I know, $1700 still seems like a lot of money. But consider this:
That $1700 bought me: my plane ticket, a 5 night stay in a hostel, all of my meals, two day trips to different locations in Ireland, and ALL of the money I spent on souvenirs or other items I brought home.
Now of course, some of that money was unnecessary spending. But when you consider it, $1700 for a 6 day trip to Ireland is not bad. So I want to lowdown on how you can do a trip like that for yourself.
Booking the flight
When booking your flight, there are a few things you should do.
1) Use a private browsing window.
The cookies in your web browser track your searches. Hence, if you search for a flight to a specific destination multiple times, the prices can increase because of your frequent searching. Be sure to enable an incognito/private window when browsing for flight options frequently. Cookies are automatically reset in incognito/private browsing sessions.
2) Use Skyscanner to book your flight.
Skyscanner is my favorite way to search for cheap flights. It pulls all the cheapest flights to your location on the dates you want to go. If you know your destination, but not the exact airport you want to go to, you can type in your general location and Skyscanner will search all airports in your destination and pull the prices for each.
3) Find the cheapest day to fly out
When on Skyscanner, you can find the cheapest day to fly out in the month you'd like to depart. When searching for a flight, select "one-way" (even if you're in need of a round trip ticket, just to determine the cheapest day to fly out). Next select depart and click whole month. This will display the cheapest days of the month to fly out. After selecting your desired dates, click search and Skyscanner will search all airlines and websites to find your cheapest flight possible.
Finding a place to stay
While in Ireland, I stayed in a hostel in Dublin the whole time. It is the cheapest option and you get to meet people from all over the world! While in my hostel room, I met people from Australia, Germany, South Africa, Italy, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. Hostel's can be intimidating, but they're so much fun! I now have connections with people across the world and people that I can meet up with on future adventures.
I stayed at Abigail's Hostel while in Ireland. Abigail's is a cheap, but great hostel. They provide a free breakfast in the morning, free WiFi, free bed linens, and much more. The staff is incredibly helpful as well. They helped me book two day tours to different locations in Ireland.
Abigail's is located in Temple Bar in Dublin. Temple Bar is a major center for nightlife, shopping, and eating. There's a pub on every street and restaurants of variety, including, but not limited to: traditional Irish, Italian, American, Mexican, Japanese, and much more. There's plenty of shopping in the area, both recreational and souvenir. Temple Bar is a great place to be if you want to be in the midst of the nightlife but also in proximity to many of the tourist attractions that Dublin offers.
Tourist attractions in Dublin
Dublin has a lot to offer in terms of tourist attractions. There are many bus tours and walking tours to go on, in addition to location specific tours. While in Dublin, I toured Trinity College and the Guinness Storehouse. Other than those two specific tours, I did a lot of wandering. I explored the city by walking around and seeing things for myself. Additionally, I did a lot of research (on Pinterest) of places to visit in Dublin. Pinterest was actually a big help in my trip planning. It gave a lot of insight into where to go, where to eat, and what to do.