Something for the Bucket List!

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Something for the Bucket List!

Christmas tends to be that time of year when everyone has that conversation about what their ideal present would be. Such talk as often as not segues’ into bucket lists and what would populate people’s lists of the top 10 things to do in their lives. If you’ve ever had that conversation then chances are … Continued


Are you a Christmassy person?

I don’t even know if that question is grammatically correct, but you know what I mean! Whatever your religious persuasion, there’s no denying that this time  of year generates its own kind of atmosphere which you either love or hate. My wife is one of those people that loves this time of year. She loves everything about … Continued


Are you being played?

I have lost count of the number of times that I’ve been told that the days of the travel agent are gone and that — sooner or later — everyone will be making all their travel arrangements via the Net. Whilst I agree that more people are using the Internet, my experience is that they … Continued


Home is where the heart is!

Blogs such as this generally deal with overseas destinations but that of course assumes that the only people reading this are Irish. Not true! The Travel Bug blog has a diverse and international audience so today I thought that I’d write a few words about where we’re based — in the idyllic seaside village of … Continued


Having a whale of a time!

If you’ve ever read your ‘Origin of Species’ you’ll know that our distant ancestors emerged from the primordial ooze gazillions of years ago and that is perhaps why so many of us have this strange affinity to the sea and some of the animals that inhabit it. Dolphins and whales are a prime example of … Continued


Been to the movies lately?

If you have then you can’t help but notice that Istanbul is turning up as a movie backdrop everywhere you look. Just last week, I went to see Taken 2 which unfortunately wasn’t a patch on it’s predecessor — Taken, starring Liam Neeson. The real star of the show though was Istanbul which looked magnificent. … Continued


Driving on the left is not the minority sport that you think it is!

Irish holidaymakers are used to the fact that they have to negotiate the strange phenomenon of driving on the wrong side of the road when they usually go abroad since most of the near continent are right-hand drive, as is north and most of Central and South America. Like all things in life, it’s an experience that you … Continued


Looking for a bit of sun and heat?

I think that we are universally agreed that this year’s summer was one of the worst on record and with the long range weather forecast for the next eight years not particularly encouraging, perhaps it’s time that we had a conversation about the 10 hottest places around the world that we should consider for that … Continued


The World of Travel — where misconceptions abound!

There are many misconceptions that continue to prevail to this day among travellers about various types of travel activity. The famous phrase:  ‘Newly-wed, over-fed and nearly-dead’ was the disparaging comment that was often made in relation to the cruise industry and although that was never the reality, it gained traction, particularly in the minds of people who had never … Continued


Are you a fan of Downton Abbey?

If you’re like me, then you’re a sucker for period dramas such as Downton Abbey — the costumes, the characters, the luxury, the opulence etc. Sadly, it’s just make-believe TV,  but such dramas take their cue from the way that the upper classes actually lived. Now while the days of the Downton Abbey’s of this … Continued


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