Colm hanratty

Colm Hanratty

Colm first got the travel bug when he went to Australia in 1999 on a working holiday visa. Since then he hasn’t looked back. He travelled all around Australia in 2000, and over the following years visited many major European cities, glaciers in South America, ski resorts in North America, safaris in South Africa, islands in South East Asia and everything in between. He once visited every continent other than Antarctica in less than 2 years! When he gets to a destination he likes to dig deep, discovering local secrets, top tips and doing everything he can to experience a destination like a local.


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Boston – a tale of two cities

When speaking to the locals in Boston, they talk about the area north of the Charles River, Cambridge, like it’s a different city. So when you visit, it's like getting two for the price of one.

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Five views in Cape Town to be savoured

It’s seldom that a city leaves me speechless with its beauty, but Cape Town did. It really is awe-inspiring – everywhere you look there’s a mountain, beach or landmark to gaze at. Here are five very special views that will leave you gobsmacked.

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15 of the Best Cafés in Ireland for an Indulgent Pitstop

Find the best cafés around the country with the expert guide from Homestay.com. Explore Ireland one cake slice at a time with these local favourites.

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So... what is a homestay?

Homestays are a form of accommodation that define the phrase a 'home away from home'. Found in top destinations all around the world, from cities to off the beaten path locations, homestays allow you really experience a destination.

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10 insider travel tips for Australia

Australia has a special place in my heart because, among other things, it’s the first country I travelled independently both to, and around. During my time there, I picked up lots of insider travel tips for Australia. Here are 10 of them…

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Know where to go in Dubrovnik after dark

Looking to explore the nightlife of Dubrovnik? Our guide will give you the lowdown on the best bars in Dubrovnik so you can explore this Croatian city in the wee hours.

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The ultimate guide to a day in Cusco

The gateway to the Peru’s Sacred Valley and celebrated Machu Picchu, Cusco is a compact city that packs quite a punch. While many who arrive here concentrate on the sights that surround it rather than those within it, those who do explore encounter...

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The best of Edinburgh in one perfect day

What's not to love about Edinburgh? The people are friendly and it’s small enough to explore in a day. Read our guide for 24 hours in Scotland's capital city.

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Local Tips for 10 of the Best Places to Visit in Spain

While visiting Spain, I’ve had a stab at Flamenco dancing, tried cooking tapas & enjoyed lots of sunshine. I’ve also picked up tips for lots of different destinations. Here are my top 10.

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10 Coolest Neighbourhoods to Explore in Chicago

Chicago epitomises the word 'city' with some of the world’s most famous skyscrapers, sports teams and culinary delights being found there. It's also home to some of the coolest neighbourhoods.

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