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My Favourite Travel Hacks As Seen on Saturday AM

Being a savvy traveller is easier than you think, just remember to use some of my favourite travel hacks!


Research the weather

Before you book any holiday it is important to gauge what the weather will be like. In the age of constant climate change, the wunderground website is an excellent resource for checking historical weather. It will show you the temperature and rainfall for the same period you are looking to travel in, over the past number of years.  No more guesses, these are real temperatures which should give you the best indication of what the weather will be like, at your chosen destination.

Check in online, prebook seats & meals.

Checking in online will not only save long airport queues but it may ensure you get the best seats available. For airlines like Ryanair, you HAVE to print your boarding passes beforehand, for most other airlines this isn’t necessary. Although I would recommend doing it anyway, to save time when you get to the airport.

Pre book seats where possible, is the ‘Tripadvisor’ for seats! Use this website to find out where the best seats are on an aircraft, read honest reviews from travellers who have flown on the same aircraft. If you normally pay for priority boarding with Ryanair, book an exit seat and they will give you priority boarding free! If travelling long haul, pre book specific meals so you will be served first, particularly if it’s a night flight and you want to sleep. I find the vegetarian options are usually the best!

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Prebook attraction tickets.

Read travel blogs on the area you are going to, or use TripAdvisor to find out the top things to do in a particular destination. Check the local tourist boards for free activities and for discovery passes. Usually you will find a bulk attraction / city pass is cheaper than paying for each attraction separately. Websites such as Attraction Tickets Direct offer huge discounts for booking in advance and offer real tickets, so you can avoid queuing for tickets at your destination.

Take out car hire excess insurance

Car hire excess is a personal bug bear of mine. When you arrive at an airport, particularly with kids in tow, the car hire companies always insist you take their car hire excess policy, and they usually charge exorbitant rates. You can avoid paying these by taking out a car hire excess insurance policy before you travel. With prices from €2.99 per day instead of €15 per day (approx cost), this is a must have if you are hiring a car abroad. Visit for more details.

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Travelling with kids

I have many travel tips for travelling with kids but one of my favourites is to invest in light weight hand luggage. Loose the trunkis as soon as your children are able to wheel heavier cases. Kids like wheeling their own cases anyway and if you invest in the best lightweight case available you can save a fortune on checked baggage charges. I tell my kids they can bring whatever fits in their case, this usually works out well when packing! Buy a portable luggage scales and bring it with you to avoid stress of thinking you may be over weight. You can buy them here for less than €10.

If travelling on a city break, choose an early flight home. Once you have checked out of the hotel, the kids will just want to go home and you will spend a fortune trying to amuse them on the last day. The €30 saving you thought you had by coming back on the later flight, believe me you will spend it twice over. For city breaks where there is a lot of walking involved, buy a €20 fold up scooter from Smyths and depending on your weight allowance, leave it behind you if necessary.

Avoid bringing the kitchen sink! Most hotels have baby equipment so you wont have to bring your own. These are not always advertised in brochures, incase 20 families ask for buggies, sterilisers or bottle warmers at the same time. Call or email the hotel before hand and ask them what equipment they have and pre-book if possible.

I wish my kids didn’t need electronic devices to on holidays, but they can be a Godsend! Invest in a Mediashare, it’s a small portable device that creates it’s own wifi network so kids can watch movies and listen to music on their tablets or phones anywhere, even on a plane. It is also really compact so much easier to carry than a portable DVD player and lots of DVDs.

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Use travel apps

If travelling outside the Eurozone, know the exchange rates. This is a common mistake. You arrive tired and although you may have known the currency conversion before you left home, the likelihood is you have forgotten once you arrive. Don’t end up paying huge money for taxis or tipping hotel staff the wrong amount because you don’t know the proper exchange rate. Download the XE currency app – it also works offline (you dont need to be connected to wifi or use roaming).

Tripadvisor app is invaluable when checking restaurant or attraction reviews. It will also send you push notifications about highly rated restaurants or attractions close by. Many people don’t realise it but Google Maps can also be used offline. Download your route plans before you leave home and use them offline on holidays. Google translate is another excellent tool, you can use your phone’s camera to photograph menus, sign posts etc, and it will translate them to English for you.

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Photocopy or scan important documents.

It is not something we like to think about but is it possible that you could be a victim of a crime on holidays, or simply loose your passport or other documents. Passport, insurance details, credit cards, flight tickets – all of which are much easier to replace if you have copies of the originals safely stored. Alternatively, store the scanned documents in the ‘Cloud’, using Google Drive (15GB of free space and part of your Gmail account), Dropbox which gives you 2GB of free storage space or an app like Evernote. These digital copies are stored safely online and available by logging into from any computer in the world.


Have you any favourite travel hacks? Comment below, I would love to hear them!


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Teletext Holidays Launch in Ireland

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UK’s travel giant Teletext Holidays launches in Ireland, with a wide selection of holidays available from all Irish airports.


How many of you used to look up holidays on Teletext?  The ‘Aertel’ brings back so many fond memories of planning holidays! In the UK, Teletext Holidays took this one step further and launched their own travel brand. Believe it or not it was the first digital travel agent in the 90’s and they eventually moved from TV screens to an online travel agency.  They have carried over 20 million customers over 25 years and a staggering 380,000 in 2016. The must be doing something right!

The good news is this travel agent that conjures up nostalgic moments in my mind, has launched in Ireland. They will use their 25 years of experience to offer a full range of affordable holidays including worldwide holidays, European sun resorts, city breaks and last minute deals, from all Irish airports. What I love about them is that customer service is key to Teletext Holidays success. They are not an online travel agent that are difficult to talk to, on the contrary, their phone lines are open from 8am – 11pm, even on bank holidays! They are also of course fully licensed and bonded in Ireland so you can rest assured your travel arrangements will be safe and secure.

So when planning your next holiday, pay their website a visit



Travel Tips

The Ultimate Moving Abroad Checklist


Whether you are taking a year out to travel or moving abroad permanently, check out the ultimate moving abroad checklist.


You have probably seen many articles with similar titles online, if you are preparing to move abroad, both USA & International publications try to help the world traveller. The fact is, leaving your homeland for a new country is a big deal. It is probably the biggest thing you have ever done or ever will do.

It’s not just that the country is different and the language is different. The entire culture is different. Most of us do not know what that really means. We grow up in one tiny little part of the planet and think we are the world. We do not know that some of the things we do are insulting and forbidden in other areas. For example, in some countries, it is considered rude to place money in a person’s hand while making a purchase. The money is to be placed on the counter or in a dish, and your change is returned the same way. Such a small thing to you is insulting to them. These are the kinds of things you will have to learn where you are moving.

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Tip 1 – There is an app for that

There are many free apps that will help you avoid faux pas in your new country. Most were put out for business people who cannot afford costly mistakes. Check your app store for options. Two of our favourites are, CultureGPS and World Customs and Cultures. Study these well. Small mistakes in a culture far from your own, can have huge consequences.

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Tip 2 – Your first priority is to find a doctor, dentist, and lawyer that speak your language!

You may think you speak the language pretty well. Maybe you took it in high-school and passed with a B+. Maybe every student in the room wished they could speak the language as well as you do. Unless you have family who is actually from that country and they have taught you to speak the language, you do not speak the language as well as you think. You do not want to find this out at a doctor, dentist, or police station. So find someone who knows what you are saying and can help you before any surgery is scheduled.

Tip 3 – Register with your Embassy

If anything happens while you are in a country that you are not a citizen of, your embassy is who can get you the help you need and get you out of the situation or country. Of course, we are assuming that you are a good and law-abiding person. But bad things can happen to good people too!

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Tip 4 – The standard stuff

    • You need to take at least two copies of your passport. Have one locked in the hotel safe or a safe place in your new home. If you are robbed you at least can get back out of the country. Also leave a copy of your passport, medical insurance cards, and a copy of your paperwork showing why you went to the country and when you planned to return with someone who loves you. Note: it wouldn’t hurt to leave a couple of hundred dollars on a prepaid credit card in case you are not sure how much they love you!
    • Know the money exchange rate and do not carry cash in excess. Check with your bank to see if they have a bank in that country and if your ATM cards work there. If not, find a bank and open another account with them.
    • Before you go, make sure you have adequate medical insurance that will work in the country you are going to. Take a copy of your medical prescriptions with you and the prescriptions in the labeled bottles.
    • If you plan on going to certain events, purchase your tickets before you go and while you understand what you are buying.


This guest post was written by The Blog Frog.



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Puerto Rico, 7th September, Flights & Apartment, 1 week €385!


Bag yourself a September bargain with this amazing Puerto Rico deal for only €385!


Puerto Rico is one of the sunniest resorts in the Canary Islands, so when Mediterranean resorts are beginning to get cool, Puerto Rico will still have hot temperatures 😎. Originally a small fishing village, it has been transformed into a lively holiday resort which offers all you need for a fun filled holiday. Purpose built, Puerto Rico is set into the hillside so sea-views are available from most apartments. There is a stylish marina, a sandy beach, two shopping centres and a wide choice of bars and restaurants. It is not all about the sun. You can go dolphin watching, try surfing, scuba diving or take a stroll along the coast to the upmarket resort of Amadores.

Terrazamar Suites, Puerto Rico holiday deal

The resort comes alive at night time with a wide selection of bars and clubs. If you fancy a quiet night, you can always try Europe’s only permanent open-air cinema. Enjoy the latest movie with wood-fired pizza and a selection of drinks, as you relax in their comfy sofas. Water taxis are available to the nearby town of Mogan. Often described as ‘little Venice’, this is a must see while you are there.

Terrazamar Suites, Puerto Rico holiday deal

I found a great deal to the popular Puerto Plata apartments. These spacious apartments are centrally located and only a ten minute walk to the beach and receive good reviews on tripadvisor. Fly from Dublin on the 7th of September and enjoy a seven night stay for only €385 per person.

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Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. This Puerto Rico deal was sponsored by Teletext holidays, but all views, as always are my own.



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Holidays in Ireland

My Review of Fota Island Resort


I’m a firm believer that the ultimate family staycation is one that combines a touch of luxury, with activities for children. Fota Island Resort has both in abundance.


When I was offered a trip to Fota Island Resort, a five star hotel with a wildlife park next door,  I jumped at the chance! We have enjoyed a Dublin Zoo family pass for many years; we are animal lovers who also happen to be fond of nice hotels, this seemed like the perfect staycation! After a short two and a half hour drive from Dublin we arrived at ‘the island’. I had never really paid much attention to the name before but when we drove into the lavish grounds and arrived at Fota Island Resort, the penny suddenly dropped,  we were in fact on an island! The gardens are superb (more on that later) and first impressions were really good. I couldn’t help but notice the pretty bronzed sculptures throughout the gardens and my daughter Alex was quick to notice them too 😍

We stayed at one of the new Fuchsia lodges, which were outstanding. Just check out my video below and you will see what I mean! The three bedroom lodge (house being more accurate) has a ‘good room’, a massive living area with modern kitchen, and a perfect back garden for the kids to roam around. Upstairs all three bedrooms are ensuite and two have walk in wardrobes! There is also a balcony off the master bedroom with views across the grounds. Rabbits were constantly bouncing around the garden so when the kids weren’t outside chasing them, the balcony was a great viewing point!

I was conscious that there are only six of these available for rent so I made a point of looking at the Courtyard Lodges too. I was really impressed with these also and they also have the advantage of are also beside a great outdoor playground. I was thinking how handy it would be to relax in your lodge while the kids played happily beside you.

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The Fota Island Resort hotel  has a warm cosy feel, with dark bog oak furniture in large lounge areas. Personally I preferred the bright modern décor of the lodges, but I couldn’t help but think that it would be fantastic at winter time, especially with the log fire blazing ❤. I also investigated the hotel rooms and found them bright and spacious with modern decor. Fota Island Resort offers great facilities for children including a kids club and an indoor swimming pool. My kids loved the pool, however we didn’t have time to try the kids club on this occasion. During school holidays the Fota Camp operates daily for children aged 4-12 and there is also an adrenaline adventure centre for children aged 8 and over. Children will love the obstacle course and can try kayaking, learn about bush craft and lots more. Budding golfers will love their golf camp – suffice to say there are camps to cater for all children. We enjoyed tasty meals in the bar and Fota Restaurant, although perhaps not five star standard, but they offered an excellent kids menu. I noticed many groups of girls enjoying afternoon tea so I asked how they were getting on. They had booked a spa package which came with this incredible array of food. It seems Fota Island Resort is not just ideal for families!

fota island resort

I mentioned the lavish grounds earlier and thankfully on our last morning I look the opportunity to walk around them. There are numerous walking trails from 2.5km to 7km, each one was better than the next. You can walk through woods, along the golf course (did I mention there is a championship golf course here?) and along the waters edge. I spotted wildlife at every turn, red squirrels, rabbits and exotic birds; along with, I was told, the finest collections of rare trees and shrubs to be found in Ireland. Children will love the new Fota fairy trail, that has over 20 magical Fairy Doors hidden throughout the woods.  You can also choose to walk the 1.7km to the wildlife park, but with two young kids in tow, we decided to drive. After a few short minutes we were at Fota Wildlife Park.

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We were only in the park a few minutes when my son spotted a peacock roaming around. This set the tone for the entire day. Everywhere we looked there were animals roaming free, it was so refreshing to see. My son was re christened ‘the spotter’ because he constantly spotted animals hiding in nearby hedges. There were wallabies hopping through the parkland and lemurs scampering up trees. We planned our visit around the Cheetah’s feeding time and seeing them run at an incredible speed was quite special. My son, Luke (9) was mesmerised. After the cheetah ‘show’ we strolled pass the numerous giraffe and bison and arrived at the Asian sanctuary ,where lions and tigers were happy to meet us.

The 100 acre park is very easy to navigate and it wasn’t long before we were at the lakeshore. This was our highlight. We got up close and personal with kangaroos and lemurs as well as the hundreds of friendly birds, ducks and geese. They even have a food dispenser (50cent). The kids loved feeding the birds and geese, the odd peck added to the excitement. The kangaroos are so used to visitors you can easily stand right beside them and get some amazing photographs. After a three hour visit we decided to hop on the train back to the entrance. It only costs a €1 so if you have tired children, this is a Godsend. We all loved the wildlife park, in fact I have already been asked when we are going back.

Fota Island Resort also has the luxury of being only minutes from the pretty Cork town of Cobh. Famous for being the Titanic’s last port of call in 1912, you can’t help but fall in love with this historic town. Take a the Titanic experience tour or have lunch in the Titanic bar. There is also a heritage centre and museum. If you fancy a boat trip, take a trip to Spike Island and explore the fortress that held 2300 prisoners. The town itself is pretty with lots of shops, bars and restaurants and the colourful streets are an instagram favourite.

I would highly recommend Fota Island Resort for a family break away. The proximity to Cobh and the Fota Wildlife park combined with a luxurious family friendly hotel and excellent lodges, make for a truly memorable holiday.


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Check out Ireland Before You Die for more information on things to do with kids in Cork


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Silversea All Inclusive Luxury Cruise, 11th November, 4 Nights, €1395!


24 butler service, breakfast in bed, or dinner on your balcony. When it comes to luxury cruising, no one does it better than Silversea.


There are only a small number of six star cruises, or hotels for that matter, but Silversea hold that coveted prize. Their intimate cruise ships carry only 300 – 540 guests, a refreshing change from the many cruise liners that are constantly competing to have the largest ships at sea. While this may sound exclusive and beyond your budget, some of their prices are surprisingly good value when you consider the service you receive. Almost everything is included in the price, even in-suite dining, you could easily cruise on Silversea without putting your hand in your pocket. This incredible offer from Sunway will allow you to do just that.

silversea all inclusive luxury cruise

You will experience a taste of luxury cruising over four nights, with flights, baggage, transfers, gratuities and all meals and drinks included in the price. Sip champagne and wave goodbye to the eternal city of Rome, from your veranda suite, before cruising the Mediterranean for four days. Get up close and personal in each port, Silversea cruise ships can dock right in the heart of each city. Experience the glitz and glamour of Monaco, the lavender fields of Provence and the rolling hills of Tuscany, before cruising back to Rome.

silversea all inclusive luxury cruise

This taster cruise is on board Silver Spirit which is Silversea’s largest cruise ship, carrying 540 guests. Enjoy fresh sushi at the Asian fusion Seishin restaurant or authentic Italian cuisine at the à la carte La Terrazza. Chefs mix buffalo mozzarella from Naples, olive oil and balsamic vinegar from Umbria, with fresh pasta that is made daily on board. For more casual dining try the pool bar and grill, or the popular Stars Supper Club where you can enjoy some cocktails and live music afterwards. For an extra special evening try the six course tasting menu at Relais & Châteaux’s La Champange restaurant, where each course is paired with fine wines. Supplement of $40 applies.

silversea all inclusive luxury cruise

Although a relatively small cruise ship, you can still expect luxurious spa treatments in the 8,300 square-foot spa, which was voted best spa at sea by Condé Nast Traveler. There is also a heated pool, fitness centre and beauty salon. There are plenty of entertainment options including full scale production shows from their Show Lounge, sundowners at the Panorama Lounge and a selection of games at the casino. Shoppers will enjoy the designer boutiques on board including Gucci, Bvlgari and Swarovski.

silversea all inclusive luxury cruise

Fly from Dublin to Rome on the 11th of November and enjoy a four night all-inclusive cruise from €1395 per person. This price includes flights, transfers, checked baggage, all taxes and gratuities, 24 hour butler service, in-suite dining, complimentary beverages in-suite and throughout the ship. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience a Silversea all inclusive luxury cruise, for an unbeatable price – don’t miss it!


Click here for more details: or call the cruise specialists in Sunway on 01- 2311868 .


This post was sponsored by Sunway Holidays but all views as always are my own 😎



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Royal Caribbean Show Us Something Extraordinary on the Streets of Dublin

Royal Caribbean Levitation Stunt

Royal Caribbean took their slogan ‘where extraordinary happens’ to a whole new level by showing Dublin’s shoppers a truly extraordinary levitation stunt.


TV personality David Meade developed this unique performance to coincide with the launch of Royal Caribbean’s 2018 cruise brochure. Apparently David Meade was so excited by the extraordinary offerings in their new brochure that he levitated off the ground! ” We wanted to encapsulate this extraordinary experience in an ordinary context to demonstrate how Royal Caribbean can transport you to somewhere spectacular, said Meade.  ”Jennifer Callister, Head of Ireland, Royal Caribbean, commented: “At Royal Caribbean our aim is to take the ordinary and make it extraordinary and as one in 10 of our customers are from Ireland we wanted to celebrate the launch of the 2018/2019 brochure by bringing something extraordinary directly to the streets of Dublin. This ground-breaking performance epitomises the adventure playground of incredible experiences both off and onboard our ships, and was a fantastic way to kick-start that summer feeling and inspire new adventures.”

The stunt which took place just of Dublin’s busiest street, Grafton Street, was not the only surprise in store for Dublin shoppers. Another illusion transformed a €50 note into a golden ticket for a lucky winner who will get the opportunity to cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas next year. This extraordinary cruise ship will be the world’s largest when it is launched in 2018. On-lookers were also encouraged to post pics on social media to win a €100 voucher for Jamie’s Italian in Dundrum Town Centre, a restaurant that is also on many of Royal Caribbean’s cruise ships.

Royal Caribbean continues to provide extraordinary cruise ships and holiday experiences. They visit 250 destinations in 77 countries across 6 continents, and are bound to have a cruise to suit you 🙂

For more details visit their website or your local travel agent.



Travel Tips

Cancelled Flight? What To Do When Things Go Wrong


Cancelled flight? Overbooked or delayed? Read this handy guide which tells you what to do when things go wrong.


It’s no secret that travelling isn’t always plain sailing and passengers are often faces with delays, cancellations and, as we’ve seen in the news recently– not enough seats! has pulled together a handy what to do when things go wrong guide, highlighting exactly what your rights are should one of these inconveniences happen to you, as well as some top tips to ensure you are as prepared as possible.

My flight has been delayed or cancelled – what are my rights?

They key thing to know here is that-if your flight has been cancelled at extremely short notice, it is the airline’s responsibility to ensure that you have an alternative way home or to your destination. There are varying laws within and outside of EU which can cause confusion, especially in amongst the chaos of cancellations. Within the EU – if your flight is delayed for more than three hours you are within your rights to get the same compensation as those who have suffered entirely cancelled flights. However outside the EU – these laws differ and flying home from a non-EU country will result in an alternative route home but you are not entitled to food or accommodation during the wait. For more details click here.  For live updates if your flight has been cancelled or delayed, click here.

cancelled flight, what to do when things go wrong


As with most things, policies vary depending on the airline or travel provider you have book with when it comes to paying up due to a delayed or cancelled flight. With delays, which are considered two hours for short haul flights and four for long haul flights, airlines should compensate you with meal vouchers and accommodation should the delay be longer. A key point to remember is that bad weather, strikes or reasons the airline deems not their fault- meaning compensation would only be available through your travel insurance.

What am I entitled to?

  • Delays 3+ hours €250 for short flights and €400 for medium flights (between 1,500-3,500km)
  • Delays 3-4 hours €300 and 4+ hours €600 for long haul flights
  • Cancelled flight – full refund or alternative transport


Travel Insurance

As you know when you’re purchasing your travel insurance, different providers come with different policies and it’s important you triple check that the one you decide to go with covers for delays or cancellations. offer travel disruption cover which will cover you in the event of strikes and adverse weather conditions. Read more about why you need to add travel disruption cover to your insurance policy here.

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Further travel

Connecting flights add to the headache if a flight has been cancelled or delayed, so what happens when you miss it? If missing the flight has been no fault of your own and you are connecting with the same airline, then they will be able to organise another flight for you, assuming that you have purchased one ticket from your origin to your destination. However, there is a grey area when you are flying with different airlines and have bought separate tickets,  it is likely you will have to foot the bill of the connecting flight. We can hold on to hope that some may offer you a seat on the next available flight for free but it is unlikely! Car hire and hotels affected by cancellations or delays will all come down to the conditions of the booking and this is another good example of how a good travel insurance policy will avoid any nasty surprises.

cancelled flight, what to do when things go wrong

Overbooked flights

We’ve seen in recent news that passengers are being asked to leave airplanes because of overbooking. So how can this happen? Airlines have been overselling flight tickets for years to compensate for passengers that don’t turn up, but this is not fool proof as, on occasion, everyone turns up. There are two options for you as a passenger in this situation

1. Accept compensation, usually ranging between €200 and €400. There is often an opportunity to haggle here if no one is volunteering to take the boot. The airline will almost certainly offer accommodation and a new flight on top of compensation, but this isn’t always guaranteed so be sure to check before you step off that plane. If you don’t receive compensation you can complain to the Aviation Regulation Authority here.

2. DON’T volunteer. You are entitled to refuse an airline’s offer to compensation in return for giving up your seat. If they insist that you cannot fly although you have paid for a ticket, this is considered being involuntarily denied boarding and can result in much higher compensation. If you don’t volunteer and are removed from the flight, you are also entitled to compensation during the wait between your initial flight and new flight.

cancelled flight, what to do when things go wrong

cancelled flight, what to do when things go wrong

Top tips to avoid being bumped

  • Check in early
  • Go to the gate early (people who arrive last to the gate are more likely to be denied)
  • Become a frequent flyer (you are more likely to be accommodated for)
  • Choose your flight time carefully (avoid times where you know the flight will be full)
  • Pick an airline that never overbooks (Ryanair has a policy that it will never overbook flights, do your research when picking an airline)



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4 Star City Breaks in July and August for Less Than €299!

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I have teamed up with Click&Go, to bring you six, four star summer city breaks in July and August for less than €299! Which one will you choose?


Sometimes a few days leave is all we have, but sometimes a few days away is all we need, to forget about work and let the hair down. No need to worry about pool games and kids clubs, think nice food, wine and some sightseeing instead. I have six summer city breaks for you, all staying in recommended four star hotels in some of Europe’s top cities. The dates can be changed to suit you so if you want to stay longer or shorter, or travel at a different time to what I have listed, just check the Click&Go website, or call one of their dedicated sales staff on 01-5397777, and they will be able to help you.


Madrid, 10th July, Flights & 4 Star hotel, 3 Nights, €249!

city breaks in july and august

Madrid is the perfect option for those who want a sun holiday with some culture thrown in. Take a guided tour of the Royal Palace, enjoy a coffee on the Plaza Mayor, Madrid’s main square; and sample some of the amazing tapas bars and restaurants that the city is renowned for. Football fans will enjoy a tour of Real Madrid’s Bernabeu while fashionistas will shop till they drop on the Gran Via. Fly from Dublin on the 11th of July and spend three nights at the popular Chamartin hotel for only €259 per person.

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Amsterdam, 25th July, Flights & 4 Star Hotel, 2 Nights, €285!

city breaks in july and august

With airlines adding more direct flights to Amsterdam, there has never been a better time to visit. This ‘arty’ city is on trend at the moment with many opting to take a cycling trip along it’s famous canals. Amsterdam is full of culture and life. It is easy to navigate and is a great short break destination. Take a quick trip on the 25th of July for two nights and enjoy a four star stay at the modern Arena Hotel for only €293. Fly out early in the morning and come back late at night so you have three full days to explore his great city!

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Prague, 30th July, Flights & 4 Star Hotel, 3 Nights €275

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Prague must rival Paris for the title of Europe’s most ‘beautiful’ city. Wenceslas Square, medieval Charles Bridge and Prague Castle are just some of the architectural masterpieces. This compact city is one where you can see the most of the highlights in your three night break. If nightlife is what you seek, you will be hard pushed to find anywhere better, with the world’s best beer to go with it! Fly from Dublin on the 30th of July and stay in the highly rated Ametyst boutique hotel. This hotel is centrally located, within walking distance to Wensceslas Square and includes breakfast each day!

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Berlin, 30th July, Flights & 4 Star Hotel, 3 Nights, €283!

city breaks in july and august

The trendy city of Berlin is a great city break destination, I visited last year and loved it. There is history on every corner with some great night life too! Visit the Brandenburg gate, the Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie. If museums are your thing, there are 175 of them! For more info on what to do, read my Berlin blog.  You will be staying at the highly rated 4* Ivbergs Premium Hotel which is close to the famous KaDeWe shopping centre and the Kurfürstendamm, Berlin’s equivalent to the Champs-Élysées.

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Paris, 18th August, Flights & 4 Star Hotel, 2 Nights, €272!

city breaks in july and august

Forget Paris in the Spring, choose Paris in the Summer instead!  The bright sunny weather makes the iconic architecture and the the seasonal blooms a pleasure to witness. Stroll around the artistic village of Montmartre,  cruise on the river Seine at sunset, or take a day trip to the Gardens of Versailles. There are so many things to do in Paris, but some are best seen during the summer! Fly with Aer Lingus to Paris on Friday the 18th of August and stay at the highly rated Best Western Premier 61 Paris Nation for two nights, for only €242. The flight departs early in the morning and returns late in the evening so you  have three days to explore this beautiful city.

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Lisbon, 28th August, 3 Nights, Flights & 4* Hotel, €292!

city breaks in july and august

This combination of the stunning coastline and colourful buildings makes Lisbon the perfect summer city break. Hop on one of the old trams and visit the Castelo de Sao Jorge or take the 20 minute train ride to Cascais, one the the areas prettiest holidays resorts. For a full day trip, visit the magical town of Sintra. Fly with Aer Lingus on the 28th of August and enjoy three nights at the highly rated 4* Turim Europa Hotel for only €292 per person.

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The above dates can be changed to suit you so if you want to stay longer or shorter, or travel at a different time to what I have listed, just check the Click&Go website, or call one of their dedicated sales staff on 01-5397777, and they will be able to help you. This city breaks in July and August post was sponsored by Click&Go but all views as always are my own 🙂
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