The beauty of Lourdes — How perceptions sometimes do us no favours.

The beauty of Lourdes — How perceptions sometimes do us no favours.

As someone who has worked at the coalface of travel for more than 40 years, one phenomenon that I encountered on a regular basis was that of the over-expectation of clients concerning their resort, cruise or other holiday experience. On many occasions, such over-expectation was clearly the fault of the client themselves; building up an … Continued


Planning a honeymoon abroad?

There are several signs that the Irish economy is up on its feet again. One is the increase in new car sales. The other is the dramatic increase in people getting married and planning weddings. How do I know this? It’s because every year, Travelbug hosts a conference and workshop for both our affiliated travel … 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



Orange is the new orange

It’s that time of year again when intending travellers or betrothed couples start the time-consuming and frustrating process of deciding where to spend their next long haul holiday or hopefully — their one and only honeymoon! There are many contenders out there and all have their pluses! The USA, The Caribbean, Mexico, South Africa, The … Continued


Rioja — a little piece of heaven!

I have been travelling to Spain for almost 40 years now. My first visit was back in 1975, shortly after I had entered the travel industry and working for a Waterford-based travel agency. I spent a week on the Costa del Sol and familiarised myself with the regional capital of Malaga and the tourist resorts … Continued


You’ll have a cordial time here alright!

Rarely does one come across a resort property that ticks most or all of the boxes. Some hotels may be located right on the beach but consequently suffer from the noise generated by late night revelers. Or it might have all the facilities known to modern man but you’d need a kings ransom to settle … Continued


A little piece of paradise on our doorstep!

The word ‘paradise’ is an extremely overused and abused term to describe all sorts of places that appear to tick a lot of boxes and so its meaning has become debased somewhat over the years but which i think still applies to someplace like Mogan, a small fishing village located about 72 kilometres from Las … Continued


Turkey is in the news of late — but for all the wrong reasons!

Having said that — don’t always take as gospel, what you hear on the news as everything is ‘spun’ these days. Not from a propaganda point of view you understand. It’s just TV’s way of competing with the sensational headlines mentality that you often see demonstrated by certain tabloid press. Even the ‘serious’ news channels … Continued


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