Travel News: From last-minute love, to distant delights on St Patrick’s Day

And for a family getaway for the midterm break, how about living in a pod in Mayo?

Peas in a Pod

For loved up couples looking to get on the wild side, or good craic family adventures over Midterm, PodLife is nothing if not versatile. Geraghty's Farmyard Pods is up beyond Belmullet, on the Mayo stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way. Here the beaches are definitely unspoiled, and the scenery is only glorious. You've got the Nephin National Park, Céide Fields, and the Ballinglen Museum of Art all on your delicious doorstep. Want more? Belmullet even has a tidal pool, which is great craic, though wetsuits are advisable this time of year. Each pod sleeps up to four, with ensuite and wifi. Communal kitchen on site. From €100 per pod. Find them on Facebook or call 087 793 9341

Stay the Night, Save the Day

If the one you love is minded to care about such things, but you’ve (almost) already left it too late, there’s still time to save the day by staying the night somewhere lovely.

Play your cards right and they'll take care of the bubbles and chocolates too. Hide the last-minute nature of it by pretending it's an enormous surprise. Dublin's Morrison has a Sweet Suite Dreams offer, giving you B&B in a Junior Suite, a bottle of champagne, the aforementioned choccies, cocktails and dinner from €399 for two – sharing, obviously.

Northern Exposure

More last ditch romance options are on the cards up North, with the Culloden Estate and Spa’s Romance and Bubbles package. From £200 pps, you get dinner, bed and breakfast, a mini bottle of prosecco each, and ESPA bath oils – for a pre dinner soak, or to bring home and re-gift at a later date.


Just outside Belfast, the likes of David and Victoria Beckham, and Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas have lapped it up. And if they're not the last word in romantic role models, I don't know who is…

Going (very) Green

St Patrick's Day in Ireland not green enough for y'all? If your deepest desire is to see the Chicago River glow green, or celebrate with a whole load of Bostonians, American Holidays can make your shamrockiest dreams come true. St Patrick's Day is actually an official Boston holiday, as it coincides with Evacuation Day (no, not that sort, it's when the British Troops were kicked out back in 1776.

So now you know.) Five Nights in Boston, including flights from €839 pps, and four nights in Chicago, including flights from €699 pps. They'll also bring you to New York – from €999 pps for four nights. Flights ex Dublin.