St. Patrick’s Day

St Patricks Day Parade

Happy St. Patrick’s to all of the Airport Hopper Fans!  It is an incredible achievement for such a small country to have such a  huge global impact and parades and events will take place all of the world.  As always, the local parades are the highlights of St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

To facilitate the parades  & Traffic Management Plans, we  are unable to service the following stops on the 17th of March.

Maynooth Airport Hopper Service:

  • Tesco Extra Maynooth between 10:45 and 14:00
  • Main Street Leixlip between 12:30 and 15:00
  • Circle K Main Street Lucan & Chalet Gardens between 12:30 and 18:00

Tallaght Airport Hopper Service:

  • Mill Centre Clondalkin between 13:00 and 17:00

St Patricks Day Parade

St. Patrick’s Day Local Parades:

The Airport Hopper Team are proud supporters of our local community. If you are staying at home for St. Patrick’s Day ? Be sure to check out your local parades.

Tallaght St. Patrick’s Day Parade:

Parade starts at the college gates, turn left down the Old Blessington Road, turn left at The Dragon, continue down Main St, turn left onto the Greenhills Rd & finally turn left back into the college grounds. The parade starts at 1.30 pm sharp & should finish by 2.30 pm. Road closures will be in operation from 12.30 pm to 3 pm approx.

Clondalkin St. Patrick’s Day Parade:

The parade will start at Clondalkin Sport & Leisure Centre, Old Nangor Road at 2.30pm. The route is: Old Nangor Road, Orchard Lane, Main Street, Tower Road. The review stand is Tower Road (Tuthill’s Car Park).

Maynooth: St Greenfield shopping centre, Straffan road to Tesco travelling via Main Street to the Tesco. Road a 10, parade at 11, Road Closures from 10:45  – 1pm :

Leixlip: marching groups will assemble in Scoil Bhride and the vehicles will assemble at the Ryevale Lawns Junction Parade starts at 1, walking down towards the village will pass through the main Street to finish at Mill Lane. Should be complete and roads reopened by 2.30.

Lucan:  The main street in Lucan will be closed from 2pm – 5.30pm on St. Patrick’s Day to facilitate the Parade.

 

10 Tips on travelling with a Baby or Toddler.

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Travelling with a toddler or Baby can be nerve wrecking. The thoughts of being in a confined space with an upset toddler and judgemental fellow passengers is guaranteed to give the most hardened travellers the chills!

The team at ‘Hopper HQ’ have put their heads together to come up with the top 10 tips in making your trip stress free.

  • Leave your expensive ‘Travel System’ at home and invest in a low cost lightweight stroller. Top Tip, Don’t check in the Pram, instead bring it down to the plane where it can be safely stored for you.
  • Make JR comfortable – a travel pillow and blanket are great investments for a Jr. Jetsetter.
  • Unfortunately babies ears pop and the usual tricks that work with adults don’t work on babies ( sucking hard boiled sweets, blowing nose and wiggling jaws to release the pressure). Instead, avoid feeding your baby until take off. The sucking motion should prevent their ears popping. Rookie mistake don’t give it to them too early or they will not drink at the crucial moment. Typically Baby formula is exempt for the 100ml liquid rule, however you can always pick some up in Airside in the Airport. Bring double the amount of Food you think you need, you do not want to be delayed with a hangry child.

Keeping them entertained.

  • If possible avoid bringing toys with small pieces, trust me its better off avoiding a melt down when it falls onto the ground (with no leg room)
  • Normal Screen Hours Limitations does not apply when travelling. Download all of your children’s favourite cartoons. Top tip be kind to your other passengers and don’t put on any volume. Chu Chu TV is baby crack and guaranteed to keep Lil uns amused for a few hours. Ensure all devices are fully charged (and be prepared to purchase an additional battery pack if needed
  • Change your baby just boarding the plane, Airplane toilets are always compact which make changing a wriggling baby challenging. Always ensure that you have nappy and spare change of clothes in your carry on luggage. I won’t elaborate on this one but … it’s a mistake that you don’t make twice. (yes I am still scared by that adventure)

Feel the Fear and do it anyway.

  • Leave extra time … A lot of extra time as everything with a Baby takes 100% Longer than anticipated.
  • If your baby has a different  Surname, it’s always advisable to bring a scanned copy of the birthcert.
  • Don’t panic, remember we have all been there 🙂
  • Remember Children under 3 travel free on the Airport Hopper. Our friendly drivers will be happy to help you put your luggage and pram on board.

Follow the above tips on travelling with a baby for a stress free holiday!

 

Stress Free Air Travel

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Top 10 Tips on  stress free Air Travel

  • Leave enough time to get to the Airport! It sounds obvious but leave an extra hour travelling to the Airport, if you arrive early grab a coffee or do some damage in the Duty Free! While our Drivers do their very best to remain on schedule we are impacted by the traffic around us! If Met Eireann are predicting bad weather leave extra time (same theory applies to Friday afternoons and Christmas in general!)
  • Wear comfortable clothes that are easy to travel in. Airplane Cabins can get very cool so wear Layers that can be easily removed when needed. Similarly, avoid outer layers that are cumbersome to remove. Avoid giving other passengers air rage and take off your shoes and belts before going to the security Luggage area!
  • Screenshot your boarding passes and send to your travelling companion – this ensures that you aren’t dependent on the Airport Wifi when accessing the Airline App. Actually, to be sure to be sure… print out your boarding pass.

Luggage

Ryanair Luggage requirements - take the stress out of travelling

  • After years of searching in a panic in my large bag, I now have a small cross the shoulder bag in which I keep my passport, wallet, boarding pass, phone & Headphones. Simple but effective.
  • Ryanair have recently changed their luggage policy, Avoid expensive fees at the airport by ensuring that your hand luggage meets their requirements.
  • Pre-pack your liquids in plastic bags – you don’t want to have to hand up your expensive moisturiser. Stock up on them on your next trip!
  • Take a photo of your suitcase .. Random? In the unlikely event that your bag goes missing a photo of your luggage will help to identify it from all of the other black cases. Alternatively go retro …my mother always puts a ribbon on the handle to help identify it.

Chilling out

Chill out and take the stress out of travelling

  • Charge your phone or tablet to the max and catch up on some Netflix / Games on your travels. Better still bring a portable charging device.
  • While everyone queues excitedly to get on the plane, sit back and watch the queue dissipate before strolling casually onto the plane.
  • Last but not least, before leaving the Airport Hopper, the Airport Lounge or the plane double check that you have all of your belongings with you!! Don’t start your holiday leaving your important documents behind!

Follow the above 10 Tips for Stress Free Air Travel

Last Minute Ski Holiday

 

Grab Life by the Skis – the Slopes on a last minute ski holiday are waiting for you!

Ski Slopes

 

  • Basic Ski Gear to bring on a last minute Ski Holiday

     

      • Helmet – Don’t even think about hitting the slopes without a good helmet. Lifes too short for regrets!
      • Googles or Polarized Sun Glasses
      • Proper Ski Socks which have  extra padding on the Shins.
      • Breathable ski jacket,
      • Layer up!  Bring a few a thin wicking or thermal top, a fleece and a pair of ski or waterproof trousers.
      • Sunscreen, okay it could be -10 outside but you can burn quite badly on the slopes.
      • Don’t bother bringing lots of clothes, Trust me you will spend the vast majority of your time in Salopettes and Thermals. Naturally replace your High Heels with Snow Boots ( I am never wearing Heels again!)Ski Equipment to bring on the Airport Hopper

Things to know before you go!

  • First time skiers enroll in a ski lessons, If you can Private Ski Lessons are invaluable and will make a huge difference to your abilities. Better still  head to Kilternan to practise your skills on the Dry Slopes.
  • Ski Boots hurt! Take Magnesium and Arnica to help with the stiffness. If you are lucky enough to own your own Ski Boots break them in before you go!
  • Après Ski can be wild, don’t go to crazy and don’t hit the slopes under the influence!  Prepare for a lot of Hot Chocolate

  • That brings me on to my next point – Insurance, under no circumstances, Ever, Go on a ski holiday without full Insurance, you will have the time of your life however if anything goes wrong Travel Insurance is invaluable.
  • As European Citizens, you are entitled to Free Health care with a valid European Health Insurance card, Apply for this online. Learn More Here ( This does not negate the  need for Travel Insurance.
  • Ignore the children zipping by, the chances are they were born with skies on their feet 🙂

Lift Passes are expensive! Don’t forget you can save 20% on the standard price Airport Hopper ticket. Let us know in advance if you are bringing Winter Sports Gear so that we can insure that we have enough space.


Check out these great deals for a last minute Ski Holiday from Dublin

  • Crystal ski Deals Here
  • Top Flight Ski Deals Here
  • Travalue Ski Deals Here
  • SnowTrek Ski Deals Here

Off the beaten track

Air Travel has never been cheaper. Embrace your Wanderlust and explore the world. Time to seize the day and knock a few more amazing locations off your travel bucket-list. As the proverb says … “Better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times”  Check out some relatively low cost ideas off the beaten track from Dublin.

 Venice

Everyone should witness Venice Carnival once in your life. Dust of your vintage masks & cloaks as party atmosphere will be electric for the 2 weeks of the carnival. A trip to Venice would not be complete without a ride on a gondola but for your own sakes don’t ask to hear ‘ O Sole mio’ as its not from Venice and they are likely to grind their teeth! After the Carnival see for yourself why Venice is consistently voted the most romantic city in the world.  ps top tip, always check the prices in the tourist areas. Lounge like a local and Sip an espresso at the bar!

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is the pearl of the Adriatic and one of the most beautiful Tourism destinations in the Mediterranean. This Port city is steeped in history and its known as the only city to become part of the Napoleonic empire without a single shot fired. Dubrovnik boosts picture perfect aqua marine water which is perfect for dip. Eagle Eagle Eyed fans of the Game of Thrones will recognize Dubrovnik is the setting for the Kings Land.

A bit further afield …

Camino de Santiago

Are itching to take on the Camino after seeing the Way?  Camino de Santiago is 800kms long and takes approximately five weeks to complete.You do not have to be an elite athlete & can start your Camino at any point on the starting in France, Portugal and Spain. A popular option is to fly from Dublin to Biarritz & then bus it to St. Jean de Pied ( 52KM) to start the incredible voyage of discovery.  Don’t forget comfortable well worn hiking boots! Buen Camino my friends

Whether you are booking a package holiday or looking for a holiday destination, all great journeys begin with the Airport Hopper. Don’t forget to book online to save 20% off  your standard booking price.

Travel Quotes to inspire

“Work, Travel, Save, Repeat” Travel Quotations that will fuel your wonderlust and inspire you to travel. 

Its a new year, new change to challenge yourself and  to knock a few more countries off your bucket-list 🌎

  1. Jobs fill your pocket, but adventures fill your soul.” – Jamie Lyn Beatty
  2. Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta
  3. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”― Mark Twain
  4. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” Mark Twain
  5. “To Travel is to Live” – Hans Christian Andersen
  6. “Travel expands the mind and fills the gap” ―Sheda Savage
  7. “It’s bad manners to keep an adventure waiting.” —Unknown
  8. “Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
  9. “Travel is intensified living … and one of the last great sources of legal adventure” ―Rick Steves
  10. “I’m in love with cities I’ve never been to and people I’ve never met.” – John Green
  11. “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” Augustine
  12. “If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet.” —Rachel Wolchin
  13. “Live life with no excuses, travel with no regret” – Oscar Wilde
  14. “Of all the stories in the world, the best are the stories found between the pages of a Passport” Unknown
  15. “Live your life by a compass not a clock.” – Stephen Covey
  16.  “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” –Dalai Lama 
  17. “Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures.” – Lovelle Drachman
  18. “If you look like your passport photo, you probably need the trip.” —Unknown

Good things happen to those who book flights … and start their adventures onboard the Airport Hopper …. Laura, Airport Hopper Team.