Greetings and welcome to my web page!
My name is Derek Dunne and I'm a Dublin based personal Travel Counsellor. I have over 24 years of experience in Travel between a retail Travel Agency and with Travel Counsellors.
During my time in the travel industry I have assisted clients with all facets of travel from package holidays, city breaks, multi centre itineraries and round the world trips to safaris, cruises, honeymoons, ski trips and an extensive amount of corporate travel and group bookings.
I have travelled extensively over this time and have experienced many different destinations and cultures such as Cape Town and the Garden Route in South Africa, Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, Bangkok and Koh Samui in Thailand, Bali, Singapore, Vancouver and Toronto in Canada, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Atlanta, Atlantic City, Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, New York, San Francisco & an RV holiday in the Southern States in the United Sates. I have also been on various package holidays and city breaks around Europe along with Mediterranean and Norwegian Fjords cruises, I am certified to provide expert advice for Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Azamara Cruises and I am a certified South Africa Specialist.
I believe I can offer an exceptional personal service while utilising Travel Counsellors buying power and key global contacts with suppliers from all over the world in order to bring you your dream holiday, nothing is too much trouble and the more complicated itinerary the more exciting it is. You can feel safe and secure in the knowledge that Travel Counsellors are fully licensed and bonded in Ireland with the Commission for Aviation Regulation.
I can assist you with all or just part of your travel needs, so if you just require flights, accommodation, a cruise, sports trips, theme park tickets, car hire, travel insurance or any bespoke itinerary I am here to help.
For a great friendly professional service with the personal touch give me a call or drop me an email.
Looking 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...
15 November 2016
Bali is a beautiful Indonesian Island known for its fantastic hotels, beaches, beautiful sunsets, great restaurants and lovely people. The Balinese are an extremely friendly, gentle and courteous race with a warm smile. The interior of this tropical island is a rain forest and also features a volcano and the combination of temples carved into the cliff faces along with paddy fields. This diversity is in stark contrast to the many towns located along the stretches of sandy beaches. Seminyak, Sanur and Nusa Dua are popular resort towns along with the lively city of Kuta. Bali offers great value for money...
18 November 2015
I have sent many clients over the years to Singapore & particularly to avail of the great offers via the Singapore Airlines stopover programme, it was time for me to explore this vibrant city. While densely populated and comprising of a lot of reclaimed land, Singapore has a calm, organised and modern feel to it. The city itself is spotlessly clean and features some excellent transport links. While Singapore is heavily taxed, this also leads to several advantages. For example, there is 100% vehicle registration tax on imported cars, a car permit for $50,000 has to bid for every 10 years...
07 February 2015
I was delighted to have the opportunity to go to the Dominican Republic. When I visited this island I got to experience the culture, sights, beaches and many of the great hotels and resorts that it has to offer. The Dominican Republic is the second largest island in the Caribbean and is neighboured by Haiti. Discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1492 after many years of various occupations and civil unrest Dominican Republic became a free state in 1960. The capital Santo Domingo is steeped in history and is a great option for tourists who wish to experience...
21 May 2014
An ever growing popular trend with the adventurous holiday maker is to combine a beach and city destination. So for the best of both worlds and for some relaxation and culture I headed off to Portugal to experience what Cascais and Lisbon has to offer. A short two and a half hour flight followed by a 30 minute scenic train journey and the delights of the beautiful coastal town of Cascais awaits. Cascais is located on the Estoril coastline with both towns close together. Cascais is a wonderful laid back town that caters for all demographics. There are several coves with...
12 December 2013
Many people who have been travelling to the US regularly have at some stage probably transited in Atlanta, but this time I got the opportunity to visit Atlanta properly and experience what it has to offer. Atlanta Airport is the busiest airport in the world, Delta Airlines have direct flights from Dublin with connections all over North, Central and South America. This was my first experience of Delta Airlines and I found them extremely good to fly with. I availed of their Economy Comfort Service on my outbound flight for that bit of extra legroom, 50% more recline of the...
25 November 2013
I have been to New York several times but this time we were on what I'm told was, serious business.....shopping! New York is truly a shopper’s paradise. The value is extraordinary and features zero or low sales tax, but to be an even more savvy shopper there are several things you can do to maximise your experience. Firstly fly direct if you can, if you are taking in multiple destinations on your trip maybe leave the shopping in New York to be the last leg of the trip - that way you are straight home with your new purchases as...
16 November 2013
Mexico in recent years has been exploding in popularity on the Irish market where demand from families, couples and honeymooners has been huge! So I thought for my own holiday I'd have to check it out and see what it has to offer. We set off for Cancun, a coastal city in the tourist destination commonly called The Mexican Caribbean. Cancun is situated on the southeast coast of Mexico in the Yucatan Peninsula. The climate in Cancun is tropical, with consistent hot and humid weather throughout the year, very warm sea temperatures and powdery sandy beaches. Cancun has loads to...
28 April 2013
Lanzarote is a volcanic island and is probably the most popular of the four Canary Islands on the Irish Market. It lies just 70 miles off the coast of Africa with a 4 hour flight time from Ireland. It has an enviable year round climate which features extremely low rainfall and temperatures that rarely fall below 20c in the winter months (it’s actually on the same latitude as the Sahara), as a result it would be an extremely popular holiday destination all year round. Finally, after many years in the Travel business I got a chance to experience it....
14 December 2012
For a little something different for a weekend break I tried the spectacular medieval city of Bruges. To get to Bruges it's a little over an hour flight to Brussels followed by two trains which takes an hour and a half or a one hour transfer from the airport. The Venice of the North, as it is known, Bruges became a UNESCO world heritage site in the year 2000. Bruges was more recently made famous by the 2008 smash hit film "In Bruges", which featured our very own Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell. It's definitely worth a look and especially...
10 October 2012
Having cruised twice in the last two years I was really excited to receive an invite to the inaugural sailing of the Celebrity Reflection. The newest addition to the Celebrity fleet, the Reflection is the last of five ships in their Solstice class. The concept behind Celebrity is "modern luxury"; they exceeded all my expectations to achieve this. This is 126,000 tonne brand new vessel with a capacity of 3,046 guests and 1,270 crew on board. Apart from being a five star luxury brand Celebrity strive to differentiate themselves from the rest of the market by thinking outside the box...
05 October 2012
Paris in the Autumn, I love it! This was my third visit to Paris and each time it was the first weekend in October to coincide with the Prix de l’Arc De Triomphe, two days of fantastic horse racing in a wonderful setting. On my first visit to Paris some four years ago I immediately got a great feel and liking for the city. While Paris is a very large city (approximately 2.5 million people live there) it is also very accessible and extremely tourist friendly. Once you have cracked the metro system the whole city is open to...
21 June 2012
I have been down to the Costa Del Sol many times in the past, it’s a beautiful coast easily accessible from Ireland and has plenty to do. But alas I had been there and bought the tee shirt. When friends recommended Nerja for an extended weekend break I thought why not. I had heard a lot of very good reports from colleagues and clients. I must admit I was very impressed and it’s the ideal spot for a nice relaxing break that is away from some of the hustle and bustle of the other larger resorts. We went in late June,...
01 February 2012
If you haven't been or are indeed are a regular visitor, the "city that never sleeps" is truly a fantastic, busy, vibrant city packed full of different cultural influences that is a must see. It is a truly infectious place that will always stay with you and leaves you with the feeling that you want more. This was my fourth visit to New York and the first time I did just New York on its own for a weekend. As flights etc are so reasonable I always tended to combine New York with somewhere else on the East Coast. My first...
28 June 2011
Having sent many clients on cruises in the past and having seen their popularity take off over recent years I had to try it out for myself and experience firsthand what a cruise holiday was like. We decided to take the safe route and did a short cruise from Malaga with a group of friends for 5 nights with Royal Caribbean. It was an easy introduction to cruising as it was a short flight/transfer and a short cruise. But instantly I was captivated with the whole experience and I couldn't quite believe for my own eyes what excellent value for...
Sent in by Patrick Hogan
Dublin, 15 July 2022
Derek is excellent. Highly recommend him. Have used Derek to book four family trips already this year so that says it all.
Sent in by John Breen
Dublin, 05 June 2022
In all communications I’ve had with Derek I have always found him to be very professional and courteous. He has that great skill of being able to put people at ease and goes the extra mile to ensure customer satisfaction. I would rate Derek 100 per cent and have no hesitation in recommending him, in the same way that Derek was highly recommended to me. Thank you.
Sent in by Angeline Brown
Dublin, 01 June 2022
I have been booking my holidays with Derek for a number of years now and he never disappoints. I couldn't ask for a better service always exceptional.
Sent in by Derek Howard
Dublin, 11 February 2022
Super helpful, extremely responsive and a pleasure to deal with.
Sent in by Rachel McCarthy
Dublin, 11 February 2022
This is the third time that I have used Derek's services to book a trip. Derek is a complete professional who is knowledgeable and helpful. There were a number of last minute changes that Derek was happy to accommodate. I would highly recommend booking with Derek.
Sent in by Sarah Sheridan
Dublin, 11 February 2022
Derek is a gent. He's so bubbly, friendly and happy. He has a laugh with you all while remaining professional and knowledgeable about his work. I left feeling like he was a friend I could definitely return to. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to go on any sort of holiday.
Sent in by Nicola Cosgrave
Dublin, 11 February 2022
Great service. Derek Dunne was very friendly, approachable, informative and interested. He understood exactly what we were looking for from our trip and he planned a wonderful trip within our budget. I have recommended Derek to many of my friends and family and will definitely book another trip with him myself.
Sent in by Paul Doyle
Maynooth, 03 October 2017
Derek has arranged holidays for me over the last number of years and I have always found him to be cheerful, helpful and perhaps even more importantly knowledgeable regarding our destinations. He has always offered us options based on our specific requirements in terms of accommodation, type of holiday and our budget. Invariably they were consistently excellent. In my view he provides a first rate service, always available, and at a time when travel has become more a chore than a pleasure, the reliability of his service in terms of flights, transfers and accommodation makes the travel so much easier. I would have no hesitation in recommending Derek to any prospective traveller and from my point of view I will be working with him again in arranging my next holiday.
Sent in by Noeleen Behan
Dublin, 02 October 2017
Derek arranged a weeks holiday for 3 of us in Rethymon, Crete for the last week in September. We had a lovely week and would highly recommend the town. All of the arrangements were perfect, the flights, the transfers and the hotels. I would highly recommend booking holidays through Derek as it takes all the stress out of travelling.
Sent in by Alasdair Sutton
Dublin, 29 September 2017
Derek arranged our trip to our son, Conor's, graduation next May in Kentucky. We wanted to see Washington DC as well as meet up with an old school friend who lives in Georgia. Derek kindly spent some time putting together a very workable itinerary which will allow us to do all of the above. His service is excellent and no change was to difficult to overcome. His professionalism and easy manner makes it very easy to do business with Derek and I cannot recommend him enough. Thanks again for all your help Derek....first class!
Sent in by Conall F
Dublin, 25 April 2017
We booked our honeymoon to Asia with Derek in early 2017 and the experience could not have been better. From the initial consultation, to booking, to follow-up, Derek could not have been more helpful. His knowledge of the various travel destinations was immense and he was very flexible with us during the planning stage. I have recommended Derek's service to all my family and friends and would certainly plan another trip through him in future.
Sent in by Pauline O Sullivan
Glasnevin, 10 October 2015
Derek provided us with an invaluable service this July when we were booking a sun holiday abroad for a gang of twenty five. This group consisted of elderly, teenagers, couples and young children. We outlined what we wanted and how much we were willing to pay and he came back to us very quickly with three choices. His knowledge of resorts and accommodations was superb. We picked our accommodation and Derek very kindly liaised with each smaller group separately and organised flights and room types and airport transfer for each party as everyone was travelling at different times with different family numbers. We never had to do another thing except arrange payment over the phone. Throughout this whole process, Derek could not have been more patient and helpful and has a great understanding of family travel and, indeed, it was a pleasure to deal with him.
Sent in by Fiona Ennis
Waterford, 07 October 2014
From initial enquiry right through to holiday, Derek proved to be very helpful, professional and knowledgable showing a genuine interest in our plans. Derek obviously loves what he does and this shows in his commitment to ensuring that you have the best possible experience when planning and booking a holiday. Thank you for your effort on our behalf, we will certainly return to you when looking for inspiration when planning our next holiday.
Sent in by Ger Lynch
Navan, 24 May 2013
Derek has been a huge help to myself and Elaine. We were struggling with picking and organising our honeymoon. Derek was recommended to us and he took all the hassle and stress away. He put a package together we couldn't have dreamed of doing ourselves. We can't wait for the honeymoon and I have and will continue to recommend Derek. Great service and top bloke.
Sent in by Charelle Brown
Dublin, 20 November 2012
I would just like to add that Derek Dunne is very efficient and I would highly recommend him to friends and family and have done. He is friendly and lovely to deal with. Charelle and Geoff Brown.
Sent in by Tony Hynes
Wexford, 24 July 2012
I travel a lot as part of my job and have been using the Internet for years to book all my travel needs. I thought I was quite good at finding a good deal. That is until I starting using Derek from Travel Counsellers. Whatever I want he can offer me more options, at a better rate, in a quicker time than I can get for myself online. Using Derek as my TravelCounsellor is a no brainer.
With independent access to hundreds of travel suppliers around the world, I can pick out exceptional offers with amazing added value. Take a look through my latest selections – but even if nothing catches your eye, let me know what you’re looking for and I’ll do my best to find it for you!
Contact me on 0872421055