As you can imagine, I’ve been working 'round the clock recently assisting clients with refunds, rescheduling and cancellations of everything from the quick 4-day getaways to Mexico, to rearranging entire wedding groups, as well as, month-long European adventures.
Throughout these last couple of months, as the situation has continued to evolve, I’ve noticed significant differences in vendor/supplier responses and treatment towards their guests, travel partners and staff members.
As a result, it’s made me appreciate the additional levels of security, protection, and options that are available when choosing to work with vendors that are stable enough to provide most (if not all) components for a lengthy multi-destination adventure versus securing each individual travel component with multi-vendors.
As a small business owner, I strongly believe in supporting the local communities and businesses abroad when I travel, but it’s important to understand that when working with a larger vendor, it doesn’t actually mean that you’re choosing “big business” over small and local.
Quality vendors, partner with locals in the community to ensure that they help the local economies and people, in addition to providing travelers with an immersive local experience.
To this end, I want to shine a spotlight on the “tour” experiences offered for multi-destination vacations. There are still a lot of misconceptions about taking tours, and the most common one is that a tour is squeezing onto a bus with a group of strangers and being driven past sights to snap some pictures before quickly moving on to the next place.
While those kinds of tours do exist and can be the right choice for some, there are a multitude of other ways to take advantage of the tour benefits while maintaining the flexibility of independent travel. You want to ensure that your trip is protected and that you work with the suppliers who have your best interest at heart!
Road Trip Irish Style
Can you imagine anything more romantic than a road trip with the one you love? No? Okay - what about a road trip on the Emerald Isle? An Irish road trip is the ideal romantic getaway for couples and I'd like to share with you why this should be your next lover's escape!
Longest road trip in the world
A road trip from Donegal to Cork and you have officially gone on the longest single road route in the world. Along the Wild Atlantic Way you'll enjoy upwards of 150 landmarks. The scenery will be stunning and the coastline awe-inspiring. Take your time over several days so that you can see as much on the route as possible.
It's a camper's paradise
RV and camping enthusiasts will love the trip. Travel to the Dingle Peninsula and it will feel as though you've made it to the spot where the world ends. At Dunmore Head you'll find yourself at the westernmost point of Europe’s main land. The astounding coastline could stir romance into any two love birds a midst the glorious sunsets. Then, once the moon is shining take advantage if the still of the night sleeping under the stars after a stroll along the beach.
Live out some movie romance
Wicklow Mountains National Park is the perfect place for a stroll with your partner. The array of nature’s gifts on display here will all but leave you speechless. You'll feel as though you've stepped onto the set of a romantic flick. Because of this it probably won't surprise you that romantic scenes have been shot here including a scene from the Valentine's Day film “P.S. I Love you” where Gerard Butler and Hilary Swank's character have their first encounter. Re-create your perfect romantic scene and fall in love all over again.
Take your love to the royal level
The enchanted castles of Ireland will have you and your prince or princess swooning in no time. Castle Leslie, Ballynahinch Castle, Johnstown Castle and Ross Castle are just a few among the many medieval charms that await.
Well, you won't want it to end anyway. The beauty of such a road trip is that the adventure is a creation of your own. The Irish landscape is endowed with features that will not let you down. Whether you stop on the way for a quick meal at a fabulous eatery or to see a coastline attraction, you can rest assured that on this trip, you are bound to have many memorable moments.
Want to learn more about the Irish adventures that await you? Give us a call at 913-244-9195