Sent by Michael Casey
Based in Kerry
Hello! My name is Nicola and I am a Kerry based Travel Counsellor. One of my biggest passions in life is travel and this is what inspired me to become a Travel Counsellor.
As a Travel Counsellor I create unique travel experiences for my customers. So whether you’re looking for a beach-holiday, city-break, cruise, honeymoon or even a safari, I provide a personal and professional service that allows you have the holiday of a lifetime, all stress free. As I am part of a global team of Travel Counsellors you will have access to our 24/7 duty office while you are travelling giving you peace of mind should you need it.
I have travelled extensively to many destinations globally including Australia, Canada, Caribbean, USA, Asia and many European destinations with many more on my bucket list. Together with our team of over 80 Irish Travel Counsellors I have access to over 500 suppliers in our database and Destination Managers which I work closely with to tailor make your trip. The personalised service I offer and my attention to detail alongside treating each itinerary as if it were my own, should take all the stress away from organising your perfect trip. The development of our mobile App and secure website - “MyTC” will enhance your customer experience enabling you to keep in touch with me and your documentation wherever in the world you may be, even without Wi-Fi. It’s almost as if you’re taking me on holiday with you!
As a Travel Counsellor I am not restricted to the 9-5 working day therefore I can chat at a time that suits you. I can meet with you either face to face or via Zoom if this is your preference. Travel Counsellors are licensed and bonded here in Ireland by the Commission for Aviation Regulation. Therefore, you have the peace of mind that your money is completely safe.
I look forward to meeting you and helping you with your travel plans. So if you are planning a holiday in the future and could do with some friendly and professional guidance why not give me a call. It will be my pleasure to help you plan your dream holiday all tailor made to suit you!
Whatever your holiday needs I'm here to help you, so simply give me a call or send me an email with your contact details on and I can get things started for you:
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.
03 August 2022
This year, we went on our family holiday to Lake Garda and Verona. We flew from Cork to Milan Bergamo and got a private transfer to Bella Italia Campsite in Peschiera Del Garda. This town is set on the south of lake Garda just over an hour transfer from the airport. Verona airport would be a closer option but flights at the time were not available from Cork. We stayed with Eurocamp in a 3 bedroom azure mobile, which sleeps up to 6 people. The mobile was equipped and had a separate toilet and shower room. We booked a linen package to include bed sheets, bath towels and beach towels. While the living space in our mobile wouldn’t have been huge we had an extra large deck area outside to enjoy. Bella Italia has plenty of facilities to entertain children. It has 4 pools with slides for the bigger kids and an area for the smallies. The pool area has a snack bar close by. There are zones set in various locations throughout the park to entertain all ages from toddlers to teens such as a bouncy castle park, soccer pitch, tennis courts and carousel rides. The park also has a kids club and provides nightly entertainment for all ages. There is an onsite supermarket, green grocers and shop to buy all the essential water gear. There is a few restaurants on site and a bar but if I'm being honest I preferred to eat out in Peschiera as there was some lovely restaurants in the town. The park provided a tourist train into town which took no more then 7 mins and cost only a few euro with a service running every hour. The town was only a 15 minute walk away along a scenic path. We spent 9 nights in the campsite and did a variety of day trips. We spent two days in Gardaland theme park which catered for all ages with rollercoasters, a Peppa pig world which my little girl just loved. She even got to meet the “real” Peppa so she says. My son was delighted to go to the on site Legoland waterpark which we paid extra for but it was well worth the evening pass. There is a free shuttle from the train station in Peschiera to Gardaland but there is also a public bus just outside the main gate which will pass by Gardaland on a regular basis. Another day we went by ferry to Lazise which was a lovely little town to spend a few hours. There is a big children's playground outside the castle walls and some lovely restaurants by the lake to relax and enjoy a meal or drink. We got a bus on our last day there to Malcesine in the north of the Lake. This is where we got married some years ago. It’s a fabulous town with a Castle in the centre, definitely worth exploring. There is a cable car to the top of the mountain with lovely views over the lake. The bus journey is only an hour and cost us about €15 one way. Another town worth visiting is Sirmione which has a lovely spa. We had our final night in Verona. We arranged a taxi with reception in the campsite. The drive took less then 30mins. We stayed in a lovely boutique hotel which was only a 10 min walk to the Arena. Verona is very easy to get around, we took a tourist train around to see some of the sights. Of course we walked to see the famous Romeo and Juliet's balcony. We also took a tour of the Arena and ate our last pizza by the Arena while listening to a concert inside. I would highly recommend a holiday in Lake Garda and a short break in Verona for families or couples. There is so much to do. Whether you decide to stay in a campsite or book a hotel I can help you to plan an itinerary to remember. Get in touch to start planning your next Italian escape.
02 August 2022
I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to be invited onboard the launch of Celebrity Beyond ship in April. Along with many of my colleagues we flew to Heathrow and transferred by bus to Southampton port. An antigen test was required at that time within 48 hours before boarding and I had to upload my proof of vaccination to the celebrity app in order to obtain by sail pass. Boarding the ship is not too unlike checking in for a flight. The check in staff checked all our documents on arrival and we were cleared to board. To say I was blown away by the interior of the ship is an understatement. I stayed in an infinity balcony stateroom which meant our room extended out into the balcony making it feel even bigger. I really would recommend a balcony stateroom on board any cruise ship as it gives extra space and waking up each morning to a different view is amazing. If budget doesn’t allow for it you could always book an ocean view cabin which has a window or an interior cabin which has no window and hence no views. Of course you can upgrade to a suite for an extra special treat giving more space and benefits depending on the ship and company you are sailing with. While onboard Beyond I had the choice of 32 food and beverage venues including eight specialty restaurants with an array of bars and lounges. Specialty restaurants need to be booked in advance and you do have to pay an extra supplement to dine in these restaurants. The food on board was really good. I experienced all the areas of the ship from the Grand Plaza, Rooftop Garden, Eden Restaurant & Bar, Resort Deck and even the Magic Carpet to mention but a few. The Magic Carpet is a cantilevered, floating platform that reaches heights of 13 stories over sea level. While I didn’t do any shopping on board there are a few shops to sample. There is even a casino if you fancy your luck on the slot machines or poker. There is no shortage of night entertainment from the club to the theatre. I loved the décor on board. The attention to detail was amazing from cushions on chairs to wall art. I would highly recommend booking a cruise on board Beyond for a couple or group of adults. While there is a small kids entertainment area I feel it is more a reserved atmosphere on board and the pools wouldn’t be huge to facilitate a lot of children. If you would like to book a cruise and have any questions about itineraries or cruising in general get in touch and I would be happy to discuss in more detail.
02 November 2020
What a lovely week I had when myself and my 2 kids, 1 year and 4 years together with my mother headed off to Lanzarote for a week. We stayed in the Fariones Apartmentos between the Old & the New Town. It was an ideal location as it was close to restaurants, the beach and the Biosphere shopping centre. Our accommodation was spacious, very clean and included a fabulous breakfast every day in the little restaurant - everything from delicious fruit, meats, cheeses, so many types of bread, juices and even a warm selection for those that want something more substantial including bacon, eggs, beans, pancakes and hash browns. As it was off season the kids club wasn’t running when I was there. However, they did have a Festival on over the weekend which provided us with great entertainment. The resort had a parade of local dancers and face painting for the kids. We could also use the facilities in the Los Fariones Hotel & the Fariones Playa apartments just around the corner so every evening there was live music. The resort has a fabulous long promenade where you can enjoy a long walk while enjoying views of the sea or browsing the various souvenir shops or boutiques. The Biosphere shopping centre which was located close to our accommodation had a great array of shops for all ages along with Jurassic Park Crazy Golf which went down a hit with my kids. Whether you are a family, large or small, or just a couple looking for good food, drink and a week or so away to enjoy some sunshine I would have no hesitations in recommending Lanzarote. There are lots of things to do and see including the Teguise & Playa Blanca Markets, a visit to the National Park, a Wild West Show at Rancho Texas, and the water park in Costa Teguise is a must with the kids too or even the kids at heart!
15 October 2019
One of my favourite destinations has to be Croatia, where I’ve been lucky enough to visit twice. The first time as a couple and then with our one-year old son. When we travelled the first time, we stayed in a little town called Cavtat which has a beautiful seafront promenade with lovely restaurants and bars. It is the ideal place to relax and watch the boats arriving in the harbour. We stayed in the 5 star Hotel Croatia which was amazing. We also had the opportunity to visit Montenegro while on our first trip. While it isn’t as developed as many European countries it is definitely worth a visit as it has some beautiful scenery and lovely restaurants. From Cavtat we took a day trip to Medjugorje, which is of course is a famous pilgrimage destination. On route we stopped in the town of Mostar located in Bosnia. The town is famous for its iconic Old Bridge which was destroyed during the war in 1993. It was subsequently rebuilt and acts as a major tourist attraction. Mostar is well worth a visit as it has interesting historical landmarks. Croatia has beautiful clean green waters for swimming however the beaches are mainly pebbles rather than sand. It is worth bearing this in mind if you like lying on a sandy beach. The walled old town of Dubrovnik is beautiful with shops and plenty of restaurants. We walked the walls and took the cable car to avail of the views. Be aware the city gets very busy when the cruise liners dock at the city gates. We returned to Croatia a second time for my brother’s wedding and decided to stay in the Lapad area of Dubrovnik. Staying in the 4 star Hotel Kompas. It wasn't as busy and is only a 10-minute bus journey to the old town, but it was much more relaxed. There no shortage of restaurants in the area. The hotel we stayed at was ideally situated with views of the beach and sea and we enjoyed our breakfast every morning on the terrace overlooking the sea. Being close to the harbour we took the opportunity of a boat trip to Lopud Island with the family. We had free time there to have lunch and relax on the beach before returning to our hotel that evening. Both of our trips to Croatia were fantastic and it is a destination I highly recommend to all types of travellers as it has something to offer both couples and families. If you’re interested in planning a short couple's getaway or a family holiday why not get in touch to find out more!
15 October 2019
I travelled to Australia on two occasions as my brother used to live there. The first time was for 6 weeks with my husband and we flew via Singapore. To break up the journey we spent 2 days in Singapore which is a beautiful city-country. We did the hop on hop off sightseeing bus tour as we wanted to see as much as possible during our short stay. We got to stop at the Singapore Flyer, Chinatown, Little India and Garden of Bays to name a few. After a short stay in Singapore, we continued our trip to Sydney and we were eager to see all the tourist attractions the city offers such as Manley Beach, Darling Harbour, the opera house. After visiting these tourist attractions we decided to leave the city for 2 nights and visited the Blue Mountains. We travelled by train and stayed in a guesthouse in the town of Katoomba. It’s a very scenic area set in the National Park with views of the rugged mountains less than 2 hours from Sydney. It was ideal to get away from the busy city. When I returned to Sydney for a second time we visited Palm Beach just north of Sydney. This is where the TV series Home & Away is set and I even got to meet Alf as the cast were filming a scene at the time which was very exciting. Another highlight of Sydney for me was eating in the 360 Bar and dining restaurant which is a revolving restaurant where you can dine and take in the amazing views that Sydney has to offer. We travelled to Melbourne next to take in the Melbourne Cup which was a great experience. We also visited the fairy penguins on Philip Island which is a few hours outside Melbourne and a helicopter trip of the area. We continued our trip with another internal flight this time to the North East town of Cairns. We hired a campervan for 2 weeks to travel down the coast to Brisbane, where we stayed between the campervan and chalets in campsites. We visited many landmarks including Fraser island, the Whitsundays, Noosa and Whitehaven beach. On returning to Brisbane we chose to fly back to Sydney where we spent our final days enjoying some beach time and shopping. Australia was an amazing adventure for me! If you are interested in a trip to Australia why not give me a call to discuss your options.
15 October 2019
My husband and I decided to get married abroad in Italy and after we honeymooned Canada. We flew to Vancouver from Dublin for 3 nights stayed in the city centre we could be close to all the action and explore the city. I loved Vancouver as it was very easy to get around. While a city there was a very chilled and relaxed atmosphere here. It had everything from sightseeing, shopping and a great night life. We did the hop on, hop off bus which was ideal to get a feel for the city. We also visited the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park and took in the amazing views. On the fourth day we set off on an Alaskan cruise which I would highly recommend. We sailed with Celebrity cruise as they offer great onboard facilities and are known for their excellent food and entertainment. which had great facilities onboard. The food and entertainment were great. The little touches onboard made it even more special as I celebrated my birthday and was surprised with a birthday cake at dinner. We spent 7 days sailing the inside passage of Alaska and visited the towns of Juneau, Ketchikan and the famous Hubbard Glacier Valley. It was an amazing experience to be surrounded by glaciers on every side of the ship. We visited the valley on a beautiful sunny day which made the experience all the more memorable. We did various day tours from the ship on the days were docked including a flight over one of the glacier valleys and a historical tour with an Indian Native which was something different and very interesting. Once we arrived back to Vancouver we had a private transfer await us to bring us back to the airport. We finished our honeymoon with 3 nights in Toronto. We stayed in the downtown Toronto and found it to be a much busier city then Vancouver. We visited the CN Tower which has an observation tower that offers a 360 degree view of city both day and night. When in Toronto we decided to visit Niagara Falls as it had been on my bucket forever! The falls were simply amazing, we took the Maid of the Mist boat trip to the falls which I would recommend but be prepared you will get very wet. The Falls are in the town of Niagara on the Hill which I didn’t particularly like as It was quite touristy and full of fast food restaurants and carnivals. Our bus trip down from Toronto took us through Niagara on the Lake which was a nice quaint town with nice tourist shops and coffee shops. As it is only a short distance from the Falls, I'd recommend staying here if you’re planning a trip. On our final day we spent some time shopping back in Toronto. I would highly recommend a trip to Canada and the Alaskan cruise and I will definitely return in the near future. If your interested in planning a trip that combines visiting different cities and cruising why not contact me to find out more. With my first-hand experience I can tailor make the perfect getway for you!