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Christmas and the days leading up to the holiday are a magical time to visit Ireland, according to Siobhan Byrne Learat, founder of Adams & Butler, a Dublin-based company selling trips to Ireland.
"The Irish go all out for Christmas with décor and celebrations, and the mood is cheerful and generous," she said. "And over the years, it has become more of a cultural holiday for us than a religious one."
Ms. Learat said that while pubs and restaurants throughout the country are full of revelers, hotels have a lull in business, which means that enticing, amenity-inclusive deals abound for a Christmas-themed Ireland getaway.
When traveling, most of us try to find the best deals for hotels. Hotels and lodging options often take a big bite out of your travel budget but finding deals are usually quite a challenge. Going through many comparison websites just to find the best deal can be time-consuming, though the worst part can be the fluctuating prices.
The main reason why it's nearly impossible to pin down that elusive good deal is that those comparison websites usually track the location you're accessing the site from. From this tracking, the sites give you prices based on where you browse from and demand the rate in your specific region. (Flight websites are the same, but you can also find deals on them with a VPN.)
If moving abroad were easy, everyone would be doing it, right?
With only about 35% of the American populace holding passports, I think it's safe to say that most of our knowledge of the big wide world comes from the idiot box and the internet, not from firsthand experience.
Personally, I cannot STAND it when people make incorrect assumptions about other countries. It's one of my biggest pet peeves. I have made it my life mission to encourage and help as many people, especially young people and women, to travel the world and move abroad. Hence this massive, rather long-winded blog.
Whether it's from movies, books or TV, I feel like the image of "the rest of the world" and "moving abroad" has become so idealized and misconstrued in American media today that it's no longer relevant to the actual experience.