Based in Co. Donegal

Geraldine Martin

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Based in Donegal, offering a personal service as a Travel Counsellor putting you the customer first and making your holiday dreams come to life! I understand how precious your holiday is to you and your loved ones so getting it right is key.

I am celebrating 12 years as a Travel Counsellor and have been a travel consultant for over 28 years. Throughout my career I have travelled extensively and have first-hand knowledge of the most popular destinations as well the trendiest!

Customer care has always been my priority and I feel as a Travel Counsellor I give one hundred percent. As a global company we have direct contracts with hotels, airlines, cruise lines and local guides which makes us competitive without losing the personal touch. I work flexible hours and can speak to you in the evenings or at the weekend if that suits.

I have travelled extensively, and I specialise in groups, honeymoons and family getaways. I look forward to hearing from you, so whatever your travel plans are please give me a call.


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My Blog

I absolutely live and breathe travel and I love to write about my experiences! Please take a look through my posts - you might find your own holiday inspiration.

Cape Town for seven days - Blissful

04 November 2008

Cape Town for seven days – Blissful If someone told me prior to my visit to South Africa, that you could spend seven full days in a city, I would have thought it a joke, but Cape Town is the exception to the rule. Cape Town, known as the Mother City, combines beauty, history and culture. I stayed in The Southern Sun Cullinan which is a short walk from the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and what a great choice it was. I had on my doorstep a wealth of beautiful restaurants, which would cater for anyone’s budget, a vibrant atmosphere, and a choice of excursions second to none. Nothing pleased me more than to have a spot of lunch, while listening to the fantastic jazz music, followed by a stroll out to Camps Bay, entertained by the surfers enjoying the thundering waves. It is amazing to have a choice of city, beach and an abundance of things to see and do in the one location. My first excursion was to Robben Island. Nelson Mandela was imprisoned here from 1964 to 1982. I really enjoyed my conversations with the Tour Guides who are all ex prisoners. The escorted tour of the townships gave me an insight into what African life is like, full of colour, culture and interesting people. A cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain is a must, with it feeling similar to being on top of the world, while the icing on the cake was a trip to Cape point, to see the meeting of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. The Baboons are here in their droves. They are cheeky and pushy and would literally take the bite out of your mouth. You really do have to be careful when they are around. A visit to see the penguins on my way back was the perfect ending to a perfect day. A lot of retail therapy was the finale of a fantastic week and the waterfront leaves no stone unturned when it comes to designer shops. We had a really good last night in one of the local bars where a fantastic band entertained us to the wee small hours. I got into conversation with a local lady who asked me where I was from. I told her Ireland and she said she would love to visit but she was afraid to do so. Hopefully the peace process has dealt with her fear. I told her that a lot of my customers were equally afraid to visit Cape Town and she couldn’t understand why. After my visit I would agree with her. My leaving wish was to return, and I did so the following year. I spent another two nights in Cape Town, visiting the wine lands, before flying to George. From George I rented a car and our first stop was Oudshoorn. We had a lovely overnt and the next day I visited an Ostrich farm, before driving to Knysa for two nights. I had a lovely ferry journey across the estuary to a wonderful Nature park. Beach was calling the next day and I drove to Plettenberg Bay. Eventually I got to Port Elizabeth where I enjoyed two nights on Shamwari game reserve. On arrival I had an amazing drive and got face to face with Rhino, Elephants, and Lion. The atmosphere on Shamwari was brilliant and what a lovely feeling sitting outside, having a bite to eat around a log fire. South Africa is a country of such diversity and after two visits I still have so much more to do. So much to see and do, and so little time.

Wild Canada

04 November 2008

Wild, Adventurous, fascinating Canada. Canada is high on my list of favourite places to visit. I have been to the cities of the East Coast, the rugged ness of Nova Scotia and the wildness of the West. On the east coast, Toronto, the gateway, is the largest city in Ontario. For shopping The Eaton centre is a must with its 320 stores and 17 cinemas. The CNN tower is amazing and the revolving restaurant left me quite dizzy. Toronto has 5 Chinatowns, Little Italy, Little Portugal and The Grand Indian Bazaar. Niagara Falls can be taken as a day trip from Toronto but personally I loved my overnight stay in the Sheraton on The Falls. The night views are lovely. The Maid of the Mist is fun, but be prepared to get wet. I felt that I was on a movie set, it was so stormy and wet, yet it all added to the enjoyment. Ottawa is the capital city and the National Government sits here. I took a sight seeing tour and visited The Parliament Buildings, The Embassies, Universities and Museums. Luck might have you seeing the Changing of the Guards. Montreal and Quebec are two of my favourite cities. Montreal is a blend of the old and new, with its cobblestone streets, trendy boutiques and The Underground City. Quebec is amazing, I love its quaintness and French feel. All in all the East coast has all of the ingredients for an amazing holiday. Halifax in Nova Scotia is one of the safest and friendliest places I have ever visited. It is a bustling city with lots of visitors due to the fact that it is a naval town. My day spent whale watching has special memories for me, scanning the great ocean for a glimpse of the huge whales. Finally for the icing on the cake and my visit to the west coast. Vancouver is the gateway to the great outdoors and after three days sampling the culture, shopping, Stanley Park and Chinatown I was ready for the more sedate Victoria Island. I have lovely memories of a lunch on the harbour. Victoria can be taken as a day trip from Vancouver or as an overnight. Banff, Lake Lousie, Whistler and Jasper are all part of the mix in this fantastic location. This is the very heart of the great outdoors, with an abundance of National Parks, and fab lakes. The views of Lake Louise from The Fairmont Chateau would melt the hardest of hearts. I have a photograph taken on the edge of Lake Maligne, it is so amazing that you would not be mistaken to think that it is a postcard. The west coast of Canada is also a fantastic ski location, with Banff, Lake Lousie and Whistler all offering spectacular skiing. Canada is so diverse; it has something to suit everyone. The Rocky Mountaineer gives the opportunity to travel long distances with ease and still see the beautiful country. Car rental, Camper van rental, rail or flights are all readily available. The one thing I would recommend is that you do as I have, one location at a time. It is to be savoured not rushed.

My customer stories

Sent by Mary Sweeney

Geraldine was brilliant. We had no idea about cruises before we met her. We were quickly able to narrow down what we wanted. She was very patient with us and answered any questions we had and changed our quotes to match this. Will definitely recommend.

Sent by Maggie McClure

I felt I was in good hands, I felt very confident that I was getting the best value and service. A very personal and caring service, Geraldine came to my notice through very high recommendations.

Sent by Donna Crampsie

Great service especially out of normal working hours that really suits myself.

Sent by Teresa Maguire

Geraldine is very professional in all she provides, I would have no hesitation recommending her to anyone .

Sent by Alisha Murray

Geraldine was extremely helpful from start to finish. She seemed to know what I wanted more than we did ourselves! She created the perfect package for our honeymoon and got the best flight times and companies for us too. She was so easy to deal with and made everything stress free and easy for us. Would absolutely recommend Geraldine to anyone wanting to book the ideal honeymoon. She has so much knowledge about every destination and so much experience in dealing with honeymoons! We can't wait to jet off now in July to our dream honeymoon.

Sent by Shane Mc ginley

We have booked with Geraldine 5 or 6 times now. Geraldine is a lady and makes it so easy and stress free. And when you pop into her she is always happy and smiling and would make you laugh every time. 10 out of 10.

Sent by Danny McFadden

Geraldine Martin provides a service which I can only describe as perfect. Geraldine is a true professional at her job and her knowledge is second to none. Her advice on holiday destinations are truly accurate and also she has a wide knowledge of accommodation types. We also use Geradine for business and I would not change for the world. Right from booking your holiday through the whole process is absolutely a fantastic and puts us at ease.

Sent by Liam Cannon

Geraldine was very approachable and spent time finding the package that I was looking for. She was always interested in hearing the details of what was important for our holiday and she managed to fully meet our expectations with no fuss. The second point that I would like to add was the fact that I didnt feel any pressure in deciding what I wanted, with no queue of people waiting to be seen, I was able to relax more and ask the questions that were important without feeling I was keeping anyone back.

Sent by Maria Timoney

We asked Geraldine to book an Eastern Med cruise for us (husband and wife). She booked a fabulous Royal Caribbean cruise around the Greek Isles, flights from Dublin to Venice, 2 overnight stays in Venice in beautiful hotels. Everything was done to perfection and we had a brilliant holiday. We will certainly book again with Geraldine.