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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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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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Anxious. Scared. Terrified — Tales of an adrenaline junkie — Part 1

It would appear, if you believe everything that you read in the media, that travel nowadays is less about the destination and more about what you do when you get there. The word they use is experiential. I can relate to that as it’s something that I’ve been doing for years and will continue to do until I pop my clogs. So what’s with the cryptic headline in this week’s blog? Well, I was trying to think of three single words that best described three very distinct ‘adventure’ experiences that I had some years ago as part of a two-week trip down to South Africa. I undertook the classic itinerary which began with a few days based in Cape Town while we explored the city itself and the surrounding countryside down by Simonstown etc, followed by a road trip that took us to Stellenbosch, Oudtshoorn, Hermanus, Gansbaai, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay before ending up in Port Elizabeth. The trip was rounded off with a couple of days on safari up in the Kruger. To this day, it still ranks as possibly the best trip that I’ve ever taken, anywhere in the world. South Africa is an amazing country with beautiful people, incredible food and represents fantastic value for money when you get there.

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Are you a tourist or a traveller?

Why do you travel? Is it to have new experiences or meet new people? Is it out of curiosity? Is it for bragging rights? Is it literally just for a change of scenery or a change of pace perhaps? If you were to conduct a poll of 100 people chosen randomly, chances are that you could get a 100 different answers — such is the diversity of reasons that motivates people to leave the comfort of their familiar surroundings. At one end of the scale, you have those that simply travel abroad for the guaranteed weather. Nothing much else changes for them. They still eat bangers and mash for their lunch or fish and chips for their dinner; drink in an Irish bar or British pub and, by and large, don’t take any opportunity to sample or appreciate the delights that are on offer in their temporary home from home.

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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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