My passion has always been travel. I create bespoke travel itineraries for your dream holiday, and help you discover exciting destinations and new experiences without the stress of organising it yourself. You can have peace of mind knowing that I will take care of everything, each step of the way, with 24 hour backup provided to deal with any emergency that may arise while abroad.
As well as tailor making a holiday for you, I can arrange cruises, group trips, small group adventures, family holidays and celebration trips. You can see from my travel blogs that I have travelled the globe extensively myself, cruising the Mediterranean, the Norwegian Fjords and the Galapagos islands, as well as river cruising on the Danube and the Rhine.
My own family holidays were spent in the camping parks of France, Italy, Spain and Holland, and I have visited many states in the USA including New York, California, Las Vegas, Florida and Hawaii.
Canada is one of my favourite destinations and last year I took the luxurious Rocky Mountaineer train from Vancouver to Banff in the Rocky Mountains. I recommend hiring a car while you're in Canada as we found it was a great way to see places like Lake Louise, Emerald Lake and Jasper at your leisure.
I'm also particularly interested in Asia and have travelled to Malaysia, Thailand’s Golden Triangle, Bhutan and Myanmar.
No matter what you book with me, your holiday will be financially protected as Travel Counsellors are licensed and bonded in Ireland by the Commission for Aviation Regulation.
Let me save you time and take the stress out of planning your next holiday, just get in touch and we can talk at a time that suits you.
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Luxury tented camps and interaction with elephants
Highlights of my trip to the Galapagos Islands. The video was made by the onboard photographer who followed us on our explorations.
Rocky Mountaineer - luxury train journey I took through the Canadian Rockies
I absolutely love travel! Take a look through my posts - you might find holiday inspiration where you least expect it...
14 October 2021
INCREDIBLE ICELAND For many people Iceland is a bucket list destination and it’s easy to see why. During my recent 3 night trip to Reykjavik I had the opportunity to experience some of the most popular excursions and activities on offer. We stayed in the heart of the city in walking distance to the harbour, the shopping area and the great restaurants and bars nearby. On arrival at Keflavik airport we were transferred by coach to Reykjavik and spent the afternoon exploring our surroundings before enjoying dinner in a cosy traditional Icelandic restaurant – Hressingarskalinn. That evening was spent hunting...
11 September 2021
in September 2021, I achieved a long- held dream of visiting the amazing Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. These islands inspired Charles Darwin's Theory of Evolution partly from his observance of the finches on different islands. There are strict laws put in place to protect the region’s landscape and wildlife for future generations. The islands are best seen on a cruise – and there’s no better way to explore them than on a 6* Silverseas cruise. My ship was called Silver Origin, a ship purpose built for cruising in the Galapagos Islands and one of the most environmentally conscious ships...
05 March 2020
Earlier this month I travelled to Jordan to visit one of the destinations high on my bucket-list - Petra! I decided to take this trip solo and travel with a small group. This is a great way to travel as you have company and the security of travelling in a group. I started my trip a day earlier when I availed of Turkish Airline’s free 1-night stopover in Istanbul on my way to Jordan. This is a city everyone should visit. Although I only had a short time there I managed to see the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia...
10 September 2019
Dubrovnik – Croatia Last September my husband and I took a cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Rhapsody of the Seas. This cruise is one of the most popular in Ireland and it was easy to see why - the itinerary was fantastic. We departed from Venice and visited Dubrovnik, Kotor, Olympia and Santorini. One of my favourite ports was Dubrovnik in Croatia. This is a city on the Adriatic Sea known for its distinctive old town surrounded by massive stone walls completed in the 16th century. Dubrovnik’s old town is known as one of the world’s finest and best preserved...
07 September 2019
Last September I got to experience Royal Caribbean's Rhapsody of the Seas on a cruise from Venice to Greece and Croatia. This Vision-class ship holds a maximum of 2400 passengers, and was refurbished in 2016. Being mid-sized it doesn't have all the attractions of the mega-sized ships, so no robot waiters, zip lines, flow riders or central parks. It still has a lot to offer with great service, wonderful food and great entertainment. The passenger makeup onboard covers all age ranges from young families, to honeymoon couples to the retired. One of the best things about...
25 July 2019
Last December I boarded the U in Budapest to begin a 4-night trip along the river Danube. The U is a floating boutique hotel traveling along with you with the added benefit that you only have to unpack once. The ensuite cabins are smaller than an ocean cruise ship’s but the beds are very comfortable and everything you need is there. Due to its size a river cruise ship can usually dock in the centre of a city or town so there is less time wasted getting to and from a destination, giving you more time to explore. We...
29 May 2019
I spent a wonderful week on board Uniworld's SS Antoinette in April 2019 on the Castles along the Rhine river cruise. Uniworld offers a luxury boutique river cruise experience and each of their ships is rich in character with its own distinctive theme and colour palette, original art and sumptuous furnishings and antiques. Our stylishly decorated room had a French balcony – the top half of the floor to ceiling window could be lowered electronically. The cabin was spacious with plenty of storage, 2 seats and a small table, and a marble ensuite. Treats such chocolates in the room...
22 May 2019
I have just returned from the most amazing trip to Canada visiting Banff, Jasper and Vancouver. The highlight of the trip was the 2 days my husband and I spent onboard the Rocky Mountaineer travelling from Vancouver to Banff with Gold Leaf Service. This luxury train only travels by day to make the most of the spectacular views of scenery and wildlife, and you spend the night in a hotel. From the moment I stepped onboard service was impeccable. The friendly crew kept us entertained with stories and pointed out wildlife and places of interest during the trip. We...
14 April 2019
Last September I spent 3 days travelling the Alsace wine route with my 2 sisters on our annual wine tasting trip. We visited some of the most picturesque fairy-tale villages along this route in our quest to find the best Rieslings of the region. We based ourselves in Colmar in Alsace, in the popular Petite Venise part of town. This old district, with its half-timbered houses and facades decorated with old forged iron shop signs, was so romantic. The colourful half-timbered houses on the Poissonnerie quayside and the small flower-covered bridges spanning the Lauch river added to the charm...
22 November 2018
I was lucky to be one of a group of six to go on a familiarization trip to St Johns in Newfoundland last September. We left Dublin airport bright and early around 6 in the morning with West Jet Airlines. Our host and tour leader met us at St Johns airport and our adventure began. We took a tour of the highlights of St John’s, with McCarthy’s Party Tours. We started with Signal Hill, a historic site that was the reception point of the first transatlantic wireless signal from Marconi in 1901. From this vantage point there are spectacular views...
14 May 2018
In May 2017 my husband and I took a 7-night cruise through the Norwegian fjords with Royal Caribbean - another tick off the bucket list! We departed from Cophenhagen and sailed overnight to Stavanger and took a boat tour down the Lysefjorden where the famous Pulpit Rock or Preikestolen is located. This is a steep cliff which towers an impressive 604 metres above the Lysefjorden and is one of Norway’s most visited attractions. It is a challenging 4/5 hour hike to climb to the top where you can take the obligatory selfie, but on that occasion we did not rise...
04 April 2018
Last December my husband and I visited Myanmar (Burma) for our 30th wedding anniversary – a country on our bucket list. We visited Yangon (Rangoon), the temples of Bagan and Inle Lake, all very different from each other. Yangon is a large city and the gateway to Myanmar. Its main attraction is the Shwedagon Pagoda complex, a sacred and impressive Buddhist site. It consists of hundreds of colourful temples and stupas and is partially covered with gold plates and the top is encrusted with thousands of diamonds and precious stones. Truly a sight worth seeing. A short internal flight...
04 April 2018
Do you like to take the road less travelled? Visit Bhutan – land of Gross National Happiness This mountainous Kingdom is nestled in the Himalayas at over 7000 feet. Bhutan is a Buddhist kingdom known for its monasteries, fortresses – or dzongs – and dramatic landscapes. They range from subtropical plains where bananas are grown to steep mountains and valleys. The most famous monastery is the Paro Taktsang monastery or “Tigers Nest” which clings to the cliffs above the forested Paro Valley. This is one of the main highlights of visiting Bhutan. I climbed to the Tigers Nest last November with my...
04 April 2018
As part of a trip to Asia last December my husband and I visited Chiang Rai in Thailand. We stayed there in a fabulous hotel and from our balcony we could see 3 countries – Thailand, Burma and Laos. This is known as the Golden Triangle where the 3 countries meet separated by the Mekong river.It is possible to get close to these countries by taking a long tail boat ride along the river. Our resort had an on-site elephant camp designed as a traditional mahout village. We had the opportunity to feed an elephant bananas at breakfast and take...
Sent in by Ruth McCallog
Donegal, 14 December 2021
Susan always checks out multiple options for our holiday taking all our requirements into consideration. She is always at the other end of the phone if we have any queries.
Sent in by Sophie Conlon
Dublin, 28 July 2021
Susan booked my tour of Indochina - we'll be visiting Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. It was so easy with no stress or hassle. She just listened to what I wanted and took care of the rest. I recommend her if you want a holiday like this.
Sent in by Emer O'Donnell
Letterkenny, 28 May 2021
Susan listened to all our ideas for our honeymoon and had itineraries completed very promptly
Sent in by John Doherty
Letterkenny, 28 May 2021
Susan was most helpful, very understanding and patient in all we asked her. We would thoroughly recommend Susan to all our friends as we found the whole experience a delight.!!
Sent in by Sean O'Brogain
Letterkenny, 29 October 2020
Trip to Petra / Jordan - I didnt think organising such a trip could be so easy, I endorse Susan 100%
Sent in by Sue Glackin
Letterkenny, 30 April 2020
I've just returned from a small group trip to Jordan arranged by Susan. She takes the stress and hassle out of booking yourself. Highly recommended.
Sent in by Sheila Gorman
Letterkenny, 25 February 2020
We went to Susan to book our cruise. We had never cruised before and didn't know where to begin. She made the process easy and listened to what we wanted and now we are looking forward to our Greek Isles cruise.
Sent in by Bernie Begley
Letterkenny, 21 February 2020
Susan made booking our cruise very easy, she is friendly and approachable and listens to the customers needs. She is very knowledgeable about travel and will give her opinion but she's not pushy. She gives you all the information and recommendations but the decision is up to the customer. I would recommend her to anyone. She loves everything about travel and loves what she's doing.
Sent in by Teresa Harris
Letterkenny, 11 February 2020
Excellent service lovely person to deal with, we weren't the easiest, alot of requests that Susan was happy to accommodate for our camping holiday Will use again. Highly recommend Susan.
Sent in by Ann Meade
Meath, 02 February 2020
Susan took the time to understand our needs and what we wanted out of this holiday, making suggestions and tweaking as required. We have never been on a cruise before so we had no idea what to do. Thanks to Susan it was stress and hassle free.
Sent in by Marian Rainey
Dublin, 27 November 2019
Susan was so patient and didn’t rush any of our decisions. She had great ideas and helped us plan what I know will be a holiday of a lifetime!
Sent in by Mary McBrearty
Letterkenny, 23 November 2019
Susan was great and had lots of information about different campsites for our trip.
Sent in by Ruth Graham
Letterkenny, 22 October 2019
I don't think I've ever been so relaxed when planning on holiday. Susan is very clearly a wealth of information about travel and we particularly liked her insider info regarding the best times to visit certain destinations etc. that we couldn't have done without. Susan was so patient and helpful when we were discussing options and was always friendly and fast with follow-ups and correspondence. She really made planning our trip pain-free so now we can just get on with being excited!
Sent in by Siobhan Manning
Dublin, 05 September 2019
Our trip to Switzerland was a great success. Thank you, Susan, you fulfilled the brief brilliantly. And again, thank you for the champagne and the card which met us when we got home.
Sent in by Terence O'Donnell
Navan, 07 August 2019
Susan booked a villa with car for my family in Tuscany. We all really enjoyed it and would recommend booking with Susan. She takes the stress and hassle out of booking a holiday and takes the time to do all the research to find exactly what you are looking for.
Sent in by Moira Gallagher
Co Donegal, 25 July 2019
Susan is absolutely fantastic to work with. She took everything I wanted and more and turned into my dream holiday at a price that was more than affordable for me, especially with the easy pay as you go App. I have told many friends about her and will continue to do so.
Sent in by Marian Carey
Letterkenny, 20 July 2019
Susan could not do enough for me and her patience knows no bounds. She came up with great suggestions and I found her so easy to talk to. I would use her again myself especially for long haul holidays. She ticked every box for me and I have ended up with the exact type of holiday I wanted.
Sent in by Deirdre Gow
Letterkenny, 24 June 2019
Just back from a wonderful holiday arranged by Susan. We travelled Dublin to Toronto for 4 nights and then from Toronto to Vancouver by rail... what an experience! We had 4 days and 4 nights on the train through the Rockies, with stopovers in Saskatoon and Jasper. It was breathtaking! We then stay in Vancouver then for 10 days and again a wonderful experience. Thank you for arranging this holiday Susan!
Sent in by Adeline Galligan
Longford, 23 June 2019
Susan helped us find our dream holiday with such ease. We had fabulous service that was so personal and she paid attention to every little detail...thanks Susan!
Sent in by Suzanne Finlay
Letterkenny, 03 June 2019
We would like to thank Susan for helping us with our awesome trip to Lucerne in Switzerland... She takes all the hard work out of booking a holiday, all we had to do was sit back and read the options she created for us. She is friendly, easy to talk to and listened to everything we wanted. She was always there to answer any questions we had, and we will be booking all future holidays with this amazing lady... why go through all the hassle of searching hotels and flights when Susan, with endless travel experience can give you the best options available and create a holiday of a life time for you.
Sent in by Ruth McCallog
Donegal, 05 March 2019
I found the service very professional and that my preferences were well taken into consideration. I didn't feel under pressure to expand on my budget which I appreciated.
Sent in by Linda Conlon
Dublin, 02 March 2019
Susan made the process so easy and stress free. She is well travelled and knowledgeable. I'm so looking forward to my trip to Peru to see Machu Picchu and the Amazon rain forest!
Sent in by Patricia McCallog
Donegal, 26 February 2019
Very well taken care of by Susan. We talked through what I was looking for in a holiday and Susan gave me some options. It was difficult to decide as they were all brilliant.
Sent in by Clare Ryan
Letterkenny, 18 February 2019
Susan is an outstanding professional. I found her tremendously helpful throughout the process and would have no problem recommending her to others.
Sent in by Clive Wasson
Letterkenny, 07 November 2018
The holiday was great and we both really enjoyed it. The flights, hotel location and accommodation was perfect, clean and very central. Your service has been excellent and your surprise gift, cards and well wishes really appreciated and totally beyond what was expected. I would and will happily and enthusiastically recommend your services. Many thanks
Sent in by Eimer Shea
Letterkenny, 07 November 2018
Susan was amazing, within a couple of hours of speaking to her we had quotes for 3 different cruises. We chose one option and Susan organised the rest. Roll on next year and our cruise around the Greek islands. I'd definitely recommend Travel Counsellors to my friends.
Sent in by Kate McDermott
Ramelton, 15 August 2018
Susan made the process of organising the trip easy and stress free. She was extremely helpful and knowledgeable.
Sent in by Mary Foley
Letterkenny, 02 August 2018
Susan arranged a recent trip to New York for us. We just gave her the address of where our event was taking place and she did the rest. Not a bother! Thank you Susan!
Sent in by Mary Connolly
Dublin, 13 July 2018
We had an excellent time. It was very well organised, wonderful accommodation, great location. Many thanks again for your organisation and help.
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