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.

Hungary? Check out Budapest

Not too long ago, Hungary and more particularly its capital — Budapest — was playing host to modern-day hoards of Irish investors who flocked to the city in search of new fortunes. Sadly, it was not to be as Budapest became victim to the same over inflated property prices like everywhere else around the world. Since then, the city has declined in its popularity as a destination for Irish tourists which is a real shame as the

Shop ’til You Drop!

I know! We've only just gotten over Christmas and I'm on about shopping already when I should be talking about travel. The problem is of course that travel and shopping are tied at the hip. One of the most popular activities that travelers engage in (and look forward to) when on holiday is shopping — whether that be for local handcrafts or for modern consumer items and up-to-date fashion accessories. There is also this myth that we westerners have

Check the small print

There's an old saying in the travel business — 'You're never insured until you're insured'. It may sound like it's stating the bloody obvious but i think that the whole point! Travel insurance can sometimes be one of those things that is left on the long finger by people and often tends to be left until the last minute as if the only cover that it provides is for when you actually commence travelling. Since

Move out of your comfort zone in 2013

Carrying on from last weeks' blog in which I suggested that you combine one of the most typical new year resolutions (getting more exercise!) with that of choosing a destination ideal for walking or trekking, I would like to suggest that even if you don't want to get that energetic in 2013 that you at least take the opportunity to move a little bit outside of your comfort zone this year. This doesn't have to

New Year Resolutions

Well, it's that time of year again when we are now regretting the degree to which we stuffed our faces over the past few days with way too much chocolate, rich cheeses and assorted foodstuffs, not to mention the copious amounts of alcohol. It's like groundhog day this time every year as we contemplate whether or not we're going to subject ourselves to the annual charade that is our new year resolutions. Assuming that you're

Something for the Bucket List!

Christmas tends to be that time of year when everyone has that conversation about what their ideal present would be. Such talk as often as not segues' into bucket lists and what would populate people's lists of the top 10 things to do in their lives. If you've ever had that conversation then chances are that one of the 'experiences' that you've included in your list (assuming of course that you haven't already done it)

Are you a Christmassy person?

I don't even know if that question is grammatically correct, but you know what I mean! Whatever your religious persuasion, there's no denying that this time  of year generates its own kind of atmosphere which you either love or hate. My wife is one of those people that loves this time of year. She loves everything about it — the mince pies, traditional turkey and ham dinners with brussels sprouts and cranberry sauce;  decorating Christmas trees;  all the bric-a-brac and

Are you being played?

I have lost count of the number of times that I've been told that the days of the travel agent are gone and that — sooner or later — everyone will be making all their travel arrangements via the Net. Whilst I agree that more people are using the Internet, my experience is that they tend to use it primarily for what i would describe as 'commoditised' travel product — e.g. low cost carriers, hotel

Home is where the heart is!

Blogs such as this generally deal with overseas destinations but that of course assumes that the only people reading this are Irish. Not true! The Travel Bug blog has a diverse and international audience so today I thought that I'd write a few words about where we're based — in the idyllic seaside village of Dunmore East, Co. Waterford, Ireland. As anyone who lives near the sea will tell you, every day is different —

Having a whale of a time!

If you've ever read your 'Origin of Species' you'll know that our distant ancestors emerged from the primordial ooze gazillions of years ago and that is perhaps why so many of us have this strange affinity to the sea and some of the animals that inhabit it. Dolphins and whales are a prime example of this fascination with whales in particular exerting a strange attraction — whether it be for their sheer bulk or just

Been to the movies lately?

If you have then you can't help but notice that Istanbul is turning up as a movie backdrop everywhere you look. Just last week, I went to see Taken 2 which unfortunately wasn't a patch on it's predecessor — Taken, starring Liam Neeson. The real star of the show though was Istanbul which looked magnificent. It also plays a major role in the latest release in the Bond franchise called Skyfall and by all accounts,

Driving on the left is not the minority sport that you think it is!

Irish holidaymakers are used to the fact that they have to negotiate the strange phenomenon of driving on the wrong side of the road when they usually go abroad since most of the near continent are right-hand drive, as is north and most of Central and South America. Like all things in life, it's an experience that you get used to in time with the result that one easily switches mode when the need arises and you need

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