My most memorable travel experiences are zip lining off the Great Wall of China, sleeping under the stars at Australia's incredible Whitehaven Beach, spending a week in an overwater villa in the Maldives, roadtripping through Big Sur in California and drinking Caipirinhas while watching samba bands in Rio De Janeiro. I’ve been lucky to travel all over the world and I want you to experience it too!
As a honeymoon and long haul travel expert, I've helped hundreds of couples to create the trip of their dreams, it’s one of my favourites aspects of working in the travel industry and I would love to help you plan the adventure of a lifetime. Click here for my exclusive Honeymoon Guide to get started!
I'm also a mother to two little ones and have travelled to Thailand, California, Oman and Mauritius (to name a few!) as a family and love to plan adventures for your kids (big and small!).
I want your trip to be stress free and a pleasure to plan from the moment you contact me. With nearly 15 years working in travel under my belt, I promise to give you useful and impartial advice, personal attention and find you the best value for money. I am a certified specialist for Thailand, South Africa and Australia (and even lived down under!). Whether it's a family cruise, a week away with friends or more 'off the beaten track' trips such as trekking for Gorillas in Uganda, driving through the wilds of Montana or paragliding into your hotel in Oman for that special birthday or anniversary, I can take care of all your travel needs and create the perfect bespoke trip, with an emphasis on luxury and unforgettable experiences, especially for you.
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I absolutely love travel! Take a look through my posts - you might find holiday inspiration where you least expect it...
11 August 2021
I’m just back from a week in sunny Portugal, a trip I booked back in January before any of us knew what the first half of the year had in store. Much like all of us, with my travel plans, I don’t want to be at a loss financially if things don’t work out and a few weeks before my balance was due for my trip, Covid numbers were creeping up in the Lisbon area and the Portuguese authorities had introduced restrictions. I had a wobble and cancelled the hotel - but then rebooked again 4 days later (thankfully the hotel...
21 September 2020
Here is an excerpt from my Exclusive Honeymoon Guide, which you can access for free here: https://midd.me/xean For many couples, their honeymoon is a once in a lifetime trip, a chance to do something really special. Having booked well in excess of 350 honeymoons in my career I like to think I’ve learned a thing or two. So here are 6 practical tips as you get started on a stress free honeymoon planning journey… What’s important? Do you want to relax on an exotic beach while your partner wants to scale the highest mountain? Maybe you can do both! Talk to me so that...
14 September 2019
When 7Pines Resort & Spa opened in 2018 I knew I had to go there ASAP! So, using my husband's significant birthday as an excuse, we gathered a bunch of our closest friends together for a long weekend on the White Isle. It did not disappoint. The location, on a cliff with it's perfect view of Es Vedra, is stunning and without a doubt the most beautiful and magical on the island. Es Vedra is a small rocky mystical island off the coast and they say is the third most magnetic spot on earth (after the North Pole & Bermuda Triangle)....
05 January 2019
California is definitely my favourite US state and one of my all time favourite holidays! We recently spent a week in San Francisco, a city I had previously visited (and loved!) on my honeymoon and then took a car down the famous Pacific Coast's Highway 1 to Los Angeles, Santa Monica & Disney. Where to start with San Francisco, there is so much to do for everyone. I always include the Hop-on-Hop-off bus tour which has a few routes but includes the fascinating and often booked out trip to Alcatraz. From interesting neighbourhoods like Castro and Haight-Ashbury to the famous sights...
01 September 2018
OK If ever there was a destination to really gush about?! It's The Maldives, the picture-perfect villas jutting out over that turquoise water and the white sand? I thought these photos must be photoshopped? Well the good news is that they look just as good in real life, it really is heaven on earth and one of the most beautiful places ever! Huvafen Fushi was our hotel of choice and having spent 5 days walking the beautiful Somerset countryside at Glastonbury Festival, we were excited to get there and relax and rest our weary legs. After our short speed boat transfer,...
17 April 2018
Most fun possible at sea! I was lucky enough to sail on Royal Caribbean’s inaugural voyage through the Western Mediterranean on their new mega ship Symphony of the Seas. I’ve been on many trade visits and overnights on cruise ships over the years but this was the first time I decided to go on one for my own holiday. I figured if we (my husband, my son & I) are going to do it we needed to do it big! And the biggest ship in the world it is but it never felt crowded and it never took more than...
01 February 2018
Because sometimes in life only a 5* adults-only all inclusive will do! I was lucky enough to spend a week in one of the gorgeous Secrets Resorts on the Riviera Maya between the famous Cancun and it’s smaller neighbour Playa Del Carmen. The beach was just so beautiful and the warm Caribbean Sea lapping at our feet - I was in heaven. As food is a big part of holidays for me, the multiple choices of restaurants was a big plus for us and the swim up bar was perfect. One of the days the chef set up a BBQ on...
01 February 2018
I’m a big kid, I confess! I absolutely love theme parks and water parks and Orlando is hard to beat. I stayed on International Drive as I love the access to the shops and restaurants along this long thoroughfare but a local home / villa with your own pool, staying in Disney itself or some of the affordable resorts in Universal are fantastic options too. The I-Ride trolley was so handy and with regular shuttles, we barely took a taxi or needed car hire (although this very much depends on where you’re staying!). For most a first time visit is around...
16 January 2018
This trip is one of my favourite ever itineraries as despite the 2 countries and 4 stops, it was so easy and stress free and we packed absolutely loads in! We started in the spellbinding city of Rio De Janeiro and it really packs a punch with it’s incredibly beautiful scenery, beaches and people! It might be a cliché to say it but the contrast of rich and poor, that mild sense of danger, that edginess really makes it one of the most exciting cities I’ve experienced in the world. We stayed in Santa Teresa, known as the artistic enclave of...
29 October 2017
Greece is the perfect European holiday destination yet Athens is probably it's most underrated city. We stayed at a little boutique hotel in Psyrri. We only had two days, so we did the sightseeing hop on hop off tour to take in the ancient (and not so ancient) sights of this incredible city. The view from the Acropolis was astonishing (I’d recommend getting there early to beat the cruise ship crowds, as the sun is rising). The shops of Monastiraki are worth a look with a mixture of tourist tack and wonderful antique shops. Psyrri’s small cobbled streets were...
19 September 2017
The journey from Dubai to Six Senses Zighy Bay was truly exceptional. We were picked up in a 4 x 4, complete with wifi and transported through the rugged landscape of the Hajar Mountains through the UAE into Oman. After 2 hours, we enter the gates of the resort and the jeep climbs the steep mountain, it’s a little hair raising but the view that awaits is absolutely spectacular. You can also paraglide into the resort or take a speed boat - either way you'll feel like James Bond! Six Senses are one of the top luxury hotel brands in...
02 April 2017
Whether it's going to Dubai itself for a holiday or if time permits when travelling to somewhere east with Emirates, Dubai is a really fun destination! It’s a place that has really grown on me over the years having stopped there multiple times on the way to further shores. I've stayed twice at the iconic Atlantis, The Palm (our first was on the way home from Thailand where I'd just got engaged and the second time we had our lively 2 year old in tow!) It does not disappoint, the building and lobby are awesome at first sight and with complimentary...
01 April 2017
Mauritius evokes all that an exotic beach destination can offer and I wanted to experience it for myself! I had one particular hotel on my list of ’to-do-before-I-die' luxury hotel list, so off we went in the middle of the wettest month, March. Turns out it’s not that wet at all, and we were delighted to discover from the locals that what is known as 'rainy season' is usually one or two quick showers a day! First stop was the wonderful 4* Zilwa Attitude, where we had 5 nights of all inclusive bliss. What a fantastic ‘all-rounder’, set in the most...
16 January 2017
The best of the best so much so I've been 5 times! From backpacking to getting engaged there and our first long-haul family trip - I've experienced Thailand from all different points of view! It's wonderful for backpacking but it's even more wonderful to book one of its many very affordable luxury hotels. It's my favourite all-round destination with something for absolutely everyone and such amazing value, I could talk about it all day long... Bangkok is somewhere that people have heard either terrible or great things about and I always say go and make up your own mind, it’s such...
01 October 2016
New York City - concrete jungle where dreams are made and definitely one of the world's most magnificent cities. I love it so much I've been 6 times including for my honeymoon and most recently a family trip for my mam's birthday (which included bringing our toddler - it's a city that suit's everyone!). I love spring/autumn as the best time to visit, temperatures are at their most pleasant! My first tip, if it’s your first time, stay in Midtown, it’s the perfect location with all the skyscrapers and familiar sights from the TV and movies, some of the...
01 October 2016
I’m partial to a nice hotel and Las Vegas is one of my favourite destinations on that front. I’ve been twice, for my honeymoon and then for a friend’s wedding and each time I’m in awe at the sheer number of activities you can do and places you can stay. For much of the year the luxury hotels are very affordable and one of my favourite hotel rooms in the world is the balcony suite at the Cosmopolitan overlooking the famed Bellagio Hotel fountains, Paris & down the strip. Most fun view ever. Las Vegas is unapologetically Las Vegas and is set...
02 February 2016
Where to start with the most fun country on earth?! One of the great privileges of my life so far was spending over a year living in Melbourne and during that time we took the iconic Ghan train to the Red Centre and spent a month in Queensland & New South Wales. I may be biased having gotten to know Melbourne a little but it really is one of my favourite cities. The summers are hot and winters are cold and we lived by the sea in the suburb of St. Kilda. Melbourne is full of cool neighbourhoods like this with...
01 February 2016
One of my favourite trips of all time - the Indochina Loop! We boarded our long boat in northern Thailand for a trip down the Mekong River (which stretches from China to the south of Vietnam) stopping at the tiny riverside village of Pakbeng (which barely had electricity at the time)! The journey was relatively comfortable and with kids playing along the river banks and a rural pace of life we truly were in a different world. The following morning we boarded the boat again and it was onwards to Luang Prabang and WOW this UNESCO World Heritage town in...
01 November 2015
One of the most diverse and fascinating countries I've ever visited (and with some of the most friendly people ever to boot!), China is what travel is all about - and I experienced it all - including a stint with the Chinese military! Because of the language barrier, China is a country best seen on an organised tour, whether that's with a group or as a bespoke trip. We opted for an adventure group tour with the wonderful people at Intrepid and I am so glad we did as Beijing, our first stop, was an assault on all the senses and...
Sent in by Beata Tuohy
Dublin, 16 March 2021
Karen is absolutely amazing in understanding clients needs and wants and able to adapt quotes very quickly and effectively. Karen is very responsive and an absolute pleasure to work with. Having to postpone our honeymoon due to Covid-19 was absolutely no problem and Karen dealt with all changes, including resorts in a very professional manner. Looking forward to our honeymoon.
Sent in by Aoife Finn
Wexford, 26 August 2020
Karen went above and beyond for my Fiancé and I. What should of been our dream honeymoon had to be cancelled with the pandemic. Karen made this really difficult time completely stress free for us and easy. Karen rang to update and advise us on what’s best to do each step of the way. We Got our refund for it all. A really genuine friendly person who I can not recommend highly enough. We look forward to when we can go back and rebook our honeymoon. Thank you so much for everything you did Karen. Wish you all the best and hopefully we will be back sooner rather than later.
Sent in by Shane Kelly
Kilkenny, 22 March 2020
Karen has been so helpful, she took care of everything and kept in constant contact. When hotels we were looking at were booked out she came back with alternative options straight away. Couldn’t recommend her enough.
Sent in by Carol Ecock
Dublin, 21 February 2020
Karen was very helpful and informative without being pushy. I never felt under pressure to make a decision at any stage. Would recommend her to friends without hesitation.
Sent in by John McGrath
Dublin, 10 February 2020
Karen was a pleasure to deal with. She was very patient in sharing her knowledge & advising on the best locations, deals & options, helping pick an amazing holiday. I can’t recommend her enough!
Sent in by Danielle Gillard
Dublin, 31 January 2020
I would definitely recommend Karen to anyone looking to book a trip. She had a lovely friendly manner and she worked so hard to get us our dream honeymoon working around our budget. She constantly kept me in the loop as she was searching for the right holiday for us. She made me feel at ease booking such a big trip.
Sent in by Dara Cahill
Dublin, 30 January 2020
Karen was amazing and I would have no hesitation in recommending her to other customers. She was professional, efficient and actively listened to our needs. We went from having no idea to having an amazing honeymoon booked within the space of 2 weeks thanks to her patience, knowledge and flexibility.
Sent in by Fiona McGrath
Kildare, 19 November 2019
Karen has been an absolute dream to work with. She was extremely professional and made the entire process, of booking our honeymoon, easy, fun and stress free. She answered any questions we had and nothing was ever too much! I would 100% recommend Karen to my friends and family.
Sent in by Jean Troy
Dublin, 01 November 2019
Karen has been a wealth of knowledge when booking our holiday to Thailand. She tailored it totally to our family needs. I would recommend her for all your travel needs.
Sent in by Tara Mannioj
Dublin, 13 July 2018
Extremely helpful and pleasant, always accommodated our needs re scheduling of phone calls. Gave us lots of advice & options, getting to know our likes/dislikes, budget etc. Has made our honeymoon planning an absolute breeze. Wouldn't hesitate in recommending Karen to anyone.
Sent in by Clare McCarthy
Meath, 06 July 2018
Karen is absolutely amazing!! She is so knowledgeable and very passionate about what she does and it comes across as soon as you talk to her. She had time for every and any query! She made booking our honeymoon a really enjoyable experience and we cant wait to plan more adventures with her!
Sent in by Annemarie McNulty
Meath, 26 June 2018
Karen is so helpful, very responsive and easy to deal with. She listened to what we wanted and put together a brilliant itinerary for our honeymoon. I can't wait to go to all of the places she's organised. I would absolutely recommend Karen and Travel Counsellors!
Sent in by Grace Bloomer
Dublin, 18 May 2018
I knew from the first phone call that we would book our honeymoon with Karen. Karen is so lovely to deal with, listens and is very responsive to queries. I would highly recommend.
Sent in by Danielle Ryan
Meath, 03 May 2018
Always available to help and give us lots of different options, Karen was always so patient and offered us so much useful advice. Would definitely recommend!
Sent in by Nini Murray
Longford, 09 March 2018
I find Karen extremely kind and helpful, no matter what the questions are she will come back with the answers in no time. It's lovely to get the holiday of your dreams "tailor made" to suit all your requirements. I will certainly recommend Karen to anyone in future and use her again myself for future holidays!
Sent in by Edel McGuane
Limerick, 06 March 2018
Karen was so great at keeping in touch during the planning and I feel that I got the best deal I could get! Karen was always polite and quick to come back with my queries! I would definitely recommend Karen and will use her again in my future holiday plans!
Sent in by Aoife Hickey
Wicklow, 06 March 2018
Karen was excellent from first meeting to the updates etc. I have already recommended her to friends and will continue to do so and our trip isn’t for another 5 months !!
Sent in by Zahaira Caffrey Esmau
Dublin, Ireland, 28 February 2018
Honestly cannot recommend Karen enough, even though I was extremely awkward and picky, Karen managed to create us a beautiful trip of a lifetime within our budget, I will never use another travel agent!... #client4life
Sent in by Deirdre McGuiness
, 21 February 2018
Karen has been fantastic to deal with. From the first time I spoke with her she gave really sound advice and recommendations for our honeymoon. She took on board all our requests and numerous changes as we tried to make up our mind on the best destination for us, getting us an amazing honeymoon within the budget we had set. Karen is always readily available which made arranging our trip so easy. We would be happy to recommend her!
Sent in by Therese Brady
Dublin, 18 January 2018
Really friendly, helpful and generous with her time. Worked with us until we got the places we wanted within the budget we wanted. Gave us so many recommendations and advice! Would definitely reccomend Karen to a friend!
Sent in by Annemarie Gaughan
Dublin, 18 January 2018
Karen was extremely helpful and so quick to get back to us with quotes. I will recommend her to all my friends in the future. Looking forward to our honeymoon. Thanks Karen
Sent in by Niamh Graham
London, 04 December 2017
Karen helped me with my trip to Mexico, I had a few ideas that I shared with Karen and then she did all the research and came back to me with my options. It saved me so much time and effort. I will definitely be in touch for future trips and would highly recommend Karen's services.
Sent in by Stephen Eri
Dublin, 28 November 2017
Karen was brilliant when it came to helping me out with everything from things to do - accommodation, car hire and pulling it all into one easy to access and track itinerary! Already bending her brains for our next trip!
Sent in by Lyndsay Doherty
Dublin, 13 September 2017
Fast, friendly and efficient! Exactly what we needed. We will definitely work with Karen again and I will certainly recommend her.
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