What I am offering to my clients is a totally impartial, professional, confidential & friendly service, which will far exceed your expectations. I specialise in long-haul travel and have a passion for organising Honeymoons and special occasion trips.
Most importantly I can ensure that you will get the best value and choice for your money, and because we are licensed and bonded your money is safe.
My travels have taken me to many exciting destination worldwide. I have travelled to many countries within Europe and further afield to Mauritius, Seychelles, Tanzania, South Africa, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Australia, U.S.A., Middle East, British Virgin Islands, Barbados, Mexico, Dominican Republic and Cuba.
I am a qualified Aussie specialist and enjoying tailor-making holidays to to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.
For the past 10 years I have won the 'Best Travel Counsellor' - Ireland Award and I am also very proud to be one of the top (out of over 2000 Travel Counsellors Worldwide) for exceptional customer service as voted by my customers.
My main objective is to provide you with a friendly and professional service. I pride myself in offering the highest level of customer care and I have built a loyal customer following over the past 18 years, most of whom continue to recommend me to family and friends.
As we all do our best to navigate through this pandemic, I am sure that many are looking forward to the next break away, particularly for 2021. Whether you're looking to relax with the family, or you're ready for a complete change of scenery and want to jet off to your favourite far-away destinations, or discover some new ones, it would be my pleasure to guide you through the various destinations and ensure that you are fully up-to-date with the latest travel guidance.
I look forward to hearing from 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 love travel! Take a look through my posts - you might find holiday inspiration where you least expect it...
09 October 2021
If Iceland is not on your radar then I recommend you add this unique and diverse destination to your bucket list right away. Whether you are looking for a weekend break abroad, celebrating a special occasion in your life or want to head away to somewhere different with the kids, Iceland ticks all the boxes. You should spend at least 3 nights there, although if you want to go at a leisurely pace 4 nights may suit better. For those who love exploring and hiking you could take a car rental and spend up to 10 nights exploring the Island....
05 March 2020
We kicked off this adventure in style by travelling business class on the British Airways Dreamliner. The full flat bed, incredible food and service was such a treat. On arrival to Durban International my colleagues and I were met by our Partner Destination Management Company who have been taking great care of our clients for many years in South Africa and it was a pleasure to explore the Kwazulu-Natal location with this special company. Mkhuze Game Reserve was our first port of call. Located just under 3 hours from Durban we settled into the Ghost Mountain Inn, a beautiful property...
15 October 2019
I was incredibly lucky to be part of a small group of Travel Counsellors who travelled to Tanzania to experience the Bush Rover Suites in the Serengeti National Park. You cannot get more unique than this!! We flew with Turkish Airlines who without doubt in my opinion offers the most comfortable in-fight experience in both economy and business class cabins. I also had to opportunity to experience the new airport at Istanbul and WOW it is incredible! We started off with a night and a day in Istanbul. What an amazing city and one I would highly recommend visiting. We...
01 June 2018
Having already explored Europe and America with the kids, I wanted them to experience a new culture and what better location than Asia. As myself and my Hubbie honeymooned in Thailand we were eager to return and explore new adventures with the kids in tow! The trip totally exceeded all our expectations. Let me give you a brief outline of our amazing itinerary; Flying with Etihad Airways via Abu Dhabi, we had a very comfortable and pleasant in-flight experience. On arrival to the island of Phuket we took an hour-long transfer north to the idyllic province of Khao Lak,...
13 May 2018
Hats off to Air Canada...We arrived At Heathrow airport at 9am to find out that our flight to Vancouver had been delayed by 7 hours. On approaching the ticket desk, the Air Canada representative’s very fast thinking and efficiency resulted in us being rerouted via Calgary on a 10am departure and we actually arrived to a very sunny Vancouver an hour ahead of schedule. We had a very enjoyable and comfortable journey on-board a brand new aircraft. A great start to what was to be an incredible journey. I was lucky to share this trip with my colleague and very close...
19 March 2018
China is a destination that has forever been on my bucket list and as I suspected it exceeded all my expectations. This type of trip was a first for me as I was travelling as part of an escorted group with Intrepid Travel who are specialist in adventure and cultural worldwide group holidays. I travelled with 8 other Irish agents whom I met for the first time at Dublin airport and true to the Irish style they were a fantastic group of people. We were incredibly lucky to experience the exceptional business class service of Finnair who routed via...
12 June 2017
A Christmas Day surprise for Frank, Danny and Clodagh and boy what a surprise it was! We travelled over the Easter Holidays going direct from Dublin to JFK with Delta Airlines who offer a very friendly and comfortable service. We were met by a limo to take us to our hotel (another surprise and to see their faces...it was priceless). We had 4 nights in New York and I guess if I was to change any aspect of our trip it would be to extend New York by at least a day, ideally two as it really did take...
14 June 2015
After a very comfortable flight with South Africa Airlines we had a fast and efficient transfer via Johannesburg airport and landed in a very wet, windy but beautiful Cape Town. A lovely journey via the Atlantic Coast road we passed by the stunning Camps Bay before arriving at the famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.We enjoyed some wonderful delights for lunch at the Market Place, various local vendors selling the most delicious savouries and desserts. Unfortunately the weather was not in our favour whilst in Cape Town so our trip up Table Mountain was cancelled, but then again it's winter in...
08 October 2014
After a wonderful flight experience in Club World with British Airways I arrived at Colombo Airport, Sri Lanka. To say I was excited was an understatement. As a lover of all things cultural and historic I knew that Sri Lanka was going to be a wonderful experience for me. I travelled with 10 colleagues and we had a very busy itinerary ahead hoping to cover the sights of this amazing country in 8 days. We had 2 drivers and a wonderful tour guide, Alanda. Their knowledge, expertise and hospitality was incredible and without doubt enhanced our...
03 December 2013
HANDS DOWN; this is the most beautiful location I had ever visited. Heaven on Earth!! Seychelles is made of an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean. The Granitic Islands of the Seychelles cluster around the main island of Mahe, home to the Capital Victoria, and its satellite islands of Praslin and La Digue. These three islands contain the majority of Seychelles tourism as well as its most stunning beaches. And I was extremely fortunate to visit all three islands. We started on the island of Mahe, home to the international airport and to 90% of the...
10 September 2013
I headed to the resort of Cascais on the Lisbon coast for a 4 night break in September with my Mum and I must say it was spectacular. The resort that once was a fishing village is now one of Portugal's most famous holiday destinations. The tradition remains and this is the beauty of the town. Cascais is steeped in history and offers some of the most exquisite natural and architectural sites. Cobbled streets, winding lanes leading to small museums, beautiful gardens, new marina and a pedestrianised old town dotted with designer boutiques and seafood restaurants. There is a...
23 May 2013
I visited Abu Dhabi on a city break and conference in May. My husband and I stayed at the magnificent beachfront Fairmont Bab Al Bahr Hotel. Our suite overlooked the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque; a breath-taking view. After spending the first day relaxing by the pool, we decided to partake in a city tour. We saw the Jebel Ali Port, the biggest man-made port in the world, stopped outside the Grand Mosque for some photo opportunities and then we then continued to the Women’s' Handicraft Centre to admire the skill of the local ladies making traditional handicrafts. We...
10 September 2012
I was extremely lucky to have the opportunity to travel to Mexico and experience first hand what this amazing destination has to offer. Because the majority of my business is organising Honeymoons, Weddings and that "special occasion" trip, I was very eager to see if the 5 Star Luxury properties that Mexico boast lived up to their reputation. I don’t usually delve into detailing individual properties when writing travel journals, however as Mexico is such a popular destination with my past and present clients I simply have to give you a brief synopsis of my favourites. 5 Star Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort &...
18 May 2012
Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful locations I have visited....I was blown away by the sheer beauty of the island itself, so lush and green, mountains, valleys and waterfalls, powder white sandy beaches and coral reefs. The Mauritian people are so hospitable, always a friendly face and a smile and wonderful service. Whilst I know that the majority of visitors to Mauritus for the most part enjoy the sunshine, relaxation, hotel hospitality and beaches I personally explored part the island and all it has to offer so let me share my experience with you; On a tour of the Island's South...
17 November 2011
How would I describe Boston; historic, cultural, quaint tree-lined streets, great hospitality, compact city so easy to walk around, Duck Tours, shopping, great restaurants and vibrant nightlife. I was lucky to be stay at the Taj Hotel, right in the centre of Boston. The transfer from the airport took about 15 minutes. Checked into the hotel, very traditional "old world" hotel and finished to the highest standard. The hotel was dotted with chandeliers and also had a Chanel shop & Burberry just across the road! My room had 2 queen beds and was very clean and again...
12 May 2011
Dubai is a unique destination, one of the few cities in the world that has undergone such a rapid transformation and is one of the fastest growing cities on the Earth. How would I describe Dubai...Cosmopolitan, exciting, dramatic, fun, amazing and beautiful. I spent 4 nights in Dubai and explored the beach areas, the city and the desert. I stayed at the stunning 5Star Westin Mina Seyathi Beach Resort located directly on the famous Jumeirah Beach. Our wonderful Deluxe Ocean View Room had breath-taking views of the ocean and the famous Palm beyond. The hotel has an excellent spa, private beach...
23 April 2010
'Trains are wonderful... to travel by train is to see nature and human beings, towns and rivers, in fact, to see life' - Agatha Christie No truer words written. My recent travels brought me to Asia to experience the wonderful Eastern & Oriental Express. Here is my story. After arriving in Singapore I spent 3 nights in this wonderful city staying at the luxury 5 Star Shangri-la Hotel. As well as relaxing by the hotel pool surrounded by the expansive tropical grounds I found time to experience what Singapore has to offer. Singapore’s historic ethnic quarters are surrounding...
04 June 2009
From the moment I landed at Muscat International Airport I fell in love with the Country of Oman. Oman is one of the oldest civilisations on the Arabian Peninsula and retains all its Arabian character from its people to its architecture. I found the country to be exciting and vibrant with a wonderful climate and beautiful beaches. And as a lover of all things historic, I explored the ancient and modern traditions of the Omani people with fascinating sightseeing and scenery. The Capitol City of Muscat is like an oasis in the desert, a modern city that is the crowning...
16 May 2008
My most recent travels has taken me to the Caribbean island of Barbados, and what a trip! The Island of Barbados is recognised around the world for its sheer natural beauty, the richness of its culture and above all the friendliness of its people. Barbados has three quite distinct coastlines: the fashionable West coast has fine long stretches of sandy beaches with calm waters protected by coral reefs and ideal for water sports. Many luxury hotels are dotted along the coast, where evenings tend to be quiet and sophisticated. The South coast has many excellent sandy beaches too. There is lots...
11 October 2007
You probably guessed that travelling is my passion and one of my top destinations visited so far has to be Cuba. Cuba is a fasinating island that is rapidly growing in popularity due to its great mix of cultural heritage as well as some of the finest beaches with miles of soft white sand and clear warm waters. Add to this the warm and friendly multiracial people, the Cuban passion for music and dance, famous rum cocktails and balmy tropical nights and you have all the ingredients for a wonderful holiday. On my travels to Cuba I spent the first 3 nights...
Sent in by Shirley Barrett
Glanmire, Cork, 10 February 2020
I would happily recommend Sarah to friends & family. I found the booking experience very easy & hassle free, nothing was too much trouble. Will happily deal with Sarah for future trips.
Sent in by Cormac Ryan
Midleton, 10 February 2020
Sarah is very accommodating, my wife and I came to her through a friend and have been very happy with the holiday we booked, even when we added some things and took away others Sarah was always there to tease things out and look out for our best interests. Thank you.
Sent in by Roisin OBrien
Glanmire, Cork, 10 February 2020
Sarah is absolutely excellent. I often strongly and enthusiastically recommend her to friends because she is so efficient and friendly and makes booking a holiday so much easier and enjoyable. Also, when I am abroad on my holidays, I feel very reassured knowing that I can email Sarah, should I need to.
Sent in by Hazel Hodgins
Galway, 10 February 2020
Sarah was fantastic. She made us feel like her top priority even though I'm sure she must be flat out with other clients, and it was over the busy Christmas period. She delivered on exactly what we asked for and was really transparent through the whole process.
Sent in by Kelly Hunter
Mallow, Cork, 10 February 2020
Sarah McCarthy was great and so helpful, not just with the booking but throughout the holiday also. We booked our honeymoon about 4 days before we left and everything was fab, Sarah listened to exactly what type of holiday and hotel we wanted. I will book holidays with Sarah again and highly recommend Travel Counsellors to others.
Sent in by Michael Keating
Cork, 10 February 2020
Can I take this opportunity to thank you , yet again, for your commitment and dedication to providing the most personalised care and attention to our requirements. We have been dealing with you since 2007, and I suppose it's testament to your work enthusiasm that after 12 years we have never once been disappointed and continue, and will continue with loyal support to you and your company, Travel Counsellors. On behalf of my wife, Breeda and myself, we wish you and yours the most peaceful & prosperous New year. Eternally grateful, Michael
Sent in by Michael Keating
Carrigaline, Co Cork, 03 January 2016
As always, the service provided by Sarah McCarthy has been what we've come to expect. She has chosen our hotel, flights, transfers etc. since 2008, and every year since. We have recommended Sarah to our friends & neighbours who have not been disappointed either. We have only the highest praise for Sarah and wish her continued success for the future.
Sent in by Katie O'Regan
Cork, 15 December 2015
We booked our trip to Canada through Sarah. She was very helpful and prompt in any replies. She got us the best price possible for our flights. She was a pleasure to deal with and we will certainly be recommending her and also coming back to her for any other trips. Thank you so much Sarah!!
Sent in by Richard Horgan
Dublin, 01 December 2015
Everything was done for us by Sarah once we picked where we wanted to go. We can't rate Sarah highly enough. There is no one better for booking a holiday in our opinion. We had a dream honeymoon. Thanks Sarah.
Sent in by Fachtna McCarthy
Kent, UK, 30 November 2015
Sarah gave us the perfect advice and guidance when booking our holiday to Australia and our stop off to Abu Dhabi en route. She told us the best places to stay and where to visit, which flights were best etc etc. Another fabulous trip organised by Sarah and we can't thank her enough.
Sent in by Michelle McCarthy
Nenagh, 29 November 2015
I love Sarah's work, to date I have had quite a few excellent holidays booked with Sarah and a couple pending too! Sarah always takes time to listen to exactly what we want and goes to great lengths to fulfill our every request . Everything always runs smoothly, we get a really good price, and have never been disappointed in any way with our overall expierinces. Any stress or aggravation is taken out of booking holidays when we book through Sarah. As long as Sarah is in business, I will be sure to be happily using her services and recommending her to anyone who wants a stress free experience and great holiday!
Sent in by Marie O'Sullivan
Cork , 26 November 2015
Sarah was a fantastic help with my recent booking of a cruise. She got me a great price and was so helpful in organising everything I wanted. I'd never used Travel Counsellors before but I will definitely be contacting Sarah when booking my next holiday. I couldn't recommend her enough. Thanks Sarah
Sent in by Magdalena O'Driscoll
West Cork, 26 November 2015
Sarah helped me to book our dream holiday to the Seychelles. She is a very nice and professional person. With her help and knowledge of the islands we felt more secure going there for the first time. Fantastic!
Sent in by Robert Wilmot
Bandon, Co Cork, 25 November 2015
I just booked another trip with Sarah, there is 12 people in our party and we are heading for the Camino walk. .It's so easy with Sarah, jsut give her dates and she looks after the rest. There is no preasure when you are booking with Sarah. Thanks again for all your help.
Sent in by Terence O'Connor
Cork, 25 November 2015
I am always confident because Sarah will know what is required for us! We are happy to recommend her to others. She is the best!
Sent in by Denis Jones
Kinsale,Cork, 18 December 2014
My wife and I recently took a six week holiday spending time in Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Sarah arranged our trip and the organisation was amazing. All details down to the smallest had been taken care of, for us it was a hassle free. Sarah booked just what we wanted and we were able to enjoy the trip and completely relax. This was by far the best holiday we had and we would definitely book future trips with Sarah.
Sent in by Marie Casey
Cork, 17 December 2014
Sarah has helped, advised, recommended and planned our holidays this year. We have found Sarah to take an amazingly practical approach offering super advice and help when needed. Both my husband and I will keep booking with Sarah because of the professionalism and her dedication to her customer care. I would recommend (and have done) Sarah's service to anyone. Thank you Sarah.
Sent in by Kerry O Connell
Cork, 12 December 2014
We booked our honeymoon through Sarah. We had an amazing honeymoon and I felt so so assured having Sarah to contact when we found ourselves in any spot of bother. Sarah was so patient and always available to help, I so appreciated it and the piece of mind Sarah provided was priceless, I will most definitely be recommending Sarah to friends and family.
Sent in by Gemma Casey
Clare, 01 December 2014
From ESTA reminder to navagation of the cruise website Sarah helped me with everything ! I can't recommend her highly enough. She was never off the clock & replied to all my emails as fast as I'd clicked the sent button. She is the ultimate travel agent.
Sent in by Helen Connaghan
Donegal, 29 November 2014
We contacted Sarah to help us decide on our honeymoon destination. She really listened to what we were looking for and found us a number of options within our budget in beautiful places. We chose Barbados and Sarah organised all the details for us and was there to answer any queries we had. I can honestly say it was the best holiday, we couldn't have wished for anymore.
Sent in by Orla O'Sullivan
Watergrasshill, Co. Cork, 11 September 2013
This was my first time using a Travel Counsellor and I honestly couldn't recommend Sarah more. We are travelling with a toddler so there was a lot of little extra requirements we wanted in our accomodation and nothing was ever too much trouble. I dont think we would have ever found such suitable accomodation on our own and the experience was so painless; all we had to do is sit back and enjoy.
Sent in by Danielle Byrne
Clonakilty, 25 June 2013
We were thrilled with our holiday in Albufeira, Portugal which Sarah booked for us. The accommodation was perfect for our family and we were right on the beach which was just where we wanted to be. Sarah arranged very last-minute insurance for us, the details of which she texted to me as we stood in Cork airport waiting to check in! We will definitely use Sarah's service again, hopefully soon!
Sent in by Ursula & Paul Kearney
Galway, 23 June 2013
We just want to say thanks to Sarah for booking an amazing honeymoon for us. We had the best time. The hotel in Mexico was lovely and relaxing and the hotel in New York was so central. We had a lot of questions prior to booking our honeymoon and Sarah was able to answer them all. I would not hesitate to book with or recommend booking with Sarah in the future.
Sent in by Emma Lehane
Dublin , 18 June 2013
Sarah is a much needed contact to have in your life for those who like to travel regularly! Experienced, professional, friendly and most importantly easy to reach on mobile/email unlike other travel agents. Sarah talked to us both at length late one evening to help plan our honeymoon, great for those working office hours. She helped when we needed to alter the itinerary too and was so helpful!
Sent in by Lisa Fitzpatrick
Kerry, 16 June 2013
We found Sarah McCarthy an absolute pleasure to deal with when booking our honeymoon. She was so knowledgeable of the locations we were interested in and found the perfect destinations for us. Everything for our honeymoon was perfect and very well organised.
Sent in by Geraldine Furlong
Dublin, 29 May 2013
I booked a surprise 30th present for myself, husband and 2 year old daughter to Orlando and a Caribbean cruise on the Allure of the Seas. It was the most amazing holiday, everything was perfect and was much more than I could have imagined. Sarah looked after us so well and it was great knowing that she had taken care of everything for me all we had to do was turn up. Thank you so much Sarah.
Sent in by jenna cooney
cork, 28 May 2013
I found Sarah was a pleasure to deal with, no questions were too much and we felt that she went above and beyond to get us the best trip possible. I have since recommended Sarah to a number of colleagues who have also booked their honeymoon with her. I will definitely book with her again as it was so easy.
Sent in by Paul Murphy
Cork, 28 May 2013
Very reliable and always able to get the best deals and prices for the best locations. Always able to take your call and questions. Highly recommended.
Sent in by Laura Murphy
Wicklow, 28 May 2013
Great service from Sarah from my initial queries up to recieving my tickets. She was very quick in reponding to all questions. Sarah really took the hassle out of our honeymoon planning. I will definitely recommend Sarah to all my friends and family. Excellent Travel Counsellor!
Sent in by Mary O Sullivan
Tipperary, 27 May 2013
I honestly believe that without Sarah's guidance I would never have travelled on my own to Australia last year. I simply rang her and gave her the dates on which I wished to travel and she did the rest. Everything was arranged from the comfort of my own home with absolutely no hassle or stress. Sarah was so reassuring and encouraging that before I left I had no fear whatsoever. Highly recommended.
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