Cleared to take off? Travel ideas to start the year off right

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See the world in a day

Traveling halfway around the world to see a showcase of Irish culture? Sure why not? Riverdance wowed the world at Expo 2020 Dubai, but since we’re just one of 191 participating countries, you can go from Angola to Antigua, Zambia to Zimbabwe, all on a sunny afternoon. . The site is vast though, so if you really want to see the world, you probably need to devote a little more of your precious time to it. Expo runs until the end of March, expo2020dubai.com. Fly direct from Dublin with Emirates and book by January 24 for fares from €489 return for travel until July 15. Your ticket also includes a free daily Expo pass. The usual price is 45 Emirati dirhams (€11), so you’re not saving much, but free stuff is always nice. emirates.ie

Tara Flow in Tenerife

go with the flow

It’s easier to pursue good intentions when you do so in a beautiful, warm place. Tara Flow by Ronan McLoughlin and Jessie Wilkinson is set in Tenerife. Each week-long retreat has a different theme, so choose between yoga, tai chi, dance, fluid arts and fire. Or if you’re really in the mood to love and care for yourself, go for all four. It runs from February 12 to March 12, and prices start from €650 for a full week of sharing, all meals included, excluding flights. Aer Lingus currently offers direct fares to Tenerife from €53 one way. taraflowretreat.com

From station to station

Who doesn’t love a really good gas station? While I will always hold a special place in my heart for Junction 8 of the M8 outside Cashel, another of my favourites, Junction 14 Mayfield of the M7, has just taken second place in the Chill Insurance Service Stations of Ireland survey. Crowned with glory in the first place is the Lusk gas station, which offers showers, playgrounds, quality catering and much more. Of course, with all that, you could almost make it your true destination. And now that we’re spending more time waiting for our electric cars to charge, we all need a little on-the-spot distraction. The honorable third place goes to Athlone’s services to Moate. See the complete program on chill.ie

Absolute Hotel Limerick

Absolute Hotel Limerick

Belong to Limerick

Taking place in the city of Limerick, Belonging is a major international exhibition featuring artists such as Anish Kapoor, Paula Rego, Isobel Nolan, Marlene Dumas, Sean Scully and many more. See it at the Hunt Museum, Limerick City Gallery, St Mary’s Cathedral and other venues from February 10 to April 24. The art is on full loan from the European Investment Bank, so it will be interesting to see which works they see as good bets for the future. (Although we all know that’s not the way to appreciate art, right?) Free admission, find out more at huntmuseum.ie and stay at the Absolute Hotel in the city center , from €99 per room only. hotelabsolu.com

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