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!

Win €2,500 in our great free competition!

To enter the Travel Centres competition, you need to make a booking through one of the 20 affiliated travel agents featured in any of the Travel Centres ads that appear in the Sunday Times travel supplement during the period 08/01/17 and 12/03/17. Eligible bookings don’t necessarily have to be in respect of the offers featured each week but they do have to be with one of the following supplier partners: Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Sunway Travel, Riviera Travel, Breakaway Tours (Disney), Insight Vacations, Wendy Wu Travel.

Click here to enter


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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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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Prediction is difficult — especially if it is about the future!

So said Neils Bohr, The famous Danish physicist. Indeed, predicting anything nowadays is particularly difficult, given the fast pace of change and the number of variables at play. Notwithstanding that fact, I am going to make one anyway and it’s this — cruising is going to be the next big thing in travel!

Why do I say that? Because all the signs are there: the number of new ship builds scheduled over the next eight years and the tiny percentage of the overall market that cruising currently caters for, so the only way is up!

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The beauty of Lourdes — How perceptions sometimes do us no favours.

As someone who has worked at the coalface of travel for more than 40 years, one phenomenon that I encountered on a regular basis was that of the over-expectation of clients concerning their resort, cruise or other holiday experience. On many occasions, such over-expectation was clearly the fault of the client themselves; building up an image in their mind’s eye as to what they could expect when they arrived and then being disappointed when the reality didn’t measure up to their expectation of it. I would go so far as to claim that most complaints that travel agents receive even today are due more to over-expectation on the part of customers rather than any shortcoming on the part of the product or service that has been purchased. Like it or not, the hard truth is that many people want to pay as little as possible but expect to enjoy a 5-star experience for their bargain basement price!

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Riviera Travel and the sinuosity of Rivers

An intriguing title for a blog I think you’ll agree? Who or what is Riviera and what does sinuosity (in the context of rivers) mean and more importantly, what is the connection between the two?

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The 10,000 Hour Rule.

One of the basic lessons that people tend to learn in life is that if you want to get a job done properly or get good advice, then you need to engage with someone who has built up their expertise over a long period and with some degree of repetition and refinement — whether that be a bricklayer, a lawyer, a physiotherapist or a doctor. The modern world has become so complex that people tend to specialise in ever-more specific areas of endeavour — and that’s where the expertise comes from.

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To Celebrate Disneyland Paris' 25th year Anniversary, Travel Centres agents are able to offer a 30% discount AND kids under 12 go FREE!

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To Celebrate Disneyland Paris 25th year Anniversary, Travel Centres agents are able to offer a 30% discount AND kids under 12 go FREE!

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http://travelbug.ie/find-agent/

Family holidays in the Algarve 23rd June 2017

Prices include: Flights, 7 nights accom, baggage, transfers and resort rep. - based on 2 adults & 2 children - Self Catering basis

2* €1,996
3* €2,056
4* €2,336
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Family holidays in the Algarve 23rd June 2017

Prices include: Flights, 7 nights accom, baggage, transfers and resort rep. - based on 2 adults & 2 children - Self Catering basis

2*  €1,996
3*  €2,056
4*  €2,336

**LATE DEALS 1ST APRIL**

Starting at €199pp!

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**LATE DEALS 1ST APRIL**

Starting at €199pp!

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

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More Great deals coming in:

#Latedeals for THIS WEEKEND - starting at €149pp
&
Cyprus and Madeira in May

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More Great deals coming in:

#Latedeals for THIS WEEKEND - starting at €149pp
&
Cyprus and Madeira in May

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

***LATE DEAL €199pp***

Find your nearest Travel Centres agent here to book:
travelbug.ie/find-agent/
... See MoreSee Less

***LATE DEAL €199pp***

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

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