You made it to Europe… WOOO! Now the fun begins. You emerge from the airport all bright eyed and bushy tailed, only to find that you have absolutely no idea how to get to your destination from the airport. You reach for your phone, only to remember that you didn’t opt for an international plan and it will cost you a small fortune to use it. No bother, that’s what free airport Wifi is for. But your phone, tablet, and laptop won’t connect. Well, looks like you actually have to speak with someone. You politely ask the woman on your left how to get to the bus stop, only to have something that sounds like a mix of Spanish and Mandarin barked back at you. Your palms start to sweat. Your eyes dart around looking for a mini miracle. WHAT DO YOU DO?!
You plan out every aspect of your trip ahead of time, is what you do. The above situation is a bit dramatic, but it can definitely happen. You should never assume that you can just “Google it” when you’re traveling abroad. Before we left for our trip we made sure that we had directions on how to get to every airport, bus station, train station, hotel, hostel, and tour in all of the cities we were visiting saved on our phones AND printed on paper, regardless if we had them pre-booked or not.
Cork was our first destination when we got to Ireland. Our flight landed in Dublin at 10:45am. We breezed through customs and made our way to the bus stop, which is just outside of the airport exit. Aircoach buses to Cork run every half hour (for the most part) and the airport is the first stop, so we did not book this ticket ahead of time. One ticket was 17 euro, and it was a three and a half hour journey to Cork.
Next up: getting from the Cork city center to our lodging, and a review of the Lancaster Lodge.