How to prepare your trip to Ireland for a year or less
By Hebe Adventures

Ireland is known for its hospitality, so if you're looking for the true Irish experience, we'll tell you how to prepare it. Whether it is a trip for work, to learn English or to prepare a trip for your children to learn English in Ireland, in that case, a host family is the best option! Keep reading until the end and we will give you the keys to successfully prepare your stay with a hosting family in Dublin and we assure you that it will be an unforgettable experience. Living with an Irish family will give you the opportunity to improve your ability to speak the language and learn first-hand about Irish culture.

Once you've decided where you (or your kids) will be staying, it's time to start planning activities. Do you want to visit museums and historical sites, or do you prefer to be outdoors and enjoy nature? Ireland has a lot to offer, so make sure you make a list of all the things you'd like to do and see, or prepare for your children. Don't forget to include some of the festivals and cultural events that take place throughout the year.

Another important consideration to keep in mind is the budget. Ireland may seem like an expensive country, but it doesn't have to be. With a little planning, you can save money on activities and transportation. Here at Hebe Adventures, we've got loads of tips to help you save money on your trip to Ireland.

Last but not least, make sure you have all the necessary documents to travel to Ireland. If you are not a citizen of the European Union, you may need a visa, we will tell you about it later.

But before you pack your bags and catch a flight, there are a few things to keep in mind to make sure your trip is as smooth as possible. Here are some tips to prepare your trip to Ireland for a year. Take note!

  • The first thing you should do is decide what will be the best time of year to start your trip. Ireland has a variable climate, so it is important to take into account the weather during your stay. If you plan to visit Ireland during the summer, then you must be prepared for the heat and humidity. However, if you plan to visit Ireland during the winter, then you must be prepared for cold and snow. It is important to consider the weather before you pack your bags, as this will help you determine what type of clothing to bring.

  • Once you have decided when to visit Ireland, it is important to make sure you have all the necessary paperwork in order. If you do not have a passport, then you will need to apply for one. If you are a citizen of the European Union, you will not need a passport, since with your national identity document you will be able to access the country.

  • You will also need to make sure you have the correct currency to go to Ireland. The currency in Ireland is the euro, so you should make sure you have enough euros to cover all your expenses during your stay, this in the event that in your country of origin the euro is not the official currency or you start your trip from another country that has another currency.

  • In addition, it is important to take into account the payment methods in Ireland. Most places will accept credit and debit cards, but it's important to bring cash as well, as some places won't accept cards.

  • Another point to take into account before traveling to Ireland is the telephone prefix. The area code for Ireland is 353, so you'll need to make sure you have the correct area code before calling any phone number in the country. It is also important that you think about whether you need to change your number during that year. If you plan to use your mobile phone during your stay in Ireland, for example to be located there for study or work, then you will need to ensure that you have a suitable mobile data plan. On the other hand, if you don't intend to use your mobile phone much, then you may not want to consider this option.

  • Finally, depending on the purpose for which you make your stay in Ireland, you should think about whether it is necessary to open a bank account there. If you are going to use your debit or credit card during your stay linked to an account in your country of origin, then you will not need to open a bank account in Ireland. However, if you want to use cash or perhaps deposit it into your account because during that time you will be working there, then we recommend that you check the conditions for opening a bank account in the country.

It is also necessary that you think about your stay well in advance, since we consider it to be one of the most important points to take into account before your trip. It is necessary that you reserve the stay for the entire duration of your trip, in this way you will not have surprises or the uncertainty of how or where the next accommodation will be. Knowing the area in advance will help you solve some of your doubts and familiarize yourself with the place that will be your home during that year. We also recommend that you get hold of the most important telephone numbers or addresses in the area, such as health services, the police or emergencies in general. We always hope not to have to use them, but they are contacts that, in any case, we must have.

On the other hand, for those of you who are thinking that such long trips are not what you are looking for for your children, here we have the perfect solution. Sometimes a short period of time is enough, we can even take advantage of the summer to dedicate it to something as important as learning another language. Our summer courses in English abroad may be what suits your needs.

Perhaps having an immersive linguistic experience with a hosting family Dublin is what you are looking for for your children. We, as experts that we are, know the importance of previously knowing the Dublin homestay where you will stay, so we put you in contact with your host family before the trip takes place. On our website you can find all the information related to the process.

Good prior communication with the host family can be crucial to start your children's stay successfully. It will help you to get to know each other a little better before the meeting takes place and to understand the needs and expectations.

That is all! If you follow these tips, you will be well on your way to planning the trip of your dreams or that of your children to Ireland. Are you ready to start your adventure?

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