Ideas, suggestions and recommendations that can help you choose from a more limited palette of options that we know — both from professional and personal experience.

4 Unique Wellness Vacation Ideas for 2020

If you are hoping to stay on a healthy buzz for the year then planning a wellness vacation may be the ideal way to take a break from your routine. 1. Embark on a River Cruise from Budapest Is there a better way to discover Europe? Maybe not. A river cruise is Europe will allow you to experience the historic cities, visit iconic attractions and enjoy exploring the medieval towns. Unwind at your leisure as

Infographic: 7 Reasons why you Should Take a Healthy Holiday

A holiday should be a time to escape from routine, eliminate stress and de-clutter your mind. Here are 7 reasons why we think you should consider a healthy holiday this year. Get in touch with one of the Travel Centres agents today to learn more about the top healthy holidays this year.
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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
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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

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? (more…)

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. (more…)

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

Washington, DC — Brain City USA!

Washington, DC is synonymous with many things, but higher learning is probably not one of them. Being the centre of government and federal administration for the most powerful country on the face of the planet, you would expect it to be populated with a lot of smart people — whether they be politicians, lobbyists or senior civil servants but the statistic that took me aback, I have to say is the revelation that Washington, DC,

The world is beating a path to Bangkok

You’ve probably heard of the phrase, ‘Lies, damned lies, and statistics’. No one is quite sure who the originator of those words was, but it is often attributed to Benjamin Disraeli, who was British Prime Minister between 1874 and 1880. The famous phrase which is often used to discredit the persuasive power of numbers to add disproportionate credibility to otherwise weak arguments is sometimes also attributed to Samuel Langhorne Clemens — more popularly known to

Are you buying or shopping?

Is there a difference you ask? Apparently, there is, according to the latest retail research. You would assume, because of the tremendous success of companies such as Amazon and Ryanair that all your typical consumer is interested in is priced and whilst that may to true to a certain degree, the reality is a lot more nuanced than that. (more…)

Traveling is good for your health!

It’s now official — travelling is good for your health and lowers your risk of experiencing cardiovascular problems! OK, now that I’ve gotten your attention, let’s back up a little! The actual chore of travelling itself — i.e. the flying, the queuing up at airport security etc. — is probably not, as we know that to be stressful and God knows, I’ve taken enough flights and stood in enough queues to have gained that insight.

Jamaica — Ireland’s Caribbean next-of-kin

It is just over 30 years since I first visited Jamaica and fell in love with the island, its people and its music. I’ve only been back there once since then and am due to visit the Caribbean nation for a third time next year and I’m already looking forward to it. The thing that struck me most forcibly about Jamaica and Jamaicans on that first visit was how much they were like us in

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