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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


When paying more money can cost you less!

Regular readers of this blog will know that one of the recurring themes that we re-visit from time to time is that of trying to get people to realise that cheaper isn’t always better — in fact it rarely is. Value for money needs to be your constant mantra if you are a consumer who wants to … Continued


So you think you know your amusement parks?

Ask anyone to name a few famous amusement parks and they’ll likely come up with names like Disneyland Paris, Port Aventura, Alton Towers and Universal Studios. If they’ve been to St. louis or Southern California, they might even list slightly less well known attractions such as Six Flags or Knotts’ Berry Farm. So, what are the … Continued


Do you actually know what a travel agent does?

Ever tried to follow the instructions on how to programme your old video recorder from the manual that came with it? Or any other electronic device for that matter? The instructions are usually as clear as mud because they are written by the guys who designed the device in the first place and who mistakenly assume that we … Continued


Choose your holiday based on value for money rather than price alone!

It’s perfectly understandable that intending holidaymakers should compare prices between competing products, destinations or suppliers when researching whom they should book their next travel arrangements with. It’s all too easy though to lose sight of the most important criteria of all — which one represents the best value for money? Everyone is familiar with the old saying ‘You get … Continued


Breaking out of your comfort zone — Part 2

Let’s not mince words here — it’s been a crap summer this year! It’s rained so much over the course of the past few months that I’m now worried that I might  develop webbing between my fingers and toes. If you are one of the countless disappointed souls who waited and weaited and waited this summer to … Continued


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