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Traveling with 18 year olds

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Traveling with 18 year olds

This upcoming June I will be traveling to Europe with my best friend and my 18 year old and her best friend. We will be starting in London then making our way to the finale DUBLIN!!! I am in my early 30's I want to stay in an area where we all have easy access to food, coffee, transportation. But I want to be in an area that is safe for my girls to be alone if we part ways. I also really want to stay clear of the average travelers destinations. I want to eat sleep breath Dublin I want to do what every one who lives there does. I can use all the ideas/thoughts you all have. We are coming from California and cannot wait. Its like a dream.

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1. Re: Traveling with 18 year olds

If all you want to do is what everyone who lives here does then you probably won't be surprised to learn that we spend a lot of our time moaning about the weather and how expensive everything is.

Suggest for our help you give us a bit more information about your likes and dislikes and what you really want to do in Ireland besides eat and sleep.

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If you want to be like a local.. Avoid Temple Bar at weekends.. regard everywhere outside the M50 ring as a different country.. and as above.

If you want to see Ireland then fly somewhere else in Ireland from London and end up in Dublin.

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The last place I'd want to sleep and breathe is Dublin. FYI Dublin is one of the main traveller destinations. I'd advise going to Galway city, the best place in Ireland for 18-30 year old tourists to socialise (in my opinion).

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I think maybe 18 years old would love galway, dingle, killarney....lots to do and they'd be safe going out alone.....not much chance of you doing what the locals do unless you want to join in their complaining about the the weather and the cost of things, as cavan said, or maybe do what we do when we're home, stay in and watch television in the evenings, and work during the day time.....

something caught my eye in your post...you're in your early 30s and have an 18 year old?.....if that's the case you and your best friend will enjoy those same places....

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I have daughters aged 17 and in their 20s. (Sadly I'm a lot older than early 30s!!)

I would NOT like my daughters going out alone in Dublin without a good friend-network.

Galway or Cork would be far better. Both are university cities so there are a lot of young people there. Galway is more easily negotiated than Cork as its smaller. Galway also has the advantage of a very vibrant traditional music scene which you all might enjoy.

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I was a university student in both Dublin and Galway and I agree 100% with what Bean A has to say. Cork would not be my choice I have to say.

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The north side of Dublin is considered the rough side, and south of the liffy is the "posh" safer side. Dublin is pretty safe though compared to Los Angeles or Oakland. Basic street smarts will be enough, don't get into people's cars, stay by the Centre or south side, and remember the busses and luas close at midnight so save 20 euro if u need a taxi to the hotel. Temple bar, Dame street, and everything between the liffy and southern canal is a hot spot for pubs and clubs with lots of ppl and police so relelitvly safe. Galway and Cork are great cities too, much smaller but definitely worth seeing. Have fun! P.s. buy cheap burner phone when your get there or get a international plan for your cell phones that way you can contact family members when needed.

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"The north side of Dublin is considered the rough side, and south of the liffy is the "posh" safer side."

That is a dangerously sweeping generalisation. There are lovely areas on both sides of the river and undesirable areas on both sides of the river.

I would NOT like my 18 year old out and about in Temple Bar.

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Hi Julie,

You want to live like a local in Dublin....Are you looking for hotel recommendations or for apartments to rent? Best check out what's available within your budget and come back for more clarification. Areas in Dublin 1 (north of Liffey) and Dublin 2 ( south of city) will be central and generally safe. You might like to look at Dublin 4 just outside of the centre or at some suburban areas that are along the DART or Luas line and would offer easy connections o the city centre. Dun Laoighre, Dalkey on the south of the city and Howth or Malahide on the Northside are all on the coast and are well connected by DART to the city centre.

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