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Sri Lanka, Flights, 4* All Inclusive Hotel & Transfers, €1169!

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Gone are the days where tourists passed over Sri Lanka to visit other Asian countries. This year holidays to Sri Lanka are very much in vogue. There are so many reasons to visit Sri Lanka, go see it before the crowds arrive!

 

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Sri Lanka boasts a coastline full of white sandy beaches and an interior with tea plantations and rolling hills. There are eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites so if culture is what you seek, you will find it in abundance. Sri Lanka is home to the world’s only elephant orphanage as well as offering numerous safari options. Of course we can’t forget the people, you will fall in love with their traditions, culture and their welcoming smile 😀.

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I found a great deal with Tropical Sky staying in the highly rated Club Hotel Dolphin. Situated on the sunny west coast, this all-inclusive beach front property is incredible value. Rated number 1 on tripadvisor, this hotel receives excellent reviews and was a travellers choice awards winner in 2016. It boasts one of Sri Lanka’s largest swimming pools and a wide selection of facilities on site, including the luxurious Pavillion Spa, evening entertainment and free WiFi. If you are feeling energetic you can enjoy a game of tennis, volleyball, horse riding or use the gym.

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Water-sports enthusiasts will enjoy kayaking or scuba diving. If you want to see some of the country side, the hotel can arrange tours for you. For those travelling with children, there is a kids club on site and a separate children’s swimming pool. The Club Hotel Dolphin offers meals and drinks included in the price of your stay. You can enjoy the buffet with separate cooking stations in the main restaurant ‘Sands’ or go a la carte in ‘The Cove’. There are also a choice of three bars offering complimentary drinks and snacks throughout your stay.

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Fly from Dublin to Sri Lanka in April, May, August or September and enjoy a seven night all-inclusive stay in this luxury resort for only €1169 per person. Prices also include airport transfers.

 

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Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. This post was sponsored by Tropical Sky but all views, as always, are my own 🙂
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Flights & Royal Caribbean Cruise from Barcelona to Venice, 13th May, 1 week, €1399!

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Enjoy a Royal Caribbean cruise from Barcelona to Venice on Rhapsody of the Seas, for only €1399 this summer!

Rhapsody of the Seas has just undergone a massive $30 million makeover and can now boast contemporary styling, smart technology and an even outdoor movie screen! It his bright and airy, with floor to ceiling windows, glass canopies and skylights, all ensuring a fantastic ocean views.  If you are feeling energetic, try the running track, rock climbing wall or fitness centre.  For those who want to relax, take some time out at the whirlpool, spa, or take in one of their renowned world class shows. If travelling with kids, the Adventure Ocean programme is sure to keep them happy. There are numerous restaurants on board including three new speciality restaurants, their famous steak-house, Chops Grille, the oriental Izumi and fine dining at Chef’s table.

Royal Caribbean Cruise from Barcelona to Venice
You will fly to Barcelona on the 13th of May and cruise the Med for seven days on this stylish cruise ship. Visit the South of France, Rome, Naples and Sicily before arriving at your final destination, Venice. Price includes a seven day cruise on a full board basis with on board entertainment, flights, transfers and checked baggage. If you want to add on for a few nights in Venice or Barcelona, just call the cruise specialists in ClickandGo on 01-5397713. They are open seven days a week and will be able to help you with any queries.

 

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My Love Affair With Club Med Val d’Isere

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Sitting in the chair lift felt surreal. The scenery was like something from a movie set. I have skied a few times but I have never experienced anything like the conditions in Val d’Isere. The area is so vast, there are so many different mountains and when you think you can’t possibly see anything more beautiful, another majestic peak appears.

 

So many #ski options in #valdisere ⛷ Loving the mountain! #ski #skiingholiday #skiingtime #sunwayclubmedski #skiing #chairlift

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Val d’Isere is located in one of the world’s best ski areas, Espace Killy. With an altitude of 3480 meters, over 300km of runs and 96 different lifts, the conditions are perfect. You are almost guaranteed snow from late November to April and 50% of the slopes are suitable for beginners and intermediates. I was lucky to be brought on a four day Club Med ski trip to Val d’Isere, thanks to Sunway Holidays, who are the agents in Ireland for Club Med. It was 12 years since I had skied so I was a little apprehensive before I left. Many told me it was like riding a bike. In the gondola going to the top of the mountain, I prayed this was true! There was 8 in my group and I hoped I wasn’t going to be the one holding them back….

I need not have worried, our Club Med ski instructor made me feel completely at ease and within minutes I was skiing like a native. Ok maybe that’s an exaggeration, but you get the idea! What I loved about Val d’Isere was that there were so many green runs (easy runs for those who don’t know the lingo) at the top of the mountain. Regardless of your ability, beginner or advanced, you can experience the thrill of skiing from the top to the bottom. It is exhilarating.

For many years Everest Base Camp was at the top of my adventure bucket list, I always hoped I would get there one day. Riding a chair lift over 3000 meters, with Mont Blanc in the distance, I actually felt like I was there. I know I might sound like I am going overboard about the scenery, but honestly there were times when I felt genuinely overwhelmed. I think its safe to say I have the ski bug. Skiing will have to be a vital part of my annual holiday plans from now on.

 

#valdisere #skiingholiday #skiingtime #skiing #sunwayclubmedski #mountains #mountain #snow

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On our third day we skied from Val d’Isere into the nearby resort of Tignes. I downloaded the ski app (ski tracks) which measures altitude, speed and distance. I felt a tremendous sense of pride and achievement knowing I skied 14 km from 3000 meters, and even reached a max speed of 45 km per hour. Not bad for a beginner!

From a personal perspective I normally find it hard to ‘switch off’. I’m not one for yoga or meditation. In fact even when I am lying on a sun lounger, I’m constantly checking my phone, and always thinking about what I have to do and when I will get to do it. When I skied down the mountain, all I thought about was skiing, controlling my speed and the beautiful surroundings. My time on the mountain was my own and for that brief moment, nothing else mattered. I wondered was this what meditation or mindfulness was all about, something that never worked for me in the past.

I stayed in Club Med Val d’Isere where unlike most ski holidays, ski lessons are included in the price of your holiday. Lessons are twice per day, 2 and a half hours per session. The resort is all-inclusive so not only are lessons and lift passes included, but meals and drinks are too. Lift passes and tuition are an expensive part of any skiing holiday so to have these included is a massive bonus. Club Med is a ski in – ski out resort (in fact almost all Club Med ski resorts have this facility) so you can ski directly from the hotel to the slopes, something I had never experienced before.

I can’t stress enough how great this is. No need to carry heavy boots and skis, to be able to pop on your ski gear and be on the mountain in minutes is fantastic. The lockers, which are situated next to the ski slopes are heated. When you put your ski boots on each morning they are warm. Club Med organise a great send off too, with drinks and snacks outside. When you come back from your lessons, the après ski kicks off, with a DJ playing tunes and friendly staff waiting to greet you with more drinks and hot snacks.

The all-inclusive arrangement with Club Med is excellent. They pride themselves on their extraordinary buffets, with various cooking stations and a variety of choices. This was my second time in a Club Med resort. Although I found the variety in the buffet better in the Algarve, the standard was still far superior to anything I have seen in other all-inclusive resorts.

Every day there are numerous choices of fish, meat and vegetarian options, as well as a separate room with fresh pasta sauces, pizzas and even burgers. For those who don’t like buffets, there are cooking stations, where chefs plate your dish in front of you. This avoids crowded plates, piled high with food – a pet hate of mine. Wine is served by the bottle at your table and the staff are always on hand for top ups if needed. The staff overall are very attentive. The manager greets guests at all meal times, a rarity nowadays. Deserts are delicious too and so is the selection of home made ice creams. Thankfully most of the excess calories are burned off on the mountain…

I really like the bar in Club Med Val d’Isere, it is modern with a great atmosphere. There is a wide choice of cocktails available, included in the price of your holiday. Drinks were served in nice glasses too, no tiny wine glasses or small cocktail glasses – another pet hate of mine!

There is entertainment every night, from musicals to magic shows, followed by a DJ until the small hours. Guests love to get involved in the entertainment at Club Med, and the dance floor was packed every night with rows and rows of people following the entertainers dance moves. This is typical of what you can expect at all Club Med resorts, a friendly fun atmosphere throughout.

I should point out that Club Med have a staggering 70 resorts worldwide. Although the name suggests the Mediterranean, they have resorts in the US, China, the Maldives as well as cruises and adult only resorts. A massive bonus for families is that children under 4 stay free at all Club Med Ski resorts, and under 6 years stay free at Club Med Sun resorts.

Club Med have 23 ski resorts in France, Italy and Switzerland. Club Med Val d’Isere, although suitable for families with teenagers, doesn’t offer lessons to children under 12. For that reason it tends to attract more couples and groups rather than families. However if you are planning a skiing holiday with young kids, some of the other Club Med resorts are perfect for families and include lessons to children from age 4. The combination of the excellent tuition, great food and the ski in ski out facility, makes them hard to beat. I have seen parents try to carry their kids skis and boots as well as their own, getting on ski buses, dropping hats, gloves – it doesn’t get the day off to the right start!

 

How cool are the #kids on the #slopes in #valdisere #sunwayclubmedski #ski #luxurytravel #snow #travellingwithkids #familytravel

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If you fancy taking a day off skiing, you can use your lift pass to take the gondola to the top of the mountain, to enjoy a coffee on the slopes and take in the views. The town of Val d’Isere is worth exploring too, there are plenty of good shops and lots of great après ski bars. Although the best après ski bar is located on the mountain. Part of a chain of French après ski bars, La Folie Douce has to seen to be believed. We went one afternoon and discovered hundreds of people drinking beer and dancing on tables to the latest tunes. It felt like a nightclub at 2am but it was only 4pm – it was crazy but great at the same time! Thankfully it is situated right beside the gondola station so if you have one to many, you don’t have to ski down the mountain. Although I was told that you do your best skiing after a drink or two – needless to say I didn’t find out if that was true…

 

#lafoliedouce the best place for #apresski in #valdisere #skiingholiday #luxurytravel #sunwayclubmedski #snow #ski @lafoliedouceofficial

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Of course if you don’t want to venture too far, you can always chill out at Club Med and enjoy the on site facilities. Club Med’s stone and wooden facades fit in perfectly with Val d’Isere’s traditional chalets, and there is a great outdoor terrace with views of the mountain. If you are feeling energetic there are daily fitness classes as well as a large indoor swimming pool, sauna and spa.


I have some some amazing holiday experiences over the years. Skiing down the mountain in Val d’Isere is up there with the best of them. All Club Med Ski holidays include flights, transfers, all meals, drinks, lessons and lift passes so if planning a ski trip make sure you take this into account when comparing prices.

For information on prices and Club Med resorts visit ClubMedSunway.ie

 

Like Club Med resorts? Read my post on Club Med da Balaia in the Algarve.

 

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Royal Caribbean Announce Buy One, Get One Half Price + Deluxe Drinks + 50% Off Child Fares

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Royal Caribbean Cruises have announced its best promotion yet! What I love about their new WAVE promotion is that it caters for everyone. Couples, families and groups can avail of massive savings.

 

If you book a European Royal Caribbean cruise to depart between the 1st of April and the 31st of October you can avail of 50% savings off the 2nd passenger and 50% off child fares. You will also receive a deluxe drinks package, not just wine and beer, but all drinks up to a $12 value. And Royal Caribbean know that people may not be cash rich after Christmas, so they will confirm your booking for a low deposit of only €30!

Royal Caribbean Promotion

Fore more details see below, visit RoyalCaribbean.ie  or see your local travel agent.

  • Buy one all-inclusive cruise fare, get one half price – this is a 50% saving on the cruise fare of the second guest booked into the same stateroom
  • 50% off kids cruise fares – all third and fourth guests booked into the same stateroom can also enjoy a 50% per person cruise fare saving
  • Royal Caribbean’s best ever all-inclusive drinks offer. All-inclusive for the first and second guest includes the Deluxe Beverage Package (enjoy any beverage up to the value of US$12 including all cocktails, spirits, liqueurs, wines, beer and soft drinks) for adults or the Classic Soda Package for persons under the applicable drinking age
  • Reduced deposit of €30pp available on bookings made between 21st December and 6th March 2017 and at least 57 days or more before sailing (not available on group bookings.

 

Source: Europe – Buy One Cruise Fare, Get One Half Price + Deluxe Drinks | Cruise Deals – Royal Caribbean

 

Sarah

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The Absolute Guide to Las Vegas

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I am often asked to write a guide to Las Vegas with recommendations about what to do and where to stay. Unfortunately I haven’t visited Las Vegas yet so I had to ask for help… 

 

I spoke to Ciaran Mulligan A.K.A THE FABULOUS TRAVELLER, because he has been to Vegas a staggering eight times! He kindly wrote this blog post for me with some great tips on where to stay, where to eat, as well as his list of the top 10 things to do in Las Vegas. So this is your absolute guide to Las Vegas. Make sure you bookmark or pin it if you are planning a trip!

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My favourite Las Vegas hotels are :

 

1 The Cosmopolitan Hotel 

I just love this hotel, with amazing rooms, decor and great atmosphere. The hotel also has great pool areas, a great gym and a fabulous spa.  The best breakfast/ brunch buffet in Vegas is at The Wicked Spoon in the Cosmopolitan Hotel.
 

 

2 The Aria Hotel  

Next door to the Cosmopolitan, this is a nice contemporary hotel and very spacious.

 
3 The Bellagio

At the centre of the strip with its famous water fountains, this is another popular hotel.
 

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3. Wynn or Encore Hotel 

Opposite the fashion mall which is great for shopping.
 

 

 

5. The Venetian or Palazzo  

Complete with indoor gondolas giving you a taste of Venice.
 
If you don’t want a casino in your hotel check out the Vdara hotel. If you are looking for good Las Vegas meeting spaces for conferences and events,  Westgate Resorts have several.
 

 

 

My favourite restaurants in Las Vegas are:

 

Tao at the Venetian hotel 

(Thai) great food, good atmosphere and fab decor, prices $$$$, pop into Tao nightclub after!

 

STK at the Cosmopolitan  

Try this if you like steak. It’s the sister restaurant of the fabulous STK in Manhattan

Prices: $$$$.
 

 

 

Mon Gabi at the Paris Hotel

This is great for steaks and French cuisine. I always ask for the  balcony table sitting outside and enjoy the whole atmosphere of the strip.
Prices $$$.

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Todd English’s Olives at the Bellagio

Great if you want a nice lunch. Ask for a balcony table so you can enjoy the water fountains while you eat.
Prices $$$-$$$$!

 

Lemongrass at the Aria Hotel  

If you like traditional Thai dishes but with a contemporary decor. Great food and amazing service.
Prices $$$
 

 

 

My top 10 things to do in Las Vegas are:

 

1. Helicopter Ride to the Grand Canyon with Papillon Helicopters  

It’s just wow flying into the Grand Canyon along the Colorado river, landing and having breakfast in the Grand Canyon. Absolutely Fabulous!
 

 

 

2. Take in a Show or Concert.  

There are many options here but by far my favourite shows are the Cirque Du Soleil shows. My favourite is Beatles Love at the Mirage followed by Michael Jackson‘s ‘One’ at the Mandalay Bay, La Reve at the Wynn and O at the Bellagio. There are also many top artists resident at Las Vegas at different times such as Elton John, Celine DionLionel Richie, Britney, J Lo and Bruno Mars.
 

 

3. Slotzilla Zip line at Fremont Street

Take Slotzilla Zip line the full length of Fremont Street, zooming by everyone below, flying like superman. This is great fun and suitable for most ages! Enjoy the madness of Fremont Street after the Zip Line.

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4. Night time Helicopter Ride.

Take a nighttime helicopter ride around the strip with Maverick Helicopters. The ride takes about 15 minutes as you travel down the strip flying around the Stratosphere hotel and back up the strip, passing by your hotel and catching the lights at night.
 

 

5. Siegfried & Roy secret gardens at the Mirage hotel.

This is like a zoo type animal enclosure including a dolphin habitat. You can swim with dolphins or visit lions and panthers in their habitat.
 

 

 

6. Mob Museum

Just off Fremont street go visit the mob museum. The history of Vegas with the comings and goings of the mob and celebrities from the 1920s through to the current day. This is really interesting and definitely worth a visit.
 

 

 

7. High Roller at the LINQ hotel.

This big wheel which is 550 ft tall is fairly new to the strip and is similar to the London eye, except bigger. You can either go into a capsule without a bar or with a bar for an extra few dollars. My recommendation is go with the bar capsule where you get free drinks/cocktails for the length of time the wheel goes around which is approx 30 mins.

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8. Fashion Mall

Located opposite the Wynn Hotel, this Mall has got all the shops you want including Macy’s, Abercrombie, Hollister and more. You can also take a trip to the outlets which are about 15-20 mins taxi ride away for more bargains.
 

 

9. Spa treatments

Check out the spa treatments in the Sahra spa in the Cosmopolitan hotel. Little pricey but worth the pampering! Also check if your own hotel has a spa and see what treatments you can get.
 

 

10. Stratosphere thrill rides hotel.

Scary rides off the top of the Stratosphere hotel including a sky jump. The rides include Big Shot, Insanity and X scream in which you are hanging over the side of the hotel.
 

 
You will love Vegas if you like fun. Hopefully my absolute guide to Las Vegas will help you make the most of your trip! 

 

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Orlando Family Offer, 9th May, 2ad & 2ch, €465 per person!

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For most families Orlando is THE bucket list destination. Lets face it the magic starts as soon as you tell your kids you are going to Disney World!

 

With over 12 theme parks and four waterparks you are literally spoilt for choice! From Disney World, to Universal Studios, simulator rides to rollercoasters, water slides to dolphin swims, the choice is endless.  Lets not forget how much is accessible from Orlando too. Visit the Kennedy Space centre, shop till you drop in the outlets, or chill out one some of Florida’s amazing beaches. Suffice to say there is something here for everyone. For more info on Orlando you can read my blog here.Orlando family offer

I found a great Orlando family offer with Sunway Holidays. Book early, save yourself a fortune! Fly from Dublin on the 9th of May and spend seven nights at the newly renovated Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando, for only €435 per person based on 2 adults and 2 children. This hotel is located in the heart of Orlando on International Drive, close to theme parks, restaurants and night life and also offers free shuttle to Universal Studios. Facilities include 3 swimming pools, children’s playground, restaurant, sports bar and video games room! Highly rated on tripadvisor and awarded a certificate of excellence, this is a great choice for a fun filled holiday. Price include flights, taxes, baggage and seven nights hotel accommodation. If you want to extend your stay talk to the Sunway team, add on more nights in Orlando, a few days at the beach or even a Caribbean cruise – the choice is yours!

 

Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. This post was sponsored by Sunway Holidays but all views as always are my own 🙂

 

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Sarah

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Travel Hot Spots for 2017 – As Seen on TV3’s Saturday AM

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Spain, Portugal and Croatia are looking like the top short haul destinations this year while America and Asia lead the way in long haul travel. Check out my travel hot spots for 2017 as seen on TV3’s Saturday AM.

  

European holiday destinations 

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Spain and Portugal will remain the most popular short haul holiday destinations in 2017. 1.8 million Irish holiday makers went to Spain in 2016 and this year should attract similar numbers. The Costa Dorada could be the big winner. There are flights from Dublin, Shannon, Cork and Knock serving Reus, Girona or Barcelona. Sunway and Falcon Holidays both offer package deals to Salou and Cambrils. The combination of the iconic city of Barcelona and the opening of Ferrari World at the already popular Port Aventura theme park, make it an ideal choice for all the family.

Travel hot spots for 2017

The Algarve has almost fifty flights per week from Irish airports, in the peak Summer months. Aer Lingus have added a new service to Porto, and Lisbon is already a popular city break destination. Sunway have introduced a direct flight to Sardinia in Italy, a welcome return for those looking for nice beaches in Italy. Ryanair, Aer Lingus and Aegean air are all flying to Athens so this should help those looking to travel to the bucket list destinations of Santorini and Mykonos.

Croatia may prove to be the hot spot for people looking to go somewhere different but want to be close to home. Aer Lingus have introduced flights to Split and they also fly to Pula and Dubrovnik, while Ryanair fly to Zadar. I was in Pula last year and loved it, you can read all about my stay here.

Fly from Dublin to Pula with Aer Lingus on the 23rd of May and enjoy a seven night stay in the popular Splendid Hotel for only €349 per person, including airport transfers. Situated right at the waters edge, this is a great choice for a relaxing break and is within easy reach of the city of Pula. Use my exclusive code TRAVELEXP10 to save 10% off the hotel cost.

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City Breaks

WOW air have increased flights from Dublin to Reykjavik and added on a service from Cork. It looks like Iceland will remain popular in 2017 for weekend breaks and as a holiday destination. KLM are now flying four times a day to Amsterdam as well as Aer Lingus and Ryanair so this could prove another cheap city break option.

Porto for me will be the big winner. When Aer Lingus announced they were flying to Porto, Ryanair decided to increase their flights. We now have 8 flights a week to the small city of Porto – it could prove to be this years top city break destination. It is one of Europe’s oldest cities and almost feels medieval. It is also a good choice for food lovers. You will find some excellent restaurants serving traditional Portuguese food and wine, at a fraction of the cost you would pay at home.

I found a great deal to the 4* Cristal Porto hotel in May, highly recommended on tripadvisor, this modern hotel ticks all boxes. Fly from Dublin on the 11th of May and enjoy a three night stay here for only €237 per person.

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Cruises

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One of the fastest growing sectors in the travel industry, cruise holidays should have another bumper year. The competition has never been greater. Most major cruise lines have dedicated Irish websites now and many travel agents and tour operators have dedicated cruise departments. Free all inclusive drinks packages, half price kids offers and even free flights, will I am sure, entice Irish holidaymakers to cruise in 2017. New destinations like Cuba will make it easier for visitors to visit Havana without paying the increasing accommodation costs. River cruises are also proving popular for discerning clients. For those who don’t want to fly there are also cruises operating directly from Ireland in 2017.

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MSC Meraviglia

MSC’s Get more, Get All campaign offers free WiFi, free all-inclusive drinks package and €50 on board credit. This deal is also available on their brand new luxury ship, MSC Meraviglia. Fly from Dublin to Barcelona on the 8th of September and enjoy a seven night Med cruise, visiting Spain, France, Italy and Malta for only €1399. This price includes an upgrade to a balcony cabin, a FREE all-inclusive drinks package, FREE Wi-Fi and €50 on board credit.

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Long Haul destinations

Flights to the States have grown to unprecedented levels. New routes to from Aer Lingus to Hartford and Miami and extra flights to Los Angeles, Orlando, Chicago and New York, should translate into a bumper year for Irish tourists to the USA. The addition of low cost flights with Norwegian Air from Cork to Boston and New York, as well as WOW air flights via Iceland, should ensure lots of good deals for Irish holidaymakers.

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With two direct daily flights to both Dubai and Abu Dhabi and now a new daily service to Doha with Qatar airlines, getting to Asia, Africa and Australia has never been easier. No lengthy lay overs in Heathrow and with so many flights, prices will be very competitive. Ethiopian airlines‘ Dreamliner aircraft made many news reports when they offered cheap direct flights from Dublin to Los Angeles this year. They have now added extra connections from their hub in Addis Ababa to South Africa. This means that flights from Dublin to Cape Town are easily accessible and hopefully well priced too.

 

Prices are correct at time of issue but are subject to change.

 

Sarah

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Top Tips For Booking Travel Insurance

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Planning a trip? Check out my top tips for booking travel insurance and make sure you are adequately covered.

 Top tips for booking travel insurance

 

1. Never wait to get insured.

When you book your holiday, take out your travel insurance at the same time. You will immediately have cancellation cover. This means that in the event of an unforeseen incident like an illness or an injury, you are covered.

 

2. Choose your travel insurance provider wisely.

It is always a smart idea to shop around for most things and travel insurance is no different. This is especially true if you have a medical condition or are taking any medication. Some insurance providers don’t cover people who have a medical condition. It will be necessary to be pre-screened in some instances. This is generally a medical screening system, which asks more questions and therefore gives you a more tailored policy, taking the stress out of planning your getaway.

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3. Don’t always go for the cheapest option.

Sometimes the cheapest options in travel insurance may have higher excesses, should you need to make a claim. Always compare like with like… That said I shopped around and I found Multitrip.com the best option, excellent for both price and cover!

4. Honesty is always the best policy!

Don’t purchase a policy that does not provide cover for your medical condition and hope for the best! It is vital that you disclose to your travel insurance provider that you have a medical condition or are taking medication. You should make full disclosure, even if you think it is of no consequence. If you are not completely honest regarding any illness/medical condition/medication, you may find yourself paying out thousands of Euro should something happen that is related to this illness. Top Ttps for bookings travel insurance

 

5. You do need cover in Europe!

If you think that you don’t need travel insurance whilst travelling in Europe, think again! Many believe that the EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) provides adequate cover, it doesn’t. This card only gives you the right to access state-provided healthcare for medically necessary treatment, during a temporary stay in another European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland. It is not a replacement or alternative for travel insurance. It will not repatriate you to your home country and provides no cover if you have lost baggage or you need to cancel your holiday. The other thing to consider is that the EHIC card is only for treatment on the same basis as a resident of that country. It is worth noting that in some countries, patients are expected to make a contribution to the medical costs incurred so you could be facing a large bill for services when you least expect it.

 

6. Make sure your policy has travel disruption cover.

It seems like every other week there is another pilot strike or air traffic control strike. No one could have foreseen the extent of flight disruption when 10 million people were stranded and 100,000 flights were cancelled due to the Icelandic ash cloud. When you book your holiday months in advance you never know what may happen. I always recommend that you add travel disruption cover to your policy (extra charge applies). You will be covered for additional expenses if your flight is cancelled or delayed for more than 12 hours. You can also claim back expenses due to flooding, strikes, earthquakes or if you are advised against travel to a specific country due to unrest. See more details on travel disruption cover here.

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7. Make sure you can contact your insurance provider while away.

There is not much point in having all this wonderful travel insurance if you cannot get in touch with your provider in the event of an emergency. Pre-program the Emergency Assistance Service number into your phone so you will have it with you. Contact details for the Emergency Assistance Service can generally be found within the ‘Policy Wording’ section.

 

Regardless of where you are travelling to, don’t travel without travel insurance. At the time of issue Multitrip.com were offering annual multi trip travel insurance cover from €15.95.  Visit their website or call 0818 44 44 44.

 

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Sarah

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My Favourite Posts from 2016

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What a year 2016 has been, 12 trips, 160 posts, it’s fair to say I am loving my job!

There has been so many highlights. Travelling from San Francisco to San Diego with my family was certainly one of them. I also loved my solo trip to Istria, a mini cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas, tasting wine in Rioja and pintxos in San Sebastian. I tried glamping in Clare, had the opportunity to stay in some amazing hotels, and stay on a luxury river cruise. Finally I finished off an amazing year by skiing for the first time in 12 years and ringing in the new year in Disneyland Paris! Those I still have to write about so watch this space! Here are my favourite posts from 2016, hopefully I will have lots more exciting stories to tell in 2017. Thanks to everyone for reading!

 

The Best Places To Stop On The Pacific Coast Highway

 

San Francisco – Biking The Bridge!

 

My Review of Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas

 

10 Things To Do In Dublin Airport Before You Fly!

 

Feather Down Loop Head, Glamping At It’s Finest!

 

Santa at Aillwee Cave

 

Living like Royalty at the Hotel du Palais

 

48 Hours in Bilbao

 

My highlights of Istria, Croatia.

I hope I helped you with your travel plans last year and continue to in 2017. To read more articles like this choose from the following categories:

Sun Holidays  City Breaks  Long haul  Family holidays  Cruises

Thanks again for reading!

Sarah

The Travel Expert Sarah Slattery

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