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Seattle’s Gum Wall/Flickr/Conrad Olson

We’re not germaphobes, but some attractions are just plain gross. Here are six tourist attractions you might want to avoid unless you have a jumbo-sized bottle of hand sanitizer and, in some cases, a strong stomach. ... Read More

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Leenan Beach in Donegal, Ireland - along the Wild Atlantic Way, a great weekend trip from Dublin
Leenan Beach in Donegal, along the Wild Atlantic Way/Flickr/Greg Clarke

While Dublin’s museums, beautiful Georgian doorways, and craft beer scene could certainly fill an entire trip, we can think of some good reasons to venture beyond Ireland’s capital city. Glistening lakes, rugged filming locations, and scenic coastal drives are just a few reasons to get out of town. Here... Read More

Belfast, Ireland Titanic Museum
Flickr/Nico Kaiser

Belfast has risen from the ashes of troubles ever since the historic Good Friday Peace accord in 1998. Today, it brims with boutique hotels, elegant eateries, and new museums — and, yes, all those stunning landscapes featured in Game of Thrones are a few miles from the city. Locals have waited... Read More

9 Signs That You Were Born to Travel

Most of us love to visit new places and try new things from time to time, but some of us were born to travel. Are you one of them? Here, nine signs you were born a traveler. ... Read More

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L’Auberge de Sedona

Sometimes, the best trip is the one you take with yourself. When you’re traveling solo, you get to explore a destination on your own terms with no compromise — and to fully engage with the destination. Here are just six places that we think are great for one. ... Read More

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Looking for a way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day that goes beyond a parade and green beer? These four Irish communities draw on their Irish heritage to infuse some meaningful fun in their celebrations. Syracuse, New York Many of the Irish immigrants who worked on the Erie Canal eventually settled in Syracuse and established... Read More

Jim's Journal: Ireland
Flickr/Phalinn Ooi

It is hard to believe, but despite taking numerous trips to the UK and Europe, I had never been to Ireland — and that needed to change. This New Year’s, rather than head to a sunny destination, where hotel prices and airfare were exorbitant, I decided to book an... Read More

Dublin Steve Larese
Steve Larese

Dublin is rightfully high on many travelers’ lists, and this at-once ancient and modern city is full of welcoming people and a rich culture that stretches back for millennia. While there’s more to do in Dublin than one trip often allows, here are some budget-friendly tips that won’t disappoint. ... Read More

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Remember when it seemed like you could reach up and touch the Milky Way, the ribbon of stars that make up our galaxy? Thanks to light pollution, it’s becoming harder and harder to see — unless you get yourself out to dark and remote locales. Here are seven stargazing... Read More

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Britain, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, and many others countries speak the English language. But sometimes talking with the locals there can feel as foreign to U.S. travelers as communicating with those in, say, Thailand. To help clear these up, here are a few words that our stateside readers are all... Read More

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Flight: booked. Hotel: reserved. Language podcasts: Completed. What else do you need to prepare before jetting off on vacation? Most of us would probably never think that feeding pigeons in parts of Venice could get us fined as much as our plane tickets there cost. Likewise, while we always leave... Read More

Skellig Michael

Barcelona has its Sagrada Familia. Sydney has its white-hooded Opera House. And other places? Well, they’ve got steps – lots and lots of them. As the examples illustrate below, epic staircases aren’t just a way to reach higher ground. They can be major attractions unto themselves. From the fabled... Read More


As you spend the weekend figuring out just how you want to celebrate Lá Fhéile Pádraig, or St Patrick’s Day as we know it here in the U.S., take a few minutes to get inspired by Ireland’s most impressive castle hotels. Ranging from intimate manor houses in beautiful County Clare to... Read More


British Airways has just launched its discounted “daytripper fares” for travelers flying from London to a handful of European cities. The catch? (Or, perhaps the benefit?) You have to return to London in the same day. Round-trip tickets, including all taxes and fees, will cost £79 (about $130) to... Read More

Facebook/Olesya's Wine Bar

In a country where doctors once prescribed pints of Guinness to patients and whiskey translates “ the water of life,” a hopeless oenophile might feel out of place. Luckily, wine enthusiasts visiting the endlessly affordable Emerald Isle can still get their fix thanks to the growing number of both... Read More