Authentic Vacations offers a unique brand of client support that is unmatched by any of the competition. To be a member of the Authentic team, one must possess a love of travel, an understanding of the needs of the traveler and a desire to offer first class assistance that extends beyond the planning stage. With offices in both Dublin and the US, Authentic Vacations is able to provide a team of travel experts available round the clock to assist with itinerary changes and offer travel advice throughout your trip. You're never left to fend for yourself when you book with Authentic Vacations. Read testimonials from happy Authentic clients.
Maggie has been part of the Authentic Ireland team for nearly five years. The love of British pop music has made Maggie identify as an Anglophile since she was in her teens. Maggie has a soft-spot in her heart for the Turbo Coaster at Brighton Pier in the UK as well as her experience horseback riding through Connemara in Ireland. And don’t forget to ask her about the time she caught a glimpse of Nessie at Loch Ness in Scotland!
Catherine grew up in Ireland and has lived in Northern California since 1990. When Catherine is not making dreams come true for her clients, she loves spending time with her husband riding her motorcycle along the Northern California coastline, which brings back memories of the roads in Connemara, Donegal and Killarney. Her dream is to ride the “Wild Atlantic Way” on the west coast of Ireland. Catherine is our Motorcycle Travel Expert!
Lauren resides in the wine region of Sonoma County, California, and has always had a great passion for traveling. Whether it be US cities or two of her favorite European cities, Paris and Amsterdam, she understands the needs of the traveler and is always happy to help clients design itineraries tailor made for them. With a certificate in Hospitality Management, she specializes in all accommodations ranging from B&B’s to luxury resorts. Her keen attention to detail and scope of Irish knowledge leave clients in very capable hands!
Kati is part of our Dublin office and has a strong love for the west of Ireland. Being an expert in Galway and all it has to offer, Kati also takes pride in discovering all the hidden gems Ireland has to offer. In her free time she enjoys traveling along the famous Wild Atlantic Way, and her favorite places to visit are the wild Connemara and the beautiful Mayo Islands in Ireland.
Emma is from the Garden of Ireland, also known as County Wicklow. She has lived and studied in Dublin city for a number of years and has a love for the city and all its quirky charms! Emma is an avid traveler and can help you plan a fantastic city stay in both Ireland and the UK. some of her favorite destinations include Edinburgh, Dublin, Belfast and London. Creating custom combination tours of both city and countryside are Emma’s specialty and you’re sure to get the most out of your vacation with her knowledge and planning!
Lisa is part of our Dublin office and has a great passion for travelling. She has travelled all around the world but still thinks there’s no better place to be than on the west coast of Ireland on a sunny day! Having studied and worked in different aspects of the Travel Industry for almost 10 years, Lisa can assist you with putting together your dream vacation. In her free time Lisa enjoys little road trips around Ireland, go on long hikes especially around Wicklow and she loves to spend time in the water to surf!
Alaina Hillman has traveled extensively throughout Europe since 2004 when she spent a summer in Belgium and Corsica. In 2008 she completed her degree in Recreation Management with a minor in Tourism while studying in Chico, California and Turin, Italy. She worked in destination management and customer service before moving to Palermo, Italy to teach English, research her heritage, and immerse herself in Sicilian culture. Alaina has settled back in her native Sonoma County and is excited to help others discover Europe, research their family roots, travel solo and learn about the world through traveling.
Jordan loves Ireland, but might be in love with Scotland. After living in Chicago for over a decade she is back in California where she was born and raised. As an expert traveler and avid researcher it was a natural fit. Now she enjoys special requests and sending her clients to unusual and unique locations both in Ireland and the UK.
Edna received her degree in Travel Tourism from San Francisco State University and has a true passion for Food & Travel. Some of her favorite travel memories are backpacking through Europe for an entire month and having the opportunity to visit 8 different countries and immerse herself in various cultures. Her love for food constantly inspires her to explore the many "holes in the wall" and local favorites in both San Francisco and Sonoma County, where she resides. Her biggest travel aspiration is to see all Seven Wonders of the World.
Con is our outdoorsy long-distance hiker guy. He does stuff like the Cotswold Way and Hadrian’s Wall Path in England, the Wicklow Way in Ireland and the Cairngorms in Scotland. Fresh back from the Saint Cuthbert’s Way, Scottish Borders to Holy Island, he’s off to the Orkneys next. But rest assured, he knows all about 5 star luxury too!
Megan has been fascinated with Irish culture since learning about her family’s ancestry on her father’s side at a young age, and has always loved travelling, spending hours on Pinterest with many Places I Want to Go Boards. She fell in love with Ireland after travelling there in high school, and with the UK as a whole due to her obsession with Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, and Outlander.
Jocoya has traveled extensively to historical hotspots in Europe, Middle East, and Northern Africa. Her career background, as a travel researcher offered cultural and educational exchanges through exploring diverse locations. Jocoya's wanderlust also cascaded into her education. She received her History M.A. from Sonoma State University with a concentration in tourism, art history, and European studies. From Dublin's urban art scene to Morocco's dye pits (and hiking trails to Germany's ancient ruins), if you are looking for an adventure in the history and art arenas, Jocoya has you covered.
Lauren is a recent graduate from San Francisco State University, where she received her degree in Tourism. Growing up in a military family, she spent a good amount of time travelling around the United States, and was fortunate enough to spend a summer abroad in Europe before her senior year of high school. Lauren's two biggest passions include travel and fitness, and she's always looking for new ways to combine the two! She received her biliteracy award in German (sprichst du Deutsch?), and loves spending time adventuring around the Bay Area and Northern California!
Web and Media Coordinator
California born and raised, Tony is a designer, photographer, jazz lover, and coffee fiend with an eye for pixel perfection. Since taking his first graphic design course in High school, he has been hooked on all things digital marketing and design and is always searching for the latest trends and new inspiration. When Tony isn't in front of a computer (whether it be designing, reading, listening, or playing video games), he's most likely hiking the hills or exploring city streets with his camera in hand.
Digital Content Editor
Kasey is our Digital Content Editor working in our US office. She is an artist and independent curator who holds a BFA in Photography.
Air Operations Specialist
Beth is our Air Operations Specialist based remotely in the "tropical" location of Rochester, New York. With 25 plus years in the Customer Service/Airline Industry, she brings knowledge and passion needed to give clients the stress free experience they deserve. As a previous Airport Operations Supervisor and SABRE Trainer with JetBlue Airways, she is considered an expert in her field. Beth and her husband Gary enjoy traveling with their three children and have considered York Beach Maine their second home for over 30 years. She is beyond excited to join Authentic Ireland and work with such a great team.
Lisa C was born in New York and has lived all over the U.S. She has been to nearly every state and over 20 countries throughout the world. As a former flight attendant, she was based and lived in Chicago, Honolulu, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Her favorite destination is Ireland to visit family and for a relaxing and enjoyable getaway. She currently resides in the Northern California Wine Country.
Aisling has over 10 years’ experience planning custom travel to Ireland. As a native of County Clare, she has traveled extensively around Ireland, and experienced everything from 5-Star luxury castles to cozy B&Bs. She has firsthand knowledge of Ireland’s most well-known highlights, as well as more remote, less-travelled areas. Aisling is exceptionally passionate about her homeland, and very eager to share the best of Ireland with you. She is on-hand to listen to your specific interests and wishes, to assist you plan a most memorable trip, tailor-made just for you.
Michaela is our Executive Finance Manager working in our US office. Originally from Ireland, she shares the love for the country as if she still lives there.
Director of Regional Sales
Bekah Huie is our Director of Sales for Authentic Vacations based remotely in Charlotte, North Carolina. As the Director of Sales, Bekah covers the entire United Sates and Canada developing relationships and awareness to the travel trade, groups and organizations. Bekah’s passion and love for Ireland began 2007 when she served as the National Sales Manager for one of Ireland’s leading 5-star resorts for many years. It was during that time that she fell in love with not only the natural beauty of Ireland but also the warm and welcoming spirit of the Irish people.
Liz has worked in the Irish Tourism Industry for the past 20 years in Reservations Management and is our Supplier Contract Manager. Liz is a keen traveler with a special interest in Italy and also likes to spend time volunteering for specific charities.
Director of Marketing
Leslie’s marketing career began at the dawn of the millennium in the entertainment industry and has evolved over the years to include eCommerce and now Tourism. Leslie is thrilled to be a part of the Authentic Ireland team and is favorably biased towards Bath, London, Tollymore Forest Park, Clare County and cats.
Allegra is the Vice President of Authentic Ireland based in our US Office. She has more than 15 years of sales and marketing experience in the tourism sector and has called both Ireland and the US her home.
Having more than 25 years experience in the Travel & Tourism Industry, John was a founding Director of Irish Welcome Tours in 1989. Prior to that he was Managing Director of Best Western Hotels Ireland and now is also Managing Director of Premier Guesthouses of Ireland. He is also a keen golfer and recommend Ireland as a top golfing destination.