Travel is my passion, and with more than 25 years’ experience in the travel industry I can confidently say that when you book with me your travel plans are in safe hands.
‘With us it’s personal’ really epitomises what your holiday plans mean to me. Whether you are looking for the honeymoon of a lifetime, a luxury cruise or that perfect family holiday, I will make sure that you get the personal and exceptional service you deserve.
I love to travel and have been fortunate enough to visit many destinations including Australia, the Far East, Africa, America, Canada, the Caribbean and of course Europe. I love cruising, and have personal experience of most of the major and most popular cruise liners. I have recently gained my ‘Cruise Ambassador’ status with CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) which is a recognised accreditation by ‘City and Guilds’.
Being part of Travel Counsellors means I have access to award winning technology and better buying power than I have ever experienced before. I also have access to all of the big travel industry names as well as lots of niche products at better rates than anyone else.
For further information and advice on how I can help plan the trip of your dreams just give me a call!
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I absolutely love travel! Take a look through my posts - you might find holiday inspiration where you least expect it...
04 September 2019
For most people, a honeymoon is one of the biggest trips they will ever take and is understandably laden with high expectations. It is very exciting but can also be overwhelming for some couples. I have over 20 years of experience in planning and booking these special trips. I have several hints and tips below to help you plan the perfect honeymoon. Not sure where to start? -Make a bucket list of destinations (separately) you would love to see, then grab a coffee and sit down to go through both options. In most cases there will be a few places that...
22 August 2019
Our adventure started in Boston (you can read all about it on my ‘Quackers about Boston’ blog!) Coming from the traditional damp Irish summer, the weather in this part of the world was just perfect for a road trip – sunshine and blue skies – what more could you ask for?! A short 45-minute drive from Boston, our first stop was the historical city of Salem which was made famous by the Witch Trials of 1692, when numerous locals were executed for allegedly practising witchcraft. We stopped by the Salem Regional Visitors centre where we watched a short video on the...
24 July 2019
Our adventure started in the city of Boston, just over a 6-hour flight – direct from Dublin with Delta Airlines whom offered a great and very comfortable service. America’s oldest city is charming. It has bags of character within its different districts, but best of all it is a fairly small city, so you can pretty much walk all of it and that is exactly what we did…. Although for a small city there was so much to see and do, it's hard to know where to start…so here are some of my highlights: - Boston Common is such a beautiful park in the...
25 October 2018
This October I was reminded of how amazing our world is and the very reason I love my job! I was fortunate enough to be invited on a trip to Western Canada with Rocky Mountaineer, British Airways and American Airlines along with the tourist boards of Alberta and Vancouver. So where better place to start than at the beginning with our flights? Sometimes a laborious part of an adventure, but we were given a golden ticket and upgraded to business class! Let me tell you there was no part of this that was difficult – the comfort was exceptional, thanks to very...
12 August 2016
‘Awesome’ – not a word that I draw on very often, but it’s a great way to describe my brief encounter with Abu Dhabi at the start of May. We flew out of Dublin on a direct flight with Etihad Airways. The flight was comfortable, and the food, entertainment and service were nothing short of excellent. Etihad Airways aircraft are a young fleet, modern with the best of facilities. Not a long journey – just 7 ½ hours, so feasible for a ‘short-ish’ break in the sun. If I am honest, in the past I had only every considered Abu Dhabi as...
21 August 2015
Work, politics, bills, cooking, cleaning, childcare...the list goes on... Sometimes life is a daily struggle, and we all need somewhere to escape to. Long ago I was sold on the idea of cruising. I have been fortunate enough to have personal experiences of many of the cruise lines and I personally think it’s a perfect holiday – after all, how else can you see so many places, enjoy great food, fantastic service and wonderful entertainment without any hassle and stress?! On a hot sunny morning at the end of August I pulled my suitcase out of the busy arrivals hall in...
14 March 2012
From the moment we checked in with Emirates the holiday of a lifetime started. We were lucky enough to travel business class, which was immensely comfortable and the service was second to none. This was a whirlwind trip so the extra comfort was a huge bonus. Although not my first time in Asia, this was my first visit to Malaysia, so I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. We touched down in Kuala Lumpur airport and were transferred by luxury minibus to the ferry port for our short crossing over to the private island of Pangkor Laut. Our ferry crossing was...
15 August 2009
When we booked our family holiday, I must admit I was a little sceptical. I had cruised before, but this time was to be different as we were travelling with our 20 month old daughter... On the 15th August we flew from Dublin to Barcelona, and checked in for 1 night at the Renaissance hotel Barcelona Airport. Our flight arrived into Barcelona quite late, so we opted for convenience. The hotel had an airport shuttle bus which brought us directly to the hotel which was a mere 5 minute journey. The rooms were quite spacious, and very modern - perfect for...
07 September 2007
Having enjoyed a ‘mini-cruise’ in Europe in 2006, I was really excited about cruising in the Caribbean, and the trip certainly didn’t disappoint....... Flights I flew with a group of colleagues from Dublin to London Heathrow with Aer Lingus, and then Heathrow to Miami with British Airways. Both airlines were comfortable, in particular British Airways. In my opinion they offer great facilities for economy passengers: Food was great, seats very comfortable and everyone had personal seat back screen with a variety of channels and movies. Miami Unfortunately my stay in Miami was only a short one! I stayed 1 night pre- cruise in Miami...
18 August 2007
This was my first visit to Italy and I’m sure it won’t be my last! My husband and I enjoyed a fabulous week in the Hotel Villa Nicolli in Riva Del Garda. Lake Garda is stunningly beautiful and with several towns surrounding the Lake we found it hard to decide where to stay. Riva Del Garda is set at the north of Lake Garda and approximately 1hr 30 minutes coach transfer from Verona airport. The scenery en route is awe inspiring, so we didn’t notice the time go by! Hotel Villa Nicolli is officially a 4 star hotel, but if comparing...
Sent in by Louise Coughter
Kiltimagh, Co Mayo, 24 February 2020
Thanks so much for putting such a wonderful holiday together. It really was a trip of a lifetime. Thanks for all your help, patience, attention to detail & kindness.
Sent in by AnneMarie Gallagher
Kiltimagh, 24 February 2020
I would definitely and have frequently recommended Rachael to family and friends as I never had anything but a very positive and professional experience when dealing with her. She is fantastic.
Sent in by Deirdre Currivan
Castlebar, Co Mayo, 04 November 2019
Rachael is so friendly and supportive when booking a holiday. Nothing is too big or small and she always answers every question I ask. I love doing business with her.
Sent in by Margaret Rourke
Westport, Co Mayo, 16 September 2019
Rachael Higgins is excellent; prompt in replying, very knowledgeable and helpful, and I trust her!
Sent in by Patricia Joyce
Castlebar, Co Mayo, 13 September 2019
Rachael went above and beyond to help us find our ideal holiday! We can't wait to go.
Sent in by Aisling Prendergast
Co Mayo, 13 September 2019
Rachael has being a great help to me in booking my trip. She has being unreal and I wouldn't have done it without her. 10 out of 10 for her excellence in what she does.
Sent in by Kathleen Moran
Aghamore, Co Mayo, 13 September 2019
I have booked with Travel Counsellors for vacation travel on the past. Rachael has always made the experience a pleasant one. I have holidays booked and I have every confidence they will run smoothly thanks to Rachael’s efforts and advice.
Sent in by Catherine Heffernan
Glenmore, 16 May 2019
Rachael was excellent she made everything so simple and away came back with answers so quickly. I'd recommend this service to anyone.
Sent in by Kate Joyce
Galway, 16 May 2019
Rachael is amazing. She thinks of EVERYTHING and makes booking a family holiday so much easier.
Sent in by Lorraine McCloskey
Dublin, 12 April 2019
Rachael is always very helpful and prompt with feedback. Makes booking a family trip hassle free and should problems arise she is there to help resolve them.
Sent in by Roseanne O'Carroll
Kiltimagh, 01 March 2019
I just wanted to email to say thank you so so much for organising our honeymoon. It really was out of this world and we would never have managed to pull off a trip like that without your help! Everywhere you booked for us was stunning and so safe! We had an amazing time and it was all thanks to your hard work in planning the perfect trip for us!!
Sent in by Michael Kelly
Easkey, Co Sligo, 06 February 2019
We could not have received any more help than we received from Rachael, she went out of her way to arrange our honeymoon a few years ago and we use her any time we need to arrange our holidays.
Sent in by Donna Taaffe
Sligo, 29 November 2018
We can't thank you enough for the wonderful honeymoon you planned for us. We had the time of our lives, we are devastated it is all over, but all good things must come to an end. We will be recommending you to future brides and grooms or families who are looking for a trip with such attention to detail.
Sent in by Bernie Browne
Galway, 28 November 2018
Knowledgeable, helpful, friendly, trust worthy and really nothing too much trouble!
Sent in by Grace Creighton
Kiltimagh, Co Mayo, 15 January 2018
Rachael was fantastic and I've recommended her already to people.
Sent in by Laura Walkin
Ballina, Co Mayo, 13 January 2018
Rachael was very helpful with organizing our honeymoon. She was very quick to respond to any questions I had and it was a pleasure to deal with her.
Sent in by Noeleen Cowley
London, 12 January 2018
Rachael was super efficient and very effective. We really appreciated her guidance on the order of how we should visit our multi destination as this had an impact on price! We will be using Rachael's services in the future. Thank you so much.
Sent in by Sarah McHale
Ballina, 07 October 2014
We recently booked our honeymoon with Rachael. I found her to be extremely helpful and friendly. She was extremely professional and she tailored our honeymoon to suit our tastes and needs. Rachael was always available to discuss the different options on offer and she was very accommodating. Rachael made the whole process so easy for us, she did everything, from organizing our flights and accommodation, to organizing our car rental. All we had to do was choose which options we wanted to go for. I would highly recommend Rachael to anyone.
Sent in by Stephanie Gilger
Ballina, 08 May 2014
Rachael was extremely friendly to work with and was very helpful to both of us when we were planning our honeymoon. Would recommend Rachael if you are planning a holiday or honeymoon as she makes it very easy.
Sent in by Mary Evans
Galway, 01 May 2014
Following a referral from a friend we asked Rachael for her advice on where to go for our first family holiday abroad. Rachael organised every detail and we had a wonderful and very enjoyable family holiday. She also planned our trip to Euro Disney which was a hassle free unforgettable great family experience. Rachael is friendly, helpful and her knowledge is invaluable when planning a holiday. To be able to organise all your holiday needs over the telephone with a true professional is a delight. I highly recommend Rachel.
Sent in by Majella Kennedy
Castlebar, 14 April 2014
We have used Rachael's services for a few years now everything from summer holidays to our amazing honeymoon and we cannot recommend her enough. Nothing is ever too much trouble and absolutely everything is done for you so you honestly have no worries when booking with her! Will continue to go to Rachael for many more years to come, you couldn't deal with a nicer person :)
Sent in by Aisling Furlong
Galway, 14 April 2014
I found Rachael and the process of Travel Counsellors to be a Godsend. As a new mother who has just returned back to work my free time is very limited. Rachael was able to follow through with my personal requests including budget with an immediate turn around time. I love the fact that you can rely on the trustworthy source with years of experience to take what causes me pressure into an easy process. I am extremely looking forward to my holiday in June and am very grateful for the personal service I received. I would highly recommend Rachael and the service she so naturally provides. Get in touch with Rachael is my advice!
Sent in by Emer Corbett
Dublin, 14 April 2014
Myself and my husband have been extremely happy with the service we received from Rachael and the team in Travel Counsellors. We booked our accommodation in Lanzarote with her last year, on a friend's recommendation, and have done so again for this year. Despite the fact that we ended up 'only' booking accommodation and not a full package with her, Rachael has been nothing but professional and hugely accommodating both years, and nothing has been too much trouble, even my many emails back and forth! We would highly recommend her. Thank you Rachael
Sent in by D Smyth
Kiltimagh, Co Mayo, 14 April 2014
We have booked several weekend breaks and family holidays through Rachael Higgins and have always found the experience a pleasure. Rachael takes out the stress of booking a holiday and ensures a guaranteed good time. It's the little extra touches that make us keep returning to her as our Travel Counsellor. Would without hesitation recommend her to anyone!
Sent in by Carmel Fitzgerald
Castlebar, 14 April 2014
I have been dealing with Rachael for many many years and 'followed her' when she moved from a local travel agent to Travel Counsellors. I have always found her to be very professional, her attention to detail cannot be surpassed. When we are planning a holiday, I don't need to tell Rachael that we like central hotels and the airline we'd prefer not to use unless we have to, she always remembers. Rachael takes the hard work out of booking a holiday, I just tell her where we're planning to go, she forwards options and then it 'just happens'. It's a pleasure dealing with Rachael because we know there won't be any hassle and all the paperwork will be forwarded to us in plenty of time. It's been wonderful to have her look after our holiday needs throughout the years. I cannot recommend Rachael highly enough.
Sent in by Gerry Regan
Knock, 11 July 2012
Rachael took away all of the stress I usually feel when planning a trip. She was always available to answer my questions and I couldn't recommend Rachael highly enough. Very professional and also very friendly and lovely to talk to. I went on a Norwegian cruise and I was really impressed with the service that Rachael provided.
Sent in by Tracy McDonagh
Co. Mayo, 04 July 2012
Rachael helped us decide on our honeymoon in Vietnam! She was so patient and knowledgeable in replying to my countless emails along the way, nothing was a problem for her and she checked every hotel I asked in order to bring our trip in on budget. She even managed to beat a quote we received from a leading competitor. I have since referred 3 more honeymooners who have all booked with Rachael.
Sent in by Susan Farragher
Claremorris, 04 July 2012
I contacted Rachel about eight months before I went on holidays. She was always professional and as things changed she was very accommodating. She took all our needs and came up with a very good holiday. I would have no hesitition in going back when we plan our next holiday. All the relevent information was given and I would know that we would be going to a place that was suitable and safe.
Sent in by Majella Murray
Castlebar, Co.Mayo, 03 July 2012
Just back from a week in Lanzarote and cannot thank or rate Rachael highly enough for all her help and advise. She did everything possible for us including printing our boarding passes and checking us in online! I have recommended her to all my family and friends and will continue to do so in the future! Am already thinking of our next trip......:)
Sent in by Lorraine Mcloughlin
Newport, 03 July 2012
Thanks Rachael for arranging a great holiday for my family and I. We had a fab time in Costa Teguise. Looking forward to seeing what you can arrange for our (Brian and I)10th wedding anniversary next year. Rachael is the Perfect person to arrange the best holidays.
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