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!


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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All roads don’t lead south

We have a habit in Ireland of only looking south or east when we consider holiday destinations. It’s partly because we associate such destinations in Mediterranean Europe with guaranteed sunshine. It’s also partly due to conditioning and assumptions — false assumptions as it turns out.

We assume that it is only southern European destinations such as Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece and, to a lesser extent France, that hold the monopoly on good weather and whilst those respective countries do, indeed, enjoy unrivaled sunshine records in comparison to their northern European neighbours, they are by no means, the only game in town. What Irish people appear to forget (or don’t know) is that the weather we tend to enjoy in Ireland is due not only to our latitude but also the fact that we are the first landfall in western Europe and that countries with a similar latitude as ours (or even ones located further north) do not necessarily suffer from the same meteorological idiosyncrasies as the Emerald Isle!

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Discovery begins at home

I work in the travel industry, so part of my job description is to persuade people to leave Ireland and enjoy many of the delights that the world has to offer. I’ve been doing this in various manifestations (travel agent, tour operator, GSA, consortium founder etc.) for almost 45 years and I love my job! So forgive me this week if I break with tradition and talk a little bit about what can be found on our own piece of turf because we’re blessed in this country to enjoy some of the best scenery and food in the world and believe me, I’ve seen a lot of it!

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Car Rental — one of the most underused resources when travelling abroad

According to a survey conducted by the AA in Ireland a couple of years ago, around a third of all Irish people who travel abroad hire a car. In my experience, I think that it is actually a lot less than that and I don’t know why? A few reasons do occur to me and these range from travel agents themselves being remiss in not offering or suggesting it in the first place, together with consumers themselves being intimated at the prospect of driving abroad in the first place —negotiating all those complicated motorway systems in intersections along with driving on the wrong side of the road. Given though that we’ve now had our own motorway system in Ireland for at least the past 10 years, you would think that we would have gotten over ourselves by now!

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A long overdue reunion with an old acquaintance

Back in 1988, I undertook the first of two trips to Jamaica to scout out properties for a large incentive group that had confirmed a booking with me when I was managing a tour operating company in Dublin. The company in question was Chieftain Tours and at the time, it was the only operator of charters to Toronto in Canada where it partnered with a large Canadian tour operator called Sunquest Vacations. I had pitched the idea of a multi-centre itinerary to the group that would take in Toronto, nearby Niagara Falls and the Jamaican resort of Ocho Rios.

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Dubrovnik – the real King’s Landing

 

The former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Tip O’Neill famously opined some years ago that ‘All politics is local’ and how right he was! You could equally argue that when it comes to the relative popularity of new air services, you should never underestimate the allure of ‘local’. The ‘local’ in this instance that I am referring to is the new direct service between Cork and Dubrovnik that will start later this year and run right through until October.

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4 days ago

Travel Bug

🛳Sail away to warmer climates with these great last minute offers from Royal Caribbean.

Bagging 4 awards at the ninth annual Cruise Critics awards, and 'Best Cruise Line Overall' in the Travel Weekly readers choice awards for 14 consecutive years, we don't need to say anymore, do we? 🤷🏻‍♀️

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🛳Sail away to warmer climates with these great last minute offers from Royal Caribbean.

Bagging 4 awards at the ninth annual Cruise Critics awards, and Best Cruise Line Overall in the Travel Weekly readers choice awards for 14 consecutive years, we dont need to say anymore, do we? 🤷🏻‍♀️

Contact your nearest Travel Centres agent here to book now:
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5 days ago

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Save €200pp on all 2019 Asia tours booked by 3rd June!

9 days in India from €2,190pp
10 days in China from €2,290pp
15 days in Cambodia from €2,690pp
12 days in Vietnam from €2,790pp
8 days in Japan from € 4,590pp

Contact your nearest Travel Centres agent here to book now:
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Save €200pp on all 2019 Asia tours booked by 3rd June!

9 days in India from €2,190pp  
10 days in China from €2,290pp 
15 days in Cambodia from €2,690pp
12 days in Vietnam from €2,790pp
8 days in Japan from € 4,590pp

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

6 days ago

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Fathers day is one month from today and we have some tantalising trips for any history buff (which every dad seems to be, right?)

€697pps - 10th Sep '19 - WW1: Flanders & The Somme
€697pps - 20th Oct '19 - WW1: The Western Front
€1,190pps - 2nd Oct '19 - WW1: Istanbul & Gallipoli
€697pps - 4th Oct '19 - WW2: Berlin & The Cold War

Contact your nearest Travel Centres agent here to book now:
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Fathers day is one month from today and we have some tantalising trips for any history buff (which every dad seems to be, right?)

€697pps - 10th Sep 19 - WW1: Flanders & The Somme
€697pps - 20th Oct 19 - WW1: The Western Front 
€1,190pps - 2nd Oct 19 - WW1: Istanbul & Gallipoli 
€697pps - 4th Oct 19 - WW2: Berlin & The Cold War

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

7 days ago

Travel Bug

Fly off to the sunny Algarve this Saturday for just €179pp - or for an extra €100 you'll get you your accommodation for a week, transfers and resort rep too!

Contact your nearest Travel Centres agent here to book now:
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Fly off to the sunny Algarve this Saturday for just €179pp - or for an extra €100 youll get you your accommodation for a week, transfers and resort rep too!

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

1 week ago

Travel Bug

Get away this weekend from as little as €295pp!

Price includes:
✈️Return Flights
👜20kg baggage allowance
🏩7 night's accommodation
🚕Transfers
🙋‍♂️Resort Rep

Contact your nearest Travel Centres agent here to book now:
travelbug.ie/find-agent/
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Get away this weekend from as little as €295pp!

Price includes:
✈️Return Flights
👜20kg baggage allowance
🏩7 nights accommodation
🚕Transfers
🙋‍♂️Resort Rep

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