TravelBug

Welcome to TravelBug

TravelBug is the new online initiative from Travel Centres – Ireland’s largest grouping of independently-owned, licensed and bonded travel agents with outlets located throughout the country.

Taking the sting out of travel

TravelBug is the new online initiative from Travel Centres – Ireland’s largest grouping of independently-owned, licensed and bonded travel agents with outlets located throughout the country.

Taj Mahal, India

Better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times*

Stop dreaming and start doing! Our network of independent travel agents can find you the very best deals and share the kind of insider knowledge you only get with experience. Send us a no-obligation enquiry and let us find the right agent to start ticking off that bucket list!

*Asian Proverb

Elephant safari at Kilimanjaro

Not all those who wander are lost*

Stop dreaming and start doing! Our network of independent travel agents can find you the very best deals and share the kind of insider knowledge you only get with experience. Send us a no-obligation enquiry and let us find the right agent to start ticking off that bucket list!

*J.R.R. Tolkien

TRopical Beach at Bora Bora

Your time is limited, so don’t waste time living someone else’s life*

Stop dreaming and start doing! Our network of independent travel agents can find you the very best deals and share the kind of insider knowledge you only get with experience. Send us a no-obligation enquiry and let us find the right agent to start ticking off that bucket list!

*Steve Jobs

Patagonia

I haven’t been everyplace, but it’s on my list

Send us a no-obligation enquiry and let us find the right agent to start ticking off that bucket list!
– Susan Sontag

Welcome to TravelBug

TravelBug is the new online initiative from Travel Centres – Ireland’s largest grouping of independently-owned, licensed and bonded travel agents with outlets located throughout the country.

TravelBug aims to provide online shoppers with the best of both worlds: The 24/7 convenience of the Net with the vast accumulated knowledge of dozens of travel consultants who, between them, have already visited many of the countries that you may wish to travel to. And if they haven’t, they certainly know of someone who has so you’re never more than one degree of separation away from such hands-on knowledge. More importantly though, unlike many online web sites, you can be safe in the knowledge that any monies that you pay out for travel products or services are 100% fully insured against loss as every single agent providing you with services via this site is both government licensed and bonded!


Travel Bug is the new online initiative from Travel Centres – Ireland’s largest grouping of independently-owned, licensed and bonded travel agents with outlets located throughout the country. To find an agent located near to you, either click on one of the pins in the map or scroll down through the alphabetical listing of agents below it. Read more


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6 Healthy Holiday Ideas to Recharge in 2020

For the month of January we are celebrating all things health and travel related. There are so many places that we can visit to take a healthy holiday for 2020. We have come up with 6 healthy holiday ideas to get you in the mood.

  1. Star Gazing in Portugal

Portugal has become one of the hottest destinations in Europe. With the warm sunny days, the gigantic Atlantic ocean waves and friendly hospitality, Portugal is a must visit location for anyone visiting this side of the world. Enjoy tasting the local dishes and getting to know the famous towns of Lisbon and Porto.

Get your Star Gazing Holiday Itinerary Here

2. Family Camping Adventure

France is a premier destination for family camping adventures in Europe. They have perfected the art of camping with dedicated camping resorts that are packed with child friendly amenities to make your healthy holiday easy and comfortable. Many of the resorts are all inclusive with access to swimming pools, night-time entertainment and endless delicious French cuisine on offer.

Get your Family Camping Holiday Itinerary Here

3. Take a Spa Break in Austria

Renowned as a quiet, relaxing destination Austria is the perfect place for a wellness escape. Take time out to destress and unwind in luxurious hotels.

Get your European Spa Deal Here

4. Revive and Relax in Thailand

Yoga retreats are now one of the most popular activities for people visiting Thailand. The stunning landscapes and tranquility make it the ideal location for a mindful break from your everyday routine.

Get your perfect Thailand Holiday Itinerary Here

5. Embark on a Walking Holiday in Spain

People have been embarking on the Camino de Santigo, crossing Northern Spain, since ancient times. With easy access to Santiago de Compostela now is the time to begin your spiritual journey. Whether you plan to walk it alone or get a group of friends to go along, our agents will help you to get started.

Get your Camino de Santiago Itinerary Here

6. Enjoy a River Cruise in Germany

Cruising the romantic Rhine River is considered to be one of the best holiday activities in Germany. Cologne and Strasbourg, historic castles, stopping for a guided tour of the impressive cathedral in Cologne. Enjoy a sip of wine in Mainz and one of the largest wine markets in Germany. Picturesque towns with unique architecture.

Get your River Cruise Itinerary Here

 

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11 Reasons Why Travel is Good for You

Travel provides the chance to turn off, relax, find new experiences and make new memories. Often we get caught up in our day to day existence, repeating the same tasks and living in a constant routine. By taking a well deserved holiday we can feel a renewed sense of self and allow ourselves to recharge the batteries.

A study by Cornell University found that people derive more happiness from experiences than material goods. It is easy to see why this is the case. With travel you get to experience something new, learn about a new culture, meet new people and disconnect from the norm.

There is an endless list of reasons why travel is good for you but we have picked out 11 benefits with our expert Travel Agents that will make you want to jump on the next flight out.

1. Clear your head

Maybe you have been sitting at a desk, looking at the same problems for a long time. Maybe you are a little stressed at work with lots of daily tasks taking up all of the space in your brain. Taking a break can do wonders for your mental capacity. Travel allows you to clear your head of clutter and make a fresh start.

2. Get Creative

Travel can be an enjoyable way to boost creativity. If you are suffering from a creative block then travel to somewhere new where you have the opportunity to visit new places, try new foods and understand new cultures.

3. Get Perspective

Sometimes we get so used of our own routine that we forget others may not be as fortunate or may live completely different lives to us. Travel allows us to put ourselves in the shoes of others and appreciate our surroundings.

4. Make new friends

Did you ever have a penpal as a child? Nowadays you can have a new instagram pal. Travel allows us to meet new people and make new friends.

5. Rekindle a romance

Creating long lasting memories from a trip together will give you a bond like no other. Whether you choose a romantic spa break or a couples challenge, you will be reigniting the flame and renewing the intimacy in your relationship.

6. Quality family time

If you are working parents and your children are in school for most of the year it can be difficult to spend enough quality time together. A family holiday is the perfect way to experience new things together and create memories.

7. Make new connections

Business travel is something that most executives will be familiar with and often a key part of developing working relationships. However you can also make valuable connections on your annual sun or ski holiday. Apres Ski is one place you are sure to make some great connections while also having lots of fun.

8. Celebrate an occasion

Giving the gift of travel is one of the best presents that you can give and what better way to celebrate a big birthday or event. From 60th birthdays to 1 year anniversaries, a trip away is a great way to bring people together for an occasion.

9. Lower Stress Levels

A study published in the Winconsin Medical Journal indicates that women who travel more frequently are less likely to become depressed, tired or tense. By taking a break from your busy life you get a chance to relax and reduce the level of stress in your day.

10. Get Vitamin D

Travelling allows us to spend more time outdoors where we can take advantage of the Vitamin D from the beautiful sunshine.

11. Learn about culture and history

Take a healthy holiday in 2020. Contact one of our Travel experts to learn about the healthy travel packages available this year.

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Five questions you should ask yourself before you travel in 2020

Technology may well indeed be shrinking the world around us and connecting us in myriad ways through innovations such as Skype, WhatsApp and Instagram but it’s also surprisingly large when you start to consider where you want to travel to next and there are many things to consider; not least of which is cost. Leaving cost aside though for one moment, let’s consider all the other factors that determine where we travel to?

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The Power of Propaganda

If you Google the meaning of the word ‘Propaganda’, you’ll get the following definition ‘information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote a political cause or point of view’. We normally associate propaganda with totalitarian or rogue states but it is a political tool and strategy that is used on all sides and even the ‘good guys’ are not averse to the use of ‘misinformation’ if it achieves the necessary results.

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Mass Tourism — is it a good or a bad thing?

I had the opportunity to visit the beautiful town of Kotor in Montenegro a few weeks ago. I had first visited the stunning medieval town nine years ago and was captivated by its stunning location at the end of a deep inlet and the well-preserved condition of much of its buildings. Indeed, it was so perfect that it almost looked fake — like a recently constructed film set. On both occasions, I visited the town from a cruise ship. In 2010, I was aboard Azamara Cruises as part of a week-long itinerary from Rome (Civitavecchia) to Venice. On my recent trip, I was sailing on the newly launched Sky Princess from Trieste to Athens and the solitary stop on the four-day sea journey was at Kotor.

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#ThrowbackThursday to the most incredible time in South Africa ticking off a few items on our bucket list.

✅Safari in Kruger National Park
✅Shark Diving in Gansbaai

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Experience the beauty of the Cherry blossom festival (also known as Hanami) in Japan 🗾 this Spring.
Traditionally, picnics are enjoyed underneath the trees in the day and nighttime to appreciate the transient beauty of the blossoms.

You can also take in the must see sights of Mt Fuji 🏔 Tokyo, Hiroshima, Osaka and more! And for a limited time only, you can now save up to €400pp on Cherry Blossom tours departing March & April 2020!

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Experience the beauty of the Cherry blossom festival (also known as Hanami) in Japan 🗾 this Spring. 
Traditionally, picnics are enjoyed underneath the trees in the day and nighttime to appreciate the transient beauty of the blossoms.

You can also take in the must see sights of Mt Fuji 🏔 Tokyo, Hiroshima, Osaka and more! And for a limited time only, you can now save up to €400pp on Cherry Blossom tours departing March & April 2020!

Contact your nearest Travel Centres agent here to book now:
https://travelbug.ie/find-agent/

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Meet your healthy Travel Agent: Michelle Roche

Michelle has worked in the travel industry for over 8 years so its safe to say that she is an expert. She delights in helping couples make their dream wedding come true. For a place to turn off for a relaxing holiday she loves the Caribbean and her favourite city in Europe in romantic Paris. If you are looking for a holiday with a splash of romance then Michelle will look after you.

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Meet your healthy Travel Agent: Michelle Roche 

Michelle has worked in the travel industry for over 8 years so its safe to say that she is an expert. She delights in helping couples make their dream wedding come true. For a place to turn off for a relaxing holiday she loves the Caribbean and her favourite city in Europe in romantic Paris.  If you are looking for a holiday with a splash of romance then Michelle will look after you.

https://travelbug.ie/agent-profile/michelle-roche/

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7 Reasons to embark on a Healthy Holiday for 2020!

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7 Reasons to embark on a Healthy Holiday for 2020! 

Meet the agents:
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#Travel #adventure #health

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