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Going for a walk?

Most people love walking. I know I do and I make a point of getting out for a brisk one every day — come hail or shine! Indeed, from what I can see, walking-based holidays are becoming increasingly popular particularly those routes that combine a bit of history and religion along the way such as … Continued


How cultured are you?

When people are asked why they travel abroad on holidays  they usually cite reasons such as weather (if you’re Irish!), cuisine, history, scenery, people. The list is obviously longer and more nuanced than that but I think we would all agree that one of the single most important reasons why many people travel abroad is … Continued


The Lingua Franca that is English

There are tourists and there are travelers. What’s the difference between the two?  One blogger has described the difference thus: ‘ The difference between a tourist and a traveler is that the traveler goes to a place without any preconceptions, whereas the tourist has already decided on how he’s going to experience it. The traveler has an open mind … Continued


The Top 10 Destinations in the World in 2013

Let’s face it, we all love lists! Compilations of the 10 fastest this, or 10 most expensive or exclusive that appear to exert a magnetic draw on our collective curiosity that has to be satiated! I cam across the following list just today and what amuses me about it is that it claims to indicate … Continued


Hungary? Check out Budapest

Not too long ago, Hungary and more particularly its capital — Budapest — was playing host to modern-day hoards of Irish investors who flocked to the city in search of new fortunes. Sadly, it was not to be as Budapest became victim to the same over inflated property prices like everywhere else around the world. Since then, … Continued


Shop ’til You Drop!

I know! We’ve only just gotten over Christmas and I’m on about shopping already when I should be talking about travel. The problem is of course that travel and shopping are tied at the hip. One of the most popular activities that travelers engage in (and look forward to) when on holiday is shopping — whether that be for … Continued


Check the small print

There’s an old saying in the travel business — ‘You’re never insured until you’re insured’. It may sound like it’s stating the bloody obvious but i think that the whole point! Travel insurance can sometimes be one of those things that is left on the long finger by people and often tends to be left … Continued


Move out of your comfort zone in 2013

Carrying on from last weeks’ blog in which I suggested that you combine one of the most typical new year resolutions (getting more exercise!) with that of choosing a destination ideal for walking or trekking, I would like to suggest that even if you don’t want to get that energetic in 2013 that you at … Continued


New Year Resolutions

Well, it’s that time of year again when we are now regretting the degree to which we stuffed our faces over the past few days with way too much chocolate, rich cheeses and assorted foodstuffs, not to mention the copious amounts of alcohol. It’s like groundhog day this time every year as we contemplate whether … Continued


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