Thursday, April 4, 2013

Travel help needed!

My vacation request was finally approved yesterday, so that means just over one month until I leave for Ireland!! I am flying to Ontario to meet up with my mom, her friend and her daughter. Then we fly into Dublin for 8 days of touring around different cities to see different castles. So, so excited because I have never taken a trip like this. 



Since I have never packed for a trip like this, I thought I'd turn to my wise readers to see if anyone can suggest things that I must bring {already have the umbrella!} or the best things to pack clothes wise. I know comfortable clothes are a must for the long flights and for the travelling around, but other than that I am lost. I always said I would never own a pair, but I am thinking of buying myself a pair of Toms. I just figure that they'd be easy to pack and great for touring around. What is the best place to buy a pair?

For those of you who have been to Ireland, is there any MUST see/do things if we have the chance? I'd love to hear what you've done and enjoyed.


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  1. Honestly when I was in Europe and walked everywhere there were two things I would have really regretted not having - running shoes - anything else will be uncomfortable after days of walking! And a light rain type coat. Not sure the weather there right now but when I was in Europe in April there were many grey and rainy days!

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  2. I was actually going to suggest TOMS since they are so comfortable and you can wear them with lots! I bought my last pair at Aritzia but I have seen them at a lot of those places in the mall that sell brands like Roxy, Billabong, etc...
    I can't wait to hear all about your trip. Ireland is on my list for sure

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  3. THIS is on my vacation list for this year! Why is everyone going but me?! *cries*

    Do you read Peanut Butter Fingers? She just got back from Ireland/England this week, so you might find some interesting things that her readers suggested. She put out a call of things to do, etc. and a crap ton of people read her blog, so you'll probably find some good ideas! www.peanutbutterfingers.com

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  4. I'm definitely jealous - Ireland is on my places to see. I'm sure you're going to have a great time.

    My only suggestion would be comfy shoes cause you'll most likely be walking lots. And make sure you wear them in before you go if you're getting new ones.

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  5. I'll jump on my soap box temporarily and say - buy a pair of knock off Toms that don't follow the buy one/donate one business model. In many cases it hurts rather than helps the economy where the shoes are donated.

    I think Danica over at ChicRunner went to Ireland on her honeymoon - you could check out her recaps. (or maybe it was just England? but i feel like Ireland was involved)

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  6. Wow!! A trip to Ireland!?? Amazing!! It's my dream destination!! How are you guys going to be getting around down there? Renting a car or going through a tour? I think I'd be to nervous to drive around over there! xo

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  7. YAY it got approved!!! SO happy for you. Leigh in Toms!!! You hate Toms!!!! :)
    It will be an amazing trip!!

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  8. You should go to the Target while in Ontario and buy a pair of Tom look a likes for less than half price. They are comfy and you opulent be buying "toms". Sounds like a great trip!!

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  9. I went to Ireland in 2006. We flew into Shannon and left from Dublin. We stayed in B&Bs the whole time. We spent a few nights in Bunratty and drove up to Galway for a day-trip. Them]n we stayed out on the Ring of Kerry in Cahersiveen and drove around ROK and out to Valentia Island. Followed that with a drive over to Waterford and ended in Dublin.

    I would say that the ROK/Valentia Island was probably my favorite - it was nice to drive around/along the coast line - so pretty. My other favorite part were the tiny pubs we'd come across in the random towns we stayed in. Everyone is so friendly. You'll have a wonderful time.

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  10. How fun! Ireland is BEAUTIFUL! I studied abroad there in college and it was amazing! Do you know what cities you will all be going to? Dublin is great, visit the Jameson Distillery, Trinity College, and Temple Bar! The Cliffs of Moher are beautiful and a MUST see if you can!

    Kilkenny Castle is a great one!

    I spent a lot of time in Belfast which is a beautiful city with LOTS of history. It is where all of the conflict between Protestants and Catholics errupted.

    As far as things to bring, just make sure you have lots of layers. It seemed like it rained almost every day that I was there but only for a little while. If you have comfortable boots, I would wear those. That's what almost everyone there wears!

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  11. Ireland sounds awesome! It's #1 on my list of places to go. Will and I were planning on heading there this summer, but his brother and my best friend rudely planned their weddings at the same time we were going to go ;) haha we will get there some day, and I will definitely be looking for tips from you when we do!

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  12. I don't have many tips but I will say that I used to hate Toms and thought they were so ugly, but I LOOOVE walking around in them. I asked for a pair for christmas and absolutely love them! I hear they're coming out with ballet flats soon and can't wait!

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  13. Ah, Leigh, this is so exciting! I think comfy clothes are a must and DEFINITELY comfy shoes. I took a pair of lighter running shoes and some dorky, comfyish Keen shoes. You will do a ton of walking so it's important. Layered options are great - camisoles, cardigans, light zip ups, a dress, etc and of course some kind of jacket because it will get cold. I can't wait to read your recap of the trip. We're just starting to think about our Europe honeymoon (in a year). Love the planning and anticipation of a trip like this.

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  14. My biggest recommendation is ROLL your clothes instead of folding them, you'll get way more "bang for your buck" in terms of space used.

    Also take notes for me because Eric and I are hoping to do a Scotland/Ireland trip next spring so I'll have to quiz you when you're back :)

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  15. I love Ireland! I would say definitely pack sneakers or Toms, something you won't mind being in a lot! Ireland is a beautiful country for just walking around/enjoying. In Dublin, some of the things you may want to see (Trinity, churches, Guiness Factory etc) are spread out, so I liked a tour bus for this city, one of the hop on hop off ones was perfect for us. Outside of Dublin there are so many fun small towns- I loved Kilkenny and Kenmare. Ardmore is a really awesome beach town- the water looks like the Carribean, not Ireland! I also loved Dingle Peninsula. We skipped the Ring of Kerry in favor of it and since I didn't do both I can't compare but I loved Dingle. It's a crazy drive (one lane roads sometimes) but the town is really cool and it's just beautiful and crazy cliffs.
    As for clothes, Ireland was pretty casual so I brought mostly just jeans, sweaters and sweatshirts. It never gets super warm especially this time of year so you will probably want a warmer jacket too but obviously check the weather for that :) I definitely wore layers and I was there in August both times!

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  16. Yay for vacation approval! What would have happened if they didn't approve your request and your tickets are booked? That would have sucked!

    I haven't been to Ireland but from my experience travelling around Europe you want comfy, yet flattering shoes. I brought running shoes but I chose fashion over comfort and refused to wear my running shoes unless I was running. They don't look right with my jeans so I suffered by wearing shoes that were too small for me (I didn't realize it until I wore them all day touring 4 museums in Paris and I ended up with a black toe nail). I wish I had Toms or something similar that were ridiculously comfortable but weren't running shoes.

    Layer! Bring a rain type jacket, a couple sweaters, shirts, one nice outfit (fancy dinner?), scarves (change up a basic outfit plus they add warmth). Your straightener will probably need a plug converter so keep that in mind. I ended up not really doing my hair most days since it just got destroyed in the wind so I would put a side braid and not worry about it being all fancy curled. Nice enough that it doesn't look horrible in pictures but low maintenance so you aren't spending hours doing it each day.

    I wore lululemon on the plane. I wanted to be comfortable!

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  17. i'm going to the states this weekend - want something to take with us.... can't wait.

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  18. Yay! How exciting!! Comfortable shoes are so important. Besides that I would pack layers so you can adjust based on the weather. I would maybe bring a couple of empty shopping bags with you for any clothes that get wet because if you are moving from place to place, they might not dry and you won't want soggy clothes stinking up your suitcase. ;)

    I have never been to Ireland but I have heard great things. My high school boyfriend went there when we were in HS and he loved the Cliffs of Mohr (sp?).

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