I need to travel to Ireland (Dublin at very least) to complete last bit of research for my book. Does anyone have budget-conscious ideas for airfare, lodging . . . free research travel grants(!). . .? Timeframe is flexible; wallet, not so much.
Sorry, I have no answer for you, but I wish you luck and safe travels. Ireland is a country I have always wanted to visit and hopefully will some day.
Welcome to hubpages, Joni.
Denise, thanks for the kind thoughts and the welcome. I just found a decent airfare to Dublin on Continental -- about $350 roundtrip in February and March, and dramatically higher in April. Now I'm going to look into affordable lodging that is near the places I need to do research. I suspect that if I had trouble driving in the countryside, the roads leading from the airport into the city proper will be a nightmare, so I hope to rely on public transportation. I hope you get to Ireland - it's a gorgeous country. Best, Joni.
Hello - You could try a google search for the company aerlingus.com they seem to have flights from New york to Dublin. I found this company when I started to write the reply below.
I have travelled with Ryanair but never aerlingus. If you do book check luggage allowances carefully as you can see from what I had written in the reply below some of our airlines are strict on baggage allowances.
Once you are in the UK you can get flights to Ireland with a cost cutting company like Ryanair. However to cut the costs to the minium with such companies you would need to book the flight at the right time and any luggage in the hold is charged extra. The hand luggage limit is strictly adhered to and is (if I remember correctly) 10kg and the case size is also restricted - they tell you the dimensions allowed on their web site. Other low cost air companies from the UK (not sure if they go to Ireland) are - Easy Jet, Flybe.
Hope this is of help to you.
Hi - I just saw this and now I'm going to see if it works out better for fly into the UK and take Ryanair. It may even be cheaper to fly into the Belfast area and do that. Luckily, I was training as a kid to pack light - we had a beach house we went to weekends, and my dad was impatient to get on the road ASAP Friday nights. I just threw my stuff into a paper grocery back and that was that. I still pack light, but always seem to carry much more on the way home (why is it that dirty laundry takes up more space?).
Anyway, thanks for your suggestions. I'll report back if I find a better deal.
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