In this section you will find lots of useful informations about traveling around Ireland and Europe:

European City Guides

Check out our quick guides to some of the major cities around Europe. They are a good way to help you get started on your travels.

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Irish City guides

Here are some guides to the cities our students are staying in around Ireland. There is some useful advice about where to shop, public transport, popular sights and lots lots more.

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Travel in Europe Tips…

…Do your research

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  • Before you go, do as much research as you can into the places you plan on visiting. It is worth your while to learn a few phrases in the local lingo – people appreciate the effort and will be delighted to hear it (no matter how bad your pronunciation is!). You should also look into the climate, as this will help you to decide what to pack. Make sure you check to see if there are any local customs that you need to be aware of. There are unlikely to be any major cultural taboos in European countries, but be considerate and observe local customs. If you are visiting religious/holy sites, be sure to dress in an appropriate way.
  • Book Early

    • When traveling on no-frills airlines, you are best off booking in advance. This ensures you get the best deals as prices normally increase closer to the travel date. Look out for sales on airline websites and snap up good deals.

  • Too good to be true?

    • Beware that what seems like a great deal on flights may do so because the price does not include taxes, charges, fuel surcharges, luggage charges, check-in fees or payment fees. The price on the final page of booking, (when you are entering your credit card details) is the price you will be charged.

  • Pack light

    • Budget airlines charge an arm and a leg for excess luggage. If you don’t want your holiday spending-money eaten up by this make sure you pack light. Remember that you are likely to bring back more than you brought (given that you will probably pick up some souvenirs etc.) so allow for this. You can save up to €40 on a return flight by choosing to only bring carry-on luggage. Make sure you follow the regulations for bringing liquids in your carry-on luggage. These can be found when booking your flight.

  • Keep copies of your documentation

    • Before you go, scan the photo and visa pages of your passport, and then email them to yourself. This will give you access to a copy should it be required. You might also want to do the same with your tickets, immigration card and bank cards. Bring print-outs of all of these with you and keep them in a separate place to the originals.

  • Get ‘roaming’

    • Before you leave the country, make sure that your mobile phone is set up for roaming. This means that you will be able to use it abroad. Your network provider can check this for you and will be able to provide you with a list of call charges depending on where you are visiting.

  • Give yourself plenty of time

    • It goes without saying that you should always leave yourself plenty of time to get to an airport. We suggest arriving at least 2 hours before your flight is due to depart. Security queues at airports can take a long time to get through.

  • Medical Supplies

    • If you take medication on a regular basis, bring a decent supply with you. This should be a lot more than you plan on taking while you are away. You never know what might happen when you are abroad and it is much better to be safe than sorry. We suggest bringing at least a week’s worth of extra supplies. We also ask that you leave some of your medication in our office, so if needs be, we can have it shipped to you wherever you are.

  • Use public transport

    • This is the cheapest way to get around. All major European cities have great public transport networks that are designed to be easy to use. Most offer reduced rates if you by a multi-trip pass. Research this before you go. There are normally public transport connections to and from airports.

  • Travel with a friend

    • Not only is it more enjoyable to travel with someone else, it’s also safer and it’ll work out cheaper.

  • Visit friends

    • If you are studying abroad, chances are you will know other students who are too. Why not visit each other? Whether this is another IFSA-Butler Ireland student living in a different part of the country, or a friend from home staying somewhere more far-flung, it’s great to stay with someone who has a bit of inside knowledge. It’ll keep things cheap too!

  • Stay central

    • Whenever possible, try and get accommodation in a busy, central location. This might be a bit more expensive but it will probably mean you cut out on taxi/transport costs during your stay. Busier places are also often safer. The IFSA-Butler Ireland staff are happy to provide you with information on hostels and hotels that past students have recommended. Information on these can be found here.

  • Eat where the locals eat

    • Look around you and head to a spot where the locals tend to go. This is usually a sign of good quality and value for money. It will also be a more authentic place as locals are unlikely to go to a ‘touristy’ restaurant.

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