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Staycation rules, okay? Pól Ó Conghaile's seven tips for holidaying in the new normal

After several trips since lockdown, here are seven things our Travel Editor has found making outings easier in the 'new normal'...

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Hook Lighthouse, Co Wexford

Hook Lighthouse, Co Wexford

Hook Lighthouse

Hook Lighthouse

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Hook Lighthouse, Co Wexford

Slowly but surely, we’re getting a feel for staycationing in a pandemic.

It’s brilliant being out and about, but it’s also bizarre — travelling through an Irish summer with yellow stickers and Perspex everywhere, without American accents, with day-trippers crowding beaches but most hotel rooms lying empty. After several short trips, here are seven things I’ve found making my outings easier.

1. Book ahead