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New Ferry Links Spain with Ireland, Thanks to Brexit

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/22/2018, 5:00 PM

Something brand-new happened this month: A new ferry service between Ireland and Spain was inaugurated. Why? Because as the United Kingdom proceeds with Brexit, its half-baked plan to secede from the European Union, the border between the UK and the Republic of Ireland, which remains in the EU, will become much harder to cross. The new ferry service allows Irish and Spanish people to pass easily b...

Statues in Dublin Can Call Your Mobile Phone

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/20/2017, 8:15 PM

In the famously word-drunk city of Dublin, even the statues now have the gift of gab.  As part of a new tourism project called Talking Statues Dublin, 10 of the Irish capital's most recognizable sculptural likenesses—including writers James Joyce (on Earl Street), Oscar Wilde (at Merrion Square), and George Bernard Shaw (at the National Gallery) as well as political figures James Larkin (on O'Con...

Irish Island Welcomes Americans Fleeing Trump

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/22/2016, 12:30 PM

If this week's Republican National Convention has you worried about the future of the country, the tiny Irish island of Inishturk would like to offer refuge. Located about 9 miles off the coast of County Mayo, Inishturk will welcome, officials say, those Americans considering leaving the U.S. if Donald Trump is elected president. The island could certainly use the population boost—it curre...

What Will Brexit Mean for Travelers? Some Counterpoints from Pauline Frommer

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/24/2016, 7:15 PM

A dream died on June 23, the dream of a unified, peaceful Europe. After centuries of wars, it seemed like the European Union was going to finally forge a partnership between peoples who had far more in common than they had differences. Unfortunately, slightly more than half the populace of the United Kingdom decided they’d rather go it alone. That choice has economic and political implica...

The Luck (And Deals) Of The Irish: A Head-Turning Fare Sale from Aer Lingus to Ireland and Beyond

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/29/2015, 3:15 AM

                                                           Head across the pond for a quick, and inexpensive, pint of Guinness The euro is currently trading at a jaw-dropping $1.12. Just a few months ago, Americans paid $1.45 or more, meaning that those who head to Europe will experience a 30% savings on the ground. The problem has been how to get to the ground in Europe inexpensively...

This Winter's Air-and-Land Packages to Chilly Locations are So Low in Price as to Seem Almost Unbelievable

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/09/2014, 6:15 PM

    Now's the time to start thinking about a travel "bargain".  At the start of autumn in just a few weeks, airlines and tour operators roll out extraordinary discounts for international travel in November through February.  Provided only that you're willing to go on a short, one-week vacation to a non-tropical location in that chilly time, you will enjoy the best prices of the year.   ...

Game On: As the HBO Series Returns, Travelers are Being Lured to Game of Thrones Destinations

By Gretchen Kelly

Posted on 04/07/2014, 4:45 PM

They’re back.  Jaime Lannister and his twisted sister Cersei, Tyrion the wise, Joffrey the awful, the Mother of Dragons and the whole crew (minus some key family members that were taken out last season) are back in the addictive HBO fantasy drama that is filmed in real-life fairy tale-like locations. Tourism Ireland has an entire webpage dedicated to doing Game of Thrones locations in...

Four Vacation Packages and Cruises Lead the Travel Industry's Offerings for Departures in July of 2013

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/09/2013, 1:30 PM

     There was once a time when a bargain-hunter could point with excitement to packaged vacations costing less than a thousand dollars at the height of the summer season, like July.  That's pretty difficult now.  Though the U.S. rate of inflation is unusually low, the desire of overeas hoteliers to wallop the summer vacationer has never been stronger.  Today, an eight-to-ten-day packaged vaca...

You Can Use a Starbucks Card Abroad Without Fees

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 04/24/2013, 1:00 PM

Starbucks junkies may blow the equivalent of a MacBook Pro a year on those pricey morning cappuccinos, but if they're travelers, there may be one tiny benefit to the transaction.? Travelers may use Starbucks cards as payment in other countries — and they can do it without service fees and at the day's exchange rate as determined by the banks. Even credit cards and ATMs usually sock you wit...

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