HOW TO BOOK YOUR FIRST CRUISE!

HOW TO BOOK YOUR FIRST CRUISE!

In case you haven’t heard, cruising is, and has been, the fastest growing trend in travel in recent years and yet despite all the hype and the promotion, less than 2% of Irish travellers have experienced one to date, according to CLIA, the professional trade body that represents all the main cruise lines. There are … Continued



2016 is not the year to hold off booking your holiday arrangements!

It is part of the human condition to want to try and beat the system and the travel industry is no different in that respect. Every year, intending travellers tend to look into their respective crystal balls to find out when they should book their holiday arrangements. They reason (not unreasonably) that since commodities such … Continued


There’s ‘free’ … and then there’s ‘FREE’!

The word ‘free’ is one of the most powerful trigger words in the English language. It grabs our attention and forces us to read on further. It is a marketing guru’s tool that many of them use to good effect. We, as consumers, are suckers though and when a lot of the claims of free … Continued


Perception is reality

The news — e.g. the commentary that you see on the TV or read in newspapers and magazines is a commodity and just like any other kind of commodity it is perishable and thus must be sold by its sell-by date. By ‘sold’ I mean distributed or broadcast. Describing the ‘news’ as a commodity that … Continued


The thrill that is History!

I’m Irish and very proud to be so. I think that for such a small country, we’ve made a disproportionate impact on the global stage. Both our history and our mythology are extremely rich — as is our almost unique culture — some of which we share with our Celtic cousins. There are times though … Continued


Blogtastic — The rise and rise of the travel blog!

With each year that passes and as more and more people enjoy the delights of international travel, it is inevitable that more and more travel blogs get written. Some blogs — like this one for instance — are an incidental activity to something else that is being done — in my case, running a travel … Continued


All aboard for all-inclusive!

People develop misconceptions about things for all sorts of reasons — both rational and irrational — and yours truly is no exception. For most of my travelling life, I have always opted for self-catering apartments whenever I was going on family holidays, reasoning that (1) I had the facility to make myself a cup of … 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


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


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