*Back to ihcal, what feels comfortable to you. Have you travelled before? If you want to do it 8 months ahead that is fine. Do what you feel is right for you like I have said before. My opening paragraph was meant to tell you that you should do it your way. Perhaps it confused chun. No one knows for sure when the best price will be available. I suggested 3-6months since it is a popular time frame I guess. If you feel like your dates will not change, and your family is fine with planning 8 months ahead, great! I just always Wonder when planning 2 years ahead...what if something changed. A daughter has a serious relationship or moves or, etc.
You may have to not peak and look if the flights prices went down or something like that if you plan early though ;)
It is possible to get good prices in advance...and few weeks before. Have a great time planning and going to Ireland.
p.s. @chun I do not get why you are addressing your message to me about planning.This thread is about helping ihcal. And I tried to do it even if I have different preferences when it comes to planning. I think I am open minded and fully understand ihcal may want or need to plan ahead like you, or others. I made a suggestion a bit shorter than her initial estimate.
For your information, it is possible for me to re-learn a language months ahead, do lots of research months before, but I can book my flights/hotels, etc at the last minute if it works for me. There is such a thing as planning but booking not so much in advance.
Everyone does it differently and you should and they should do as they wish of course. It is often costly to changes flights for e.g. so I prefer to book not in advance. I do find great happiness in researching and do so almost daily. Perhaps have a Europe love that is too strong. haha