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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Georgian on my mind

The city of Bath has always been one of those places that I wanted to visit but just never got around to. Part of the problem was its proximity in that I repeatedly rationalized that I would get to it one day but in the meantime, it made more sense to explore the furthest corners of the planet while I still had the stamina to do it. Anyway, I eventually managed to get to Bath last week and although it was only for one day, it was a magical visit and has only increased my desire to re-visit the city (and soon) and give it the time it deserves.

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When travelling by sea makes sense

You can trace the loss of popularity of ferries with the rise of low-cost carriers and the deregulation of the market back in 1997. Since then, most people travelling abroad and much of the growth has been in the aviation sector. In recent years however, air has begun to lose some of its attraction, largely because of non-economic reasons. These too, ironically, can also be traced back to the 90’s — specifically 1993 when the attach on the twin towers occurred in 9/11.

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The thorny issue of visas

One of the many inconveniences that intrepid travelers must occasionally contend with, is that of obtaining visas to enter certain countries. Some countries — like the USA for example — make the process quite straight forward if you’re lucky enough to be part of their visa waiver programme known as ESTA as all you need to do is complete an online form and pay the relevant visa charge. Canada followed suit last year and Turkey operate a straight forward visa application process that is conducted online. India, Kenya and Vietnam now also enable prospective visitors to their respective countries to apply online by uploading all the necessary corroborating documentation and photo i.d.

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Does familiarity breed contempt?*

It is a phrase that we’re all well acquainted with and although strictly speaking it is supposed to refer to a person rather than a thing, it has become common practice in recent times to denote the lack of respect that we attribute to persons, places or things when they become so familiar to us that they become boring. A perfect example of this behavioral phenomenon is global tourism. You and I often travel at great inconvenience and cost to marvel at both man-made objects and areas of natural beauty that the people living in those areas already take for granted as they exist on their doorstep, metaphorically speaking. Whilst we ooh and aah at their treasures and photogenically pleasing landscapes, they, too, are spending money and investing time coming half-way around the world to experience what we have to offer!

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Is Barcelona the perfect short break city destination?

I have been to Barcelona on four or five occasions over the past few years but each one was a flying visit — either joining a cruise ship departing the Catalan capital or disembarking from one! I was therefore determined to finally set aside two whole days so that I could take time to experience just some of what this Spanish jewel has to offer, and the destination didn’t disappoint.

The term ‘short break’ has two meanings — short in terms of duration but also short in travelling time as well — so it usually refers to destinations that are less than three hours flying time away. This far-from-definitive description covers most cities/resorts within continental Europe. The flying time to Barcelona from Dublin is usually about two hours and thirty minutes. Barcelona’s airport (El Prat) is undergoing a lot of construction these days so it must be said that it is not the most user-friendly airport to get around as the signage is both insufficient and somewhat misleading. If you are planning to take public transport into the city centre instead of a taxi, please be aware that that you need to take a 10-minute walk across an elevated pedestrian walkaway over to where the rail station is located within the airport complex. My confusion was further exacerbated by my inability to properly read Barcelona’s metro map whose stations (to my mind) appeared to bear a minimal relationship to the ones featured on the large maps located within the rail terminal. Suffice to say that the rail personnel in attendance were extremely helpful and provided me with correct instructions as to what lines to take; how many stops were involved and where to make a change. I followed those verbal instructions to the letter, but had I tried to follow the metro map in my possession, I would have become hopelessly lost.

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