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This podcast is hosted by the travel expert Sarah Slattery and award-winning travel journalist & broadcaster Ed Finn. Ed & Sarah answer all your travel queries and interview some amazing and inspiring people who have travelled the world. Pour yourself a glass and indulge in a little reminiscence of bygone travels in the VIP travel lounge......

This podcast is hosted by the travel expert Sarah Slattery and award-winning travel journalist & broadcaster Ed Finn. Ed & Sarah answer all your travel queries and interview some amazing and inspiring people who have travelled the world. Pour yourself a glass and indulge in a little reminiscence of bygone travels in the VIP travel lounge......

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Ireland

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This podcast is hosted by the travel expert Sarah Slattery and award-winning travel journalist & broadcaster Ed Finn. Ed & Sarah answer all your travel queries and interview some amazing and inspiring people who have travelled the world. Pour yourself a glass and indulge in a little reminiscence of bygone travels in the VIP travel lounge......

Language:

English


Episodes

Lanzarote - A Unique Island

9/14/2021
Lanzarote is unlike anywhere else on earth, with its beautiful climate, jaw-dropping scenery and dramatic volcanic history. Three hundred years ago, the island suffered the longest and most brutal volcanic eruption the planet has ever seen - it was a raging cauldron for six years - and yet today Lanzarote is a holiday paradise. On this week's Ambassadors to Spain series we meet Geraldine Mc Fadden who has lived here for over 14 years. Geraldine tells us about some of her favourite places on...

Duration:00:25:39

Gran Canaria - Island of a Thousand Sunsets.....

9/6/2021
In this week's Ambassadors for Spain series we meet Eoin Flynn in Gran Canaria. Here is an island full of surprises with its volcanic landscape, lush pine forests, secret rocky coves and swathes of sand dunes. Year round good weather, historic towns, a calendar of unusual festivals and superlative cuisine and wines. Eoin Flynn moved to Gran Canaria 10 years ago. An Irish International Mountain runner and an english teacher, he reveals the locals insider track on this beautiful...

Duration:00:21:06

Tenerife, an insider guide to the Island of Eternal Spring

8/31/2021
This week in our Ambassadors for Spain series we chat to Fiona McAndrew who has lived in Tenerife for over 34 years. Fiona has worked in Tourism for many years in Tenerife and she tells us what a wonderful place Tenerife is and specially how friendly the people are there. Tenerife is famous for its beaches of course, ( 72 listed on the tourist board website at least) on which to stretch out, switch off and get that gorgeous shade of bronze. Tenerife however is a multi-faceted island and...

Duration:00:26:05

Castile and Leon - The Heart and Soul of Spain

8/23/2021
We continue our Ambassadors for Spain series this week with Colm Mullen chatting to us from what some refer to as the "Soul of Spain" Castile and León is a treasure trove of historic sites and impressive landscapes. This is one of the destinations which offers the greatest diversity of natural landscapes in Europe, as well as spectacular monuments, a varied and abundant gastronomy… all this guarantees that this region in the interior of Spain is bound to delight you. It has a whole host of...

Duration:00:37:21

Live in Benidorm... Work from Paradise....

8/12/2021
In the third episode of Ambassadors for Spain we are delighted to chat with Ian Byrne, originally from Monkstown Co. Dublin. The manager of two Irish bars in Benidorm, The Tavern and The Church, Ian is well known locally as a Stand Up Comedian and also manages a property agency and was previously an english teacher in Valencia. In this episode Ian tells us why he loves living in Benidorm and what it has to offer. Once a quiet fishing village, Benidorm has been transformed by mass tourism...

Duration:00:25:15

Ambassadors for Spain - Magical Hidden Murcia with Brendan Dwyer

8/9/2021
Our second guest on The Ambassadors for Spain series is Irish Expat Brendan Dwyer who lives in Murcia and works as GM in the 5 star award winning La Finca Resort in Alicante, Spain. Brendan has worked for over 20 years in some of the most iconic hotels and brands including Vice President Global of Sales EMEA for Hyatt Hotels. Brendan really captures the essence of Murcia in this week's podcast and he shares his top tips and the insiders guide to discovering this wonderful region. Murcia is...

Duration:00:25:03

Ambassadors for Spain - Valencia a locals guide to the city of paella, playas and art nouveau elegance

7/23/2021
We are delighted to be partnering up with the Spanish Tourism Office for our new Ambassadors for Spain series - Every week we will interview some terrific Irish guests who have made Spain their home. We will get their unique perspective and the insiders track on what to do and see in each region from Valencia to Murcia, from Tenerife to Galicia. In the Podcast you will hear about incredible Irish connections to Spain and where to go for the best value tapas and discover where all the locals...

Duration:00:20:23

Christmas Travel Requirements & Wow Winter Specials

11/27/2020
With many people travelling over Christmas, we answer the question on everyone's mind - do you need to quarantine if you show a negative PCR test on arrival in Ireland? We make sense of the new EU Traffic Light system for travel and discuss why a trip to the Canary Islands might be the best chance of some winter sun. We also talk about some great ideas for holidaying at home over the festive season, and the super hotel deals that are available from January - April in Ireland. Email your...

Duration:00:32:24

Daycations in Dublin & The Latest on International Travel

9/25/2020
This week we chat about the latest update to Ireland's farcical Green List, why we need testing at our airports and ports, as well as ideas for daycations in Dublin. With travel restrictions in place for Dubliners, we chat about how best to be a tourist in our hometown. Ed chats about his recent stay in The Wilder and Sarah about some family days out in Dublin. We also have some inspiration for outdoor dining in the capital. Email your travel questions and stories to...

Duration:00:31:27

The insiders guide to Kilkenny, including where to stay, where to dine and its top attractions.

8/10/2020
This week we visit the enchanting county of Kilkenny. Steeped in history, with beautiful countryside and an amazing food scene, Kilkenny has got it all. Back from recent staycations in Kilkenny, Ed and Sarah talk about staying in Mount Juliet and Lyrath Estate, both 5-star luxury hotels. They also chat about the many activities available in Kilkenny including Falconry and canoeing, as well as its top attractions such as Kilkenny Castle, Woodstock Gardens, Highbank Orchards and Jerpoint...

Duration:00:39:27

Travel Limbo & Majestic Munster Vales

7/10/2020
“Families across Ireland who booked their summer holidays months ago, before the Covid-19 pandemic ever arrived, have been left in limbo. "They don't know if they will be permitted to travel or whether they will lose thousands of euro that they have already spent. “The government is giving people no answers. “As other European countries are preparing to welcome tourists later this summer, those who arrive on our shores from overseas are being told to self-isolate for 14 days. Staying nearer...

Duration:00:22:19

Airlines and Airports - Masked Track

6/12/2020
While the coronavirus pandemic has all but devastated the travel industry, most experts agree that travel will rebound — it's just a question of when. Major airlines have made it clear that losing business for summer is now a challenge to their very survival. Airlines are scrambling to get travellers flying again, and both airlines and airports are rethinking their safety and health regulations to earn passengers' trust and avoid the virus' spread. Today we are joined by two guests Matt...

Duration:00:41:53

Staycation Covidential - What will it be like holidaying in Ireland this year?

5/29/2020
This week's episode is all about 'Staycations'. We discuss what's happening behind the scenes, as Irish hotels are getting ready to open on the 18th of July. We chat to Con Horgan proprietor of the 4-star Castlerosse Resort in Killarney and Nicky Logue, the General Manager of the 5-star Intercontinental in Dublin. We dive into discussing hotel swimming pools and ask when hotel bars can open? How is the industry going to cope with social distancing, and how do they plan to maintain that...

Duration:00:41:45

When will we fly the friendly skies?

5/15/2020
In this weeks episode our guest is Martina Coogan the Country Sales Manager for Ireland for United Airlines... We talk to Martina about the current state of affairs of the airline industry and also about her favourite places to travel. We cover the latest developments with the EU and also the easing of restrictions. When will we travel again? What countries are opening up now? What Airlines are flying from June? tune in to find out more... Email your travel questions and stories to...

Duration:00:48:05

To refund or not refund? - That is the Question - but what is the answer?

5/1/2020
In this weeks Episode we have an exclusive interview with Sarah Fischer - Air Passenger Rights Manager, at the Commission for Aviation Regulation Ireland (CAR). We spoke to Sarah about EU legislation regarding refunds for cancelled flights, which is affecting so many people right now. Sarah definitively answered our questions, and left us in no doubt regarding passenger entitlements under regulation EU 261. You've heard the fiction now hear the facts. The web-site mentioned in this episode...

Duration:00:45:14

State of Travel in Covid 19

4/17/2020
The Travel Lounge podcast is hosted by travel expert Sarah Slattery and award-winning travel journalist Ed Finn. In this episode Ed & Sarah discuss trending questions people are having around the current state of the travel industry, and talk to special guest Ciara Foley Owner of Platinumtravel.ie for her perspective on what it is to be a travel agent during the Covid-19 pandemic. Email your travel questions and stories to info@thetravellounge.ie You can follow Ed and Sarah on twitter and...

Duration:00:48:55