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Blarney Stone, Midsummer Festival & Elizabeth Fort in Cork, Ireland

Best things to do in Cork Ireland - Amber Haggerty - Blarney Castle by NakNakNak on Unsplash ireland-4533515

Blarney Castle. Photo by NakNakNak on Unsplash.

I’m really excited to interview Amber Haggerty of Amber Everywhere about Cork, Ireland. Amber’s tips for the best things to do in Cork are awesome because she moved to Ireland in August 2020 and loves Cork’s rebellious nature, the friendliness of the locals, and its proximity to the rest of Europe.

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Best things to do in Cork Ireland - Amber Haggerty - River Lee in Cork

River Lee in Cork.

Cork, Ireland

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Pure Cork, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

If you’d like to learn how to travel for free using airline miles and hotel points, check out my free 7-day email course.

Best things to do in Cork Ireland - Amber Haggerty - the Shelbourne Bar

The Shelbourne Bar.

Getting around Cork

The local airport is Cork Airport (ORK), which is about a ten-minute drive to the city. Use our Expedia tool below to find flight, hotel, and rental car options.

Amber says that, if you’re staying downtown, there’s no need to rent a car. If you want to explore outside of Cork, then you will need to rent a car. For the best rental car offers, visit Avis, Budget, or Hertz.

When you only need a car for a couple of hours, you can rent by the hour with Zipcar. Join now to get $25 loaded into your account.

Best things to do in Cork Ireland - Amber Haggerty - Full Irish Breakfast from Wetherspoon Pub

Full Irish Breakfast from Wetherspoon Pub.

Places we talked about on the Cork, Ireland podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Amber Haggerty about Cork, Ireland. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Cork, Ireland
  • Green dots = best things to do in Cork, Ireland
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Cork, Ireland

Who is Amber Haggerty?

Amber runs Amber Everywhere, a site dedicated to encouraging others to travel. The mission of Amber Everywhere is to help people feel the sort of belonging, purpose, empathy, and expansiveness that travel can offer, especially if approached with the right mindset. Amber is originally from Colorado, but now she now lives in Europe and writes about her experiences traveling and living abroad.

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Here are a few articles that she’s written:

You can connect with Amber on her website and on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Click here to download our one-page guide of Amber’s tips for Cork.

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View of St Fin Barre’s Cathedral from Elizabeth Fort.

Stay tuned for our next episode

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Anna and I flew to Cancun using the Southwest Companion Pass to stay at the Hyatt Zilara Cancun in December 2022.

Listen to the next episode when I interview my wife, Anna, about parents traveling without kids. In this episode, Anna and I talk about why it’s important for couples to travel without their kids, how to plan a couple’s trip, and how couples’ vacations keep the romance going when everyday life gets in the way. We hope you’ll join us when We Travel There.

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Related episodes for Cork, Ireland

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