'Leaving' exam stress behind for warmer climes
Travel agents in County Wexford have been dealing with what has become the annual rush of Leaving Certificate students flying to sunnier climes to celebrate the end of exams.
The Spanish resort of Santa Ponsa (pictured) is currently the destination of choice for many, according to the director of O'Donoghue Travel in Gorey, Yvonne O'Donoghue.
She said that for the past three years final year, secondary students have been booking end of exam holidays in the Mallorcan island resort while previously students let their hair down in Playa Ingles in Gran Canaria.
'There are about 250 Leaving Certificate students in Gorey Community School this year and of that some 70 headed off to Santa Ponsa,' she reported.
'Students mostly book in groups of seven or eight and some of them booked back in September and have paid it all off in installments,' she added.
'The cost of a week or ten day holiday can range from €380 to €460 per traveller, depending on how much baggage they want to take.
'They choose cheaper basic apartments in the centre near the strip of late night party bars and restaurants,' she said.
To pacify worried parents, Yvonne said those students who had booked with a reputable travel agent could contact the agency if anything went wrong abroad.
'We had a group of fifty students that went out last night and their flight didn't arrive in until 11 p.m. so I didn't go to bed until I knew they had all checked in to their accomodations in the resort, and that is the difference between buying a holiday locally and buying one online,' she added.