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It's not surprising that I am over 20 years in travel as I really love my job. I knew I had to become a Personal Travel Counsellor when I realised that it was becoming more difficult to offer my clients the attention to detail they deserved whilst working in a traditional agency. Travel Counsellors gives me the flexibility to work hours that suit my clients including weekends and evenings. This way I offer a service that most would consider beyond the call of duty - but I value my clients and believe they are worth it.
I pride myself in offering a level of commitment and expertise that is unrivalled. For the last 4 years I have been in the Top 20 Travel Counsellors Worldwide out of over 1300 Travel Counsellors for my Customer Satisfaction levels and in the Top 5 in Ireland. I offer a professional personalised service for all types of holidays both leisure and corporate.
I have travelled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and the USA. I also worked in Australia and I am a certified Aussie Specialist. Whilst there I visited New Zealand and Bali. I revisited Australia as a family so have experienced the anxiety and stress of going abroad with a little one. Now I can help parents feel at ease if travelling in the same situation and have many families that contact me for help and advice when travelling abroad as I have been travelling with my daughter since she was 6 months old. I have been very lucky to experience South Africa, a truly amazing adventure and my most recent long haul trips were to Mexico and India, both very different but which I loved so much.
Long haul holidays are my forte and making each trip personal to each client is of utmost importance to me. Your honeymoon should be one of the most memorable and magical trips you take and like your wedding day reflects your personality I believe that your honeymoon should too. I had my own wedding in the Caribbean so I have first-hand knowledge of the pitfalls and advantages of the fairytale day abroad!
I love skiing and have skied throughout Europe and in Australia - yes they have snow!!!
My regular clients’ book with me whenever they travel and always recommend me to their family, friends and colleagues. They will tell you that I am enthusiastic and passionate about travel and getting their trip just right.
Regardless of your choice of adventure - please call or e-mail me.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Mandy is of great help when booking holidays. She is very versed on different peoples needs and has great knowledge of different locations. Mandy arranged a few holidays for me in an efficient and friendly manner. I have always been happy with the result and got exactly as I asked for, she goes that extra mile. I would highly recommend her to organise a holiday.
Pauline Carey, Ratoath, 17 April 2014
Mandy booked us a 10 night stay in USA taking in New York, Boston and Washington. It was the best service we ever got. The places she booked were much better that what we expected. All things ran like clock work between flights, hotels (which were fab) trains and pick ups. We would highly recommend Mandy; she is polite, helpful and gives you more than you ask. Thanks Mandy we will be in touch soon
Martin Tuohy, Athlone, 17 April 2014
We had the most amazing honeymoon organized by Mandy. She arranged flights for us that 2 other travel companies had told us were not possible (we fit in a lot of destinations) and they didn't cost the earth. Even when our travel plans changed at the last minute one phone call to Mandy sorted everything out! The accommodation she arranged was second to none, I couldn't fault any one of the hotels / apartments that she had booked for us. We have not stopped recommending Mandy and the amazing service...
We had the most amazing honeymoon organized by Mandy. She arranged flights for us that 2 other travel companies had told us were not possible (we fit in a lot of destinations) and they didn't cost the earth. Even when our travel plans changed at the last minute one phone call to Mandy sorted everything out! The accommodation she arranged was second to none, I couldn't fault any one of the hotels / apartments that she had booked for us. We have not stopped recommending Mandy and the amazing service she provides since we got back!Continue reading
Sarah Curtin, Dublin, 17 April 2014
Mandy is always a great help. We wanted to organise a trip to Portugal to the World Rally Championship; 3 of us were travelling from Dublin and one from the UK. Mandy organised the apartment for the weekend, and also flights. Everything was, as always, perfect. Thank you Mandy for yet another seamless trip!
Gordon Flood, Trim, 15 April 2014
I booked for 26 of my family to go to Zakynthos through Mandy in Travel Counsellors. Mandy was able to satisfy all our different requests. Then Thomas Cook pulled out of Ireland and scuppered our plans by cancelling our flights. This meant that 60,000 other holiday makers who had booked with Thomas Cook were also on the market looking for holidays. That is when Mandy really went to work. She was fantastic. Within hours of the Cooks news breaking she was on the case. Rebooking and changing flights...
I booked for 26 of my family to go to Zakynthos through Mandy in Travel Counsellors. Mandy was able to satisfy all our different requests. Then Thomas Cook pulled out of Ireland and scuppered our plans by cancelling our flights. This meant that 60,000 other holiday makers who had booked with Thomas Cook were also on the market looking for holidays. That is when Mandy really went to work. She was fantastic. Within hours of the Cooks news breaking she was on the case. Rebooking and changing flights to ensure that we could all get to the town we wanted to stay in and getting accommodation sorted again for everyone. We would all have no hesitation in recommending Mandy. She is a complete professional, always at the end of the phone, always has a smile and is a pleasure to deal with. Many thanks.Continue reading
Karen Gaffney, Summerhill, 15 April 2014
I would like to thank Mandy for her help and assistance when booking our holidays over the past few years. We booked a fab honeymoon with her in 2010 and have been going back to her since. We had to cancel a holiday a couple of years ago and Mandy was so helpful and professional. I couldn't recommend her enough. Anthony & Niamh Farrell
Niamh Farrell, Navan, 14 April 2014
Myself and 9 friends decided to plan a ski trip but trouble was, we didn't know where to start! Some of us were beginners and some more experienced and we hadn't a clue where to go that would suit us all. I got in touch with Mandy and from then on everything just went perfect! Mandy had a group booking to Andorra that she joined us in on. From the minute the holiday started to landing back in Dublin a week later was just a holiday full of fun! From the beautiful 4 star St.Gothard Hotel to the most...
Myself and 9 friends decided to plan a ski trip but trouble was, we didn't know where to start! Some of us were beginners and some more experienced and we hadn't a clue where to go that would suit us all. I got in touch with Mandy and from then on everything just went perfect! Mandy had a group booking to Andorra that she joined us in on. From the minute the holiday started to landing back in Dublin a week later was just a holiday full of fun! From the beautiful 4 star St.Gothard Hotel to the most amazing views from the slopes in Arinsal and to the craic of the Apres Ski the holiday had everything for everyone! It suited all our skiers and everyone had a ball. There was even themed nights and different activities such as Sledging on the slopes to a bar crawl organised for us. We cant thank Mandy enough for a wonderful, fun and well organised holiday! We will definitely be taking part in next years ski trip! Thanks again, from all the gang! :)Continue reading
Amie McCormack, Summerhill Co. Meath, 14 April 2014
We got in touch with Mandy looking for help with booking our Honeymoon, She was of great help form the start and took on board what we wanted and within the week she had our honeymoon booked, she did all the work and got us a great package. Would highly recommend her.
Gordon O Rourke, Galway, 06 June 2013
Mandy, as always was fast, focused and professional. I have used Mandy's expertise on a number of occasions now and have recommended her to many friends and family members who have also availed of her services. I will continue to have Mandy as my Travel Counsellor in the future and recommend her to friends.
Marlena Porter-lynch, Mountnugent, 30 May 2013
If you're looking to go somewhere in the world for a special holiday but you're not sure where to go or to how to even start, then talk to Mandy. We went to Mandy with ideas for a honeymoon and she made it a simple choice for us. We had lots of queries and wanted to make lots of changes and Mandy was always there, day and night, to help us. She has the patience of a saint! Highly recommended!
Robert Lynch, Trim, 29 May 2013
From the minute we met Mandy she was friendly and helpful. When trying to plan our trip she has excellent ideas and knowledge of the area, She kept us up to date with all arrangements and was always contactable which was great. We have been on a lot of trips and even though this is the most detailed holiday there was never any stress and the finished trip looks amazing all thanks to Mandy
Justin Whyte, Galway, 27 May 2013
Mandy planned and organised my weddingmoon in Cancun Sept 2009 and I could not praise her knowledge, kindness and patience enough. Over the 2 years of planning I changed location, dates and numbers many times and Mandy was always her cheerful wonderful self. I was a Bridzilla & Mandy was always there to calm me down and sort EVERYTHING. She is nothing short of AMAZING and I have just booked my family holiday with her in 2013!
Nicki & Austin Bradshaw, Donore Co Meath, 26 May 2013
Mandy provides a first class responsive service and gives sound advice and support to her customers. I have nothing but praise for Mandy's ability and commitment to her job.
Eamonn Ryan, Dublin, 24 May 2013
As President of The Irish kennel Club I have to travel a lot worldwide. The destinations can be very diverse with the arrangements very specific. I found Mandy Walsh very quick to respond initially and very good to follow up.The results are always accurate and budget concious and I get a good feeling of control once I give her a task.
Sean Delmar, Dublin, 24 May 2013
I have been dealing with Mandy for the last 6 years since she first started with Travel Counsellors and I find the service and attention to detail excellent. She has always time to search for the holiday package that suits me. The holiday packages that we have been on in the past have always been excellent. I have no hesitation in recommending Mandy to anybody for an excellent holiday.
P.J. Steele, Naas, 24 May 2013
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Posted 16 June 2014
Well after a very early and easy flight to Palma Airport in Majorca, we boarded our express shuttle to Alcudia which only took 45 minutes and were checked in and all to our lovely apartment by midday. Our apartments for the week were the Sol Alcudia Centre and honestly I couldn't fault them. Our one bedroom apartment was huge and spotless and we had a lovely view of another new modern complex and its pool area opposite. The apartments were perfectly located, only a short walk from the most amazing beach I have come across in a long time -...
Posted 18 March 2014
Well what a week - I don't think I have had so much fun in years. I had forgotten what it was like to travel with a group and would highly recommend it. A quick two hour flight to Toulouse with Aer Lingus and then a stunning coach journey to Arinsal in Andorra that took just over 3.5 hours and we arrived safely to the lovely 4* St Gothard Hotel in Arinsal. Andorra is situated between France and Spain, a small independent state in the heart of the Pyrenees. Located about a mile downhill from the resort but with a...
Posted 18 September 2013
Well this exciting trip began with a Business Class flight via Amsterdam so anticipation for what was to come begun with earnest. A great service was provided by KLM with excellent timings for connections for our onward journey to Delhi. After a late arrival in the capital city of India, New Delhi and an overnight in the sleek and modern Le Meridian we enjoyed an informative introduction on India from the ground handlers Travelite. Our itinerary was North India - The Golden Triangle. Delhi to Jaipur via Neemrana, and then Agra via Bharatpur and Fatehpur Sikri ending with the magical and...
Posted 31 August 2013
Well it's been 12 years since I had been to Corfu and I suppose the last time I was 25 and partying was a priority but this time I travelled with my active 6 year old and my parents so a different type of experience altogether. We all had a great time, the weather was HOT just how I like it and the people as friendly as ever. To be honest it has changed a little but then I think thats down to the economic downturn overall and perhaps the Greek situation too so the towns/resorts are quieter than they used...
Posted 02 November 2012
Six colleagues and I headed to Mexico to visit the resorts of Cancun, Tulum, Playa Del Carmen and Puerto Morelos for a hectic weekend of hotel inspections. So many positive adjectives could be used to describe our time in Mexico but for me 'blown away' is best how I would describe it. We flew out with Air France via Paris - fantastic service on board with a high standard of meals and drinks. Our first stop and overnight was the 5 Star Secrets Capri Resort. There is a classic Mediterranean feel to this hotel with stunning ocean views. All rooms...
Posted 17 August 2012
Well with one of my girlfriends wanting a weekend away to celebrate her big 40 we decided on the Costa Del Sol and the up market resort of Puerto Banus. With flights every day with Ryanair & Aer Lingus and less than a 3 hour flight it’s a perfect option for a few days away. We left on an early Friday morning flight and were heading to the beach by early afternoon once we had checked in and unpacked. We stayed at the 4 Star Park Plaza Apartments in Puerto Banus (I wouldn’t give them 4 Stars due to the...
Posted 30 June 2012
What a lovely week we just had, myself and my 5 year old daughter headed off to Lanzarote for a week. We stayed in the Fariones Apartmentos between the Old & the New Town so an ideal location really. Our accommodation was spacious, very clean and included a fabulous breakfast every day in the little restaurant - everything from delicious fruit, meats, cheeses, so many types of bread, juices and even a warm selection for those that want something more substantial including bacon, eggs, beans, pancakes and hash browns. They ran a daily kids club although it only ran for...
Posted 23 April 2011
As my daughter started Montessori School last year and BIG school in September it means we now must go away during 'official' school holidays so off we went to Kusadasi in Turkey for Easter Week. I do admit I was a little nervous about my return trip to Turkey as it has been 15 years since I was there last but it certainly has come up in the world. We stayed at the 4 Star Sea Pearl Hotel only 10 minutes on the Dolmus from the infamous Centrum and Bar Street area and only a 10 minute walk from Ladies...
Posted 19 November 2009
New York – the city that never sleeps and nothing could describe it any better. This was my 3rd time to New York although it was 7 years ago since I was there last so was very excited heading off for a pre-Christmas shopping trip with my Mam. We stayed in the Roosevelt Hotel in Midtown Manhattan, which is an excellent location for Times Square and Broadway. Just off the infamous 5th Avenue and all its designer boutiques including Prada, Juicy Couture, D & G, DKNY to name but a few. But if it’s department stores and high street fashion that’s...
Posted 17 May 2009
Well it was a last minute and unplanned trip but totally enjoyable and a destination I would recommend. After a lovely short flight of 2.5 hours we arrived in Faro Airport and a short transfer of 40 minutes had us in our apartment. The Alfagar Apartments are 2kms from Montechoro and 5kms for the Old Town of Albufeira. It took about 15 minutes to walk to the Strip in Montechoro and cost €3.50 in a taxi back. A taxi to the Old Town cost about €6 each way. The Old Town is really charming, narrow cobblestone streets lined with stalls...
Posted 04 December 2008
I was so excited when the opportunity arose to travel to South Africa, as I have heard nothing but great comments from clients and colleagues. So on the 4th of December this very excited travel agent headed off via Heathrow to Capetown. The process from Terminal 1 to 5 is an easy transition by the Heathrow Express and it wasn’t long before we were boarding our 11 hour flight. On arrival in Capetown, we were met by glorious sunshine and it was only 6.15am. Firstly was a brief visit to Table Mountain, which stands majestically over Capetown and its surrounds....
Posted 13 September 2008
We decided this year we would like to try something different from the standard package holiday so we booked direct flights to Nice on the Cote D’Azur. The Côte d’Azur or French Riveria as perhaps it is better known has a most diverse coastline with stunning cliffs and the rolling countryside of Province. Add to this the chic resorts of Fréjus, St. Raphael and St. Tropez and you will really feel in a different world. Cannes, famous for its film festival and Monaco are all nearby. We hired a car for a week and booked a mobile home on a...
Posted 21 October 2007
Its hard to know where to start with my love for Down Under. It certainly is somewhere very close to my heart and not a day goes by that I don’t think of something I did or saw in Oz. I began my journey in Sydney. A fantastic vibrant city that is so easy to get around from the Opera House, Darling Harbour, the Rocks, the shopping area of Pitt St to the infamous Bondi Beach and its breathtaking walk to Coogee Beach. Then there is Manly Beach and its Aquarium which is accessible by the many frequent ferries...
Posted 29 July 2006
Zakynthos or Zante as this island is known locally is perfect for couples, singles and families looking for a brilliant holiday without having to take a too long of a flight. Less than 4 hours direct from Dublin. I holidayed in Zakynthos in July 2006 and we had a great week. Weather was typical at that time of year – HOT!! Just how I like it but its cooler in May and June, also Sept for Oct if you cant handle the high 30’s. We stayed in the friendly resort of Kalamaki, only 15 minutes from the airport so...
Posted 24 November 2005
I know there are many brides to be that dream of a white wedding in the Caribbean with the sun setting in the background and the sand between their toes. It certainly avoids the worry of whether the rain will hold off in Ireland, regardless of whether you chose a summer or winter wedding. I cannot recommend getting married abroad enough. So late November in 2005 myself and my fiancé, my parents and my future brother and sister in law headed to Cuba. We flew with Air France via Paris to Havana and after a 2 hour transfer arrived safely...
Posted 01 January 2005
Thailand really blew me away from the dramatic scenery to the beautiful welcoming Thai people. I loved every second of it. We began our trip in Bangkok, which is chaotic but so much fun. Its always buzzing. We then headed to Kanchanaburi and visited the Jeath War Museum and saw the ‘Bridge over the River Kwai’ before heading to Erawan National Park to swim in the waterfalls and whilst here even got chased by monkeys. We also spent a couple of hours at the ‘Tiger Temple’ and have some fantastic photos holding baby cubs and sitting with the tigers which...