March 6, 2020 – With St. Patrick’s Day approaching, eyes (Irish and otherwise) are on Ireland as a top travel destination as well as inspiration for annual green-clad celebrations here locally. Whether you’re headed to Ireland or staying stateside to celebrate, AAA is “going green” Thursday, March 12, with travel planning expertise, events, tips and great deals for a memorable journey to the Emerald Isle.
AAA’s free Destination Ireland travel event that will showcase Ireland’s top travel destinations. Attendees will receive travel tips and information, learn about must-see Ireland spots, and have access to exclusive event-only offers.
AAA travel experts will be on hand to answer questions and discuss Emerald Isle trips with those attending.
Destination Ireland – Free Travel Event
AAA Memorial Road, 3549 W. Memorial Rd.
Thursday, March 12, 6:00 p.m.
Space is limited, so call 405-717-8281 or visit AAA.com/Ireland to reserve your spot for the event.
With 35 million people in the United States claiming Irish ancestry, Ireland continues to be a very popular choice for American travelers, regularly rating as one of the top international travel destinations. AAA Travel agents are seeing a strong demand for booking Ireland trips for this spring and summer.
“Ireland is, for good reason, always a favorite place to travel for AAA members,” said Leslie Gamble, AAA spokeswoman. “It provides one of Europe’s best values, is easy to get around, and has authentically Irish cities and hamlets full of friendly people, great food and drink, as well as traditional music to tap your feet to.”
AAA travel agents offer these tips for the perfect Ireland vacation:
- Bring a pair of binoculars: There are marvelous vistas everywhere, so bring a pair of binoculars. You’ll want them particularly along the route of the Ring of Kerry, at the Cliffs of Mohr, and even atop the Guinness Storehouse’s “Gravity Bar” with 360-degree views of Dublin.
- Invest in a Good Camera: You’ll want to remember the brilliant colors known as the “40 shades of green” and friendly people of Ireland, so invest in a good camera.
- Research Wi-Fi: Most hotels offer Wi-Fi, so plan on using your smart phone, iPad, or other device to communicate with family and friends. Although some hotels charge for the service, this is a much cheaper way to keep in touch than making an international call (plus you can upload and share pictures). If you decide to phone or text, check with your phone provider to ensure you’ll have service internationally.
- Bring an Adaptor: Speaking of electronics, bring an adaptor to charge your gadgets. The Shelbourne in Dublin offers in-room U.S. electronic charging sources, but few other hotels do.
- Consider Accommodations: There is no “Americans with Disabilities” act in Ireland, so expect things like cobblestone streets, stone steps to climb and castles without elevators. Depending on how you choose to travel, accommodations can most certainly be made when your travel agent helps you plan in advance.
- Get a AAA Tour Book: Before you go, visit your neighborhood AAA store and pick up your international Tour Book, get advice on foreign currency solutions, get an international driving permit, and much more. Don’t have a passport? No problem, we can take your passport photos and provide application forms, too.
Additional Ireland travel, including top 10 Ireland experiences, travel tips, cruising Ireland, guided vacations and where to stay can be found at https://oklahoma.aaa.com/travel/ireland.