Thank you for visiting my webpage! I've been working in the travel world for over 17 years and 10 years as a Personal Travel Counsellor providing a specialist travel concierge service. Travel has always been a part of my life since I was 14 years old when I took my first foreign holiday to Spain on my own to visit some Spanish friends! This is when I got the travel bug and wanted to see the world.
I've been creating dream holidays for almost 2 decades and it is my absolute passion! Imagine settling in to an over water villa in the Maldives with views over the sparkling Indian Ocean or a stunning luxury suite in St Lucia with views out over dazzling blue Caribbean Sea! Or a family getaway where the kids play freely with their new found friends while relax and put your feet up knowing everything has been arranged perfectly. These are the experiences I can create for you, so you can experience your own happy memories that will last a life time.
As your Travel Counsellor, I offer a personalised service for all types of travel both leisure and corporate. I am committed to offering the highest levels of customer service and am available to you throughout the day, in the evenings as well as weekends. I am here to work with you to help you arrange your prefect trip down to the finest detail.
Let me take the hassle out of researching and booking your holiday. After we chat on the phone where I learn about your expectations and what you would like from your holiday, I can take that worry off your shoulders by offering you a friendly, professional and personalised service and by combining all my experience, give you the best value and choice for your money.
With my wealth of travel experience, I can provide first hand advice all types of holidays. I'm an expert on honeymoons to all the best and most exclusive destinations e.g. Mauritius, Seychelles, Dubai and in the Caribbean St Lucia, Aruba, Barbados and can advise on practically every European city break and beach resort.
Having travelled extensively throughout Europe and around the world to destinations such as Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, Canada, USA, Caribbean, the Middle East and a lots more, I would be very happy to use my vast experience and knowledge to make all your travel dreams come true.
For a friendly informal chat to discuss your next adventure, please don't hesitate to call anytime
Please send me your holiday or travel requirements and I will do my best to help you.
Sent in by Andy Gilbert-Mannion
Dublin , 29 September 2017
Myself and my husband booked our mini-moon & honeymoon through Ian. He was amazing, he gave us plenty of options, tips & hints. He took the hassle away from us .Very helpful & followed up with us before our trip to make sure we were sorted. We are looking forward to our honeymoon in December now. Thanks again Ian. Looking forward to booking more trips with you in the future. Andy & Aidan
Sent in by Bernadette & Patrick Byrne
Beechwood, Inch, Athy , 13 April 2017
We would recommended anyone to go with Ian for any holiday. Ian, you know what we like and you sure gave us a great break. We are really looking forward to our next holiday already. Once again, many thanks from two very happy customers.
Sent in by Martina Cullen
Athy, 07 April 2017
We have booked with Ian three times, with one of the trips being our all-important honeymoon. What I really value about the service Ian provides is he really listens to the brief that you give him, including budget. He really puts you at ease, very professional and knowledgeable so you know you're in the right hands. If you run into bother when on holidays, lose documents or just need advice Ian is always available to assist you which is absolutely priceless. A fantastic service from an absolute professional.
Sent in by Paula Brady
Baldoyle, 05 July 2016
My husband, 3 year old son and I are just back from one of the best family holidays we have ever had. When we contacted Ian back in February about booking our summer holiday, we knew we wanted to go to Portugal, but we were open to ideas and let Ian select the resort and location. Ian took time out to talk to us and listen to our requirements and came back promptly with not one but three different options for us, all within our price range. Ian's recommendations far exceeded our expectations. We couldn't have been happier with the 5 star service we received from Ian and from our family holiday. So much so, that I have already booked my next holiday later this year with my Travel Counsellor. Thanks again Ian.
Sent in by Marie Conlon
Newbridge, Co. Kildare., 16 May 2016
I first met Ian last autumn at Toastmasters in Athy and after talking to him for a little while soon discovered he organised holidays for people and tailored made them to meet family requirements. This was music to my ears as I am a widow aged 64 and every year try to plan my own holiday with a friend who also lost her husband some years ago. I explained to him what my wish for this year was and he emailed me different options and hotels he could recommend for me, which included train transfers, pick-ups etc. even down to places to eat out. He was very patient and organised a holiday I am really looking forward to.
Sent in by Eileen Kelly
Balbriggan Co, Dublin , 10 May 2016
I was recommended to Ian through a friend last year, I used Ian to book a cruise for myself and my husband. I go on holidays each year and always use a travel agent. I must say without a doubt Ian is a pleasure to deal with, he goes beyond what is expect to make sure you have all that you require to have a great holiday. One quality I like about Ian is his honesty, if you need transfers he will say yes get them, or if not he will say they are not value for money. I would have no problem recommending him to my friends and going forward I will always use Ian as my travel agent.
Sent in by Lorraine Mc Gowan
Balbriggan , 06 May 2016
I have booked numerous holidays using Ian and I have never been disappointed. I trust his expertise now to even choose a destination that suits my family. I would recommend his service to anyone and if you use him once you'll most definitely use him again, thanks Ian.
Sent in by Rosalynn Jones
Bettystown, 06 May 2016
I having been booking holidays for several years now. He takes all my budgeting needs into consideration and asks me what I would like. He offers me many options to choose from. He is very professional and friendly. I will be booking all my holidays with Ian.
Sent in by Clodagh Mc Donnell
Drogheda , 06 May 2016
Cannot recommend Ian enough. We as a family have travelled far and wide thanks to Ian. He is highly professional and nothing is ever too much trouble for him. Thanks for all you do for us, you are a legend.
Sent in by Rachel Harford
Balbriggan , 10 October 2015
Thanks so much for arranging our holiday in Portugal recently. We had an amazing time and the hotel was fabulous and ideal location. Totally stress free for us as you had it all sorted and very professional service. I am looking forward to booking plenty more holidays with you.
Sent in by Janice Mc Gillivray
Stamullen Co Meath, 09 October 2015
I would always contact Ian first before I go looking for our annual family holiday. He gets back to me promptly with a choice of options and I also purchase my travel insurance through his service. He now knows my family’s needs and we get the package we want and save for every year. I find that added security knowing that there is someone at the other end of the phone should something go awry. We will continue to use Ian at Travel Counsellors as long as he provides this great service.
Sent in by Sheila O Neill
Newbridge Co Kildare, 09 October 2015
I would use Ian to book any holiday requirements I would have. I find him so easy to deal with, so professional and knows exactly what I like.
Sent in by Sandra McGrath
Balbriggan, Dublin , 09 October 2015
We spent a wonderful week in Lake Garda. Thanks to Ian for finding us a holiday at short notice to this amazing place. Thanks for going above and beyond Ian, You're a gent and I would recommend your services to anyone.
Sent in by Rachel Harper
Dublin, 21 October 2014
Super and efficient service. Will definitely be booking again with Ian. Took the hassle out of all the hours I usually spend trawling the internet every year looking for a suitable holiday.
Sent in by Helena Mooney
Rush, 07 October 2014
It was a pleasure and a stress free experience dealing with Ian. He was extremely prompt to respond to many questions and I found that he was able to get me the best value for my money. I would highly recommend Ian and I will definitely book additional holidays with him in the future.
Sent in by Ciara Dunne
Kildare, 27 June 2014
Just a quick thanks Ian for helping us arrange our honeymoon trip to Toronto,Niagra Falls and New York!! You were so easy to deal with and gave us so many options. Just as excited for the honeymoon as we are the wedding in November! I have & will continue to recommend you to friends and family
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25 May 2016
This was one trip I was really excited about. We travelled with Aer Lingus on their fantastic direct flight from Dublin to Orlando and we got to experience their Business Lounge in Terminal 2 and what a great experience, with lots of snacks and drinks to help you relax before the long flight to Florida. Ask me about lounge access for any Aer Lingus flight. The US Customs and Immigration pre-clearance at Dublin Airport was excellent and arriving into the US as a domestic passenger without any further queuing or security checks was a breeze. On arrival, we were transferred to...
11 June 2015
This had been one trip I was very excited for and it didn't disappoint! Travelling with Air France via Paris from Dublin the connection was quick and easy and the new Air France 777 aircraft from Paris made for a quiet and comfortable flight. On arrival in Havana we transferred to our hotel, 5* Parque Central. This hotel is in a prime central location and offers very easy access to all the main attractions this city has to offer. It’s a beautiful hotel. I also visited many other 5 star hotels like the Hotel Nacional, Melia Habana, Hotel Saratoga, Hotel...
07 October 2013
I flew with Emirates Airlines Business Class which was a magnificent experience and one I can highly recommend. They have a world class service and with lie-flat beds, this just made the whole journey seem effortless. The first hotel I stayed at was the 5* Sofitel The Palm. This brand new property, which only opened on 1st July 2013, has a French Polynesian theme throughout giving you a feeling of being on a tropical island but within very contemporary and modern surroundings. This hotel is very luxurious and has a serene feeling of calm and relaxation. My room was a Luxury...
23 May 2013
I was thrilled when I got the invitation to visit Malaysia as it has been on my bucket list. Flights were courtesy of Malaysia Airlines. Arriving in the morning we were warmly greeted by our host and promptly taken to our hotel the Royale Chulan. It’s an impressive hotel and is beautifully decorated and very well located. It's within walking distance of one of most attractions in Kuala Lumpur. That evening we were treated to a Cocktail Dinner Reception. Here I got my first taste of Malaysian cuisine and all I can say is WOW. The flavours, spices, sauces and...
04 April 2013
I had been really looking forward to this trip for some months. I have some friends in Bilbao who invited us over for a few days skiing with them in the Pyrenees. We flew into Bilbao and spent the day and night there with our friends at their home. Having been to Bilabo on many occasions, it was fantastic to be back in this once industrious city. There have been radical changes to Bilbao since my first visit in 1996. The city has well and truly put itself on the tourist map. It has chic bars and restaurants, uber cool cafes,...
04 May 2012
I was very lucky to win this trip with some colleagues courtesy of Qantas Airlines and Australia’s Gold Coast tourist board. We flew out to Brisbane via Singapore and were fortunate to be upgraded, if affordable for you I would definitely recommend as the little touches are so worth it not to mention the larger seats and extra leg room. Arriving at 7 am we were greeted by our host for the trip and promptly whisked off to our first accommodation, Peppers Broadbeach. The apartments are simply stunning in every aspect – décor, size, amenities, cleanliness and the breathtaking views. Our first...
11 December 2011
I was delighted when I got the opportunity to go on this educational ski trip organised by one of our suppliers. It had been a few years since I was skiing and I was really excited about this trip. There were 15 of us who flew to Barcelona and transferred to Andorra, which was a relatively short 3 hours by coach. The first resort we stayed in was Arinsal at the 4* Princesa Park Hotel and the hotel is impressive on arrival. At reception, we were upgraded to their deluxe rooms, I would highly recommend this as they were more luxurious...
07 October 2010
We flew with Aer Lingus direct and they have great fares for early or late season, we only paid €96 return including taxes. The hotel we stayed in was the Silken Indautxu, a fantastic 4 star right in the city centre and within walking distance of all the central sights. At the time of my stay, the hotel was undergoing some renovation work, but this didn't interfere with our stay one bit. The rooms were spacious and nicely decorated and the hotel had a fantastic bar area with live music at the weekend. The bar staff could have been a...
05 September 2009
I was lucky enough to be invited by MSC Cruises to spend a week on board their cruise ship MSC Orchestra. It was probably the best trip I was ever on! I couldn't have asked for a nicer group of agents to be away with. Our flights were with Scandinavian Airlines in business class to Copenhagen were we joined the cruise. The ship was just amazing, plus we all got balcony suites. From the moment you get on board the staff took care of us very well and were very social with everyone on board. There was a good mix...
05 May 2007
My trip to Toronto and Niagara Falls took place in May 2007. Flying direct from Dublin we arrived in the afternoon and transferred to our hotel, The Delta Chelsea. My room was very spacious with a balcony and views towards Lake Ontario. The hotel is in a prime location in the city centre and a fantastic base to explore this beautiful multi cultural city. We spent a few hours on the first day wandering around the city finding our feet and getting a feel for the place. We discovered The Eaton Centre literally on our doorstep! A huge shopping centre with...