Our one-stop flights to Ireland will have you on the ground enjoying some Irish craic in no time at all. Find inspiration on the best things to do in Dublin here.
A typical day in Dublin isn’t as wet as the rest of the Ireland would have you believe, but you should still come prepared. Spend a morning working out the lay of the land, walking the cobblestone streets and talking to locals, who, much like the city itself are full of charm and personality.
For the best breakfast in Dublin head to Bewley’s on Grafton St (Leffey St end) and order their right of passage full Irish breakfast. At around 10 euro, the poached eggs, grilled bacon and pork sausages along with roast tomato, mushrooms, toast and of course (gulp) black pudding represents great value. For those who aren’t nursing a hangover, there’s also a great selection of yoghurt, bagels, pancakes and porridge.
A must see on any visitors list, the Kilmainham Gaol (now a museum) offers an insightful and at times moving look at the history of Ireland’s nationalism. A prison for almost 128 years, many of Ireland’s rebellion leaders were residents at one time or another. Accessible by tour only, make sure you arrive early in the summer as it gets very busy, and bring a jacket – as it gets surprisingly cold inside!
Situated at the mouth of the Liffey River, Dublin is the place to go for fresh seafood. Salmon and cod are the most popular, along with scallops, lobster, mussels and oysters and keep your eyes open for Dublin Bay prawns – yum! It’s hard to imagine anyone could be hungry after such a big breakfast but great value fish and chips can be found wrapped in butchers paper with chunky chips and sinful batter at Leo Burdock’s, 2 Werburgh St.
The most important day on the Irish calendar is of course, March 17, St Patrick’s Day. Having just missed the official celebrations, you can still find plenty of Irish spirit. Join locals at one of the popular pubs along Harcourt, Camden and Leeson streets for a game of rugby and post match pint.
For traditional Dublin fare, Gallagher’s Boxty House is hard to beat. Sit by the peat fire and find comfort in their Irish stew, Gaelic pancakes and bread and butter pudding.
These are only a tiny snapshot as to what you can do once you land in Emerald Isle, and we’d love to hear what your favourite places are in Dublin!
V Australia and our partner Etihad Airways, fly to Dublin and for a short time only we can offer the following:
Book online or visit your travel agent before the 18th April PLUS when you book economy tickets through your travel agent, you can receive a free upgrade to premium economy (conditions apply, see your travel agent for more details)
Since the launch of V Australia in February 2008, Australians have once again been inspired to travel abroad. “Flying Fabulous” to Los Angeles was a term first coined to describe the superior service and old world glamour V Australia was bringing back to airline travel.
Now, along with our partner Etihad Airways, we’re proud to be able to extend that “flying fabulous” experience to Europe.
Over the next few weeks we’ll be showcasing our one-stop European destinations (like London, Paris and Milan) and sharing our picks for the best things to do while you’re there.
So stay tuned and keep a close eye out for our inspiring European destinations with fabulous fare offers too!
March 21, 22, and 23 have been set aside by travel bloggers throughout the world as 72 hours of content generation to highlight why travelling to New Zealand is an absolute must for anyone thinking about taking a holiday or seeing the world!
Entitled #Blog4NZ, it is the brain-child of New Zealand travel bloggers Jim McIntosh and John Reese who wanted to raise tourism awareness for the March earthquake that devastated Christchurch.
John who lives in Christchurch shares, “We want a total black-out of travel content across the world, we want Twitter dominated by Tweets about travelling to New Zealand, we hope that all travel bloggers rally behind this cause and publish as many articles as possible throughout this period about travelling to New Zealand” said event organiser Craig Martin.
Over the next few days we’ll be posting though twitter, great examples of what to do and what to see in New Zealand, as told by members of our own staff.
We too, love to travel, so make sure you are following us on twitter here and stay tuned to the twitter hashtag #Blog4NZ for the best things about one of the most beautiful places on the planet, New Zealand!
Make sure you keep up to date with our posts here or on Twitter – you could just find your next inspiration to travel!
Over 100 dancers took the opportunity of St Patricks Day 2011 to bring some Irish cheer to Sydney, with an impromptu flashmob at Sydney Central Train Station.
Have a watch of the video and be inspired to fly to the Emerald Isle – air fares flying V Australia can be found at VAustralia.com
To celebrate its farewell season, Oprah surprised her audience with an eight day, seven-night trip, called “Oprah’s Ultimate Australian Adventure.”
One of the key destinations that was visited was the red center of Australia’s Northern Territory, Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock and arguably one of Australia’s most recognisable natural icons.
V Australia’s sister airline, Virgin Blue, flies to Alice Springs from Sydney every day and from there you will can base your outback adventure. Visit the iconic wonders of Uluru-Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon. Cruise down the vast Katherine Gorge and maybe even pan for gold at Tennant Creek.
One thing you MUST DO – See Uluru at sunset, where it appears to briefly glow red!
Singer-songwriter Paul Simon, told Oprah that visiting Uluru was “not to be missed” and we are telling you the same!
There is limitless adventure when you visit Uluru in Australia, and there is now limited time on a fantastic deal flying us, V Australia, from Los Angeles to Australia’s Outback from $1298 round trip* – visit www.vaustralia.com for more details!
The Los Angeles metropolitan area is so huge and interesting that you’d never run out of things to do nearby, but it can also be nice to combine your city trip with a totally different flavor in the same area. Fortunately, there are many great choices that are all within a 2-hour drive (traffic permitting) of the city centre. Read more »
Los Angeles’s world famous district of Hollywood can be difficult for tourists unless they know what to expect and where to look. The name itself tends to conjure up a land teaming with movie stars and luxury hotels, but the reality is that Hollywood continues to be a working town, and almost all of that work goes on behind closed doors, so the city itself can look unremarkable to the casual observer. Read more »
Los Angeles has a very peculiar food culture, with a wide variety of amazing white table cloth restaurants, as well as thousands of drive-through fast food joints that might expect in a place that more or less invented the modern-day car culture.
You’ll find plenty of McDonald’s and Taco Bells, both of which got their starts in Southern California, but you’ll also find a number of lesser-known fast food restaurants that are beloved to those of us who grew up in the area. These places haven’t spread themselves all over the globe, so they are worth a try when you are in Los Angeles. Read more »