Have Irish roots? About 11 percent of Americans do. And we’re pleased to report that Ireland makes a great first international destination (even if you’re not Irish). The reasons: English is spoken (although with a brogue, so it can be a challenge to decipher), flights to Dublin and Shannon are among the most affordable to Europe, and the Irish are a welcoming bunch who’ll invite you join them for a pint at the local pub. Driving (on the left, mind you) can be tricky, so if you’re not confident behind the wheel look into tours.