This Is How A Personal Finance Expert Books A Trip To Ireland

Jill Krasny

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Months ago, I decided that turning 30 merited more than the requisite dinner and crying in my room. This called for adventure! And after saving up my pennies, I decided to take a gamble on one of the most magical places on earth: Ireland.

Read on as I explain how I pulled off the trip of a lifetime, in style and on budget. 

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title=”On Day 4, I hopped a roundtrip bus ride to Galway ($25/29 euros), a beautiful city on Ireland’s west coast. For 30 euros a night, I stayed at a B&B just steps from this jaw-dropping landscape.”
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