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!

Sunday Times Competition

Winners announced

We’re delighted to announce the winners of our recent competition in the Sunday Times Travel Supplement

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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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The reasons why we travel and the criteria by which we choose our destinations

People travel for all sorts of reasons. For some, travel is the antidote to the way they live the rest of the year. It provides excitement, change, challenge, relaxation, new experiences. People travel to recharge their batteries and get a bit of sun — a high priority indeed, when you come from someplace like Ireland — ‘the land of perpetual autumn’, as I often describe it!

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Shoulder Season — the best time to travel in Europe?

One of the fundamental rules of economics is the concept of supply and demand. The more people want something, the more that demand for the product or service drives up the price. Travel is no different in that respect to any other market, with the result that a room in a hotel in any resort in Spain in August is likely to cost twice as much (or more) as the same property does in May. That’s why — if you have the flexibility to do so — you’re much better off restricting your travel to the shoulder-season months. Of course, what constitutes ‘shoulder-season’ will vary, depending on the part of the world that we’re talking about but as far as Europe is concerned, shoulder-season on mainland Spain runs from April to late May/early June but excludes Easter which is peak season. Shoulder season kicks in again once the kids go back to school in September and runs up until the end of October, excluding the period of the mid-term break in October. Peak season in the Canaries tends to be during our winter as they have no competition to speak of in mainland Europe and so, differs from mainland Europe

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Luxury — Silver Muse by another name!

Like many words in the English language, there are many different definitions and interpretations of the word ‘luxury’. The website www.dictionary.com defines luxury as being ‘indulgence in and enjoyment of rich, comfortable, and sumptuous living. Something that is considered an indulgence rather than a necessity’. It also seems a fitting description of what I experienced last week when I had the pleasure of being invited to enjoy Silversea’s latest addition to their fleet — Silver Muse. Silversea occupy a place in the global cruising eco-system that they describe as ‘ultra-luxury’ and whether one considers that claim as bordering on hyperbole or not, there’s no denying that, short of sailing on some billionaire’s mega yacht, time spent on board Silver Muse is about as good as it gets! Come to think of it, when you step aboard Silver Muse or any of Silversea’s other eight ships you are, in effect stepping aboard what, for all intents and purposes is a billionaire’s mega yacht as Silversea are a privately-owned cruise line, founded by the Lefebvre family of Rome in 1994. Silversea were the first cruise line to pioneer all-inclusive cruising with Silver Cloud.

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What is value and why is it more important than price? — Part 2

Take me for example: I don’t particularly like Ryanair or their customer ethos but I do acknowledge that they — and low cost carriers like them — revolutionised the international aviation industry and thus allowed more of us to travel, and more often. Whilst I do put a value on comfort and convenience, I also put an almost equal value on cost so when the price differential is high and the length of time that I must endure the lack of convenience or comfort is low, then price tends to win out on most occasions. My personal threshold point comes when I need to fly to the Canaries or any other destination that requires a flight time of four hours or more. At that stage, I’m prepared to pay more (and sometimes considerably more) to enjoy what is a relatively long time to get from A to B. The analogy here is quite easy to relate to and I suspect that I am not alone in my decision-making rationale. 

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What is value and why is it more important than price? — Part 1

Before I answer that question, let me first state that the difference between value and price (a matter I’ll come to in a moment) really depends on the context in which the latter is being experienced. In recent years, more and more products and services have become increasingly commoditised, by which I mean that they have come to be sold more by price point than by any other measurable criterion.

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😍 Last Minute Kusadasi for €199pp 😍 Depart on 6th May and stay 7 nights in 3* Esat hotel on a B&B basis. Just €199pp based on 2 adults. Includes flights, transfers, accommodation and bags.

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**Last minute deal for this weekend**

Sicily only €299pp!

Price includes: flights, 7 nights accom, transfers, baggage & resort rep

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