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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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The inherent dangers of booking online!

The Internet is, without doubt, one of the greatest innovations in technology in the past 30 years and has democratized the dissemination of information like no other medium in history since the invention of movable type by Johannes Gutenberg in the 15th century. Indeed, the internet (and by extension, the commerce that is transacted through it) has so insinuated itself into everyday life that in many instances, statute law has been playing catch-up ever since! From a consumer point of view, booking or purchasing anything online can sometimes be the modern equivalent of navigating your way through the lawless territory of the Wild West c. 1875!

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Where’s the nicest place you’ve ever been?

It’s a question I get asked all the time, when people find out what I do for a living and genuinely, my stock response up to relatively recently was always: ‘The last place I visited’. Whilst this may sound like me trying to avoid the question it wasn’t! It was because of a combination of me being unable to single out any one destination for honourable mention and the fact that I love everyplace I visit but obviously for very different reasons.

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When in Sydney — stay here!

Everything in life is subjective, I think you’ll agree! Whether it be one’s definition of beauty; what constitutes good music or art, or even good food. So, inevitably, the same principle must apply to other, more mundane things such as the type of accommodation one chooses when one travels abroad. I can live it up with the best of them when it comes to staying in opulent 5-star hotels such as Ritz Carlton or Four Seasons but usually given a choice, I always prefer to opt for a self-catering alternative — and for a number of reasons. The first one is obviously cost but I also like the wherewithal to rustle up a snack late at night without having to take out a second mortgage on the house in order to cover the cost of room service. It’s also handy if i want to catch up on some laundry or just have some more space to myself as your average, run-of-the-mill self catering unit will invariably be much larger than its hotel counterpart. Indeed, three or four years ago, I stayed in an amazing condominium in the Ramada in Dubai with commanding views over the nearby Burj Dubai and fountains which contained two bedrooms, three bathrooms, a utility room, full kitchen and living room complete with huge wraparound balcony, and all for just €130 per night!

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Sheer beauty — and the statistics that sit behind it!

Earlier this year whilst en route to Australia, I decided to stopover in Abu Dhabi. I had visited its Emirati neighbour, Dubai, on a number of previous occasions over the years but as I had never been to Abu Dhabi, thought that this was the perfect opportunity to do so — not least because I was flying with Etihad Airlines. Whilst the purpose of the stopover was simply to break the long journey, I felt that I would have to capitalise on the opportunity to visit the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, which I’d read a lot about before. Having previously visited some mosques in Turkey — most notably, the Sultanahmet and Hagia Sofia in Istanbul — I was already aware of how almost indescribably beautiful these houses of worship can be.

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What do you enjoy most about travelling?

It’s different things for different people, isn’t it? For some, it’s the destinations themselves: the scenery, the city-scapes, the beaches. For others, it tends to be the culture and the history of each destination. The human interactions that we have with locals when we’re abroad most likely features highly on most peoples’ lists. For me, whilst all of the above are extremely important, I must confess that one of the highlights when I travel tends to be the food. I have enjoyed a love affair with food all my life and sadly, I have the physique to prove it! It truly is one of life’s great pleasures and nowhere can you exploit that passion more than when cruising. The great thing about cruise ships is that because they have to cater for such an international audience (50 or more nationalities on a typical cruise itinerary would be normal), rather than dumbing the food down to some lowest common denominator, instead they celebrate the diversity of their guests by showcasing cuisines from all over the world. Where else (other than perhaps some of the most exclusive hotels in Las Vegas) could you expect to choose from traditional English or American breakfasts, freshly baked confectioneries, Japanese Sushi, oriental stir fries, crepes, waffles, pancakes, continental style selections of yogurts, cheeses and cold meats to name but a few — for your first meal of the day!

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