Vacations to Ireland have recently dropped in price since the 2008-2009 financial crisis, making it one of this year’s top budget destinations in Europe. Tourists are some of the very few that can benefit from the economic turmoil, enjoying a seven percent improvement in exchange rates this year—making everything from airfare, hotel lodging, and food more affordable.
Lodging prices and airfare are significantly less expensive than any major city in Western Europe. Restaurant meals, transportation and entertainment venues have proved to be a lot more affordable in Dublin now as compared to its 2009 prices.
Travelers tend to flock to the capital during the warmest months of July and August, but tourists will then be faced with peak-season prices. The peak-season prices can be easily avoided by traveling in early June or September, which are similarly warm weathered months.
Traveling in June can also have its benefits because it is packed with events like Bloom in the Park, a massive garden show; Taste of Dublin, and Bloomsday; a celebration of Ireland's literary patron saint—James Joyce.
The Cap Cod Times reported that from June 1-15, and again from September 1-30, a payment of $829 (in June) to $839 (in September) for the Emerald Package of Sceptre Tours, that long-established company's most popular travel program, will buy you round-trip mid-week airfare on Aer Lingus between the U.S. and Dublin or Shannon, a night upon arrival in a four-star hotel in Dublin or Shannon, a car (stick-shift) with unlimited mileage for a week, and five nights of accommodations with a full Irish breakfast daily in your choice of farmhouse bed-and-breakfasts all throughout Ireland. You can lengthen the number of nights of your stay for only a little more. And government fees and taxes add an additional $180 or so.
In an even further effort to boost tourism, the tax imposed on Dublin International Airport travelers will be cut from $13 to $4. Anyone who has yet to take a trip to one of Western Europe’s classic vacation spots, it would be in their best interest to do so now.
Ireland’s tourism figures are on the up as North Americans keep on coming