Feeling the pinch after Tuesday’s budget? Just to prove having fun doesn’t need to cost a fortune, we’re all about cheap and cheerful this week. From walks in Connemara to the new “clothes diet” and cheap ways to get away, we show you how to be creative with your cash.
At least fresh air is still free, so get out for a walk. The autumn session of the Connemara Four Seasons Walking Festival takes place this weekend. Explore the stunning Renvyle peninsula and Cleggan head with experienced guides.
Think the ski slopes are out of reach? Book early in the season for the best deals.
With the excise duty on a bottle of wine set to rise 50c, one way to enjoy a thrifty tipple is to make your own. The Organic Centre in Rossinver, Co. Leitrim, runs courses in everything from wine and cider making to growing food in polytunnels.
If you think that less money in your pocket means you can’t look stylish, think again. See how three fashionistas for a week got on with just 10 items in their wardrobes.
Summer is a distant, glowing memory and Christmas is still a couple of months away, so bridge the gap with a budget break in Ireland.
Conker your money worries with a free (and, it seems, highly competitive) battle of the horse chestnuts. The World Conker Championships took place this week in Northampton.
You’re onto a winner with Budapest. Recently named one of the world’s best cities in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards, Budapest also made the list in USA Today’s list of Europe’s Most Affordable Cities for 2013.
Take a lighthearted look at Budget 2014 with Oliver Callan.
Our blogger of the week is Julianne Mooney. Julianne provides expert insights on great value travel at home and abroad on TV3, radio broadcasts, and in her blog: