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Author: Ed Finn & Sarah Slattery

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This podcast is hosted by the travel expert Sarah Slattery and award-winning travel journalist & broadcaster Ed Finn. Ed & Sarah answer all your travel queries and interview some amazing and inspiring people who have travelled the world. Pour yourself a glass and indulge in a little reminiscence of bygone travels in the VIP travel lounge......
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With many people travelling over Christmas, we answer the question on everyone's mind - do you need to quarantine if you show a negative PCR test on arrival in Ireland? We make sense of the new EU Traffic Light system for travel and discuss why a trip to the Canary Islands might be the best chance of some winter sun. We also talk about some great ideas for holidaying at home over the festive season, and the super hotel deals that are available from January - April in Ireland. Email your travel questions and stories to info@thetravellounge.ieYou can follow Ed and Sarah on twitter and Instagram - @edfinntravel and @travelexpert_IE and the_travel_expert.We want to hear what you think about the show so please leave us a review on apple podcasts https://podcasts.apple.com/ie/podcast/the-travel-lounge/id1508525049 Subscribe to our podcast so you never miss exclusive content, and the latest updates.
This week we chat about the latest update to Ireland's farcical Green List, why we need testing at our airports and ports, as well as ideas for daycations in Dublin. With travel restrictions in place for Dubliners, we chat about how best to be a tourist in our hometown. Ed chats about his recent stay in The Wilder and Sarah about some family days out in Dublin. We also have some inspiration for outdoor dining in the capital.Email your travel questions and stories to info@thetravellounge.ieYou can follow Ed and Sarah on twitter and Instagram - @edfinntravel and @travelexpert_IE and the_travel_expert.We want to hear what you think about the show so please leave us a review on apple podcasts https://podcasts.apple.com/ie/podcast/the-travel-lounge/id1508525049 Subscribe to our podcast so you never miss exclusive content, and the latest updates.
This week we visit the enchanting county of Kilkenny. Steeped in history, with beautiful countryside and an amazing food scene, Kilkenny has got it all. Back from recent staycations in Kilkenny, Ed and Sarah talk about staying in Mount Juliet and Lyrath Estate, both 5-star luxury hotels. They also chat about the many activities available in Kilkenny including Falconry and canoeing, as well as its top attractions such as Kilkenny Castle, Woodstock Gardens, Highbank Orchards and Jerpoint Abbey. Sarah faces her fears on Ireland's longest zipline in Castlecomer Discovery Park while Ed samples all the culinary delights of Kilkenny. Email your travel questions and stories to info@thetravellounge.ieYou can follow Ed and Sarah on twitter and Instagram - @edfinntravel and @travelexpert_IE and the_travel_expert.We want to hear what you think about the show so please leave us a review on apple podcasts https://podcasts.apple.com/ie/podcast/the-travel-lounge/id1508525049 Subscribe to our podcast so you never miss exclusive content, and the latest updates.
“Families across Ireland who booked their summer holidays months ago, before the Covid-19 pandemic ever arrived, have been left in limbo.  "They don't know if they will be permitted to travel or whether they will lose thousands of euro that they have already spent. “The government is giving people no answers. “As other European countries are preparing to welcome tourists later this summer, those who arrive on our shores from overseas are being told to self-isolate for 14 days.   Staying nearer home we discover Ireland's Munster Vales - This is authentic Irish country life, charming villages and vibrant market towns, restaurants, shops, bars and cafés, wonderful accommodations where the breakfast is as hearty as the welcome. Experience legendary Irish evenings, packed full of story and song. Live Ireland in the Munster Vales. - www.munstervales.comEmail your travel questions and stories to info@thetravellounge.ieYou can follow Ed and Sarah on twitter and Instagram - @edfinntravel and @travelexpert_IE and the_travel_expert.We want to hear what you think about the show so please leave us a review on apple podcasts https://podcasts.apple.com/ie/podcast/the-travel-lounge/id1508525049 Subscribe to our podcast so you never miss exclusive content, and the latest updates.
While the coronavirus pandemic has all but devastated the travel industry, most experts agree that travel will rebound — it's just a question of when.  Major airlines have made it clear that losing business for summer is now a challenge to their very survival.  Airlines are scrambling to get travellers flying again, and both airlines and airports are rethinking their safety and health regulations to earn passengers' trust and avoid the virus' spread.  Today we are joined by two guests Matt Tarrant from Qatar Airways and Siobhán O' Donnell from the DAA to discuss how flying and Airports will change forever.  Qatar's inflight crew now wear full-body personal protective equipment suits as well as safety goggles, gloves, and masks.  Matt tells us that this is "to provide even greater reassurance to customers in addition to enhanced hygienic measures already in place."  We wouldn't be surprised if other airlines started adopting similar measures.  Email your travel questions and queries to info@thetravellounge.ieYou can follow Ed and Sarah on twitter and Instagram - @edfinntravel and @travelexpert_IE and the_travel_expert.  We want to hear what you think about the show so please do leave us a review on apple podcasts https://podcasts.apple.com/ie/podcast/the-travel-lounge/id1508525049 Subscribe to our podcast and you will receive all our exclusive content plus the latest updates and tips.  
This week's episode is all about 'Staycations'. We discuss what's happening behind the scenes, as Irish hotels are getting ready to open on the 18th of July.  We chat to Con Horgan proprietor of the 4-star Castlerosse Resort in Killarney and Nicky Logue, the General Manager of the 5-star Intercontinental in Dublin.  We dive into discussing hotel swimming pools and ask when hotel bars can open?  How is the industry going to cope with social distancing, and how do they plan to maintain that legendary Irish hospitality that we all love and hold so dear.  Tune in and subscribe to find out more...Email your travel questions and queries to info@thetravellounge.ieYou can follow Ed and Sarah on twitter and Instagram - @edfinntravel and @travelexpert_IE and the_travel_expert.  We want to hear what you think about the show so please do leave us a review on apple podcasts https://podcasts.apple.com/ie/podcast/the-travel-lounge/id1508525049 Subscribe to our podcast and you will receive all our exclusive content plus the latest updates and tips.  
In this weeks episode our guest is Martina Coogan the Country Sales Manager for Ireland for United Airlines... We talk to Martina about the current state of affairs of the airline industry and also about her favourite places to travel.  We cover the latest developments with the EU and also the easing of restrictions.  When will we travel again?  What countries are opening up now?  What Airlines are flying from June? tune in to find out more...Email your travel questions and stories to info@thetravellounge.ieYou can follow Ed and Sarah on twitter and Instagram - @edfinntravel and @travelexpert_IE and the_travel_expert.We want to hear what you think about the show so please leave us a review on apple podcasts https://podcasts.apple.com/ie/podcast/the-travel-lounge/id1508525049 Subscribe to our podcast so you never miss exclusive content, and the latest updates.
In this weeks Episode we have an exclusive interview with Sarah Fischer - Air Passenger Rights Manager, at the Commission for Aviation Regulation Ireland (CAR). We spoke to Sarah about EU legislation regarding refunds for cancelled flights, which is affecting so many people right now.  Sarah definitively answered our questions, and left us in no doubt regarding passenger entitlements under regulation EU 261.  You've heard the fiction now hear the facts. The web-site mentioned in this episode is  www.flightrights.ie Email your travel questions and stories to info@thetravellounge.ieYou can follow Ed and Sarah on twitter and Instagram - @edfinntravel and @travelexpert_IE and the_travel_expert.We want to hear what you think about the show so please leave us a review on apple podcasts https://podcasts.apple.com/ie/podcast/the-travel-lounge/id1508525049 Subscribe to our podcast so you never miss exclusive content, and the latest updates.
The Travel Lounge podcast is hosted by travel expert Sarah Slattery and award-winning travel journalist Ed Finn. In this episode Ed & Sarah discuss trending questions people are having around the current state of the travel industry, and talk to special guest Ciara Foley Owner of Platinumtravel.ie for her perspective on what it is to be a travel agent during the Covid-19 pandemic. Email your travel questions and stories to info@thetravellounge.ie You can follow Ed and Sarah on twitter and Instagram - @edfinntravel and @travelexpert_IE and the_travel_expertTravel and tourism is one of the world's largest industries. It "surpasses that of oil exports, ‎food products or car sales," according to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation - "In the words of Mark Twain, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness..."  The Travel Lounge is an uplifting positive platform where we celebrate all things travel and fun.....
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