It’s time to take a break from the books and pick the post-Leaving Cert holiday you’ll be dreaming about during the next seven months of study.
The Leaving Cert will probably be the hardest set of exams in your life – but it’ll all be worth it for the epic holiday of sun, sand and partying, you’ll get afterwards.
Trying to decide where and when to go? You can leave the answers to us this time.
Where to go: the Top 3 Leaving Cert Holiday Destinations for 2014
Destinations vary in popularity each year, but from the bookings we’ve got so far for summer 2014, the most interest is in Majorca (also known as Mallorca). The resorts of Magaluf and Santa Ponsa in particular.
1. Santa Ponsa has always been a hit with the Irish; popular for its fine sandy beach, safe swimming and legendary nightlife.
2. Magaluf’s clubs rival Ibiza, and in fact, the Mallorca Rocks hotel is from the same owner as the renowned Ibiza Rocks. Mallorca Rocks’ huge main stage brings in big name acts to match, with summer 2013 getting Tinie Tempah, Franz Ferdinand, Dizzee Rascal and Biffy Clyro. DJs who have played in Magaluf include David Guetta, Judge Jules, Calvin Harris and Tim Westwood.
3. Hersonissos in Crete is another popular spot for Leaving Cert holidays, as Greece tends to be cheaper then Spain. Hersonissos is a busy resort with a great beach, water park, and good food from the restaurants and tavernas. The nightlife is well established, from good bars to nightclubs for every taste in music.
When to go
After exams: Some students pretty much walk from their last exam straight onto the plane, and celebrate the end of school in the sun. This post-exam crowd usually book the first week of July or the last week in June (careful – you don’t have the exam timetable yet!)
Around the results: Exam results come out around 14 August. Some people like the buzz of adding up their points on the beach, cocktail in hand. This is definitely a great place to celebrate good news.
After results: Flying out just after results is popular, around the first week in September. This way results are a distant memory and any CAO stuff is sorted before you get on the plane. It’ll mean you’ll start college with a fresh tan, still wearing the t-shirt you got for doing a bungee jump.
Why go with a package
Package deals are handiest for Leaving Cert holidays because they sort out transfers and there’s usually a rep around if you need them. Losing your passport, for example, would be a much bigger headache if you didn’t have a rep who has seen this happen 100 times before.
When to book
Book as soon as possible. Leaving Cert holidays book up faster than any other we deal with, because once a few friends pick their resort and apartment of choice, the rest of their class/friends follow suit. Entire apartment blocks can be gone in hours, or minutes if the class comes into Abbey Travel together!
You don’t have to pay for the whole holiday upfront; a €100 deposit will secure the booking.
Give Joanna or Lisa a call on 01 8047100 and they can chat through your options or view Leaving Cert Holiday offers here.
You can also call into one of our branches and we can sort out the hotel and flights in a few minutes.