Top Travel Tips for Dublin
1. Don’t forget your passport.
2. Remember to notify all your credit card companies (including corporate) that you will be
traveling overseas. Otherwise they may suspect fraud and decline charges.
3. Use your ATM card to get euros overseas and use credit card whenever possible. No traveler’s
checks needed. Just check networks your bank belongs to on the back of your ATM card. STAR
and others are international.
4. Bring walking shoes – Dublin is flat, compact and easily walkable. Beware of cobblestone
streets- just like Annapolis. Cabs must deal with one-way streets and BAD traffic. Walk
everywhere you can.
5. LOOK BOTH WAYS BEFORE YOU CROSS THE STREET. Traffic comes from the opposite direction
and cabs, buses and others do not slow down or watch for pedestrians.
6. Watch out for pickpockets. Dublin is a very safe city, but opportunists know where the tourists
are, what they look like and that they are distracted. Do not set cameras, cell phones or other
items down, they may disappear.
7. There is 23% VAT (Value Added Tax) on EVERYTHING. If you make a large purchase (over 25
Euros I think), ask for a VAT refund slip, you can turn it in at the airport and get the money back.
8. If you use Data on your phone, keep it turned off except when downloading/sending,
9. Jetlag- do not drink (alcohol) on the plane, keep hydrated and do not sleep the first day in
Dublin. If you are a runner or similar, get a workout in as soon as possible. Eat light and do not
go to bed before 9 p.m.
10. Remember to watch the weather before we leave- 65 degrees and rainy for most of the time.
Light layers and an umbrella.
11. Luggage – watch both size and number of suitcases. Assume you will be carrying it everywhere.
12. Duty free limit is $800 per person, after that US charges tariffs on returning items.