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Your travel digest, with Barry Coughlan


With the festival season in full swing, the Tropical Medical Bureau has issued advice to ensure participants make the most of the experience.

The bureau suggests you keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water, packing layers of clothing, sun cream, insect repellent, indeed, a full first-aid kit. See


Wars, or the aftermath of same, tend to evoke interest. Now, the Cold War experience is attracting lots of tourist to Vilnius in Lithuania, offering visitors an opportunity to dance, drink and sleep in former air raid shelters and bunkers located throughout the city.

There are nearly 1000 elaborate bunkers and air raid shelters built across Lithuania.

Today, many of them have been reimagined as museums, hotels, bars and nightclubs.

To learn more, visit


There should be guaranteed sunshine and plenty of activity for those visiting Malta this September.

Ryanair has direct flights to the island, and package tours are available from Budget Travel, Mercury Holidays, and Concorde travel, with prices ranging from between €409 to a top-of-the-range break from €959.


Malta’s electronic music festival runs on September 7 and 8 and the Malta Air show is a huge outdoor event on September 23 and 24.

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Few holidays can be more relaxing than all-inclusive deals that cut out the requirement to go on daily restaurant hunts.

Travelmood offers such getaway deals to Cancun, Mexico.

Famous for its gorgeous weather and good nightlife, there is a seven-night break at the five-star Secrets The Vine priced from €1,769 for travel in October with flights from Dublin.

A 14-night package is available from €2959.

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From the strip of Las Vegas, to the heights of New York, American Holidays has deals now on offer for the remainder of this month and September.

The company offers four nights in the four-star Fitzpatrick Grand Hotel in New York for upwards of €920 (based on two adults and two kids sharing) this month. 

The company offers four nights in the four-star Fitzpatrick Grand Hotel in New York for upwards of €920 (based on two adults and two kids sharing) this month. 

A nine-night package in Cancun and Las Vegas is also available on the same basis next month from €1,555 per person. Visit or phone 01 673 3804.


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