We Need Your Advice: What Should Budget Travel's Editor in Chief See in Dublin?

By Robert Firpo-Cappiello
June 27, 2016
Lonely Planet - Dublin, Leinster,County Dublin, Ireland,Republic of Ireland
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As editor in chief of Budget Travel, I get asked all the time, "Do you travel a lot?" And I always answer, "Not as often as I'd like." Because, to be absolutely honest, no matter how much of the world I see, there's always more just over the horizon.

This coming weekend, I'll be visiting Dublin for the first time. Of course I've got a massive to-do list while I'm there, including Trinity College, St. Stephen's Green, the Temple Bar neighborhood for music and pub grub, and sites devoted to the Easter Uprising of 1916. I'm also eager to chat with Dublin's talkative locals about the possible reunification of Ireland in the wake of Britain's referendum vote last week to exit the European Union.

But you, the Budget Travel readers, are some of my favorite, opinionated, and knowledgeable experts when it comes to seeing the world. Been to Dublin? Tell me what you think I shouldn't miss. Insider secrets, locals-only intel, and the best places to hear traditional music are especially welcome.

And I'll tell you all about my Dublin visit in an upcoming feature on

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