Welcome and thanks for dropping by! I am your Travel Counsellor based in Cobh, Co. Cork.
I have worked in the Travel Industry since 1983 where I have gained vast experience working both as a Tour Operator and a retail Travel Agent. Over the years, I have travelled extensively throughout the World visiting locations such as most European resorts and cities, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Bermuda, Barbados, Borneo, Morocco, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Israel, India, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bali, and many of the resorts in Thailand and Malaysia.
I specialise in selling all aspects of travel from family sunshine holidays to ski, worldwide flights and of course that ‘special occasion’ holiday such as a honeymoon or special anniversary. However, I have a special interest in cruise and long-haul holidays where I feel my experience is of great assistance and an invaluable asset to my clients.
Being a Travel Counsellor gives me the time and opportunity to offer my clients the excellent and professional service they deserve. Travel Counsellors has the most advanced technology in the business which also helps me to give a prompt and efficient service. Working from home means that I am available to my clients at their convenience. So, if you are planning a break away or a special holiday just give me a call and I can put together an ideal itinerary for you. Also, remember that Travel Counsellors are fully licensed and bonded here in Ireland so your money is protected.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Whatever your holiday needs I'm here to help you, so simply give me a call or send me an email with your contact details on and I can get things started for you:-
I absolutely love travel! Take a look through my posts - you might find holiday inspiration where you least expect it...
20 October 2014
Thailand is truly amazing and as they say ‘it begins with the People.’ I honestly believe that the service you receive in Thailand is up there with the best in the World; but the Thai’s do it with a genuine smile which makes it even better! My most recent trip was to Chiang Rai in the North and Hua Hin on the South eastern coast. Our first stop was to Chang Rai and to get there we flew with Thai Airways to Bangkok via Heathrow (Terminal 2 is ideal as Aer Lingus now fly into this terminal, so no change needed...
31 October 2013
If you are interested in sun, amazing beaches, great standard hotels and with a bit of culture and eco-tourism thrown in then Borneo has everything you are looking for. Borneo is divided between three Nations. Indonesian Borneo to the South a smaller portion is ruled by Brunei to the west and Malaysian Borneo to the North. The part I visited was the province of Sabah in Malaysian Borneo. The best way of getting there is with Malaysian Airlines from Ireland via Heathrow and Kuala Lumpur and I have fabulous fares to here. Kota Kinabalu is the Airport we flew into in...
12 September 2012
I had been to Zimbabwe in 1997 and fell in love with Africa. Ever since then I have always wanted to return. As I have never been to South Africa, and receive a good number of enquiries for there, I felt it was essential I get there, so off I went on a short ten day tour of the main tourist areas. I flew with South African Airlines as when I visit a country for the first time I like to fly the national carrier to get a feeling for the country. They were also the cheapest on the route!...
11 August 2011
Los Angeles Beaches are as much of an attraction as Disneyland or Hollywood are. I have recently returned from a holiday in Los Angeles. I am in the lucky situation that friends of mine have moved there recently and settled in Hermosa Beach. To be honest with you I would have never thought of staying at a beach for a Los Angeles ‘City’ break but as I learned this is the correct way of doing it. Accommodation is cheaper and you are a short distance from all the attractions Los Angeles has to offer. The Beaches stretch from Malibu to Long...
10 July 2010
Welcome to Miami!!! Let’s face it, America is an amazing destination. It has something for everyone. Whether you are looking for the glam and glitz of LA, the sophisticated modern city life of New York and Chicago, to wide open spaces of the mid-west and of course the amazing beaches. I could go on and on but for me the ‘Jewel in America’s Crown’ has to be Miami Beach, Florida. There’s always so much going on in Miami that you would nearly need an extra hour in the day to enjoy all that’s on offer. Outside of its outstanding surf and beach,...
12 September 2008
I have always been fascinated with India, its culture, colours, food and of course its amazing history. So you can imagine how excited I was when I got the opportunity to travel there a few years ago. I flew from London with Jet Airways who I have to say are excellent to fly with and a great introduction to your Indian experience. One has to keep an open mind when travelling to India. It’s a Country of contrasts. There are the extremely rich to the growing middle class but then you have the extremely poor. It also has one...
Sent in by Pat OBrien
Cobh, 22 August 2018
Chris, Thank you so much, just loved our trip. Staying near Cascais was great, lovely beaches and we were able to walk there and back to hotel in Estoril. Hotel Saboia in Estoril also worked out perfect with swimming pool to enjoy, lovely walks and beach to go to also. Hotel in Lisbon great, and what a city! Going to Fatima for the day was very good, will be telling you more about it all when we talk soon. Good things come to an end all too soon, but of course we had to come back home!! You are amazing Chris, Thank you for all the trouble you went to for us, great to get those transfers to Estoril for the start of holiday and back again from Lisbon to the airport for travel home, so much appreciate all you did, could not have done without your excellent help and advice, you are a Top Class Travel Counsellor, you will be very well recommended by us. Best Regards Pat & Frank
Sent in by Angela Crowley
Midleton, Co. Cork. , 21 June 2017
It's a pleasure having you as my travel agent Chris. You make travelling a pure joy. I really enjoyed my holiday you arranged for me in May. Everything I asked of you was granted, thank you. Looking forward to my next journey in November, which I have already booked through you. You're a gem and once again may I thank you for all the trouble you go to on my behalf. Thank you, Angela.
Sent in by Michelle Johnson
Cork, 10 April 2017
Chris made the process very easy and got me the best deal for my trip to Hong Kong. Thanks!
Sent in by Joanne Cronin
Cork, 08 April 2017
Booked a trip recently with Chris for thirty four people to travel to Prague. He was such a great help to me as you can imagine with such a large number there was a lot to be done but that was no trouble for him. Even when our airline changed our flight details cutting our trip short by a day Chris rescheduled all our booking without any complaint. Thanks Chris for all your help. Great service and have already recommended you to others.
Sent in by Danielle Kelly
Cobh, 07 April 2017
Fantastic service yet again your advice and knowledge is second to none.
Sent in by Ruth Geasley
Cork, 07 April 2017
Thank you Chris for finding me, and for what I am sure will be the perfect holiday again this year. Year after year, myself and many family members and friends trust and value your personal, efficient service. It is a fantastic advantage that you, yourself have first hand knowledge of so many destinations. I do look forward to getting the cute little Thank You for Booking cards too!
Sent in by Karina A
Cork, 01 March 2017
We booked our honeymoon last year with Chris and it was fantastic. I felt that because we booked through him we definitely had extra perks that we wouldn't have gotten booking it on our own. He is a pleasure to deal with and very patient! We have just booked this year's holiday through Chris too and the whole process was easy and smooth. Would definitely recommend Chris to anyone booking a holiday, he takes all the hassle out of it.
Sent in by Caroline Crotty
Cork, 06 May 2016
Chris, I am so happy to have the opportunity to write a review of your service. You save me time, effort, headaches, hassle and money by coming up with the most appropriate holiday suggestions for us. We tell you what we'd like in a vague way and you return with the most perfect suggestions. You are gifted at what you do and immediately know what will work for us. We both recommend you and your service to family and friends and our only disappointment is that we didn't know about you years ago. You are a star - keep up the wonderful work Chris.
Sent in by Stephen Funchion
Cork, 11 October 2015
Chris, I'd just like to thank you for your standard of service and care. Your attention to detail and communication with us was wonderful - just knowing you're there if we need to call upon you while we are away is both reassuring and comforting. You organised such a perfect holiday for us in such a short timeframe - thank you for everything. You created a stress free holiday - looking forward to the next one...thank you.
Sent in by Kevin McCormack
Dublin, 09 October 2015
Chris recently organised our travel to and from Australia. We had very particular time frames and stopovers in both directions. Chris made excellent arrangements, encompassing all our requirements in a completely hassle free way. And all that with added insight and great humour! Can't recommend any higher!
Sent in by Claire McCole
Galway, 07 October 2014
Chris was a pleasure to deal with, he made the whole experience of booking our honeymoon extremely carefree. While not knowing where to book ourselves, Chris was happy to help in any way giving his expert advice.
Sent in by Deirdra Kiely
Dungarvan Co. Waterford, 07 October 2014
Absolutely delighted with the holiday package you came up for us. Everything sounds perfect. There was no messing or waiting around, everything was booked promptly and we were always given all details at all times. A fantastic service, will defiantly be booking future holidays through you again. Thank you Chris.
Sent in by Eddie McCarthy
Cobh, Cork, 29 July 2014
Chris, as usual turned up trumps. Hotel was a great location and pick up's perfect. We had a great time. Many thanks, hope we will always be a position to avail of Chris' services for our breaks.
Sent in by Geraldine Walsh
Cork, 21 April 2014
Chris arranged our travel arrangements to New York for our Honeymoon. From the first contact with Chris he was most helpful, emailing prices, suggested hotels etc. Our flight from Cork was delayed and we missed our connecting flight in London, but Chris was aware of the delay and text to see if there was anything he could do, one phone call from Chris and he had arranged seats on the next flight thus avoiding any hassle in London and avoided us joining a big queue to rebook the flight. He also made contact with the company in New York who were due to pick us up to let them know that we would be delayed. The service we got from Chris took a lot of stress out of the travelling on the day. We would and have highly recommended Chris, the service is 5 star and worth the money for the efficient service and just knowing that there is someone at the end of the phone should any problems arise before or during the trip. Thank you from Ger and Dave
Sent in by Barbara Daly
Cobh, 15 April 2014
Many thanks for all your help with our recent travel arrangements. We are delighted with the service. Every aspect of the booking process was delivered with promptness, courtesy and a great knowledge of what was available. We will have no hesitation in recommending Travel Counsellors to friends and family. Thank you again
Sent in by Karen & Derek Power
Enfield, Co. Meath, 06 January 2014
I just wanted to email and say thanks so much for all your help with organising our honeymoon to Sri Lanka and Thailand. It was flawless. We had an amazing time. Sri Lanka and Thailand are both beautiful and all our hotels were great. In particular our tour guide in Sri Lanka was fantastic! I have written a review for Mrs2Be and included your details because I would highly recommend you to others looking to book their honeymoon.
Sent in by Anne Moroney
Cobh, Co Cork, 27 June 2012
I have used Chris on several occasions and I just love his personal approach. He has a fantastic knowledge of what his clients needs are and can just simply match them perfectly with the trip. This seems to come naturally to Chris and of course he has many years of experience behind him. I would have no hesitation in recommending Chris.
Sent in by Ruth Geasley
Cobh, 27 June 2012
Booking my holiday this year was a pleasure. Thanks to Chris, I was given many options via e mail for my summer holiday. Chris knew my budget and my preferences and very quickly the e mails started to roll in! The beauty is that Chris'service is not confined to office hours. I would highly recommend Chris, his patience and good natured manner genuinely took all the hassle out of booking.
Sent in by Denise Bolger
Co. Cork, 27 June 2012
Thank you Chris for the fast reply to your emails and excellent recommendations of the fantastic holiday choices that you have given to me. The service you are offering is very helpful and really explained. Excellent service and will be coming back for future holidays. Also a few of my friends has booked with you too and are very happy with the 5* service
Sent in by O Connor
Carrigaline, 27 June 2012
Chris picked a fabulous holiday package for myself and my husband the apartments were so close to everything and spotlessly clean. We would book with Chris Ryan again as the price and service were spot on would highly recommend him!
Sent in by Melissa Ahern
Midleton, 08 May 2012
Thank you so much for organising an amazing honeymoon for us.It really was the trip of a lifetime, you had everything organised perfectly and there were no issues. The hotels you selected were all excellent and a lot of them upgraded us as we were a honeymoon couple and they certainly treated us extremely well. We would have no hesitation in recommending you to friends and using your service again
Sent in by Breeda Mulcahy
Kilfinane, Co Limerick, 20 October 2011
Chris Ryan has been so helpful to me. He booked two tickets to Australia for me for this December. I nearly drove him mental with phone calls and questions; he has such patience and is always so cheerful. He got me assistance for my Mam which I never even thought of. I cannot say enough about Chris but I know one thing I will be looking to book further trips with Chris. Thank you Chris.
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