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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 and drinking Caipirinhas while watching samba bands in Rio De Janeiro. I’ve been lucky to travel all over the world and I'm not finished yet!
As a honeymoon and long haul travel expert, I estimate I've helped over 300 couples (so far!) to create the trip of their dreams, it’s one of my favourites aspects of working in the industry and I would love to help you plan the adventure of a lifetime.
I want your trip to be stress free and a pleasure to plan from the moment you contact me. With 12 years' experience, I promise to give you 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 in Europe, a girls' week in Mexico 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.
With Travel Counsellors, you have all the protection of a traditional retail travel agent, your money is safe with us and you have 24/7 back up. I'm based in my hometown of Dublin so please call, email or arrange an appointment, I’m looking forward to hearing from you!
Please send me your holiday or travel requirements and I will do my best to help you.
I absolutely love travel! Take a look through my posts - you might find holiday inspiration where you least expect it...
10 October 2019
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 300 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 we can find the perfect compromise. It’s rare that there isn’t a way to incorporate both your...
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
I'm just back from 2.5 weeks in wonderful California and it's definitely my favourite US state! We 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. Although we didn't do it this time, 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...
17 April 2018
I’m just back from Royal Caribbean’s inaugural week long sailing in the Western Mediterranean on their mega ship Symphony of the Seas and I am so excited to share my experience. I’ve been on trade visits and overnights on many 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...
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 ever-fascinating 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
My family and I are just back from a week in Greece where I spent three nights in Athens and four in Rhodes. In Athens, we stayed at a very cool 4* boutique hotel, it was in a great location 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 awe inspiring (I’d recommend getting their early to beat the cruise ship crowds). The shops of Monastiraki are worth a look with a mixture...
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 will allow you to feel like James Bond!) but as we had come off an 8-hour overnight flight, we...
19 September 2017
Ah the Maldives, those picture postcard villas jutting out over that turquoise water, I thought they 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 I’ve ever been! 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, we were lucky enough to get an upgrade on arrival to a Sunset...
02 April 2017
If time permits, it’s almost rude not to stop in Dubai when you’re travelling with Emirates! It’s a place that has really grown on me over the years. I was looking forward to our second stay at the famous Atlantis - The Palm (our first was on the way home from Thailand where we’d just got engaged years ago) and this time we had our lively 2 year old in tow! It did not disappoint, the building and lobby are awesome at first sight and with complimentary entry included into Aquaventure, the best waterpark I’ve ever been to, we were in...
01 April 2017
Mauritius is somewhere my husband has always wanted to travel to (having gone to primary school with a young Mauritian made quite the impression!) I had one particular property 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 able to cope with one or two quick showers a day! First stop was the wonderful 4* Zilwa Attitude, where we had 5 nights all-inclusive in a superior room. What a fantastic ‘all-rounder’, set in the most beautiful lagoon with turquoise shallow...
16 January 2017
This blog took me a while to write. I've been to Thailand 5 times, backpacking twice, 2 luxury trips, and it was the first family long haul trip when 2 became 3 so I've experienced it from different points of view. The good news is that it's wonderful for backpacking but it's even more wonderful to book one of its many very affordable luxury hotels. It's still probably 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...
01 October 2016
Everyone has an opinion on that most wonderful of metropolises, New York City. It is many things to many people. On my 6th visit, I took my extended family on a trip for my Mam’s 60th birthday in September. I love spring/autumn as the best time to visit, as it’s not too hot. My first tip, if it’s your first time, stay in Midtown, it’s a great spot with all the skyscrapers and familiar sights from the TV and movies, some of the best museums on the planet and of course the wonderful Central Park (hire a bike and cycle around...
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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