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Traveling to Ireland in 2024: 4 Things to Keep in Mind

Are you thinking of traveling to Ireland in 2024?

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As with travel to any country these days, it's a good idea to be as prepared as possible. Here are 4 things to keep in mind as you plan your Ireland vacation this year.

1. Some Hotel Rooms May Not Be Available

Due to the migrant situation throughout Europe, Ireland like other countries on the continent has accepted thousands of refugees from Ukraine.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Irish government granted 70,493 temporary protection permissions to Ukrainian citizens in 2022.

Many of those refugees are currently being housed in hotels across the country. Please be aware of this as you begin searching for accommodation in Ireland.

If you are experiencing difficulty, I suggest that you reach out to the hotels that you are most interested in to see if there is any availability.

  1. Check Attractions Online Before Leaving Home

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Since Covid-19 upended the travel industry worldwide, the current guidebook that you may have may not be completely accurate. I suggest getting the latest Lonely Planet guide so you are up-to-date on what's available in Ireland.

Many travel companies, including attractions, have sadly gone out of business because they just couldn’t survive the downturn.

a small cottage traveling to Ireland in 2021
Photo: Nikada for Getty Images Signature.

Since the larger travel companies will have been able to survive the downturn, there are many small tourist enterprises throughout Ireland that will need your support.

The Mercedes V-Class 8 seat minivan that Donegal Tour Guide Henry Doohan takes his guests in on a tour of the county Photo: Donegal Tour Guide.
The Mercedes V-Class 8 seat minivan that Donegal Tour Guide Henry Doohan takes his guests in on a tour of the county Photo: Donegal Tour Guide.

Some of those include independent tour guides, chauffeur services, smaller hotels and B&Bs, food trucks, restaurants, walking/hiking guides, and others.

There’s nothing better than walking down a street and seeing restaurants and shops brimming with people.

So, when you do visit Ireland, don’t forget the smaller enterprises that have struggled over the past three years. Thankfully, the tourist industry is booming in Ireland in 2023 due to an influx of visitors, and I hope that continues.


  1. Make Flexible Booking Arrangements and Keep an Eye on Deals

Most airlines and hotels have updated their change and cancellation policies since the onset of Covid-19 in 2020, which is good to know when booking airfares or accommodation in Ireland.

a woman holding a cellphone traveling to Ireland in 2021
Searching for flexible accommodation is one thing to do if traveling to Ireland in 2021. Photo: Prykhodov for Getty Images Pro

When making a new booking, make sure that the flexible cancellation policy of the airline you are taking is still in place.

It is wise to keep an eye on special airfare deals or vacation packages that might be cheaper at different times of the year.

Put an app like Hopper or Google Flights on your mobile phone and monitor the deals from there. If you want to save $25 on a hotel stay that you book with Hopper, be sure to use this special Ireland on a Budget referral code.

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  1. Be an Ethical Tourist

It shouldn’t take a pandemic to make people aware of ethical travel, but it’s a good reminder as we make attempts to resume normal travel again.

a rocky island in the sea traveling to Ireland in 2021
Skellig Michael, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is one of the attractions in Ireland that relies on tourists to be ethically and sustainably aware. Photo: MN Studio.

Minimizing the negative impact of travel on communities and their environments just makes sense, so as you visit places in Ireland and indeed anywhere else in your country or around the world, it’s important to do the right thing.

Some of the ways you can do this include supporting local businesses, as mentioned above, dining in restaurants that offer organic menus (if they seem expensive, opt for their early bird specials), leaving no trace behind in forested areas and anywhere else for that matter, and being respectful of the local wildlife.

Read More: 5 Sustainable Experiences in Ireland to Enjoy

people walking near a cliff traveling to Ireland in 2021
The Cliffs of Moher coastal walk is an activity you may want to do if you are traveling to Ireland in 2021. Photo: Dimitry Anikin, Pexels.

In areas that are especially popular, like the Cliffs of Moher in Clare, the Giant's Causeway in Antrim, the Loop Head Peninsula, also in County Clare, the Cavan Burren, and a variety of important heritage sites across Ireland that generally see large amounts of tourists, it’s important that everyone does their part to keep these places pristine for future tourists.

Are you thinking of traveling to Ireland in 2023? Let me know in the comments below.


Colette is a County Sligo native who created Ireland on a Budget to provide her readers with money-saving tips on how to get to Ireland and then save even more when they're there. She's a professional copywriter who lives in the New York area with her husband and two children.

This Post Has 4 Comments

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    Kirsten Schierman

    Traveling to Dublin for five days July 2023; my husband and I and my sister, plus our three children (18,18,23). It is on the tail end of our trip, first comes England and a cruise to the Norwegian fjords for a week. I would love to sign up for your newsletter! We have no particular agenda in Ireland, just want to see beautiful sites and see where our ancestors came from. I am sure we will be tired, so day trips for two of our days sounds magnificent. One of the days my sons want to get matching “brother tattoos,” and another we have booked Silverworks ring making class in the evening. Open to all besides that! Thank you.

    1. Avatar for colette

      Kirsten, I’ll reach out to you via email.

  2. Avatar for Dana Jurinka
    Dana Jurinka

    Considering a trip in Nov. 2023 with my college boy. He’s 20 and I’m 57. We are foodies so would love input on places to go and things to try/taste . We would have 5-6 nights. Would you recommend staying in one place or booking several different towns . Would we be able to see the sites without a car rental? My experience a Few years back in a rental while in Italy was a nightmare that I’d prefer to NOT relive 🥺.
    Any tips, suggestions much appreciated.

    1. Avatar for colette

      Hi Dana,
      There are several cities in Ireland that offer food tours. They include the capital Dublin, Galway, Kinsale, Cork City, Dingle, Kilkenny, the Burren in County Clare and Sligo. If you don’t want to drive while in Ireland, I would suggest that you start in Dublin and then make your way to Galway by train, the Burren in County Clare by bus and then a bus to Kinsale and/or Cork. You can get a direct train from Cork to Dublin. I am actually in the process of writing a post about food tours so watch out for that. Use to book trains (you should probably do it in advance) and then Bus Eireann ( for buses that will get you to those other places I mention. Irish Craic and Cuisine in Dublin is worth checking out as is Galway Food tours (you’ll find it on Google), or the Fab Food Trails tours in Dublin and Cork.

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