Planning a holiday abroad? Do yourself a favour and book with this specialised travel agency
28th Jan 2023
This personalised travel service handles everything from start to finish, and with private consultations and 24/7 support, you can truly have an enjoyable, stress-free vacation.
Mandy Walsh has worked in the travel industry for almost 30 years, so when she joined Travel Counsellors Ireland in 2007, it was the perfect fit. The company helps clients plan a personalised travel experience to all corners of the globe, from weekend getaways and romantic holidays to adventures for the whole family.
“Since I was very young, I had a yearning to run my own business,” Mandy said. “Now sixteen years on, I have a successful business and a loyal client base that has grown to heights that I had never imagined.”
The travel aficionado has since carved out her own niche, specialising in honeymoons, cruises, long-haul travel and once-in-a-lifetime trips. The trick to planning the ultimate holiday, she says, is by establishing a supportive relationship with her clients – a bond proven by raving reviews and five stars on Trust Pilot.
So how does the process work?
“When you visit the website and find your travel counsellor, I arrange private consultations online, at a time that is mutually suitable. It’s a great opportunity to really get to know people and build a relationship to find out what they long for when planning their dream holiday.
“Once I’ve established what their preferences are, I use our very own useful online facility (myTC) that allows customers to view holiday options and suggested itineraries with quotes via their phone or any other device. Each one is personal to each individual customer; no two itineraries are the same.
“From here, customers can request to book, view hotel details and flight information all in one place or ask for changes to the initial result. They can also set up scheduled payments which makes it more convenient for them to pay off their holiday in instalments (if that’s something they want to do).”
Travel Counsellors Ireland is a fantastic resource when it comes to holiday planning. They have over 1,800 trusted and experienced travel professionals in six different countries, offering 24/7 support and are licensed by the Commission of Aviation Ireland.
And if you’d like to opt for a more eco-friendly trip, they provide a Green Leaf symbol next to products that meet sustainability standards recognised by the Global Tourism Council.
Top destinations in 2023
After a nearly stagnant two years in travel, people are eager to get out and about again, Mandy says.
“My top picks for 2023 that are in huge demand are the Maldives, Thailand, Bali and Mauritius, while for those seeking adventure, I recommend Tanzania, Kenya or South America. South Africa is back on trend, and it is such good value for money at the moment, particularly when you are there. The States and Canada are also as popular as ever with Greece and Italy topping the European hot spots.
“The Maldives is one of my top sellers, but the Caribbean also offers incredible beaches and scenery. For example, Antigua – has 365 beaches, one for every day of the year… what’s not to love? Last year I spent a week cruising the Caribbean during Easter and I certainly wasn’t disappointed.”
Also flying under the radar, cruises have increased in demand. Mandy has had bookings for Antarctica and Alaskan cruises as far out as 2024.
“I would always suggest a cruising option to my customers because it is an amazing alternative and great value, especially for families. A week or more of adventure, exploring different destinations without the hassle of unpacking and re-packing – there are so many options catering for all generations. And to top it all off, my customers’ money is safe.”
Travel Counsellors Ireland has 72 independent business owners, like Mandy, throughout the country who craft perfect holidays with care and guide you every step of the way to make memories that last a lifetime. Visit here or follow @mandywalshgoldtc on Instagram to find out more about Mandy Walsh and Travel Counsellors.