TravelBug

Welcome to TravelBug

TravelBug is the new online initiative from Travel Centres – Ireland’s largest grouping of independently-owned, licensed and bonded travel agents with outlets located throughout the country.

Taking the sting out of travel

TravelBug is the new online initiative from Travel Centres – Ireland’s largest grouping of independently-owned, licensed and bonded travel agents with outlets located throughout the country.

Taj Mahal, India

Better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times*

Stop dreaming and start doing! Our network of independent travel agents can find you the very best deals and share the kind of insider knowledge you only get with experience. Send us a no-obligation enquiry and let us find the right agent to start ticking off that bucket list!

*Asian Proverb

Elephant safari at Kilimanjaro

Not all those who wander are lost*

Stop dreaming and start doing! Our network of independent travel agents can find you the very best deals and share the kind of insider knowledge you only get with experience. Send us a no-obligation enquiry and let us find the right agent to start ticking off that bucket list!

*J.R.R. Tolkien

TRopical Beach at Bora Bora

Your time is limited, so don’t waste time living someone else’s life*

Stop dreaming and start doing! Our network of independent travel agents can find you the very best deals and share the kind of insider knowledge you only get with experience. Send us a no-obligation enquiry and let us find the right agent to start ticking off that bucket list!

*Steve Jobs

Patagonia

I haven’t been everyplace, but it’s on my list

Send us a no-obligation enquiry and let us find the right agent to start ticking off that bucket list!
– Susan Sontag

Welcome to TravelBug

TravelBug is the new online initiative from Travel Centres – Ireland’s largest grouping of independently-owned, licensed and bonded travel agents with outlets located throughout the country.

TravelBug aims to provide online shoppers with the best of both worlds: The 24/7 convenience of the Net with the vast accumulated knowledge of dozens of travel consultants who, between them, have already visited many of the countries that you may wish to travel to. And if they haven’t, they certainly know of someone who has so you’re never more than one degree of separation away from such hands-on knowledge. More importantly though, unlike many online web sites, you can be safe in the knowledge that any monies that you pay out for travel products or services are 100% fully insured against loss as every single agent providing you with services via this site is both government licensed and bonded!

Sunday Times Competition

Winners announced

We’re delighted to announce the winners of our recent competition in the Sunday Times Travel Supplement

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Travel Bug is the new online initiative from Travel Centres – Ireland’s largest grouping of independently-owned, licensed and bonded travel agents with outlets located throughout the country. To find an agent located near to you, either click on one of the pins in the map or scroll down through the alphabetical listing of agents below it. Read more


One of the most important and oft-cited reasons for the phenomenal success of various social media sites in recent years has been the value that we place in peer review — we value the opinions of others, particularly others like ourselves. Read more


Think that the Internet is the greatest thing since sliced bread or that the best deals can only be found online? There are numerous reasons why the ‘smart money’ continues to favour the travel agent. Read more

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Buy cheap, buy twice.

Clichés become clichés because there’s always a large dollop of truth in them. We’ve all heard this one before and we usually associate it with buying cheap clothes that disintegrate after the first or second wash or the piece of gear or tech that was made in China and stops working after relatively little use. But did you know that those words of wisdom can also apply to the purchase of nearly anything — including travel products or services?

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Who should pay for whom — The long-running joke that is Irish travel legislation!

The current legislative landscape that regulates both travel agents and tour operators in Ireland was introduced into law in 1982 following the spectacular collapse of Bray Travel the previous year. Bray Travel had been the largest tour operator in the state at that time and the financial fallout from that event which was estimated to be in the region of €1.5M at the time was largely the reason why the subsequent legislation was introduced. Under the new scheme all entities wishing to trade in the republic of Ireland would have to be both licensed and bonded for a percentage of their turnover each year — currently 4% in the case of travel agents and 10% if you are a tour operator.

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Without a travel agent, you’re on your own!

The title of this week’s blog is a tag line that was introduced some years ago by ASTA, the American Society of Travel Agents, to reinforce the point that when travelers organize their own travel arrangements, there is no back-up when things go wrong, whereas when you make them through a traditional travel agent as opposed to an OTA (online travel agent — different beast altogether!) you enjoy all the service benefits of that eco-system. The Irish equivalent of ASTA, the ITAA (Irish Travel Agents Association) also uses that same slogan to emphasis the benefits of utilizing the services of a travel professional.

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So you think you know the Canaries?

The Canary islands and Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura in particular are amongst the most popular destinations for Irish travelers given their year-round climate. Located just 100 kilometres at their most easterly point off the west coast of Morocco, this autonomous region of Spain is the most southerly extent of Europe. What some people may not know though is that the archipelago compromises three further islands — La Palma, El Hierro and La Gomera — the latter being the subject of this week’s blog.

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How you save money as soon as you pick up the phone to a travel agent!

There is a vocal cohort of consumers out there who believe that they save money by not using a travel agent and whilst there are certainly certain, limited scenarios where that might be true, such claims tend to be somewhat disingenuous since they don’t compare like with like and what I mean by that is that they rarely factor in the time and effort that they expend in searching all the multiple websites that they explore when researching who they’re going to book their next trip with. If you’re going to compare apples with apples, at least acknowledge the fact that, if nothing else, using the services of a travel agent saves you your time and we can presumably attach a value to that!

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With Cruising becoming more popular than ever, we thought we would share some of the amazing promotions our agents can offer you. This week we look at MSC Cruises.

They currently have a promotion running where you 'GET MORE GET ALL' – Fly Cruise

With prices starting at €1,049 (cruise & flights) you really cant get any better!

Contact one of our agents below to find out how you can receive FREE €50 pp on board credit, FREE Social Media Wi-Fi, & FREE All-Inclusive Drinks Package

This Cruise promotion MUST END 31st October 2017

Click here to find your nearest Travel Centres agent to book now:
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With Cruising becoming more popular than ever, we thought we would share some of the amazing promotions our agents can offer you. This week we look at MSC Cruises.

They currently have a promotion running where you GET MORE GET ALL – Fly Cruise 

With prices starting at €1,049 (cruise & flights) you really cant get any better!

Contact one of our agents below to find out how you can receive FREE €50 pp on board credit, FREE Social Media Wi-Fi, & FREE All-Inclusive Drinks Package

This Cruise promotion MUST END 31st October 2017

Click here to find your nearest Travel Centres agent to book now: 
http://travelbug.ie/find-agent

#Sardinia tomorrow for only €449pp!
That's your flights, accommodation, baggage, transfers and rep!

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#Sardinia tomorrow for only €449pp!
Thats your flights, accommodation, baggage, transfers and rep!

Click here to find your nearest Travel Centres agent to book now: 
http://travelbug.ie/find-agent

Picture Perfect River Cruise offers just in.

5* luxury on intimate ships that take you where large cruise liners cannot.

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Click here to find your nearest Travel Centres agent to book now:
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Picture Perfect River Cruise offers just in.

5* luxury on intimate ships that take you where large cruise liners cannot.

http://travelbug.ie/dont-miss-the-boat/

Click here to find your nearest Travel Centres agent to book now: 
http://travelbug.ie/find-agent

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October offers to Gran Canaria from €259pp

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October offers to Gran Canaria from €259pp

Click here to find your nearest Travel Centres agent to book now: 
http://travelbug.ie/find-agent

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