My biggest passion is travel and how amazing it is that I am able to do what I love most as my job.
My name is Ellen, born and raised in The Netherlands and now living in beautiful Ireland. After studying Tourism I worked for many years in 5 star hotels where I learned how to take care of our discerning guests in the best way possible. But travel was my passion and I decided to make it my business too when I joined Travel Counsellors, initially in the Netherlands.
Being part of a global company meant that when I decided to move to Ireland permanently, I could continue doing what I love most and still take care of my clients in both countries. As I have grown my business here, I have had the pleasure of looking after the travel arrangements of some high-profile Irish customers both for dream honeymoons and unique holidays, and now I’m ready to do the same for you.
I’m based in Swords as a Travel Counsellors and we’ve just put down roots in Bettystown, Co. Meath. And as I’m not restricted to 9-5 it means we can chat about your holiday plans whenever suits you best. Most importantly for me is that the experience from start till finish is personal and special, I will try to get to know you and I’m sure I can make all your dream holidays come true.
I travel myself as much as possible, obviously because I love it, but also to be able to advise my clients even better. From safaris in South Africa and Botswana to backpacking in South East Asia, many road trips in the USA, relaxing in the Seychelles, discovering Caribbean islands like Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Saint Martin and Curacao. I’ve also spent lots of time on city trips in Europe, there are so many beautiful destinations only a few hours away and of course I’ve enjoyed many summer holidays in Mallorca, The Canaries, Italy, France and many more places. Last this year I was one of the lucky Travel Counsellors who went to Brazil to discover this amazing country. My first introduction to South America was amazing and can't wait to see many more countries in that beautiful part of the world.
Something I’m really passionate about is accessible travel. So what is accessible travel? It is making travel accessible to everyone everywhere. So as always when I meet someone or talk to them on the phone, my first question is “where do you want to go”, and I will make that happen.
I look forward to meeting you and helping you with your travel plans. I’m here for any type of holiday, far away or nearby, a city trip or your dream honeymoon, road trip, tailor made holidays, luxurious or standard, business travel, cruises, group travel, winter and summer holidays, or getting married abroad is one of the many options I can help you with. Everything is possible and I’m here for you with personal and friendly advice. Please do not hesitate to contact me, it will be my pleasure to help you.
“Travel is the only thing you can buy, that makes you richer”.
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:-
This is a short video to introduce myself and to tell you a bit more about what I can do for you. Contact me for more info.
The Seychelles, one of the most stunning places I have ever been. Check out my video about this gorgeous destination.
As travel arrangements continue to change, we’re looking ahead to start making plans to get excited about. Let me guide you.
I absolutely love travel! Take a look through my posts - you might find holiday inspiration where you least expect it...
21 March 2019
Brazil was on my bucket list for a long time and recently I was lucky to be able to discover three regions of this huge country in South America during a work trip. After a short stopover in Lisbon we were on our way to Rio de Janeiro! Rio airport is huge, but incredibly efficient. We were out of the airport in no time and within 30 minutes of leaving the plane on the way to the city. We arrived in the evening and our hotel was right on the Copacabana; where else in Rio would you want to stay?! With...
18 September 2018
New York, the City that never sleeps! A city that we all seem to know, whether we have been or not! It is the backdrop to many films and well-known television series, video clips and commercials. I have been in this impressive city three times in recent years and I can’t get enough of it. Often when you have seen a certain city once you will not feel like going back there soon again, but New York is somehow addictive. There is so much to see, so much to do and experience. Of course, the first time I went was...
25 February 2018
Last March at our annual a Travel Counsellors conference I won my very first TC award for ‘Best Marketing’. I was very excited and honoured. With this, I was lucky to be invited to go on a “winners trip” to the Dominican Republic! What a gorgeous destination to discover. We flew to Punta Cana and we transferred to a gorgeous resort, with beautiful gardens, white powdered sand beaches, amazing pools, with a welcome drink in our hand. Welcomed by the manager and we are shown around the resort and its three other sister resorts. The following day it is time...
10 January 2018
Everyone has a paradise island on their "bucket list", an ultimate dream destination. This is often a romantic tropical island with white beaches, palm trees, clear blue sky and the sea in that beautiful turquoise blue color. I too wanted to experience a paradise destination like this, so I chose the Seychelles. With Etihad, one of the top companies from the Middle East, I flew via Abu Dhabi to Mahé the main island of the Seychelles. The Seychelles consist of more than 115 islands but 3 of them are the most important and accessible for tourism. Mahé is the largest island...
10 October 2017
Jamaica - beautiful beaches, palm trees and lovely reggae music made famous by Bob Marley. These are the first things many think about when you say Jamaica. Late last year I was personally invited by the Jamaican Tourism Board to go on an educational trip to Jamaica, an offer I could not say no to! It is early October when we fly to Montego Bay, arriving late in the evening we met our local guide for this trip, a representative from the Jamaican Tourism board. For the first few days we stayed in a beautiful luxury all-inclusive resort in Ocho Rios,...
01 May 2017
Curaçao is a popular holiday destination among a lot of people. Since it is such a popular destination I decided to go travel there for my own holiday. I wanted a relaxing weeks holiday with nice beaches, good choice of restaurants but also with fun activities to do. Curaçao ticks all those boxes. On arrival we picked up our rental car and tried to find our resort without navigation. Very old-fashioned with just a map trying to find the way, arriving in the famous Jan Thiel bay. The Papagayo beach resort is located here where we chose to stay. We...
01 February 2017
Throughout the year, Lanzarote is a great destination to stay. I enjoyed it very much and would recommend this to most people. Lanzarote, one of the Canary Islands is where I go when I’m in need of warm temperatures and some nice sunshine during our winter. The Canary Islands are one of the few "close" destinations where the weather is good almost all year round. Lanzarote is a unique island with unusual landscapes, beautiful in a different kind of way. The island is surrounded by spectacular crystal-clear waters and has some white, black and golden beaches. Because of the long sandy...
10 November 2016
Africa, I can say with absolute confidence that this is my number one destination of all the places I have been so far. The first time was in 2009 and I remember a friend who showed me her photo album, she had just returned from South Africa and I would leave the following month. She had lots of photos of elephants, and I thought “I have seen elephants before, it’s not that big of a deal”, how wrong was I? A month later we flew to Johannesburg, started the trip in Pretoria and then on to the Greater Kruger Area. We...
Sent in by G. Warren
Dublin, 08 September 2021
Ellen is extremely efficient in all the aspects of Travel Counselling. We would be lost without Ellen whenever we want to travel. The most helpful and professional person you could ever want.
Sent in by Sean Whelehan
Swords, Dubin, 02 March 2020
Ellen is a joy to deal with and the 10 score is really a 10+.
Sent in by Bernadette Sexton
Dublin, 16 January 2020
Ellen was very responsive and provided me with a number of great options based on the initial brief. Pleasure to engage with.
Sent in by Jennifer Hurley
Dublin, 29 November 2019
I've just recommended Ellen today to a work colleague who's daughter is planning her honeymoon and my best friend who's booking New York for her parents for Christmas. Thanks for the birthday card too and all your help organising our trip!
Sent in by Jean Gavin
Swords, 13 November 2019
I give Ellen 10/10 for her excellent service and would recommend her to my all friends.
Sent in by Ciaran Ryan
Swords, 16 October 2019
Ellen is absolutely brilliant!. She takes the time to understand what you want and then builds you your dream holiday around that. Ellen is always there to answer any questions I have and I couldn't recommend her higher.
Sent in by Shane Wilson
Lisnaskea, 16 October 2019
Excellent experience of dealing with Ellen and from the outset was honest in every aspect of dealings with myself.
Sent in by Brian Fetherston
Malahide, 29 August 2019
Ellen was a pleasure to deal with and made the process easy and painless. I highly recommend her.
Sent in by Jennifer Daly
Swords, 30 July 2019
Ellen was extremely helpful and very patient with my endless requests! Love the myTC app too, very convenient
Sent in by Niamh Walsh
Swords, 29 July 2019
Amazing service, 3 P’s Personal Positive Professional!
Sent in by Cathal Traynor
Wicklow, 25 July 2019
We needed quite a varied itinerary planned for our sixteen day multi location holiday. Ellen planned it perfectly and even when we needed to change some dates there was no problem. We would have absolutely no problem in recommending Ellen and she will be planning our future holidays.
Sent in by Tommy Smith
Bettystown, 16 July 2019
My wife Sarah and I booked our dream honeymoon with Ellen and we couldn’t recommend her enough. She organized everything for us and took the hassle out of everything. She asked us a few questions about what we wanted and we told her we didn’t want to be stuck in the same place, we wanted to see a couple of places. She recommended a cruise so we went to Miami for 3 nights stay at the Royal Palm Hotel, it was a great location right on Miami Beach. We went on a 7 night Caribbean cruise on the brand new MSC Seaside ship. She gave us great advice and answered any questions that we had. The cruise was amazing from the food to the drink package and each stop off at port we saw plenty of beautiful islands and even went snorkeling and swimming with dolphins. After the cruise we had one more night in Miami before flying home and Ellen had got us upgraded to a suite at the Nobu Hotel Miami. This was a beautiful hotel. We would definitely be booking with Ellen again she made our dream honeymoon come true we loved every minute of it. Thanks Ellen!
Sent in by Ronan Power
Ashbourne, 11 July 2019
Ellen was fantastic and I would definitely recommend her to friends because of the service she and Travel Counsellors provides.
Sent in by Catherine Livesey
Balbriggan, 20 June 2019
Ellen was super to deal with. We got several options regarding our trip to Australia & there was no problem in changing the ideas. Ellen was efficient and considered all aspects of our plans.
Sent in by Rachel Lowry
Swords, 01 April 2019
Fantastic service felt very personal, will continue to use Ellen as my Travel Counsellor!
Sent in by Steve Garrigan
Swords, 09 March 2019
Amazing service! Highly recommended.
Sent in by Sarah Prendergast
Ashbourne, 25 February 2019
Ellen created our dream honeymoon and listened to everything we wanted. She went above and beyond for us and we are so excited!
Sent in by Oona Foran
Swords, 22 February 2019
Ellen took the hassle out of trying to book a holiday!
Sent in by Philip Magee
Ashbourne, 12 February 2019
I can’t thank Ellen enough, I’m fussy and hate booking holidays, Ellen actually made it enjoyable and went above and beyond to make sure we got the best holiday. I’ll be recommending her to everyone and I loved theTravel Counsellor app also.
Sent in by Sean Whelehan
Swords, 30 January 2019
Ellen is a gem and a delight to deal with. She is attentive, friendly, courteous and open to sharing her vast knowledge of travel and quick to apply her skills to creating a complex travel itinerary for us. Many thanks Ellen, Sean & Caitriona Whelehan.
Sent in by Carina May
Swords, 16 January 2019
Ellen is a dream to deal with! She works fast and always provides a different variety of options to choose from! Wouldn't book a holiday with anyone else.
Sent in by Lucy Kilbride
Dublin, 11 December 2018
Ellen was fantastic and really listened to our requests, taking everything on board and into consideration. We are so happy with our honeymoon and cannot wait to go!
Sent in by Peter Desay
Swords, 08 November 2018
Ellen is an absolute legend and a pleasure to work with.
Sent in by Tara Hanly
Swords, 30 October 2018
Ellen introduced me and my friends to the concept of the Frenymoon this summer when she planned our trip for Jamaica and man did she deliver! We had an absolute ball from start to finish as Ellen had planned our itinerary to a T. We had given Ellen a budget for accommodation and she gave us a great selection throughout the country ranging from guest houses to hotels and even a stay in a luxury guest house! We couldn't believe the trip Ellen had created with our budget and suggestions etc. We could recommend Ellen highly enough and will be sure to be availing of her services again.Thanks again Ellen. It really was the trip of a lifetime- topped off with hearing "No woman No Cry" in Trenchtown !
Sent in by Sarah Greene
Swords, 30 October 2018
Ellen put an amazing holiday together for me and my husband to Athens and Santorini in June this year. It was the perfect holiday from flights, transfers and hotels. She made everything so easy and I can't wait to see what she comes up with for our next holiday. I would highly recommend Ellen for all your holiday needs.
Sent in by Edel Byrne
Dublin, 27 October 2018
Ellen planned an unbelievable trip for me and my friends to Jamaica...the attention to detail we went into for the trip and Ellen was so attentive to our trip requirements. I immediately went to use her services again for my next holiday which is to Cuba next year, Ellen is an impeccable planner and takes the stress out of planning an amazing break, would 100% recommend her to anyone .
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