If you are anything like me, you want to take full advantage of traveling everywhere you can while you’re already abroad! As an American, I know how expensive travel is to anywhere in Europe from the U.S., so while studying abroad in London I made sure to adventure around. So where was my first stop? Dublin, Ireland.
A walking tour is a must. There are plenty of free tours in Dublin (you tip what you can instead of paying a flat price). We were lucky to have an Irish historian as our guide when we visited.
My favorite stop on our walking tour was a plaque in which two boys commemorated a person from a story their father had told them. The plaque remained up for two years before it was found that the person was fictional and the case went all the way to the Supreme Court and now has the right to stay.
Following from Dublin we went to Giants Causeway. Dublin is in The Republic of Ireland so to see the Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland, I recommend traveling via coach. Additionally, there is no border between The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland so do not fret if you left your passport in your Airbnb back in Dublin.
Giants Causeway is a beautiful natural landmark of rocks formed by volcanic rock in the shapes of hexagons (cubes).
Moreover, if you love Game of Thrones you can also visit the site of Greyjoy’s castle. There are several day trip excursions that you can go on to fill all your GOT needs as well.
Dublin is filled with many traditional pubs. Temple Bar is an area in the center of Dublin with live music and good food. Temple Bar is where we spent our nights, listening to the live music and watching the World Cup football games. For information about eating vegan in Dublin, check out my fellow blogger and travel partner’s blog post!
We found Airbnb was the cheapest accommodation in Dublin during the time that we went. Hostels in the city center were more expensive and in our Airbnb, we only ended up being a 45-minute walk from the heart of Dublin.
With all of that being said, try to not plan too much! Just go out and explore all that the city has to offer. Dublin has plenty to do, see and eat for everyone! Sign up for your study abroad adventure with AIFS Go Abroad!