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...
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 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!!
Sent in by Lisa McKenna
Dublin 8, 17 April 2020
Sarah is one in a million, amazing advisor and lovely to deal with.
Sent in by Helena ODwyer
Dublin, 25 February 2020
As always Sarah is patient and helpful but most of all knowledgeable and willing to go the extra mile always to meet the needs you didn’t even know you had. Sarah is a pleasure to deal with and I will never book holidays without her again. Thanks Sarah.
Sent in by Karen Byrne
Lucan, Dublin, 06 February 2020
Sarah was a pleasure to deal with from start to finish. Sarah listened to everything that myself and my fiance wanted and organised our perfect honeymoon. We are super excited for our trip and will definitely use Sarah to book future holidays.
Sent in by Louise Maughan
Bailieborough, Cavan, 30 January 2020
Sarah was a fountain of knowledge for us.. We changed our minds a couple of times with regards to our dates and even our destination and nothing was ever a problem for her she was very accommodating and made it a very easy process for us!
Sent in by Kelly Hayes
Tubbercurry, Sligo, 28 January 2020
Sarah helped us to organise our honeymoon to Sri Lanka in January. From the beginning Sarah listened to what was important to us and designed the ideal package for us. We had the trip of a lifetime and she made sure to check in with us before we went and also while we were there to make sure all was ok. I would recommend Sarah to anyone looking to book honeymoon/holidays for sure!
Sent in by Alan Maher
Dublin, 16 January 2020
Always accessible and incredibly knowledgeable. Sarah took all the hassle I associate with booking my holidays out of the equation. A quality experience.
Sent in by Jennifer Jumbo
Stafford. UK, 13 January 2020
Sarah was very organized and took no delay in putting together our honeymoon itinerary. I trust her service and know that whoever I recommend to her would be very pleased also!
Sent in by Eileen Nertney
Longford, 19 December 2019
I have found the experience so far to be brilliant. We had an idea of what we wanted but needed someone to piece the plan together. Sarah was able to do that, took our different requests into account, changing anything we felt would suit us better. We are genuinely really excited for our honeymoon rather than dreading having to put it all together in a plan. So far, so good! 5* service.
Sent in by Francis Valloor
Cabinteely, Dublin , 17 December 2019
Very prompt, friendly, supportive and has great attention to details. Very helpful!
Sent in by David Arkins
Ballybrittas, Meath, 17 December 2019
Sarah is the best! Couldn’t be more helpful. Thanks for everything!
Sent in by Jane Cregan
Beaumont, Dublin 9, 30 October 2019
Sarah provides an excellent service, which is tailor made to her client's needs. She is patient and flexible and really does the research.
Sent in by Shirley Kiernan
Mullingar, West Meath, 30 October 2019
Sarah was referred to us by a friend and she was fabulous to deal with and extremely helpful. She made booking our honeymoon a lot easier and I would highly recommend her.
Sent in by Aileen Stirman
Manchester, UK, 15 October 2019
Sarah has been incredibly helpful! She really takes the time to understand you and what you’re looking for and comes up with great suggestions. She is always on hand to help and goes above and beyond to make your dream trip come true!
Sent in by Lisa McKenna
Dublin 2, 20 June 2019
Sarah was so professional in booking our trip, you feel so comfortable and stress-free knowing she is in charge. She has so much travel experience and really gives the personal touch to her clients particular needs. I will continue to use Sarah for all my travel needs, she is amazing!
Sent in by Nick Palmer
Loughanstown, Co Meath, 24 May 2019
Sarah is very prompt to respond to my enquiries and any changes I make, which is very important to me as my buisness travel can all be very last minute sometimes. I also love the travel blogs that Sarah does, they often makes me think where my wife and I could go next on our personal trips...
Sent in by Clodagh Doyle
Bray, Wicklow, 18 May 2019
Would highly recommend Sarah as she went above and beyond to find us a holiday and book same. Sarah is a pleasure to deal with!
Sent in by Mary MacCabe
Blackrock, Dublin, 13 May 2019
I want to take the time to compliment you on the fantastic service you provided to me and my family. We had such a great experience from our very first interaction to the lovely postcard when we returned back to Ireland. Sarah - you provided the best user experience I have ever had with a travel company. You guided me but didn't force me to do anything I wasn't comfortable with. You reassured me re the standard of hotels before and after our cruise. You didn't give out - when I switched ships mid way through our planning. You checked and double checked everything for us. Tickets arrived when they should - everything was 100% complete. For many years I was planning my own trips - and it is so time consuming and stressful - and it doesn't always work either.
Sent in by Keith Dellar
Stafford, UK, 08 May 2019
Always very helpful and simply the best travel advisor.
Sent in by Tola OTesanya
Dublin, 08 May 2019
Sarah is very kind, helpful and acted professional in the way she handled my travel plans. I was able to completely rely on her to make sure everything I needed was taken care of. It was a pleasure dealing with her. I am more than happy to use her service again in the future.
With independent access to hundreds of travel suppliers around the world, I can pick out exceptional offers with amazing added value. Take a look through my latest selections – but even if nothing catches your eye, let me know what you’re looking for and I’ll do my best to find it for you!
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