Thursday 22 August 2019

Bucket Lists & €1 Sales: The 10 most-read travel stories of 2016

What did you read this year?

Giants Causeway, Co. Antrim. Photo: Getty
Giants Causeway, Co. Antrim. Photo: Getty
Horse riding on the beach. Photo: Fáilte Ireland

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We featured travel stories, photos and videos from all over the world this year. But which engaged you the most?

1. The Irish Bucket List

Pól Ó Conghaile, Nicola Brady and Yvonne Gordon teamed up to pick 30 things to do in Ireland before you die. The result was comfortably our most-read story of the year, and widely shared on social media too. How many have you done?

Read it: The Irish Bucket List

2. Ryanair is hiring cabin crew - here's what you need to apply

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Ryanair cabin crew model the airline's new uniforms. Photo: Taine King

Ryanair's growth seems to know no bounds - it's expecting to carry just over 119m customers in 2017. To service those passengers, of course, it needs flight attendants - and there was no end of curiosity as to the criteria for Ryanair cabin crew. So, who's able to swim at least 20m unaided then?

Read it: Ryanair is hiring - here's how to apply

3. Ryanair launches €1 flash sale

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New Ryanair BOEING 737 MAX 200 aircraft

Ryanair is fond of its flash sales - as are its passengers - but some are flashier than others, as this €1 humdinger proved. Drumming home the point, a €2 flash sale was our 11th most-read story of 2016!

Read it: Ryanair launches €1 flash sale... but be quick!

4. How many passengers pay for water at Dublin Airport's Honesty Box?

Plane Water at Dublin Airport

You've passed the plane water station dozens of times. But have you ever stopped to wonder, just how many people are honest with their €1 payment? Apparently, you have. And thankfully, the answer is pretty affirming.

Read it: How many passengers pay for water at the 'honesty box'?

5. Irish hotel named best in the world by Condé Nast Traveler

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Pure indulgence: One of the rooms at Ballyfin House.

2016 was a bumper year for Irish tourism, with over 10 million visitors to the island - but the icing on the cake was the moment Ballyfin Demesne in Co. Laois was named world's best hotel by readers of Conde Nast Traveler.

Read it: Irish hotel named best in the world

6. Revealed: The world's most powerful passports (and where Ireland ranks)

Passport and boarding passes. File photo (Deposit)

The Irish Passport Service issued a record-breaking 700,000 passports this year, 30,000 more than in 2015. Germany's ranked as the world's most powerful passport in this poll, and Ireland wasn't far behind...

Read it: Revealed: The world's most powerful passports

7. Visiting the US? Irish passport-holders face an important new rule

Statue of Liberty New York. Photo: Deposit

This April, a new rule came into force stipulating that that Irish passport holders able to travel on the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) must have a valid electronic passport. Don't worry - you probably had one already. Just 170,000 didn't.

Read it: Visiting the US? Irish passport-holders face new rule

8. Ireland's 100 best places to stay - just five 5-stars make the cut

Gregan's Castle

McKennas' Guides released its latest list of 100 Best Places to Stay in Ireland for 2016, and it was an intriguing mix. "Star ratings and deep-pile carpets mean little or nothing in Irish hospitality," the authors concluded. A separate list, Ireland's 100 best places to eat, was another of our most-read travel stories of 2016.

Read it: Ireland's 100 best places to stay

9. 12 Irish hotels to visit before you die

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Ashford Castle, Cong, Co. Mayo.

This made our Top 10 for 2016, despite having been published the previous year. Just goes to show how popular these hotels really are!

Read it: 12 Irish hotels to visit before you die

10. Australia Wants You! New deal urges 18-30s to work Down Under

Outback road mirror reflection, Central Midlands. Western Australia: Photo by May,ll/ullstein bild via Getty Images

Applications for Australia's Working Holiday Maker (WHM) have tanked in recent years, but efforts are afoot to change that. This package offered Irish applicants a one-way flight, visa and travel insurance from €999.

Read it: Australia Wants You!

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