Ireland Travel Guides

1. Eyewitness Guide Book to Ireland

Nobody should go to Ireland without a copy of the Eyewitness Guide Book to Ireland. After comparing numerous Ireland travel guides, this one quickly rose to the top of our favorites. It’s easy to read, it’s bursting at the seams with information you actually want to know, and it contains more photos than any other Ireland travel guide we’ve seen. Readers will learn about everything from the history of Ireland to the inside scoop on of all the popular tourist attractions. The only disadvantage we found is the steep price tag (we paid around $40 for it).

2. Rick Steves Ireland 2007

Many travelers choose Rick Steve’s Ireland travel guide as their “bible” during their stay on the Emerald Isle. What makes this book so satisfying is its heartfelt, conversational writing style. It’s written from the eyes of a fellow traveler who understands what it’s like to travel with both high expectations and a low budget. It’s also a relatively small book, which means it can be easily carried during your trip. The cons? Not many. However, some may consider the almost complete lack of pictures a disadvantage.

3. Dublin Secrets

We realize that we’re “tooting our own horn” here, but failing to recommend Dublin Secrets in this article would be like cheating you. Written by a student who lived and studied among the locals for four months, this charming little book reveals secrets about traveling Ireland that you won’t find anywhere else. Dublin Secrets contains an abundance of insider tips, helpful advice, and fun suggestions for the traveler who wants to save money, travel comfortably, and experience the REAL Ireland. Get a copy of Dublin Secrets, but remember that it should not be used as the sole resource for your trip. It’s not designed to be an exhaustive guide, but rather an insider “conversation” from one friend to another filling you in on everything the regular travel guides missed. One cool feature of this book is that it is available online for instant download as an eBook. It also includes free access to the unedited diary the author kept during his Ireland travels, as well as the author’s mobile phone number in case you have any additional questions.

Here’s what local Irishwoman Sheila R. said of Dublin Secrets: “Very informative and chatty and witty…well worth having…a must for every traveler to Ireland.”

You can learn more about Dublin Secrets here

And that’s it for our article, “Ireland Travel Guides: 3 Travel Guides Every Visitor To Ireland Should Own.” We’ve personally found each of these travel guides to be worth many times the investment during our time in Ireland. Pick up a copy of each and dive in. You’ll be glad you did.

The Travel Insurance FAQ

Buying cheap travel insurance has never been simpler, with a huge number of insurance companies offering easy online booking and claims. While the vast majority of people who buy travel insurance do so without a hitch, there are times when people are left scratching their heads, uncertain as to what policy they need to buy or what level of cover is on offer. Here are some answers to a few of the trickier travel insurance questions…

Am I covered for working abroad?

Almost always, foreign working is not covered by standard travel insurance policies. Study abroad is usually covered, and you may be able to claim if you are doing some casual part time work (such as bar work or working as a casual construction worker), but full time employment is out. Speak to your employer or a specialist insurer if you are looking for insurance cover for long term foreign employment.

I’m at the airport, but I’ve forgotten to buy travel insurance. Is it too late?

Interestingly, the answer to this depends on whether or not you’ve passed through security. Almost all UK travel insurance companies will only insure you if you’re in the UK when you make your purchase. If you have just arrived at the airport terminal, there’s still time to try and buy some cheap travel insurance. Once you are through security, technically speaking you have left the country, and cannot buy any kind of travel insurance.

I think I’ve made a mistake when I bought my travel insurance. Can I cancel?

All travel insurance policies feature a 14 day “cooling off” period that will allow you to cancel and receive a full refund within a fortnight of purchase. Of course, this is dependent on you not having travelled or used your insurance within this period of time!

I was treated for cancer a few years ago. Do I need to declare this when I buy my travel insurance?

Double check with your travel insurance company before you make a purchase for the exact conditions that your insurance provider will impose. Normally, previously treated cancer counts as a pre-existing medical condition that must be declared to the insurer, and may lead to you paying a higher premium.

Will my insurance refund the cost of my holiday if my Tour Operator goes out of business?

The collapse of a number of low cost airlines and tour operators has got everyone worried about financial protection. This is something that varies from travel insurance policy to travel insurance policy, so check the small print and ask your insurer – an increasing number of policies do provide cover for airline and tour operator collapse, but many still do not. If you are still worried, check to see if your holiday and flights will be covered by one of the larger regulatory bodies, such as AITO, ABTA, and ATOL.

These are just a few of the questions that people need to ask before they buy travel insurance. If your circumstances are straightforward, buying insurance is a very quick and simple process, but make sure that there are no circumstances that could invalidate your policy. If something goes wrong on holiday, you want to be sure that your travel insurance will be there to keep you covered.

The Usefulness of Travel Guides

When you mention the words ‘travel guide’ to someone, they may interpret it in 2 ways: a person who will guide you to certain destinations and a type of catalogue that can help you find your way when traveling and exploring a new place. In this piece of information, we will look at how each of the options can be useful to people who travel.

The person who is known as a travel guide is supposed to know all the destinations of a certain place well. The guide must know where the exciting places can be found so that tourists can be taken there to enjoy their stay in the new country. If the guide has to take the tourists to the game parks or game reserves, he must know the times when animals can be seen or when exciting activities can be found. For example, if the tour guide is from Africa, he must have knowledge of when the migration of the wild beasts happens. This migration is an awesome sight. Many have only heard of it but never seen it. The guide is supposed to make sure that his visitors get the ultimate experience of being in new place so that they can go back to their homes with great memories.

The guide should also know all the places where people can relax and have a meal. He should be able to treat them to some of the local delicacies of that country. He should also take them round to the some of the pre-historic sites that are famous.

On the other hand, the documented travel guide can be in the form of a book, brochure or pamphlet. There are some airlines which offer these travel guides for free. There are also some local hotels that will give tourists travel guides to find their way around the city or town. Such documents usually include information about restaurants, hotels and other recreational facilities that can make a tourist’s life a bit easier. Most of the travel guides have maps especially of major cities or towns.

So, which one does one choose?

This answer can only be determined by the tourist. Getting a person to act as a guide will definitely cost you more compared to using the booklet. However, you will get to enjoy and explore more places. The ultimate choice lies with the tourists, the activities they want to enjoy and the amount of money they are willing to spend.