulling over next either a 7nght stay in San Fran OR a 7nghter in London and am looking for informationpopcorn::.

T.T.F.N.

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