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Aer Lingus beats the winter blues

Added: 07/09/17 : 06:49:39

September marks the start of the ‘Winter Blues’ but the disheartened can find happiness in booking a winter holiday. This is according to new research* from Aer Lingus which explores the effect that holidaying in winter can have on our levels of joy.

Aer Lingus, Ireland’s only 4-star airline, today launches its September seat sale, giving sun-seekers and city-breakers every reason to book a winter break with flights to North America from just €169 each-way, to Europe from €29.99 one-way and to UK from €22.99 one-way, all including taxes and charges. Offers are valid for travel between 1st November and 28th February for UK and European destinations, and 1st November and 31st March for travel to North America.

Stressful September

A third of adults in Ireland say they feel stressed in September and this in reflected in the 7% drop in mood that is experienced between August and September. This negativity stems from the turn in weather and the shorter, darker days for 79% of survey respondents, whilst 41% said the end of summer was the cause of them feeling blue.

To counteract the doom and gloom, more than 1 in 5 Irish adults (22%) are planning an autumn/winter getaway to break up the tedious months ahead (27%) and to avoid the bad weather at home (26%). 1 in 10 say they would consider a trip abroad at this time of year to bust stress and relax.

Something to look forward to

The joy of anticipation is something that Irish adults are keen to capitalise on with 6 in 10 saying it is important to have something to look forward to once summer has ended. A holiday appears to be top of the list with a huge 80% saying that they want to take a winter break this year.

When asked which they would most look forward to between now and the end of the year, travel narrowly won out over tradition with 35% electing for a break away over the excitement of Christmas (34%).

Winter Away

City breaks (34%) and winter sun holidays (32%) are the most desired types of breaks although there are some opposing views amongst the age groups. City breaks prove most popular amongst 16 – 24 year olds (41%), young working professionals aged 25 – 34 are seeking transatlantic adventure (23%) and winter sun is the priority for those over the age of 55 (45%).

Overall, the Aer Lingus destinations that Irish people most wish to visit this winter are New York (18%), Florida (7%), Malaga (6%), Faro (6%) and Barcelona (5%).

Happiness is…

According to the Aer Lingus research, just thinking about booking a holiday makes Irish people feel happy and excited (46%) and being on the holiday itself is a happy moment for more than half of respondents (51%), proving a strong correlation between winter breaks and positive frame of mind.

Post-holiday, reminiscing with those they travelled with was a happy occasion for half of Irish adults (49%) and the associated bragging rights to family and friends once back on Irish soil also created a lasting afterglow for 45%.

Book a Happy Winter break

It is now easier than ever to create your own happiness this winter as Aer Lingus launches its Happy Winter September seat sale which is live from now until midnight 25th September.

Aer Lingus Chief Operating Officer, Mike Rutter commented:

“Winter sun and a happy winter break are just hours away with 194,000 additional seats to Europe added to the Aer Lingus winter schedule, including a new route to Bilbao, Spain and an extra 190,000 seats to the Canary Islands. Transatlantic globe-trotters can now fly direct with Aer Lingus to 11 North American cities, including recently launched Miami, Florida, and two ways to New York, via JFK and Newark, New Jersey, from just €169* when availing of Aer Lingus’ new Saver Fare pricing.”

To book a happy winter break and for more information on the Aer Lingus September seat sale, please visit
Irish Ferries 'Scarefest' package announced

Added: 21/09/17 : 14:07:44

Irish Ferries has unveiled a ‘fright-fully’ attractive family package to Alton Towers Resort annual Scarefest – likely to appeal brave parents and children seeking an action-packed break this October.

Valid for travel until November 3rd, the €459 deal sees two adults and two children under 11 enjoy three nights with breakfast in the nearby Best Western Tillington Hall Hotel, inclusive of return car ferry travel and one full day's entry pass to the theme park.

Coupled with spine-tingling favourites such as the House of Monsters, Rides at Dusk and the Freak Show Scare Zone, those seeking a less terrifying experience can visit Alton Towers Cbeebies Land which offers children the opportunity to meet favourites such as Postman Pat, Tree Fu Tom, Upsy Daisy and Igglepiggle.

Bookings can be made by calling 0818 300 400. For more information about Scarefest dates visit