You’d be forgiven for thinking that a visit to Ireland in this year might be something of a field trip to the heart of recession.
As well as being dragged down by world events, years of feckless management of our home economy has left the country firmly in the doldrums.
Endless stories of layoffs or people lining up for food parcels or stuck in unsalable homes jostle for space in the newspapers. It doesn’t conjure up a very pretty picture.
But clichés are clichés for a reason and this dark cloud definitely has a silver lining.
In fact here are 7 good reasons why the recession doesn’t matter and may even be a very good thing for people planning a trip to Ireland this year.
- Accommodation is cheaper
2 nights for the price of 3 is available pretty much everywhere and if you ask for a deal you’ll almost certainly get one.
- Food is Cheaper
Restaurants are increasingly offering all inclusive menus at a very attractive price, or a free dessert or glass of wine.
- Service is Better
The indifference or even rudeness to the customer that was so prevalent in the boom years is gone. In stores, restaurants, hotels and just about everywhere the customer is king again.
- People have more time
Ok, so they may do a lot of moaning about the economy, but people seem to have more time to just stop and talk. The urgency and constant rushing of the last decade has definitely slowed down.
- Places are less crowded
Every tourism body is confidently predicting lower numbers this year – which means shorter lines and smaller crowds at all of the popular tourist destinations.
- There are sales everywhere…
… all the time. Stroll though the shopping area of any town or city and you’ll see window after window festooned with signs offering bargains. And many are genuinely good deals.
- Getting around is easier
Trains are less full and roads (a little) less crowded. Raise a hand for a taxi and you are likely to find a half dozen of them racing to get to you first.