Black Flyday Friday coming with Emirates

Just mentioning, and no pressure here, but tomorrow’s my birthday. Well, a lot of pressure then!

But if you need some guidance then Emirates has seven nights all-inclusive from €2,1499pp 5* You & Me Cocoon Maldives.

Among Emirates Holidays’ Black Friday range of deals.

Heron good things about the Maldives

The package has complimentary room upgrade from Manta Villa to Dolphin Villa.

You’ll save up to €875 on your stay.

Return Emirates Economy Class flights from Dublin.

Sarong remains the same

Valid for travel on 2-4 and 9-11 June. Based on two adults sharing a room. Book by December 4. Visit http://www.emiratesholidays.com

Yup, have sarong, will travel… https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/08/12/atoll-tale-the-maldives/

Ryanair changing my world

Flyin’air: Photo by Kristina Paukshtite on Pexels.com

It’s a national pastime, knocking Ryanair.

Save the world

But credit where credit is due and I’ve reason to thank the low-fares airline for getting me out of a jam this week.

When I again fell foul of the small print.

My gripe is that airlines don’t make out clearly on the forms that a flight is taking off on a particular day but returning the following day.

When you’re faced with booking online which we invariably are now just having a +1 next to the date will invariably catch you out.

Inevitably I got my return connection from London to Dublin wrong and panicked worrying that I would be out of pocket.

My benchmark: The boss

That though is when I steeled myself to fess up to The Scary One who internalised (a little) her anger and pointed me in the direction of the Ryanair Helpline.

Half-expecting that they would just palm me off I was delighted to find.

That they were agreeable to me switching my date to the next day.

Dig in: Michael O’Leary

Which just leaves me with fresh as yet unknown ways to screw it all up now.

I’m happy to repay the favour in the best way I can then.

Particularly as it involves being proactive about emissions.

Ryanair are pointing to their lowest CO2 per passenger/km in the EU airline industry.

How can you not help?

Which they’re happy to say is 23% lower than the average of Europe’s other big four airlines.

And they’ve not just been doing it by themselves. Those little envelopes we fill are working.

Ryanair have now offset a volume of 280,000 tonnes of CO2.

Thanks to the distribution of thousands of fuel-efficient cookstoves over a year.

They have also donated €250,000 to Renature Monchique as part of its Carbon Offset Initiative.

Portugal Cento

Which will pay for the planting of thousands of trees in the Monchique area of the Algarve.

And anything that helps Portugal as you know is good news as far as I’m concerned…. https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/secret-portugal-classy-centro/ and https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/06/12/sportugal/.

Ryanair http://www.ryanair.com flies to Faro and to Lisbon from €16.99 and Porto from €21.99.

And just to say… there are a bunch of people who have put the oul’ embargo on us.

But when I can I’ll share.



Flyday Friday – Dubai

The Son And Heir was always reaching out as a toddler, curious to see what the world felt like it.

And he loved his lego which he called ‘Talls’.

He’d love Legoland in Dubai Parks and Resorts then.

And you’d love Emirates’ deal for your family for €5,569 http://www.emiratesholidays.com with return flights.

Emirates Holidays has a five-night stay at the 5* Rixos The Palm Dubai where you’ll stay in a Premium room (half-board).

The holiday includes unlimited access to Dubai Parks.

Prices based on October 26. Family is 2+2.

Join the Aer Club

My pals at Aer Lingus have been listening and after my gentle reminder that deals be tailored for this Flyday Friday column.

And so they have their flash sale with up to 20% off marked for running out tonight at midnight.

Travel between 23 September and 24 October 2019. Book by 30 August.

I’ll be away on a trip with my old Scottish pal and award-winning writer Tom Sweeney http://www.tomsweeneytravels.blogspot.com on Sunday, among others.

On the right tracks, Lisbon. Photo by Lisa Fotios on Pexels.com

And he’ll be extolling the virtues of Lisbon where he was last weekend.

No doubt we will both reference the Lisbon Lions, the famed Celtic team who became the first British winners of the European Cup.

I had intended to pay my pilgrimage to the Estadio Nacional stadium where they won the cup when I visited Portugal Centro a couple of years ago.

And this is that review… https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/secret-portugal/

Alas the traffic beat my pal and guide Jose Manuel Santos http://www.madomistours.pt and we (I) didn’t get to pay our homage.

I will return, particularly with Aer Lingus flights http://www.aerlingus.ie from €39.99. Obvs among a list of other great deals.

Brussels rules

The centre of Europe

Few cities have had such a bad press as Brussels – but that’s merely because of the politicians.

Belgium is one of my favourite countries and its people one of the friendliest.

Real internationalists, on account of their place at the crossroads of the continent.

And having been occupied by all the Empires, including the British who fought for their neutrality.

And took them in when they were invaded and liberated them.

Hence they’re being few countries that welcome the much-denigrated British quite like Belgium.

I’ve just dipped my toe in Brussels, staying there and visiting the Parliament and its politicians as a cub reporter.

All expense was spared and I was put up in the Red Light district.

I will be back though and will visit the Mannekin Pis and probably on the Esky.ie deal with Ryanair http://www.ryanair.com from €26 http://www.esky.ie.

Flights October 11, depart, and return October 16.

And read my poignant visit to the World War I battlefields https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/firstworldwar-in-flanders-fields/.



Holiday Snaps – Biarritz

Right, the world’s leaders aren’t going to stay in a caravan park but I do heartily agree with the G7’s choice of Biarritz.

In a former life, and former newspaper, when I had to compete with others (the cheek of it!) to be picked to go on a travel trip, I landed Biarritz.

The newspaper’s system, as far as I could figure it out, was that the first one to reply was rewarded, though I suspect that quality control came into play too.

It went down though like a fart at a funeral among the women in the office that I was being sent to a Thalassotherapy Centre for some water-based spa pampering.

Water everywhere: At the Sofitel

The Hotel Spa Biarritz Le Miramar – Sofitel is where you should go when you’re in town.

And I fancy that The Donald, The Boris, the Emmanuel and The Justin all like a pandering.

I’ve also got a soft spot for The Angela and have been concerned to see her shaking, so she certainly deserves some spoiling.

You too can avail of some treats, and God knows, you deserve it.

Jump in: The Sofitel, Biarritz

I can still feel the seaweed wraps and a shiver goes down my back thinking back on the water hosing I got from the assistant.

The previous time I’d been hosed down was by a life guard in a swimming baths in Glasgow for messing about.

Biarritz by the sea with its iconic lighthouse, and at the gateway to the Pyrenees, is from €208 per night with an Energy Vitality Stopover. https://www.thalassa.com/gb/spa-hotel/2049-biarritz-le-miramar-sofitel.html.

Ryanair http://www.ryanair.com flies to Biarritz one-way from €19.99.

I doubt The Donald is on board. But I dare say that if he is and got the winning scratch card that he would share the winnings.

Or not.

Biarritz is in the Basque Country and it is worth heading further afield to see its charms. I did, taking in Lourdes as well https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/the-lourdes-prayer-pyrenees/

Turkish pipes of prace

At the crossroads: The Bosphorus in Istanbul

There are some things that will scar your kids… seeing their Dad smoking a Shisha pipe is one.

It’s not as if they put any drugs in it, or at least I think they didn’t, more of a sweet-smelling tobacco. Still impressionable seven-year-old minds and all that.

Bodrum in Turkey was perhaps my favourite of our family holidays, possibly on account of the Turks making a fuss of our Ally (like Ali, they said).

And our Laurie befriending Shannon.

And me taking second place in the talent contest, doing a Highland jig in my kilt.

Click&Go has half-board Turkey holidays among a clutch of great offers.

A seven-night stay at the 4* Ambrosia Hotel from €399pps. Travel in October. With return flights from Dublin to Bodrum. http://www.clickandgo.com.

And if you’re looking for another Turkish treat my Istanbul trip this summer is in today’s Irish Sun.

While I’ve also got another version on the site here https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/wham-bam-thank-you-hamam/

A walk in Kerry

Plush: The Rose Hotel

I do hope the PR woman who was taking her first media group on what was then the inaugural Swansea-Cork Ferries trip was not put off by us all getting sea-sick.

And continued with her career.

It proved a thoroughly enjoyable introduction for another tyro, me, into the world of travel and Press groups.

Not least because it also included the use of Citroen cars for a spin around the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula.

These days, mainly because The Scary One has taken the wheel. I prefer to walk.

And that’s not because she throws me out of the car.

I’m off to Tenerife next month and am also trekking in Austria.

The beautiful Dingle Peninsula

And that means I won’t be able to avail of this intriguing walk in Kerry.

Courtesy of The Rose Hotel in Tralee this is a Walking Weekend organised for September 27 and 28.

Check in on the Friday evening and on Saturday guests will join Wild Water Adventures on a guided walk with a choice of three routes.

The Dingle Way (Easy 2.5 hours), Loch a Duin Valley (Moderate 4.5 hours) or Mount Brandon (Strenuous 6 hours).

The Walking Weekend package costs €160pp.

It includes two nights accommodation with dinner on one evening, guided walk, packed lunch and transport.

To book or for further enquires please contact The Rose Hotel visit www.therosehotel.com.

A little bit of sunny Scotland

Scotland, Barbados: Dwayne and I

I love finding Scotland abroad… in the world’s place names.

Here I am in sunny Scotland (obviously not the original) in Barbados.

Equally I have travelled in other lands where my Scottish forbears have gone before.

The Deep South of the US has a rich Scottish history with Ben Lomond and Banff revealing its Caledonian links.

But you can be deceived. Nevis in the Caribbean has no connection with Britain’s tallest mountain, Ben Nevis.

The Caribs first tried out Ouailie (Land Of Beautiful Water) while the early British settlers called the island Dulcina (Sweet Island).

Until they settled on Nevis from the Spanish Nuestra Senora de las Nievas (Our Lady of the Snows).

Does it even snow there though?

Tropical Sky www.tropicalsky.ie has savings of up to €1,200pp on seven-night stays at the 5* Nisbet Plantation Beach Club.

For travel completed before December 19, if booked before August 31.

The holiday now costs from €1,899pp. Includes return flight from Dublin.

Irie, let’s reprise some Caribbean adventures… https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/rihanna-in-barbados/ and https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/my-kiss-with-rihanna/

It’s Scary… Halloween hooks

Exotic: Thailand. Photo by Oleksandr Pidvalnyi on Pexels.com

You wouldn’t immediately associate Thailand with Halloween, it’s just that our holiday providers like to link dates and places.

In fact it isn’t Buddhist and Halloween is a Christian festival, but being Buddhist they do channel the spirits.

And go for miniature spirit houses outside their homes and businesses where they present gifts to their forefathers.

Emirates Holidays www.emiratesholidays.com is offering a ‘fangtastic’ (their words) seven nights at the 4* Santhiya, Koh Yao Yai from €3,729 per family.

That’s two adults, two children (under 11 sharing).

Including return flights from Dublin. Depart October 26.

Me, I’m a practising Boozist!

Malta pleasers

In neighbouring Gozo

It’s getting around to that time of year again when I made the besotted Miss F the happiest woman in the world.

I bent down to tie my shoelaces in Malta and she shrieked YES.

My pal, the multi-award winning Travel blogger Tom Sweeney www.tomsweeneytravels.blogspot.com, advises slip-ons.

Budget Travel www.budgettravel.ie has seven-night holidays in 4* accommodation with flights from Dublin and Cork with prices from €419pp.

Depart October. And for a refresher on all that Malta has to offer read my https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/malta-easer/.