Specialising in luxury honeymoons, bucket list travels, cruises and long haul trips, creating a bespoke and personalised service for my clients. I am extremely fortunate that I have had the opportunity to travel all over the world. Even after 13 years of working in the travel industry, and having visited over 50 countries, I am still searching for new and exciting experiences, and two recent expedition cruises, one to the Galapagos and the other to the Arctic just blew me away. These are ideal trips for anyone looking to get off the beaten path., after all it isn't too often you get to spot polar bears in their natural habitat! Some of my top experiences include taking the iconic Rocky Mountaineer train through the Canadian Rockies, staying in an over-water villa in the Maldives, swimming with wild dolphins in New Zealand and spending a night under the stars onboard a yacht in Thailand. An African safari is also high up on my most memorable trips!
Being a Personal Travel Counsellor allows me to use my passion for travel to create unique and amazing trips, whether this is a once in a life time dream, a luxury honeymoon, a family holiday, or cruise vacation that you will remember for years to come.
I appreciate that your time away is incredibly valuable, and I know that that with my extensive knowledge and great supplier relationships worldwide, I can ensure your holiday is truly special and unique. Working with Travel Counsellors allows me to offer the highest level of personalised service which I believe is an important part of getting you the perfect trip. My aim is to make planning your trip as enjoyable and stress free as possible, as well as giving you complete piece of mind as we are fully licensed and bonded, so your money is safe.
It can be hard to find time to sit down and plan a holiday so I am available for a one to one service at a time and location convenient to you, including evenings and weekends, either in person, over the phone or even a zoom video call. If you are stuck for any inspiration or just want to talk through a few ideas about turning them into a reality I’d love to have a chat with you, please feel free to give me a call or drop me an email.
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 love travel! Take a look through my posts - you might find holiday inspiration where you least expect it...
15 March 2022
The Land of Smiles, where visitors are very often surprised by the ability of Thai people to smile through virtually every situation, and visiting Thailand coming out of the pandemic this couldn't be more evident. The Thai people are very welcoming and despite the difficult government procedures in place at the time of travelling, those working in hospitality on the ground made sure it was as hassle free as possible (since the time of visiting all these restrictions have now been lifted making it a super easy destination to experience once again). Like everyone after the past few years, some R&R...
09 November 2021
The stunning scenery in Iceland makes for a fantastic break no matter what time of year. I ventured over in November to explore their winter activities, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. A big highlight of my trip was a Full Circle day tour. Our adventure began being picked up from the hotel in a monster super jeep, we headed out in style through Iceland’s stunning natural scenery; Gullfoss Waterfall, geysers and hot springs. Already travelling in ultra-comfort, the super-jeep also has the ‘something special factor’ and allows your journey to be taken off road to take in those hidden...
05 March 2020
For those who have visited South Africa before you will know how amazingly hospitable it is. Offering great restaurants showcasing superb local food and wine, a wide variety of activity and adventure, as well as spectacular scenery, wildlife galore and a beautiful range of accommodation. For something a little different on your South Africa trip, you should consider taking time out to visit Kwazulu natal – ‘Place of the Zulu’. Although there is minimal jetlag heading to South Africa, I would recommend starting off at Ghost Mountain, a beautiful tranquil retreat surrounded by stunning scenery and sugar plantations where you can...
25 March 2019
I love being out on the water and so I knew one of the highlights of Vietnam for me would be going out to the UNESCO world heritage site, Halong Bay. I always prefer authentic experiences and it was important to me that we would take the less beaten path, so we took a boat for two nights also taking in Lan Ha Bay. Our 4* junk ship did not disappoint, complete luxury from the minute we stepped onboard. The suites were spacious and the floor to ceiling windows ensured endless spectacular views. The bathtub was equally impressive as it...
16 January 2019
Travelling in style on the BA Dreamliner in Club Class I settle back to enjoy a glass of champagne and the amazing space of both the cabin and the seating - of course I must take advantage of both the three-course a la carte menu and the fully lie flat beds too, before landing into snowy Calgary. The gateway to the Rockies we don’t stay long but as we say, ‘we are here for a good time not a long time’ so we still manage to pack in breakfast at the zoo (not usually an advocate for zoos but this...
08 April 2018
I hadn’t really planned on climbing Mount Kinabalu when I first intended to go to Borneo, however all the tours I liked seemed to have it included so off I went. I am so glad I did, well maybe I had a few doubts as I was doing the climb, but the sense of achievement, the camaraderie along the way and the spectacular views made it all worthwhile. It’s only a two-day trek but it’s incredibly tough. Starting early on the first morning it’s a gruelling trek up literally thousands of steps. After only an hour or so the group...
01 March 2018
Having been to the areas of Cancun/Playa Del Carmen three times now I have managed to stay in a variety of hotels and undertake a range of activities, and I would still go back again! Where to start? There are some fabulous resorts here, great service, delicious food, white sand beaches and tropical weather, what’s not to love?! The all-inclusive resorts really do cater for everyone, and I find the standard in Mexico to be fantastic and great value. Hotels such as Secrets Maroma, offer the ultimate couples holiday, focusing on a luxury experience, perfect for those special occasions like...
23 February 2018
I was so excited for this trip to Norway. I have been on expedition cruises before and knew this was going to offer a truly special experience, outstanding natural beauty, wildlife spotting and a chance to see the Northern Lights! We started the trip arriving in Bergen, a city surrounded by stunning mountains and fjords, for a one-night pre-cruise stay. Colourful wooden houses line the Old Wharf that make up Bryggen, which has been placed on the UNESCO world heritage site, and our first glimpse of it was at night whilst all lit up. The next day seeing it against the...
05 February 2018
I am often asked ‘where do people usually go on honeymoon?’, but I believe that a honeymoon is built on the wanderlust of going to somewhere together and bringing together your personal interests to make the perfect trip for you. Honeymoons are all so different, there are no set rules, this is the time to go somewhere that’s incredible and memorable to you! For some, there is nothing better than the thoughts of lying on the idyllic beaches of the Maldives or the Caribbean, for others it may be an Alaskan cruise, or a city break to New York &...
01 February 2018
Arriving in Baltra was quite simply one of the most exciting feelings, almost like I had landed on another planet. The land is so barren and vast, a mixture of black volcanic rock, red dust and occasional cactus, with one solemn airport hangar in view. We were all buzzing with excitement and great anticipation of the trip that was to come, as this is typically a bucket list type destination. After arrival, we were transferred by zodiac boats (little rubber dingy style) out to our intimate, yet luxurious cruise ship, our home for the next 7 nights. For the first...
01 February 2018
South Africa is one of my top recommendations everyone should visit. Starting with Cape Town, this city really does have it all; a cosmopolitan city scene, combined with beautiful beaches, abundance of local wildlife, wineries, amazing local landscapes, and for the most part fantastic weather to enjoy it all in. Even when the weather is cooler in the winter months there is plenty to keep you occupied and the local restaurants and bars are well geared up with heaters, blankets and log fires. A city known for having world renown cuisine, topped off by impeccable service, a huge selection...
08 August 2016
Prior to this trip I was a little oblivious to this whole world of wonder and just exactly what would make this trip so spectacular, after all there isn’t even a detailed itinerary to go with a trip attempting to circumnavigate around Svalbard! The very fact that there isn’t a set itinerary makes you realise how special going to the Arctic really is. Nothing is guaranteed, not the weather, nor the wildlife, or even the ice pack, so a true expedition cruise in every sense. During the summer months, this is the land of the midnight sun, 24-hour daylight must...
14 March 2016
Maldives has been on my list of places to visit for as long as I can remember, the white sand beaches and the idyllic crystal-clear waters, with incredible marine life, topped off by staying in an overwater bungalow, paradise! There are only several places in the world where it is possible to stay in an over-water villa, and my Maldives trip certainly lived up to my expectations! After landing in Male, the capital, we were whisked off in a private vehicle to the seaplane departure lounge. We were offered food, drinks, even a shoulder massage, whilst we waited on our seaplane...
06 November 2015
Thailand is one of my favourite holiday destinations. It has so much going for it, great weather, idyllic beaches, amazing people, delicious food, a variety of shopping - including plenty of markets, diverse wildlife, plenty of culture, fantastic spas, and nightlife should you want it! My latest trip saw us stopping off in Bangkok for a few nights; a real love it or hate it city. Personally, I love it. A vibrant, buzzing city, full of interesting people, bursts of colours and plenty to keep you occupied. We opted to take a local Tuk Tuk (an experience for anyone...
01 July 2013
Having lived in Canada in my early twenties for a year, I have a real fondness for the country, the people, the landscapes and the outdoor activities. Whether it be hiking and kayaking through the Rockies during the summer, or skiing one if its magnificent peaks in the winter (I highly recommend Whistler and Mount Tremblant for winter sports). My most recent visit saw me flying in to Vancouver at the end of June and the sun was shining! A very laidback city with lots of open space, park areas, access to Vancouver Island, and of course a...
Sent in by Elaine Brittin
Dublin, 23 May 2022
I have already recommended Sarah to a number of my colleagues who have asked for her contact details.... we can't wait for our holiday in June and genuinely hope this is a partnership going forward...life changing!!
Sent in by Lesley Ronaldson
Dublin, 12 May 2022
I cannot commend Sarah enough on this service. Sarah was recommended to me by a colleague in work. From the moment we spoke, she understood exactly what we were looking for in a honeymoon and more. The options presented were perfect and within 3 days we had booked the perfect location. I had a few deal breakers (as we are taking our 4 year old) but Sarah was so patient and ensured everything was met. The easiest trip we have ever booked. Thank you
Sent in by Claire Murphy
Chicago, 04 May 2022
We really appreciated all the work Sarah did to put together our dream honeymoon for us and also being so patient when we changed our mind on the type of honeymoon we wanted. We have recommended Sarah to our friends who are getting married or planning a big holiday in the next year as she really went above and beyond for us.
Sent in by James Kinch
Dublin, 04 May 2022
Sarah has became our go to trusted advisor on all things travel, be it special anniversary trips or family holidays and everything else in between. Nothing is too much trouble and we always receive incredible service with a smile. This particular trip to Mexico was booked in lightening speed and when compared to online booking systems was thousands of euros cheaper. Sarah is also managing a big 40th trip for my husband in July, again tremendous service for us and our guests! Thanks to Travel Counsellors and Sarah for the ever amazing service and best value.
Sent in by Nicole Connolly
Monaghan, 19 April 2022
Sarah is so nice to deal with and very accommodating too. Any questions I had, Sarah was fit to answer them. Would 100% recommend to everyone!
Sent in by Macdara De Paor
Kildare, 15 March 2022
Sarah is fantastic to deal with, friendly, approachable and hardworking. She tailored a honeymoon that suited us down to the ground. Go raibh maith agat Sarah.
Sent in by Kellie Enright
Westmeath, 08 March 2022
Sarah was absolutely brilliant. She came recommended to me and I will 100% be recommending Sarah to my family and friends.
Sent in by Jennifer Jumbo
Clontarf, Dublin, 01 March 2022
Sarah is an absolute STAR. She started planning our honeymoon for us in 2020, but then due to covid it was cancelled. Then we moved it to 2021, but because we still weren't comfortable with travelling considering the world wasn't out of the woods yet with COVID, we cancelled again. Each time she was supportive and helpful. We finally booked our honeymoon with her for April 2021, and again she was very helpful and quick. We got everything boomed and sorted in less than a week. Eoin and I are so grateful to you, Sarah. You made our honeymoon planning so stress-free even in a crazy covid world. We look forward to working with you again in the next future. xx
Sent in by Deirdre Rock
Malahide, Dublin, 28 February 2022
Sarah quickly understood our requirements and was very responsive. Excellent service! Thank you Sarah!
Sent in by Sarah Ennis
Longwood, Meath, 22 February 2022
Sarah is such a helpful person who made our honeymoon booking experience super easy and quick! I would highly recommend Sarah for all your honeymoon needs!
Sent in by Laura O'Regan
Cork, 11 February 2022
Sarah helped me book our dream honeymoon. Sarah was always very helpful and even when I changed my mind on the location, she had no problem starting from scratch to make sure it was planned to perfection. Her experience in the industry is so obvious and super helpful when it comes to decision making. I am so looking forward to going on our honeymoon in June!! Thank you Sarah, you are a gem!!
Sent in by Susanna Bennett
Dublin, 11 February 2022
We booked our honeymoon through Sarah and the whole process was so easy. We went in with one idea and ended up going for something entirely different and Sarah put together different options and talked us through everything. She has been so helpful and very responsive to any questions we had. Great experience all round!
Sent in by Andrew Lake
Castleknock, Dublin, 10 February 2022
Great service and organisation as always by Sarah.
Sent in by Sinead O'Hare
Tallaght, Dublin, 10 February 2022
Sarah is warm, friendly and so accommodating. She takes on board all of the things that are important to you for travelling and goes above and beyond to achieve them for you. I have always planned my own trips and holidays but I am so happy that I chose Sarah to organise our honeymoon. I feel completely confident in her abilities to give us the holiday of a lifetime.
Sent in by Clair Breen
Lucan, Dublin, 24 November 2021
Sarah is professional, proficient, friendly and really listens to your needs. I have and will continue to recommend her. The service Sarah provides is second to none.
Sent in by Joe Plas
Michigan, USA, 14 November 2021
Sarah Appleton has been a joy to work with. She was always very courteous and efficient. She did everything we asked and more. I highly recommend her.
Sent in by Rick Lee
Oregon, USA, 14 November 2021
I have appreciated Sarah’s professionalism and response time. Every time I have asked a question about the trip, she has responded so quickly. If someone asks me to recommend a travel counsellor I would recommend Sarah.
Sent in by Kirsty Cooney
Naas, Kildare, 01 November 2021
Sarah went above and beyond to create the perfect honeymoon for us. Everything was so easy as sarah organises everything!!!
Sent in by Mary Therese Royal
Connecticut, USA, 25 October 2021
Sarah has been wonderful in helping us book our trip to Dublin and Edinburgh. She has made great suggestions for hotels. She has been in constant communication and so patient with all our questions and we have 3 families traveling with different itineraries. I would highly recommend Sarah for any and all travel plans.
Sent in by Roseanne O'Leary
Dublin, 23 September 2021
Booked a very last minute honeymoon with Sarah. Sarah was super helpful, knowledgeable and patient with us as we were responding when suited us due to wedding planning. We wouldn't be going anywhere only for Sarah! Everything is now booked and ready to go, we can't wait. Thanks so much Sarah!
Sent in by David Moar
Dublin, 23 September 2021
Sarah Appleton has been excellent in dealing with our honeymoon. Always free to take a call along with being extremely helpful when trying to find us a holiday when we didn't know what we wanted ourselves. She is a credit to your company and I shall be recommending her going forward.
Sent in by Cathal Bury
Dublin, 30 August 2021
We booked our honeymoon with Sarah. Due to Covid it has had to be changed a number of times and Sarah has been fantastic throughout and has rearranged the trip to suit us with no issues and prompt communication.
Sent in by Sinead Rynne
Dublin, 30 August 2021
Sarah is a fantastic resource and I thoroughly enjoyed dealing with her when making my travel plans. I'm looking forward to making many more bookings using her services!
Sent in by Eileen Nertney
Longford, Ireland, 09 June 2021
Excellent service, feel very safe in the bookings / changes needed this year, Sarah has been great to work with
Sent in by Anthony O'Hanlon
Dublin, Ireland, 07 June 2021
Sarah was excellent in talking us through our entire holiday and coming back promptly to our queries. We will definitely recommend Sarah to our friends going forward as she provides an exceptional standard of service.
Sent in by Elizabeth Barron
Dublin, 17 July 2020
Sarah has been exceptional in her listening to what we wanted on our New Zealand holiday - and created a wonderful itinerary for us that we are so looking forward to experiencing.
Sent in by Marianna O'Neill
Dublin, 02 July 2020
Sarah provides an outstanding service and saves me and my family time and money. I recommend Sarah to my friends and colleagues all the time.
Sent in by Marlene Doyle
Bray, Wicklow, 08 June 2020
Sarah is always very pleasant and approachable. Nothing is too much trouble. She goes the extra mile to make sure that you are getting the best out of your holidays. She is vey knowlegable giving plenty of suggestions and tips and is there twenty four seven if need be. She is professional, enthusiastic, warm, understanding and very patient. A pleasure to deal with.
Sent in by Joanna Grocott
Birmingham, UK, 03 June 2020
Absolutely brilliant. Sarah is amazing!! Couldn’t ask for better service!!
Sent in by Paul Harvie
Dublin, 03 June 2020
Sarah was exceptional, professional and super responsive and seen to all of our business needs and requirements. Thank you!!
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