Our 11 new Travel Counsellors changed their lives in 2019. Some left travel agencies, some joined via our Academy and Return to Travel Programmes whilst others left their roles in corporate travel. They wanted a brighter future for themselves. They wanted more time for the things and the people they love. They all had the ambition and determination to set up their own travel franchise. They are now an important part of a supportive community of travel experts, working in the industry that they are passionate about, but now they can play by their own rules and be their own boss.
We asked them to use one word to describe their first few months as a Travel Counsellor:
Katharine Prior – Flexibility: Katharine, who is originally from Northern Ireland, now lives in Dublin and has 12 years travel experience. She’s travelled all over the world and loves the flexibility of being her own boss and working North or South as the mood takes her!
Aisling Duignan – Inspirational: Aisling has been in many businesses over the years while she reared her family; all were in hospitality. She believes that she is where she is supposed to be at this stage in her life, surrounded by the right people and sees a bright future for herself arranging travel for her vast group of friends.
Nicola Browne – Flexibility: With two young children, Nicola wanted more control of her working hours, and to grow a business slowly for the future of her family. She joined the TC Academy Programme from a leading bank and is enjoying looking after her client's travel arrangements.
Katrina McMullan – Limitless: Having worked for 20 years in an agency in Co. Meath, ultimately becoming manager of the business, Katrina decided to make the huge decision to go out on her own. She sees her future as being limitless and is enjoying the challenge and rewards.
Suzie Hennessy – Passion: Having worked in a travel agency in Fermoy for 10 years, Susie moved to a role with a national healthcare company. After two years she found herself really missing travel and knew she had to reignite her passion.
Lisa Smith-O’Brien – Flexibility: Lisa, who is based in Cork, started her travel career almost 20 years ago. As a mother of 3 young children, she says that her only regret is not joining Travel Counsellors sooner. __ Chris Roach – Freedom:__ Chris worked in a large agency in Dublin for many years, but the commute was starting to take its toll. Realising that there would never be a perfect time to take the plunge, he made the leap of faith to Travel Counsellors.
Deborah Van Coller – Achievement: Deborah and her family moved to Ireland from Cape Town, South Africa in 2018. Having worked in travel for many years, she saw lots of opportunities when setting up her own business. Guess what she specialises in...
Eleanor Roche – Passion: Following her passion for all things travel, particularly cruise, Eleanor left the world of Chartered Accounting at one of the big named firms to set up her own business through the Travel Counsellors Academy Programme.
Róisín Curran – Independence: Dublin based Róisín made her return to travel in late 2018. She knew she wanted to be independent and work from home as she continued to cruise around the world (her other passion!) She has found that the Travel Counsellors model suits her lifestyle just perfectly.
Anna Mills – Support: After working in corporate travel management since 2013, Anna felt that running her own business was the natural next step in her career. The company ethos, exceptional support and the flexibility in managing her own time to suit clients and her family is what made her decide to move.
Do you want to do what makes you happy?