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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Bars in Prague – go where the locals go

Do your socialising around Wenceslas Square or the old town square and you’ll find out drinks here are considerably more expensive than some of their not-so-central counterparts. But take my advice and locate one (or all) of these five gems and you’ll see how the locals spend their evenings while saving quite a few koruna at the same time!

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The perfect way to spend one day in Lisbon

Lisbon isn't mobbed by crowds like some other European cities and a visit to the capital of Portugal can be as relaxed or as hectic as you want. Thanks too to its compact size, you can squeeze a lot into 24 hours. If I only had one day in Lisbon, here’s what I’d do…

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How to Experience the Best of Sydney in One Day

If you’re making your way to Australia’s most famous city and your time is limited, this dawn (well, almost) till dusk guide should help you get the most out of one day.

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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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10 tips for moving to another country

Moving to another city or country is one of the most exciting things you can do in your life. It really is a new chapter – new friends, new career, new destination to call home…it’s a whole new world. To make it more exciting than daunting, you need to do a bit of preparation in the run up to the move, and also once you get there. Here are 10 tips to help you do that...

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Who stays in a homestay?

If you're toying with the idea of staying in a homestay, you're probably thinking to yourself 'Who exactly stays in a homestay? Is it suitable for my trip?'. Homestays suit all types of travellers...

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So... what is a homestay?

Ever wondered about "Homestay" meaning? 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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