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Here's a trivia question for you: Where in the world would you have to go to in order to get up close (safely) to an iceberg? Greenland? Spitzbergen? Iceland? Antarctica? What if I was to tell you that icebergs inhabit a stretch of coastal water that is located just over four hours flight away — roughly equivalent to a flight to the Canaries — and that you can get a direct flight there almost any
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 the bill at the end of your holiday. Worse still are those properties (and believe me, there are many), where
This place is a Zoo!
Last Saturday, I brought my grandson Callum to Dublin Zoo. My wife is a keen gardener and she wanted to spend the day at Bloom which was in full swing in the Phoenix Park so I thought that I’d kill two birds with the one stone and treat my grandson and myself to some zoological pursuits. It had been at least 30, if not 40 years since I had last stepped foot inside the facility
Travel Back in Time
In case you haven't already noticed, we celebrate the centenary of the First World War this year — referred to in its time as 'The war to end all wars'. Sadly, that turned out not to be true so all the more reason that this generation should never forget the lesson that all war is ultimately futile and not — as Clausewitz once stated — 'War Is Merely the Continuation of Policy by Other Means'. If
Food, glorious food!
One of the great joys of travelling around the world is the food that you get to eat in all those various destinations! Great, that is, if you are an adventurous eater like me. But what if you're not? Many people are what could be called 'plain eaters', of the meat and two veg variety and it can often be a problem trying to find food suitable to their palate when they're abroad. One place
Malaysia is in the news these days for all the wrong reasons!
Which of us hasn't speculated already about the fate of flight MH 370? This modern day Marie Celeste-like mystery has had us all transfixed for the past five weeks and still with no satisfactory conclusion in sight. I happened to be in Malaysia a few days after the flight went missing and was struck by how much life was continuing on as normal for this vibrant country of some 30 million people. True, all the
All legacy carriers are created equal — right? Wrong!
What is a legacy carrier anyway, I hear you ask? The term 'legacy' is used to differentiate the old style (usually national) airline carriers from those that espouse the low cost model. Legacy carriers traditionally charge more but also offer more for those consumers who are willing to pay for a better service or for things considered as 'extras' with carriers such as Ryanair. Some airlines (Aer Lingus for example) sit somewhere between the two
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 Palmas in the canarian island of Gran Canaria, just a few miles beyond the popular resorts of Maspalomas and Playa
And now for something completely different!
It is an aspect of the human condition that, for the most part, people like to remain within their comfort zone. This usually means that many of us travel back to the same holiday destination year after year, especially if it ticks a lot of the boxes in terms of friendliness of the natives, things to see and do, good weather, nice food, history, culture and so on. As the saying goes: 'if it's not
Why you need a travel agent!
Now that we are in the thick of the annual holiday booking season, perhaps it is a good time to remind intending travelers of the huge benefits to using a licensed and bonded travel agent. Aside from the obvious expertise that travel agents possess, it is the financial peace of mind that they offer that actually represents the best reason for using a travel professional. Because airlines are defined as 'principals', they are not required
Don’t forget the small guys!
We live in such a brand-obsessed world nowadays that it's all too easy to restrict our search when we're online to names that we're familiar but in doing so, we are often inadvertently shortchanging ourselves as the best on offer may not necessarily be the most familiar or famous. This applies to all consumer services and products. It also applies to travel! If you were stopped on the street tomorrow by some pollster and asked
Grenada or Granada?
What's the difference? Surely just two different variations in spelling of the same place? Not a good assumption to make if you happen to be booking flights there on the Internet as one is a small island located in the Grenadines, located just off the north coast of Venezuela whereas the other was once a 'Royal' city and capital of the Moorish part of Spain and home to the 'Alhambra', a masterful example of Islamic