Just sharing with all of you of my recent trip to Dublin – Belfast and London. But first here are some FAQ that I received every time people ask about my trip.
Err, Why not?
I know very well that Ireland isn’t a favourite destination for Malaysian. Cause Malaysian ALWAYS think that London is cooler and much more instagram worthy. Kira kalau makcik tanya “I p London last week”, its a topic to be proud of, especially for these days ladies. But really, honestly speaking, there is not much to be proud of when you can travel to London. London is just London, everyone’s favourite city. I was there in 2015 for a week and well, that’s it.
I have been dreaming to go to Dublin since I was 10. Thanks to my daddy for introducing me the countryside’s pictures, the bloodshed historical events between the Republic and the Northern, the cottage houses and the scenery which is something I wish for. For the love of Ireland, I almost enrolled at Queen Belfast University (Northern Ireland) in 2009 but have to give this up due to some financial problems.
So, when people ask “Why Dublin”, I will be like “Why Not? It’s my dream destination”. And I am pretty sure I need to make this happen. And with Allah’s will, I manage to make this happened during my 30th Birthday. Alhamdulillah.
How much is the ticket?
To be frank, I didn’t even plan beforehead for this. I was never ready. I am like, really wanted to do something for my 30th Birthday. I wanted to do a solo trip (Even my mom is unhappy about the decision) . So I was like snipping through Skyscanner of the flights ticket to London in December (read : Christmas Holiday), but price is killing me. I don’t think its gonna get down at all. Around February 2018, I started to keep checking the flight ticket.
At first my plan is to travel between 14/11/18-3/12/18 as the price drop to RM2.3k (Emirates Airways). My heart strongly feel like “I need to wait a bit more” and so I waited until the return ticket to date (Arrived KL 15/12/18), unfortunately the price still hasn’t drop at all (It has increased to RM2.5k). So I think, well, bye bye 30th Birthday Bash, lets go celebrate somewhere else.
But suddenly at the end of March (I keep checking once in 2 weeks), I have no intention to buy or be hopeful, but just checking the price of return ticket around my birthday. poof! I should say it must be my Rezeki then, the price was RM2500++ during Christmas (13/12/2018 – 28/12/2018). Can you imagine. The next thing I know is clicking NEXT NEXT NEXT!
Eh Kata pergi Dublin tapi beli ticket London?
Ok ini kisahnya. Let put it this way. I wasn’t thinking when I bought the ticket. I just CLICK NEXT. After few days then I realized, ” Eh, why I don’t buy direct to Dublin”. But its too late. (Direct Flight to Dublin is RM3100+ return).
So now, Kisah pencarian ticket ke Dublin From London. PLEASE NOTE : Republic of Ireland AND Northern Ireland are TWO DIFFERENT COUNTRY.
There few airlines flying from London (Various Airport) to Republic of Ireland such as Aer Lingus (Ireland Offcial Airlines, British Airways, Rayan Air and etc)
You need to plan what is the main reason of visiting Ireland. As for myself, my ultimate mission to Ireland is visiting Cliff of Moher. You know, the location where Westlife shooting MV “MY LOVE”. I was thinking that I should be flying to CORK. At first, Dublin isn’t my first choice. because knowing the fact that Cork are way more intrigue and countryside’s feeling, something that I look for for this holiday trip. I could also go to Limerick city cause its near. Limerick is the city where Westlife MV “Fool Again”. I was checking three different airlines.
PLEASE NOTE, you HAVE to read all the terms and condition before buying the ticket. Don’t get fooled by the promo price. As an example for Ryan Air, is the cheapest among all airlines. You can see promo £7 one way from London Gatwick Airport /London City Airport (not Heathrow) but you can only bring in ONE Bag Pack (like a school bag) into the flight. JUST ONE!. Aer Lingus allowing only 10kg cabin bag and British Airways is around 23kg max for Cabin Bag. Of couse, over capacity bag means extra cost .
Aer Lingus and British Airways are quite similar in terms of price breakdown. AerLingus is slightly higher around £5 extra. Flying to Cork is slightly cheaper than flying to Dublin because geographically, its nearer (London – Cork = 1hr Fly | London Dublin =1.5hr fly ).
It just after few weeks of dilemma weather to fly to Cork then I decided I SHOULD BE GOING TO DUBLIN. The flight ticket is slightly Higher.
- London – Cork : £20 (one way from London city Airport)
- London – Dublin : £39 (one way from Heathrow Airport) : £71 (if Returns)
So ticket done. I will be flying the next morning after arriving at Heathrow at 6.30pm. I know, you must be thinking, why next morning? Well, because I arrived in London pretty late evening and I don’t feel save travelling at late night. So better be at the daylight.
So ticketing is done. Now the fun part of what to do..
Being Rasyiqah , is never easy. Since I love to read, I spent nearly two month reading about the place, thinking that I could make a decision but nay. The more I read, the more I’ve got confused. Plus, people rarely blog about travelling to Ireland. So it’s really difficult. I do ask around friends who live there and op for some ideas that besides Moher Cliff, I should head to Kerry as well, the famous star wars location. I thought spending 3 days in Dublin would be enough and sufficient (Including 1day trip to Moher) and thinking that I will be back on the 18th to London, then fly to Italy or somewhere else until this one guy gives some insight.
I told him about my trip and that I couldn’t think cause I read too much. I also invited him as well to follow me around. he told me that if he follows, he will heading up north to Belfast. I was like, “Wait, I didn’t even think about Belfast”.
Games of Thrones, Narnia.. ❤
HOW ON EARTH I POSSIBLY MISS THIS?
After several week of reading about Belfast, I plan my journey to Belfast. I decided to stay for 4 days before flying back to London. Please note that Belfast located up north from Dublin city. Train is the best option here. So I bought a Single journey ticket online from Irish Rail for about three month before the departure date. No need to be hasty as the ticket will be open 3 months before your travel date. There are 8 timing slots for the journey starting from 7.30am and the last ticket is around 8pm. There are also 4 different price category depending on your selection of coach and ticket type. The Rail price starting from €17.99 and above.
Eh dari Belfast then fly to London?
Unfortunately, I contacted BA and failed to change my ticket to London so I bought a new one (But I claimed refund later). it cost me £61.83. Yeah I know crazy righttt. But anyway, this happened sometimes you just need to swallow all the possibility.
Wah Banyak duit awak Syiqah?
Since this will involved quite a fortune, I rearrange my financial every month till my departure. This is quite critical for me. because March – December is only 9 month away which is very-very-very-very-very soon. So ad-hoc planning is needed. So here, I am sharing with you all the details of my trip including my financial plan for the trip.
Please Stay Tune for the next post as I will share everything from the stretch of How i Manage my finance, activities, ticketing and so on. 🙂