Let me take you on a journey; I want to make your next holiday experience the most stress free and enjoyable experience from start to finish.
I have worked in the Travel Industry for over 30 years and have travelled extensively during this time, from amazing family holidays in most European destinations, to the USA and the Caribbean. Having a true passion for this fabulous part of the world, I have extensive knowledge and insight on most of the Caribbean islands. Barbados is probably one of my favourite islands.
No matter how big or small I will manage your trip with the same attention to detail as I would my own.
With first-hand knowledge of the world’s most exceptional hotels, resorts, cruise lines and airlines, I pride myself on saving you time by recommending and delivering results based on your personal needs. As an independent travel agent, I have no ties to airlines, hotels or tour companies - my mission is to offer you the best option for your holiday and budget. I pride myself on offering genuine advice you can trust every time.
Combining Travel Counsellors award winning technology, my experience and the fact that I work from home, allows me the flexibility to work around your schedule as I am available at a time and place to best suit you, including evenings and weekends. I specialize in tailor-made long haul travel and cruises.
Some of my favourite destinations are:-
• Caribbean islands, Barbados, St Lucia, Jamaica, Antigua, St Vincent’s and the Grenadines, Aruba in The Dutch Antilles Cuba
• South Africa: Cape Town and the Garden Route, Johannesburg
• USA, New York, Chicago, Boston, Washington. LA, San Francisco, Orlando, Miami, Palm Springs - California
• India - Kerala
• Sri Lanka
• Dubai and Abu Dhabi
• Cruising from: Dominican Republic, Thailand , Hong Kong, Singapore , Malaysia, Many of the Family resorts of Europe, and Many European Cities
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...
30 July 2019
Earlier this year my husband Ronnie and I took a 3-week holiday to South Africa. In the past few years, South Africa has raced to the top of many travellers’ must-visit lists and has now become one of my bestselling destinations for Honeymoons, Bucket List and Family Holidays. It was my second time in the region and Ronnie’s first. We wanted to experience a Safari and travel the Entire Western and Eastern Cape Garden Route (featured in my next blog) which is a route that many of my beautiful clients have taken in the past. We flew overnight from Dublin to...
08 June 2018
The Arabian Gulf has really taken off as cruising's newest destination, and for me, the itinerary on offer, to see such a beautiful place as Muscat (the capital of Oman), Kasbah Oman, and Abu Dhabi was a real bonus. As I have visited Dubai many times on holidays (and love Dubai) and I have cruised extensively in the Caribbean this was my ideal opportunity to get my husband to experience cruising for the first time and combine it with a stay in Dubai afterwards. We flew direct from Dublin to Dubai with Emirates and transferred directly to the Royal...
08 June 2018
Some of you may be thinking, how could you spend two weeks in Abu Dhabi? Well many hotels in Abu Dhabi have their own private beach and excellent facilities. And now with direct flights from Dublin to Abu Dhabi for those of you wanting 5-star luxury, private beaches, excellent food, designer shopping, water parks, Formula 1 racing, well then Abu Dhabi is the place to be. My husband and I love to go for a two-week beach break every year and as I have done the Caribbean extensively we chose to take a 2-week beach break in Abu Dhabi after...
07 June 2018
I have visited most of the Caribbean islands where most people travel for the beautiful picture post card beaches. Cuba however, is very different. A few nights in the amazing city of Havana is a must before finishing off your holiday in one of the many beautiful beach resorts that Cuba has to offer. Havana was the last city to fall during Castro’s revolution, and was to be my first port of call. I was expecting to see everywhere but it is such a dynamic, energetic city there is so much to do. People packed the narrow, cobbled streets...
06 June 2018
As you know by reading my blogs I just LOVE the Caribbean, and St Lucia is up there among my favourites. It is equally suitable for families and couples alike but does have many adults only resorts so if that is more for you, than please have a read of my blog on Sandals Resort St Lucia. Although known as one of the most romantic Caribbean islands, St Lucia is not just for couples. Its mountainous terrain makes it ideal for adventure sports, while families love the all-inclusive resorts, numerous water sports and rainforest adventures. I visited in St Lucia with...
01 June 2018
Montreal is a city of festivals, public art, culture and loads of fun. This really is a city for its people and its visitors, and there always seems to be something going on around every corner. There is an endless list of free festivals and street parties marked on the city’s events calendar throughout the year celebrating its diversity. Nuits d’Afrique, Weekends du Monde and Carifiesta are just a few examples of the ways in which Montreal embraces the many cultures that make up the city. Montreal is an extremely diverse city with a fascinating background that makes it an...
01 June 2018
Right in the heart of the Caribbean lies the stunning Dominican Republic. A blend of indigenous and Latin American cultures has created a perfect cocktail of Caribbean life here. The Dominican Republic is the picture-postcard of the Caribbean. Most of the resorts here are all-inclusive but there is so much to see and do outside of the resorts My husband Ronnie and I honeymooned here 3 years ago and if you are looking for a totally chilled out picture post card destination the Dominican Republic will not disappoint. We stayed in the All-Inclusive Excellence Punta Cana which is an adult only...
08 May 2018
I had the luxury of visiting The Silver Muse cruise ship when it docked in Galway. It is without doubt the most beautiful cruise ship I have ever been on. It feels intimate despite the 596-guest capacity and eight passenger decks. The attention to detail in the colour scheme and layout of all areas is second to none. All ultra-luxury lines offer all-inclusive fares. But you will pay extra for a drinks package or to dine in one of their fine dining restaurants plus WIFI etc This is not the case for Silversea everything is included; accommodation, which are...
30 April 2018
I visited South Africa for a significant birthday, so we pulled out all the stops with regards to a 5-star Hotel in Capetown’s waterfront! On leaving Capetown to drive the Garden Route we hired a Soft Top VW Beetle. It was an amazing journey, a real Thelma and Louise adventure! I must say that at no stage during our drive did us two females feel anyway unsafe on the journey. We had an amazing time! Flying into Cape Town, we spent the first few days exploring the Western Cape before setting off along the Garden Route. We stayed at the Cape...
04 April 2018
Taking in some of Kerala’s most beautiful landscapes, spectacular architecture and the enchanting backwaters coupled with some wonderful hotels, this 14-night holiday was truly magical. Cochin, Kerala: When we arrived in Cochin, we were met by our travel representative and transferred to the Old Harbour Hotel, a small colonial-style hotel brimming with charm. The following day, we went on a private tour of Cochin where we experienced the cultural and historic delights, of this beautiful city the highlights being the Mattancherry Palace, Kochi Fort, the buzzing markets of Ernakulam and the famed Chinese fishing nets. Munnar, Kerala: From Cochin, we...
04 April 2018
If you are thinking of going away somewhere special I would 100% recommend Barbados. With blue skies, turquoise seas and dusty white sand it is the perfect place to relax. I have been to Barbados many times with friends and when my children were younger (7-12 years old) We had some fabulous holidays here. Be it a romantic holiday, the perfect honeymoon, family holiday, golfing trip or that special birthday trip with the girls, Barbados will not disappoint. Barbados boasts some of the very best accommodation in the Caribbean including hotels, resorts, guest houses, self-catering apartments, holiday homes and luxury villas....
Sent in by Laura Bailey
Dublin, 30 July 2019
Fantastic customer service and Martina really go the extra mile to get you the best deal available.
Sent in by Lisa McDonnell
Dublin, 30 July 2019
Martina was great to work with when booking our Honeymoon. I commend her patience with all the changes and back and forth with proposals. She went above and beyond to make sure our Honeymoon was tailored to us and that we got the best possible value for money. I would 100% use Travel Counsellors again especially for booking a big holiday.
Sent in by Sinead Meade
Cork, 10 January 2019
Martina looked at all aspects of our trip and gave some very good advice regarding our itinerary. Research was conducted by Martina very comprehensively and options were presented in a very organised and clear manner. The fact that I was able to contact Martina after 6 in the evening really benefited me as I am unable to conduct such phone calls during the day. It meant that my holiday was organised and booked much more efficiently.
Sent in by Cindy
Costello, 07 January 2019
We booked our cruise with Martina & she was absolutely brilliant, she organised everything for us including the flights, transfers and hotel accommodation. She was very informative, gave great advice and answered any questions promptly. Nothing was a problem. Thank you so much Martina for a great service. Highly recommend.
Sent in by Gerard Shinny
Limerick , 28 June 2018
Excellent. Professional. Service. First. Class. Highly. Recommended.
Sent in by Bridget Gildea
Mayo, 26 June 2018
Martina has been marvelous to deal with and I will certainly use her again.
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