24 Hours in Prague: Live like a local in the hip 'hood of Holešovice
There's a lot more to Prague than Charles Bridge and the Astronomical Clock. Here's how to venture beyond the historic centre...
There's a lot more to Prague than Charles Bridge and the Astronomical Clock. Here's how to venture beyond the historic centre...
I'm unpacking my suitcase in a downtown hotel with Canada's late-night comedy show 22 Minutes as my soundtrack.
When's the best time to chase a wonder?
Thomas Breathnach spends 24 hours in a Christmassy Slovakian capital.
Almost 365,000 Irish visits to the Algarve last year saw overnight stays jump 8pc, according to the Algarve Tourism Bureau. Here, we've picked 20...
I'm potholing my way along a coastal boreen in County Wexford, the gearbox of my ageing Saab groaning at my off-road antics.
It’s one simple left turn: one whole world of difference.
Our visitor spends 24 hours in the Greek capital.
All eyes on you, Qatar. From World Cup 2022 to air-brushed diplomatic boycotts, the elusive Arabian micro-power isn't a nation to rest in the shade.
The Windy City boasts some of the most vibrant neighbourhoods in the US. Thomas Breathnach has your cut-out-and-keep guide...
Thomas Breathnach maps out 24 hours in Alabama's capital.
Got to work? That doesn't mean you can't travel. Here are 10 great escapes for digital nomads...
As direct flights take off between Cork and Reykjavík, our team of writers bring you their top Iceland travel tips...
Want to avoid the rip-offs and save money on your next car rental? Check out Thomas Breathnach's Top 10 car hire tips!
There's a lot more to Philadelphia than Rocky's steps, says a happily satiated Thomas Breathnach.
With Norwegian flying direct from Cork, Dublin and Shannon to Providence, what can travellers expect in the Rhode Island capital?
It may be an economy flight, but I’m in for a treat.
Did you hear the one about the pug in a pub?
Thomas Breathnach bags an alternative view of the Big Apple from New Jersey...
This once-struggling steel city is enjoying a visitor-friendly reboot, writes Thomas Breathnach.
Norwegian's new US flights bring you straight to New York's Orange County. Thomas Breathnach takes a reconnaissance trip.
A new generation of cruiser has hit Ireland's longest river. Thomas Breathnach takes Horizon 3 into the waters and wild...
The tiny state of Rhode Island is more than just a gateway to Boston, says Thomas Breathnach.
Low-cost transatlantic travel is taking off in Ireland, but how do the new arrivals rank next to Ryanair and Aer Lingus?
Canada's coolest city is turning 375 this year, writes Thomas Breathnach ... a perfect excuse to visit.
Canada is having a moment... and we've got 30 amazing travel experiences to tempt you on a trip!
Thomas Breathnach takes an alternative tour of South Africa's Mother City, from graffiti tours to Kwaito beats.
The Big Apple can be expensive, but it doesn't have to be. Thomas Breathnach has 10 tips for the New York on a budget.
Our visitor spends 24 hours in NYC's hottest 'hood.
Iceland can be expensive, but it doesn't have to be. Thomas Breathnach shares his cost-cutting travel tips.
An Irish-run chateau in Languedoc is one of the best secrets in the South of France, writes Thomas Breathnach.
La Gomera is the Canary Island that time forgot. And that's exactly why you should visit, says Thomas Breathnach.
Heading to the US this summer? Thomas Breathnach reports on how to make the most of your American adventure!
West Queen West is where Toronto is trending, says Thomas Breathnach. Here's where to get stuck in.
'Downtown Switzerland' doesn't have to cost the earth, says a cost-conscious Thomas Breathnach.
From unspoiled coastlines to roaming wild donkeys, Thomas Breathnach finds an off-radar gem in North Cyprus.
2016 brings direct flights to Jamaica. Thomas Breathnach laps up the stereotypes and spontaneity of a Caribbean haven.
Winter sun is just a 3.5-hour flight away in Morocco, says Thomas Breathnach.
Forget hotels - an Irish start-up can help you live like a local on a city break. Thomas Breathnach tests it out in Toronto.
Thomas Breathnach ventures to Kainuu in Finland for an unforgettable encounter with Europe's brown bears.
San Marino is a microscopic state, but it makes for a fairytale break says Thomas Breathnach.
Summers in the Gaeltacht are not just for teenagers, says Thomas Breathnach on an education adventure with a difference.
Language classes, local lore and a trip to Snowdonia are all in store for Thomas Breathnach on a short break in Wales.
Is it possible to enjoy Europe's most decadent destination on a budget? Absolutely, says Thomas Breathnach.
It's a rush of freshwater to the head. Paddle grasped, feet tucked, I'm whirling down the most pristine Alpine white-waters as a burst of surf spectacularly muffles my euphoria.
Thomas Breathnach takes a trip through Riga, Vilnius and Talinn using homestay website, Airbnb... and makes several friends along the way.
Eerie forests, ice-covered lakes and crisp Appalachian air greet our intrepid traveller on a desolate drive through Maine's logging country.
Enjoy lodgings in the east wing of a grand house in the Decies that has a history stretching back nearly a millennium
Thomas Breathnach breaks out his big city Christmas shopping tips for travellers heading to New York, Boston and Chicago this season.
Thomas Breathnach takes a dream trip to Europe's Christmas capital to meet the biggest name in Tinseltown...
Thomas Breathnach unearths the quirky underground of America's most haunted town...
Thomas Breathnach discovers a period hotel wonder in Limerick's historic Pery Square.
From student J1ers, working the bars of Hyannis, to Boston-Irish millionaires, summering in their seaside mansions, Cape Cod has a long-standing pedigree as Ireland's holiday home-from-home.
Thomas Breathnach savours the bazaar and sublime delights of a weekend in Istanbul.
Long the preserve of the boating class and seasoned German river-farers, the Shannon is nowadays rippling towards the title of Ireland's ultimate staycation. But how does a trip fare for a novice navigator? I made my rookie voyage along the Shannon's lower banks to uncover the allure of one of Europe's greatest waterways.
Thomas Breathnach checks-in for showtime grandeur. If every city claims to have its grande dame hotel, then The Merchant, draped in all her gilded finery and sipping on vermouth with a twist, is surely Belfast's ultimate showgirl. Formerly the salubrious HQ of Ulster Bank, today the 19th century treasure is a Grade-A listed building and Laganside's most illustrious five-star bolthole. I checked-in to the Northern belle in search of swing and swagger in champagne bucket loads.
While the Bourgeoisie of 1980s Cork spent their holidays summering in the faraway likes of Brittany or Tenby, my family vacation days typically consisted of us clamping the caravan to the Ford Escort and making a break for the Kingdom. How does an old-school Killarney jaunt stack-up more than 20 years on? Co-piloted by my mate Deb and her eight-year-old son, Faolán, I made my retro return west to find out.
Located on the boot heel fringes of the sun-scorched Mezzogiorno, the Italian region of Puglia is probably more familiar to the Irish ear from Leaving Cert geography classes rather than as a tourist hotspot. Today however, Puglia is being billed as the country's most authentic Dolce Vita destination and a new Ryanair route to its capital, Bari, has just made Italian deep south living all the closer.
'And keep an eye out for roos in the dark!" came the old lady's cry of wisdom, as her country drawl echoed forebodingly along the bush roadside.
A World Heritage Site and England's original spa getaway, Bath's allure as a city break springs eternal.
A Design Hotels protégé located in leafy Belgravia, the Eccleston has been billed as the most high-tech hotel in Europe.
You could call it the night shift. Along the snow-flecked road-sides of the A1 Autobahn, direction winter-wonderland, our coach geared its way into the Alpine night.
How to get there?
Edelweiss, requiems and puppet theatre? Salzburg may well be alive with the sound of music but beyond the ubiquitous kitsch of Von Trapp tours and touristy Mozart soirées, I travelled to the city last month to see if Austria's self-billed 'Stage of the World' is still worth an encore.
'Open Sesame!" After a six-month hiatus from the Irish travel logs due to civil unrest in the region, the Egyptian resort of Sharm El Sheikh is back in beach holiday business.
It's a marvellous time for a sky-dance. With the Northern Lights on the cusp of an 11-year solar cycle, this winter sees Aurora reaching her kaleidoscopic crescendo, making it the best time in a generation to witness one of the world's most bucket-listed phenomena.
'The holidays are coming." From a team of Budweiser Clydesdales cantering through the snow to a convoy of Coca-Cola trucks trundling into a fairy-lit town, sometimes nothing says Christmas more than a good ole side order of Americana nostalgia. New England, with its old-world allure, conjures perhaps the greatest festive romanticism of all US regions. And so, I paid a festive visit to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the nation's self-proclaimed "Capital of Christmas".
It's that time of year again – when the unveiling of Lonely Planet's annual destination hotlist sends tourist boards across the globe into an anticipatory flurry. Perhaps one of this year's most unlikely announced winners was Adelaide, the South Australian capital which has long lived in the shadows of Melbourne, with its kooky coffee culture and Sydney, with its unabashed bling and beach-life. On a recent visit to the city and its surrounds, however, it didn't take me long to appreciate this city's new found standing as an international Best in Show.
It's a 17th-Century classico. Lake Garda has been Europe's original tourist resort ever since English aristocrats, in search of cultura and Chianti, sojourned there during their epic Grand Tours. Despite the advent of autostrada, Alpine tunnels and flights from Knock, however, Garda has retained its amaranthine appeal as one of the continent's most timeless getaways. Where better, then, for me to recapture some Italian gran turismo.
My friends informed me I was cheating. I'd always envisaged journeying to Australia as the ultimate test of in-flight endurance, but instead, my maiden trip Down Under found me in the luxury Emirates environs of pod-capsules, walnut veneer, and a business class dotted with Lions Tours jerseys.
Thomas Breathnach joins the fans descending on this year's Eurovision host city
It was way back in the 1950s when the first sods of a resort named Slanchev Briag were turned. The Black Sea hotspot started out as a popular getaway for affluent Russians, but with the fall of the Iron Curtain, authorities soon cottoned on to the capital power of British and German mass tourism.
The clang clang of a trolley, the whirring fan in my period hotel room, and the morning kiss of coastal fog: where could I have been but San Francisco?
Thomas Breathnach dipped into the cultural melting pot of Morocco and found an appetising mix of desert, friendly villages and tempting surf
Taking his first ski steps on the slopes of Austria, Thomas Breathnach soon got a taste for the Tyrolean high life
• Take a day trip to Harris, one of Scotland's most untouched Islands on the outer Hebrides. Once there, head for the white sands of Luskentyre, voted Britain's best beach (€14 return; calmac.co.uk).
Thomas Breathnach discovers a home from home on the Isle of Skye
As soccer fever sets in for Euro 2012, Thomas Breathnach heads to host country Poland and discovers plenty to distract even those who are avoiding all things ball-shaped.
1Fly your flag at the official Euro fan zones. Gdansk's 30,000-capacity arena is 1km west of the city, while Poznan's is located in the downtown Freedom Square.
Thomas Breathnach kicks back in New Jersey and revisits the haunts of his J1 student days
Thomas Breathnach stepped off the beaten Inca Trail and found himself in the real Peru
Madeira. A florid explosion of volcanic islands, the home of golden boots Cristiano Ronaldo, or simply the yellow sponge cake.
When is Italy not really Italy? When it's Sicily! Perhaps no destination in Europe can match the ancient island's sense of intrigue and caprice.
Any seasoned traveller worth his salt should brush up on their destination's local lingo. But Greek is a different kettle of sardines. Flicking to the back pages of my Lonely Planet before a recent visit, I discover 'ney' means yes, 'oxhi' means no, and spot the thin line between wishing my breakfast buffet waitress 'kalimera' (good morning) and calamari (battered squid).
Let's be frank -- Switzerland is expensive. No other country has developed a national brand so synonymous with luxury that many budget-conscious tourists consider its tightly controlled borders an automatic no-go.
When it comes to Benelux getaways, Luxembourg City has long played the bridesmaid to its lowland sisters Amsterdam, Brussels and trendy Bruges. But two gongs as European City of Culture later and this town of bankers and Eurocrats has an added verve.
Let someone else do the hard work and enjoy a little of our country’s winter magic this year. Thomas Breathnach has 10 properties that will be pulling out all the festive stops
Don't sit at home waiting for things to go bump in the night -- Thomas Breathnach has tracked down the most ghoulish goings-on this Halloween, so prepare to be spooked...
With my native Cork being closer to Cornwall than it is to Carlingford, I'd always put my lack of excursion to Northern Ireland simply down to geography. And I wasn't alone. After a couple of friends and I realised that our collective Northern exposure only extended to the latitudes of Drogheda, it was high time for us to break our Ulster duck egg.
The zenith of the British seaside holiday may be resigned to the 1950s, when Punch & Judy shows and donkey rides drew the bucket-and-spade brigade en masse.
So seldom does Liechtenstein crop up in current events, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the Alpine microstate is a fictitious European country created by an American romance novelist.
Put the magic back into Christmas with a visit to a traditional market. Thomas Breathnach selects 10 of his favourites.
Have you noticed how everywhere is the new everywhere these days? Drogheda is the new Dubrovnik, Bundoran's the new Bali.
Cultural magnet, bohemian melting pot, falafel eaters' paradise, Berlin has long been branded Europe's capital of uber-cool. Having gone cold turkey on Germany for a number of years, the opportunity strikes to make my first trip to the city in this the 20th anniversary year of the fall of its infamous wall.