I got my first passport when I was two and have been traveling ever since. My father’s job as a pilot took our family all over, including eight years living in Venezuela. The language, people, and spectacular views of the mountains and sea left a lasting impression.
On layovers as a flight attendant in my twenties, I learned how to see a city in less than 24 hours, which has helped tremendously in booking trips for clients who only have a short amount of time to spend. In 2012 I was featured in a Conde Nast article called “Five Perfect days in Dublin and County Clare.” I still get calls from readers requesting the exact trip.
The best part about being a travel consultant is getting to know my clients and personalizing their travel itineraries. Most of the trips I plan are for multi-generational families and small groups, and many are first time travelers to Ireland. I first fell in love with Ireland on a trip with my husband, who was researching his family tree and looking for his grandparents’ homes. I now travel to Ireland frequently and am continually captivated by the green, the charm, and the warm and welcoming Irish people.
Trip of a Lifetime:
Renting Coolclogher House, an 18th century manor home in the west of Ireland, for a mini family reunion. It was big enough for the twelve of us to spread out, make ourselves at home, and experience Irish living at its finest. We were happy relaxing on the expansive property with its sweeping views of the mountains, gardens, and pastures or walking to nearby Killarney Park with its beautiful lakes. We split up to pursue individual interests during the day— golf, horseback riding, shopping in Killarney—and met together for dinner, whether it be one we created from local markets, eaten in the stately dining room, or at one of the many restaurants in town. A driver guide took us on group excursions to the Beara Peninsula, Cork, Kenmare and the Ring of Kerry. It was a unique and memorable way to reconnect with family and experience the beauty of Ireland.
I love shopping and buying local products. My last purchase was a beautiful linen scarf at Stable in Dublin. This new shop is very popular and has some very unusual Irish linen and tweed scarfs, hats and wraps. It is located right outside the Westbury Hotel.
I have traveled extensively but my heart is always in Ireland and the United Kingdom. I recently returned from Northern Ireland and I am very excited with all the new changes that have happened in the last few years. This is a great new destination.