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Before making an itinerary - consider these 13 questions

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Cork, Ireland
Destination Expert
for Ireland
posts: 12,276
reviews: 232
Before making an itinerary - consider these 13 questions

Before you put together an itinerary for Ireland, ask yourself these questions.

Where will I fly into / out of?

(This will determine where you can easily visit. It also dictates what your route should be)

What month will I be in Ireland?

(June, July and August are peak visitor months. Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar. have least daylight hours, but are great from the point of view that they are less busy. Many B&B’s close for the winter)

Will I hire a car?

(This will determine what you can visit and how independent you will be)

Are there any places that I must see?

(This might make your itinerary more complicated)

How many actual tour days do I have? (excluding arrival and departure days)

(It’s best you don’t include arrival and departure dates in your itinerary especially if you have made a long journey. Arrival and departure days are usually ‘non days’ as most of your time is spent, packing and checking in at airport/ferry)

What are my main interests? (eating, drinking, shopping, walking, history, geography, outdoor)

(Some parts of the country are particularly good for certain activities)

What kind of accommodation will I stay in (Hostel, B&B, Guesthouse, Hotel)

(Hostels are cheapest while 4 and 5 star hotels are the most expensive. Where you stay depends on your budget. Sometimes you do not have a choice)

How many are in the group?

(This will impact your transport options, and lead to arguments if the itinerary does not appeal to everyone)

Will there be children travelling with me?

(With kids travelling with you, you will have to be more flexible about what you include in your itinerary)

How energietic am I? (Can I do a lot of walking or prefer motorised transport)

(If you are an energetic person you will find that walking is a wonderful way to see Ireland properly. Some sights require that you get out of the car and walk)

Do I like to visit cities or prefer more rural locations?

(If you do not like cities, then consider excluding the large Irish cities from your itinerary. These include, Dublin, Cork, Waterford, Limerick, Belfast, Galway, etc)

Do I want to include shopping as part of my holiday?

(If you want to really shop, then you should include a major city or two on your itinerary)

Cork, Ireland
Destination Expert
for Ireland
posts: 12,276
reviews: 232
1. Re: Before making an itinerary - consider these 13 questions

Sorry, I should have numbered them above, here they are again - numbered 1 - 13

[1] Where will I fly into / out of?

(This will determine where you can easily visit. It also dictates what your route should be)

[2] What month will I be in Ireland?

(June, July and August are peak visitor months. Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar. have least daylight hours, but are great from the point of view that they are less busy. Many B&B’s close for the winter)

[3] Will I hire a car?

(This will determine what you can visit and how independent you will be)

[4] Are there any places that I must see?

(This might make your itinerary more complicated)

[5] How many actual tour days do I have? (excluding arrival and departure days)

(It’s best you don’t include arrival and departure dates in your itinerary especially if you have made a long journey. Arrival and departure days are usually ‘non days’ as most of your time is spent, packing and checking in at airport/ferry)

[6] What are my main interests? (eating, drinking, shopping, walking, history, geography, outdoor)

(Some parts of the country are particularly good for certain activities)

[7] What kind of accommodation will I stay in (Hostel, B&B, Guesthouse, Hotel)

(Hostels are cheapest while 4 and 5 star hotels are the most expensive. Where you stay depends on your budget. Sometimes you do not have a choice)

[8] How many are in the group?

(This will impact your transport options, and lead to arguments if the itinerary does not appeal to everyone)

[9] Will there be children travelling with me?

(With kids travelling with you, you will have to be more flexible about what you include in your itinerary)

[10] How energietic am I? (Can I do a lot of walking or prefer motorised transport)

(If you are an energetic person you will find that walking is a wonderful way to see Ireland properly. Some sights require that you get out of the car and walk)

[11] Do I like to visit cities or prefer more rural locations?

(If you do not like cities, then consider excluding the large Irish cities from your itinerary. These include, Dublin, Cork, Waterford, Limerick, Belfast, Galway, etc)

[12] Do I want to include shopping as part of my holiday?

(If you want to really shop, then you should include a major city or two on your itinerary)

[13] Do I want to visit the main tourist sights, or go ‘off track’?

(Because of the size of this county the main tourist sights are very busy in the summer months. Be aware in low season that these same sights might be closed)

Limerick, Ireland
Destination Expert
for Limerick, Killarney, Berny Riviere
posts: 19,161
reviews: 37
2. Re: Before making an itinerary - consider these 13 questions

Bry - what happens if I'm arriving by boat?

You don't take account of that contingency ;o)

Waterford, Ireland
posts: 5,640
reviews: 3
3. Re: Before making an itinerary - consider these 13 questions

Great list Bryno, covers everything pretty well. Though if ev eryone follows it it will do us out of a large part of our job....'where are you flying into, will you hire a car etc'... :-)

Perhaps we should bump it everyday to keep it at the top of the forum!

Cork, Ireland
Destination Expert
for Ireland
posts: 12,276
reviews: 232
4. Re: Before making an itinerary - consider these 13 questions

14. Will I be arriving by boat/currach/Coracle/Submarine/Gondola?

I'm right aren't I? Coracle, that's an ex mode of water transport isn't it?

Cork, Ireland
Destination Expert
for Ireland
posts: 12,276
reviews: 232
5. Re: Before making an itinerary - consider these 13 questions

Ok, so now it's 14 questions (which suits me as I'm a bit iffy about the number 13.

[1] Where will I fly into / out of?

(This will determine where you can easily visit. It also dictates what your route should be)

[2] If I arrive by boat, which port is my destination?

[3] What month will I be in Ireland?

(June, July and August are peak visitor months. Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar. have least daylight hours, but are great from the point of view that they are less busy. Many B&B’s close for the winter)

[4] Will I hire a car?

(This will determine what you can visit and how independent you will be)

[5] Are there any places that I must see?

(This might make your itinerary more complicated)

[6] How many actual tour days do I have? (excluding arrival and departure days)

(It’s best you don’t include arrival and departure dates in your itinerary especially if you have made a long journey. Arrival and departure days are usually ‘non days’ as most of your time is spent, packing and checking in at airport/ferry)

[7] What are my main interests? (eating, drinking, shopping, walking, history, geography, outdoor)

(Some parts of the country are particularly good for certain activities)

[8] What kind of accommodation will I stay in (Hostel, B&B, Guesthouse, Hotel)

(Hostels are cheapest while 4 and 5 star hotels are the most expensive. Where you stay depends on your budget. Sometimes you do not have a choice)

[9] How many are in the group?

(This will impact your transport options, and lead to arguments if the itinerary does not appeal to everyone)

[10] Will there be children travelling with me?

(With kids travelling with you, you will have to be more flexible about what you include in your itinerary)

[11] How energietic am I? (Can I do a lot of walking or prefer motorised transport)

(If you are an energetic person you will find that walking is a wonderful way to see Ireland properly. Some sights require that you get out of the car and walk)

[12] Do I like to visit cities or prefer more rural locations?

(If you do not like cities, then consider excluding the large Irish cities from your itinerary. These include, Dublin, Cork, Waterford, Limerick, Belfast, Galway, etc)

[13] Do I want to include shopping as part of my holiday?

(If you want to really shop, then you should include a major city or two on your itinerary)

[14] Do I want to visit the main tourist sights, or go ‘off track’?

(Because of the size of this county the main tourist sights are very busy in the summer months. Be aware in low season that these same sights might be closed)

Shannon, Ireland
Destination Expert
for County Clare, Aran Islands, Bunratty, The Burren
posts: 8,212
reviews: 33
6. Re: Before making an itinerary - consider these 13 questions

Great list Bryno, the makings of a good 'sticky'.

Limerick, Ireland
Destination Expert
for Limerick, Killarney, Berny Riviere
posts: 19,161
reviews: 37
7. Re: Before making an itinerary - consider these 13 questions

Well done Bryno!!

De ladies in de Bryno Fan Club will be bursting der buttons wit excitement...

Big Clap for Bryno. Wonderful idea.

Shannon, Ireland
Destination Expert
for County Clare, Aran Islands, Bunratty, The Burren
posts: 8,212
reviews: 33
8. Re: Before making an itinerary - consider these 13 questions

Buttons bean???

Do we have 'snoop doggy dog' (sp?) here on the forum???

:0)

Guernsey, United...
Destination Expert
for Dingle, Guernsey, The Burren
posts: 5,199
reviews: 138
9. Re: Before making an itinerary - consider these 13 questions

Bryno

That's brilliant!

Was thinking of doing something similar - but you beat me to it :-))

Maryland
Destination Expert
for Las Vegas, Washington DC, County Donegal, Western Ireland
posts: 35,297
reviews: 49
10. Re: Before making an itinerary - consider these 13 questions

Good work!

(Although you did send me off to "google" to find out what a "coracle" is!)