With all the hullabaloo surrounding immigrants and Donald Trump, heading on a J1 probably isn't so appealing at the moment. Although, it's an amazing experience, if you're short on funds and even morale, it might be an idea to stay at home for the summer.
Our little island is an amazing place, you just have to explore it a bit. You can go on a road trip along the west, head to the sandy beaches of Wexford, go surfing in Donegal, hike the Wicklow Way, go cycling around the Ring of Kerry and hop along ancient stones at the Giant's Causeway.
So feck the J1, here's a few reasons you should stay in Ireland this summer.
1. We've some amazing beaches
Just check out Cahore Beach, Co.Wexford, Inchdoney, Co. Cork, Keem Bay, Co. Mayo and Trá an Doilín, Co. Galway. All of these places are glorious when the sun comes out.
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2. Our surf is some of the best in the world
Surfers from all around the world flock to Ireland to ride some of our sweet waves (cringe). Places like Lahinch Co. Clare, Bundoran Co. Donegal, Ballybunion, County Kerry and Easkey, County Sligo, to name a few.
3. We've some amazing views to head on a cycle around
Places like the Ring of Kerry boast some of the most scenic views in all of Ireland. So rent a few bikes with your mates, throw a bag on your back and hit the road.
4. Brunch like your life depends on it
Dublin café culture is seriously booming at the moment, and, as a result, our food and coffee are improving too. You won't find food that's locally sourced, coffee that will make your mouth water and service that's better than none even in America – fact. A few favourites are Two Boys Brew, Phibsborough; Meet Me In The Morning, Pleasants St; Two Pups, Merchants Quay; and Fia, Rathgar.
5. You won't find the craic in America
As much as you fool yourself, the clubs, bars, and hangouts are nothing compared to those in Ireland. What makes Ireland so special is the way we interact with each other and find fun in even the most dismal place. Although dabbing to Fetty Wap in a shite nightclub might seem appealing, it won't beat a good night dancing to S Club 7 in Coppers.
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