Friday, September 25

Travel

What is the EU 261 Compensation Regulation?
Announcement, Travel

What is the EU 261 Compensation Regulation?

EU 261 confirms that long delays, cancellations, missed connections and flight re-bookings cause great inconvenience to travellers, and as such affected passengers should be compensated! Happy days! Who is eligible for EC Regulation 261/2004 compensation? Passengers who have a valid ticket and booking confirmation ✅Passengers who: start their trip at an EU airport or land in an EU airport, provided that the airline is headquartered in the EU ✅ It doesn’t matter if the passengers are: Using a low-cost airlineBooked on a package holidayOn a business trip orChildren (on a paid ticket) orFlying on free or reduced tickets under customer loyalty or promotional programmes. The EU Regulation does not apply to: Passengers travelling on a free or redu...
Travel Insurance Policy Update: COVID-19
Announcement, Travel

Travel Insurance Policy Update: COVID-19

We are delighted to confirm that Buddy policies now include the following protections for COVID-19. 🦠 Buddy now has you covered for: Up to €10million (up from €6.5m last year) emergency medical expenses cover for Covid-19Unlimited FREE extended trip duration cover (if, due to unexpected circumstances beyond your control)Where medically necessary - repatriation costs to bring you back to the Ireland where it is deemed to be in your best interests   Additional accommodation and repatriation expenses for you, and anyone member of the travel party who has to remain or travel with youTravel expenses, if medically necessary, for a friend or relative to travel from your home area to stay with youUp to €900 hospital benefit payment With it looking increasingly likely that ...
The EU Countries not Imposing a 14-day Quarantine!
Announcement, Travel

The EU Countries not Imposing a 14-day Quarantine!

After months of COVID lockdown, news of holiday destinations planning to accept travellers is beginning to seep in! Great news! 😎 🇪🇺 We’ve done a round-up of European destinations who have confirmed they are opening for business! 🇦🇹 Austria has announced it will reopen its land border with Italy on June 16th. On the same day, they will end the quarantine requirements for more than 20 European countries. 🇨🇭 Switzerland is allowing entry of all travellers from EU and Schengen countries – and the UK, from June 15th. 🇩🇪 Germany is also allowing entry of all travellers from EU and Schengen countries from June 15th. 🇫🇷 France is welcoming all Europeans from June 15th 🇮🇹 Italy has been welcoming back Europeans since June 3rd 🇪🇸 Spain is opening to foreigners in July. ...
My Top 3 Travel Blogs From Around The World To Inspire Wanderlust 🛩
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My Top 3 Travel Blogs From Around The World To Inspire Wanderlust 🛩

What is it that makes a great travel blog? This is a really difficult question to answer but in my opinion, a great travel blog has to suit the style of travel that I enjoy. I am someone who likes to feel like I am on an adventure. I have no problem with tourist traps because I appreciate what they are (Times Square, Khaosan Road, any Hard Rock Cafe) but if I am on a holiday and it is simply following the tourist trail with no deviation I certainly feel like I am not actually experiencing a places culture and unique quirks. Here are a few blogs that I have turned to when planning my trips to inspire me, get me off the tourist trail, and discover things that I know I will love... 1) Maptia "Maptia is a collaborative project with a diverse group of photographers,...
Update: When and Where Can I Fly This Summer with Ryanair?
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Update: When and Where Can I Fly This Summer with Ryanair?

🛫 Europe is starting to opening post-COVID-19. While not entirely out of the woods it is encouraging to see lockdown restrictions being lifted by our European neighbours. Always follow exact travel warnings for each country from The Department of Foreign Affairs website and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website. Ryanair has announced that from the 1st of July they will be operating 1,000 daily flights. That being said be warned that countries are likely to update and change travel restrictions at any time. Let's look at each country: 🇮🇪 Ireland Ryanair currently operating a limited flight schedule.14-day self-isolation required upon arrival into Ireland (Note: I was returning from NYC and had to self-isolate and the HSE called on me to check I was self-isolating).All...
Is 51st and Green Worth It?
Opinion, Travel

Is 51st and Green Worth It?

Let's make this as short as possible! Lounge access is priced at €35 p/p online or €39 at reception and is complimentary to business class ticket holders. Located just in Terminal 2 after US Preclearance and beside the US departure gates, it is somewhere to enjoy a few hours (we recommend having at least 90min to feel like you are getting value for money) of rest and relaxation before your long-haul flight. Single Traveler - Worth it ✅ Why? Well if you book online it will only cost you €39.00 or €35.00 if you prebook, which isn't bad if you have over an hour to kill, want to get comfortable, charge up your devices and eat a decent bit of food and have a few drinks (alcohol included). Also not a bad place to get a bit of work done before you take off. Cou...
12 Travel Hacks That Every Irish Person Needs To Know
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12 Travel Hacks That Every Irish Person Needs To Know

1. Turn on ‘Private Browsing’ or ‘Incognito’ for cheaper flights online Travel sites and airlines use cookies on your browser which they use to track your online activity....so if you search for a flight or a hotel one day then return the next you might see the price increase. You can avoid this by switching to ‘Private Browsing’ whenever you're looking to book flights or hotels. FYI we don't do this at Buddy....we never increase your quote based on your search activity, unlike other insurers in the Irish market 🙊 2. Use packing cubes or roll your clothes for more space Packing cubes are a great way to organise your bag, so if you are on the go and need to take something out of your bag quickly you can just grab the cube you need without having to unpack and repack th...
Top 3 Coronavirus Travel Insurance Questions
Announcement, Travel

Top 3 Coronavirus Travel Insurance Questions

As we continue to battle with the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) we wish to express our most sincere gratitude to all frontline workers. We appreciate everything you have done and are doing. Thank you. 🙏 1. If I cancel my holiday due to Coronavirus, can I get a refund? The quick answer is yes. To ensure you are covered you need to ensure The Department of Foreign Affairs has issued a warning to "avoid non-essential travel" to an area (as it has done for the People's Republic of China, for instance) or a "do not travel" alert, then you should be eligible for refunds or re-booking with the airline, hotel, or tour operator. You can get exact travel warnings for each country from The Department of Foreign Affairs website and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website ...