Today we’re going to talk about Ireland and what not to do there!
1. Don’t Say “Top of the Morning”
No one uses it and it’s corny and you’ll stand out like a tourist!
2. Don’t Use A Phony Irish Accent
The locals hate it!
3. Don’t Talk About Leprechauns
The Irish find this tiresome and boring, yet another thing that would make anyone stand out like a tourist.
4. Don’t Brag That You’re 100% Irish
Even if both sides of your family hail from Ireland, if you’re traveling from the US, you’d be considered Irish-American.
5. Don’t Just Visit Dublin
You’ll miss all the lush green countryside! You’ll definitely want to explore rural areas, other cities and landmarks such as Galway, Belfast, Killarney National Park, Doolin and the Cliffs of Moher.
6. Don’t Order Corned Beef and Cabbage
This is not the national dish of Ireland. It was a creation made up by Americans and is something they eat on St. Patrick’s Day. In Ireland this meal doesn’t really exist, if you do find it on a menu, you can be sure its a restaurant that caters to tourists.
7. Don’t Skip Your Round
In Irish pubs it’s a common practice to order drinks in rounds. For example, if you’re with a group of four people, everyone in the group takes turns buying a round of drinks.
8. Don’t Compare Ireland to Home
Not only is this kind of rude, but locals find it very annoying to constantly hear how things like service, food, culture, people, etc. compare to your home country.
But there are lots of differences, like the way everyone waves to you in the car. I don’t know you, why are you waving?
9. Don’t Avoid the Finger Twitch
While driving on country roads, it’s common practice to raise your hand or finger from the steering wheel when you pass someone. It’s a polite way of saying hello to oncoming drivers, even if the respective drivers do not know each other.
Know Before You Go!