7 Tips for Your First Trip to Ireland

7 Tips for Your First Trip to Ireland

Ireland is a country with incredible scenery, delicious food, super friendly people, and lots of things to see and do so it’s no wonder that it is a dream tourist destination for so many people. Ireland is ideal for couples, families, and solo travelers, and of course those with Irish heritage. Ireland is an amazing country with a lot of culture and heritage, but it can also be daunting for the first-timer.

From local food to local language, packing tips to Pub etiquette, Galway to Dublin, and everything else, it’s best to know before visiting Ireland for the first time. This list will give you some pointers for your trip to Ireland so you know what to expect!

 

  1. Ireland has a wealth of ancient monuments, ruins, and landmarks that deserve exploration. Visit them all! There are many things Ireland is popular for, but some of the most notable are the striking natural landmarks and the stunning man-made monuments. Called the Emerald Island due to the green hue that covers it, Ireland is covered with famous castles, bustling cities, beautiful natural settings, ancient and recent monuments. To explain better, one such place is the Giant’s Causeway. Located in Northern Ireland, this is another UNESCO Heritage site in Emerald Ireland and is very popular for its weird-looking hexagonal rock columns. There are roughly 40,000 of these interlocking basalt columns, resulting from an ancient volcanic eruption. It is a truly unique place and a very enjoyable one to visit with family. The walk along the shore to the rocks is stunning. Being able to simply hop from one basalt column to the other, and contemplating this geological wonder is a remarkable experience.
  1. Remember that this is not Disney World: This place is quite real and can be quite strict on alcohol consumption (there are penalties if caught). Please try to please drink responsibly.
  2. Dublin and the surrounding areas are not Ireland. Ireland is the rest of the country, including the beautiful countryside, coastline, and cities that most tourists don’t know about (i.e., Galway). Spend your time exploring other parts of the country and you will be well rewarded!
  3. Driving in Ireland can be a bit hairy for newbies. If you haven’t driven a stick in a while, take it slowly and learn the best way to drive to avoid potential mishaps.
  4. Plan your trip ahead of time especially if you’re flying into Dublin. Make sure you know when the buses run and when they do not, as getting around can be difficult without them (and the taxis can be pricey).
  5. Expect hot weather in Ireland during the summer months. Bring sunscreen! The summer days grow longer and you can expect more daylight and stunning late crimson sunsets with moderate to warm temperatures. Here, summers are much drier and everyone seems happier; however, you can still expect rain and wind, so be prepared.
  6. Go for guided tours for specific activities

 

Sometimes while traveling to distant places tourists stay away from guided tours because they don’t know if it’s really important. In Ireland, we recommend taking guided tours as they are beneficial in order to go to places that are a bit out of the way, give you plenty of vital information and tips about the sights, and you only have to pay one cost. Guided tours offer diverse options at a variety of prices, which is definitely a benefit. But don’t always jump to something more expensive, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better.

Ireland is home to the friendliest people, quaint towns, breath-taking sceneries, and endless amounts of beer and once you experience, it, leaving can seem nearly impossible. We at TravelGooru, work by the motto to help you make your travel easy. We keep reading interesting posts about traveling and expand our horizons to meet your expectations.

At TravelGooru, we help with all the logistics that precede international travel. We are here to make all your reservations, compare the costs of various flights and hotels to make sure that you get the best deal. We search, compare, and save on your travel expense. If you wish to take a trip to Ireland anytime soon and are scared of the process, you can simply contact us. We will make sure that your trip is one filled with pleasure bereft of the stress of planning.

 

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10 of the Most Beautiful Places in Canada for Spectacular Views

Canada is a massive country with picturesque splendor on a splendid scale. From Atlantic to Pacific, and the U.S. border to the Arctic, splendor is always on display. Here’s a detailed collection of what are the most stunning places in Canada for spectacular views.

 

1. Chesterman Beach 

In Tofino is regarded as one of the finest beaches on the West Coast. Stunning geography enables the visitors to walk out to Frank Island at low tide with varieties of tide pools to explore. The sand spit reaching out to the island divides the beach into two creatively stunning sections.

 

2. Lunenburg, Nova Scotia 

This is one of the prettiest small towns in Canada and a registered UNESCO World Heritage Site. Settled by the Britishers and developed by Swiss, German, and French Protestants, most of the town’s buildings are dated between the 18th and 19th centuries. The distinct buildings are well-known for their stunning pastel shades and their ‘Lunenburg Bump’, a detailed second-floor dormer window that hangs over the first floor. This historic town is home to numerous craft shops, boutiques, and art galleries.

 

3. Manitoba 

Travelers adore the idea of watching polar bears from a vehicle or ship. The Sea River Heritage Lodge, accessible via a half-hour flight journey from Churchill to the Subarctic Tundra on the coast of Hudson Bay, takes visitors on walks twice routinely to look at polar bears in the wild at eye level. It’s the only walking safari of its kind in beautiful Manitoba.

 

4. Niagara Falls 

We understand that is commercialized and crowded but you must know that it’s a natural wonder that requires to be experienced with stunning views. Take it all in from high viewpoints, from a helicopter circling above, or even from below the deck of a boat. Never let the crowds bother you, just visit and happily enjoy the view.

 

5. Vancouver from the water 

One of the most stunning cities in the entire world is best viewed from the water. It would be best to rent a kayak or canoe and prepare to be amazed. It’s easy to observe why Vancouver has been consistently ranked as one of the most stunning cities on the planet. Vancouver Island on the opposite side is beautiful in the setting sun.

 

6. Alberta 

Alberta precisely attracts the history buffs among you. in the prairies and cliffs of the Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park’s Milk River valley is the largest concentration of First Nature petroglyphs and pictographs of North America. This includes historical pictures of plants, humans, and animals, sketched on sandstone with bison bones and painted with natural dyes of bison fat and red ochre.

 

7. Rideau Canal, Ottawa, Ontario 

It is a fact that the city of Ottawa hosts the world’s largest natural skating rink at seven kilometers long. Strapping on some skates and twisting in the Rideau Canal Skateway is a brilliant way to enjoy the winter. 

 

8. Signal Hill 

Catch some of the finest views of the Atlantic anywhere from the iconic Cabot Tower and along the North Head Trail. See the place where Marconi fetched the first trans-Atlantic radio signal in 1901. The houses clinging to the hillside embody the Newfoundland spirit gracefully.

 

9. Monts-Valin National Park, Saguenay  

You can see snow for miles and miles, on a mountain that’s been eroded over time and has breath-taking points. The stunning motifs of the Monts-Valin have nearly fifteen peaks over 800 meters high. Its brilliant snow offers it a privileged status among skiers and snows hoers. 

 

10. The Northwest Territory 

This is one of the few places in the world where you can observe the Aurora borealis or the stunning northern lights. It will definitely be one of the magical moments of your life. The best time to visit the place would be from August to October and December to April. 

 

With this list of major places to visit in Canada, you now have a small base for an itinerary. Canada is a land that will fill you with wonders at every turn and you must definitely go explore it. If you desire to see all of these amazing places in Canada, connect with us at Travel Gooru today. We help clients search for cheap hotels and rental cars at their vacation destination. We instantly compare prices and provide precise details to make it easy for our clients.

Travel Gooru Blogs - How to Fly Over Bagan in A Hot-Air Balloon

How to Fly Over Bagan in A Hot-Air Balloon

A quick search of Bagan and what it has to offer yields pictures and images of the exquisite sunrise with colorful hot-air balloons dotting the horizon, gliding over pagodas that have stood tall for millennia.

 

Are you having trouble with making up your mind as to whom to book? Worry not, we will help you decide whether or not it is worth it.

 

Is Ballooning over Bagan Everything that it is cracked up to be?

These days it is next to impossible to get an aerial view of Bagan as climbing the temples is not allowed anymore. Moreover, the drone laws are ambiguous at best as to whether or not operating drones are allowed. It is, however, best not to take any chances as it is generally frowned upon and their numerous signs prohibiting it. That leaves you with two choices, either to take in the view on the watchtower that is crowded on the best of days or to experience the heady magic that only gently gliding over the city in a hot-air balloon will allow you to enjoy. Not only will you get a bird’s eye of the city, but you will also have the unmatchable experience of floating over the temples and witnessing the glorious sunrise at dawn. The only thing that might discourage you from opting for this one-of-a-kind experience is the price. The 45-minute-long flights costs approximately $350 per head. Then again, you can’t really put a price on an experience such this one; it is priceless.

 

Booking Tips

Primarily, there are 3 companies that offer hot-air balloon rides over the city of Bagan. These are Golden Eagle, Oriental Ballooning and Balloons over Bagan. While all of them have glowing reviews and recommendations, and the ride and everything that is part of the experience is priced roughly the same, it is important to note that Balloons over Bagan’s hot-air balloons are almost always the last ones to take off. Another thing to keep in mind is that they only operate from early October to early April, which is the dry season. Also, make sure to book your hot-air balloon ride in advance, as it is an experience that is much sought after and tends to get booked out way before the last date mentioned.

 

The Hot-air Balloon Experience and What it Entails:

The hot-air balloon tour includes a pick-up at your hotel a little before dawn, around 5 a.m., and hot coffee or tea with cookies to nibble on, before take-off. Depending on whether you have chosen the cheaper option or the more expensive option, you will either be traveling with 11 people, excluding yourself or sharing the basket space with 7 other people. The duration of the ride is around 45 minutes and take-off occur just as the sun begins to appear on the horizon.

 

Want to book yourself a hot-air balloon ride? Wondering how to go about booking tickets and making reservations? Never fear, Travel Gooru is here! Find all the travel information you need and compare prices for hotels, flights, and car rentals. For more articles on traveling, visit our travel blog now!

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10 Destinations to Escape the Cold this Winter

Wouldn’t it be the best if you could spend your Christmas and New Year under the sun in flip-flops and a skater dress or a swimsuit instead of being all decked up in fluffy and full sweaters? We all deserve an amazing vacation of the sun and beach and visiting during the winter would be the best time. Take advantage of your Christmas holidays to escape to one of these warm destinations to avoid the cold this winter. 

Bahamas 

The weather in the Bahamas is always a green signal if you desire to escape the cold. Wear your flip-flops and enjoy nature in full swing. Though we recommend you not to visit between July and October as the hurricane season goes on in full swing. 

Morocco 

This is the best place to be if you desire to enjoy the heat of North America. We recommend that you must visit Marrakesh and Fez so that you can enjoy the souks and we are sure that the beauty of the medians would surprise you. 

Bali 

Only January is wet and cold in Bali otherwise this destination is a heaven for vacation. Enjoy your Christmas and New Year by surfing on the West Coast. 

Dubai 

This is one destination which is far from the rains and cold and it is best to explore the city during Christmas and New Year. Get a picture with the tallest building in the world and immerse yourself in the luxury of the Arab Emirates. 

Thailand 

The best time to visit Thailand is Winters so that you can enjoy the night party life of Bangkok or even enjoy the great weather at the beaches like Koh Chang and Koh Lanta.

Seychelles 

Seychelles is a large gigantic island with a stunning beach and the right place for you to be to escape the cold. The crystal-clear water with the sandy beaches, coral reef, and a swim during the blissful weather are sure to win your hearts.  

Hawaii 

Hawaii is definitely the place to visit if you desire to go for an adventure and avoid the cold. You can divulge in trekking, hiking and lots of other thrilling activities. Visit Hawaii and enrich the local culture and easily escape the winters. 

Mauritius

This is a city of its own beauty where the weather is perfect to escape the cold and touch the summer love. Enrich the deep-sea fishing and do some scuba diving to embrace your soul in an ultimate manner. 

Jordan 

Jordan is one city that would be loved by those individuals who seek the sun, sea, and desert altogether. Make the most of it while visiting the popular city of Petra and the red desert of Wadi Rum. 

South Africa 

Explore Johannesburg and Cape Town, in the moderate weather along the southern coast of Africa. You will love nature and also get to experience the South African culture in full swing. 

To get more information or to get on board to go to these amazing destinations, connect with Travel Gooru where we have suitable flight offers for you so that you can easily live your dreams without burning your pocket. 

 

Travel Gooru Blogs 1 - How to Travel the World Living Out of a Backpack

How to Travel the World Living Out of a Backpack

Whoever came up with the phrase ‘travel light’ had probably never envisaged a person travelling, and the world no less, so light that they end up living out of a backpack. But no matter what anyone says, travelling the world out of a backpack is definitely a huge learning experience – one which takes a lot of courage. A lot of experienced backpackers recommend that everyone must have this experience at least once in their lifetime.

So, if you are looking for some adventure in your life which involves travelling the world living out of a backpack but have not the first clue as to how to go about it, then don’t worry since that is exactly what we are going to be talking about – how to travel the world living out of a backpack. So, read along and start jotting down the important points!

 

Prepare a List of Things

First things firsts, it is very important that you prepare a list of all the basic essentials which you will be needing to have a proper ‘living out of backpack’ experience. Typically, your list should include the following:

1. Getting yourself a bag!

The very first thing that your list should mention is getting yourself the right bag. Remember, when buying the right bag for backpacking, it needs to be the right combination of light yet sturdy.

 

2. Recognise all the gadgets you will need

Depending on where you are travelling, you must carry all the necessary gadgets. This may include the universal travel adaptor, locks for your luggage, etc.

 

3. Clothes and other items

When deciding what clothes to keep, your mantra should be ‘less is more.’ During this process, it is best to ask yourself the question ‘will I even look at it during my travels?’ if your answers range from no to maybe, then that article of clothing should not make your list.

 

Rules to follow when you live out of a backpack

1. Best to leave space

When travelling out of a backpack, it is highly recommended that your backpack isn’t full to the brim. It is best to travel light and leave space for all the things you may collect during your travels.

 

2. Remember to have a ‘day bag’

Always keep a small day bag with you handy, just in case you feel like exploring the town you are staying in without having the weight of your travel backpack weighing you down.

 

3. Be organised

This is the most important rule of backpacking around the world – be extremely organised. Your organisational skills will be the only things that will help you during your globetrotting travels.

 

If you want access to reviews about all the places you can visit, the hotels you can stay in or the cars you can rent – all of which available at a budget friendly – then Travel Gooru has all this and much more! So, go check out Travel Gooru right away!