Europe

Treasures of Ireland: In search of The Quiet Man

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During a prolific career that spanned nearly 60 years, the late John Ford, the iconic Irish-American film director who helmed 137 features, brought one of his projects “home” to Ireland for location shooting: The Quiet…

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Manarola: A Glimpse of Old Italy

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Celebrated in the paintings of Antonio Discovolo in the 20th century, Manarola, and the Italian Riviera that encompasses it, are special places even to the Italians. Here we take a look at what makes this…

Ashford Castle

Inside Ashford Castle in Ireland

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Named the World’s Best Hotel 2015 by luxury travel network Virtuoso, Ashford Castle is certainly turning heads. And with unrivalled opulence, a stellar setting in an area of outstanding natural beauty and endorsement from some…

The Unexpected Living Treasures of Ireland

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Close your eyes and think of Ireland: what do you see? Is it rolling hills of ethereal green and the Ring of Kerry, or perhaps tall, stark, jagged precipices descending into crashing waves, like the…

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Italy Unlocked: An Interview with Insight Vacations Travel Director Bradford McEwen

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Italy is often peddled in predictable packages as a raven-haired vision of pasta, machismo and melodrama. Insight Vacations’ Travel Director Brad McEwen sets the record straight and outlines a more complicated country that blends light…

Still Focused on Ireland

Still Focused on Ireland

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It’s not very often that my mind is still in a place I visited two months ago. But it is. My mind has been in Ireland since my visit in October on a trip via…

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Exploring the Balkans with Insight Vacations Tour Director Hugh McMillan

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  Hugh McMillan may have been a late starter when it came to wanderlust, having first left Australia at 22, but he’s more than made up for it since. With a decade of travel industry…

Calling all Single Girls! – A featured guest post

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Unlike Cape Town, Ireland has a shortage of women. As a result, there are thousands of tall, charming and capable Irishmen (with gorgeous accents!) left wanting throughout the Emerald Isle. Matchmaking fairs are arranged annually…

From the birthplace of Marco Polo to the Game of Thrones

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Growing up I loved learning about explorers like Marco Polo and imagined what it would be like to discover new lands. While on my Insight holiday on the Country Roads of Croatia tour, our Tour…