As featured in the Irish Times

Happy childhood memories are made in those special moments, often in places that we carry in our hearts as we grow older. Family holidays can be the best opportunities during the busy year to bond with your children and to create those amazing memories that stay with them for life.
Welcome to Travel Inspires - the first blog to create travel destination guides aimed at all the family. We have special stories and sections written for your younger family members.  This blog is written by me, Jackie De Burca, author of Salvador Dalí at Home - along with lots of other great bloggers, tour guides and local experts. I have lived in Spain since 2003.
Read our first ever guide for all the family about the beautiful seaside city of Tarragona - located only one hour south of Barcelona. More family guides are coming very soon.
Be sure to check out the Tarragona Spain Family Travel Guide by clicking on the photo below:

Tarragona Spain family travel guide


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"We travel because we need to, because distance and difference are the secret tonic of creativity.” Jonah Lehrer, The Observer

Why travel inspires?
Travel Inspires is unique

Read on to find out how Travel Inspires is unique & why you should find it extremely useful.

get your children involved
For all the family

Our Tarragona Guide is only the beginning. We have written stories for your children, educational articles for them as well as the great informative travel guides for you.

Tour guides

Travel Inspires reaches out to top tour guides to bring you the best expert information on the destinations featured, with the best local tips. We have some really excellent information for you, beginning with our Madrid, Barcelona & Rioja guides.

Travel bloggers

In the world, there are 1000’s of travel bloggers; people from all walks of life, who write about their travels and adventures. We feature lots of talented travel bloggers here.

Travel guides

Each travel guide is an evolving work in progress & will never stop growing. Our aim is to create entertaining, unique, comprehensive travel guides.

Explore Spain’s capital city
Madrid: A City Full of Temptations

Discover Madrid through an expert’s eyes. Travel Madrid virtually with top tour guide, Patricia Morcillo. Her feature is packed with local information and tips.


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“A bit of distance, however, helps loosen the chains of cognition, making it easier to see something new in the old.”  Jonah Lehrer, The Observer

Discover Barcelona
Barcelona: a magical city full of energy, symbols and hidden secrets

Travel through Barcelona with he unearths lots of fascinating hidden secrets, as well as showing you some of the top sights.


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"Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”
Gustave Flaubert

Top Tour Guide Carol Gutiérrez about
Rioja Spain


Carol Gutiérrez is the creator of Thabuca Wine Tours; a wine and gourmet tour company, that has won the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. 

Thabuca Wine Tours have also been featured in USA Today, Bradt Travel Guides, Elle magazine and Condé Nast Traveller.

Carol’s feature, La Rioja: where the magic of wine happens is a wonderful, intimate introduction to not only the wine experiences of this region, but much more besides.

With over twenty-five years experience in the tourist industry and a true passion for her work, Carol’s in-depth knowledge and enthusiasm for La Rioja is truly infectious.

A lover of food and wine, she has travelled to almost sixty countries, and speaks seven different languages.

Discover La Rioja through her eyes and check out her wonderful tours.

La Rioja: where the magic of wine happens

Thabuca Wine & Gourmet Tours

Explore Zaragoza
Zaragoza, Spain: A hidden gem overflowing with culture, tapas & beauty

Discover Zaragoza with travel blogger, Ellie Quinn. Spain’s fifth largest city is waiting to be explored.


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“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion, and avoid the people, you might better stay home.” James A. Michener


An Idyllic Olive Oil Route in Western Granada

The Olive Oil Route

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“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” Anita Desai

Have you had that feeling of not having quite left a place behind?  That sensation that when you have returned to wherever you call home, that somehow that place you visited has made a mark in your heart and perhaps your cell memory?

If you think about it, apart from the effect that visiting a new environment has on your emotions and senses, this feeling could be connected to science.

The first law of thermodynamics, also known as Law of Conservation of Energy, states that energy can neither be created nor destroyed; energy can only be transferred or changed from one form to another. So in a way you may absorb some energy of the place.

In fact there have been articles about how travel can benefit your mental health. Travel increases creativity, makes you a more open person, boosts happiness, relieves stress and can even help improve relationships.

What happens to you on a psychological level when you travel?

Travelling to new environments triggers different brain reactions. Brains are wired to be sensitive to change, therefore travel affects your brain’s neuroplasticity –  how your brain is wired.

Your brain reacts and adapts to take in the influence of these new experiences and environments. This brain reaction leads to heightened creativity.

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