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Great Christmas gift ideas for all the family

23rd November 2015

Ah November. That time of the year when you take hold of your pen and that trusty stack of luminous yellow post-it notes and set about writing your gift list for your nearest and dearest. But isn’t it difficult to continue to surprise and please every single year? There are only so many sets of bath salts and lotions, pairs of socks and bottles of wine that you can buy. And giving money could be seen as being just a tad impersonal. 
So what do you do? Have you thought about giving the gift of travel this Christmas? 

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What Do You Know About Thanksgiving?

17th November 2015

Thanksgiving is a national American holiday which is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November each year. The basic premise behind Thanksgiving is to give thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Through the generations, Thanksgiving has become a time for families and friends to get together, eat too much, and give thanks.

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Book your Summer 2016 Holiday Early

Why book a holiday now?

13th Oct 2015

Planning a holiday makes you happy before you even step foot on the beach. And no, we didn’t just make that up. Researchers in the Netherlands have discovered that planning your trip away makes you feel happier than actually going on holiday.

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Our 5 top destinations for Christmas sun

8th October 2015

Did you know that Christmas is supposed to be a holiday? So why do we go back to work in January more tired than ever? We all look forward to a break at Christmas time but it seems that the stress of the holiday season can actually make us even more stressed coming back to work in January. 
What do we recommend? Go on a sun holiday! You deserve some fun in the sun and believe us, your boss/friends/family/everyone you know will thank you for actually going on holiday.  

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New York Shopping trips

A Guide to shopping in New York City: 3 of the best areas

24th September 2015

Shopping in New York City is every fashionista’s fantasy. We can bet that since you watched the final episode of Sex and The City all those years ago, you’ve wanted to hit the Big Apple for some serious retail therapy. Believe us, so have we—in the run up to Christmas every single year! A girly weekend full of clothes and cocktails sounds amazing and we think November is the best time to go as you’ll get great bargains in time for Christmas.

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Royal Caribbean Cruises: Our Pick of the 5 Best Ships

24th March 2015

Royal Caribbean Cruises are world-renowned, not just for the wonderful locations they bring guests to, but also for their stellar array of on-board activities. Different cruise ships are suited to different tastes. Here are 5 of Royal Caribbean’s top cruise liners – which one is the ship for you?

Top 5 Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships

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Royal Caribbean Cruises

Quantum of the Seas

Our 3 most popular twin-centre Honeymoon options for 2015

29th Jan 2015

So you’re getting ready to tie the knot but you’ve yet to decide the most important thing: where will you go on your honeymoon?
Okay, so maybe it’s not the most important thing but let’s face it, you’ll want something to look forward to once the big day is over! Plus a honeymoon is the first chance for you and your partner to do something special as a married couple, so why wouldn’t you want it to be as memorable as possible?

The Best Hassle-free Family Holiday Package in 2015

6th January 2015

At Abbey Travel we love to tempt you with a good family holiday offer. However we understand that for a lot of you, packing up and jetting off isn't quite so easy when you have a family. Children (and not to mention teens!) often have their own ideas of what constitutes a fun family holiday. For parents, money isn't the only thing they have to consider. You find yourself asking “Is the destination safe? Do we need to hire a car? Is food and drink expensive?"

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Family Holiday Packages 2015

Quantum of the Seas

A Secret tour: 3 things about the new Quantum of the Sea Cruise everyone is talking about

2nd Dec 2014

The Quantum of the Seas Cruise is the ship everyone in the industry is talking about. Some are even calling it the hottest cruise of the decade! 
Luckily for you (and us) we’ve managed to get a super secret tour behind the scenes of this luxurious ship!
Here’s what you need to know before you book

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7 things you need to know about river cruising

30th October 2014

Europe has so many beautiful cities that it can often be hard for holidaymakers to choose the perfect spot to visit for a week or two. But who says that you have to stay in just one place? River cruises are becoming more and more popular as people begin to realise just how much more they can offer than a standard holiday. But what does a river cruise involve? Well, we’re glad you asked…

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Guide to Leaving Cert Holiday destinaions 2015

30th September 2014

There’s one thing guaranteed to destroy the back to school blues – and that’s booking the ultimate post-Leaving Cert holiday.

Yep, you’ve a stressful year of studying and Leaving Cert exams ahead, but the thought of two fun weeks in the sun afterwards is what’ll get you through. 
The only questions are; Where and when should you go? 

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Leaving Cert Holidays 2015

A girls guide to flying solo

A girl's guide to travelling solo

29th July 2014

If you want to channel your inner Elizabeth Gilbert and “find yourself” Eat, Pray, Love style, or all your friends have used up their annual leave, you might find yourself travelling alone. Negative media coverage of women travelling alone has made us all cautious. But really, exploring a foreign city poses the same risk as walking around your own home town. Here’s our guide to flying solo to take the intimidation out of travelling alone.

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Tasty travel dishes not to be missed

29th July 2014

Forget your chicken balls, curry sauce and your deep pan pizzas. The food you’ll discover on holidays is often nothing like what we have at home. Because we love food almost as much as we love travel we’re sharing our top food picks from three amazing holiday destinations.

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6 European Festivals worth travelling to

6 European Festivals to Tick off Your Bucket List

17th July 2014

With more amazing music, cultural and foodie events taking place throughout Europe each year, it’s no wonder we’re hopping on planes and joining the parties abroad. So, we’ve selected seven must-go destinations that’ll make your next festival experience the best one yet.

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6 Tell-tale signs you're a first time cruiser

3rd July 2014

Whether you’re looking for a bit of variety, a lot of luxury, or simply a way to detach yourself from the world, cruises are brilliant holiday options. Plenty of people choose a cruise once and never return to any other kind of holiday. 
With plenty of ship etiquette already established among the veterans, the newbies can be easy to spot. We’ve got some tips to avoid being caught out! 

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First time Cruiser

Map of Brazil

Beginner’s Guide to Brazil: 9 things to know before you go

19th June 2014

With the World Cup kicking off in Brazil earlier this month, the Brazilian’s infamous carefree joie de vivre has certainly gone into overdrive. The tournament began in Sao Paulo on June 12th, and as predicted, the whole country is going to go into a frenzy of pure excitement and passion. Watching scenes of from the World Cup is enough to make anyone want to visit the amazing country that is Brazil. 

With this in mind, here are our top nine things you need to know before you go to Brazil…when and if you decide to go!

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5 things you (probably) didn't know about Malta

12th June 2014

Malta is one of the world’s smallest countries, but it’s becoming a big hit with the Irish as a holiday destination. We all know that Malta has sun, sea, great beaches and lots of shopping and nightlife - but it also has a few surprises besides. Check out some of our favourite lesser known facts about Malta before you go.

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Holidays to Malta

Gran Canaria: Top 4 tips for chilling out

29th April 2014

Gran Canaria is always high on our list of destinations to recommend to Irish holiday makers. Whether you are going with family, friends or as a couple, Gran Canaria provides the perfect setting for a relaxing, stress-free break.

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Low Cost holiday idea for 2014: Tenerife

23rd April 2014

With sandy beaches, excellent seafood and 300 days of sunshine per year, Tenerife is the perfect place to take a well-deserved break this year. Luckily, it is also one of our best value holiday options with great all-inclusive breaks on offer for 2014.

So sit back, relax and let us give you 5 reasons why we think Tenerife is the best low cost option for travel this year.

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Top 10 Tips for Walking the Camino de Santiago

22nd April 2014

With the Camino de Santiago, it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey.
This 1000 year old pilgrimage is considered by all who travel it to be a very spiritual experience. Over 100,000 pilgrims from all walks of life make the journey every year along the Camino to the shrine of St. James in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

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Family holidays in the Costa del Sol: FAQ

1st April 2014

The Costa del Sol is a really fun holiday destination for Irish families. For one thing, the Costa gets 300 days of sunshine a year so if escaping with the kids from rainy, cold weather sounds good, you better keep reading! 
Our second favourite thing about the Costa del Sol is its proximity to Ireland. We know how kids don’t like long flights and this one is generally under the 3 hour mark—the length of a kids movie which they can watch on the plane! 

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Orlando’s Water Park Is About To Become Wilder: The Aqua Drag Racer

25th March 2014

We recently did a fun blog post on Disneyland Paris’s newest, shiniest ride which is inspired by the Disney film Ratatouille. 
In case you hadn’t noticed, we love theme parks and theme park rides. You can imagine our excitement when we heard that our favourite water park, Wet ‘n’ Wild, is opening Florida’s tallest and fastest water-based racing attraction of its kind. 

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From Miss Saigon to the Viet Cong: 3 ways to explore the real Vietnam

20th March 2014

Vietnam is bordered by Laos and Cambodia but don’t let that rush you into trying to visit all of Southeast Asia in one go. Take it from us; this is not the right way to visit these countries. Most travellers we speak to wished they had spent more time in Vietnam as this was their favourite place to visit while in Southeast Asia.

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Your First Cruise Holiday: Bahamas Calling

6th March 2014

Never been on cruise before? Curious?  Lately, we have noticed that more and more people are taking to the high seas for their holidays. 
Who knows what draws them. Maybe it’s the luxury.  Maybe it’s the fine choice of dining and entertainment. Maybe it’s the peace of mind of knowing that, on the sea, you are far detached from life’s ups and downs. Maybe it’s because it is different and very unlike a sun holiday. Or maybe it’s the variety that’s afforded on a cruising holiday – many stops in a variety of destinations, with tonnes of activities. You literally wake up somewhere new every day.

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The French Riviera: Old-world Hollywood Glamour

30th January 2014

It’s hard to believe that at the turn of the 20th Century, the French Riviera - or the Côte d’Azur as it is also known (for the deep blue colour of the sea) - was barren, underdeveloped and poor. Today it is one of the most exclusive and glamorous holiday destinations in the world, and is second home to more celebrities than you could shake a stick at. If you like your movie stars to be princesses and if you prefer your martinis shaken not stirred, then the French Riviera will be right up your street.

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8 Great Reasons To Book Your Holiday Early! 

9th January 2014

Booking a holiday is always super exciting. Nothing could beat the lead up to that sun holiday you have probably been thinking about since that heat wave left us back in August. 
If you have decided that you are going on holidays during 2014, we would advise you to GET BOOKING EARLY!

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Visit Orlando for Sandcastles and Family Fun

2nd January 2014

Say goodbye to wind-lashed Irish landscapes, play nicer car games than “spot the ghost estate”, and say hello to sunshine, the American road and – maybe best of all – American food. You cannot beat a good American roadtrip. 
There are tonnes of great roadtrips to choose from when it comes to the USA. Our favourite one is one known as “Sandcastles and Family Fun” 

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Family Holidays to Thailand: 7 Great Tips for Bringing Your Kids on a Thai Adventure

12th December 2013

We love hearing about our staff members’ holidays and adventures. Maura, one of our Asia/Australia experts is no different. Recently, Maura took a trip to Thailand with her husband and one-year old son.
Trips to Thailand with kids were something that were unheard of a few years ago. However, today we are seeing more and more families booking trips to Thailand. What’s more is that they come back promising to return.

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What Makes Abbey Travel Staff So Great!

27th November 2013

Here at Abbey Travel – Ireland’s leading travel agency – our staff are our pride and joy. We really believe they are what make us unique. They allow us to offer value in the form of expertise over and above what our competitors offer.

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Cruise and stay holidays:

the best way to beat those January blues!

31st October 2013

You are at a crossroads. You aren’t sure whether you want to go on a cruise, or spend your days sunning yourself on a majestic beach surrounded by white sand and clear blue waters.  Well there is no need to worry your little head anymore, because here at Abbey Travel we are delighted to offer you a Cruise and Stay holiday option. 

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Guide to Leaving Cert Holiday Destinations 2014

17th October 2013

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 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. 

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San Francisco: The Essential Guide

2nd October 2013

Two of our North American experts - Celine and Orla – are just back from a trip to San Francisco. Instead of bringing back three giant Toblerones and a giant pack of peanut butter M&Ms, they brought us back a suitcase full of handy travel tips for us to share with you! We think they are almost as tasty as the chocolate – what do you think?

Stress-Free Holidays With Kids: It’s Possible And We’ll Tell You How

26th September 2013

So you have decided to pack yourself, your other half and your three kids off on holidays. Yes, it’s daunting. Your mother-in-law is probably telling you, you are “gone in the head” carting young ones along with you “off abroad.”

The secret of a stress-free family holiday is these two sweet words; Holiday Villages. Holiday Villages are a saving grace when holidaying with little munchkins. And they’re great value.

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A Simple Guide to Choosing Your Perfect Ski Destination

19th September 2013

We don’t know if it’s the fresh alpine air, or the adrenaline of cutting through the fresh white powder, but skiing holidays are BIG with the Irish. You simply haven’t had a hot chocolate until you’ve tasted it at 2,000m on the side of a mountain. 
Plenty of Europe will be white by November; so how do you choose where to go? Here are a few ski destinations to consider based on your skills.

How to choose a Honeymoon 

17th September 2013

Getting married? Having trouble trying to find the perfect honeymoon destination? 
Fret no more! Read our ultimate guide to choosing the perfect honeymoon destination.

Holidays at Christmas with Abbey Travel

3rd September 2013

Thinking of taking off on a holiday this Christmas? Having trouble deciding where to go? Good job you’re reading our blog!
We have put together a list of popular destinations that have been big hits among our customers during the Christmas season. Here they are…

4 Great Reasons to Take a Sun Holiday in September

7th August 2013

Where is the year going? Is it us, or is the time flying by? 
With September on our doorstep, we are sure many of you are feeling a little bit deflated. The summer has been and gone, and the sun is becoming cooler with each passing day. 
Well, let us tell you! There is no need for a sad face! Why not take a September holiday? There are loads of reasons that would make it rude not to! 
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25th June 2013 

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5 Tips for Travelling with Children

13th June 2013

As Ireland’s travel experts, we at Abbey Travel have infinite experience in arranging family holidays. We’ve learned a thing or two over the last three and a half decades! Plus between us all here in Abbey Travel, we have produced 25 kids! We believe that travelling should be just as easy and enjoyable as the destination itself, regardless of how many kids you have in tow!


Abbey Travel: Ireland’s Choice in Travel

27th May 2013

Thirty-five years and counting. That is how long Abbey Travel has been in business. And we’re still enjoying our work as much as we did back in 1978.

Located on Middle Abbey Street in Dublin’s City Centre, Abbey Travel is one of Ireland’s best-established travel agencies.

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