The Honeymoon and Holiday Expert.
Are you looking for a bespoke Honeymoon or holiday? A trip designed just for you?
Would you like to have someone who works with you planning your once in a lifetime trip, someone who will give you their full attention right down to the tiniest detail?
I am a travel planner; I plan and book personalised trips to suit each of my client’s needs. I take the stress and responsibility out of planning and booking your next trip.
The main aim is to tailor your honeymoon or trip abroad to your personal needs and budget while at the same time getting you the best value for your travel spend. I also offer 1st hand destination knowledge to allow you make informed decisions on your trip.
I work with a limited amount of clients at any one time so that I can offer this personalised service. I will do the research, saving you hours of frustration searching online, I will give you independent advice that you can trust and look after everything for you including booking your preferred hotels, flights, trains, island boat transfers, excursions and visa advice. But not only that, I will give you my honest opinion based on my first-hand experience and that of my customers with the promise of finding the very best value for your travel spend.
I don’t believe in a “one trip fits all” approach. I’ve been working as a long haul travel specialist for over 20 years and have probably been to most of the faraway countries in the world! I specialise in bespoke, long haul adventures including honeymoons, once in a lifetime trips, retirement treats, and anniversary holidays. I tailor theses trips to the needs of everyone I work with. No two holidays are ever the same but they are always fabulous.
So how does it work?
To find the perfect holiday for you, I need to get to know you, your wants and needs, what you like to do while you travel and also what you don’t; this is often the most important question! I offer a free 20-minute consultation by phone, FaceTime or Skype, where we get to know each other, even better if those travelling with you can be on that call too. Following that initial consultation, you will decide if you are happy for us to work together.
It's a big world out there with some of the most amazing places and your special trip is most definitely the time for you to explore the world in style and I would be delighted to help you plan it and book it for you.
Some of my personal favourite destinations are listed here and you can also take a read of my personal blogs right here on my webpage too:
5. South Africa
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Please send me your holiday or travel requirements and I will do my best to help you.
Sent in by Aoife Callinan
Co Meath, 09 July 2019
Huge thank you to Andre for all her help and advice over the last couple of months! We received our beautiful honeymoon package today and it was just fabulous! We can’t wait for it now and are looking forward to booking our next adventure with you again!
Sent in by Matthew Donnelly
Kildare, 05 July 2019
Very helpful and came up with plans I would not have thought off.
Sent in by Shane OFarrell
Dublin, 23 May 2019
I have used Travel Counsellors twice now and on both occasions Andre has been excellent throughout without fault. She will answer your queries, come back to you with all the information that you requested very promptly and will also have other options that you may not have considered which may be a better choice. Her knowledge of the industry is vast and is contactable 24hrs a day when abroad incase of emergencies. I couldn't recommend Andre enough.Thanks again for everything.
Sent in by Donal Fox
Dublin, 23 May 2019
I found Andre to be knowledgeable, informative, efficient, helpful and friendly. All requests were dealt with cheerfully and our requirements were fully met.
Sent in by Patrick Oman
Kildare, 21 May 2019
Time after time, Andre delivers a first class service. She works with the client to ensure all details are matched to the best value, location, activity and expectation. We will not go anywhere unless Andre's organised it!! Keep up the great work!
Sent in by Orla Brady
Meath, 21 May 2019
Andre was amazing. She had all my questions answered before I even asked and gave me tips for what to do on my family trip that I booked with her .
Sent in by Susan Jackson
Dubin, 20 May 2019
This was our first time to book a holiday with Andre and we were extremely happy with the service. We found her extremely efficient and helpful and we will definitely book a holiday with her again in the future.
Sent in by Paula Calllaghy
Dublin, 20 May 2019
Have always found Andre to be a great source of knowledge on holiday destinations. She has organised a couple of family holidays for us and her advice has always been very practical. She is very accessible.
Sent in by Leann Quearney
Dublin, 20 May 2019
Andre was very easy to talk to, gives 100% in making up all holiday packages, and answered any questions or queries I had! I will highly recommend her to friends and family.
Sent in by Ciara Smyth
Dublin, 24 November 2018
Andre was absolutely fantastic to deal with when planning our honeymoon. It was so stress free and she went above and beyond when planning our honeymoon. Nothing was a problem and her suggestions for hotels etc for our package were brilliant. Would highly recommend Andre in the future.
Sent in by Laura Redmond
Dublin, 23 November 2018
Just to say thanks to Andre for her her invaluable advice on helping us choose the perfect cruise. On tailoring our requirements she highly recommended Celebrity cruises and how right she was.This was one of the best and most relaxing holiday that we have had. Andre's advice and tips were invaluable. I have always recommended her to friends and will continue to do so thanks Andre.
Sent in by Seamus Kiernan
Dublin, 21 November 2018
First time booking with Andre and most definitely will use her services again . Hassle free booking was the best, told her what we wanted and got options back to chose. Simple. Resort fantastic, clean and professional and amazing food. Thank you Andre.
Sent in by Joanne Doyle
Dublin, 20 November 2018
Great service, highly recommend, nothing too much trouble.
Sent in by Silvia Harte
Dublin, 04 May 2018
Andre made booking a really complex honeymoon seem very simple. We only gave her a budget and a list of places we'd like to go. 48hours later Andre contacted us with all the places we spoke about and still came in under budget. We said yes, then she set up an online payment system where we paid off some when we could. The information and knowledge Andre possesses makes google seem slow. Highly recommend for any holiday not just the once off's. Thanks for making our special day last for weeks...
Sent in by Yvonne Oman
Co Kildare, 14 September 2017
Time and time again, Andre goes the extra mile to ensure that your holiday plans are the best they can be. She brings all her experience to each decision and establishes a unique, trust-based relationship from the offset which certainly guarantees that we will never book a holiday without talking to her first! Keep up the fantastic work!
Sent in by Daithi OChurrain
Rush Co Dublin , 06 September 2017
Myself and Hazel were a little unsure as to how we could go about planning our ideal honeymoon. After a few emails between ourselves and Andre at the outset to establish suitable times for discussions, just one phone call later with Andre and we knew were on our way to the perfect trip. Andre was very informative, but more importantly very attentative. She paid close attention to what we were looking for, and was able to advise us on the best options and alternatives should we wish. Andre's vast experience meant she was able to get back to us very quickly with ideas and prices. She was very professional to deal with, and down to earth too. Her knowledge certainly shone through a few times, each time offering us ideas which added to our already ambitious plan. We were a little unsure at first as to whether or not we would use an agent to book our honeymoon, or try plan it ourselves, but too be honest, what Andre advised us on, and planned for us, we could never have managed in a year of efforts, yet Andre could put this together in a matter of 1 week. Yes... 1 week we went from clueless to booked on our dream honeymoon. Advice to couples looking to book a honeymoon, simple, let Andre's expertise do the work for you, for there is enough work and planning to be done for the wedding, don't add trouble to your already stretched time, let Andre help you with it! Would I recommend Andre to others - gladly. Thank you Andre for all your assistance.
Sent in by Louise Malone
Dublin, 07 May 2016
I have booked several holidays with Andre and I have always found her to be extremely professional, efficient and helpful. Her knowledge of the industry shines through and no request is too big or too small. Her attention to detail is exemplary and not something you come across with your average travel agent. Average is not a word I would use to describe Andre, she goes way above the call of duty every time and treats every client as if they were her one and only client. This special treatment is what brings me back to Andre again and again. I know I am in safe hands once I make that call to Andre. Thank you Andre for being you.
Sent in by Anne Colgan
Dublin, 06 May 2016
Recently we had the greatest trip ever to Vietnam. Thanks to Andre everything went very well and made it unforgettable. All of us enjoyed every minute and there was never a dull moment. I have memories of beautiful exotic places and a genuine warmth from the people. I can't wait to go back and explore more of Vietnam.
Sent in by Ann Sheridan
Dublin, 06 May 2016
Dealing with Andre was an absolute pleasure. Nothing was too much trouble, she priced up 4 different versions of our honeymoon for us and was always on hand to answer all our questions before we made our final decision. Once we'd agreed on our itinerary she booked and confirmed it to us quickly and sent all information for us to review and approve. She really put us at ease and we feel completely comfortable that we're going to have the trip of a lifetime with the reassurance that she is at the end of the phone should we need her while away.
Sent in by Emma Russell
Skerries, 02 February 2016
I would not hesitate to recommend Andre to anyone. She took an idea we had, went away to research the options and proposed a perfect holiday for our family - it is exactly what we wanted. I particularly liked her personal recommendations and advice - she knows what will work for us and we can relax knowing we have a tailored holiday to look forward to and enjoy. Andre was able to do all of this in a very short space of time - she is exceptionally efficient and before we knew it everything was booked. Thanks Andre!
Sent in by Peter Hally
Co Meath, 02 February 2016
Thank you for all you did for us on this most memorable of trips. The fact you were contactable at pretty much anytime was a major bonus on the organisation of and also the run into the honeymoon, it really put our mind at rest. The package you sent through with the tickets was also a lovely touch including the flip flops for Orla. We just want to say that with this experience of our first trip organised through you we will certainly have no hesitation in recommending you to everyone we speak to and hope to be in touch with you soon to organise our next trip.
Sent in by Aine Doran
Dublin, 11 November 2014
Excellent, efficient service, would highly recommend Andre.
Sent in by Helena Duffy
Dublin, 07 October 2014
Andre has been absolutely brilliant to work with. It took me and my husband to be nearly 5 months to decide where we wanted to go and Andre's patience was that of a saint! Neither of us knew exactly what we wanted, we have very generic ideas sun, sea, a bit of pampering because it's our honeymoon and Andre came back with a list of options for us from Africa to Hawaii. A lot of the places we were looking at Andre had been to and could personally advise on the benefits of each location. I have recommended her to lots of people and will continue doing so. Andre puts so much effort into her work and you really feel she has your best interests at heart when she is looking into deals for you. Holidays/honeymoons booked with Andre are all about the detail and quality, she works within your budget and gives you the best of everything she can find. Andre is 100% reliable, flexible and so friendly you, you can trust she will do her best for you.
Sent in by Helena Duffy
Co Dublin, 27 June 2014
Andre has been brilliant, her patience is definitely something to be commended considering how indecisive myself and my husband to be have been. She gave us plenty of choice and changing details to what appealed to us most was never an issue. Thanks Andre for all your help.
Sent in by Karen Birney
Skerries, 14 April 2014
Andre is great to deal with. She is a wealth of knowledge and only too happy to impart it. I have recommended her to friends and they have also been very pleased with her service.
Sent in by Anne Reilly
Drogheda, 14 April 2014
Meeting Andre Bedford of Travel Counsellors was the changing point for our family holidays. I gave Andre a description of previous holidays enjoyed by our family (4 teenage boys, with Mum and Dad), interests, hobbies, preferred locations and our wish list for the ideal holiday. Andre met our expectations and more! Her patience and perseverance were amazing. She found a holiday for us that we could only have dreamed of - meeting all our various wishes and within budget too! I've referred Andre to several family members and friends. It's saved me time and money and given us the holiday that would otherwise have remained just a dream. I'll definitely be using Andre's services again.
Sent in by Sharon Keenan
Newry , 14 April 2014
Andre was lovely to deal with and provided great choices for us to consider. I would recommend her to all my friends & family
Sent in by Jeanne Wall
Dublin, 11 October 2013
We would like to thank Andre for all her help in booking our honeymoon. She was so patient with us changing our minds every 2 minutes! We never considered Mexico but after listening to Andre she had us sold - really knew what she was talking about and so passionate! Roll on 6.5 months when we'll be living it up in Mexico and then shopping in New York - we can't wait! Thanks a mil!
Sent in by Emer Kennedy
Dublin, 11 October 2013
I have already recommended you to 2 of my friends who are talking about Honeymoon at the moment. I couldn't have asked for a better service and never felt pushed into having to book. I am really looking forward to the months ahead planning our trip in more detail. I am so greatful for all your help Emer :)
Sent in by Karen Waters
Lucan, Dublin, 10 June 2013
A platinum service received from start to finish. From the first contact by phone with Andre I felt very confident that I could leave the planning of my family's holiday in her capable hands. There was no stress or hassle. I would highly recommend Andre Bedford and the company Travel Counsellors.
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15 July 2019
Japan is one of those country's that seems to intrigue everyone, yet I don’t think it is a destination for everyone. If you love history, adventurous food and want to experience different customs Japan is definitely the place for you. Many of my friends have visited Japan yet they can’t seem to explain the experience in detail, so this just made me more intrigued. There is so much to see in Japan and I would recommend at least a 10-night stay. We started our trip in Osaka. Osaka is a vibrant city, referred to as the food capital of Japan....
15 July 2019
My favourite city in Europe is Venice followed closely by Lisbon. Lisbon is a magnificent city that has somehow been overlooked by travellers over the years and I’m not sure why! It’s up there with Rome, Paris and Dubrovnik. It has everything you could ask for from a city and much, much more. Old cobbles streets, outdoor dining, huge plaza squares looking out over the water and old trams running up and down the steep streets all add to the experience. The trams are a fabulous way to see the city and there are many sightseeing companies, but I’d recommend...
15 July 2019
Although Hong Kong has a population of 7.2 million it somehow doesn’t feel like it. Hong Kong is made up of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon island, the New Territories, Lantau Island, and over 200 other islands. The airport is on a separate island too with a direct train service to both Kowloon and Hong Kong island and with shuttle buses onwards to your Hotel, it’s a very convenient way to access the city and is also cost effective. The city has the largest number of skyscrapers in the world, most of which surround Victoria Harbour. What you may not know...
08 May 2019
What was the Maldives Really like? Just fabulous is the answer to that question. Here’s all you need to know about the Maldivian island, Olhuveli Beach & Spa. I’ve been trying to get to the Maldives for 13 years, so it had a lot to live up to, but it’s safe to say the whole trip to the Maldives was amazing. It’s just picture perfect. I took a total of 600 hundred photos of the island itself in one week! It is just so beautiful you will be snapping away nonstop. Everything from sunrises to sunsets, dolphins to tropical fish,...
08 May 2019
The temples of Angkor Wat have been on my bucket list for a long time. I was really excited to visit. Angkor Wat is one of the largest religious temples in the world. The fact that it was completely forgotten for over 200 years when the king moved the capital city from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh to get further away from the Thai border, and the ongoing threat of attack, only adds to it’s magic and mystery. It’s all about 37 when you are learning about Angkor Wat. It took 1000’s of workers 37 years to build Angkor Wat....
06 September 2018
South Africa is one of the most diverse destinations to visit as it has everything to offer, history, amazing scenery, fabulous wildlife, multiple safari options and a coast line to be envied. At the moment it also offers fantastic value for money as the Rand has fallen so we are getting much better value for our travel spend. Cape Town a city beach destination over looked by Table Mountain which sours into the clouds. It’s a really picturesque backdrop. There is so much to do here. Robbin island where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated. This is a must do in my option....
08 August 2018
Fuerteventura is sometimes considered just another Canary Island and while it does have a lot of similar features and attractions to the other islands, personally I think it has a lot more to offer for both couples and families. Less commercial than its closet neighbour Lanzarote, this is one of the reasons I love it so much. Night clubs and loud music bars are really non-existent in the former fishing village of Corralejo. Fabulous beaches, upmarket restaurants, cocktail bars along the sea front and local children jumping from the pier is what’s it’s all about. Perfect for a relaxing break...
08 August 2018
Mauritius is a fabulously upmarket destination. White sandy beaches are the order of the day and really good food with lots of the hotels offering numerous restaurant choices in their all-inclusive packages. I’ve been lucky to travel to Mauritius twice over the years and view numerous hotels. Once in a work trip and the second when I returned for my Honeymoon. I enjoyed both trips so much. Mauritius is super for a honeymoon as many of the hotels offer a bride a 50% discount on their stay. It’s the only country I know that does this. It’s also a...
08 August 2018
I chose Victoria falls and Chobi Game Reserve in Botswana for my honeymoon as I wanted to do something totally different whilst also having a luxury adventure and this fit the bill perfectly. We stayed at the Royal Livingston hotel, a 5 Star beauty on the banks of the Zambezi river. From the get-go I was enchanted. On arrival as I stood waiting for my new husband to exit the car, a black and white streak caught my eye. Moving slightly to look through the lobby I couldn't believe my eyes, two Zebra wandering the grounds of the hotel beside...
23 May 2018
Island hopping the Philippines: I was expecting white sand beaches and clear blue seas but what I got was much much more. There are 7,000 islands in the Philippines which increases to 7,700 when the tide is out! So, there’s a lot of exploring to be done. The three main geographical areas are Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. My trip took me around the beautiful Visayas. The Philippines is a modern place not like Thailand or Vietnam at all. Sleepy backwater, the Philippines is not. An island nation where each island has its own characteristics with many UNESCO heritage site and...
03 May 2018
With the launch of another big ship by MSC and another 6-8 to follow in the coming years it was time to get myself on the MSC Seaside to see what it had to offer. We decided to cruise from Miami on her to the Caribbean. Holding over 5000 passengers and crew, the ship is huge but this has its advantages with lots of facilities. Numerous bars, restaurants, speciality restaurants, splash park, 4 water slides, 3 pools, a zip line, basketball and soccer courts, bowing, outdoor cinema, spa and I’m sure I’ve forgotten something! It's the newest and largest ship in...
03 May 2018
A lot of us have been to New York and if not, the Big Apple is high on our wish list. As I have been before we tried to do a few different things on this trip. Visiting in the winter months can be rewarding with less crowds but it can also be challenging with the weather. Top Tip: be prepared! It can be exceptionally cold, and the east coast does get a good bit of rain. We even had snow! Beautiful as it was it did limit some the attractions. Top of the Rock for example closed for 4 hours....
05 February 2018
I have been lucky enough to have holidayed in Dubai 6 times now and have loved every trip. Dubai is one of my favourite cities on the beach, but it is also a great stopover destination with flights stopping here on the way to Australia, Thailand, Bali and Vietnam to name a few. I love that Dubai is city full of activity, high end hotels, fabulous service and great value gold. I am often asked what can I do in Dubai? So here are some of my favourite things to do that I recommend to my clients. • Take the lift to the...
02 February 2018
Las Vegas has always been really popular with my clients it's a great combination as a two centre holiday with a Caribbean Island or with a US road trip along the Pacific Coast, but many of my clients think all you can do in Vegas is gamble! Here are some of the fabulous things you can do in Vegas that I recommend to my clients to enhance your experience. • Visit the Pinball hall of fame, it’s free in you just need to bring the quarters. • Watch the fountain show at the Bellagio. • Take a trip to the top of the Eiffel tour for...
18 January 2018
Elephant Hills is Thailand’s 1st luxury elephant camp. It allows you a once in a lifetime opportunity to interact with the endangered Asian elephant. It is quite over whelming really, as you are given the opportunity to get right up close and personal with the elephants. Their sheer size only becomes apparent when you are given the opportunity to wash them! We obviously weren’t doing a good enough job as our elephant decided to fill her trunk with water and take matters into her own hands, completely soaking us in the process! This only added to the enjoyment and fits...
07 July 2017
It has been many years since I’ve been to Thailand and I had wondered if it had lost its charm? More tourism often means the beauty is lost, but I can honestly say this is not the case in Thailand it is a breath taking as ever. I decided to stay in Southern Thailand for this trip and visited the new resort of Khao Lak, the islands of Koh Lanta and Phi Phi, Krabi with its limestone Karsts, Phuket and Khao Sok National Park which allowed us to visit Thailand’s first luxury Elephant Camp. Khao Lak is a newer resort 1hr...
05 May 2017
A few people have asked me what exactly do I do? I am a travel expert; I book and plan personalised holidays to suit each of my client’s needs. So, what exactly does that involve? 1. I research and book the best value flights with the best connections, times and stopovers for the destinations you are visiting. 2. I recommend and book hotels based on your likes, preferences and budget, but also add personal recommendations on hotels I use regularly or that have been tried and tested. 3. I organise private transfers to collet you from the airport, take you to your accommodation and back to...
10 February 2017
I thought you might like to know a bit more about me before you can trust me with your trip of a lifetime. I've have specialised in the planning of long Haul holidays for 20 years now, yes I got a fright myself when I realised it was 20 years but I have loved every minute of it. Travel has always been the career for me. I relish learning about new upcoming destinations, new hotels, new tours and new sites opening up. My favourite one at the minute is to take a Vespa tour in Ho Chi Minh City in...
14 October 2016
I'd never been to the Seychelles and had only heard good things. Given that a large part of my business is organising and planning unique honeymoons, I decided it was time to find out for myself if this paradise island lived up to its reputation. The Seychelles are the world’s oldest oceanic islands of granite rock. It is the granite that gives the Seychelles their unique beaches. To say I was blown away by the beauty of these beaches is a complete understatement. They are breath-taking and each one is unique with white powdery sand and a sea that is just...
14 October 2016
Denis Private island, what can I say to do this island justice. Well, breath-taking is the very first thing to say about this island and amazingly beautiful is the second! I was truly blown away by the natural beauty of this island. White sandy beaches, clear blue skies and an amazing turquoise warm sea, absolute bliss. Even arriving on this island is a unique experience. There is a single flight each day, a small 13 seater aircraft which flies you over the islands of the Seychelles on a 30-minute adventure and lands you on a grass airstrip that splits the island...
26 June 2014
Vietnam was always a place I fancied going but in all honestly I thought it would be like Thailand. How wrong I was and what a fabulous surprise Vietnam was. Thailand is a firm favourite of mine but I have to say Vietnam is every bit as good, different and diverse and even better in some parts. The first thing to hit you when you arrive in Ho Chi Ming City is the shear amount of motorbikes. The whole city is full of them and the trick seems to be how many people or things you can get on one...
10 October 2013
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this tiny Caribbean island at just 21 miles by 14 miles wide! It did seem small but as the Bajan people refer to it as ‘21 miles long and a smile wide’ I reckoned we were off to a good start. The first thing you notice when you arrive is how nice the beaches are; they really are picture perfect with turquoise seas and white sandy beaches just like you see in the brochures. Although you can just chill out at the beach or the pool there are great water sports...
29 November 2012
I am just back from my second visit to Los Angeles and all I can say is everyone should see it at least once. There is so much on offer in California, from designer shopping on Rodeo Drive to the theme parks of Disney and Universal Studios, Hollywood to the gorgeous beaches of Santa Monica. It is the perfect destination to have a two-centre holiday, a city and beach without the hassle of taking a second domestic flight. The hotels are excellent, and the food was fantastic. I can honestly say we did not have one bad meal the whole...
20 May 2010
With all the talk about Mexico I thought I should get out and see if it was as good as they were saying. All I can say is it was better! A lot of emphasis is put on the fabulous 4 and 5 star All Inclusive resorts in Mexico which are really great and luxurious and I absolutely would recommend you stay in one but there is a lot more to it. It was lovely to travel to a country which has plenty of culture, history and great natural beauty. The Mexicans have great Mayan history and the temples of Tulum...
01 May 2008
Bali is a beautiful island with all you would expect from a tropical island but more. The whole interior of the island is rainforest. They also have a volcano and the combination of temples carved into the cliff faces, rainforest and paddy fields. This makes it a lovely diverse destination. Most come for the beaches which are gorgeous and there are many hotels to choose from, each one nicer than the last, but also because Bali offers great value for money. The best news is that the standard of hotels is very high so a three star hotel is fantastic...
03 May 2005
I always said I would only visit a country once as there are so many places in the world to see, this however when out the window as soon as I landed in Thailand. Thailand is everything you imagine it to be and much more. The people are very friendly and delighted to have you come to visit, the food is magnificent and the sights are straight out of a photo book. Bangkok is most definitely a love hate city, I loved it, you see things in Bangkok that you will see nowhere else in the world. Elephant’s walking down...