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


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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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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How competition benefits the consumer in more ways than you think!

When we think of competition, particularly in the consumer sense of the word, there is an unconscious assumption that we’re talking about price. Stiff competition certainly has a habit of regulating pricing and tends to ensure that no one player in the marketplace loses the run of themselves and starts raising their prices. Competition also benefits consumers in many other ways — some tangible and some not so tangible. In the case of the former, good examples tend to be things like improvements in build quality, functionality, economy, reliability and a whole host of other attributes.

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Going to Florida this year? You’ve got to do the Bahamas too.

I’ve been to the Caribbean quite a few times over the years, visiting dream destinations like Puerto Rico, The Bahamas, St Thomas, Sint Maartin, Jamaica and even Bermuda although strictly speaking Bermuda isn’t the Caribbean and I’ve loved it every single time. There’s a laid-back atmosphere on every island, the natives are friendly, and they all speak English. Add to that those amazing tropical beaches, swaying palms, calypso music, daiquiris and Pina Coladas so what’s not to like?

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Where do travel agents go on their holidays?

We are currently in the process of putting the finishing touches to our new consumer magazine which is about to be published in dozens of different editions so that many of our affiliated member agents can customize their copies for the benefit of their customers. One of the features that we’ve included as part of that customization process is that we’ve asked each travel agency owner to reveal some things about themselves that we felt would be relevant to their customers — things like what destinations they’ve visited most, their most recently visited city/country and their favourite destination. It was interesting to note that quite a lot of them had chosen South Africa as their favourite destination in the world as it echoes my sentiments too. Of the approximately 70 countries that I’ve visited so far, South Africa still ranks as probably the best holiday I’ve ever had.

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6 days ago

Travel Bug

Stay in the 5* Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi from just €1,059pp this September!

Price includes:
✈️Return flights with Etihad Airways
🏩5 nights in a Fairmont King Room
🥂All Inclusive daily basis
🚕Private car transfers and airport taxes

✅Valid for stays from 1 – 27 Sep 2019
❗️Must be booked by 31 May 2019.

Contact your nearest Travel Centres agent here to book now:
travelbug.ie/find-agent/
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Stay in the 5* Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi from just €1,059pp this September!

Price includes:
✈️Return flights with Etihad Airways 
🏩5 nights in a Fairmont King Room
🥂All Inclusive daily basis
🚕Private car transfers and airport taxes

✅Valid for stays from 1 – 27 Sep 2019
❗️Must be booked by 31 May 2019.

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

1 week ago

Travel Bug

Luxury in La Gomera from just €899pp

Price includes:
🏩7 nights B&B in the 4* Jardin Tecina, La Gomera
⬆️Complimentary room upgrade
✈️Return flights from Dublin
🥂Complimentary Dublin airport lounge passes
🚕Private resort transfers

Travel window: 01 May - 31 Oct 2019

Contact your nearest Travel Centres agent here to book now:
travelbug.ie/find-agent/
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Luxury in La Gomera from just €899pp

Price includes:
🏩7 nights B&B in the 4* Jardin Tecina, La Gomera
⬆️Complimentary room upgrade
✈️Return flights from Dublin
🥂Complimentary Dublin airport lounge passes
🚕Private resort transfers

Travel window: 01 May - 31 Oct 2019

Contact your nearest Travel Centres agent here to book now:
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2 weeks ago

Travel Bug

With the recent announcement of WOW Air ceasing operations due to financial problems, passengers flying with the airline have been stranded at airports on two continents. The airline's advice to its paying customers was to find other ways to complete their travel.

Limited compensation may be awarded to passengers whose credit cards or travel insurance offers such protection.

However, passengers who purchased their ticket from a travel agent within the EU as part of a package are covered under the 'Package Travel Directive' legislation.

#shouldhaveusedatravelagent 🤦🏻‍♂️
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With the recent announcement of WOW Air ceasing operations due to financial problems, passengers flying with the airline have been stranded at airports on two continents. The airlines advice to its paying customers was to find other ways to complete their travel.

Limited compensation may be awarded to passengers whose credit cards or travel insurance offers such protection.

However, passengers who purchased their ticket from a travel agent within the EU as part of a package are covered under the Package Travel Directive legislation.

#shouldhaveusedatravelagent 🤦🏻‍♂️
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