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Planning a Trip

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Planning a Trip

Hi,

I live in Georgia, USA and am planning a trip with some friends for May 2014. We have never planned an "out of the country" self-driving trip and are a bit confused regarding all the information that we have been reading. If possible, maybe someone can give us their thoughts to help clarify some questions:

1. What are the advantages of using a travel agency to book this tour? For example..

- Cost comparisons?

-Quality of tour package? (For example, we have read to be cautious of "vouchers" as some accommodations will have "no room" when a voucher is mentioned?)

---Assistance with problems? (We have read that many agencies are basically "finished" as soon as the tour is booked; therefore, if one has problems renting a car, finding rooms, etc., they are "on their own".)

2. Do you have suggestions as to which Travel Agency in Ireland would be the best or should we use one in the USA?

I do appreciate any assistance or suggestions anyone might have. Thank you very much.

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1. Re: Planning a Trip

You might find that reading through some itineraries on the Irish forums, asking a few questions about what YOU not some know little travel agent would like to get from your trip.

Consider your dates, length of stay, must see, would like to see (probably 2 different animals). Budget for Accommodation. Just pretend you are not going to another country and work to your style.

Feel free to ask the stupidest questions, we on the forums have heard it all and for the most part aim to give clear independent and unbiased advice.

Augusta, Georgia
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2. Re: Planning a Trip

Thank you for the advice. I will be asking additional questions, I'm sure. It's great to be able to directly communicate with people have "real life" answers.

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3. Re: Planning a Trip

Do it yourself, its not hard, book a flight, a car, and accommodation, why pay someone else to do it? And whatever you do, do not be sold those BandB vouchers!!

It's not as if there is a language barrier, well, not much of one anyway!! Petrol = gas etc

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4. Re: Planning a Trip

There is no harm talking to local travel agents but always run any proposed itinerary's they offer. There are a few Cheap deals but some of these tend to be scattered and at lesser accessible hotels, some are based on unsold coach tour beds, fine if you have a professional driver or aiming for 8 hours a day on the road. Check what is involved in the Car section of fly drive packages as these can sometimes be basic, leaving extras payable straight off the plane at the collection desk.

Forewarned is forearmed and when you are spending a large sum of money on a trip which might have been on your mind for a long while best to have as much information as possible.

On the positive side the forums are full of great trip reports from people who have done the groundwork themselves and had an all the better time on the strength of it.

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5. Re: Planning a Trip

I agree with the other posters....with a little information from you, you'll get the best advice that can be gotten from these folks....dates you want to travel, days on the ground in Ireland, things you think you'd like to see, villages/cities/town you might be interested in....do you like castles, ruins, nature's scenery, relaxing in a pub, visiting with the locals, museums, history, etc.?.....

you're in for the treat of your life.....

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