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13 Reasons To Book A Flight To Ireland Right This Damn Minute

FYI, you might not want a return ticket.

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1. Climb the Cliffs of Moher.

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If you aren't afraid of climbing a teeny, tiny 700-foot cliff, this is the perfect spot for romantic sunset photos over the Galway Bay. Plus, getting to the top will be cardio for the week, so you can just go ahead and tag this photo as #legday on Insta. Oh, did I mention part of "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince" was filmed here?

2. Every. Fucking. Castle. Is. #CribGoals

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And, there are plenty to go around (over 800 if you wanna put a number on it). Some come fully equipped with dungeons and dining halls fit for a king. No dragons anymore, unfortunately.

3. The Irish make hot chocolate WAY better than Americans do.

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I shit you not, you will REFUSE to drink hot cocoa in America after tasting the creamy, chocolatey goodness in Ireland. And that's without adding any Bailey's to it.

4. Boxty will become your new favorite dish.

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It kinda looks like a crepe—minus the freshly cut strawberries and Nutella drizzle. But boxty is a super savory potato pancake that you can fill with chicken and other stuff. And it's covered in a delicious sauce that I don't remember the name of because I was too busy stuffing my face with it.

5. And, ummmm, hellooooooooo...GUINNESS!!!!

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Okay, I know you're not gonna go all the way to the land of freakin' Guinness and not get Guinness. The Storehouse in Dublin gives you the ultimate experience to learn more about Ireland's signature drink, including how it's made, how to pour your own pint and how to taste it properly (excuse me, but there's an art to it *flips hair*).

6. And you haven't lived until you've heard live music at Temple Bar.

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Ohhhhhhhh yeahhhhh, the one and *only*. At most bars and pubs in Ireland, there are no speakers blasting Beyoncé, and no DJ spinning shitty, hardly-danceable mashups. You get live music with actual instruments, and there's something so *thrilling* about clapping and bobbing to the folk songs. If you're lucky, you may even get a little Irish step dance in there. ;)

7. Also, do you see how damn photogenic these streets are?!?

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Make sure you bring someone who's good with a camera, because you'll want to stop for photos at every aesthetic-looking street corner. Especially if you happen down Grafton Street in Dublin where ALL the cute clothing stores are.

8. Croke Park and the GAA Museum are perfect for sports lovers (and non-sports lovers).

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Ever hear of hurling? And no, I'm not talking about that thing you do when you've had too much to drink. It's basically the official sport of Ireland, and it's like lacrosse but way more brutal-looking. Fortunately, the Gaelic Athletic Association's museum does a much better job of explaining the sport than I do.

9. Become a viking for a day at the Dublinia.

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The Dublinia in—you guessed it—Dublin is all about that viking life. While you won't actually get to dress up and pretend to be a viking, you'll learn so much from this museum that you could practically be one.

10. Visit Trinity College.

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A.k.a., the 6th most *beautiful* college in the world. But let's be real, you'll probably just end up transferring here, so you might as well get the TC merch from the bookstore while you're at it.

11. THIS CHOCOLATE SHOP.

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The Doolin Chocolate Shop is the ONLY sweet shop you're allowed to buy fudge from. Ya know why? Because it's so. Fucking. GOOD. And, there are TOO MANY flavors to choose from, so you'll be there a while. Seriously, just thinking about all the sweets in that shop will probably give you a sugargasm.

12. The Titanic Museum in Belfast.

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Promise me you'll never let go of Ireland until you visit this museum. Not only does it look magnificent on the outside, but the inside is chock full of everything you've ever wanted to know about the Titanic, except the answer to the question of why the fuck Rose couldn't move over and save some driftwood for Jack.

13. And you can't leave until you explore Cashel in County Tipperary.

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No trip to Ireland would be complete without a suitcase full of woolens. I'm talking about actually warm, actually soft-as-a-sheep's-bum woolens. The scarves, hats and sweaters from Cashel are the best in Ireland, and probably the best in the world. It's like wearing a sheep around your neck, but not as weird.

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