Lucinda Kelly of Popertee: “Many people shop online, and pop-ups are a way for brands to meet their customers.”  Photograph: Shane O’Neill Photography.

New online firms bring commercial landlords and temporary tenants together

In Brazil, the sign for okay means an intimate part of the body and in Mexico to sex, in France it means zero

Travel advice: Mind your manners when travelling abroad

Renting a car can be vital for holidays so persist in finding the terms and conditions; they can be surprising

Travel advice: take due care and be aware of the bottom line

Most airlines charge for wifi, or it may be free in business class. Photograph: Getty Images/Westend61

Travel Advice: Some airlines offer high-speed wifi and allow for mobile calls to be made

KLM  offers travellers booking confirmation, check-in notification, boarding passes and flight status updates in 10 languages on Twitter and WeChat. Photograph:  Xtra Koen Suyk

Road Warrior: KLM speaks in tongues, with status updates in 10 languages

The London Pass includes entry to more than 70 attractions

Travel Advice: Cards offer a range of discounts for tourists

An Alitalia aircraft taking off. Etihad, the Abu Dhabi-based carrier, is a 49 per cent stakeholder in the airline but is not expected to invest further. Photograph: Getty Images

An airline on the market, and Dublin and Cork airports in the running for awards

‘If the price of a property looks too low then there is a reason.’ Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Travel Advice: Bear these tips in mind before booking accommodation online

The Saint Carthage will bring available Aer Lingus transatlantic seats to 2.5m this year over 11 routes

High-speed wifi at BA, Ryanair making friends and Cuba’s first luxury hotel

Reginald Street in the  historic Liberties area of Dublin. The Trips tour here brings visitors  on the hunt for the best sausage roll in Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller

The accommodation website launches service providing tours and activities

Driving abroad means you need to comply with the regulations of that country.

Regulations can vary from country to country, so be prepared and aware

Laptop X-ray:  It is estimated that 60-90 per cent of passengers carry  large portable electronic devices and a ban would require additional security staff at airports.  Illustration: Srdjan Zivulovic/Reuters

Fierce competition over routes ahead of Brexit and the robot suitcase that follows you

Repositioning cruises are  usually in spring and autumn. Photograph: Istock

Usually out of season and less crowded, repositioning cruises are priced below the normal rates

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Air France vs Porsche Cayenne, less baggage lost, Dublin 13th for conferences

Joan Scales with a GoCar.  The cars are a variety of Ford and Hyundai superminis and hatchbacks, and also a few  BMW i3 electric cars. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Opting for alternatives like GoCar, mytaxi and Dublin Bikes have proved cost-effective

Alltech co-founder Pearse Lyons at the Pearse Lyons Distillery in Dublin.  Photograph: Conor McCabe

Old St James’s Church the latest site as €10m-plus centre set to open in summer

The pool deck on Silver Muse.

With a butler at her disposal, Joan Scales is one of the first guests to try out a new cruise ship

Qantas will fly the first non-stop from London to Perth next March. The route will be the world’s third-longest.

Attend the IATA Hackathon, fly London to Perth and cycle around hotel rooms

There has been an upsurge in passport applications from outside Ireland and turnaround times are slowing down. Photograph: iStock

Online applications are most efficient and cheapest way to get or renew your passport

Plans for  bullet train from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Photograph: Getty

Esplorio and Vchain named as IAG start-up finalists

Titanic Quarter: the bustling Belfast area is set to get two new hotels as part of the city’s building boom.

More than 23 hotels in Belfast are under construction or being expanded

Lyme disease, or Borreliosis, is a bacterial infection transmitted by the bite of an ixodid tick

When outdoors take preventative measures against Lyme disease, spread by ticks

 Irish Exporters Association reports rise in demand for travel visas to China from Irish business travellers

Road Warrior: New aparthotels in Lyon, flight tracking at Malaysia Airlines and stopover lounges

British Airways will invest €400million in its Club World, long-haul business class product. Photograph: Tim Ockenden/PA Wire

Road Warrior: Free smartphones, BA investment and Emirates named top airline

July and August are usually very hot in southern Europe and you may spend more time avoiding the sun than in it if travelling with children. Photograph: Getty Images

Travel Advice: July and August holidays may not be ideal as Europe tends to be very hot

Etihad Airbus A330-200

Road Warrior: A lend of a laptop; 2,000 hotels for China; Boom supersonic gets closer; and craft beer on board

Motorists driving without the Crit’Air certificate will be fined on the spot, from €68 up to €135. Photograph: Getty

Paris, Grenoble and Lyon are to introduce emissions stickers for all vehicles

Agadir:  the main resort for tourism due to its pleasant climate

There is a high threat of terrorism but Irish authorities have not advised against going there

The Rocky Mountaineer with custom-built train coaches traverses the continental divide through the beautiful scenery of the Canadian Rockies. Photograph: Getty

Rail holidays are increasing in popularity and can take you to far-off climes in comfort

Ventura Design’s new showroom in Deansgrange  features an entire wall of upholstered headboards

Luxury headboards, NCAD glass works, and apartments at the Park, Kenmare

Hours after the US  banned electronic devices in cabins on flights from  eight countries in the Middle East and north Africa, Britain tightened airline security on flights from the same regions, banning laptops and tablet computers from  cabins. Photograph: Anwar Amro/AFP/Getty Images

Also: What do world road warriors worry about, American Airlines back to Ireland

Three sandwiches for 110 passengers? Surely some mistake BA.

Food or no food on board? Busy week in Ireland, and Ryanair take on Ukraine

Your key for theirs

Manhattan condo for your semi-d – home exchange sites open a whole new world

Children up to two years can usually travel for free or a percentage of the adult fare.

Travel advice: Get organised when planning a domestic or international flight

AirBnB has recently added Trips to its website

Sharing websites allow holidaymakers to meet locals and even rent their bikes

Aer Lingus:  IAG is to  lease  seven new Airbus long-range A321neos planes for the carrier. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Moxy of hotels from Marriott and examining the dark side of ‘hypermobility’

The former Stella cinema Rathmines. During its restoration cinema will be returned to its original style of one large venue distinguished by its decorative ceiling. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Dublin venue to reopen with burlesque-luxe interior and cocktail bar after restoration

Guests at the Dean Hotel in Dublin often want to buy the beds and furniture

To give guests a good night’s sleep, Irish hoteliers look close to home for bedlinen

The tourist resort of Hurghada, Egypt, is still open to visitors. Photograph: Getty Images

It is worth doing some research and taking care before travelling to certain desinations

There are many companies today that specialise in arranging holidays for people who need mobility devices to get around. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Many resorts have made more of an effort to make their facilities wheelchair-friendly

The world’s longest non-stop flight of 14,535km between Doha and Auckland took 16 hours and 30 minutes

Road Warrior: card security breaches at IHG; Norwegian picks Providence; and spending on business travel in India

In 2016, air travel rose by   6 per cent. Photograph: Alan Betson

Road Warrior: incoming conference business could be worth €330m

Renvyle House Hotel in Connemara is the perfect place to holiday on the Wild Atlantic Way.

There are idyllic hideaways to suit most budgets in all parts of the country

Bright bags are easy to find in a baggage hall

Bags with spinner wheels are much easier to manoeuvre, and always check the unpacked weight

If you do want to take a punt at an upgrade, dress neatly, ask nicely and hope that the staff like you

British Airways’ sale until January 31st is famous, float out into the Caribbean Sea for a fraction of what it usually costs

 London City Airport: beginning its 30th year

Road Warrior: Aloft to open in Dublin, Norwegian considering Belfast

Last year was incredibly busy in the Passport Office, with substantial extra requests following Brexit. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

January is good time to think about getting prepared prior to planning your 2017 trips

United Airlines has taken delivery of the first of 14 Boeing 777-300ER aircraft

Crazy hotel prices in Washington, new aircraft for United and more sky high wi-fi

Most airlines are having sales or offering special deals in the coming weeks. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images

There’s no need to feel baffled by the array of offers available during this month’s sales

A record number of Irish people took trips last year, according to the Central Statistics Office. Photograph: Reuters

What to expect this year, travel insurance vital in advance, ride your carry-on

Where will you be holidaying this year? ‘Irish Times’ travel writers look into their crystal ball

If you arrive at your destination and your bag does not arrive on the same aircraft, you will have to contact the airline or ground handling agent

There are plenty of chances to misplace items, but also plenty of ways to recover them

Usera, Madrid: number 17 in Airbnb’s list of neighbourhoods to visit in 2017

The Dublin area came 15th on latest listing of top locations for 2017

The new nostalgia from M&S: Ruby 5 light cluster, €169; ruby table lamp, €53; Hayward side table, €339; round lace place mat (of 2) €21; Marigold tumbler (of 4) €35; Pippa floral bed linen, €67 per set.

Home Front: interiors, design, people, property

Ryanair is the only air carrier that insists that people must use a passport or passport card

IDs varying for passports to utility bills needed for citizens travelling between jurisdictions

Ryanair chief executive officer Michael O’Leary: among the CEO members of Airlines 4 Europe. Photograph: Alan Betson

Airlines 4 Europe discussed shrinking seat sizes and round the world fares

Tips to avoid having your valuables stolen  onboard an aircraft

Valuables being stolen on aircraft does happen, but the real danger zone is at security screening

British Airways aircraft at Heathrow Airport: BA cabin crew have voted in favour of strikes in a dispute over pay, said Unite. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

BA strike, Brussels Airlines takeover, first non-stop UK-Australia flight, no to Trump hotel

Some countries will require you to have at least six months’ validity on your passport from the last day of your journey. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Some countries are stricter than others, so do your research well in advance of your trip

Team building days are now on the menu at Muckross Park Hotel in Killarney

Polaris perks, standardised fares and adventure days out for staff

Dublin’s iconic Gresham Hotel: New owner Riu Hotels and Resorts, which bought the O’Connell Street institution for €93m, has planning permission for 140 additional bedrooms. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Dublin’s hotel occupancy rate has been the highest ever in 2016, at 82%

There has been a dramatic increase in bus services worldwide and also in the quality of vehicles. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Travel Advice: Modern buses allow passengers to travel comfortably and at very good rates

A pan-African passport is expected to seriously boost air travel in the continent from 2018.

All-Africa passport, digital pills for passengers, falling hotel rates in Brexitland

I have heard of cases of people’s cards being blocked for weeks.

Watch out for blocks on cards for amounts to pay hotel bills and car rental deposits

A British Airways plane landing at London City Airport: from December 14th it will be charging a 1 per cent credit card fee on bookings in the UK. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

BA will be charging a 1 per cent credit card fee on bookings up to a maximum of £20

It’s well worth booking ahead online to make sure you see some of Florence’s most popular artistic treasures.

Gallery and museum visits are bookable online, and if you want a papal audience...

Aer Lingus:  capacity will grow by 21 per cent next year. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Aer Lingus is flying high, new types of hotel rooms and United offers low-fare options

The Chelsea Drug Store on   George’s Street in Dublin city centre: the new bar is in the old  Oriental Emporium supermarket

New bars opening in Dublin despite the challenges many publicans have faced

Online research and booking tools can make it easier to find and book great restaurants to visit when you’re travelling. Photograph: Getty Images

Do the research in advance and book online to make the most of your holiday eating out plans and avoid disappointment

Aer Lingus will continue its long-standing relationship with KLM, feeding into the carrier’s extensive long-haul network four times a day

KLM returns, renting clothes, tighter B777s and business travel conference

Maireád Corr, who lets out  bedrooms in her Dublin 6 home with Homestay.com

People can earn tax-free income by renting a room in their home. How does the scheme work?

The best time to travel solo is in spring and autumn, when hotels are not so full and more likely to charge lower rates.

Book a cooking or a walking holiday or just take advantage of offseason rates alone

Clayton Hotel Silver Springs: upgrades and refurbishments have  been made to the hotel with a new facade and 24 bedrooms redecorated in a contemporary style

Clayton Silver Springs opens centre, free visas for Qatar, hotel design and Airbnb

Airbnb homesharing group have been springing up in many cities. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

Over 100 Airbnb hosts to join ‘homesharing club’ in Dublin

Going abroad? Beware of helpful strangers – they may be part of the scam. Photograph: Svetlana Klaise/Getty Images

Ensure your cash and cards are safe at all times and never keep valuables in backpacks

A bedroom at Ballyfin Demesne, voted number one hotel in the world, where staff devote an hour to cleaning  each room

Raking the carpet, deep cleaning the curtains, and being handy with the iron – how top hotels keep their rooms in five-star order (...)

Delta Airlines will be the first carrier to unite you and your luggage at the airport by using RFID technology

Delta to be the first carrier to unite you and your luggage at the airport by RFID tech

The EU’s EC261 regulation  applies to flights arriving and departing from the EU, Iceland, Norway or Switzerland. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Travel Advice: Under EU’s EC261 regulation, air passengers can be entitled up to €600

The Emirates kitchens prepared a record-breaking 210,921 meals on August 5th last.

SAS to launch Shannon summer service, Emirates breaks meals record

Ballyfin, Co Laois: privacy, security and Irish hospitality. Photograph: Ballyfin

Reputation as safe travel destination paying off as Irish hotels top Condé Nast list

Kenmare: where to go for a good night’s sleep – not!

Get spooked during the haunting season with these destinations for all ages

During December there will be trips from Dublin, Cork, Shannon and Belfast to the North Pole to visit Santa and the elves
Travel Advice

Visiting Santa Claus

Aer Lingus planes: International Airlines, the airline’s  parent company, launched its global accelerator programme this week, Hanger 51. Aviation start-ups are invited to submit applications. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters
Road Warrior

Frequent Flyer news, IAG call for start-ups, dry bars in Newark

Berlin will celebrate all things gastro from October 1st-8th, with their annual food week

Jo Linehan & Joan Scales round up this week’s travel news and deals

There are sunny places within a one-hop flight from Ireland, such as the Canaries. Photograph: iStock

The Canaries and Florida are great options for those wanting to escape the rain

Items that seem to cause some trouble are e-cigarette/vaping devices. There have been reported cases of these devices catching fire

Most airlines have become more lenient about use of personal devices when flying

Hartford, Connecticut is the self-designated “insurance capital of the world”. Photograph: iStock

Service to northeastern US city is airline’s 12th transatlantic route

Dublin Airport has again taken first prize, the second time in three years, in the World Routes Awards  . Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Irish airports flying high on global stage, Trump in trouble, on board wifi

Transatlantic services with US carriers do allow children from five-14 or 15 to travel alone for a fee. Photograph: Istock

Some airlines will not take unaccompanied minors and others have age limits and fees

Aer Lingus earned $239 million in ancillary income, which was 12.6 per cent of income. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Airlines pile on the extras to lucrative effect, while American Airlines crew get a new look

The  Departures area in Dublin Airport. Most European airports have self-service check-in kiosks,  or you can always go to the counter. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Every airline has a variety of ways to check in and costs for seats and boarding

China is predicted to spend more than $1,025 trillion on aircraft over the next two decades.

Growth in air travel predicted to rise 6.4 per cent annually over next 20 years

Vienna’s Waves Music Festival takes place this September 9th to October 1st

Jo Linehan & Joan Scales round up this week’s travel news and deals

Buying insurance in advance can  cover excluded items such as  lost keys, damaged tyres, theft of personal items, or broken glass. Photograph: iStock

Car hire is sold with basic insurance but there is usually an excess amount on top of that

The number of malware attacks on point-of-sale systems is increasing. Photograph by Tim Boyle/Getty.

One hacker is believed to have sold more than 50,000 payment card numbers

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