So, everyone is talking about the latest buzz word “Staycation” but what does it mean exactly to Staycation in Ireland.
Are you “Staying” while “going”?
Can you bring your furry canine pal?
Is it as good as a foreign holiday? Will I be bored? Is it entertaining enough for the kids? Is it expensive? How do I find the perfect place?
There are as many answers as questions and from my own experience and conversations with family and friends over the last few weeks, there are a few tips to make the whole experience more fun than frustrating.
“Staycation” simply means you are going to holiday in your home country.
If you do decide to holiday in Ireland this year Embrace the Adventure 😊
From my own research and experiences there is so much fun to be had and memories to be made in our beautiful country!
Benefits Of Your Staycation in Ireland
#1. So Many Places to Go!
From staying in an old country cottage in Donegal to sleeping in a “Yurt” (Glamping) in Galway to a Horse trekking holiday in Kerry or maybe you would love to be near the sea in Wexford and bring your pet along or soak up some history and culture in Dublin while enjoying the reopening of many world class restaurants.
Failte Ireland has relaunched its “DiscoverIreland.ie” website and it is a one-stop shop for holidays at home, showcasing the wealth of things to see and do across Ireland.
Pet Friendly locations are also easy to find! And we have lots of Dog Friendly Cafes you can visit.
Interest in new and off the beaten track experiences and activities is soaring and everything you need to know, you will find on this website, which has also been improved to be more mobile user friendly.
Social distancing has become our new normal and as you travel around the country you will find local businesses still have the famous Irish welcome, while adhering to the Covid-19 regulations.
#2. Peace of Mind!
Failte Ireland has also launched the “Covid-19 Safety Charter” to clearly show us that a premises we are visiting is safe. The “Safety badge” offers reassurance and confidence that you can enjoy your visit safely as the restaurant, hotel, tourist attraction is following the recommended public health guidelines and their staff have completed Covid-19 safety and hygiene control training.
#3. Catch Up with Family!
Another benefit of holidaying in your own country is that you now have the opportunity to catch up with family as you are touring around.
My parents were both born in the West of Ireland and living in Dublin I love getting a chance to meet up with my family as I travel.
#4. Government Incentive!
The Government are keen to encourage us to holiday at home this year and have created an incentive.
The new “staycation voucher” offers a tax refund of up to €125 to consumers who spend around €600 on accommodation, food or non-alcoholic beverages.
Tips To Find Your Perfect Staycation in Ireland
#1. Online travel agents
Online Travel Agents are still one of the most popular ways to book your holiday.
Airbnb.ie and Booking.com have two of the largest listings for holiday locations in Ireland.
There has been some recent panic however, when it has appeared that everything is already booked out, when you go to find the perfect place for you.
No worries, there are other ways to find new and exciting locations.
#2. Go Direct
In the current Covid-19 climate you will often find better offers going directly to the hotel or holiday home provider you are interested in.
A quick call can help find you the availability you are looking for too.
Wexford is notoriously difficult to find availability in at this time of year and this is even more so in the current climate.
We made a call to a holiday village we had stayed in a couple of years ago and have just returned refreshed and re-energised after inhaling what felt like a year’s quota of sea air, on beach walks along the coast, near Hook Head.
My dog Tiny adored sprinting up and down along the beaches, “Baginbun Beach” was a definite favourite and our dog friendly accommodation at Hookless Holiday Village, meant we could all relax and enjoy with our canine pals.
Getting special attention on one of our lunch outings when the waitress brought Tiny out his own dog bone shaped bowl of cool water on a warm afternoon, was also a culinary highlight, for his human family.
Check out our Pet Lovers Guide To Wexford with lots of resources you can check out.
#3. Google search
A friend of mine had her heart set on Donegal but could not find any availability, for what she was looking for on the usual sites.
She found her perfect cottage hideaway by simply typing “Donegal cottages” in her google search bar.
Check out our Pet Lovers Guide to Donegal if you are planning to travel there.
“Glamping” (glamorous camping) has become very popular in Ireland and my sister recently found a hidden gem in the West of Ireland.
When they first checked with agents there was no availability, so they went back to basics and simply googled “Glamping in Ireland” . They wanted an adventure for the family and discovered “Yurt camping”.
Yurts originate from Mongolia and are made from timber. A wooden frame forms the circular wall with decorated poles pointing skyward to the centre window at the top (perfect for stargazing at night).
A “Yurt” is an experience not easily beaten for cosiness and comfort… With soft furnishings, large scatter cushions, beanbags, real beds and a log-burning stove.
An added bonus was they managed to find a “pet friendly” Yurt called “Yurty & the Tramp”.
“Eco Cabins” may suit you better if you are planning a longer stay or are planning a holiday with a larger group.
Probably best to start with Failte Ireland “Discover Ireland”…there are so many ideas to inspire you:
Feeling Adventurous… check out all the “Glamping” options Ireland has to offer:
Fun for all the family on horseback:
Pet Friendly Holiday Homes near the sea:
Staycation 2020 Ireland
So, as you can see there is no need to feel you are missing out, if you decide to stay in Ireland this year, for your holidays.
There are so many different styles of holidays to choose from that you will be spoilt for choice.
Go alone, with friends, with your pets, with your family!
Relax and enjoy or experience the adventure of a lifetime!
Whatever you decide.
Embrace Your Perfect Staycation in Ireland in 2020! And if you need a Pet Sitter then call us on Freephone 1800 303010 or 087 7453847