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 I decided to make it my business too and 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 honeymoon or 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. Later this year I’m one of the lucky Travel Counsellors who is going on a trip to Brazil, so I can’t wait to discover South America too.
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”.
Please send me your holiday or travel requirements and I will do my best to help you.
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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21 March 2019
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18 September 2018
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25 February 2018
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10 January 2018
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10 October 2017
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01 May 2017
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01 February 2017
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10 November 2016
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