Traveler Spotlight: Shannon Simms, Ireland 2008, Germany & Czech Republic 2009 & Ireland 2011
Friday, June 15th, 2012 | By Katie
A Tenon Tours Pro and VIP Traveler, Shannon Simms, shares her experiences visiting Ireland twice with Tenon Tours and creating a custom trip to Germany and the Czech Republic. Where is Shannon off to next?? We’ll let her share…
What destination(s) did you visit and why?
My first trip with Tenon Tours was Ireland in 2008, I then contacted them for a custom trip to Germany for Oktoberfest & the Czech Republic in 2009. I couldn’t stay away much longer so I decided to go back to Ireland in 2011. I have always wanted to travel to Ireland since I was very young.
Who did you travel with?
When I decided to travel through Tenon Tours, I was single. I have always been interested in traveling and got tired of waiting for somebody to travel with. I came across Tenon Tours’s Singles Trip to Ireland and it seemed like a perfect fit. I met people like me who wanted to travel, but no one to travel with. And alot of these people have become great friends who I still keep in contact with and some I continue to travel with.
Would you suggest traveling with a group of like-minded people on one of our Themed Tours to Ireland? Do you feel it enhanced your experience? Absolutely! Everyone was in the same boat I was. Single and wanting to travel. It was a great blend.
Where were the top 3 places to visit on your wish list? Did you make it to them? Did they meet/beat your expectations?
1. Dublin-I loved the city. It totally met my expectations. It was exciting to walk down Grafton Street, or hop on a double decker bus, or just pop into a pub.
2. Kylemore Abbey- My favorite castle. It was more beautiful in person. The Connemara Region day tour from Galway was a great trip that included a stop at the Kylemore Abbey. Totally beat my expectations!
3. I think I just wanted to see all of Ireland. I was happy driving the country side and seeing every shade of green, or visiting as many pubs as we could and talking to the locals. The whole trip(s), by far beat all my expectations, that is why I went back a second time, and plan on a third trip to Ireland soon.
What was the best part about your vacation?
I think the best part of my trip was meeting new people and experiencing the whole trip with them. But I loved Galway. It is a great lively city. A great air about the whole city. From there we did great day trips; like to the Aran Islands. That, I believe was one of my favorite excursions.
On my second trip to Ireland, my favorite part was Killarney. Besides the horseback riding through the National Park there, going into O’Connor’s pub for just a drink, and staying there conversing with the locals for hours…priceless!
What are your favorite souvenirs you brought home?
I think it would be the bar glasses I have gotten from some of the bars in each city I visited. Oh and of course the bottle of Jameson.
Why did you choose Tenon Tours? What advantages did you have booking with Tenon Tours?
I chose Tenon, because they had a singles tour to Ireland. And the age range was perfect for my age. I loved my tours and have recommended them highly to several people, because it is so low key, and you can do what you want to do on the tour. You could be going non-stop from morning til night, or you could take it easy and spend the day just perusing the city where you are. You can pick your excursions, or not do anything at all. That’s why I love Tenon Tours, they are very informative and not pushy at all.
What destination is next on your list?
England, Scotland and Wales… if not Ireland again.
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