I'm planning a trip to ireland...? I'm planning a trip to Ireland, and I have never been before so I have some questions. Answer what you can and any additional information is helpful too. First off, what's good on a very limited budget? is staying in hostels safe and how much do they cost? What are some fun things to do? What cities should I go to? What sights should I see? How much is it going to cost to fly there from America and where is the best place to fly to in Ireland to start the trip. This is something that i've always wanted to do, but paying for college is also important, so doing things for as cheap as possible while still having fun is my main concern. Thanks.
If you are on a tight budget then I would advise going to Dublin for a day trip only or an overnight as it is a very expensive city to stay in. Food and drink etc are very expensive. Galway is a beautiful city with an amazing student vibe and great pubs and clubs. Stay away from most of the midland counties, there isn't much to do there! If you are going to travel up north then Letterkenny is a great little gateway town with a fun student population. Heading further North, Belfast is certainly worth a visit. There are some great festivals on during the summer, electric picnic is very over priced (but amazing!) Avoid Oxygen unless you're 17 and just want to completely wasted ;) Stick to smaller pubs rather than the "boom time" super pubs, that's where you'll find us real Irish folk & once you get chatting to people you will get directed to the best local places. There are loads of outdoor activities, horse riding, water sports etc. We have a great theater tradition here also. When you arrive in a town go to the local "Bord Failte" office and they will advise on the best places to visit in that town or city. If I were you, I would fly into Belfast and travel south to Donegal, then Mayo/Galway down to Cork and then back up to Dublin and depart from there. I wouldn't book too many places in advance, that's the fun of travel, just see where the road will take you. Enjoy your trip :)