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J Barter Travel is the oldest established travel agency in Ireland and all of those years of experience have provided us with a wealth of knowledge and a deep of understanding of how to choose and plan the perfect holiday.

Our travel experts have used our travel blog to provide you with all of the best travel tips and tricks, as well as giving detailed accounts and recommendations from trips that they have taken to a number of dream destinations.



 
Who else is excited to visit the home of Santa?! Lapland is something straight out of a fairy-tale, no matter your age. Get ready for the knee-deep snow and sparkling pine trees, because you, my friend, are in for a massive treat! This is a trip like no other, where you’ll have the most amazing time, not only by meeting Santa and his reindeer, but experiencing a world like no other. 
 

 

Bucket List | Posted on 21 of Febuary 

What’s the first thing that pops into your head when you hear the word China? Is it the Beijing Olympics or is it Chinese food? How well do we really know this stunning country? With its breath-taking architecture, delicious food and its fantastic scenery, we think it’s worth getting to know. Here are some of our top places to visit while in China, while travelling with Wendy Wu Tours!


Travel Tips  |  Posted on 21 February  2019

Looking to celebrate Easter 2019 with a fun family holiday? We put together a list of fun and family friendly destinations we are sure you and your family will love. Spend your Easter 2019 holidays exploring a new beautiful city, lounging on the beach, spending family time in a theme park or indulging in best local dishes.

Discover our top 10 suggestions for a fun Easter Weekend Getaway!

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Bucket List  |  Posted on 13 of February 2019

At Princess Cruises, their main priority is you. So be prepared to be treated like the princess you are and sit back and relax in the most luxurious ships you could even imagine. They have many facilities on deck and they’re constantly renewing their ships to make them even more perfect (if that’s possible!)
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Bucket List  |  Posted on 11 February 2019

Travel in style and luxury with The Puglia and Neapolitan Riviera, Italy Trip from Insight Vacations. This Luxury trip will allow you to experience ALL the stunning attractions on the Puglia and Neapolitan Riviera trip.
 

Bucket List  |  Posted on 30 January 2019

The Danube Flow with U by Uniworld river cruise will allow you to experience ALL the stunning cities on the banks of Danube  without the hassle of packing and travelling. Spend your days exploring the amazing cities, and travel in comfort in your super cozy studio or suite. With onboard entertainment, parties, Dj sets, and great dining included The Danube Flow will take your travel experience to another level! 

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Bucket List  |  Posted on 07 November  2018

Planning the perfect holiday for the whole family doesn't have to be stressful! From museums, zoos to enterntainment parks and beaches, Lisbon really has it all! Discover our guide to things to do in Lisbon with children ( and dsicover your inner child!) 

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Bucket List  |  Posted on 02 November  2018

Experience all the wonders of the capital city of Lisbon. Unravel the city’s rich history and immerse in its present. Dating back to a Pre-Roman era, this vibrant metropole offers an abundance of unique experiences. Whether it’s a relaxed sun holiday, city break, or an immersive adventure you’re seeking, you won’t have to look far. With its many historical gems (like to oh-so-iconic electric trams), sandy beaches, hip hangouts, markets, pop-ups, festivals and events Lisbon has really got it all! Take a trip down the memory lane through the city’s historic Alfama District, wine and dine in Bairro Alto, dance the night away ..

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Bucket List  |  Posted on 24th of June 2018

I had never done an escorted tour before and decided to join one for this leg of my trip. Intrepid travel are a world renowned company who organise escorted trips in almost every part of the world. With smaller groups and the number of different transport modes used allow you to immerse yourself into and experience local life...

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Travel Top Tips   I   Posted on 17 May 2018

Start planning a magical family holiday to Lapland to visit Santa in his home! From what to pack to all the activities, we give you the best guide for organising your Lapland Holiday!

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Bucket List  |  Posted on 23 April 2018

As a student, I worked and lived in Munich for two summers and often took trips back and forth to visit friends. Of course, one of these trips also included a visit to the ever-famous Oktoberfest in my fake dirndl! ...While I always love visiting a new city, Munich is one...

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Bucket List  |  Posted on 23 November 2017

My trip started in Singapore in June, a city that is well known as a stopover from Ireland for destinations further afield. The city has done plenty in recent years to promote itself as more than just a quick pit stop. Granted, you can see a lot in 24 hours but I decided to take the time...

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Travel Top Tips   I   Posted on 11 November 2017 

How to save money while on your holidays. Discover the best ways to save your money while having a fantastic trip! Consider visiting destinations with a low cost of living, as you will find cheap accommodation as well as bars and restaurants...

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Bucket List  |  Posted on 18 August 2017

The Philippines have somewhat of a bad reputation with regard to the safety of tourists but the country has so much to offer visitors and the main tourist areas are very safe. We decided to spend 3 weeks exploring the popular destinations. The Philippines is a bit awkward to get around as it is made up of ...

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Bucket List | Posted on 12 April 2019 

JMG Travel, a family run company, has exciting choices of cruises planned for 2019 and 2020. Experts in fantastic value no fly cruises, JMG offer diverse locations while the emphasis is on providing a friendly personal service. We were lucky enough to get the chance to explore The Megellan cruise ship when it was docked in Cobh this April.Sailing from Ireland, there’s sure to be a cruise or two you’ll happily enjoy!

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Travel Tips | Posted 12th April 2019 

Nowadays, there are dozens of cruise lines sailing worldwide, which can offer you a top-notch service and great value for your money. In this article, we will list some of the reasons why Royal Caribbean may just be the right fit for you. So come aboard, and get ready to set sail!

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Bucket List | Posted 27th Febuary 2019 

Jordan is one of the most beautiful places in the world. It has everything between deserts, the most stunning beaches you could possibly dream of, friendly locals, flavorsome food and more! There’s so much to do and see here, it really is like nothing you’ve ever seen before! Discover our favourite things to do in Jordan, that’ll make you want to pack your bags and visit this stunning country for yourself!

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Bucket List | Posted 25 Feburary 2019

U By Uniworld is a new way to experience the world by combining a luxury and convenient river cruise around Europe. With U By Uniworld, you get to choose how care-free or action packed you want your vacation to be. Meet mind-like adventure seekers and experience a relaxing and exhilarating adventure, tailored to your interests. Experience the best of Europe as a local, not as a tourist. U is a new take on experimental travel, with cruises designed for those with a passion for exploring and a taste for adventure. If you ask us, it really is like a floating boutique hotel!

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Bucket List  |  Posted on 04 February 2019

The Rolling on the Rhine Boutique River Cruise from U by Uniworld will give you and your date a chance to sit back, relax and explore the most beautiful parts of Europe. And with onboard entertainment, parties, Dj sets, excursions, and great dining included best time is guaranteed! 🎉
 

Lisbon food guide

Bucket List  |  Posted on 08 November  2018

Visiting Lisbon and looking for the perfect breakfast, brunch or dinner spot? Discover our Lisbon food guide and taste the best food this city has to offer!
 

Bucket List  |  Posted on 06 November  2018

Lisbon is a grand city with many incredible sights and attractions. This vibrant, bustling metropole will keep you on your toes always wanting to explore more! 
Choosing the perfect hotel can really help you enjoy the city to the fullest. Staying close to all the main attractions while also having a quiet oasis to come back to after a busy day of exploring is the key...
 

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Bucket List  |  Posted on 05 November  2018

Christmas celebrations in Lisbon might not be as grand as they are in other parts of Europe but the charm of Lisbon’s markets and Christmas traditions is irresistible. 
If swapping mulled wine and mince pies for cherry liquor, custard tarts and cultivating old traditions sounds like a great plan, we are sure you will love Christmas in Lisbon! 
 

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Bucket List  |  Posted on 12th of July 2018

Laos scenery was very much like Northern Thailand – very green and lush helped along by the rainy season. Pak Beng was where we docked for the night during our Mekong journey. It is a remote village by the river where we spotted the first sign of French colonisation with two bakeries near the pier with lovely fresh baguettes and pastries! Heaven. We walked around the small village and saw a ...

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Bucket List  |  Posted on 3 December 2017

When you mention to people who have been there that you are visiting Vietnam, their eyes light up as they start telling you how incredible a place it is. Recommendations of where to go and what to see, they tell you about the food and the people and everything in between. Because it invokes...

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Bucket List  |  Posted on 25 November 2017

In this amazing country, we only scratched the surface as there are hundreds of islands to explore. We visited the ever-popular Bali, Lombok and the Gili islands and spent 3 weeks here overall... I would recommend a two centre in Bali as there is so much to see...

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Travel Top Tips   I   Posted on 11 October 2017 

We know that packing your bags can be a challenging task at times, but with these few simple tips hopefully your packing problems will diminish! We called upon our packing whizz Lorraine Fuller, to give us her secrets to efficient packing. Her tips and tricks won’t just calm the chaos of shoving...

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Bucket List  |  Posted on 28 July 2017

For Cambodia initially, I wanted to get off the beaten track and leave the capital Phnom Penh and Siem Reap for later in the trip. We first decided to head to the south west of Cambodia to explore the islands for some relaxation. Koh Rong and Koh... 

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Bucket List  |  Posted on 5 June 2017

Before we headed to Malaysia across the border from Singapore, I did not really know much about the country. We decided to spend 10 days travelling up the west coast of peninsular Malaysia. The east of this area is home to the Perhentian Islands and Kuala Terangannu which I have... 

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