With over 21 years experience in the travel industry & 11 of them as a Travel Counsellor, I have a huge amount of knowledge and experience caring for the needs of my clients; especially if you are travelling with children! I have three of my own and having travelled as far as Australia with them from as young as 6 weeks I certainly know the stresses that are involved and can help you to overcome these.
As your own professional Travel Counsellor I can use our award winning technology and my personal expertise to tailor make exactly the right holiday to suit your needs. Along with selling you a standard package, I can quickly search through hundreds of different flight, accommodation and transfer alternatives to find something that suits your needs exactly. I can source the best deals with tour operators, cruise companies, airlines, etc. Whether it is the family holiday, a city break, skiing trip, tailor made itinerary, honeymoon, getting married abroad or just accommodation, car hire or insurance.
Over the years I have been very luck to have travelled to many destinations including many European resorts & cities, Cancun, Singapore, Dubai, camping in France, USA, Mauritius, Thailand, the Maldives, cruised the Med and Australia. I also having extensive knowledge of the Far East, South Africa and the Caribbean. I can offer you advice on practically every beach, ski, or city destination of your choice.
I am a qualified Aussie specialist & Cruise expert, so I can assist you with planning that trip of a lifetime. Whether you would like to cruise the Caribbean or sit on white sand in the Maldives or a romantic trip to Italy, I can make this happen!
Your Honeymoon can be one of the most important & memorable trips you will take in the coming years. Every honeymoon I help create is tailored to suit every couple to make sure it is just perfect for them. Having organised many honeymoons and weddings abroad I would be only too happy to assist with yours.
We can communicate over the phone or by e-mail at a time that is convenient to you allowing you to make your decision when you are relaxed and ready with no hassle.
I look forward to speaking with you soon.
Sent in by Lynne Vaughan
Melbourne, Australia, 20 May 2014
Although we are the other-side of the world when I rang Donna to organise a trip to Ireland for ourselves and 2 grandchildren nothing was too much bother. We are now all sorted for a trip home along with a side trip to Greece and stopovers in Abu Dhabi.
Sent in by Marian O'Gorman
Wicklow, 14 April 2014
We have booked several holidays with Donna Olohan of Travel Counsellors and have always found her to be extremely helpful and professional. It is always a pleasure to deal with her and she makes the process of booking a holiday so easy. We haven't had a bad holiday experience since we started booking with her.
Sent in by Roisin Mann
Aughrim, 04 June 2013
Donna was extremely helpful when I was trying to organise a trip to Australia, a stop on the way over and a trip from Oz to Vegas. Donna priced a number of different options and talked me through them all. She was very patient as I changed my mind numerous times and she advised me about Australia and different places we could stop on the way. Without Donna I'd still be trying to figure it all out.
Sent in by Eibhlis Forde
Arklow, 27 May 2013
Our family has booked our last few holidays with Donna and found her to be extremely helpful, we always feel very assured that everything is in order before takeoff! One particular year our child was sick whilst on holiday and ended up in hospital, having Donna at the other end of the phone for reassurance and advice was a life saver! Have recommended her to several friends & family over the years
Sent in by Martin Newsome
Aughrim, 24 May 2013
I have used Donna on numerous occasions, from skiing in Bulgaria to sunshine in Thailand and many more and I can honestly say I have never had a problem or worry with any holiday. I found Donna very thorough and dedicated to providing the best possible service and I would recommend her to anybody.
Sent in by Edel McGrath
Wicklow, 24 May 2013
Donna was absolutely brilliant tailoring a perfect honeymoon to suit us and went as far as coming up with new ideas to add to our trip. Her service is second to none and I have already recommended her to friends and family
Sent in by Josephine Vaughan
Lusk, Co. Dublin, 10 July 2012
Hi Donna, I would like to say thank you for all your help. Every holiday you have booked for me has being great. You take the hassle and stress out of our holidays from booking the flights, hotel and transfes and the advice and time you give us. Always ready to help. You are brilliant at your job. Looking forward to our holidays in September and we will be in touch. Thank you.
Sent in by Nicola Gill
Athlone, 03 July 2012
Donna helped us choose the right honeymoon destination for us. She gave us options and advice on different areas and worked to book us exactly what we wanted. She was always pleasant, professional and very helpful, nothing was too much trouble, this made the whole booking process much easier than expected. I would highly recommend booking any trip through Donna.
Sent in by Sonia Neary
Dublin, 03 July 2012
We're just back from honeymoon and wish to say thanks to Donna Olohan so so much for doing such a spectacular job! We had an absolute blast on the honeymoon she organised for us. Every little detail was taken care of; flights, hotels, all our transport..even our day trips! We would totally recommend her. If you are going anywhere….Travel Counsellors and Donna are the ones to go with!
Sent in by Danielle Perry
Dublin, 25 May 2011
Just to say thank you very much for all your help, patience and dedication over the past few months in helping us book our honeymoon. You are great at what you do and really made us feel like we were your only customer which meant a lot to us!! We cannot wait to go on our honeymoon and have ever faith that your planning will result in a trip of a lifetime for us
Sent in by Valerie Dalton
Dun Laoghaire, 25 May 2011
From the very first phone call Donna was a pleasure to deal with. She gave great advice and help with selecting places to stay and advising on ways to travel around Thailand. She was very knowledgeable! While on our honeymoon we couldn't fault Travel Counsellors or the care that Donna put into our trip once. We had the time of our lives and it was in no small part to the time and effort of Donna
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