Best Travel Deals

The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 18th January 2022

Best travel deals

I’ve searched the web so you don’t have to! My best travel deals include last minute holidays, summer holidays, city breaks, early booking offers, and staycations for couples and families.

This week’s best travel deals include a last minute holiday to Gran Canaria, spring breaks in Venice and Iceland, summer holidays in Croatia and Amalfi Coast a Med cruise, and early bookings offers to Miami and Portugal.  I also have staycations in Belfast and Kilkenny.


It is important to be aware of the latest travel restrictions. In Europe most countries only require you to show your Digital Covid Certificate if vaccinated, however there are exceptions, including Italy and Portugal where a negative test is also required. Currently no pre-departure tests are required returning to Ireland, as long as you are fully vaccinated.

I have some advice and tips in these posts that you may find useful, but please check the latest updates with your airline or travel agent before you travel.

Top 10 tips for travelling during Covid-19

Travelling overseas? Make sure you fill out passenger locator forms in advance



Best last minute holiday:

Gold by Marina hotel, Gran Canaira

Want to stay in the best rated hotel in Gran Canaria? This amazing deal to the Gold by Marina Hotel is just €471 for seven nights, including flights, transfers and checked baggage – this is almost 50% off the original price.


Ranked number 1 out of 134 hotels in Gran Canaria by TripAdvisor, this adult-only hotel is just what you need to beat the January blues. Price will show €521 below, but if you use code WINTER you will save a further €100 off the total price. Price is based on 24th January departure, but travel January 31st or February 7th for a supplement of €72 per person. 

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Best overnight escape:


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To coincide with the 50th birthday of the historic Europa Hotel in Belfast, you can enjoy a Golden Moments package from €66 per person sharing, which includes an overnight stay, full Irish breakfast, signature cocktail in the Piano Lounge, signature truffles in your room, and an exclusive golden Hastings duck!


The Europa is a world famous hotel that welcomed the numerous celebrities as well as The Clintons and the Dalai Lama. There has never been a better time to visit!

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Best spring break:


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Chase the Northern Lights, swim in the Blue Lagoon and marvel at the Iceland’s Golden Circle. This super weekend in Iceland includes flights and a four-star hotel from just €386, departing March 26th.

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Best summer sun:

best travel deals to the Amalfi coast

A summer break on the Amalfi Coast doesn’t have to cost the earth. Check out this deal to Sorrento, departing June 8th. Price for flights and a seven-night stay in the 4-Star Hotel Prestige is just €585 including breakfast.

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See more accommodation options here:

Read: My ultimate guide to the Amalfi Coast, where to stay in Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi & Capri



Best city break:

best travel deals to Venice

Aer Lingus’ sale has been extended to January 24th so why not take advantage and plan a cheeky city break. With up to 20% off European destinations up to 31st May, cities such as Venice, Bilbao, Vienna and Madrid, are available from less than €100 for return flights – see more here.

I found a great deal to Venice departing March 28th. Price for flights and a three-night stay at the superbly located Mercurio Hotel is just €235 per person.

View flights here €82pp

View hotel here €153pp


See lots more accommodation options in Venice here:

Read: Top things to do in Venice and where to stay



Best family holiday:

zaton holiday resort, Croatia

Looking for something different for your family holiday this year? Try Croatia! The highly rated Zaton Holiday Resort is a huge resort with a wide selection of mobile homes and self-catering apartments to suit families of all shapes and sizes. Located by the sea, with a waterpark, slides and kids clubs on site, it has everything you need for a fun-filled family holiday.


I found a great family deal from €1411 including flights from Dublin for seven nights on the 8th of June, based on a family of four. Price for return flights are €142 per person from Dublin to Zadar, and self-catering apartments are available from €843. The Zaton Holiday Resort is located just 20km from Zadar airport.

Superior apartments and larger two-bedroom homes are also available. If this date doesn’t suit, simply edit the dates below to suit you.

Check flights here €142pp

View Apts here from €843

Read: The Best Family Campsites in Europe – Top 20 Picks



Best family staycation:

family hotels in Ireland - Newpark Hotel Kilkenny has a pet farm.

The Newpark Hotel in Kilkenny is often regarded as one of the best family hotels in Ireland – I have no doubt your kids will agree. It was voted Family Friendly Hotel of the year in 2020, and the fact that there is a wildlife park and a go-karting track (8+) on site might have something to do with that.


It tends to get booked out quickly during school holidays, so if you are planning a family break during Easter holidays, now might be a good time to book. Price for a two-night stay is €500 for a family of four, or €540 for a family of five, including breakfast. 

Read: Top 10 things to do in Kilkenny with kids

Read: 20 family hotel deals in Ireland during Easter holidays

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Best long haul offer:

all inclusive holiday deals

Can you think of a better combo than Miami and Mexico? Enjoy a three-night stay in the 4-Star Gates Hotel on the world famous South Beach, before flying to Cancun for a seven-night stay at the 5-star Grand Sunset Princess Hotel on an all-inclusive basis – and all for just €1429 in September! Price includes all fights and checked baggage.

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Best early booking offer:


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You may recall I flew to Lisbon and the Algarve over the October mid term break, and managed to bag cheap flights with TAP Air Portugal by booking in advance. Well these flights are on sale now for next October…


You can choose a city break in Lisbon during school holidays, with return flights from €80 per person, (3rd – 6th November), or fly to the Algarve (via Lisbon) for seven-nights from €147 per person (29th October – 5th November).

I have linked flights to Skyscanner below, and based flight prices on convenient flight times (not the cheaper 0450 departure!), but regardless of which flight you choose, I recommend clicking through to the TAP Air Portugal website to make a booking.

View Lisbon here €80pp

View Faro here €147pp


You can see a wide selection of hotel and apartment choices in these posts:

Read: Where to stay in Lisbon, my top picks of 3, 4 and 5-star Lisbon hotels

Read: Family holidays to the Algarve, my top picks on where to stay



Best cruise:

Princess Cruises

Cruise the Med with Princess Cruises this summer, with all-inclusive cruise deals from just €1249 including flights, meals and drinks on board. There is a wide selection to choose from, including a seven-night cruise on Regal Princess from Athens, visiting Santorini, Montenegro, Sicily and Naples, before returning to Barcelona for your flight home.

Price for this itinerary is from €1299, departing June 4th, and includes return flights, airport transfers and cruise on an all-inclusive basis.

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Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. Please note some of my best travel deals include affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.


  • Trying to book flights and hotel for Rovinj in September. Not having much luck . Have emailed Aer Lingus and Ryan Air to find out if they are flying into Pula airport but no reply as yet ,help!

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