Etihad  brand ambassador Nicole Kidman. Photograph:  S. Savenok/Getty Images

Etihad make VR film, neurological nightwatchman is keeping you awake

Verona and the wine regions, going to Lake Garda,visiting Pisa and navigating all the options for the Cinque Terre

Travel buddy: Pets must comply with EU and other countries’ regulations by having a Pet Passport and being microchipped. Photograph: Thinkstock

Taking cats and dogs on holiday abroad is easiest and least expensive on the ferry

Waterside cottages, lakeside lodges and enchanting bubble domes  make Finn Lough a wonderland.

Lakeside luxury, hiking in the Dublin Mountains, and a transatlantic hop to St John’s

Women tend to book flights more in advance than men

Uber and Lyft riding high in US, while Ryanair aims to make things even better

Cyclists stop to admire the view at an Italian lake. Cycling holidays abroad can take in everything from cycling for pleasure and food to training for a race. Photograph: Thinkstock

Whether you’re a seasoned pro, or a big family group with cyclists of all abilities, there is a holiday for you

The success of the Great Western Greenway in Co Mayo can be seen in the hundreds of Irish people who take to the route every week. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

City bikes, greenways and bike-to-work scheme have sparked many more cylists

Seduction with strings attached: the  Tuscany countryside is sometimes vulnerable to earthquakes, subsidence and intricate planning regulations. Photograph: Robert Harding/Getty

The allure of an idyllic, relatively cheap bolthole is obvious, the pitfalls for buyers less so

Security, a vital part of the travel process, has become so intense that it would almost make you reconsider your journey

As Cuba anticipates a whole new wave of visitors (now that America has opened relations between the two countries), brilliant websites such as Viahero are helping first-timers

Joan Scales and Jo Linehan with this week's travel news and deals

Jet race: Tesla Model S

Watch a car race a plane, US Embassy in London to move, Emirates top wines, Alaska acquires Virgin America

Unlimited mileage on car hire in France, ESTA and eTA for USA and Canada

Holidays can be a test of a relationship, especially in the early days. T

Try to choose places that can offer a holiday experience that both of you will enjoy

This month, our destination dreaming comes courtesy of In the Spirit of Bali

Markets, Bali photographs, deals for South Africa, and virtual travels around the world

Eccleston Square Hotel: rooms have iPad2s and SkyTV

London’s highest tech hotel, Irish Exporters consular service, National Car Rental priority service, EU air traffic 1.95 billion i(...)

The Yukon, the westernmost territory of Canada is one of the remotest places in the world with only 38,000 people in nearly half a billion square kilometres

Mallorca in Michael Portillo’s tracks

Last summer Ryanair banned passengers from bringing alcohol on flights from the UK to Ibiza.

Do not take your freedom of flying for granted – blacklists do exist for disruptive flyers

The Mimozas Cannes resort, 7km from Cannes at Mandelieu-La Napoule

An Irish management firm has revitalised a French resort after it ran into problems

St Lucia: the view from Jade Mountain’s infinity pool is almost too good to be true.

Aer Lingus launch direct route to LA, big reductions in Algarve villas and the Sol: Sun Clock app

Observation pod/bedroom in the  shark tank at the Paris Aquarium

As Airbnb launches its most exotic bedroom yet – a glass pod in the Paris Aquarium – here are some more wild and wonderful accomm(...)

Doug Parker: “We recognise that there is a team-building component to profit-sharing.”

Delta employees to share five per cent, supersonic aircraft in planning, Park Regis hotel Birmingham,

Doing things together is a great way to see the country and have experiences together

I want to explore Ireland’s outdoors with two reluctant boys, Malta or Cyprus, Tenerife or La Gomera

Chip and PIN cards have reduced the level of abuse of cards, but do be careful

Always make copies of your cards and keep that information separate and safe when travelling

The Kew Gardens’ Easter Egg Hunt is probably the most aesthetically gorgeous in the world,

Easter egg hunts, trips to Malaysia or Jamaica, and the MileHi app

Lufthansa: using iBeacon

iBeacon sales at Munich, new passport card is a winner, BA T5 terminal upgrade, Anbang bid for Starwood

London is a very busy city and I would suggest you avoid June, July and August.

Marylebone Hotel or One Aldwych in London, Dungarvan or Brooklodge or Hodson Bay for Dad/s birthday

The restaurant on the VSOE which demonstrate the elegance and style visible throughout the train.

Enjoy a vintage experience filled with good food, beautiful scenery and gleaming carriages

Movie inspired breaks, travel news and this week’s good deals

Connie the robot:  happy to help you in the Hilton McLean Virginia

Accor Hotels passes 500,000 rooms; New app for inflight entertainment

It is a sinking feeling when you realise your bag is not going to appear no matter how long you wait at the carousel

Aer Lingus: top red wine

Extension to border controls, Aer Lingus wine wins, Cork to Boston why not? New five star hotel for Iran

If your flight is delayed from two to five hours and arrives more than three hours later than scheduled, there is a scale of compensation.

Passengers flying within the EU are covered under legislation introduced in 2005

The Hilton Hotel in Manhattan: some 47,000 visitors did not stay in hotels in New York on New Year’s Eve last year, but opted to stay in properties rented through Airbnb

The hotel industry is fighting back as the ‘sharing’ economy continues to grow

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we’ve found an outstanding bunch of Irish women whose influence is felt around the world. (...)

Portmarnock native Cian Guckian highlights some of Riga’s main attractions

Always checkwhat is covered in a policy before buying

TripAdvisor has named Istanbul the number one city to visit in your lifetime

Best Irish festivals, an app to pack, healthy breaks and why Istanbul is hot

Dublin Airport: rated number one for passenger service in the 15-25 million passenger category

US carriers vie for 10 Cuban air routes, biggest airport in the world for Istanbul, Hilton tries cancellation charges.

Ericeira, in  Portugal is an ideal spot for families, with  lovely beaches and good surf schools

Family fun in Ericeira and Nazare, viewing the tulip fields of Keukenhof and the work of Hieronymus Bosch

The fastest and least expensive option to get a passport is by using An Post Passport Express. Photograph: Frank Miller

Joan Scales gives advice on the latest travel dilemmas

The new Aerotel in the multi-award winning Changi Airport has an outdoor swimming pool

Aerotel is an innovation of the Premium Plaza company which operates airport lounges and services around the world

Before you press send, look at the “About Us” part of the website to see exactly who you are dealing with

The latest travel news, deals, gadgets, apps and more

The town of St Martin de Re would be a good place to base yourself in France

French coastal options, fall foliage in Boston, and the Schengen convention

A scene from the new Marriott short film “Two Bellmen Two”

Marriott’s film breaking box office numbers, flashing lights to end jetlag, AA and Uber, black cabs to take cards

A lab technician holds a tray of mosquitos: while it is still uncertain that there is a direct link between Zika and the foetal abnormality microcephaly, women planning to travel will not want to take any chances. Photograph: Darren Whiteside

What should you do if you are a pregnant woman and travelling to Zika-affected areas?

Hanoi, Vietnam. Turtle or Tortoise tower in Hoan Kiem lake

Bring dollars to Vietnam, New York under €60 per night, War and Peace inspired Russian trip

The historic cable car in San francisco

What to do in San Francisco; and Easter on the Camino de Santiago

ranian deal includes purchase of 12 Airbus A380

Airlines vie for longest routes, Iran Air’s new fleet, Tru by Hilton for millennials, wow cars at Heathrow by Enterprise

An elevated view over Biertan at sunrise

Family breaks in Alicante, Marbella, the Algarve, the Canaries and the Romanian coast

Entry to Canada is going electronic from March 15th

Conference ambassadors bring €101 million to economy, booking.com report growth in apartment rental market, March 15 launch of eTA(...)

Todi, Santa Maria della Consolazione - Umbria, Italy

Overland to Todi, horse riding holidays and pilates programmes

Heading south to the less touristy parts of Spain and Italy in search of activity breaks

Delphi Adventure Hotel in Connemara

There are a good variety of hotels and resorts around the country where you can continue the good intentions and enjoy a relaxing (...)

 US President Barack Obama  listens to a question from Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu during a live town hall event with CNN’s Anderson Cooper  on reducing gun violence in America. Photograph: EPA/AUDE GUERRUCCI / POOL

The world’s safest airline, payphones go free, stellar Starwood, and guns on US aircraft

Blue skies ahead. Photograph: Thinkstock

There’s no better time to book your sun holiday than when the wind is whipping at your door. Joan Scales rounds up the latest opti(...)

Playa de Las Teresitas

Family plans for sun holidays in Spain and Turkey

Rio Celeste Waterfall, Costa Rica

Florida and Costa Rica family adventures, cathedral services at Easter in London

Swiss: gourmet food

Passenger numbers boom at Dublin Airport, more UK serviced apartments

The “Imagine” tile mosaic in the Strawberry Fields section of Central Park, New York, created to honor John Lennon. Photograph:  Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Every year fans travel across the world to be reminded of those moments by visiting memorials, attending tribute concerts and goin(...)

The Spanish love the new year celebrations and it is a big event.

A family holiday in the sun, Tenerife on my own, and finding hotels in Seville for NYE

Maybe it is time to call for a ban on selling laser pointers following a serious injury to a British Airways co-pilot
Road Warrior

Malware at Hilton, worldwide rise in hotel prices, ban laser pointers

There is a company called Active Gourmet Holidays and they specialise in all sorts of lovely trips with cooking classes.

Italy is the ideal place to go if your teenager enjoys cooking, swimming and animals

The new LAX VIP service will cost from $1,500

Travel tech in Africa, DUB does VIPs, Moxy for Millennials, three carriers for Athens

Bad Hofgastein is a very pretty town surrounded by high mountains.

Travelling to Bad Hofgastein in the summer, what to visit in Alicante and flying to Halifax

Best time and places to stay in Cuba, family trip to Europe by train

The former Findlater House office block on O’Connell Street is being converted into a 198-bedroom Holiday Inn Express hotel. It was bought in 2013 for €6.2m by the London-based Seraphine Hotel Group. The 1970s building was previously sold to developer Garret Kelleher in 2005 for more than €30m. Anglo Irish Bank provided funding, and the loan was subsequently transferred to Nama. Eircom occupied the block for many years. photograph: aidan crawley

The sector is betting that a €1m marketing campaign will lure in even more visitors

More and more tourists are travelling to experience the freedom to try cannabis in tolerant countries

As you are going to be so close to Iguazu Falls, it would be interesting to see one of the Unesco world heritage sites.

Buenos Aires and the Iguazu Falls, Aer Lingus value, and getting from Florida to Cuba

Passengers line up to depart from Sharm el-Sheikh Airport in the hours after a Russian aircraft  crashed after taking off from Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt. Photograph: AP

Egyptian tourism has bounced back from terrorism scares in the past but the uncertainty around the Metrojet disaster leaves many q(...)

Banned: battery-powered electronic smoking devices

Can Hyatt buy Starwood, Norwegian buy nine Dreamliners, vaping incident on board

Yuletide hotel options in Ireland; scouts in search of French adventure

Cash-strapped Transaero has 10,000 staff

Aer Lingus boosts tri-state area, Russia’s aviation woes, fun OOO messages and China Southern Airlines lands in Ireland

Washington DC

Washington, New York, Boston and a family ski holiday during the festive season

Jennifer Aniston: the actress appears in the Emirates advert having a nightmare, but has faced a “privilege” backlash.
Road Warrior

Emirates and Aniston poke fun at US carriers, ASL and Shannon victory, new London hotel, serviced Airbnb

Suitable skiing holiday for Down syndrome girl, tickets for Rio, family holiday for new year

The Irish are more resilient to perceived threats, with many of us returning to Egypt over and over again despite many terrorist attacks

Official travel advice warns us to stay away from many popular winter sun destinations because of international terrorism. Joan Sc(...)

Boeing 737: China has ordered 250 of these from the United States

EU aviation policy, China orders Boeing aircraft, the QE2, advertising on luggage

Valetta, Malta at night

Malta with mother in December and where to book near Dublin for 50 family members

Havana: Rules on who can go to Cuba have been loosened recently. Photograph:  Ana Rodriguez/AFP/Getty Images
Road Warrior

Tourism Ireland winner of Routes Award, space era technology for aviation, US-Cuba air talks

Relaxing in Powerscourt Hotel, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow,  winner of the AA Hotel of the Year 2015

Deck the halls? Let someone else do it this year says Joan Scales, who rounds up some tempting Christmas packages

Bridal Vail fall in the spotlight

An 18 day cruise from Barcelona to Miami, Yosemite in November, Iceland for students

Ethiopian Airlines has been selected to join the World Economic Forum’s Global Growth companies for 2015

Inmarsat and Deutsche Telecom improve in-air connectivity, three new hotels for Belfast, Delta carry 614,159 passengers in one day(...)

Six months in Europe for a woman in her 60s and a family summer in Cuba or Spain

A Ryanair aircraft takes off at Ireland West Airport Knock in Co Mayo: the airport has launched a new online television channel where it will broadcast news stories. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill
Road Warrior

Jackets as luggage, Airport TV comes to Knock and interesting figures from Cartrawler

What’s happening for 1916 uprising centenary, gentle tours of Bruges and Ghent, dining for children in London

Norwegian: rewards up to 12% on booking premium and economy flex tickets

IATA warning on air cargo traffic, BA ties in with Hailo, book cars on phones, discounts for corporates with Norwegian

Self-catering for a big family, gentle walking in Europe, and do you need a visa for Cuba?

Morocco is a good destination for winter sun

Malta is good for autumn sunshine and Carnaval de Tenerife is one of the world’s biggest

London City Airport : list of useful gadgets for travellers

Device advice for travellers, more rooms in New York, and Belfast-Newark flights return

 Aurora Borealis: Iceland is easier to get to from Ireland while  Norway would be two flights and can be quite pricey

Iceland or Norway for the Aurora Borealis? Two hours from Galway for a family holiday

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