Best Travel Deals

The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 29th September 2021

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

Holidays to Alvor in the Algarve for this year and next, city breaks to Barcelona, Iceland and New York, and an amazing Caribbean cruise all feature in my best travel deals this week. I also have a super deal to Belfast, and Halloween and Santa experiences in Laois. 


It is important to be aware that each country has their own entry requirements. If you are vaccinated, you will beed to bring your Digital Covid Certificate with you, and non-vaccinated people will need to produce a negative Covid tests on arrival. 
Most countries require passenger locator forms to be filled out in advance of travel – in some cases these have to be done 24 hours in advance. 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.

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Best last minute holiday:


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I’m just back from the sunny Algarve and can highly recommend the resort of Alvor for a relaxing break. Airfares have increased over the last few weeks, but I did manage to find return flights to Faro from €157 on the 16th of October for seven nights – although you can pay up to €254 depending on the flight times you choose.


A stay at the 4-star Prainha Clube apartments, (next to where I stayed), is just €193pp based on a studio apartment, or €245pp based on a one-bedroom apartment with sea view.

This gives the total price from only €350 for a seven-night stay. If you choose to opt for a shorter or longer duration, simply edit the links below to suit your requirements.

Search flights here 16th October from €157pp

View apartments from €193pp



Best overnight escape:


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Enjoy an overnight stay with breakfast in the 4-Star Radisson Blu Hotel Belfast for just €40pp! This super deal is valid on selected stays until 31st December and includes a glass of Prosecco on arrival, and free parking. Stay for two nights for €75pp and enjoy a bottle of Prosecco to share 🥂.

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Best family holiday:

best family deals to the Algarve

I’ve had lots of requests for family accommodation in Alvor and I found a great deal to the 4-star Pestana Alvor Park Hotel (rated no 1 on TripAdvisor) in July. Price for return flights and a seven-night self-catering stay based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing, is €2,098.


If you prefer to go All Inclusive, the 5-star Pestana Blue Alvor Beach & Golf Resort offers good value for a luxury hotel. It was purposely built for families and has a wide selection of activities on site, as well as three restaurants to choose from. Price for return flights in July and a seven-night stay with all meals and drinks included is €3,338, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing.

Search flights here 10th July from €173pp

View Alvor Park Hotel Self catering €1406

View Alvor Beach Hotel All Inclusive €2646



Best family staycation:

santa experiences at the Midlands Park Hotel

The 4-star Midlands Park Hotel has some great value family stays with Halloween and Santa Experiences included. Prices are available from €170 for a family of four, or €205 for a family of five, based on an overnight stay including breakfast, full access to the leisure centre, as well as a family pass to Castleview Open Farm with Santa Experience included.

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Best City Break:

Park Guell, Barcelona

While flight prices may be high to sun holiday destinations, there is terrific value in city breaks at the moment. Enjoy a weekend in beautiful Barcelona for only €197 in November.


Return flights are available from Dublin for just €30 per person – yes you did read that right! You can stay in one of the most popular four-star hotels in Barcelona – Hotel Barcelona 1882, for just €167pp for a three-night stay.

This hotel offers views of La Sagrada Familia from its rooftop terrace, but if you prefer to stay close to the beach or on Las Ramblas, check out my Barcelona Travel Guide for lots more hotel recommendations.

Search flights here 6th November €30pp

View hotel here €167pp

Read: Barcelona Travel Guide – Where to stay in Barcelona, and top things to do



Best winter break:

winter break to Iceland from The Travel Expert

Looking for a snowy adventure this winter? Try a weekend in Iceland! Direct flights are available from Dublin airport to Reykjavik from just €176 return, and there is a wide selection of hotels and apartments available.


I found a good deal departing on the 6th of January – a nice way to beat the January blues, and might even be great Christmas gift idea 🤔. Price for flights and a three-night stay in a four-star hotel is just €439 per person. 

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Best cruise:

best cruise deals from The Travel Expert

Cruise the Caribbean on the Caribbean Princess! This amazing cruise departs from Florida and visits Grand Cayman, Mexico, Jamaica, as well as Princess Cruises’ own island in the Bahamas – Princess Cays.


Price for flights, airport transfers, checked baggage, an overnight hotel stay and a seven-night cruise with all meals, snacks, premier drinks, unlimited WiFi and gratuities included, as well as $50 on board credit, is only €1399 per person!

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Best seat sale:


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Aer Lingus has some super offers to the USA right now, and with the travel ban set to be lifted in November, now might be a good time to book a trip Stateside! I found return flights to New York from just €297 in February, and price for a three-night stay in the popular Moxy New York Times Square from just €225 per person.

If you want to stay longer or need to choose alternative dates, simply edit the links below to suit your requirements.

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Read: My ultimate guide on where to stay in New York


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.


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