So you think you know the Canaries?

So you think you know the Canaries?

The Canary islands and Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura in particular are amongst the most popular destinations for Irish travelers given their year-round climate. Located just 100 kilometres at their most easterly point off the west coast of Morocco, this autonomous region of Spain is the most southerly extent of Europe. What some people … Continued


The ‘other’ Los Angeles

Like all large cities, Los Angeles or ‘LA’ as it is more affectionately known, is really just a large collection of separate communities that have coalesced into one almost homogeneous whole over the course of the past 50 years or so in much the same way that Malahide or Rathgar or Dun Laoighaire are all … Continued


The undiscovered France!

Despite continuing to be the most visited country in the world, it is perhaps surprising that there are still huge swathes of France that your average tourist knows next to nothing about! In the same way that spending a few days in Dublin does not constitute getting to know the ‘real’ Ireland, so too is … Continued


Heaven does exist — and it’s located in Tuscany!

I’m Irish and I’ve lived in Ireland all my life and I can’t think of anywhere else in the world I’d rather spend the rest of my days — despite the weather, the politicians, the cute hoorism, the naked nepotism at every turn and a hundred or more other things that irritate me and cause … Continued


Where should I go on my next holiday?

There are all sorts of reasons why people choose the destinations that they do. For some it’s simply price, for other’s weather is their primary concern. Some choose destinations based on their proximity whilst other travellers choose places based on their ‘safeness’. It is therefore interesting to note the results of the latest biannual report … Continued


Absence makes the heart grow fonder!

Ever notice how you look forward to travelling abroad but as you get nearer to your eventual return date home, you begin to look forward to that too? I certainly do but then again, I happen to live in what I believe to be the prettiest village in Ireland — Dunmore East, Co. Waterford! Don’t … Continued


Why familiarity sometimes breeds contempt!

If you look up any dictionary meaning of cliché, it reads something along the lines of ‘… a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought …’ I think that that is a rather harsh interpretation myself. Clichés become clichés simply because they’re true and represent the most succinct and … Continued



How good is your geographic knowledge?

I recently retuned from an enchanting city less than two hours flying time from Dublin which is served by direct flights three times a week by a major international carrier. The city is not large by international standards — being somewhat smaller than Belfast but almost twice that of the Province’s capital when you take … Continued


Where’s the best tourist destination in the world?

When people find out that I’m in the travel industry, one of the most common questions that I tend to get asked is ‘where is the best place you’ve ever been?’ It’s an impossible question to answer in many respects — not least because every destination has its own charm and unique selling points but … Continued


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