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25 creative staycations: Beat the crowds (and high prices) with these innovative home-holiday ideas

There are plenty of excellent options and value available around Ireland this summer (restrictions permitting) if you know where to look, says Nicola Brady

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It seems pretty safe to say that home holidays are looking a lot more likely than overseas trips this summer (restrictions permitting, of course). While there’s a niggling fear that places are already booked up or overpriced, especially for July and August, the truth is, there are still plenty of excellent holiday options and value available... if you know where to look.

While bookings are definitely heating up, there is still lots of availability this summer, and prices that might surprise you, too. The key is to think outside the box — instead of a beach house in Kerry or Wexford, for example, try Donegal. If two weeks in a hotel is too expensive, why not consider a short break or two, midweek, in a city, or in one of our excellent country B&Bs?


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