It's great to hear that you are planning on coming over to see us as your first holiday abroad!
Firstly, as it stands at the moment, there are no changes to the photo ID requirements when travelling to the Republic of Ireland post-Brexit. Please have a look at our Travelling after Brexit
page for some details and helpful links.
The mode of transport over to us and when you are here is indeed a personal choice depending on how you feel about driving and or hiring a car when here. We have a flights/ferry
page for deciding what is available, please have a look for provider options using the drop-down menus. From Southampton, the closest airport would be Bournemouth to Dublin, or Bristol to Shannon, both would mean hiring a car this end. Ferry wise, Fishguard or Pembroke both arrive at Rosslare and a drive west via Waterford, Cork and Killarney
would be the possible route.
With regards to documents while driving, please have a look at the UK GOV page on driving abroad
after January 2021 but prior to that, carry your driver's license as this is a requirement whilst driving in the Republic and as long as your car is taxed, insured and MOT'd in the UK then there is no other requirements. Our page on Travelling by Road
also has some handy information too.
Any other advice, well, plan your time with us, take a look at our trip ideas
for some itinerary help and enjoy the places you visit and take your time! Part of the trip should be the views getting from one place to another, so much to see as you travel, plenty of hidden gems at every town or village.
I hope this answers some of your questions, and hopefully, your fellow members and some industry partners will be able to add to this!
If you need any more help, just let me know!