Where’s the best tourist destination in the world?

When people find out that I'm in the travel industry, one of the most common questions that I tend to get asked is 'where is the best place you've ever been?' It's an impossible question to answer in many respects — not least because every destination has its own charm and unique selling points but also because you can't very well compare apples with pears. Add to that, the fact that such exercises are ultimately

What happens in Vegas …

Stays in Vegas, as the famous saying goes. There is one exception to that golden rule however and that is what gets bought in Vegas probably represents great value for money so will undoubtedly be brought back home and flaunted in front of your friends and relatives, boasting about what great bargains you got over there! As they also say: 'Nothing exceeds like excess!' Seriously though, The States has always been known as a great

Blue Mountain Resort, Ontario

When people arrive at Toronto International (Pearson) airport, most head straight for the city and, depending on the time of day, how heavy the traffic is and perhaps most importantly — your mode of transport — it can take anywhere between 60 to 90 minutes to get yourself downtown. So consider for a moment then if you will, that if you opt to travel in the opposite direction and head due north, you can find

A rising tide raises all boats …

We all know that tides are the result of the daily tug of war that goes on between the earth and the moon and occur twice every day across most of the world. In some places — most notably the Mediterranean — the fluctuation between low and high tides is minimal, whereas in others, the difference can be huge. I had always been lead to believe that the greatest tidal differences in the world were

The Tip of the Iceberg!

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

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

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

Like your wine and looking for a new wine destination to explore?

Then how about getting yourself and your fellow connoisseurs out to Portland — Portland, Oregon that is! Yes, believe it or not the City of Roses in rain-swept Oregon located in the pacific northwest of the United States has been quietly developing a reputation for itself in recent years by wine buffs in the know. Increasingly, small craft wineries located throughout the Willamette Valley have been moving their operations to Portland, pairing on-site facilities with

Californian Sipping

I like my wine. I don't know a lot about it and certainly wouldn't call myself a connoisseur but I drink enough of it that I should by now — if volume were anything to go by — know the difference between the good stuff and the vinegar! Having said that, wine, like food, is very much a thing of personal preferences, don't you think? I tend to prefer New World Wines myself and invariably

The bear, unadulterated truth!

It appears to be a symptom of this multi-connected, always on-world we now inhabit that people are craving more and more 'experiences'. One upon a time, people traveled to various destinations in order to see what those destinations had to offer and in the main, those offerings were usually centred around the old stalwarts of scenery, history, architecture, culture, food, people etc. In more recent times, an additional component has been added to this list

Am I unique? I wouldn’t bet on it!

You've probably heard the old one-liner that goes: 'You're unique — just like everyone else'. Well, I was in Las Vegas last month for an event called PowWow which is one of the largest  events on the global travel industry calendar where supplier network with buyers etc. It was a short visit that lasted just two days but I must confess that I didn't gamble one single cent — not on the roulette or Black

Cappadocia — the undiscovered Turkey!

Turkey is so much more than just sun, sea and sand! Although most Irish holidaymakers tend to see Turkey through the prism of popular resorts such as Bodrum, Kusadasi or Altinkum, this amazing country has so much more to offer — from the mega city that is Istanbul to the surreal landscape that is Cappadocia. I just recently returned from an action-packed few days in the region and I have to say that it far

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