By: Kristen Wolosonowich
Enjoy A Stress-Free Vacation With Sullivan’s Irish Alley And Travel
Celtic Alley has been established since 2000 and within a few short years, owners Edward and Caron Sullivan integrated a new opportunity into their Irish retail store in downtown Flushing, MI, providing travel services that would change not only their lives but countless other lives for the better. In 2004, Sullivan’s Irish Alley and Travel was incorporated, specializing in travel throughout the British Islands and Ireland.
Data has shown that vacation and traveling improves mood and reduces stress, and those who travel frequently are genuinely happier and healthier. Despite all of these health benefits, Americans are not taking full advantage of traveling.
We are workaholics and according to the 2018 State of American Vacation survey from the U.S. Travel Association’s Project Time Off, 52 percent of Americans had unused vacation days at the end of 2017. The average worker uses only eight of his or her 17.2 vacation days for travel, the study said.
Why are we afraid to take vacations? Is it that we’re afraid of the pileup of work when we return, therefore requiring us to put in more time to catch up to the workload? Regardless of why we aren’t capitalizing on the travel, there is no doubt that science proves that travel improves brain health, expands our mind, and allows us to become more culturally and globally aware.
There are many factors and variables involved when traveling abroad and Sullivan’s Irish Alley and Travel make planning the big trips extremely seamless. With the development of technology in the 21st century, we as consumers are blindly led to believe there is this ability to do everything ourselves. However, as many of us have learned, there are many things that could go wrong, which can be extremely stressful especially traveling outside the country.
Ed and Caron can help make travel planning run smoothly. They explain the concept of in-season (June-Sept.) travel which can result in a bigger price tag. If you book during March, October and November, these are excellent months to travel to the British Isles and Ireland as they are less crowded with tourists and the price points are very reasonable for many of those on a budget.
Caron explained that if you do make the trip overseas during the end of February or all of March, it’s a beautiful time as their flowers are starting to make their way above ground. This dynamic couple’s eyes light up as they describe the beauty in the 40 shades of green, the daffodils, the Heathers starting to bloom and the unlimited beauty as far as the eyes can see. The temperate climate never gets severely cold or warm because they are in the Gulf Stream, which travels to the North Atlantic and there are actually palm trees in Ireland.
The Sullivan’s Irish Alley and Travel attend their tour groups twice a year and can increase their participation based on the demand of their customers. They grin ear to ear with delight describing their experiences and because they are subject matter experts on much of the land and business establishments, they can tell you where the best restaurants, pubs and retail spaces are, which makes them valuable travel companions.
Caron loves Dublin and the Dingle Peninsula, which is beyond rich in historical landmarks and over 10,000 Neolithic sights. “I love Dublin for the modern side, but the rich history. You cannot do Dublin in a day; we recommend you truly need to explore that city for at least a few days.”
Ed explained that they will get the best prices, book you a car, and the Bed and Breakfast; everything is handled. Sullivan’s Irish Alley and Travel will do an assessment on what you are looking to experience as well as your personal preferences and they will ensure you have the trip of a lifetime. In addition to planning your dream trip the Sullivan’s will save you money and always offer you a discount as well as a lifetime 20 percent off their retail store. They will provide you the best and most realistic traveling advice.
Trying to do it on your own is like reinventing the wheel. Their wheel is already made, consisting of over 20 years of experience and relationships, and they will inform you of the best places to shop, dine and sightsee. This alone is worth the initial consultation with them.
Traveling across the ocean can be stressful and that is why the Sullivan’s are in constant contact with all of their customers 24/7. While they go through everything with a fine-tooth comb, Ed and Caron are very cautious and make themselves available for all their customers during their trip. This is extremely comforting, especially for those traveling abroad for the first time. They book train tours and are subject matter experts on the rail system for both Ireland and the British Isles.
Sullivan Irish Alley and Travel will match any competitor’s prices, and Ed and Caron are so passionate about their tours of the British Isles, which consists of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Ireland is divided into the Republic of Ireland, an independent country, in the south, and Northern Ireland, part of the United Kingdom.
They have the ability to take you and show you things an average tour group cannot provide. Their over 20 years’ experience in this space and their strong relationships with these countries allows them to introduce you to a whole new world and awakening.