Why Instagram Can Be Your Best Resource for Planning a Trip

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April 7, 2016

Planning for an upcoming trip can be a daunting task. I spent several days toiling over an itinerary that I just couldn't seem to get right. I have 9 days--that's all--to enjoy everything The Emerald Isle has to offer. But where do I even begin? Obviously, I purchased a Lonely Planet travel guide. Full of helpful tips and expert advice, my travel guide has been my constant companion for the past few weeks as I decide what to do with my short time in Ireland.

After discussing it with my trip companions, we decided on Dublin, Galway, and Wicklow National Park. It was a tough decision, because we wanted to see everything. But I decided to take my research a step further. I posted this photo to my Instagram with the message:

"Used this beautiful Sunday to plan my trip to Ireland this summer! Where would I be without #mylpguide?! Lost. That's where. I'm heading to Dublin, Galway, and Wicklow National Park. Any tips?"

To my surprise, Lonely Planet shared the photo on their own Instagram pagethe advice started to flood in. I was able to get some wonderful tips from Irish locals and faraway wanderlusters from all over the globe. So, if you are heading to Ireland, here is the best advice that was passed on to me. Instagram can be your best friend when trying to find local restaurants and inspiring places to visit in a foreign country--especially when Lonely Planet helps out.

I got a lot of great advice from Lorraine Kearney. Originally from Galway, she knew everything from where to eat to what castles I should explore.

"The Dunguaire Castle in Kinvara holds banquet dinners," said Lorraine. "You should check it out! Galway is also a small city that you can walk the entire thing in a few hours. Your biggest problem will be how to fit in all that yummy food!"

She also informed me that I would be there in time for the Galway Races, an Irish horse-racing festival. "It's basically the Kentucky Derby, but it goes on for 7 days!" she said. "Don't forget about Anair and Moran's of the WeirMoran's has some of the best oysters in the world. And Anair is amazing. You should also try to make it for the Galway Arts Festival in July. The costumes and performers are incredible!"

You can follow Lorraine for more Irish travel advice @littleshamrock13

Seeing Ireland from the eyes of others who had already experienced its beauty helped me fill in every gap in my plans. Nine days in Ireland just isn't enough! Here's what some of you had to say when it comes to "Must-See Spots" in Ireland.

You can read all of the great tips on Ireland by visiting the post on Lonely Planet's Instagram account. I heard about Brother Hubbard Howth and Matt the Thresher... stew and Guinness...the list goes on and on!

The travel community is a helpful one, and I am thrilled to have so many experienced travelers share their stories with me.

Have more advice on what to see and do on The Emerald Isle? Comment below and let me know!

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