31 ESSENTIAL First Time IRELAND Travel Tips

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  • Published on Sep 15, 2018
  • Want to know what to do when you travel to Ireland? How about what clothes to pack or how much your trip might cost? Alex and Marko the Vagabrothers share their top 31 essential Ireland Travel Tips to help you have the trip of a lifetime.
    What's the difference between Ireland and Northern Ireland?
    If you can't pick between Dublin or Belfast? How about the weather in Galway or the food in Cork? Alex and Marko the Vagabrothers share their top 31 essential Ireland Travel Tips to help you have the trip of a lifetime.
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  • vagabrothers
    vagabrothers  Year ago +60

    Hey Vagabuddies. Make sure to share your tips in the comment section too! Stay curious & keep exploring!

    • Roste
      Roste 25 days ago

      Love your video!🇨🇦

    • Celtic Spirit of Ireland
      Celtic Spirit of Ireland 6 months ago

      Don't forget your sunglasses when you visit Ireland, even when no sun :) - to protect your eyes from strong (cold!) wind !! :))

    • Britney Keyer
      Britney Keyer 7 months ago +1

      Well cashless society is all ready starting government are sneaky that's why they got rid of 1,2c

    • Carr Barnes
      Carr Barnes 7 months ago +2

      Major tip. .it's Paddy's Day or St. Patrick's Day. St. Paddy's Day is an Americanism. Also "quid" refers to the fact we had an Irish pound ("punt" as Gaeilge) before we switched to the euro not to the UK currency.

    • Dekron Sage Gaming
      Dekron Sage Gaming 8 months ago

      When you go to Ireland please please be sure and get some close up shots of your mouth devouring indistinguishable chunks of food. It really adds a, je ne sais quoi, to the family scrapbook. You'll be kicking yourself later if you are showing folks your holiday album and everyone is admiring the food and drink, but you have no pictures to prove that you stuffed it into your cake hole in HD. Really get in there, show some saliva and try to get the uvula in the shot.

      Best way to do that is have a soft light mounted to the camera and get really close with 10-35mm lens(iphones work well) so that everything but the far background is in relative focus, nice bokkeh in the back, tonsils in front and stylish foreground blur on your hand holding the fork or flowers on the table up at the edge of the frame. Don't filter though, this will take away from the lovely pigment of the food, and your mouth. In fact, maybe even play with the contrast and add a bit of color boost, color boost is VERY common and helpful in food photography.-and makes it look like you have inflammation in your gums. Increasing contrast will make your darker backgrounds fade a bit more from the viewers' attention, drawing more focus on well lit areas. Boosting color will make the food look warmer, more fresh, makes the reds and greens really pop. Be sure and use flash and take the picture as soon as possible if you want to catch the steam coming up from the plate.

      Shooting outdoors, Ireland often has a lovely overcast which gives you plenty of beautiful soft light to work with, so don't bother with filters. Now when the sun is shining bright, it is a great time to add a bit of style with a filter but try to make it suit the subject you are framing. eg Big old building, rustic or cool filter, for fields use something warm and try not to hide the less dominant colors of your subject with the color of the filter.

      Bonus points if you have food from a previous meal stuck in your teeth and wince as if in pain while biting in. Good luck and happy shooting.

  • Brian Q
    Brian Q 9 hours ago

    Good stuff, guys. Go raibh maith agat!

  • Prianna Amir
    Prianna Amir 2 days ago +1

    Me (in Ireland): "Where's the crack?"
    My parents: *squinting hard at me* "What did you just say?"

  • Cahir Conway
    Cahir Conway 4 days ago

    With pipes from the keg to the top. It's not how clean it is. It's to do with the distance

  • Delge
    Delge 4 days ago

    Don't believe them, Ireland is boring AF

  • Ólafur Baldvin Sigurðsson

    Thank you!

  • conor o hagan
    conor o hagan 7 days ago

    As an Irish person this video is fantastic. You guys hit the nail on the head with so many of your points especially about northern ireland. I also worked in Shells cafe in strandhill which features in the video it was great to see you guys enjoyed yourselves!

  • Tim Nelligan
    Tim Nelligan 9 days ago +1

    That was pretty good, boys. Well done!

  • BigPPcommie
    BigPPcommie 9 days ago

    I wish I knew this before I was born and raised in ireland

  • Pete G
    Pete G 11 days ago

    Thanks for the tips. Heading to Ireland this summer. Haven't been since 1985. I will never be able to say thanks in Gaelic.

  • Just Jacob
    Just Jacob 11 days ago +1

    Thx for telling people the truth that us Irish people aren't ginger potato eating alcoholics

  • Joyell Gutshall
    Joyell Gutshall 15 days ago

    Going to Ireland in March of 2020. This is a life-long dream! Thanks for the info. If anyone has any tips or must see sites I'm all ears! I'm really hoping to see more local small villages than tourist areas but having never been there I'm at a loss. I am working with a travel agent but any thoughts on a great authentic small village we can visit would be appreciated. Thanks!

  • John Hoyne
    John Hoyne 15 days ago

    There is such thing as lepracans (travelers)

  • Irishcloth
    Irishcloth 17 days ago

    Gaelige * Gaelic is Scottish :)

  • Irishcloth
    Irishcloth 17 days ago

    The red hair came from the nordic people. If you are interested, look at how red hair came about. They may have bred with celts, but they could never take the country!

  • Nichelle Nudalo
    Nichelle Nudalo 18 days ago

    Wanna go to ireland.someone bring me there haha

  • Doonkey Korng
    Doonkey Korng 19 days ago

    Republic of ireland vs Northern ireland still confuses the hell out of me but it’s not that big a deal as a visitor

  • Lynda
    Lynda 21 day ago

    150 euros a day ? What does that consist? That’s 219 $ Canadian dollars a day wow that’s a lot

  • Ted Higgins
    Ted Higgins 23 days ago

    What about the feckin' music?!?!?!?!?

  • Roste
    Roste 25 days ago +2

    Ireland sounds very interesting and looks beautiful! On my bucket list, thank you for the info!🇨🇦

  • BarocaS2
    BarocaS2 26 days ago

    Great video. Nice attempt at saying a few Irish words, it was kinda close

  • O Malley
    O Malley 27 days ago

    You will find Jimmy Hoffa before you find summer in Ireland 😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂👌🍺☘☘☘

  • O Malley
    O Malley 27 days ago

    Say potato one more time 🤨 👊🏻
    if you try to to pay me with potatoes I'm gonna break ya mamma's heart with bad news.

  • RhondaG Designs
    RhondaG Designs 29 days ago

    Except they hate when you say.
    .St Patty's Day. Sense it's
    St. Patricks Day

  • Aldo Valencia
    Aldo Valencia Month ago

    great video. cheers!

  • kiritoavs
    kiritoavs Month ago

    I'm going to say this now. you can get by with 50 a day easily if you just want food...and this is being decent. you can get a 3 course meal for about 40ish euros in some places and have extra for whatever you like

    • kiritoavs
      kiritoavs Month ago

      this is an average price btw at where I work

  • Selinor578
    Selinor578 Month ago

    20:18 No, Vega. Solange is Beyoncé"s sister. It's SLAWN-che.

  • Selinor578
    Selinor578 Month ago

    12:36 Good Lord, it's GAWL-way. Not GAL-way.

  • Alicia Gavin
    Alicia Gavin Month ago

    Awesome video....tank you for help, can’t wait to explore next year 2020

  • Siobhan Mc Allen
    Siobhan Mc Allen Month ago

    I'm going on a Eurpean city break soon for my 60th ,I only said to my husband recently I only ever travelled up as far as Galway from Cork and Dublin on the east .I really need to see my country more Its always Kerry we head to for couple of days break or a European city .Love your videos too

  • WT Keeton
    WT Keeton Month ago

    I'd say the essential thing to do in Ireland is get a car and see the less-touristy places. I put 1200 miles on my rental in a week. You can just about get across the country in a few hours (give or take some time for sheep or cattle blocking the road), so don't limit yourself. My favorite places to eat are small diners full of mostly locals where they serve spaghetti with brown gravy and may or may not have a working credit card machine.

  • Jean-Luc Coulon
    Jean-Luc Coulon Month ago +1

    About the meal... I've been in Ireland several times with my wife. We used to get a great Irish breakfast in the morning (at the B&B) and then, for lunch, everywhere, you can find "the soup of the day" with some brown bread and salted butter. It is quick and delicious.
    One remark about the meal in the pubs at night: you have to know that at 9:30 p.m., often, you cannot have a meal, it is time for the bar and music :)

  • MrSageOlorin
    MrSageOlorin Month ago

    Another movie recommendation: Micheal Collins. Another 'Don't' is: DON'T order a Black and Tan. If you particularly enjoy that type of drink, order a Half and Half, where Harp replaces the Bass.

  • Adam
    Adam Month ago

    or if the say whats the craic it means whatsupp

  • Adam
    Adam Month ago

    Please is more más é do thoil é [mash-aye-doh-holl-aye] im guessing you used google translate

  • Adam
    Adam Month ago

    feck isnt a bad word, but its pronounced how its spelt, fe-ck not fi-ck XDD

  • Adam
    Adam Month ago

    Up north the temperatures are like 2 degrees, east it usually is around 7-18, im accually not sure about the west and south cuz i was never there xD and im irish

  • Adam
    Adam Month ago

    im 13 and was cycling from one side of the county to another with my friend and i had a flat tyer so i went to some stranger house and they pumped up my wheel and then the same thing happened with the other wheel and then i relised the 1st one had a puncture i relised, so i seen some guy washing his van and asked him to drop me home to my town and he did xD
    [im from louth]

  • Adam
    Adam Month ago

    also dont go to temple bar. its expensive af and fulllll of tourists

  • colm hegarty
    colm hegarty Month ago

    To correct your irish pronunciation ……...thank you is pronounced …..go rev maith agat …….slan-che ….good try though ;)

  • Kalevipoeg
    Kalevipoeg Month ago

    Dear Ireland: on behalf of the United States - it being one of the two countries I am a citizen of - I'd like to apologize for the rampant misunderstanding of what Ireland and the Irish people are actually like. You see...people of Irish descent make up one of the single largest demographics in the United States. There was, as I'm sure you know, a massive influx of immigrants from Ireland in the second half of the 19th and into the early 20th century. Today, a full 10% of the U.S. population - about 33 MILLION PEOPLE - that's more people than the ENTIRE country of Ireland has by far - are of full or partial Irish heritage. Think about that. That's absolutely nuts, right? By comparison, my other country of citizenship - Estonia - from whence my family fled during the Soviet occupation that lasted from 1940-1991 - has 1.32 million people and in the U.S., just 27,000 people - about 1,200 TIMES fewer than have Irish people - are of full or partial Estonian descent. So, just to give you an idea of just how MASSIVE the Irish influence has been on American demographics.
    SO, why are so many Americans so very ignorant about Ireland? After all, a huge number of them have grandparents, great grandparents, or great-great grandparents who were born and raised in Ireland itself. A lot of them carried over the religion from their ancestral homeland, too. You'd THINK they'd have a handle on it, right?
    Turns out a lot of this has to do with a wave of nationalism which spread in the U.S. in the 19th and 20th centuries. A lot of people once had strong, recent connections with their Irish roots and were PROUD of this - they identified as Irish-Americans. Some people still do, but far more used to. But the mainly Anglo-centric dominant group in the United States viewed this as a potential threat to national loyalties and pressure was placed hard on immigrants and the children of immigrants to ONLY identify as American and FORGET their ancestral lands and cultures. This applied to Italian and German Americans as well. To identify as a hyphenated American became something which could result in an angry or even violent response. And so, people gradually assimilated and began to lose touch with their Irish heritage.
    There are also racial reasons - Americans divided themselves along racial lines and racial identification became VERY important for a long time. So it became all about "black" vs "white" rather than the country of your ancestors. People of English, Irish, German, French, Norwegian, etc descent, then, all began to be identified by the umbrella term "white", which effectively stripped their heritage from them.
    Fast forward a few generations and you have tens of millions of people of Irish heritage who have lost practically all connection to Ireland itself. That, and Ireland has CHANGED since the 1800's. So Irish-American ideas of what Ireland is like are partially influenced by a sort of game of telephone where the reality became diluted over the generations and years and the message became a garbled mess, and partially just because ...a lot of Americans just don't TRAVEL anywhere further than Canada or Mexico. Only about a third of Americans have an active passport. That means about 200 million people do not. Americans live in an isolated, America-centric bubble. Combine that isolation and lack of travel experience with 150 years of Irish culture being mixed and merged with pieces of other cultures and you begin to see why the American understanding of what Ireland is became warped over time.
    And then there are movies. Ireland is rarely the central location in most hollywood films, and often when there ARE Irish characters, they are raging stereotypes. This dates back to, as these two said, the 19th century, when Irish people were ranked as just above blacks but lower than most other European-Americans in terms of social hierarchy. There were "No dogs, no blacks, no Irish" signs hanging over many establishments at one time. As, again, I'm sure you know better than most Americans. Irish were depicted in certain ways for socio-political reasons and that stuck around right into the 21st century. And a lot of Americans TO THIS DAY have no idea that the common image of the Irishman - red-haired, wearing green, saying things like "top'o'tha mornin' to ya" while swigging a pint of Guinness (even the Mascot of Lucky Charms cereal perpetuates parts of this stereotype and that is one of the FIRST images American children have of an "Irish" person) ....have their origins in a deeply ethno-centric and segregated past. Because schools in the U.S. are far more interested in talking about African slavery and American involvement in wars than they are in talking about the treatment of various European immigrant groups.
    So anyway....that's at least part of the reason why Americans - not all but a lot of them - do not understand Ireland DESPITE so many of them having Irish blood flowing in their veins. Ethno-nationalism pushing people to identify as ONLY American, abandon their past identity and call themselves either American or white, but nothing else....and a century and a half of stereotypes steeped in this and perpetuated to this day by everything from Lucky Charms to Family Guy.
    The only surefire way for Americans to learn better is for Irish-Americans in PARTICULAR to start showing a real interest in learning about where their people CAME from. This means GOING there - in person -and seeing the LOCAL life (as opposed to the pub crawl tourist routine), and respectfully abandoning preconceived notions about the place and people and being open to a paradigm shift in their understanding of it all.
    Honestly, dear Irish friends, I hope you can be patient with them as they fumble through things. They were subjected to a lot of stereotypes and misinformation for 3 or 4 generations. They lost track of where their people came from and who they were. So when someone DOES reclaim their heritage and identifies as Irish-American, I hope you can MAYBE consider not telling the to only identify as American? The U.S. is only 200 odd years old. It is a baby country. So if you trace only your American ancestry, you ignore literal thousands of years of what came before your family moved to the states. My own family arrived from Estonia so recently - the second half of the 20th century - that I grew up with the language, food, and culture in my life, am a citizen of the country, and go there every year to immerse in the culture.
    ANYWAY, my point is...long rant aside...if Irish-Americans identify as such and show an interest in their heritage, they are not claiming to be FROM Ireland (other than their genetics and possibly elements of the culture they inherited) - they aren't claiming to be citizens of Ireland (though some with recent ancestry actually are dual citizens and live part-time in both countries) - they are SIMPLY attempting to come to terms with who they are and where they come from and reclaim what was essentially stolen from them over 100-150 years of rampant ethno-nationalism and oppression. So PLEASE be mindful of that, help them to understand where their people come from, don't try to strip them of that identity, and maybe send them back to the states with a new understanding of their heritage. THAT will help so much more than "you're not Irish! You're just American!" (imagine if your parents had been run out of Ireland - would you like being told that you must now disregard thousands of years of ancestry there and identify only with your very young new host country? THAT is what I mean. Put yourself in their shoes. You'd hate that, I'd wager - to be told you're not allowed to get in touch with your roots).
    That said, love to Ireland. Welcome back your long-lost cousins from America. They need your guidance, not your rejection.

  • Carl H
    Carl H Month ago

    Do the Irish have any hard feelings towards Scandinavians?

  • charles.duncan Barclay

    thanks guys

  • littlesmoke992
    littlesmoke992 Month ago

    Tip! Sláinte is pronounced: Slawn (as in Lawn) Cha (as in Chapel) "Slawn-cha"

  • littlesmoke992
    littlesmoke992 Month ago

    we dont say "top o' the mornin".....potatoes though.......YUM!!

  • Maxwell Smart
    Maxwell Smart Month ago

    5:25 they are refusing to the Irish pound

  • zeruulln
    zeruulln Month ago

    Don't ask where the craic is in Navan cuz you will get crack cocaine...

  • Isobel Foley
    Isobel Foley Month ago

    Here's a tip if you really want to fit in you can say "Dith na pásti"

  • WolfClaw
    WolfClaw Month ago +3

    I don’t want to be some tourist, I want to live there for the rest of my life

  • irish1
    irish1 2 months ago

    Haha. You fit right in

  • NorthCarolina
    NorthCarolina 2 months ago +1

    Don't come to Ireland. The government is favoring tourists rather than its own citizens. Almost 90 familes a month are becoming homeless.

  • Mick Kennedy
    Mick Kennedy 2 months ago

    The British Empire Colony of N.Ireland -- Irish Natives versus the racist anti-Irish British Colonist Unionist - it has nothing to do with religion, religion is used as an excuse 🗑

  • Keela
    Keela 2 months ago

    tip: don't bring kids in town at night :/
    (there's a lot of drunk people)

  • Keela
    Keela 2 months ago

    its not gala-way
    its gaul way

  • Irish Footy Vlogs
    Irish Footy Vlogs 2 months ago

    Don't forget some football stadiums!!

  • Anny Lovett
    Anny Lovett 2 months ago

    It's a super good video! I do have a couple small problems
    20 to 30 degrees is a joke!
    Not sure what the budgeting is based on but it's massive!! I've spent around 1500 for two months...
    And Basque country is NOT Celtic! (they might have similar origins according to the Celtiberian theory maybe?)

  • Zone Travel
    Zone Travel 2 months ago

    In the country of Ireland, Galway is most popular city which is well known for its natural beauty, historic places, parties, hen & stag quest and fun things to do in galway. The city is known as “The City of the Tribes”& is a gateway to the scenic areas of the county. It is an important tourist center for the tourists who visit Ireland. The city lies on the River Corrib between Lough Corrib & Galway Bay & is surrounded by County Galway. The city is a perfect package for tourists who likes to click photos of scenic views as well as for families looking to enjoy together. In addition, tourists love to see historic places city offers many iconic places. You can do so many things to enjoy in Galway but here we select eight must see places in the city tourists must visit during their visit to Galway, Ireland.

    www.thenakhil.com/2019/07/Ireland.html

  • siva voleti
    siva voleti 2 months ago

    Wonderful experience and well explained!!

  • sakamuras s
    sakamuras s 2 months ago

    i went to ireland for a couple of days, and honestly, i don't think i interacted with anyone who was actually irish. the airport staff, taxi drivers, hotel staff, restaurant waiters/waitresses, shopkeepers, cashiers - all appeared to be either east european or middle eastern. food was -meh. but i'm not a big fan of fish or lamb. was a very odd experience, but perhaps i should have carried along me lucky charms.

  • Iam Irish
    Iam Irish 2 months ago

    Very well done video. My recall is that you "never tip the man behind the stick", meaning the person serving your beer. Is that still the case?