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Avoiding a Medical Emergency Abroad

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There are plenty of steps travellers can take in advance of a trip away to minimise financial costs and the inevitable stress that comes with a medical emergency abroad. We’ve listed below some incredibly simple steps to take ensuring everyone has a safe and enjoyable trip.

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See your doctor before you go

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It’s a good idea to get a medical check-up from your doctor before you go. If you’re planning on taking part in strenuous physical activities such as hiking or skiing, pay a visit to your doctor to make sure you’re in good shape for it. (And don’t forget to check with your travel insurance provider that these activities are covered under your policy.) Consider whether you need vaccinations for your destination, too. In an AA study, 23% of males aged 17-24 years old told us they needed medical attention whilst abroad compared to just 15% of women in the same age bracket. So once you pay a visit to the doctor, tell your partner/dad/brother to do the same!

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Medical care at your destination

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Learning about the quality of medical care at your destination means you’ll know what to expect should you need it. For example, in Spain there are two types of health establishments you can visit depending on the severity and type of illness – a hospital and a health centre (Centro de Salud). For serious illnesses or injuries, it’s expected that you would visit a hospital, but for instances not requiring immediate hospitalisation the Centro de Salud is your best bet. Knowing information such as this allows you to make sound judgments about what type of treatment you need.

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Know how to seek medical care

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Do you know how to call for help in a foreign country? It’s not something you even think of amongst the flurry of packing and printing out flight tickets, but it could prove to be the most vital. Click here for a map that shows local emergency telephone numbers from around the world.

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Carry health information

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Check your insurance

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People often think medical care isn’t included in their travel insurance policy, but a lot of the time it is and they just don’t know. Check your policy to ensure you’re getting value for money and sufficient coverage. The AA provides unlimited medical cover for Members who have an extra Travel policy, meaning there are no restrictions on the amount you can claim.

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Why I Love Camping With Family – A Customer’s Story

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AA customer, Jennifer Browne, shares her experiences of camping with family and offers some top advice.

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However, my family and I took to it like ducks to water and how things have changed. I now love camping and so does my family. What’s not to love; the outdoors, the easy way of living, the peace, the memories for the children. You just can’t beat it or put a price on it.[/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=”Equipment is everything ” title_align=”separator_align_center” border=”no” background_color=”#f2c02b” title_color=”#111111″][/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 soon as we got home we bought our first tent, an eight man Vango which has so far proven to be a very good family tent. As our experiences of camping have evolved and so has our equipment list. We bought the matching awning for our tent which is very handy for rainy camping trips. You can take off wet rain coats and wellies in the awning to avoid getting the tent wet. Our most recent purchase was the camping fridge.  It’s so handy and I would totally recommend it.

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  1. A ground sheet. It provides an extra layer of protection for you and your tent from the ground. It will also help lengthen the lifespan of your tent.
  2. Picnic blankets or carpeting for the floor inside the tent for extra comfort. There’s nothing nicer that sitting down and playing a game of cards with the kids last thing before you hit the sleeping bags.
  3. Blow up beds. We found that once you can afford the little bit of extra space these take up, then they’re a must have item for the best night’s sleep.
  4. Some compact fold up chairs.
  5. Sleeping Bags. Invest in a good quality sleeping bag for that extra sleeping comfort. Just check the season grading on the bags.  Generally a season 2 bag is great for spring/summer and provides that extra warmth for those cooler nights.  We even brought our own pillows – great comfort for the kids to guarantee a good nights sleep.

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When camping with family, there are some amazing experiences and adventures to be had and every family or couple should take what they want from camping. But, the best things for me and my family about camping are:

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  1. Escaping the busy day to day life to the peaceful, quite country side.
  2. Learning to appreciate and experience the outdoors.
  3. Spending true quality time as a family.
  4. Having fun cooking outdoors.
  5. Learning new skills.
  6. Doing it all on a budget. Camping is very affordable.

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Finally, our most memorable trip so far was to a beautiful four star campsite in Co. Wexford called Morriscastle Strand Holiday Park. When we arrived, not knowing what to expect, we were met by friendly staff who managed the family run site since 1969. The pitches were well layed out and sheltered, the facilities were top notch and spotless and best of all, the beautiful beach and sand dunes were right next to us. We have had some great trips so far and we look forward to trips that are yet to come.

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With thanks to Jennifer Browne, an AA Car Insurance and Membership customer,  for sharing her camping journey and giving us real insight into  great tips and benefits of camping.

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Some useful links:

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Are you an AA customer?

Keep an eye out for regular Great Outdoors offers too with AA Rewards perfect for all your outdoor activities.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”20899″ border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” link=”http://www.theaa.ie/aa/aa-rewards/welcome.aspx” img_size=”medium” 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]

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Win a €300 Car Hire Voucher From Hertz

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Win one of two Hertz car hire vouchers 

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Hertz are giving two lucky people the chance to win a 3 day weekend car hire voucher for anywhere in Europe, each worth €300.

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The prize is: Two Hertz vouchers to give away to two lucky winners, where each voucher gives free 3 day weekend Hertz car hire anywhere in Europe.  Each voucher is valid until 31st December 2017 and is valued at €300.

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COMPETITION NOW CLOSED

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Congratulations to our 2 Winners:

 

  1. Neil Jackman from Tipperary
  2. Caroline Ryan

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Don’t forget, if you’re an AA customer and planning to hire a car when abroad, you’re entitled to up to 10% off Hertz car hire with AA Rewards.  To find out more click here.

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Best Books To Read This Summer For All The Family

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Check out Easons top books for all the family to read this summer.

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Whether you’re jetsetting across Europe or stay-cationing in your very own backyard, a good book is the perfect accessory to any summer holiday.

To help alleviate the search for the best picks, we’ve teamed up with Easons.com to give you a round-up of this summer’s most anticipated releases, for all the family. From eagerly awaited follow-ups to new releases from bestselling authors, the below titles will help you escape this Summer![/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]

Books For The Kids

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 1.   Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

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In her seventh novel, international bestselling author and twice winner of the prestigious Newbery Medal Kate DiCamillo tells a masterful story that blends pathos and humour. Raymie Clarke has come to realize that everything, absolutely everything, depends on her. And she has a plan. If Raymie can win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition, then her father – who has run away with a dental hygienist – will see Raymie’s picture in the paper and (maybe) come home.

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2.    Broken Hearts Club by Cathy Cassidy

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A brand new standalone book! Is it ever too late to mend a broken heart? Andie, Eden, Ryan, Tasha and Hasmita love being part of the Heart Club. They’ve promised to stay best friends forever and nothing can tear them apart. But sometimes things happen that you couldn’t ever have expected and forever might not be as long as you think. Now, two years later, Eden and Ryan are haunted by memories of the past. Can they find a way to bring the club back together or is it too late to mend a broken heart?

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3.    Apollo 1 by Rick Riordan

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After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour.

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4.   Tom Gates by Liz Pichon

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Look out! Tom, Delia and the whole Gates family are going on holiday. How will Tom manage to keep himself busy on the most boring campsite ever? By doodling, of course! An exciting new story – with doodle your own elements! – from award-winning and best-selling author Liz Pichon.

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Young Adult Recommendations

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1.   Desolation by Derek Landy

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THE EPIC NEW THRILLER CONTINUES. Reeling from their bloody encounter in New York City at the end of Demon Road, Amber and Milo flee north. On their trail are the Hounds of Hell – five demonic bikers who will stop at nothing to drag their quarries back to their unholy master. Amber and Milo’s only hope lies within Desolation Hill – a small town with a big secret; a town with a darkness to it, where evil seeps through the very floorboards. Until, on one night every year, it spills over onto the streets and all hell breaks loose. And that night is coming.

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2.   Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

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Celestine encounters a situation in which she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found FLAWED. In this stunning novel, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society in which perfection is paramount and mistakes are punished. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.

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3.    Asking For It by Louise O’Neill

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Centred on the story of a Leaving Cert student, Emma (18), who lives in a rural town in Ireland, Asking For It is about what happens to her one night at a party, an incident that changes the course of her life. Filled with uncertainties and perspectives, this is brave and clever writing from a relatively new voice in Irish fiction.

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4.    A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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The stunning sequel to Sarah J. Maas’ New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses. Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court – but at a steep cost. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms – and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future – and the future of a world cleaved in two.

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Books For Him

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1.   The Last Mile by Baldacci David

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Memories can be a real killer Melvin Mars awaits his fate on Death Row. He was one of America’s most promising football stars until, aged twenty-years-old, he was arrested and convicted for the murder of his parents just as he was due to begin a very lucrative contract with the NFL. A race against time ensues because, when revealed, that information threatens to tear apart the corridors of power at the very highest level. The case proves to be life-changing for both Mars and Decker in ways that neither could ever have imagined.

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2.   World Gone By by Dennis Lehane

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He has everything he could possibly want; money, power, a beautiful mistress, and anonymity. But in a town that runs on corruption, vengeance and greed, success can’t protect Joe from the dark truth of his past — and ultimately, the wages of a lifetime of sin will finally be paid in full . . . Chilling, heart-breaking and gripping, this is the most complex and powerful novel to date from Dennis Lehane, writer on The Wire and author of modern classics such as Shutter Island ,Gone, Baby, Gone and The Given Day .

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3.   The Hurley Maker’s Son by Patrick Deeley

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Galway, 1978. In the wake of his father’s passing, Deeley makes the slow, sad journey home. Remembering the tiny, precious moments of his childhood spent in his father’s hurley-making workshop and at his mother’s side, this is a beautifully evocative memoir, reminiscent of John McGahern’s Memoir.

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4.   A Time of Torment by John Connolly

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Parker is not like other men. He died, and was reborn. He is ready to wage war. Now he will descend upon a strange, isolated community called the Cut, and face down a force of men who rule by terror, intimidation, and murder. All in the name of the being they serve. All in the name of the Dead King.

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Keep an eye out in May for…

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Books For Her

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1.    All She Ever Wished For by Claudia Carroll

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Tess Taylor is gearing up for a wedding day to remember. And nothing is going to get in her way. That is, until an unexpected summons arrives completely out of the blue for jury service. Kate King, celebrity socialite, is going through a very public divorce. On the surface, the two women couldn’t be more different, but their worlds collide as the courtroom drama unfolds. And lessons in love and friendship await them both.

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2.    One with You by Sylvia Day

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The final chapter in the global blockbuster Crossfire quintet Gideon Cross. Committing to love was only the beginning. Fighting for it will either set us free . . . or break us apart. Heartbreakingly and seductively poignant, One with You is the breathlessly awaited finale to the Crossfire saga, the searing love story that has captivated millions of readers worldwide.

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3.   The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood

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A one-in-a-million story for anyone who loves to laugh, cry, and think about how extraordinary ordinary life can be. Not to be missed by readers who loved THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY, ELIZABETH IS MISSING or THE SHOCK OF THE FALL.

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4.   Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

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This version of the Bennet family—and Mr. Darcy—is one that you have and haven’t met before: Liz is a magazine writer in her late thirties who, like her yoga instructor older sister, Jane, lives in New York City. When their father has a health scare, they return to their childhood home in Cincinnati to help—and discover that the sprawling Tudor they grew up in is crumbling and the family is in disarray. Wonderfully tender and hilariously funny, ELIGIBLE both honors and updates Austen’s beloved tale. Tackling gender, class, courtship, and family, Sittenfeld reaffirms herself as one of the most dazzling authors writing today.

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Keep an eye out in May for…

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With thanks to Easons.com, our AA Rewards partner, for providing us with all the best new reads this summer for all the family.  These are sure to keep everyone entertained over the summer holidays.

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How to Protect against Lost Luggage

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Don’t pack any valuables

[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center”][vc_column_text]If you must bring a valuable item we advise you keep it on your person at all times. Some airlines state in their contract that they are not held liable for unique or expensive items.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”32px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Think ahead

When packing your bag think ahead of the worst possible case scenario. If you lost your luggage and all the external tags were ripped off how would your baggage be identifiable? Top tip: pop a business card or note inside your bag stating your particulars that will ensure the airline can identify you are the owner of the luggage.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”32px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Take a photo of your luggage

Though it may seem a little extreme but you will be glad if the unthinkable arises – it could be the difference in reclaiming and losing your luggage permanently.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”32px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Flag your loss to an airline employee before leaving the airport

Perhaps one of the most important tips of all is to ensure you don’t exit the airport without making a report with the airline. Go to the baggage claim office to complete a missing baggage claim form. This office is generally on the same floor as the baggage carousel.

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Lost baggage is usually found within a day or two as it may arrive on the next flight. If you are not as lucky and your baggage is confirmed lost, having traveled with multiple airlines who should you contact? The airline that you must contact is the airline that flew you to your final destination.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”32px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]If your luggage does get lost, AA Travel Insurance can cover you for up to €3,000. This covers which covers for baggage, baggage delay, passport replacement and emergency travel.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”32px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Image: Flickr[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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5 Reasons to Get Travel Insurance

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Whether you bagged a last minute deal or have been dreaming of sand and sea since Christmas, there’s no doubt that you’re excited to take to the skies. In between making sure you’ve packed the essentials (passport, flight tickets, iPod – check), it’s easy to forget things like taking out proper insurance or to just neglect it altogether. So what’s it good for anyway? We’ve listed 5 reasons why it’s best to get covered.

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Murphy’s Law

[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center”][vc_column_text]By now you’re probably a seasoned enough traveller to know that whatever can go wrong, will. So many people leave it to the last minute when, amongst the flurry of sun cream and togs, not only it is it more difficult to shop around for the best deal, but you could be forfeiting a host of benefits. Countless events such as bereavement, illnesses or an accident can potentially derail your whole holiday well in advance of travel, which is why it’s best to take out cover immediately after booking your trip.

If you take out AA Annual Travel Insurance, you’re covered even before you go. So if something unexpected happens, you know you’re covered from just €24.99.*

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Flight Cancellations and Delays

[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center”][vc_column_text]If an airline fails to notify its passengers of a delay it could mean the difference of being covered for up to €600, depending on your flight duration. The amount of compensation you’re entitled to will depend on whether your flight is short, medium or long haul as classified below:

Short haul: 1500km or less the amount payable is €250 pp
Medium haul: 1500km – 3500km and all EU flights over 3500km the amount payable is €400 pp
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Medical Emergencies

[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center”][vc_column_text]Are you planning any strenuous activities such as hiking or surfing? If you’re venturing Stateside know that you’re risking hundreds of thousands of dollars in the event of an accident or medical emergency without travel insurance.  Even in Europe, where it’s wise to carry your EHIC card, you won’t be covered for things like needing an air ambulance if someone is in serious trouble, potentially costing you up to €20,000. AA Annual Travel Insurance for Members gives you unlimited Medical cover and with our new policy, no excess applies to any claim.**

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Theft

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Knowledge truly is power when venturing abroad, particularly when it comes to knowing where the best places to visit are. It also pays to know your way around and with a bit of research ahead of time you can ensure you and your family don’t end up in the wrong place at the wrong time. Familiarise yourself with your destination online before you go if you can help it, and exercise caution when lugging around shopping bags and storing your valuables. If you are the unlucky recipient of a theft or mugging whilst abroad, AA Travel Insurance can cover you for up to €500.

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Cost

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Back in 2012, over 1 in 5 people told us that they were prepared to eschew taking out travel insurance altogether if it meant that they could enjoy a cheaper holiday. Bear in mind that 2012 was one of the worst years for the Irish economy, with the amount of overseas Irish trips taken down nearly 20% in comparison to 2008. However, travel insurance is nearly never as expensive as you envisage it to be; remember you’re being covered for all of the above and more. To cover a family of 4 for any number of trips within Europe for 12 months costs as little as €47.19 for an AA Essentials Policy.

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Travelling with pets?

Can’t bear to be without your beloved pet whilst on holiday? It’s now easier than ever to bring them abroad, but before you pack their passport there are a few things you should know.

  • Cats, dogs or ferrets moving to/from EU Member States must be identified by a microchip. The number on this microchip should match the number on their passport.
  • These pets must also be accompanied by a health certificate stating the animal has been vaccinated against rabies. This vaccination must be administered by a Veterinary Practitioner, made a note of in Section IV. Vaccination Against Rabies on their EU Passport and be signed, dated and stamped.
  • Although it’s not required if you are travelling with them to/from Ireland to/from Britain, Finland, Norway, or Malta, it’s a good idea to get your dog vaccinated against tapeworm.
  • If you’re travelling by plane, research whether your pet is to be carried in the cabin or as excess baggage. As the Department of Agriculture doesn’t require that pets must be carried as manifested freight, it is up to each individual airline to decide where to place your pet. Click here for a list of airlines and ferries that carry pets to/from Ireland.
  • If you’re crossing by water and taking the ferry, make sure to book a place for your pet in advance. Whether you’re bringing your car or travelling by foot, every pet must be crated and situated in the car deck of the ship. Ships have kennel facilities on board so it is imperative that you book a place for your pet or else leave them in your car. For more information, please see Irish Ferries.
  • Every Irish pet travelling outside of Ireland to another EU Member State must have a passport. Private Vets in Ireland will issue these directly to pet owners. Although you don’t need to have your pet’s photograph on their passport, it’s a good idea to bring it with you to the vet. The dimensions of the picture should be 6cm wide and 4cm long and must only show your pet in colour. Make sure to check the passport afterward and that all entries are correct. If any information is incorrect it could lead to your pet being detained when you try to travel.
  • The above requirements also apply to assistance dogs. Although the placement of assistance dogs on planes is entirely up to airlines, ferries allow them to be carried on deck. They must wear their special guide dog harness at all times. You should contact your travel provider a few days in advance so they are prepared to assist.
  • In the days leading up to your departure, make sure your pet has gotten plenty of exercise. Burned off energy means they are more likely to be settled – and you won’t feel as guilty about crating them if they’re ready for a nap.
  • Make sure their collar is loose enough so that you can fit two fingers through it before you leave them. You should remove any stray leashes inside their crate, too. It’s a good idea to leave them some toys to play with, but don’t overcrowd their crate or leave them with anything that could be hazardous during some rough turbulence.
  • If your dog doesn’t normally sleep in a crate, practice the concept beforehand. It’s important not to treat it like a prison – open and close the door for them, showing them that they can enter and exit when they want.
  • It’s a given, but do make sure they’re not travelling on a full stomach or bladder. Provide access to some water – just enough to hydrate them – before you leave.

The idea of bringing your pets abroad with you can certainly seem like a nice idea, but pet-owners should consider the efforts involved.

Many people leave their pets at home while they holiday, and it’s always a worry that you’ll get delayed and incur higher costs if you’re paying to have your pet looked after. With AA Travel Insurance, you’re covered for Kennel and Cattery fees up to €200 per 24-hour period that you are delayed due to a medical emergency.

Click here to find out more about AA Travel Insurance.

Information gathered from The Department of Agriculture and Food, and Irish Ferries.

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Top AA Hotels to Visit Before The Irish Open

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Irish Open is set to tee off on 28th May with golfing pro Rory McIlroy to host the star-studded event in Co. Down. If you want to get into the swing of things (sorry) and perfect your chipping technique ahead of the big game, you should visit some of our AA accredited golfing hotels below; with luscious green fairways, gorgeous surroundings and award-winning restaurants, it’s sure to be the perfect golfing excursion.

Castleknock Hotel & Country Club 

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_single_image image=”18207″ alignment=”center” border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” qode_css_animation=”element_from_fade” img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Castlekock Hotel & Country Club is set on 6,700 sq. yards of undulating green fairway – perfect for the seasoned golfer. Named as one of the top 100 golf courses in Ireland by Golf Digest Magazine, the 18-hole golf course was designed by architect Jonathan Gaunt and boasts close proximity to Dublin city centre.

Currently, guests can avail of 1 night’s dinner and bed & breakfast at the award-winning hotel and a round of golf from just €109 per person sharing midweek and from €129 per person sharing on weekends.

T: + 353 (0)1 640 6314  E: reservations@chcc.ie[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Dromoland Castle Hotel[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Situated in the West of Ireland, Dromoland golf course has been widely regarded as one of the top 18-hole parkland courses in the country. Boasting close proximity to Shannon airport, Dromoland offers tailored packages to suit large groups, corporate events or individual golf enthusiasts.

If you fancy a long, lazy Sunday putting some balls you can enjoy their offer of a ‘Super Sunday’ for €50.00 pp from 12 noon onwards.

T: +353 61 368 444  E: golf@dromoland.ie

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Druids Glen Hotel & Resort[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Already a host to the Irish Open for four years in a row, it’s no surprise that playing on the courses’ pedicured tree-lined fairways makes you feel as if you’re at one of the best. Renowned as “The Augusta of Europe”, it was awarded ‘Best Overall Golf Resort” in Ireland in 2013 and continues to be one of the most challenging courses in Europe.

At the moment, golf enthusiasts can enjoy a 2-night golf break with breakfast and dinner included for one night from €270 per night.

T: +353 (0)1 2870812  E: marcus.doyle@druidsglenresort.com[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Redcastle Hotel, Golf & Spa resort[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Sitting at the base of Lough Foyle, Redcastle’s 9-hole parkland is the perfect location for a golf break in the North of Ireland. The Inishowen hotel is currently offering guests a two night break including a full Irish breakfast each morning, dinner one evening and two rounds of golf from €119 pps.

T: +353 (0) 74 938 5555  E: info@redcastlehotel.com

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Top AA Hotels to visit before the Irish Open

The Irish Open is set to tee off on 28th May with golfing pro Rory McIlroy to host the star-studded event in Co. Down. If you want to get into the swing of things (sorry) and perfect your chipping technique ahead of the big game, you should visit some of our AA accredited golfing hotels below; with luscious green fairways, gorgeous surroundings and award-winning restaurants, it’s sure to be the perfect golfing excursion.

Castleknock Hotel & Country Club

Castlekock Hotel & Country Club is set on 6,700 sq. yards of undulating green fairway – perfect for the seasoned golfer. Named as one of the top 100 golf courses in Ireland by Golf Digest Magazine, the 18-hole golf course was designed by architect Jonathan Gaunt and boasts close proximity to Dublin city centre.

Currently, guests can avail of 1 night’s dinner and bed & breakfast at the award-winning hotel and a round of golf from just €109 per person sharing midweek and from €129 per person sharing on weekends.

T: + 353 (0)1 640 6314  E: reservations@chcc.ie

 

Dromoland Castle Hotel

Situated in the West of Ireland, Dromoland golf course has been widely regarded as one of the top 18-hole parkland courses in the country. Boasting close proximity to Shannon airport, Dromoland offers tailored packages to suit large groups, corporate events or individual golf enthusiasts.

If you fancy a long, lazy Sunday putting some balls you can enjoy their offer of a ‘Super Sunday’ for €50.00 pp from 12 noon onwards.

T: +353 61 368 444  E: golf@dromoland.ie

 

Druids Glen Hotel & Resort

Already a host to the Irish Open for four years in a row, it’s no surprise that playing on the courses’ pedicured tree-lined fairways makes you feel as if you’re at one of the best. Renowned as “The Augusta of Europe”, it was awarded ‘Best Overall Golf Resort” in Ireland in 2013 and continues to be one of the most challenging courses in Europe.

At the moment, golf enthusiasts can enjoy a 2-night golf break with breakfast and dinner included for one night from €270 per night.

T: +353 (0)1 2870812  E: marcus.doyle@druidsglenresort.com

Redcastle Hotel, Golf & Spa resort

Sitting at the base of Lough Foyle, Redcastle’s 9-hole parkland is the perfect location for a golf break in the North of Ireland. The Inishowen hotel is currently offering guests a two night break including a full Irish breakfast each morning, dinner one evening and two rounds of golf from €119 pps.

T: +353 (0) 74 938 5555  E: info@redcastlehotel.com

If you would like to purchase our new AA Hotel Vouchers, which can be used at any of the hotels above, please click here.

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Giant’s Causeway

The Giant’s Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption.[1] It is also known as Clochán an Aifir or Clochán na bhFomhórach in Irish[2] and tha Giant’s Causey in Ulster-Scots.[3]

It is located in County Antrim on the northeast coast of Northern Ireland, about three miles (4.8 km) northeast of the town of Bushmills. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986, and a national nature reserve in 1987 by theDepartment of the Environment for Northern Ireland. In a 2005 poll of Radio Times readers, the Giant’s Causeway was named as the fourth greatest natural wonder in the United Kingdom.[4] The tops of the columns form stepping stones that lead from the cliff foot and disappear under the sea. Most of the columns are hexagonal, although there are also some with four, five, seven or eight sides. The tallest are about 12 metres (39 ft) high, and the solidified lava in the cliffs is 28 metres (92 ft) thick in places.