Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Today around the world people will be celebrating all things Irish with much gusto as St Patrick’s Day gets underway.

Whether that be through drinking something green, eating something Irish, donning a big hat, joining in a parade, heading to an Irish pub or sporting a shamrock; we hope you get into the spirit of the day.

Here are some Irish images to get you in the mood and while you’re thinking about the emerald isle, why not consider heading over there this year? With a struggling economy, the locals will certainly thank you and besides there’s plenty of wonderful scenery, fantastic pubs, local culture and tremendous walking and biking opportunities to be had.

VIP Backpackers can offer you plenty of places to stay in Ireland and tours to consider. Check out our database.

In the meantime we hope you enjoy a little bit of Ireland today – Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Guinness sign in Dublin. Pic: Joanne Lane, http://www.visitedplanet.com

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VIP’s top 10 destinations for 2010

It’s that time of the year folks in which we’ve already surpassed thinking of the year that’s passed and start thinking about the year ahead. And in this part of the world, if you’re a VIP Backpacker, that means you’re thinking about travel! To help you on your way, here are some hot VIP destinations to consider in 2010.

Sydney, Australia

1. Sydney, Australia
The perennial backpacker favourite won’t alter its status in 2010. If you’re arriving in Australia this is a good place to base for work, the climate is great and there’s plenty to see and do, plus there’s gnarly events all year like the Mardi Gras and New Year’s fireworks.
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Post Travel Blues

I’m back at home now recovering from my 10 weeks on the road. I’ve washed my clothes, dusted out my pack, displayed my souvenirs and showed photos to anyone that shows the slightest interest; but really the memories of travel are already starting to fade with the return to routine. These post-travel blues are very sad but fortunately I was saved today when Maureen Wheeler, co-founder of Lonely Planet with husband Tony, came on the radio to talk my favourite subject – travel!

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