When Lief and I decided to relocate from the United States to Ireland nearly two decades ago, we were early...Read more
Important note: U.S. citizens with a valid passport are about to travel in Ireland for up to 90 days without a visa.
The first thing you will notice when traveling in Ireland are the green fields bordered by crumbling stone walls. This is a feature that seems to permeate throughout the country. On your way from Tramore to the Copper Coast you can discover a lost part of Ireland. Here you’ll find friendly locals that are quite welcoming.
Though infrastructure can be inconsistent, you shouldn’t have a problem getting around by car. However, traveling around Ireland by public transportation can be a little more difficult. Over recent years the country has worked to improve its transportation system and create better roads. Have no fear though, as the most beautiful parts of Ireland are off the beaten path. Travel a minute or two outside of civilization and you’ll find stunning landscapes. The scenery you experience while you travel in Ireland will be breath-taking. Scenery is undoubtedly the number one attraction for most tourists, everything from rocky coasts to lush green lawns will have you completely at peace.
Anyone lucky enough to travel the Barrow way in Ireland can expect to see otters, kingfishers and herons. The country’s Copper Coast is a UNESCO designated Geopark, chalked full of great outdoor activities for families. If you are traveling by boat, Waterway Ireland advises tourists that mooring is free for short term stops. Great news if you are making a quick stop by Ireland on your way around the world. If you are into diving, be sure to have a wetsuit that is useful for Ireland’s cold water (46°F to 59°F). Golf is a beloved pastime for the Irish and you will find many golf courses spread across the country.
In recent years, many investors have made their way to Ireland in search of low prices on real estate after the economic downturn. The recent stabilization and growth in the housing industry also has foreign developers traveling in numbers to scope out the paths of progress.
One of the downsides to traveling in Ireland is the often dreary weather. In fact, Ireland is almost famous for this type of weather. Some expats compare it to living in a place like Seattle, where you just get used to cloudy days and it becomes a part of life. Another consideration for many travelers is the cost. Like most of Europe, Ireland is going to be moderately expensive and you’ll need to budget accordingly. It is also important to note that if you are traveling with permanent residency in sight you will be required to obtain local health insurance.
Some of the notable places to travel in Ireland include Tramore, Kilkenny Town, Dublin, and Cork. Across the country you will find intriguing and ancient history.
I would argue that most things in life are better with a twist… something unusual… unexpected… unfamiliar… makes anything more interesting. For me, that’s about 90% of the allure of living overseas—nothing is ever as you expect it to be. And this has been the case with Thanksgivings throughout my life, for example. We moved to Ireland when I was 8 years old and my brother was born on our first Thanksgiving overseas. Ever since, with just a few exceptions,...Read more