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Ireland

Win a Stay at Castle Leslie Estate

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To celebrate the latest AA Travel Insurance campaign we are giving one lucky winner the prize of a stay at Castle Leslie Estate in Co. Monaghan!

 

To enter, simply:

    • Listen to the radio ad below and answer the question correctly
    • Enter your name, email address and contact telephone number
    • Submit your entry by midnight, 30th June 2016

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COMPETITION CLOSED.

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Europe Featured USA

7 Travel Tips for First-Time Backpackers

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We’ve teamed up with the Great Outdoors to give some expert advice for first-time backpackers.

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Just like in Douglas Adams Hitch-hiker’s guide books, the best piece of advice we can give to first time back packers is to always carry a towel, if you plan to trek a lot, then best to carry two. You wouldn’t want to need the same towel to do your face and feet now would you, just saying.

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It’s important to bring the essentials; shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, a razor, hand sanitiser/wet wipes. To keep it all safe, make sure to keep all your items in a water-proof wash kit bag or a zip lock bag.  You don’t want any of these leaking into your bag.

 

FIRST AID KIT

Remember to bring plasters, lip balm with UV protection, appropriate sun cream, antiseptic cream/wipes & any other medicine that you currently take. If your travels are bringing you into a malaria zone, for us, deet is the only way to go. It prevents a mosquito bite developing into something worse than an itchy rash. There’s plenty of different strengths to suit most skin types but do your research first to ensure the memories aren’t the only thing you take home from your tropical escape.  If you’re trekking, iodine tablets (with taste remover) or Chlorine tablets to purify water are sometimes handy too.

If you’re a couple it would be best practice to share a wash kit and medical kit.  There’s no point in doubling up on items.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_empty_space height=”32px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_text_separator title=”3. Bring the essentials” title_align=”separator_align_center” border=”no” background_color=”#f2c02b” title_color=”#000000″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_empty_space height=”32px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

If you’re sharing a hostel on your travels then ear plugs are a must! A travel sink plug is also a consideration, because not all hostel sinks come with one and how else would you give your face a good wash and a cotton sleeper wouldn’t do any harm either, after all, when was the last time that hostel mattress got a good cleaning. It’s also useful to also pack a small LED torch/headlamp, a universal travel plug adaptor and a money belt.

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Take colour photocopies of everything important. Certificate of all vaccinations, passports, traveller cheque numbers, travel insurance, drivers licence etc.  Save them on your mobile device and keep photocopied versions safe in your money wallet.

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As for clothing, there are so many options. Keeping in mind, the whole “travel light” theme. Choose your wardrobe for exactly where you’re going. Do some research on the weather for the time of year and when picking your outfits, be mindful of fabrics that wash well, washing clothes is not only a western world thing.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_empty_space height=”32px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_accordion style=”accordion”][vc_accordion_tab title=”Warm weather”][vc_column_text]

Choose loose fitting clothing, and check SPF factors too, yes, sun rays can penetrate clothing so if you’re going light, take a look and see how the fabrics hold up in strong sunlight. Lots of brands rate their clothes with SPF factors and we can recommend both Columbia and Craghoppers At this point, it’s worth nothing that some brands impregnate their clothing with mosquito repellents, take a look at the Craghoppers Nosquito range. Also, be aware of long sleeve and short sleeve clothing and not just for protecting against sunburn, but leeches and ticks too, especially on jungle or swamp treks. And never discount the usefulness of a bandana of a neck tube, we would recommend Buff ourselves. Wear it to keep the sun off your head/neck or just to mop the sweat off your brow, a fine multi-functional piece of kit indeed! For wet weather, you might be tempted to opt for the most breathable of fabrics but bear in mind that they work best when the air inside your jacket is heated up warmer than the air outside, hence their lack of success in warm/humid climates. In fact a poncho and quick drying clothing would be a better combination.

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The most important aspect of being outdoors in cold weather is layering. Bring one outer layer that is suitably warm for where you’re going, ie jacket and lined trousers and then one mid layer for your upper body, ie fleece/light insulation, use synthetic or wool tops/tees/shirts as layers underneath and then bring a couple of comfortable base layers as these are the ones that will need changing/cleaning the most. There’s lots of choice to suit all types of budgets but the most important factor to consider when choosing clothes for colder climates is, “does it contain cotton?”. Cotton is a no no when it comes to keeping warm. Cotton likes to hold onto moisture, just think about how your bath towel gets more wet while you get more dry, and then think what a cotton polo neck would do to your warm, insulating and wicking layers whilst being active out in the cold. That’s it, everything grinds to a halt. We would recommend wool layers like those from Icebreaker or synthetic “Lifa” layers from Helly Hansen. There’s so many technologies out there and who doesn’t love a bit of science?

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A daypack/small backpack or tote/shoulder bag is also a great idea.  Just ensure it’s not big and rigid.  It’s easier to pack if it’s flat and flexible.

Packing TIP:  Pack the things you will use often and need to access regularly at the top and the things you will hardly use at the bottom.  If your pack is full it can be difficult to get to things without pulling other stuff out too if not packed correctly.

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If you’re going to put locks on your bags, you know, for peace of mind and stuff, then use a TSA lock. They’re the ones that the airport security have special keys to open during bag checks. You wouldn’t want to buy a lock and then have the airport security bust it open or worse still, bust open your bag or case.

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Ask the experts

If you have any questions and need to ask an expert wherever you’re travelling or whatever your adventure, ask the Great Outdoors team here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”20899″ alignment=”right” border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” img_size=”287×84″ link=”http://www.greatoutdoors.ie/”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_empty_space height=”32px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_empty_space height=”32px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

Are you an AA customer?

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France

Driving in France While You’re at the Euros

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If you plan on taking to the road in France for the Euros, check out our essential driving tips before you go.

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Autoroutes in France are dotted with numerous tolls which can add up, particularly on a long journey so it pays to do your research before you go. The costs vary but as a rule of thumb is about 7 – 10 cent per kilometre travelled in a car and you can add half as much again if you are towing a caravan.

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Journey Car Car towing trailer/caravan Distance in Kilometers
Bordeaux to Paris € 54.80 € 85.50                                 641 KM
Lille to Paris € 16.30 € 23.20                                 225 KM
Bordeaux to Toulouse € 19.40 € 31.00                                 245 KM
Lyon to Paris (A6) € 33.70 € 52.70                                 466 KM
Marseille to Paris € 58.30 € 91.80                                 744 KM
Nantes to Bordeaux € 28.90 € 44.10                                 346 KM
Nantes to Paris € 36.40 € 56.00                             384.6 KM
Rennes to Paris € 28.80 € 44.30                             348.8 KM
Toulouse to Paris (A20) € 35.70 € 55.20                             683.5 KM

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There are alternative non-tolled routes in France that are very easy to drive on (similar to dual-carriageways). You can simply locate these routes by selecting the “show routes without tolls” option on Routeplanner.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_empty_space height=”32px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_text_separator title=”LEGAL REQUIREMENTS” title_align=”separator_align_center” border=”no” background_color=”#ffcc00″ title_color=”#000000″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_empty_space height=”32px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]French authorities are quite stringent on all motorists carrying the correct documents and compulsory equipment when driving. These include a warning triangle, headlamp converter and a reflective jacket. The jacket must be kept within the passenger compartment of the vehicle and be put on before exiting the vehicle in an emergency/breakdown situation.

It is absolutely prohibited to carry, transport or use radar detectors. Failure to comply with this regulation involves a fine of up to €1,500 and the vehicle and/or device may be confiscated.

In January 2013, the French government announced that the implementation of the sanction for drivers not carrying a breathalyser – a fine of €11 – has been postponed indefinitely. So theoretically you are still required to carry a self-test breathalyser when driving in France but there is no current legislation demanding a fine for non-compliance.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_empty_space height=”32px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_text_separator title=”PENALTIES” title_align=”separator_align_center” border=”no” background_color=”#ffcc00″ title_color=”#000000″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_empty_space height=”32px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

Visiting motorists should be warned that some French police authorities are authorised to impose and collect fines on the spot up to 375 EUR from drivers who violate traffic regulations. French traffic police take their job very seriously so it is not the time to try your Irish charm!

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There is good news for anybody planning on taking their car to the Euros or holidaying in France this summer as the fuel crisis that affected the county during the month of May is greatly improving. However, it’s still a good idea to know some fuel-saving practices before you hit the road. Click here for more information.

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Check the car for damage with an employee from the car rental company before signing a rental agreement, and again when the vehicle is returned. Have the damage-free condition confirmed in writing, or note any damage. Disputes can sometimes arise after you arrive home so it’s a good idea taking the time to take some phone pictures of the car both when you pick it up and when you return it.

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Check all the switches, indicators and other controls carefully and if any are unfamiliar or don’t work, ask the rental firm for guidance.

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Check the refuelling requirements in advance and keep fuel bills as proof of a full tank when the vehicle is returned. Consider taking a photo of the fuel gauge, particularly if dropping the car off without a hire company employee present.

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Third-party insurance is a must but in some countries the minimum statutory cover may be higher and if cover is insufficient, the hirer is personally liable for the excess. There may be a charge to increase cover.

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If you can, choose comprehensive damage cover without an excess, but check what is actually covered as some may exclude damage to tyres, rims, the underbody or stone chips.

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This is recommended if it is not included in the comprehensive insurance.

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You can get parking discs for ‘blue zone’ parking areas from police stations, tourist offices and some shops. You should also factor in road tolls when planning your journey as well. It’s a good idea to keep money aside to cover these costs and to keep some spare change handy but don’t leave it lying about in your car. Every rental vehicle registered in France has a recognisable license plate number which makes it easier for thieves to identify.

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To help stay safe, download the ‘Simon’s Green Army’ app for free. The app provides Irish football fans with detailed information about the Euros host cities, including bars/restaurants, ATM locations, train stations, Fanzones, stadiums, tourist spots and much more.

While providing useful information for Irish fans abroad, the app informs fans about the services that the Dublin Simon Community provide and the growing issue of homelessness back home.

Download the app here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_empty_space height=”32px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_text_separator title=”EUROPEAN BREAKDOWN COVER” title_align=”separator_align_center” border=”no” background_color=”#ffcc00″ title_color=”#000000″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_empty_space height=”32px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]If you plan on taking your own vehicle, The AA offers European Breakdown Cover. Some of the benefits include:

  • 24 hour English speaking emergency telephone assistance throughout Europe.
  • Roadside assistance for the duration of your motoring holiday.
  • Emergency roadside repairs or towing to the nearest garage in over 40 European countries.
  • Location and dispatch of spare parts(s) needed to complete repairs overseas.
  • Vehicle recovery to the Republic of Ireland.
  • Provision for emergency car hire, accommodation or alternative travel.
  • Emergency accommodation if you have to wait for repair work to be completed.

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England Uncategorised

6 Places to go Surfing in Cornwall

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Whether you’re a seasoned surfer or simply keen to try a new sport, Cornwall offers some of the best conditions for hitting the waves.

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Fistral Beach, Cornwall

[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center”][vc_column_text]One of the most popular surf spots in the UK, Newquay attracts hordes of dedicated and wannabe surfers as well as hen and stag parties. A short drive from Watergate Bay, this thriving town boasts an abundance of surf schools and surf shops, as well as a vibrant nightlife. Best for intermediate surfers, the waves hold some challenges even for the experienced.

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Watergate Bay, Cornwall

[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center”][vc_column_text]Just outside Newquay, this surfing mecca boasts more than two miles of sandy beach and consistent waves. There are professional surf schools catering for beginners as well as those who want to improve their skills.

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Sennen Cove, Cornwall

[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center”][vc_column_text]Another beautiful, exposed Cornish beach perfect for surfing, Sennen offers decent waves and tuition for all abilities. Sennen’s Beach Restaurant is also legendary, offering tasty home-cooked food and some stunning views.

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Polzeath, Cornwall

[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center”][vc_column_text]Autumn is a great time to enjoy the good groundswells here, as Polzeath can be uncomfortably packed during the summer months. An ideal place to learn surfing in the UK.

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Porthleven, Cornwall

[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center”][vc_column_text]This sandy beach next to a harbour is for expert surfers only. The breaks are extremely powerful and the reef is shallow and rough.

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St Ives, Cornwall

[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center”][vc_column_text]The best beach around St Ives for surfing is Porthmeor, on the town’s north coast. Ideal for beginners and intermediate surfers and popular with families, the beach is manned by lifeguards throughout the summer. The beach is also very close to town and overlooked by the Tate St Ives.

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Safety Tips for Driving Through a Tunnel in Europe

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If your journey takes you through one of Europe’s longer road tunnels – the longest is 15 miles – it’s important to be familiar with this safety advice in case an emergency should occur.

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Approaching the tunnel

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  • Check your fuel level
  • Switch on the radio and tune into the traffic radio station if there is one
  • Switch on your headlights (low beam)
  • Take off your sunglasses
  • Pay attention to traffic lights and other traffic signs

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In the tunnel

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  • Keep a good distance from the vehicle in front
  • Observe speed limits (maximum and minimum)
  • Make a mental note of safety features – emergency exits and phones – as you pass
  • In tunnels with two-way traffic, use the nearside carriageway edge for orientation Never cross the centre line
  • Never make a U-turn or reverse
  • Don’t stop, except in an emergency

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Congestion

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  • If traffic slows suddenly, turn on hazard warning lights
  • If traffic stops moving completely, leave a distance of at least five metres from the vehicle in front
  • If traffic stops moving turn off the engine
  • Do not leave your vehicle
  • Tune in to traffic radio if there is a system

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Breakdown

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  • Turn on hazard lights
  • Pull over into a lay-by, emergency lane or as far to the nearside as possible
  • Turn off the engine
  • Leave your vehicle – wear a reflective jacket and pay close attention to traffic
  • Notify the rescue services – use an emergency telephone rather than a mobile phone which is unlikely to work
  • Follow any advice from tunnel control – wait for help in the vehicle if there is no other place of safety

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Accident

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  • Turn on hazard warning lights
  • Park as far to the nearside as possible
  • Turn off the engine
  • Leave your vehicle – wear a reflective jacket and pay close attention to traffic
  • Call the rescue services. Use an emergency telephone rather than a mobile which is unlikely to work.
  • Help any injured people

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If your vehicle catches fire

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  • Turn on hazard warning lights
  • Drive out of the tunnel if possible – but never make a U-turn or reverse
  • If you can’t drive out, drive to a lay-by, an emergency lane or pull over as far to the nearside as possible
  • Turn off the engine but leave the key in the ignition
  • Contact the rescue services – use an emergency telephone rather than a mobile which is unlikely to work
  • Only try to extinguish the fire yourself if it has just started – don’t open the bonnet it may be hot and can increase the fire
  • If it’s not possible to extinguish the fire, leave the tunnel quickly – move away from the fire and use emergency exits
  • Don’t waste time gathering up personal belongings
  • Help injured people get to safety too
  • Don’t wait to be told what to do
  • Never forget that fire and smoke can be fatal – Save your life and not your car!
  • Follow any instructions and information provided by tunnel staff

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If another vehicle catches fire

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  • Turn on hazard warning lights
  • Keep a good distance from the burning vehicle
  • Park your vehicle in a lay-by, emergency lane or pull over as far to the nearside as possible
  • Never make a U-turn or reverse
  • Turn off the engine – leave the key in the ignition
  • Call the rescue services – use an emergency telephone rather than a mobile which is unlikely to work
  • Only attempt to extinguish the fire yourself it is has just started. – don’t open the bonnet it may be hot and can increase the fire
  • If it’s not possible to extinguish the fire, leave the tunnel quickly – move away from the fire and use the emergency exits
  • Don’t waste time gathering up personal belongings
  • Help injured people get to safety too

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Motoring organisations across Europe, including the AA, have inspected and rated around 250 road tunnels, including a number in the UK, under the European Tunnel Assessment Programme, EuroTAP.

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Information about the Zika Virus Outbreak

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Overview

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For the latest information customers should review the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s website:

https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/zika-virus-update/

Zika is an illness caused by a virus transmitted by the Aedes mosquito (which also transmits Dengue). It is present in tropical zones across the globe, including the Americas. Zika is not transmitted from human to human.

It is recommended that pregnant patients at any stage of pregnancy or those intending to become pregnant should consider deferring travel to affected areas.

 

Prevention: There is no vaccine to prevent Zika. Travelers are advised to take general measures to avoid mosquito borne diseases:

  • Use DEET containing insect repellant. DEET is safe in pregnancy.
  • Wear long sleeves and leggings
  • Use screens and insect repellant impregnated mosquito nets or tents.
  • Avoid being outside at dusk and dawn when mosquitos are most active.

 

If you think you may be pregnant and may have been exposed through travel and have any of the symptoms, you should see you doctor immediately.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_empty_space height=”32px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

Latest Developments

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While a number of countries have reported a rise in cases of microcephaly in foetuses and patients with Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS) that correlate with the outbreaks of Zika, the strong suggestion of an association remains unproven. At this stage of investigation, according to the WHO “no scientific evidence to date confirms a link between Zika virus and microcephaly…”

The other postulated complication of Zika is the neurological syndrome Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS).  However, according to WHO, “the cause of the increase in GBS incidence observed in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador and Suriname remains unknown.”   Furthermore, GBS cases are still considered rare events, far less common, for instance, than complicated malaria cases in many tropical countries.

As Zika infection has a benign course in the overwhelming majority of cases, no travel restrictions are in place for Zika affected countries. Currently WHO and other global health authorities are placing emphasis on aggressive mosquito control.

Current advice for travellers and foreigners considering long stays in Zika infested areas include:

* Pregnant women or those planning pregnancy should consider deferring travel to Zika affected countries.

* Pregnant women who have recently travelled to a Zika affected country or whose male partner has returned from such a location should inform their obstetrician for evaluation and monitoring of the pregnancy.

* Pregnant patients whose male partner has returned from a country with local Zika should strictly adhere to use of condoms or refrain from sexual relations for the duration of the pregnancy.

* Meticulous attention to mosquito protection and avoidance should be adopted in locations with known Zika propagation.

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Areas Affected

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As of 18/02/16 the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has so far issued advisories for:

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FAQ’s

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The situation is constantly evolving. In the case of the customers’ travel plans being impacted, they should:

  • Contact the airline/transport provider or the airport/transport terminal the customer is due to be flying/travelling from to check the latest information about the travel arrangements.
  • If the customer is in an affected area exercise caution and follow the advice of local authorities.

Additional Information:

  • The list of affected countries is continuously being monitored and updated, for the current list please check: https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/zika-virus-update/

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1916 Centenary Events in Dublin – AA Roadwatch Guide

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What’s on over the weekend?

 

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O’Connell St will be completely closed off to traffic from midnight on Friday 25th right up until 11pm on Monday 28th March to facilitate the 1916 commemoration events.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_empty_space height=”32px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

Saturday 26th March

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A Ceremony of Remembrance takes place in the Garden of Remembrance on Parnell Square. Parnell Square North and Parnell Square East will be closed between 6am and 4pm on Saturday to facilitate that. This event is open to the public with limited viewing due to space limitations. However, you can watch the ceremony broadcast live on RTE One and RTE Player. Later that day, there will be a State event in the RDS for relatives of those who participated in the Rising. The RDS is situated south of the city in Ballsbridge on the Merrion Rd.

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Easter Sunday – 27th March

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The parade, led by the Defence Forces, will begin at St Stephen’s Green and travel via Cuffe St and Kevin St before turning right onto Patrick St. It will then continue through the city centre via Thomas St, Parliament St, Dame St, Westmoreland St, past the GPO on O’Connell St and then onto North Frederick St and Dorset St and finish up on Bolton St. Click on the image below for further details on the parade route and how it will impact public transport.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_empty_space height=”32px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_single_image image=”20028″ border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_empty_space height=”32px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Members of the public can enjoy the parade at the many viewing points along the parade route. However, the most popular viewing area is likely to be near the GPO on O’Connell St so remember to get there early to secure your place.

It will conclude with an Air Corps flypast and a 21-gun salute. That evening there will be a special concert at Collins Barracks and also a State reception at Dublin Castle for 3,000 guests, at the Taoiseach’s invitation.

A number of road closures will be in place in the city centre to facilitate the parade and other events. For a full list of the routes affected, check out our event guide.

In order to facilitate the parade, LUAS Red Line services will terminate at both Smithfield and Abbey St from 9am until 5pm and a shuttle bus service will operate from the Point stop to Abbey St in order to facilitate passengers. If you’re using the Green Line, inbound services will terminate at the Harcourt St stop due to travel restrictions on St Stephen’s Green.

If you are planning on using the LUAS over the Easter weekend, remember that drivers are planning strike action on Easter Sunday and Monday (27th & 28th March), so plan alternative travel arrangements in advance. For more information see here or check out luas.ie.

Public transport is strongly advised as the following carparks will be closed to the public that day: Arnotts, Q- Park Clerys Marlborough St, Irish Life Abbey St, Parkrite IFSC, Euro Car Parks Convention Centre and Euro Car Parks at the Point Village.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_empty_space height=”32px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

Easter Monday – 28th March

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Reflecting The Rising will also be held in Dublin City Centre between 11am and 6pm. This historical and cultural event will aim to get the public to re-imagine Dublin and Ireland as it was 100 years ago.

Cathal Brugha St will be closed between O’Connell St and Marlborough St from midnight on Sunday 27th until 11pm on Monday and a number of road closures will also be in place in the vicinity of St. Stephen’s Green and Merrion Square and for details of those see here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_empty_space height=”32px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

Tuesday 29th March

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A State ceremony will be held at Liberty Hall, to commemorate the role of the Irish Citizen Army and James Connolly and large crowds are expected to attend. Beresford Place will be also closed as a result between Eden Quay and Abbey St Lwr between 9am and 2pm.

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What can I do in Dublin to remember 1916?

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GPO Visitor Centre

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The GPO Witness History is a brand new visitor attraction opening to the public on Tuesday 29th March. It’s nestled in one of the most iconic buildings of the 1916 Rising – the GPO building on Dublin’s O’Connell St. The interactive exhibition will focus on the events of the 1916 Rising through electronic touch screens, video, audio visual booths, sound and authentic artefacts. The centre also includes a café and retail store overlooking the courtyard, which itself features a commissioned sculpture commemorating the forty children who died in Dublin during Easter week 1916. Tickets cost €10 for an adult, €7.50 for a student and OAP. Discounted tickets are also available for family tickets and children and you can book your tickets here.

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Kilmainham Gaol

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Kilamainham Gaol takes visitors on a journey through the events detailing Ireland’s emergence as a modern nation from 1780s to the 1920s. Many of the 1916 rebel leaders also served time and/or were executed in the grounds. Major building and restoration works have just been completed on certain areas of the Gaol, principally the East Wing. Kilamainham Gaol is a short walk from the LUAS Red Line stops at Heuston Station and St James’s Hospital.

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Glasnevin Cemetery

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This year to commemorate the 1916 events, Glasnevin Cemetery Museum will hold special guided tours of the graves. These tours will visit the graves of key people such as Daniel O’Connell, Charles Stewart Parnell, Éamon DeValera, Michael Collins, Harry Boland and Countess Markievicz. They last an hour and a half and will cost €12 for an adult and €25 for family tickets. For more information and to book your tickets see here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_empty_space height=”32px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_single_image image=”20040″ border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_empty_space height=”32px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]There are a number of bus tours available for people to see and enjoy throughout the centenary year. The 1916 Dublin Bus Tour lasts 90 minutes and on-board actors animate the 1916 Rebellion action, stopping at several of the major sites. The bus departs from the Dublin Bus Head Office on Upper O’Connell St, Monday to Friday, at 10:30am, 1pm and 3pm. You can also avail of an evening tour on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm and 9pm. An adult ticket will cost you €25 and student and senior tickets are €23.

Another good centenary bus route is the 1916 Freedom Tour, which takes you through the key battle locations in a military-style tour truck. Guides are dressed in uniforms of the 1916 period and this tour also includes audio and video footage from the Rising. The route is an hour long and starts from Merrion Sq West, opposite the American College. Tours depart from that stop Wednesday to Sunday at 10am, 12am, 2pm, and 4pm. Tickets cost €20 for an adult and €16 for students and OAPs. There are also discounted tickets available for children, teenagers and families and you can get your tickets in advance here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_empty_space height=”32px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

1916 Bus Tours

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Another good centenary bus route is the 1916 Freedom Tour, which takes you through the key battle locations in a military-style tour truck. Guides are dressed in uniforms of the 1916 period and this tour also includes audio and video footage from the Rising. The route is an hour long and starts from Merrion Sq West, opposite the American College. Tours depart from that stop Wednesday to Sunday at 10am, 12am, 2pm, and 4pm. Tickets cost €20 for an adult and €16 for students and OAPs. There are also discounted tickets available for children, teenagers and families and you can get your tickets in advance here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_empty_space height=”32px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

As always, we’ll be keeping up to date on traffic over the Easter weekend. So to keep an eye on traffic and plan a route be sure to check out AA Roadwatch or download our App.

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Europe Spain

Top Family Holidays In Spain

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Spain is the top destination for Irish holidaymakers this summer according to a recent AA Poll, but how do you pick the perfect family holiday? AA Roadwatch’s Nicole Gernon has compiled a list of some of the best family holidays in sunny España but credit has to go to her mum for picking most of them in the first place!

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Look for somewhere with kids clubs and entertainment

You may have spent years exploring cities or lounging in villas but a certain amount of that is likely to go out the window when you have children, unless you have friends with kids that you don’t mind holidaying with. You’ll come to realise that your enjoyment of your holiday directly correlates to how much the kids enjoy theirs. Apartments and hotels may be the best option as kids clubs will be your saviour – they are great ice-breakers and plenty of apartments also offer teenager clubs.

Shop around

Package holidays are great and yes, you have the convenience of a holiday rep and an organised transfer, but don’t forget to have a look at booking flights and accommodation separately. Check if the hotel or apartments you’re interested in has its own website or check websites like booking.com, trivago.com and hotels.com. This allows you to DIY and be flexible with dates, as opposed to the restrictive standard 7 or 14 nights.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”32px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][vc_single_image image=”21106″ alignment=”center” border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][vc_empty_space height=”32px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_text_separator title=”Resorts” title_align=”separator_align_center” border=”no” background_color=”#ffcc00″][vc_empty_space height=”32px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][vc_column_text]Port Aventura and Salou

Port Aventura is one of the biggest theme parks in Europe and has something for kids of all ages. There are a wide range of hotels in the theme park itself, which are worth staying in as they aren’t that much more expensive than hotels in Salou town. They are also much nicer and everything will be on your doorstep. Salou itself has a bustling nightlife, with a range of restaurants, bars and clubs. Avoid staying in Cap Salou which is a bit too far away to easily access the theme park. Many travel agents recommend it as an alternative, quieter option – there is such a thing as being too quiet![/vc_column_text][vc_accordion collapsible=”yes” style=”accordion”][vc_accordion_tab title=”Read More”][vc_column_text]There’s also an independent water park – Aquopolis – just a bus ride away.

Barcelona is within easy reach of Salou and has plenty to keep everyone entertained. Check out our post on top things to do in Barcelona.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][/vc_accordion][vc_empty_space height=”32px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][vc_column_text]Lanzarote

The most well-known of the Canary Islands is the perfect choice if you want a bit of culture that will entertain the kids as well. It is a lot hotter than some of the other Spanish islands or the mainland due to its proximity to the equator but the nights are lovely and cool – you may even need a cardigan! The island is essentially an extinct volcano but you can still see plenty of volcanic action in Timanfaye National Park – geysers, hot rocks, impressive landscape and a barbecue cooked over the natural steam are all on offer.[/vc_column_text][vc_accordion collapsible=”yes” style=”accordion”][vc_accordion_tab title=”Read More”][vc_column_text]The island’s capital Puerto del Carmen is the obvious choice for a base. The UNESCO listed old town has winding streets and spectacular views and you can get a real feel for Spanish life. A paella in a restaurant with a sea view is a must do. The new town has plenty of pubs and clubs, with many offering children’s entertainment. Los Fariones is one of the biggest complexes in the resort, with an option to stay in the hotel or apartments. There’s an entertainment team, several pools, a mini-disco and guests get a discount at the sports centre.

If you fancy a quieter pace of life, Costa Teguise is an option. There is still plenty to do but there aren’t as many 18 to 30 year olds.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][/vc_accordion][vc_single_image image=”21108″ border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][vc_empty_space height=”32px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][vc_column_text]Gran Canaria – Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico – a lovely hilltop town with a sheltered cove – is the best all round resort on this Canary island. There are plenty of restaurants located in a central complex and a couple of good late night bars, many of which are kid friendly. Aqualand Waterpark is in nearby Maspalomas and there are good bus links. We stayed in the Puerto Azul which has a lovey spacious pool, sun deck, restaurant, games room, a teenagers’ lounge and plenty of shows and evening entertainment. However, it is at the very top of the hill so prepare for a bit of a trek.

Staying in Puerto Rico means you can easily avoid Playa del Ingles unless you want to take a bus in for the spectacle.

Mojacar

Pueblo Indalo Hotel aparthotel is a real gem and has an abundance of activities to keep the kids out of your hair. There are nightly performances by the reps and a kids’ concert at least once a week. There are huge pools, a variety of food options and spacious apartments. The complex is set into the hill though, so expect lots of steps. Watch out for the Indalo man, a totem painted on the cliffs and houses in the area that is supposed to ward off evil spirits.

The beach is just across the road and you can take day trips to various mountain villages. Parque Acuatico Vera Playa will prevent you getting cabin fever and Mini Hollywood has daily western shows.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”32px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][vc_single_image image=”21111″ border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][vc_empty_space height=”32px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][vc_column_text]Majorca – Santa Ponsa

Your memories of Santa Ponsa may not quite do the place justice these days. It’s a lot quieter than it used to be and is positively sleepy compared to Magaluf. There is an active nightlife but there are plenty of family friendly options and you can easily go out early and leave before it really kicks off at about 2am. There are a few different swimming options, with beaches, coves and cliffs.[/vc_column_text][vc_accordion collapsible=”yes” style=”accordion”][vc_accordion_tab title=”Read More”][vc_column_text]There are two complexes that are ideal for families; Jutlandia and Ola Apartamentos Bouganvilla – both located away from the main town. The Bouganvilla has an enormous pool with a waterslide and poolside games, as well as crazy golf and tennis courts to keep everyone entertained. The pool at Jutlandia is also gigantic and there are activities and games throughout the day as well as evening shows.

If you’re looking for a wilder nightlife, head to Magaluf – but it’s probably best not to stay there with a family. Although during the day you could check out the Western Water Park near the town.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][/vc_accordion][vc_empty_space height=”32px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][vc_column_text]Menorca – Cala’n’Blanes and Cala’n’Forcat

The twin resorts sit side by side and are surrounded by magnificent cliffs of all shapes and sizes which are easily accessible and are perfect for jumping off. Aqua Park Los Delfines is in the centre of Cala n’ Blanes so there’s no need for lengthy trips. We stayed in the Oasis Park Apartments which had a great kids disco and lots of entertainment, as well as a playground, a sports court and mini-golf.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Featured Ireland Winter sports

Off-piste skiing – are you covered?

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Ah the crisp air on your face, the twinkling of powdery snow under foot and the anticipation of rapidly whooshing down the slope.  Exercise, speed and mountain landscapes…the perfect non-alcoholic cocktail to unleash those feel-good endorphins and send you to your happy place.

Adrenaline sports by nature are addictive and just like any other compulsive behaviour some will be drawn in more than others.  There are those of us who are happy to tip away on the moderate slopes while others will seek the thrill fest of the steeper runs.  Others again, we estimate about 20%, are happy to take on the increased risks and challenges of off-piste skiing.

If you’re likely to venture into this last category it’s really important to know where you stand in terms of your travel insurance.  Accidents on the slopes can be very costly with potential bills for heli rescue, surgeries, x-rays, hospital stays and unbudgeted accommodation and food expenses for both you and your travel companions. These are all costs your insurance can protect you against.  Our Winter Sports Travel Insurance* policies cover you for medical expenses up to €10,000,000 for example.

Don’t assume that you’re covered for off-piste skiing.   AA Winter Sports Travel Insurance covers policyholders for off-piste skiing or snowboarding where an avalanche warning of 2 or less is in place, however many other providers don’t cover the activity or specify certain terms (i.e. the need to be accompanied by a qualified instructor or be within a resort approved area).

As a rule, when it comes to any type of insurance cover it’s always best to read through your policy and know exactly what is or isn’t covered.

To find out more about AA Travel Insurance click here.

*Winter Sports cover is available as an add-on at an additional cost to travel insurance policies, and is not covered as a part of regular AA Travel Insurance policies*

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Ireland

Web Summit 2015

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The Web Summit comes to Dublin City from Tuesday 3rd to Thursday 5th of November. The summit takes place in various spots around the city but the main conference centre is in the RDS.

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Location

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Over 30, 000 people are expected to attend the Summit over the course of the three days. Heavy traffic is likely through Ballsbridge and Sandymount as well as on Anglesea Rd, Simmonscourt Rd, Shelbourne Rd and Pembroke Rd. However, the longest delays are likely to be on Merrion Rd.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern” css_animation=”” css=”.vc_custom_1433512831965{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Public Transport

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If you’re coming from the Dublin Airport direction, Aircoach runs on the half-hour, every hour, and has a drop-off point right beside the RDS. You’ll use Route 702: Dublin Airport to Greystones/Bray, and tickets are €8.50 for a single trip and €14 for a return journey. You can buy your tickets online at aircoach.ie or at the airport. There is also a taxi rank at the airport.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]