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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!


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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

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Planning a honeymoon abroad?

There are several signs that the Irish economy is up on its feet again. One is the increase in new car sales. The other is the dramatic increase in people getting married and planning weddings. How do I know this? It’s because every year, Travelbug hosts a conference and workshop for both our affiliated travel agents and suppliers so we are always looking for suitable venues and since last year, we’ve been finding it increasingly difficult to source suitable hotels that are available for the dates that we want — and all because they are being booked up further and further in advance for wedding parties. We are now at the point where, out of necessity, we are having to look at venues for our 2018 conference!

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Out of this world!

There are destinations around the world that are nice — pleasing on the eye and pleasant but nothing exceptional. There are other destinations that are, by any measure beautiful, photogenic and memorable. And then there are those places that are simply out of this world! And when I say out of this world, I mean just that — they look un-earthly or other worldly — and in some cases down right alien! To illustrate the point, I am going to provide you with a few examples of places on this planet that look like they are the product of some imaginative CGI in a sci-fi movie.

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Ready for something a little bit out of the ordinary?

One of the many highlights of visiting destinations around the world is getting the opportunity to visit the museums. Museums are amazing places and some of them offer free entrance so you can literally spend an entire day both entertaining and educating yourself about the world for free! We’ve all heard of world-famous museums such as the Smithsonian in Washington D.C, the Louvre in Paris, the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, the Uffizi in Florence, the Prado in Madrid, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the British Museum in London and having visited most of them in my time I cannot recommend each and every one of them highly enough but sometimes, the smaller, quirky gems get overlooked and so this week’s blog is about just six of them, scattered around the world which you should definitely seek out, the next time that you’re in the neighbourhood!

Most of us, I think it is fair to say, are fascinated by the cloak and dagger world of spies! Maybe it’s the gadgets that they use — so immortalized by the James Bond movies — or perhaps it’s the notion of them living in plain sight amongst us. There is a fascinating sky museum in Washington D.C. which makes an erroneous claim to be the only one of its kind in thew world when in fact I visited the original sky museum in Tallinn, Finland, some years ago, when one of my sons was doing his Erasmus year there. The Tallinn museum is a small one but filled with very interesting facts and plenty of sky material and gadgets so definitely worth a visit when you’re in the land of a thousand lakes!

Many people (well perhaps only men) tend to harbour a morbid fascination with torture, it’s history and its methods so it’s no surprise that these kinds of museums can be extremely popular. Perhaps the most famous museum of torture is located in Prague but the one I visited was located in the stunningly beautiful capital of Estonia, Tallinn. Another popular subject and the theme of a fascinating museum in New Mexico is that of UFO’s so if you’re one of the many people who believe that we’re constantly being visited by extra-terrestrials, then you’d better get yourself over to the International UFO museum in Roswell — yes, that Roswell!

Gandhi once declared that sanitation was more important than independence so perhaps it’s no wonder that the world’s only tourist attraction celebrating the lowly WC is located in India at the Sulabh toilet museum and if you’re looking for the ultimate i museum experiences then you’ll have no option but to get yourself over to Mexico as you’ll have to don some scuba gear to visit it as it is entirely underwater. I’m of course referring to the underwater museum in Cancun.

 

 

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Anxious. Scared. Terrified — Tales of an adrenaline junkie — Part 3

If you’ve ever watched the original Jurassic Park movie, there’s a scene shortly after the T-Rex has broken through the high voltage fencing and is on the prowl. There is this long, gutteral, low frequency growl which is shown to cause ripples in a pool of water on the road. Now, imagine if you were experiencing that sound for real! I had been on safari in the Kruger for three days and was flying out of Hoedspruit the following morning so I suspect that our guide was trying to give us something to remember. We had been staying at the Pondoro Lodge game reserve and had had a wonderful few days with the usual pre-dawn starts and outings near dusk in order to experience as much of the bush as possible.

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Anxious. Scared. Terrified — Tales of an adrenaline junkie — Part 2

When most of your day is spent sitting in front of a computer, it is inevitable that you will want to ‘live a little’ whenever you get the opportunity — particularly when you’re abroad. I’ve always been up for doing everything at least once and so having previously undertaken a parachute jump, tried my hand at culling rattlesnakes and even shot the rapids, it was inevitable that i would eventually get around to doing a bungee jump. The first one was from a height of 50 metres when I was in Thailand about eight years ago.

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Are the northern lights on your bucket list?

Travel Centres agents are now able to offer you the chance to see them whilst enjoying a fabulous Nordic cruise with Hurtigruten!

Competitive pricing and intimate ships which make for an incredible voyage, why wouldn’t you want to!?

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Are the northern lights on your bucket list?

Travel Centres agents are now able to offer you the chance to see them whilst enjoying a fabulous Nordic cruise with Hurtigruten!

Competitive pricing and intimate ships which make for an incredible voyage, why wouldn’t you want to!?

Find your nearest Travel Centre’s agent here: http://travelbug.ie/find-agent/

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