I'll be in Ireland from September to December 2013 to study english and learn some culture. During my studies I might travel in Ireland. But I'm thinking to backpack in Europe for two weeks after my studies and I don't have much money. Where should I visit in Euroupe expending a bit of money ?
There are many things to see and do. Dublin itself has a lot to offer, pubs, dancing, Temple bar, the Guinness Storehouse, the Museums, the Georgian squares, the parks... the list is lengthy.
However, I would highly recommend leaving Dublin. Day trips can include, Glendalough, Bru na Boinne (Newgrange), a trip along the DART and the various towns to stop off and see (a not so wet day would be best).
Then there are trips out of Dublin – Kilkenny, Galway, Arann Islands, Clare (Cliffs of Moher and the Burren), Kerry (Dingle and the Ring). There are many festivals happening too. The Jazz festival in Cork at the end of October is always a good one. about 6 years ago
You could spend a year travelling around Europe but its best to make the most of the time you have. As a backpacker it is easy to do things as cheaply or as expensively as you would like. I would suggest looking at Ryanair.com as a good option for budget price fares out of Dublin. Keep an eye on the flights and be flexible in where you might want to travel to. Just be aware that some of the airports they use can be quite remote.
To travel around Europe it is good to get a Euro rail pass if you want to do a lot of places in the short time. The various zones will give you an area to visit. Eastern Europe tends to be cheaper for food/accommodation. If you are looking to cover a lot of the big cities in a wide area, take a look at the budget airlines as it may work out cheaper to fly between the various cities. I’ve interrailed 4 times in Europe in different zones and the little towns and villages have always been my favourite part of my visits but it depends on what you want to get out of it. Do keep an eye on the conditions around the Rail tickets eg you can only take the slow trains in Germany.
As you are in Dublin you might want to consider weekend visits to some cities in Europe too. about 6 years ago