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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.

Panorama of sunrise in the Maldives

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

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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!


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


The world is a very big place and even if that weren’t enough, it keeps changing all the time. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Word Travels to provide you with comprehensive access to all the tourist-related information that you’re likely to need when planning your next trip abroad. Read more


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

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It’s that time of year again!

The one thing that you can always be sure of at this time of year is that the media and airwaves will feature wall-to-wall editorial content on all things Christmas. From ‘How to roast the perfect turkey’ or the ‘Best way to wrap presents’, we, as consumers seem to have an insatiable appetite for all things christmasy (and yes, there is such a word as every one uses it!). So why try to fly in the face of adversity? So this week’s blog is about — yes, you’ve guessed it! — Christmas markets!

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All roads lead north at this time of year!

With just seven short weeks left before Christmas is upon us, I thought that now might be a good time to extol the virtues of you and your kids going to visit Santa rather than him always having to visit you! As we all know, Santa lives in the North Pole but what some people don’t realise is that because the lines of longitude converge, the nearer they get to the pole, the greater the area on the map that the North Pole represents.

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Fear is temporary — regret is forever!

Rattlesnake hunting and bareback riding in Idaho; Piranha fishing on the Amazon; White-water rafting in Oregon; scuba diving in Jamaica; fishing for barramundi in Australia; shark-cage diving in South Africa; bungee jumping in Thailand; glacier walking in New Zealand; trekking in Peru; grape stomping in Rioja; cooking in Puglia; tango dancing in Argentina; windsurfing in Fuerteventura; ballooning in Cappadocia; whale watching in the Azores; dog sledding in Finland; zip-lining in Vegas.

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The true cost of that holiday!

One of the biggest mistakes that some people make when budgeting for their holiday is not considering the cost of those miscellaneous expenses on the ground when they arrive at their chosen destination which can often add up to more than the actual cost of the trip itself. Travelers can often get so obsessed with the headline cost of a package that they forget that it is but one component of a much bigger figure. Things like meals, entertainment, shopping, local transportation, resort fees, visa and inoculation costs — believe me, they all add up to a considerable amount so never underestimate them when planning your next trip abroad.

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Moving out of your comfort zone

Last year, as part of a marketing campaign that we mounted in conjunction with our network of affiliated travel agents throughout the country, we had a series of posters designed that married iconic landscapes from around the world with some great inspirational quotes from people as diverse as the Dalai Lama, J.R.R Tolkien and Steve Jobs. One of my favourites was a quote from Susan Sontag which rather wittily said: ‘I haven’t been everyplace but it’s on my list’.

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That the Hook Lighthouse present structure is about 800 years old and is the oldest intact operational Lighthouse in the world!

Up until 1972 (when it switched over to electricity) someone had to wind up the mechanism that controlled the flashing beacon every 25 minutes, day and night, 365 days a year!
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>France is the most visited country in the world (84.5m visitors last year)
>Bangkok is the most visited city
>Canada has the most lakes in the world, with over 3 million of them!
> On the other hand, Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world where there are no rivers
>99% of Libya is desert
>Around 300 people get married in Las Vegas every day
> In 1987, American Airlines eliminated one olive from each salad in first class. This saved them $40 000 a year.
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