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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 10th March 2020

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This week’s best travel deals include April holiday deals from €249, a wine tasting weekend in Bordeaux, summer in Portugal and Mauritius, a Mother’s Day break in Westport, Christmas in Disneyland Paris and an early booking offer to Las Vegas.

 

Best last minute:

Jet off to sunny Puerto Rico in Gran Canaria on the 2nd of April, for just €285! Price includes flights, transfers, checked baggage and a seven-nights stay in the Tamanaco apartments.

View offer here

 

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Best April / May deal:

Sunway have super deals to Turkey during the month of April, a country where no cases of coronavirus have been reported. Price for flights and a seven-night stay in the 4-star Golden Day Wings Hotel is €299 during Easter holidays, and only €249 on the 25th of April. Prices include flights, hotel with breakfast, airport transfers and checked baggage.

See more here
 

 

 

Best family deal:

Visit Disneyland Paris for Disney’s Enchanted Christmas Festival. We visited at Christmas time a few years ago and it was magical. Price for flights, transfers, park tickets and a three night stay in the Disney Sequioa Lodge Hotel with breakfast and evening meal included, is just €515 per person, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing. They will also give you a FREE Gift Card worth €100 to spend in the parks.

See more here

 

Read: My top tips Disneyland Paris at Christmas time.
 

 

 

Best staycation:

Treat your Mum to an overnight escape with breakfast included in the 4-star Westport Hotel, for just €30 per person! Choose to relax in the brand new Spa Veda, complete with swimming pool, jacuzzi and thermal suite or enjoy the vibrant city of Westport. This deal is available arriving on Mother’s Day, March 22nd. 

View offer here
 

 

Read: 10 Mother’s Day breaks that won’t break the bank
 

 

 

Best summer sun:

Finish off the summer with a week in the upmarket resort of Vilamoura on the Algarve. Price for flights and a seven-night stay in the highly rated Vilamour Golf Aparthotel is only €374 on the 26th of August.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best city break:

Can you think of anything better than a wine tasting weekend in Bordeaux 🍷? Flights are so cheap at the moment so why not escape the stresses of home for a few days in May. Price for flights and a three-night stay in the highly rated 4-star Best Western Plus Gare Saint Jean is just €219 per person. Note: when you click on the hotel link below the lowest rate is bookable via the hotel website – €107 per room per night.

View flights here€59pp

View hotel here €160pp
 

 

 

Best long haul offer:

Another country that has recorded no cases of coronavirus is Mauritius. Enjoy a seven-night all-inclusive stay in the highly rated Veranda Pointe Aux Biches Hotel for just €1469! Price includes flights, transfers and all-inclusive accommodation, based on travel in June. You can save up to €800 per person when travelling between 1st June and 31st August.

View offer here

 

Read: Where to stay in Mauritius
 

 

 

Best early booking offer:

Choose Las Vegas for your Christmas shopping break this year. Price for flights and a five-night stay in the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino is only €560 on the 24th of November. Price includes flights, 23kg checked baggage and hotel for five nights. Deposit of €50 secures booking. Many more hotels and dates available.

See more here
 

 

 
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Sarah
 

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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 3rd March 2020

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This week’s Best Travel Deals include Easter offers in Lanzarote, a week in the Algarve for €199, all-inclusive deals to Greece and Mexico, a city break to Washington and super staycations for couples and families. 

 

 

Best last minute:

Escape the the Costa del Sol at the end of March – Aer Lingus have return flights to Malaga for just €100! Add on a seven-night stay in Marbella for €175pp in the San Cristóbal Hotel, or €230pp in the Princesa Playa aparthotel.

View flights here €100pp

 
View hotels here from €175pp

 

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Best Spring /Summer deal:

Kick start the summer with a week in the Algarve for just €199 in May! Choose the Vale de Carros apartments in Albufeira or the Vilamor apartments in Alvor, both highly rated and both available for just €199 including return flights, departing the 5th of May. 

See more here
 

 

 

Best summer sun:

Go all-inclusive in Greece this summer. I found some great all-inclusive deals departing in August with flights, accommodation, all meals, drinks, transfers and checked baggage included! Price for the Rodos Star Hotel in Rhodes is only €584 per person, while the Cavo D’oro in Zakynthos is only €667 per person. Both deals are departing in August and a deposit of €75 secures booking. Use code PAYDAY to save €100 of the listed prices.

See Rhodes here €584pp

 

See Zakynthos here €667pp
 

 

 

Best family deal:

Enjoy a family holiday in Lanzarote this Easter. Prices are particularly good value if you fly on Monday the 13th of April. I found great family deals staying in Puerto del Carmen. Price for flights a seven-night stay in the Oasis apartments is only €230 per person, or choose the popular Rosamar apartments for just €258 per person. #StealOfTheWeek

View offer here
 

 

 

Best long haul offer:

Plan ahead and secure a great deal to Mexico this winter. Price for flights and a seven-night stay in the 5-star Ocean Riviera Paradise Hotel, with all meals and drinks included 🍹 is just €1017 per person! This super hotel is located right on the beach in Playa del Carmen and is rated excellent on Tripadvisor. Price includes flights and hotel on an all-inclusive basis for seven nights, departing the 12th of November.

View flights here €578pp

Note: This airfare has just one stop. I adjusted journey time to less than 17 hours to guarantee best connections.  

View hotel here €439pp
 

 

 

Best ferry / cruise:

Sail across the Irish Sea for just €7 one-way on the brand new Stena Estrid. This amazing deal is even valid during the summer months! You can also sail from Rosslare to Cherbourg in April, May and from 10th September – 18th December, for just €14! You must book these amazing deals before the 9th of March – so don’t delay.,

See more here
 

 

 

Best staycation:

The highly rated Lough Allen & Spa Hotel in Leitrim have superb deals available until the end of June. Price for an overnight stay with full Irish breakfast, unlimited leisure access, and a €20 spa voucher is only €35 per person! Stay for two nights for just €60 per person. Valid Sunday – Thursday until the end of June.
 

 

 
Want to bring the kids? Price for two adults and two children (under 12) in a standard family room from Sunday – Thursday is only €109 for one night, €199 for two nights and €249 for three nights – these prices are less than half price! If you want a weekend stay, the price is €199 for two nights and €249 for three nights. Prices includes breakfast, complimentary kids club for primary school children, and access to the leisure facilities.

See more here

 

See family deal here
 

 

 

Best city break:

Explore the wonderful city of Washington this summer. Price for flights and a three-night stay in August is only €699 per person based on 2 sharing, or €619 per person based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing. 

See more here
 

 

 
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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 25th February 2020

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This week’s best travel deals include short breaks in Prague and Dubai, a family staycation in Cork, a Camino walk, a Caribbean cruise, a wellness break in the Algarve and an Aer Lingus seat sale.

 

Best last minute:

Enjoy the St Patricks Day festivities in Dubai this year. Price for direct flights with Emirates, airport transfers, and a three-night stay on a half-board basis in the 5-star Anantara The Palm Dubai, is only €899 per person.

See more here

 

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Best summer break

Walk the Camino with Roz Purcell this summer. Roz is taking part in the last stage of the French Way on the 2nd of July for seven nights. Price of €550 includes hotels on a bed & breakfast basis, daily baggage transfers, airport transfers and walking notes. Single room available from €145.

See more here
 

 

 

Best family deal:

Enjoy a family break in the highly rated Quality Hotel Youghal in Cork this summer. Choose one of their luxury self catering apartments (sleep up to 4), from €149 or a luxury house (sleep up to 6), from €159 for two nights. Price for three nights is €219 and €249 respectively – this is 40% off! Located right on the beach you can choose the open sea or the indoor swimming pool with leisure facilities. They also give you a €10 spa voucher per person towards a treatment costing €40 or above. Valid until the 30th of June.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best long haul offer:

Think a holiday in Zanzibar is out of your price range? Think again! I found an amazing deal departing on the 5th of September with flights and a 4-star hotel included for just €892!

See more here

 

 

 

 

Best cruise:

Enjoy a three-night stay in Miami before cruising the Caribbean on the world’s largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas! Price for flights, hotel accommodation in Miami and a seven-night cruise in a balcony cabin is only €1699!

View offer here
 

 

 

Best city break:

Fancy a quick getaway? Book a weekend break to Prague. Price for flights and a three-night stay in the highly rated Lindner Hotel Prague Castle is just €196 on the 25th of April.

See more here
 

 

 

Best early booking offer:

Treat yourself to a wellness break in the Algarve this winter. Spend four nights in the five-star Real Marina Hotel & Spa, with breakfast included, for only €225, departing the 1st of November.

See more here
 

 

 

Best seat sale:

Aer Lingus have launched a new seat-sale today, with up to 25% off flights to Europe and UK. Travel until 30th April and book by 2nd March. 

See more here

 

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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 18th February 2020

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In this week’s Best Travel Deals I have a spring break in the Amalfi Coast, all-inclusive deals to Crete and the Dominican Republic, a family holiday to Greece, a weekend break in Toulouse for €167, luxury escorted tours and a cruise and stay in New Orleans.
 

 

Best last minute:

Escape to the Amalfi Coast next month and enjoy a week in the highly rated 4-Star Grand Hotel Aminta in Sorrento, for just €390 per person. This hotel receives an Excellent rating on Tripadvisor and is superbly located in the resort centre. Price includes flights and hotel for seven nights with breakfast, departing the 22nd of March.

View flights here €80pp

View hotel here €310pp

 
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Best summer sun:

Swap the Canaries for the Caribbean this summer and enjoy an all-inclusive week in 5-star Bahia Principe Grand Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, for just €993! Price includes flights and hotel for seven nights, with meals and drinks included.

See more here

 

 

 

 

Best long haul offer

There are some great savings available on luxury tours in Asia and South America. You can upgrade to business class for €199 on tours to India, save €600 on South America tours, and get free VIP door-to-door chauffeur transfers on all tours. If you want to travel solo, avail of the no single supplements offer – saving a whopping €1140 on the Panoramic Peru tour. If you are looking for authentic escorted tours in Asia or South America, don’t miss this post.

See more here
 

 

 

Best family deal:

Looking for an all-inclusive family complex with a water park on site? I found a great deal to the Sun Palace in Rhodes this summer. Price for flights, transfers, checked baggage and accommodation with all meals and drinks included, is only €2476 on the 24th of June, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing. Use code SUN100 to save €100 off the listed price of this holiday or any holiday to Greece or Turkey over €1000 in value. 

View offer here
 

 

 

Best city break:

Enjoy a weekend break in the charming city of Toulouse. I visited Toulouse last year and loved it. Price for flights and a three-night stay in the 4-star Privilège Hôtel Mermoz Hotel is only €167 per person, departing Friday the 15th of May.

View flights here €49pp

View hotel here €118pp
 

Read: My Toulouse Travel Blog 
 

 

 

Best cruise:

Combine three nights in the vibrant city of New Orleans with a seven-night cruise around the Bahamas. You will even get the opportunity to visit Royal Caribbean’s private island, Perfect Day at Cococay. Price for flights, three nights in the 4-star Hilton Hotel in New Orleans,  and seven nights cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas, is only €1329 on the 26th of August. 

View offer here
 

 

 

Best staycation:

Spend St Patricks Weekend in Belfast. The highly rated Malone Lodge Hotel is offering two nights for the price of one. Price is only €84 per person for a two-night stay with breakfast included, arriving the 15th of March.

Search offer here
 

 

 

Best early booking offer:

Round off the summer with an all-inclusive week in Crete. Stay at the highly rated 4-star Hotel Dore, with all meals and drinks included for just €470, departing the 11th of October. This hotel receives an Excllent rating on Tripadvisor.

View offer here

 

Read: Top things to do near Chania, Crete
 

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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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 11th February 2020

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This week’s best travel deals include Sardinia, Mexico, Iceland, Gran Canaria, Christmas markets in Cologne, an American road trip, an all-inclusive cruise deal and a staycation in Waterford.

 

Best last minute:

Escape the cold and book a week in Gran Canaria, where the temperatures are a balmy 23 degrees. Price for flights and a seven-night stay in the Tisalaya Park apartments with transfers and checked baggage included, is only €378, departing the 5th, 12th, 19th or 26th of March. 

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Best summer sun:

Alghero in Sardinia is one of the new Aer Lingus routes from Dublin airport for next summer. It happens to have a delightful old town, a beautiful sandy beach, and of course some great Italian restaurants. Alghero is located just ten minutes drive from the airport so it is an easy destination to book independently. I found a great deal staying in the 4-star Rina Hotel , departing the 10th of June. Price for flights and a seven-night stay with breakfast included is just €519 per person. Lots more dates are available, simply edit your search when you click on the links below.

Book flights here 10th June €184pp

View hotel here €345pp

 
Read: 10 new destinations from Dublin Airport for 2020
 

 

 

Best city break:

Cologne is one of Europe’s best Christmas market break destinations, and flight and hotel prices always increase closer to departure. I found a great deal staying in the highly rated 4-star Lyskirchen Hotel. Located right in the heart of the city, close to the historic centre and the Christmas markets, this is superb value for such a popular weekend. Price for flights and a three-night stay on the 12th of December is just €227 per person.

View flights here €86pp

View hotel here €141pp

 
Read Europe’s top 10 Christmas markets
 

 

 

Best family holiday:

I love a good road-trip and this one is right up my street! As well as visiting Los Angeles and Las Vegas, this amazing family itinerary includes rafting along the Colorado River, horse riding on a ranch in Tucson, and an exhilarating glamping experience near the Grand Canyon National Park. You will also have the opportunity to visit Universal Studios and Disney in California too..Price, based on a family of four with flights, accommodation and SUV car hire for 10 days is €1049 per person.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best cruise:

If you haven’t tried cruising yet, you don’t know what you are missing! This all-inclusive deal on Marella Dream is only €969 in May, including flights, transfers, checked baggage and a seven-night all-inclusive Mediterranean cruise. This is a great option for first time cruisers, or for people looking for a great value cruise with drinks and tips included in the cost. 

See more here
 

 

 

Best long haul offer:

Enjoy some winter sun in Mexico next November. This great all-inclusive deal includes flights, 4-star hotel, return airport transfers, checked baggage, all meals and drinks, for just €1186!

View offer here
 

 

 

Best staycation:

Looking for a staycation but don’t want to drive? The 4-star Fitzwilton in Waterford is located just 300 meters from the train station, and five minutes from the Waterford Greenway. Price for an overnight stay with breakfast and main course evening meal, is just €50 per person, valid until the end of May. Use promo code TRAVEL15 to save a further 15% off this price, making it just €42.50!

View offer here

 

Read: 10 Great hotel deals in Ireland from €40 per person.
 

 

 

Best early booking offer:

Fancy ringing in the New Year in Iceland? This super deal includes flights and three-nights in a 4-star hotel from just €393 per person. Who knows, the Northern Lights might even light up the sky on New Years Eve!

See more here
 

Read: Top things to do in Iceland
 

 

 
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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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 4th February 2020

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This week’s Best Travel Deals include Disneyland Paris, Barcelona, Abu Dhabi, Alvor, a cruise around the Emirates, New Year in Orlando and a staycation in Connemara.

 

Best last minute:

February is considered peak time for skiing, so when I saw that you can get a week in La Thuile, Italy for just €219 this weekend, I just had to post it. Price includes flights, apartment and transfers for seven nights, based on four sharing. If there is only two travelling, you can get seven nights in Austria, with breakfast included for just €344. 

See more here

 

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Best summer sun:

I’m a big fan of Alvor in the Algarve and have holidayed there on a few occasions. I found a super deal to the 4-star Pestana Alvor Park, which is rated number 1 on TripAdvisor. Price for flights and a seven-night stay is only €479 on the 30th of August. 

View offer here
 

 

 

Best family deal:

There are so many great Disneyland Paris offers available, the trouble is which one to choose? Breakaway.ie have excellent deals with flights included for the Frozen Festival in March, and the Enchanted Christmas season in December. Prices for flights, transfers, three-nights in a Disney hotel and four days park passes are from €1470 for 2 adults and 1 child, or €1739 for 2 adults and 2 children. You can upgrade hotel for just €25pp to get free Half Board, and they also have free dining offers with €100 spending money on selected dates.

See Frozen Festival here

 

See Christmas season here

 

See Free Dining offer here
 

 

 

Best cruise:

Cruise Dubai and the Emirates on the stunning MSC Bellissima for just €1049! I was on this ship last year and loved it. Price includes flights and a seven-night cruise with drinks package and gratuities included, departing the 29th of February.

View offer here

 

Read: My review of MSC Bellissima
 

 

 

Best long haul offer:

Enjoy a five-night break in Abu Dhabi for just €479 including flights! This super deal departs on the 3rd of June and you will be staying in the 4-star Le Meridien Hotel. Highly rated onTripAdvisor, this is amazing value for a five night stay. Add on extra nights if required.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best city break:

Treat your loved one to a romantic break away for Valentines Day. Choose Lisbon from €254 or Barcelona for €319. Both prices include flights and a 4-star hotel for three nights, departing the 12th of February. Travalue have also included a hop-on hop-off bus tour in Lisbon and a Barcelona Express card in Barcelona. 

See more here
 

 

 

Best staycation:

Enjoy a healthy getaway break to the superb Delphi Resort in Connemara. Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, but the thermal suite and yoga classes are a great alternative if you just want to relax indoors. This super deal for just €65pp includes an overnight stay in a one-bedroom suite with breakfast, one-hour thermal suite access, 10% off treatments and activities, and a two-course dinner at the 814 Restaurant. Want to stay for two nights? The price is just €95pp, and its valid until 25th June.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best early booking offer:

If you want to get away for New Year, now is the time to book. This great family deal to Orlando is just €2598 including flights and hotel for ten nights, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing.

See more here
 

 

 
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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New Year in Orlando, 29th December, 10 Nights, 2ad & 2ch, €4026

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How do you top a visit from Santa? Spend New Year in Orlando! Surprise the kids with a holiday of a lifetime, or better still – make it their Christmas present…

Can you think of a better way to ring in the New Year? Enjoy a trip of a lifetime by spending New Year in Orlando with your family. Ten days is just about enough time to see the main sights in Orlando. Visit Universal Studios where you will see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter as well as mind blowing simulator rides from your favourite movies.

Read: Top things to do in Universal Studios – my top tips and tricks
 

 

 
Walt Disney World is another must see – and not just just for younger kids. With the brand new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened this year, and Pandora – The World of Avatar – one of Orlando’s most popular attractions, you may need to spend longer in Disney than you think! Let the kids see their favourite Disney characters in street parades and make sure you catch the dazzling fire work displays.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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However, there is more to a holiday in Florida than Universal Studios and Disney. There are numerous water parks to choose from as well as Legoland, Peppa Pig World, and the Kennedy Space Center which is just an hour’s drive away. And don’t forget the shopping! You need to allow a full day to explore the Florida Mall and the Premium Outlets..

 

 

 
I have chosen Universal’s Endless Summer Resort, the hotel that I recently stayed in. Not only has this new resort got family friendly facilities, but once you purchase park tickets, you will receive early access to Universal Studios parks, one hour before the parks open. Family rooms and large family suites are available that can cater for families of six.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I found great value airfares with Delta Airlines via Atlanta for €505 per person on the 29th of December, through Irish travel company e-Travel. The layover is relatively short, and you will still be able to clear immigration in Dublin airport before you fly. Direct flights are also available from Dublin to Orlando with Aer Lingus five times per week.
 

 

 
Universal’s Endless Summer Resort is €2006 based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing for ten nights. If you wish to stay longer or come back earlier, simply edit the search on the links below to suit your requirements.
 

 

 
I have also priced 14 day tickets to Universal Studios below, these allow unlimited entry to all three Universal Studios parks for 14 days. There are many other ticket options available through Attraction Tickets.com. So go ahead, treat the kids to a trip to Florida this Christmas and spend New Year in Orlando!
 

 

 
View flights here 29th Dec – 8th Jan €505pp

View hotel here €2006 

View park tickets 2ad & 2ch €1342

 
Read: 10 things to know about Universal Studios before you book.
 

 

 
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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 28th January 2020

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This week’s best travel deals include a winter break to Malta, summer in the South of France, Majorca, Marbella and Kenya, a cruise on Allure of the Seas, Mother’s Day breaks in Ireland and an early booking offer to PortAventura.

 

Best last minute:

Explore the beautiful island of Malta in February. I found a great deal staying at the 4-star Seashells Resort at Suncrest, for only €230 including flights and hotel with breakfast, departing 8th February for seven nights. This popular hotel is highly rated on TripAdvisor and is centrally located. You will be away for Valentines Day so this could be a romantic break away…

View offer here
 
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Best summer sun:

Explore the South of France this summer with this great deal to Nice. Fly from Dublin to Nice on the 20th of July and enjoy a seven-night stay in the Victor Hugo Hotel for just €529. Nice is a beautiful town and the resort is full of style, but you can also choose to explore the coastline. Pop into the nearby towns of Cannes, Antibes or St Tropez, or go further afield and explore Monaco or the Italian Riviera. The choice is yours…

See more here
 

 

 

Best family deal:

The Protur Bonaire in Majorca is a super family complex. I stayed there when my kids were smaller and they loved it. It is rare to find a Free Child Place in the Bonaire during school holidays, but I managed to find one departing the 14th July! Price for 2 adults & 2 children including flights, transfers & baggage is only €2619 for seven nights. You better be quick though – there is only one room left at this price. Use promo code HOLIDAY150 to get €150 off the listed price 😎

View offer here
 

 

 

Best short break:

Planned your girls trip away yet? Jet off to Marbella over the May bank holiday weekend for just €267. Price includes flights and hotel for three nights, based on 2 sharing.

See more here
 

 

 

Best long haul offer:

Looking to try somewhere new this year? Take a trip to Kenya and enjoy a seven-night stay in the highly rated Leonard Beach Resort and Spa. Located a short drive from Mombassa on the world famous Diani Beach, you will be surrounded by crystal clear waters and coral reefs. This super deal costs just €895 including flights, hotel on a half-board basis, checked baggage and airport transfers!

View offer here
 

 

 

Best cruise:

Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas is one of the most talked about cruise ships this year. Allure is the worlds most awarded cruise ship and it is having a $165 million dollar makeover, before it cruises from Barcelona this summer. This super deal from e-travel is hard to beat: Enjoy a seven-night Mediterranean cruise with flights and transfers included from just €1195.  

View offer here

 

Read all about the newly amplified Allure of the Seas here.
 

 

 

Best staycation:

Treat your Mum to a spa break in one of Ireland’s 4-star hotels for Mothers Day. I’ve got 10 great deals from just €36 per person including breakfast!

See more here
 

 

 

Best early booking offer:

Bring the kids to PortAventura and Ferrari Land over the October mid term break. This super deal includes flights, a four-night stay at the 4-star Dorada Palace Hotel, with breakfast and evening meal included, and 2 day passes to PortAventura & Ferrari Land! Total cost for all of this is just €1082, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing.

See more here
 

 

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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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 21st January 2020

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In this week’s Best Travel Deals I have a wellness break in the Algarve, a family holiday to Salou, a three-night Greek Islands cruise, summer sun in Croatia, amazing city break deals, luxury for less in Malaysia and a New Year in Lisbon.

 

Best last minute:

Treat yourself to a wellness weekend break in the Algarve at the start of February. Spend three nights at the 5-star Grand Real Santa Eulalia for just €251 – and that includes flights! Complete with a spa and wellness centre, this is the perfect choice for a winter break. I found this super deal departing Friday the 7th of February but many more dates are available. 

View offer here

 

Missed last week’s Best Travel Deals? See them here.
 

 

 

Best city break:

Want to plan a few trips abroad this year? With these 10 city breaks for €199 or less, you can do just that. All deals include flights and highly rated hotels for three nights. 

See more here
 

 

 

Best family holiday:

I have had a few requests for 10/11 day holidays, so I did some searching and came up with this great deal to Salou. Enjoy an 11-night stay in the 4-star H10 Mediterranean Village, departing 7th August for just €2514, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing. This is one of the most popular family apartments in Salou and receives excellent reviews on TripAdvisor. Price includes flights, accommodation, transfers, checked baggage and a €125 saving when you use the promo code SAVE125.

View offer here

 

Read: My family holiday in Salou
 

 

 

Best summer sun:

Cavtat in Croatia is one of my favourite destinations for a summer break. I loved the laid back atmosphere and the great restaurants, and also its proximity to Dubrovnik and Montenegro. The centrally located Hotel Cavtat is the most popular hotel to stay in, and it is usually booked out. However, I found a deal departing on the 26th of August for seven nights for just €536. Price includes flights and hotel with breakfast for one week. Check out the reviews on TripAdvisor if you still need convincing. 

View flights here €131pp

View hotel here €405pp

Read: My holiday visiting in Croatia and Montenegro
 

 

 

Best cruise:

This is the perfect taster cruise for anyone who is new to cruise, or for anyone (like me) with Santorini and Mykonos on their bucket list. Enjoy a three-night all-inclusive cruise visiting the Greek Islands of Mykonos, Patmos, Crete and Santorini, with a two-night stay in Athens for just €1069! Price includes flights, all meals, drinks and gratuities, departing 23rd July.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best long haul offer:

Pangkor Laut Resort has to be one of the best luxurious places to stay in Malaysia. Located on its own private island, surrounded by some of the world’s oldest rainforests, this is a resort like no other. Expect luxury, natural beauty and plenty of relaxation. I found an amazing deal for just €1099 including flights, transfers and a seven-night stay. I have seen this resort advertised at over twice this price, it really is an amazing deal for such a world-class resort.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best staycation:

Have you seen the new video from Sligo Tourism? It is bound to make you want to visit. I found a great deal to the 4-star Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa for just €89 per couple until the end of March, or €99 until the end of June! This price includes an overnight stay for two with breakfast, spa and dining credit and a late check-out. Two-night stays also available. 

View offer here
 

 

 

Best early booking offer:

Psst… Lisbon flights are on sale already for New Year! I’m tempted to book this myself. Price for flights and a three night stay in the 5-star Corinthia Palace Hotel is only €273, departing the 29th of December. Highly rated on TripAdvisor and with a wellness centre and pool onsite – can you think of a better bargain for New Year? #StealOfTheWeek

View flights here  €113pp

View hotel here €160pp
 
Want to stay somewhere else? Check out guide to Lisbon Hotels here.
 

 

 
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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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 14th January 2020

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This week’s Best Travel Deals include a last minute escape to Puglia, summer holidays in Greece, Costa del Sol and South Africa, an Alaska cruise, Christmas shopping breaks to New York and lots more…

 

Best last minute:

Be spontaneous, and fly off to somewhere new next weekend. Spend three nights in Puglia, Italy, from the 25th of January for just €153!  You will be staying in the popular Boston Hotel in Bari, which offers free breakfast too. Explore the region of Puglia, visit the magical city of Matera or simply relax and enjoy all that Bari has to offer.

View flights here €50pp

View hotel here €103pp
 

Read: 3 places you must visit in Puglia

 

 

 

Best spring summer:

Kickstart the summer with a week in the beautiful island of Zakynthos. Price for flights and a seven-night stay in the popular Giannis Studios is only €399, based on 2 sharing. Price includes flights, transfers and checked baggage, departing the 24th of May.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best summer sun:

With direct flights to Thessaloniki from Dublin Airport during the summer, why not visit the popular Greek resort of Halkidiki. I found a great deal in the 4-star Halkidiki Palace Hotel. Price for flights and a seven-night stay is only €466, departing 13th July. Highly rated on TripAdvisor, this is great value for a week in peak season.

View offer here

 

Missed last weeks Best Travel Deals post? See it here.

 

 

 

Best family deal:

This is one of the best all-inclusive family deals I have seen for July! Enjoy a week at the highly rated Cortijo Blanco Hotel in the Costa del Sol for just €2328 on the 12th of July, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing. This super deal includes flights, transfers, checked baggage, all meals and drinks! Use code SAVE125 to save €125 off the listed price.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best cruise:

Always wanted to cruise Alaska but thought it was too expensive? This great cruise deal from Princess Cruises makes it very affordable. Fly direct with Aer Lingus to Seattle on the 12th of September and enjoy a seven-night Alaska cruise, plus an overnight stay in Seattle – all for just €1499!

View offer here
 

 

 

Best long haul offer:

South Africa is one of my favourite countries so when I see cheap flights to Cape Town, I am always interested. Ethiopian Airlines is offering return flights to Cape Town from just €399 in September / October. There are two short stops involved of 1 hour each, but for €399 including taxes, I think its worth it. I flew with Ethiopian Airlines on my last trip to South Africa and found them great to fly with. If you prefer to fly a more direct route, flights with KLM via Amsterdam are €500 return on the same dates. 

View flights here €399 2 stops / €500 1 stop.

Check out my post on how to plan the perfect South African road trip here.
 

 

 

Best city break:

It’s never too early to talk about Christmas shopping, right? If you are thinking of a Christmas shopping break in New York, now is the time to book it. Airfares are at their lowest, and hotels are offering some great early booking discounts. I’ve got four-night breaks from €596 in this post.

See more here
 

 

 

Best staycation:

Select Hotels of Ireland is offering 2 nights for the price of 1 on a wide selection of hotels. Prices are available from €129 for a two-night stay for two people, with breakfast included, in the Falls Hotel & Spa, Co. Clare and the Clifden Station House Hotel, Co, Galway. Many more hotels are available.

View offer here
 

 

 
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.

 

Missed last weeks Best Travel Deals post? – See it here.
 

 Sarah

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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 7th January 2020

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In this weeks best travel deals, I have skiing holidays, spring breaks, summer holidays in Sorrento, Lake Garda, St Lucia and Santorini, cruise holidays and lots more…

 

Best last minute:

Kickstart a healthy New Year by skiing in Andorra –there are some amazing package deals available. Prices from €192 for 5 sharing an apartment, or €373 based on 2 sharing a hotel on a half-board basis. Both offers include flights, transfers and checked baggage.

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Missed last weeks Best Travel Deals post? – See it here.

 

 

 
Best spring / summer deal

Treat yourself to some luxury for less on the Costa del Sol. Stay at the 5-star Senator Banus Spa Hotel on the 16th of April for just €282. Price includes flights and hotel for seven nights. 

View offer here
 

 

 

Best summer sun:

Summer in Sorrento has a nice ring to it! Enjoy a week in the 4-star Alpha Hotel for just €566 on the 19th of August. Price includes flights and hotel with breakfast, for seven nights. Highly rated on TripAdvisor, this is great value for a holiday in Sorrento in peak season.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best family deal:

The Bella Italia are one of Lake Garda’s most popular family apartments. Jam packed with activities for kids and located close to Garda Land, it is no surprise they get booked out early. I found a great deal departing on the 1st of August, staying in a 2 bedroom bungalow, with flights, transfers and checked baggage included. Total cost of €2802 is based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing. Use promo code SAVE125 to save €125 off the listed price below.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best cruise:

Cruise the Greek Isles and Montenegro with Royal Caribbean for just €1268. This super deal includes flights, transfers, checked baggage and gratuities, departing the 3rd of October. A deposit of €165 secures booking.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best long haul deal:

If January has you thinking of detoxing, there is no place better than The Body Holiday Hotel in St Lucia. This 5-star all-inclusive resort is the ultimate wellness sanctuary. You can choose an active holiday with yoga, spin and abseiling classes or simply relax in the award-winning spa. Prices start from €2259 which includes flights, hotel on an all-inclusive basis and airport transfers. This includes savings of up to €900 per person if booked by the 5th February, and there are no single supplements when staying in a Single Garden Room. 

View offer here
 

 

 

Best city break:

March is a great month for European city breaks. Airfares are particularly good value and weather is starting to get a little warmer. I found cheap flights to Lisbon, departing Saturday the 7th of March, returning Tuesday the 10th, for just €48. Check out my post on where to stay in Lisbon to find the right hotel for you. 

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Like city breaks? You might like:

Top 10 city breaks for less than €199

Top city break destinations for 2020
 

 

 

Best early booking offer:

I posted a great deal to Santorini for May this week and many of you asked if it was available for later in the year – so I looked and I found a great deal departing in September too! Spend a week  in the 4-star Veggera Hotel for just €580 on the 19th of September. Price includes flights and a seven-night stay with breakfast included.  

View flights here €223pp

View hotel here €357pp
 

 

 

Best staycation:

Bring the family or friends to Fota Island Resort and stay in one of their 3-bedroom luxury lodges for just €299. Price includes a three-night stay for up to five people with two VIP spa passes, 2 x €20 spa credit for full-price treatment of €100 or more, €20 dining credit towards a three-course meal for 2 people, and €20 golf credit between two people towards a round of golf on any of the three championship golf courses.

View offer here

 

Check out my review of Fota Island Resort here.
 

 

 
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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 Sarah

 

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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 1st January 2020

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In this week’s best travel deals I have Crete, Cancun, Sardinia, Rome, a family holiday in Greece, a cruise on MSC Seaview and a luxury staycation in Sheen Falls Lodges.

 

Best last minute:

Beat the January blues by spending a week in sunny Fuerteventura. Stay at the popular 4-star Pierre & Vacance Origomare from only €280 on the 30th of January. Price includes flights and accommodation for seven nights, based on two sharing.

View offer here
 
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Best spring / summer break:

Kick start the summer with a week in the beautiful resort of Rethymnon in Crete in May. I stayed nearby last summer and loved it. This super deal, staying in the 4-star Golden Beach Hotel is only €465 per person and includes flights, hotel with breakfast and evening meal included, transfers and checked baggage! Use promo code Save75 to save €75 off the listed price of this and any holiday over €1000 in value.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best summer sun:

Alghero in Sardinia is one of three new Aer Lingus routes from Dublin airport for next summer. It happens to have a delightful old town, a beautiful sandy beach and of course some great Italian restaurants. Alghero is located just ten minutes drive from the airport so it is an easy destination to book independently. I found a great deal staying in the 4-star Catalunya Hotel for just €576 in July. Price includes flights and hotel with breakfast for seven nights. Highly rated on TripAdvisor this is a great choice for a summer holiday in peak season.

View flights here €198pp

View hotel here €378pp

 

Read: 10 new destinations from Dublin Airport for 2020
 

 

 

Best family deal:

You can save up to €125 off summer 2020 holidays with TUI when you use promo code SAVE125in addition to any other offers such as Free Child Places etc. The Sidari Water Park Hotel in Corfu is a great choice for families looking for a good family resort in Greece, with breakfast and evening meal included. There is a water park on site and they offer spacious 2 bedroom apartments. Price of €2490 is based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing for seven nights and includes flights, accommodation on a half board basis, transfers, checked baggage and unlimited access to the waterpark, departing 17th July. Price for 2 adults and 3 children is €3262. Remember to use the promo code to reduce the cost from the listed price.

View offer here

 

Like Greece? You might like Top 10 family holidays in Greece.
 

 

 

Best cruise:

Cruise the Med on the spectacular MSC Seaview. I had the pleasure of cruising on this ship two years ago, it is a stunning ship. This great cruise deal includes flights, transfers, checked baggage and a seven-night cruise with meals and drinks included – all for just €1279.

View offer here

 

Read: My review of MSC Seaview here.
 

 

 

Best long haul offer:

Sunway’s ‘Great Cancun Sale’ has up to 50% off rooms at Dreams, Secrets and Now resorts. Price for a seven-night, all-inclusive stay a the 5-star Now Sapphire is only €1139 including flights, transfers and checked baggage.

See more here

 

 

 

Best city break:

Rome has to be one of the best cities for a weekend break and this deal is just begging to be booked! Enjoy a three-night weekend break in this wonderful city for just €160 at the end of January. Price includes flights and the highly rated 4-star Art Deco Hotel. Your January paycheck will have arrived by then…

See more here

 

Like city breaks? You might like:

Top 10 city breaks for less than €199

Top city break destinations for 2020
 

 

 

Best staycation:

Finding luxury self catering accommodation in Irish hotels can prove to be expensive. I found a great deal to the 5-Star Sheen Falls Hotel in Kenmare. Enjoy a two-night stay for up to 5 People in a 3-Bedroom Luxury Townhouse including a welcome pack (bottle of red wine, chocolates, cereal, milk, bread and tea/coffee) from just €229. This deal is valid seven days a week until the 31st of March, supplement of €25 applies to Friday and Saturday nights.

View offer here

 

Like staycations? Check out all my post on holidays in Ireland here.
 

 

 
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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 Sarah

 

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15 Top Tips and Tricks for Visiting Theme Parks

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I have visited many theme parks, thankfully without enduring massive queues or spending a fortune. Check out my top tips for visiting theme parks and maybe you can too.

 

1. Book your tickets in advance

This may sound obvious but booking tickets in advance is one of the top tips for visiting theme parks! Tickets are ALWAYS dearer at the entrance to a theme park, and you won’t have to queue. Attraction Tickets.com have the LOWEST theme park ticket rates on the web, with free delivery and no credit card fees 😎
 
Attraction Tickets.com also offer many combination tickets that are not available to buy at the gate. You may get 2 days for the price of 1, or get discounted tickets to multiple theme parks, that are only available on their website. 
 

2. Research, research research.

I can’t stress this enough. You WON’T be able to go on every ride, no matter how fit you are, or how small the theme park is. Check the height and or age restrictions before you go, so you can rule out rides that are not applicable for your children. Not only will this save you time, but by preparing your kids in advance you may avoid any upset, if they are too small to go on a top attraction.

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Mark the attractions that are ‘must see’ and go for them first. Check the times of shows or parades and decide what you want to see. Rides are usually quieter during parades, so bear that in mind if the parade is repeated and take advantage.
 

 

 

3. Parking tips:

Before you decide to drive, check the price of the parking. In some cases it can be exorbitant. It may be quicker and cheaper to take a shuttle bus or UBER to the park. If you do decide to drive, take note of where you parked. You will probably arrive at the park early, when the car park may be somewhat empty. Leaving however is a different story, so if you don’t know you where you parked your car, you could be in for a long night…
 

 

 

4. Bring supplies.

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If there are water rides, bring swim suits, and if you don’t want to get wet bring a poncho. A waterproof casing for your phone is also a good idea, as is a powerbank for your phone. You will probably take hundreds of pictures so you will want to re-charge it.
 

 

 
Bring snacks, they will come in handy when you are waiting in line for a long time, and will be a lot cheaper than buying snacks in the park. Most parks also have free water dispensers so I suggest bringing your own water bottle.
 

 

 
A lightweight back pack is ideal as sunglasses and phones are not allowed on some of the fast rollercoasters. Most parks have lockers available, take advantage of this rather than carrying a bag around all day. If travelling during the summer time – don’t forget your sunscreen!
 

 

 

5. Arrange a meeting place if you get lost.

Hopefully this won’t happen, but having a meeting place pre-arranged will alleviate some of the stress if you manage to get separated from your friends of family. Remember there will be rides that only some of the family will go on, and on some occasions the rides finish in a completely different place to where they started from. Having a meeting place is essential.
 

 

 

6. Plan your route

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Don’t follow the herd. Most people tend to turn right when they go into a theme park. Why not go anti-clockwise, or go to the rear of the park and work your way towards the entrance. Another good option is to go straight for the rides that you really want to go on.
 

 

 
The most popular rides will have the longest queues, so go on them first when you have more energy and don’t mind queueing. Trust me, this is a much better than standing in line for an hour at 5pm with exhausted children.
 

 

 

7. Check out express passes / fast track

Express passes vary from park to park. Disneyland Paris for instance has a great ‘free’ fast pass system. You simply go to a ride and get a time slot for later that day, then come back to a shorter queue. Other theme parks are not so good, or indeed free.
 

 

 
Fast pass tickets in some parks can be a Godsend if you are travelling during peak season, and if you want to go on the most popular rollercoasters. If however, you happen to be travelling off peak and/or you have small children who are unable to go on the big rides, they may be a waste of money. Fast passes in many parks are not valid on the top attractions, make sure you check each park for their individual offering.
 

 

 

8. Use the single rider lanes

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There may be one or two people in your group who want to try the fast coasters. Make use of the single lanes where there is usually little or no queue. It may mean that you wont be able to sit next to your partner, but you may be seated in the row behind them, and if that means saving a half hour in the queue, it might be worth it!
 

 

 

9. Use the baby swap.

The baby swap facility is not available in all theme parks, but if you see it – take advantage. They are used primarily for people who are travelling with a small child. You all queue together, one person stays with the baby in a room at the top of the queue, while the other goes on the ride. When your partner is finished the ride, you simply swap places.
 

 

 

10. Go at night time

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Not only are queues way shorter at night-time, but many parks offer discounted tickets for evening visits. You may also catch a parade or fireworks display.
 

 

 

11. Bring ID

This is one of the top tips for visiting theme parks in America. You have to have picture identification if you want to buy alcohol, regardless of what age you are in America. A nice cold beer after an exhilarating (or terrifying) ride might be needed, so make sure you bring ID with you.
 

 

 

12. Consider staying in one of the theme park hotels for a few nights.

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Many theme parks including Universal Studios, Disney World and Disneyland Paris have hotels on site. These can be handy if you are planning on spending a lot of time in these particular parks. You will usually have early access to the park before the general public, so you can go on top attractions without large queues.
 

 

 
It can also be handy at night time for dining options, and for easy access to the park for firework displays, parades or shows. Some of Universal’s top hotels include express passes in your stay.

Read: My top things to do in Universal Studios Orlando
 

 

 

13. Check the shows are in English

We got caught out in Disneyland Paris when we queued for 45 minutes for the French version of Frozen! Many shows in theme parks are shown in different languages. Make sure the show you are planning your day around, is the English version. Sometimes there is a small icon on the park guide showing which language the show is in, failing that, check in with the information centre beforehand.
 

 

 

14. Pre-purchase Disney’s Fast Pass+ and Memory Maker.

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Disney’s Fast Pass+ allows you to pre-book your favourite rides and attractions online before you go. This is automatically included with Disney tickets purchased through Attraction Tickets.com. Similarly Disney’s ‘memory maker’ which normally costs $199 is free if you buy your Disney tickets through Attraction Tickets.com. This allows you to keep ALL photographs that are taken of you in the park.
 

 

 

15. Download the App

Many theme parks have their own free apps with tips for visiting theme parks, as well as wait times for rides, showtimes and availability in restaurants. Download the app before you go.
 

 

 
Remember to pre book your theme park tickets through Attraction Tickets.com , who have the LOWEST theme park ticket rates on the web, with free delivery and no credit card fees. If you prefer to book by phone or are confused about what tickets to buy, why not call the expert staff in Attraction Tickets Dublin office. They are open from 9am-9pm, 7 days a week, call free on 1800 936 640. All they sell is theme park tickets and hotels, so they know all the theme parks inside out.

 

I hope you enjoyed my top tips for visiting theme parks. If you have any to add, just comment in the box below I would love to hear them.  This post was sponsored by Attraction Tickets.com but all views, as always, are my own.

 

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Five Ways to Visit Las Vegas

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Las Vegas is one of those places everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. Go for a city break, combine with a beach holiday or stop off on a road trip. Here are five ways to visit Las Vegas!

 

From stag parties to honeymoons, road trips to shopping breaks, Vegas caters for everyone. Some people go to gamble, many for the endless entertainment, while others see it as a gateway to visiting the Grand Canyon. I have teamed up with American Sky to show you that no matter what type of Vegas visitor you are, they have a holiday to suit you. How will you visit Las Vegas?

 

City Breaks:

Las Vegas & New York, 7 Nights, Flights & Hotels, €959!

 New York and Las Vegas are two of America’s most iconic cities. From shows to shopping, culture to casinos – they have it all. Zipline the full length of Fremont Street in Vegas, take in a world class show and make sure you take a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon. You will then fly to New York for three nights. Spend the afternoon in Central Park, visit the poignant 9/11 museum at the World Trade Centre, take in the views from the Top of the Rock and don’t miss Times Square at night time.

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This amazing trip includes a four-night stay at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas and a three-night stay in the ROW hotel, New York. Both hotels are ideally located to explore all the highlights, but if you want to choose alternative accommodation, just talk to the team in American Sky and they will match hotels to suit your requirements.

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San Francisco, Las Vegas & Los Angeles, 9 Nights, All Flights & Hotels, €1389!

Why visit one city, when you can visit three? This three centre holiday is a great combination, and the price includes all internal flights too! Fly to San Francisco first and enjoy three nights exploring this iconic city. Visit Alcatraz, cycle across the Golden Gate bridge and stroll down Fishermans Wharf. You will then fly to Las Vegas for three nights before flying to Los Angeles for your final few days. Choose to stay in Hollywood or chill out in Santa Monica. Stroll down Hollywood Boulevard, ogle at the shops in Beverly Hills or spend the day in Universal Studios, the choice is yours!

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Las Vegas & Beach

All Flights, 3 Nights Las Vegas & 7 Nights All Inclusive in Cancun, €1139!

Now this is my kind of holiday! Stay three nights at the 4* Luxor Resort & Casino in Las Vegas before jetting off to Cancun for seven nights at the Occidental Grand Xcaret Hotel.  This is one of Cancun’s most popular hotels which offers unlimited drinks and meals throughout your stay. With five swimming pools, nine bars and eleven restaurants you won’t want to leave!

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Las Vegas Road Trips

13 Night Best of the West Self-Dive,  Flights, Hotels & Car hire €1729!

American road trips are great. I drove the Pacific Coast Highway with my family and loved it. American Sky offer a host of self drive options without the hassles of looking for places to stay. This classic road trip begins in Los Angeles with stops in Palm Springs, Phoenix, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Death Valley, Yosemite, San Francisco, Monterey and Ventura. This trip combines some of the world’s most exciting cities with America’s magnificent National Parks for the ultimate California adventure.

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15 Night Route 66 Drive with Flights, Hotels & Car hire, €1779!

Adventure seekers will enjoy this 15 night Route 66 drive, from Chicago to Los Angeles. Stops include Oklahoma City, Amarillo, Alburqueue and Las Vegas before spending two nights in Santa Monica, where Route 66 officially ends. Add on some extra nights in Los Angeles or chill out on the beach in San Diego before catching your return flight home.

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Las Vegas & Cruise

14 Nights, Las Vegas, Hawaii Stay & Cruise, €3339

Start this trip of a lifetime by taking in all the highlights over four-nights in Las Vegas. You will then fly to Honolulu where you will spend three nights on the world famous Waikiki Beach. Spend your second week cruising around the Hawaiian islands for seven nights on Norwegian Cruise Lines’, Pride of America. This is the only cruise ship to sail to all four main Hawaiian islands. Enjoy the benefits of Norwegian’s premium all-inclusive arrangement with drinks, gratuities and an internet package included in the cost. So sit back, sip a cocktail and enjoy some of the pacific oceans most incredible views.
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The Definitive Guide to Renewing Your Passports Online!

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The Irish Online Passport Renewal Service has been expanded to allow children and ALL Irish citizens to renew passports online, from anywhere in the world!

 

This announcement will prove to be a massive benefit to families, who until now, had to apply for children’s passports manually. Faster turnaround times of 10 working days are expected for all online applications, although Fiona Penollar, Head of the Passport Service says ” we would hope to beat that, currently 12% of all online applications are processed within a day and 50% within one week”. This is a far cry from the delays that were encountered last Summer via Passport Express and can only be seen as great news for Irish travellers. I asked Fiona Penollar a few questions about how all Irish citizens can renew passports online.

 

 

 

What do I need to apply?

Adults just need a digital photograph, an email address and a debit / credit card. If you are renewing a child’s passport you will  need to verify the identity of children and receive consent of guardians. This comes in the form of a Child Passport Identity and Consent Form, will be generated for printing and witnessing at the end of the online process. This will need to be signed, witnessed and posted back, by freepost, to the passport office. It should be noted that witnesses can now be people who interact with the child and know them and their guardians well, i.e the child’s doctor, school secretary etc.

 

 

 

How long does it take?

It only takes approximately 10 minutes to apply (once you have your digital photo) and the turnaround time is approximately two weeks plus postage time, depending on where in the world you are living. For children the official turnaround time starts from the time the consent form is received.

 

 

 

How do I get my digital photo?

You can now take your own photo at home (not a selfie) and upload it directly when applying online. There are conditions to adhere to, i.e you must have a plain cream / white coloured background, not smile etc. You may find you have to take a few photos to get one that will be accepted. 
 

 

 
You can also get your digital photographs from one of the many Photo-Me booths around the country. They are quick and easy to use and you will receive a unique code which you enter when making your online application. Check out my video below which will show you how easy they really are!  Your local Tesco or Supervalu should have these in place but for more information on photo booth locations please visit www.passportphoto.ie.  Babies will not be able to use the photo-me-booths so they will need to go into their local pharmacy to get their photograph taken. For more info on photo guidelines click here.

 


 

 

 

How much does it cost?

The fees for all online applications are being reduced by €5 across all application types.  The standard 10 year passport is €75 and a standard child passport book costs €20.
 

 

 

If my passport is lost, expired or damaged can I apply online?

Yes. If your passport has expired less than five years ago you can apply online. If your passport has been damaged, lost or stolen you can still apply online however it may take longer than the standard 2 weeks application.

 

 

 

If I am changing my name from maiden to married name, can I apply online?

Yes the categories for adults renewals have been expanded to include people who are changing their name due to marriage or  divorce.

 

What do I do if I need an emergency passport?

There is a Rapid Renewal service available by appointment at the Passport Service, Mount Street, Dublin for applicants travelling within 3 days. The service is for adults and children renewing their passports.  In the case of children’s passports, both parents must be present when submitting the application. As passports have to be turned around very quickly, the number of appointments are limited. Certain Terms and Conditions apply before booking an appointment on https://www. passportappointments.ie/. It should be noted that this service is not available to people who have already put an application in the system via Passport Express or online. Therefore it is very important that the correct application channel is chosen depending on the intended date of travel.

 

 

 

More details about the Online Passport Application Service are available at www.dfa.ie/passportonline.

 

Sarah

The Travel Expert Sarah Slattery

 

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