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Ski Lessons & a Stay at Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa 

  • Competition closes on 5th of December 2016 at midnight.
  • To be eligible to enter the competition entrants must be over 18 years of age and resident in the Republic of Ireland.
  • To enter the competition each entrant must complete all aspects as outlined in the competition entry rules and submit before the competition closing date of 5th December at midnight.
  • The prize:
    • Two ski lessons, for two people, at the Ski Club of Ireland, Kilternan.
      • Booking is necessary for lessons.
      • Lessons can been taken Monday to Friday 8pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am & 3pm, based on the class level be scheduled.
      • Age limit for normal lessons is 7 years. Kindergarten 4 to 7 years – scheduled on Sundays only @ 1pm.
      • 24 hours’ notice is required if you wish to reschedule a lesson.
      • No other discounts can apply.
      • Please arrive half an hour before your class is due to commence.
      • Everybody using the slopes must have completed an Indemnity Form.
      • All those under 18 must have a parent sign their registration form at their first lesson or practice.
      • Classes go ahead regardless of weather.
      • All users of the slopes must wear gloves.
      • Practice is available for competent skiers and snowboarders. To use the ski slope without lessons you must have completed the course of four beginner classes at the Ski Club or done at least some skiing/boarding on snow. You must be able to turn, stop, control your speed and use the drag/button lift.
      • Parents must be present at the Ski Club for the entire session for children under 14 years of age.
    • An overnight stay for two people in a luxurious Deluxe room with breakfast and a dinner for two in Sika restaurant.
      • Valid for 12 months from when winner is announced, subject to availability.
      • Voucher not valid in conjunction with any other offer.
      • Voucher cannot be redeemed in part or in full for cash.
      • Voucher must be used in full, and there is no exchange for services not listed in the prize details.
      • Voucher is non-transferable, and Powerscourt cannot accept responsibility for lost vouchers.
  • Winners will be chosen at random via a prize draw. Draw will take place & winner will be notified no longer than one week after the competition closes.
  • AA staff, their immediate families and their agents and any other person connected with the competition are not entitled to participate.
  • The Judge’s decision is final and binding on entrants. No correspondence will be entered into.
  • Entrants must consent to the disclosure of their name as a winner (If successful). The winner may be required to take part in future publicity.
  • Any entrant to the competition may obtain the name of the winner by sending a stamped addressed envelope to Competition, Marketing Department, 61a South William Street, Dublin 2.
  • The promoter is AA Ireland, 61a South William Street, Dublin 2
  • Customer’s data will not be used for marketing purposes. A copy of the AA data protection and privacy policy can be found here: http://www.theaa.ie/AA/About-Us/Privacy-Policy.aspx .
  • Entrants agree to the terms and conditions when they engage in any way with the competition online.
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Win a family trip with Stena Line

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Win a family return trip to Britain with Stena Line. 

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AA Rewards partner Stena Line would like to give one lucky family return trip tickets to Britain.  Plus give all AA customers an exclusive 20% saving on sailings when you book by 19th August.

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Providing sailings from as early as 1561, during the reign of Elizabeth, between Howth in Dublin and Holyhead in the UK.  Stena Line now consists of 22 strategically located ferry routes with a modern fleet of 35 vessels including fast ferries (HSS), traditional combi-ferries, RoPax-ferries for freight and passengers, and pure cargo ships.

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The Prize

A return trip for two adults and two children including a car on either Stena Line’s Dublin to Holyhead or Rosslare to Fishguard Routes.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/1″][vc_empty_space height=”32px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

Competition closed

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Stena Line are now offering all AA Customers an exclusive 20% saving on sailings.  Click here to find out more.

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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.

[/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=”21060″ alignment=”center” border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][/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]When it comes to camping with family, your equipment makes the difference between a memorable experience or wet, cold and miserable days that no one will look back on with fond memories. As such I would recommend the following items to make your tent feel like that home away from home:

  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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Working while on holiday

In a failed attempt to fully escape from the office, one in three adults have admitted to working while on holiday.

 

An AA Travel Insurance survey of over 5,700 people indicates how difficult it has become to switch off from the daily grind, with 20% of participants confessing to working while on holiday. An additional 13% go one step further saying they make and take work calls despite being on vacation.

The AA research reveals that women appear to be better at disconnecting from their work life than men, with 74% saying they check emails and respond to calls, compared with 85% of men.

The survey also suggests that almost 9 in 10 of us will use a smartphone while on holidays this year. The desire to stay connected with family and friend’s means 82% of holidaymakers will send texts throughout their holidays.

Wanting to photographically capture fleeting moments also appears to be a top priority as 7 in 10 say they will snap pictures while on holidays.

As well as keeping in touch with family and friends while abroad, almost half of travellers say they’ll check in with their circles using instant messaging services such as WhatsApp and Viber.

A further 47% of globetrotters will use a map to ensure they don’t get lost, while over 4 in 10 will check in with news and sport at home.

“It appears we are a nation that can’t prise ourselves away from mobile technology even whilst on holidays, despite it being the perfect opportunity to unplug,” says AA Director of Consumer Affairs Conor Faughnan. “Admittedly, I’m no better and am quite partial to checking work emails and taking a phone call or two from my sun-lounger.

“In saying that, having a smartphone to hand while on holidays can be a life-saver, especially if you’re in an emergency situation. Most travel insurers will have an emergency assistance helpline that you can call and in some cases, like ourselves, they’re contactable 24 hours a day. It’s a good idea to make sure you have the number saved in your phone before setting off in the unfortunate

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7 tips to keep your dog happy while driving

 

Are you ready to create some great summer vacation memories by hitting the road with your canine best friend? Before you load up and get going, follow these 7 tips to keep your dog happy while driving

 

BEFORE YOU TRAVEL

Before you hit the road, make sure that you have everything you’ll need to keep your dog happy and healthy when travelling in the car. Here’s a list of must-haves:

  • Lead, collar and ID tag:

Make sure your dog has a collar with a tag, and that the contact details are up to date, or that they are micro-chipped. Keep some recent photos with you as well, in case they get lost.

  • Food and water:

Bring along a sufficient supply of water and the food your dog is accustomed to eating. Changing to food that is different from what your dog normally consumes combined with the car’s motion can sometimes leave your dog feeling ill.

  • Practice makes perfect

Get your dog used to travelling with short local trips before your long journey, especially if they’ve previously shown signs of  nervousness when travelling.

  • Doctor’s orders

If possible it’s advisable to take your dog to the vet for a check-up before you hit the road for a long journey. It is also generally advised that very young, very old or ill animals should not be transported. Ask yourself if taking the animal on a long journey is in their best interest?

DURING TRAVEL

  • Keep your pet restrained

It is generally recommended that your dog be restrained in a crate or box when driving. This will avoid potential hazards like the animal jumping around and distracting you when driving or getting in the way of pedals, and it will also stop them being thrown around the car in the event of a sudden stop or impact.

  • Take breaks

Make sure you stop regularly so both you and your pet can stretch your legs. Let them enjoy some fresh air and water. Take note of their behaviour in the car, if they start whining, it might be time for a quick bathroom break.

tips to keep your dog happy while driving

 

  • Overheating isn’t just a car problem

Do not leave your pets in the car on their own for more than a few minutes if you have to leave the vehicle. Temperatures inside a vehicle can rise extremely quickly. Make sure fresh, cool air is available while you drive as animals get hot a lot quicker than we do. Letting your pet stick their head out the window isn’t necessarily a “fresh air” experience for them. Their hearing can be damaged by the wind and they risk bugs and dirt flying into their eyes.

For those of you looking to venture overseas taking a pet with you to another country is often a complicated and time-consuming process, and you should do careful research before embarking on this costly process. Click here to find out more about the necessary requirements for travel to and from EU and specified other non-EU European countries.

 

 

 

 

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Going it alone: The AA’s guide to female solo travel

Travelling solo can seem daunting from the comfort of your home. What happens if I get stranded somewhere? Will I be safe? Will I make friends? Our infographic is here to provide some practical tips for solo female travellers

 

Over the last few years, travel companies and websites geared toward female travellers have become one of the fastest growing sectors of the tourism industry with more and more updating their packages and facilities to cater for the budding “solo traveller”.

For many, traveling on your own can be a daunting prospect but with the right research, planning and common sense, the sky is the limit for any burgeoning globe-trotters.

What’s more, it can open doors that you may not have ever thought possible.

While some of the most popular destinations for solo travel among women are in Europe, there’s nothing stopping you venturing further afield once your adequately prepared. Why not take a look here at our top 4 destinations for solo travellers to visit.

Admittedly while there is a greater risk for women traveling alone, as often there are many different sets of cultural expectations or experiences around the world geared towards women, solo travel as a whole has potential pitfalls for both genders.

Remember wherever you’re headed don’t simply rely on the internet for recommendations.

Speak to reliable locals, such as your hotel concierge or a local tourism office, to find out exactly which parts of town are safe for solo female travellers.

Similarly, it’s important to be covered by insurance when you travel, especially if you’re traveling solo. Though it’s unlikely you’ll ever need to use it, if you do have an accident, you’ll be glad to have the additional protection.

While solo travel can be intimidating, doing things alone can be immensely therapeutic- a solo meal can help you really appreciate food; a solitary walk can be a rare opportunity to think; and travelling by yourself can be an incredible opportunity for self-discovery and personal growth.

You’ll be all the more inspired and strengthened by the journey.

Check out our infographic below for some practical tips for solo female travellers:

 

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Bloom in the Park 2016 – AA Roadwatch Travel Guide

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This year, gates are open between 9am to 6pm each day and visitors can expect to see a new Plant Village, a Fashion Stage showcasing floral-inspired fashion as well as live entertainment and an Irish Craft Village over the five days.

This is a family-friendly day out and this June Bank Holiday, the festival has a wide range of activities to keep the younger ones entertained. A Kids Farm and a dedicated Children’s Stage showcasing magicians and entertainers are just a flavour of the fun events your family can enjoy. You can get your tickets in advance by clicking here.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”32px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][image_with_text_over icon_size=”fa-3x” image=”20649″ title=”Getting There” title_size=”80″]

Phoenix Park is located just west of Dublin City Centre. The main entrances to the park are at Parkgate Street and on Castleknock Road. Over the June Bank Holiday weekend, extra traffic can be expected on Castleknock Road, Knockmaroon Hill, Chapelizod Hill, Conyngham Road and also on Parkgate Street.

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Parking is available for motorists for €5 a day. There will be two main car parks open to Bloom-goers; Red Car Park A and Green Car Park B. Both of the car parks will be signposted for visitors.

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If you’re travelling from Dublin City Centre, you’ll use the Red Car Park A from the Main Gate at Parkgate Street and the North Circular Road (NCR) Gate. From the Main Gate, continue on to Chesterfield Avenue and turn right at the roundabout. Continue to the end and take a left onto the Back Road and drive straight. Take a left onto Odd Lamp Road. Red Car Park A is located just off that road.

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The Green Car Park B serves City Centre / NCR traffic and traffic coming off the M50 from the Castleknock Gate and White’s Gate. From the Castleknock Gate continue on to Chesterfield Avenue and take the first left off the roundabout at Mountjoy Cross. Continue along the back road until you reach Green Car Park B.

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Need to plan your route to Bloom? Use the AA Routeplanner service.

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For people travelling to Dublin into Connolly Station, bear in mind that there will no Luas service running between Connolly Station and Jervis to facilitate Luas Cross City works. There is a replacement bus service in place and the closest bus stop to Connolly is a ten minute walk away on Custom House Quay. The bus will then bring you from Custom House Quay to Crampton Quay. The Jervis Luas stop is about a five minute walk away from there and you can then get the Luas as normal from Jervis to Heuston. For more information on the replacement bus service, see here.

If you’re planning on getting the train to Bloom, remember that some timetable alterations will be in place for the June Bank Holiday weekend. For more details on your timetable, see irishrail.ie.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Luas”][vc_column_text]For those looking to avoid the inevitable city centre traffic, the Luas Park and Ride system is a good option. Traffic coming into Dublin City from the N7/ M7 can use the Park and Ride system at the Red Cow and then get the Luas Red Line as far as Heuston Station. The Red Cow Park and Ride is open 24/7 and costs €2-€4, depending how long you are parking for.

Luas users should bear in mind that there are no trams running between The Point/ Connolly Station and Jervis until the end of July to facilitate Luas Cross City works. For more information, see here or go to luas.ie.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][/vc_accordion][vc_empty_space height=”32px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][vc_text_separator title=”By Bus” title_align=”separator_align_center” border=”no”][vc_empty_space height=”32px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][vc_accordion collapsible=”yes” style=”accordion”][vc_accordion_tab title=”Dublin Bus”][vc_column_text]The handiest bus route for travelling to the Phoenix Park is the 46a. That route will take you from Dún Laoghaire via Kildare Street and O’Connell Street and will drop you off at the NCR Gate. Please note that it is approximately 30 minutes’ walk from the NCR to the Bloom site.

There are also a number of other Dublin Bus routes that stop close to the park:

  • Routes 37, 38, 39 & 70 serve the Ashtown Gate of Phoenix Park.
  • Routes 25 and 26 stop near Parkgate Street, Islandbridge Turnstile and Chapelizod Gate

Remember that there may be some timetable alterations as a result of the June Bank Holiday so double check your bus route on dublinbus.ie.

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The drop off point for visitors travelling by private bus or coach will be beside the Phoenix Monument for large coaches and at the signposted shuttle drop off (the main entrance walkway) for small coaches, both located on Chesterfield Avenue.

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To make your visit as hassle-free as possible, Bloom are running a courtesy shuttle bus from Parkgate Street to the site and back throughout the day. The bus starts at 8:30am and will run frequently until 7pm.

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Chesterfield Avenue is the best pedestrian route to the Bloom site. It’ll take you around 20 minutes to walk from either Parkgate Street or Castleknock Gate to the Bloom site.

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It is possible to cycle right up to the Bloom event site and cyclists can avail of free facilities to park and lock their bikes.

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There will be one ATM on site, located near the organiser’s office but there are likely to be long queues. Organisers advise people to bring cash with you if you’re planning on making any purchases.

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Worried about carrying large plants all day? Good news – there will be a complimentary plant crèche on site where you can drop your purchases off while you experience the rest of the festival.

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There will be Wi-Fi hotspots located in various points around the site.

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There will be a Garda office and first-aid office located beside the organiser’s office.

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For a full-size image of the site map, click here.

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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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Source: Wikimedia

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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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Source: Flikr

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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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Win Annual Travel Insurance and a €300 Car Hire Voucher

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We are giving away three AA Annual Travel Insurance policies plus three €300 Hertz car hire vouchers to ensure you and your family are covered when travelling in Europe.

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The prize is: 

  1. Three Hertz vouchers to give away to three lucky winners, where each gives free 3 day weekend Hertz car hire across Europe.  Each voucher is valid until 31st December 2017 and is valued at €300.
  2. That’s not all, we’re also giving each of the three winners a whole year’s free AA Travel Insurance for them or their family.

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COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED

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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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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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