The bear, unadulterated truth!

The bear, unadulterated truth!

It appears to be a symptom of this multi-connected, always on-world we now inhabit that people are craving more and more ‘experiences’. One upon a time, people traveled to various destinations in order to see what those destinations had to offer and in the main, those offerings were usually centred around the old stalwarts of … Continued


Am I unique? I wouldn’t bet on it!

You’ve probably heard the old one-liner that goes: ‘You’re unique — just like everyone else’. Well, I was in Las Vegas last month for an event called PowWow which is one of the largest  events on the global travel industry calendar where supplier network with buyers etc. It was a short visit that lasted just … Continued


Cappadocia — the undiscovered Turkey!

Turkey is so much more than just sun, sea and sand! Although most Irish holidaymakers tend to see Turkey through the prism of popular resorts such as Bodrum, Kusadasi or Altinkum, this amazing country has so much more to offer — from the mega city that is Istanbul to the surreal landscape that is Cappadocia. … Continued


The way of the Pilgrim

Hi everyone, Apologies for the recent absence but unfortunately our website was hacked however, we’re back up and running and ready to bring you up to date on all that’s happened over the past weeks. Introducing Santiago de Compostela I recently spent a pleasurable few days in Santiago de Compostela in northwest Spain which has … 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


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


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


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


Day 4 in Puglia

Is there anyone out there who doesn’t love Italian food? I don’t think so. It is justifiably regarded as one of the worlds’ great cuisines and not a lot of people know that French cuisine — often regarded as representing the pinnacle of gastronomic excellence — actually derives from Italian influences which were introduced into … Continued


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