How charter holiday pricing works — Part 1

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How charter holiday pricing works — Part 1

If you’re an Irish consumer currently thinking of getting away for a week or two in the sun at the moment, chances are that you’re experiencing one or both of the following problems: 1. There is very little availability left to many destinations 2. All the prices are very expensive And to add further insult … Continued


Familiarity Breeds Contempt — Part 2

In last weeks’ blog I was going on about the fact that we probably attribute too much importance at times to far away destinations and not enough to the ones that are located closer to home. perhaps the best example of this phenomenon is London. London is one of the world’s great capitals with more … Continued


Familiarity breeds contempt — why clichés become clichés!

Certain figures of speech such as the above mentioned ‘Familiarity breeds contempt’ only become clichés over time because, in essence, what they are saying is true and is being said in a very catchy, easy-to-remember way. Now, lest I get carried away with myself here on the finer points of language and semantics, the reason why I’ve … Continued


Paradise — and where you can find it!

Much of our vocabulary in daily use has become increasingly diminished because of the overuse of certain words or adjectives. Common sense would suggest that everything simply can’t be ‘great’ or ‘brilliant’ or ‘unique. A prefect example of this phenomenon is the overuse of the word ‘paradise’ — in the material, rather than the metaphysical sense! … Continued


Don’t forget the humble ferry!

Have you noticed that most travel articles nowadays refer almost exclusively to air travel — at least it feels that way sometimes?  This is understandable given the revolution that has taken place in aviation over the course of the past 20 years due to the emergence of low cost carriers such as Ryanair and Easyjet. … Continued


Disneyland —for the eternal youngster in all of us

My first exposure to the Disneyland ‘experience’ was almost 30 years ago when I visited the original of the species — Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California. Having also been born in 1955 — the year that Disneyland first opened to the public — I felt an immediate affinity to the place. Since then, I have … Continued


The Travel Agent Renaissance

Has the travellers’ love affair with the Internet finally peaked? Has it eventually dawned on consumers that all the best deals aren’t necessarily found online? Judging by a growing number of articles that have begun to appear in various mainstream publications both in Ireland and abroad over the course of the past 12 months, the … Continued


When is the best time to visit Spain or Portugal?

How about now! June is an ideal time of year to visit either country as you get to enjoy the best of all possible worlds. You don’t have to endure the high temperatures of July or August; The beaches, bars or restaurants aren’t as crowded as school is still not out in a number of countries — … Continued


The Isle of Calypso

No, we’re not talking about Trinidad and Tobago but another small island located almost half way around the world! The island of Gozo (the smaller sister iland of Malta) is also know as the Isle of Calypso as it was reputedly the location where the nymph Calyso imprisoned Odysseus for a number of years, as chronicled in … Continued



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