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Program #19446RJ
18 Days | 17 Nights
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Marlene Cordes May 27, 2014 at 01:32 PM

Arriving about 7 am on the 2nd -- anyone know where in Terminal 2 we're to meet??
JoAnn Dubrouillet May 27, 2014 at 07:10 PM

I called Road Scholar with the question & was told that we would see someone with the Road Scholar signs after we pass through immigration.
JoAnn Dubrouillet May 27, 2014 at 07:12 PM

Look forward to meeting you.
Marlene Cordes May 28, 2014 at 04:13 PM

Thanks for the comment about meeting point--I'm starting to get excited about this trip. I live in PHX, AZ and it's 107 yesterday and today.....a little rain will be wonderful!
JoAnn Dubrouillet May 28, 2014 at 05:55 PM

It's around 90 with lots of humidity here in Panama City Beach FL where I live. We may both think we've gone back to winter when we get to Ireland!


JoAnn Dubrouillet May 06, 2014 at 09:35 PM

Anyone going on the June 1-18 trip? I'll be arriving in Dublin at 8:45 a.m. on the 2nd coming from Atlanta on Delta. This is my 2nd RS trip.


TrainRyder "Barbara" Mar 22, 2014 at 11:58 PM

I'm arriving on the 30th and leaving a couple of days after the scheduled trip. Is anyone else spending extra days?
Cheryl Rieniets Mar 26, 2014 at 03:01 PM

My travel companion and I are not planning extra days. We are also 1st timers! See you there!


TrainRyder "Barbara" Mar 21, 2014 at 11:46 PM

Hello, I'm a newbie to road Scholar. the trip to Ireland will be my first.
Toni Belleranti Mar 22, 2014 at 12:02 AM

You are in for a treat. Great program; even if the weather becomes damp (quite likely) the summer days are very long:)


Toni Belleranti Mar 07, 2014 at 10:05 PM

And also, as is suggested in the Road Scholar program guides, keep photocopies of your passport and important documents/cards in another location in your luggage. I made sure I had a copy in my checked luggage as well as with me (but not in my purse-bag, under clothing) on the flights. I was amazed to see some travellers with wallets stuffed with cards: I also left at home everything I would not need, keeping minimal but needed documents.
Have a wonderful time!!


Pat Kosters Mar 07, 2014 at 04:06 PM

Just returned from Phoenix and found all these questions and great answers but one. Take an extra set of passport photos hidden in another place in case your passport is lost or stolen. Jan Hoistad mentioned the person on our trip who lost her purse. If she had taken an extra set of passport photos she would have saved hours getting replacement to get home...


Janice Hoistad Feb 26, 2014 at 01:57 PM

Tip for all...one of our travelmates had her cross body wallet/purse snatched in St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin. Wasn't even aware. Lost passport, cash and credit cards. I learned a lesson. Unless I'm going to need it, I lock passport, one credit card and excess cash in the room or hotel safe. Her flight was delayed coming home and she had no resources. Luckily the airline comped her room and meals. Good reason to have one credit card kept separate.
Leslie Wolf Feb 26, 2014 at 03:04 PM

If it was across her body, how could she be unaware? Was the strap made of material that could be easily cut? I agree that passport, cash, etc. should be kept under the clothes in a neck pouch or money belt, but I'm curious about this 'cross body wallet-purse.' Heavy cross-body bags are perfect for a notebook, poncho, camera, guidebook, purchases, water bottle, lunch, etc. It would be hard not to notice the loss of such weight around one's body.
Janice Hoistad Feb 26, 2014 at 07:24 PM

Hi Leslie, My understanding is that it was one of the small wallet type bags. This was just a one visit stop, so she may have left a bigger bag on the coach. To be honest, she's not sure how it happened and didn't discover it immediately. The Cathedral was VERY crowded that day. A lesson to always be aware, and as you suggest, valuables should maybe be worn under clothes.
Nancy Vennard Apr 15, 2014 at 04:10 PM

I have a cross body purse that has a cloth strap. I fished heavy duty picture framing wire through it to prevent the box cutter thefts.


Cheryl Rieniets Feb 25, 2014 at 09:43 PM

Thank you all - I am looking forward to the trip in May. Got everything submitted, I think. How did you all deal with money? Exchange at airport, or a US bank, use credit cards, or what?
Janice Hoistad Feb 25, 2014 at 10:32 PM

Cheryl, You will need British pounds and euros. Since almost everything is included, cash is mostly for minor souvenirs or wine/beer with dinner. My checking is with Bank of America. I ordered foeign currency before I left. I took 65 British pounds and 175 Euros. I also had minor running tabs at the hotel for beverages. : ) It was convenient to have cash when I arrived.
Toni Belleranti Feb 25, 2014 at 10:35 PM

I took with me a small amount of British pounds (Northern Ireland is part of Great Britain) and Euros, just enough to tode me over until we were near a bank. Then I used my American debit card at the bank ATM. I never went inside the bank. There is a small exchange fee; check with your bank or credit union. I
Toni Belleranti Feb 25, 2014 at 10:39 PM

The ATMs have insignia to show which bank cards they accept. I belong to a local credit union but the PLUS insignia made my debit card accepted at most ATMs in Ireland (as well as on previous trips to Italy and Croatia)
Janice Hoistad Feb 25, 2014 at 10:43 PM

If you have a hotel tab or make more significant purchases, your credit card can be used. Am Ex is not always accepted, but Visa or Mastercard are pretty much universal. Do not change money at the airport or hotel--the rates are terrible! Make yourself a little "cheatsheet" of what the currency is worth in dollars, so you know what the real cost is , e.g. 5 euros = $.
Toni Belleranti Feb 25, 2014 at 11:00 PM

The debit cards should also show either VISA or Mastercard insignia. Whatever you do, don't bring travelers checks. They are outdated and rarely accepted.
Leslie Wolf Feb 26, 2014 at 12:31 AM

Be sure to use your DEBIT card at the ATMs, never your Credit card! Credit cards are good for purchases, but not for getting actual cash.
TrainRyder "Barbara" Mar 21, 2014 at 11:50 PM

also, be sure your bank knows when and where you'll be traveling. My credit union is very protective.


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