Escape to an adventure

THE Great Escape Expo is on today and tomorrow at the RDS in Dublin, and it’s aimed at anyone planning to take time out or move abroad for a longer spell.

The adventurous could climb Kilimanjaro, visit Borneo, cruise the Yangtze, give some time to help a needy community or a worthwhile project, or simply take skills somewhere for a new life.

Sponsored by Western Union, the expo, in association with Lonely Planet, brings over 50 specialist companies under one roof (with a free seminar programme) to offer a wealth of advice and opportunities to gain valuable experience and skills through volunteer programmes, working holidays, conservation projects, gap years, studying abroad, career breaks or adventure in hundreds of destinations.

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STENA Line is offering travel hotel packages to Alton Towers from €146 per person.

The ferry company has two-day trips, with accommodation at the three-star Express by Holiday Inn hotel in Stoke-on-Trent and a two-day ticket to the theme park for a family of two adults and two children (under 14). Also included are Stena Line crossings, travelling by car, from Dun Laoghaire, Dublin or Rosslare.

To book, call 01 204 7733, log on to, or visit any travel agent.

WHETHER you are looking for family time, together time or personal time. Club Med has a range of offers this summer.

You can save €200 off the brochure price to Club Med Agadir (Morocco) and Club Med Hammamet (Tunisia) during May, or 15% on accommodation during May, June and July to Club Med Gregolimano (Greece), Da Balaia (Portugal), Kamarina (Sicily, Italy), Metaponto (Italy), La Palmyre Atlantique (France) or Kemer (Turkey).

The all-inclusive package includes flights, transfers, accommodation, all meals with wine, beer and soft drinks, open bar and snacks, Club Med baby welcome, mini and junior Club Med, sports, activities and tuition, evening entertainment and travel insurance.

Contact O’Mara Travel on (01) 2366800, email or visit

BUDGET Travel, Ireland’s largest tour operator, has been appointed by the Irish Golf Community (IGC) as its official travel carrier for golf enthusiasts. The deal is estimated to be worth €3 million over three years.

The IGC scheme will appeal to golfers who have no real interest in joining a golf club.

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THE Hilton Hotel group is expanding in Ireland. On May 7, the company opens a new hotel in Limerick followed by another hotel in Dublin’s Kilmainham just a few weeks later.

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