Questions Americans Ask EVERY Summer
It’s summer so that means I’m getting a lot of the same questions from people in America about Dublin/Ireland.
After living here for so many summers (how did that happen?!) I know which questions to expect in a message after I receive a DM either a few months, or a few minutes before someone I rarely spoke to in America arrives in Ireland.
I’ve compiled a FAQ of questions I get from people I don’t really know but probably knew in some capacity in Florida (specifically Florida). Since I have started this blog, I usually just sent a quick note to the person messaging me saying, “Hey! I actually have a blog where I write about Dublin that could be useful” with a link so I can assist but also not be treated as a private travel consultant (because y’all can pay me if you want that). Yet, people STILL ask me questions that are easily answered on this blog. I don’t mean to sound rude but help yourself people. The internet is a BIG place and my little corner of it is only a fraction of information that is available out there.
So, if you’ve ever thought to ask me any of these here’s your time to shine. And now you never have to ask me these! Win-win.
“When’s the best time to visit?”
Well, the weather is bad year-round so take your pick! But I’d recommend avoiding December - February.
“What should I pack?”
Ireland is notorious for having bad weather so prepare for that. And guess what? I have a whole post on The Complete Packing Guide for Ireland. Maybe it will help!
“What’s the best way to get to and from the airport?”
I don’t work for Transport for Ireland and we haven’t spoken in years so please refer to Google. Compared to a lot of European cities Dublin offers good airport to city centre transport options. I also wrote an entire post on How to Get to and From the Dublin Airport. Call me crazy, but I think this could be useful if you were wondering what the best way to get to and from the airport is.
At 11pm on a weeknight “hey! I’m at *tourist bar*, wanna hang out?”
NOPE. I didn’t want to hang out in America, so I don’t want to hang out here. Here’s the other thing – I work. Contrary to popular belief, my life is not an endless drinking festival while sliding down rainbows into pots of gold with leprechauns. So no, I do not want to go out with you on a weeknight when I must be up the next morning!
“Hey! How do I get from Dublin to a random town in *county in the west*?”
I’ve never been to said county (the west is on my to-do list!) and I own a car, so your guess is as good as mine. Once again, please refer to Google Maps.
“What should I do in Dublin?”
Please keep in mind I LOVE Irish history. I moved here & got a whole damn degree in it! If I’m giving you my recommendations, I say EPIC the Irish Emigration Museum, GPO Witness History, 14 Henrietta Street, Kilmainham Gaol, National Gallery of Ireland, & Pearse Museum. But you probably want to hear Guinness and Jameson. But seriously, I have a lot of posts on Dublin and would recommend starting with my Dublin City Guide and the Dublin City Guide 2 for some ideas on where to sleep, eat, drink, and things to do! If you want to get out of Dublin check out 10 Day Trips from Dublin.
I LOVE Dublin and I LOVE recommending restaurants, bars, things to do here but please don’t treat me as Google Maps or Trip Advisor if you’re visiting Dublin/Ireland. I understand that the country is small, but I haven’t done everything. I am willing to help, but if you’ve got a question in the same field as those above please just buy a Lonely Planet book or use the search feature on this site. If you do have specific questions or are unsure about something please don’t hesitate to reach out to me here, but if you’re wondering what bus to take to the airport, please do hesitate. Go raibh míle maith agaibh!
*all images original to Candid Alexandra