Hello there! I’m Jay and I am your local Travel Counsellor based in Portadown, Co. Armagh. I'm delighted that you’ve taken the time to visit my webpage, and would love to help tailor-make an incredible holiday for you.
My career in travel started over 10 years ago with Teletext Holidays (showing my age there!) I have also worked on the high street for a major tour operator plus a local corporate travel agency. I take time to get to know my clients and what they are really looking for from their holiday so I can come up with best possible option for your dream holiday.
As your personal Travel Counsellor, I can remove the stress and endless searching when it comes to planning your holiday. From finding the perfect hotel with breath taking views to organising a romantic candle-lit dinner under the stars, the only thing you’ll have to worry about is what to pack. Plus I am available from morning until late in to the evening, so when the high street is closed I’m here to help you from the comfort of your own home, at a time convenient to you.
I have been lucky to visit some amazing destinations including Mexico, Florida, New York, Iceland and Barbados to name but a few. My big passion is cruising, and I have been lucky to experience cruising with Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, P&O, Princess and Crystal cruises lines to fantastic destinations in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean.
Whether you are planning a quick city break, family beach holiday, that special cruise or a once in a lifetime honeymoon , with my years of training and first-hand knowledge of many destinations I can guide you through selecting the perfect trip, wherever in the world it may be.
Let’s start planning your next adventure; I can’t wait to help you! Just give me a call or drop me an email using my details below.
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:-
Travel may be paused at the minute, but it will return. So keep dreaming of those far-flung destinations & new adventures that are just waiting to be explored.
I absolutely live and breathe travel and I love to write about my experiences! Please take a look through my posts - you might find your own holiday inspiration.
25 January 2021
With the temperature gauge barely reaching over freezing these days, my mind has been wandering back to November 2016 when I ticked Iceland off my bucket list, and it didn’t disappoint. Iceland is a place of stark beauty and remote tranquillity, with hot springs, glaciers, lava fields and waterfalls, which all make a dream holiday for nature lovers and adventurers alike. If you’re planning a weekend getaway here’s my top tips that will ensure that you see the best the country has to offer! The best area to base yourself in Reykjavik is near to Laugavegur, the main shopping street in Reykjavík, renowned...
10 September 2019
Long before the big day, everyone starts dreaming of far-flung destinations, but the task of planning a honeymoon (on top of wedding planning) can get stressful! But that's what I'm here for - check out my top nine tips to planning your perfect honeymoon... Let’s be honest here, after the months and months of wedding planning, your honeymoon is just what the Doctor ordered! But where do you start when it comes to planning your perfect honeymoon? 1. It's a team effort When it comes to wedding planning most couples compile a list of ‘to-do’s’, divide the list and knuckle-down to get the...
13 June 2019
Celebrity Cruises had the European premier of their latest ship Celebrity Edge on the 13th May 2019. Here's our onboard review of the wheelchair accessibility of the ship... Embarkation The wow factor of this ship started at boarding as Celebrity have a facial recognition embarkation service. Before boarding you download the Celebrity App and complete your passport details etc and upload your photograph ready for facial recognition. When you walk into the embarkation area there are screen picking up your facial details and checking you in. You literally then proceed through to the ship and to your stateroom where you will find...
04 June 2019
If you’re thinking about embarking on your first cruise there’s a lot to consider and it can be quite complex, so here’s my top four tips that you need to get right…. #1 – CHOOSE THE RIGHT CRUISE LINE & ITINERARY It may sound a simple thing to do as most itineraries have multiple cruise lines sailing them, but with such a wide choice of ships available, finding the right cruise line is essential. If you want to chill out and relax you don’t want a ship that is geared towards kids and partying. I suggest you draw up a list of...
18 May 2019
Croatia had been on my bucket list for a long time after hearing so many great reports about it from family and friends, so I decided it was time to experience it for myself with a short break to Cavtat, just outside Dubrovnik. Just little over three hours on a plane from Belfast and a quick 15-minute transfer, we were checking into our hotel – the superb 5* Hotel Croatia. Situated in a stunning location, overlooking the Adriatic Sea on one side and the picturesque town of Cavtat on the other, the luxurious Hotel Croatia provides quality accommodation and an...
27 February 2019
I must admit it – cruise holidays are my absolute favourite, and I think they are a great option for people with additional mobility requirements. As an accessible travel expert, I get numerous questions from my clients who are planning for their very first cruise, so I thought I would put together some of the most frequently asked questions I get, and the answers that will hopefully help you decide that a cruise is for you! 1. Will I be able to get around the ship? In short, the good news is yes! Most larger cruise ships from the major cruise lines...
12 November 2018
Home to some of the world’s most famous theme parks, a family holiday to Orlando can be a magical, once in a lifetime experience for kids, but requires some careful planning and consideration. I must admit I absolutely love Orlando and its theme parks and have been lucky to visit them numerous times. I still get goosebumps when I stand on Main Street USA and see Cinderella’s Castle! So, here’s my top tips to ensure you have a fantastic family holiday in Orlando… Wear Comfortable Shoes The parks in Orlando are huge! You don’t realise how much actual walking you will be doing...
01 November 2018
In June this year, I was lucky enough to be invited by Royal Caribbean to learn and experience everything about their newest and largest cruise ship – Symphony of the Seas. WOW! That was the first word that came out of my mouth after taking in all 18 decks of Symphony – she is simply massive, spanning 1,118 feet long and 215 feet wide. I knew then and there this was going to be an impressive ship! After a quick and friendly check-in, we stepped onboard the biggest cruise ship in the world. To be honest I just stood and...
17 October 2018
It’s never too early to start introducing your children to the joys of travelling around this big, beautiful world of ours. But for parents it can be nice to have some home comforts on hand as well! That’s why family-friendly cruises are becoming more popular every year. You can set sail with your little adventurers in a ship that’s made for families, safe in the knowledge that your every need will be catered to. New to cruising? Lots of people who book with me have never thought about a cruising holiday, but once I call them to welcome them home the...
Sent in by Paul Boyle
Annagry, 17 August 2021
Jay was excellent from the get go, I had to book my honeymoon in a very short time space and Jay came to me with 3 options as quick as he could and his recommendations. I choose the option I went with and Jay walked me through the booking process which was so smooth. He also sent me an email that I could present to my wife on the day of our wedding. Thanks so much Jay, I will definitely be recommending him to my friends and family.
Sent in by Ian Cranston
Portadown, 06 February 2020
Jay, Elizabeth and I would like to thank you for all your help planning our holiday and when we are planning another we are likely to come to you again.
Sent in by Donna Boyle-Gillespie
Bunbeg, 06 February 2020
Jay was fantastic to deal with so helpful with me and my group while we were deciding on our holiday to book. He listened to what we wanted and came back with perfect location and apartments. Just wish we were going sooner. I definitely will book again.
Sent in by Karen Murray
Belfast, 06 February 2020
Jay has been fabulous with helping with our trip and able to sort out our requirements in no time.
Sent in by Liam Doherty
Leitir, 06 February 2020
Great help and would recommend Jay to anyone. Found us a great cruise deal.
Sent in by Sean O'Canainn
London, 06 February 2020
Absolutely top class service with all the help and advice that could be offered. It was easier booking this break away for my wife’s Christmas present with Jay, than it was me buying her Christmas card! Thank you Jay.
Sent in by Heather Kerr
Portadown, 06 February 2020
Jay was great from start to finish and knowing that he will be there for us on honeymoon to sort any issues is a great comfort . Will defiantly come through Jay again for any future holidays .
Sent in by Cathy McGlinchey
Dungloe, 06 February 2020
Jay was brilliant to deal with. He was quick to reply to any questions I had and really honest about some queries I had about a few different things before finalising my booking. I would 100% recommend him to anyone.
Sent in by Brid Monaghan
Dungloe, 02 December 2019
We went on our first cruise this year and we booked through Jay at the Travel Counsellors. A pleasure to deal with from start to finish. I would highly recommend Jay and we will definitely book with him again!
Sent in by Jonny Harte
Portadown, 02 December 2019
We booked our honeymoon with Jay. He was a complete pleasure to deal with from start to finish and made sure that we were getting everything we wanted from our trip. He contacted our hotel to ensure we had that special treatment while we were away. We also wanted to change our pick up time for the return trip to the airport and sent Jay an email. We immediately got a reply confirming it was sorted! Booking was a complete breeze and We would highly recommend Jay. We will definitely book with him again! Thanks Jay
Sent in by Eugene Greene
Dublin, 02 December 2019
Having booked Cruise and NY holidays, Jay comes highly recommened. Jay is so attentive and is as helpful during your holiday as he is organising the holiday. Looking forward to more trips, thanks Jay
Sent in by Catherine Logue
Belfast, 07 August 2019
Jay at Travel Counsellors deserves a 10. After getting married, we knew that we were in safe hands letting Jay plan our honeymoon. We gave him brief details of what we wanted and Jay was able to put it together and provide us with many beautiful options to chose from. Jay was a pleasure to deal with and his knowledge and customer service was first class. We are really looking forward to our honeymoon in October.
Sent in by Ciara Cassells
Portadown, 06 August 2019
Jay sorted my holiday and took away all the stress for me. First class service. Thanks for such a brilliant holiday!
Sent in by Donna Sweeney
Dungloe, 06 August 2019
Jay was very helpful and filled the brief I gave him extremely well!
Sent in by Sylvia Boyle
Dungloe, 06 June 2019
I was very last minute looking for a holiday but that didn't phase Jay... he found me lots of great, affordable options.
Sent in by Tara Leonard-Smith
Shoreham-By-Sea, 01 May 2019
Fantastic service! Every box ticked, can’t wait for our holiday! Will be recommending Jay to everyone.
Sent in by Margaret O'Donnell
Dublin, 01 May 2019
Jay, was super friendly and extremely helpful with our whole booking. He gave us suggestions on different places we never thought of going to. We requested many changes and this was never a problem. I would highly recommend booking with Jay. Cant wait for our honeymoon.
Sent in by Jason Ruddy
Portadown, 27 February 2019
Jay takes the hassle out of booking a family holiday and has never failed to deliver on my expectations!
Sent in by Eimear Shields
Warrenpoint, 14 February 2019
Jay was a pleasure to deal with. He laid everything out for us clearly from start to finish. We now have our dream honeymoon and couldn't have asked for more. We would highly recommend him to our family and friends.
Sent in by Roseann Gallagher
Annagry, 28 November 2018
Once I had told Jay my holiday preferences and budget, he came back with exactly what I was looking for. He took the stress of booking a holiday away from me. We are now looking forward to our holiday.
Sent in by Lorna Doherty
Dungloe, 28 November 2018
Professional and very accommodating, nothing was too much bother. Would definitely recommend to friends and family.
From the pristine white-sand beaches of Thailand’s idyllic islands to the sprawling wide-open roads of the USA; the historic and breathtakingly beautiful architecture of India to the crystal-clear turquoise waters of the Maldives – there’s a world of wonder out there and it’s just waiting to be explored.
Contact me on 02838 220 025