Global Entry & TSA Precheck for “Free” ??

         With Global Entry or TSA Precheck, not only will you have a shorter line at the airport but also the security screening is less complicated.  Access to these programs isn't too pricey, but you can get them for free as a benefit on certain credit cards. Here's what you need to know about TSA Precheck and Global Entry and how to get your application fee covered by your credit card. Eligible Travel Credit Cards  While the two programs are relatively [...]

Lets avoid the “Scammers”

              The majority of our clients travel to Europe ( it's our specialty) and we send them lots of information prior to departure about being prepared for their upcoming trip, travel tips, currency, passports, etc.  European cities have a reputation for some petty crime like pickpockets, scammers, etc.  It's always best to use your common sense and certainly don't flaunt your money or valuables.  Besides personal security, there are some other local travel scams to watch [...]

Is there really an “Ultimate” travel packing list ??

             Is there really such a thing as an "Ultimate" packing list ?? Everyone's different right? and everyone's an expert too :)  It's difficult to come up with a one size fits all list but we think this one is a pretty comprehensive list with choices for different types of travelers and certainly some best practices.  We do a weekly Tuesday Travel Tip video spot over on our Facebook Page Celtic Hearts Travel and highlight something useful [...]

Guided Vacations Yay or Nay ??

                   (Photo cred Travel Weekly, TCC Corp &  Insight Vacations) What are your thoughts about guided vacations ?? In the history of travel, and before I got into the travel business, personally, I associated guided vacations with busloads of older tourists at top attractions with cameras & plaid pants.(I'm talking Ireland in the 80's :)) No more - these days, guided vacations are immersive, exciting, challenging, incorporating local hosts, cooking experiences and lots more.  Today's [...]

D-Day & The Battle of Normandy – 75th Anniversary – 2019

             The memory lives on!! 6th June 2019 marks the start of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy and with it, a momentous occasion to celebrate peace, liberty and reconciliation. During the whole of summer 2019, Normandy will celebrate the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy with due splendor and emotion. A rich and unprecedented program of events will be put together to bring the memory of this tragic [...]

Better Safe than Sorry….

"Everything is fine until it isn't" We've all been there, one minute you're having a great time and next minute something completely unforeseen happens and you're in a very different situation and scrambling to course correct. Oh and let's not forget our friend Murphy who always seems to show up !!!  As your trusted travel advisors we "ALWAYS" encourage and recommend travel insurance for our clients.   We have had a couple of scenarios where Travel Insurance proved INVALUABLE and [...]

Fancy something “Classic” ??

Everybody has their thing right ?? A hobby or past-time that they enjoy. Classic Cars are very popular especially vintage British cars !! If you own one, you'll know exactly what we mean !! I'm sure there are lots of events and meets you can go to to "show off your beauty", and..... wouldn't you love a "Classic Car Vacation??" Well..... we can do that !!! It's amazing when you do the research what you can find, and we have [...]

What’s next ???

Have you had a travel bucket list for a while ? Where have you been dreaming about ? Now's the time to tick something off your list. But how do you pick which destination to go to ?? Try this neat little quiz from The Travel Channel that might help you along. Can't wait to hear what you got -  WooHoo I got PARIS !!!          Here's some tips that might help you when planning your next vacation: Full article [...]

Ireland 2.0

Among the amazing experiences in Ireland was my visit to the Armagh area in N.Ireland.    Visit Armagh which consists of the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Councils are really putting this area on the map. Ghilian Campbell was my brilliant host & tour guide and I can't thank her enough. In addition, I also participated in a walking tour of Armagh itself and learned so much.  Visit their site (link here) to see the array of great tours, food treats, bespoke [...]

I had an “EPIC” time in Ireland

A Dublin highlight during my recent trip was my visit to EPIC Ireland museum in Dublin City. A big Thank You to David Cleary for hosting me. Video link here: Here's a couple of images below.            Did you know that 35 Million Americans claim Irish Ancestry ???  "EPIC tells the moving and unforgettable stories of those who left the island of Ireland, and how they influenced and shaped the world. EPIC embraces the past and [...]