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.
Alaina 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.
From Hiking through the South Pacific to sailing through the Mediterranean, Amanda loves a great balance between adventure and luxury, bringing her personal travel experience to Authentic Vacations. Her love of food, wine, and art makes Europe one of her favorite places to indulge her curiosity and appreciation for travel. Amanda’s favorite part about working at Authentic Vacations is she gets to go on a different vacation everyday vicariously through her clients. That being said, she guarantees an amazing and seamless experience customized just for you!
Amanda was born and raised in beautiful Sonoma County. She lived in several different places in the last 15 years and has settled back down in her home town to raise her family. She has worked in the travel industry since 2008 and is passionate about all things travel. She specialized in Hotel Hospitality and understands the needs of the traveler. She loves to create unique and exciting itineraries for each of her clients. Amanda loves being a part of the Authentic Vacations team and can’t wait to help you plan your trip of a lifetime.
Con spent over 4 decades traveling 5 Continents, served in the Army, holds a degree in Business, and earned Destination Specialist certifications for Alaska, Australia, Hawai’i, Ancient Rome, Ireland, England, Scotland, and Iceland. He’s hiked Hadrian’s Wall in summer, the Wicklow Way in winter, crossed the North Sea bed to Holy Island in the footsteps of Saint Cuthbert, drank warming wee drams in Orkney, and sea-kayaked in the Shetlands. From Castles to B&Bs, Cornwall to Kirkwall, London to Liverpool, Ireland to Iceland: want assistance from an adventurer who’s been there? Con’s your man! Read his blog at https://www.authenticireland.com/blog/category/travel-experts/concorner/
While new to both the West Coast and to Authentic Vacations, Emily is no stranger to travel and has been lucky enough to scale Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh, swim in the Roman baths, watch the Changing of the Guard from inside the gates of Buckingham Palace, speed through the streets of Mumbai, and take in the grandeur of the Colosseum. A lover of strong tea, whiskey, and men in kilts, she is beyond excited to begin her newest journey: realizing the perfect getaway experience for her clients.
Heather has worked in the tourism industry since 2006. She is a Certified Tour Director and received her certification from the International Tour Management Institute in San Francisco. She has always been fascinated with travel and lived in London in 2005 where she studied British life and culture. She has also traveled throughout the UK, Ireland, and Italy. She has spent most of her life living in the beautiful wine country region of Sonoma County.
Hilary’s love of adventure and travel was sparked by the lineage of sailors in her family. Dinghy sailing turned to keelboat sailing, which turned to cruising the Caribbean seas through the British Virgin Islands. Her obsession with being on the ocean led her to explore the Northern and Southern coasts of New Zealand and the beaches of Mexico. As a teenager, she was lucky enough to experience the rich culture of San Miguel de Allende, the charm of Adelaide, the excitement of Sydney, and the magic of the Great Barrier Reef. Along with enjoying food & wine in her home of Sonoma County, Hilary’s favorite recommendations are: swimming with wild dolphins at sunrise in Kaikoura, NZ, and exploring cenotes in Tulum along the Yucatan Peninsula.
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 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!
Lonna finds planning to be one of her favorite things here at Authentic Ireland, whether it be her creative drive or the rewarding feeling she gets putting together a great itinerary for a client. Lonna will always strive to create the perfect vacation for you both in terms of itinerary and budget! She constantly researches new locations, beautiful lodgings and sightseeing options, so her clients have as many opportunities as they wish while on vacation.
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!
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.
Visiting her father’s homeland of Mexico as a young girl fueled Sabrina’s aspiration to explore what the rest of the world had to offer. Therefore, after receiving her Arts degree in California, she spent two weeks traveling solo around Europe hitting the Swiss Alps, canals of Amsterdam and more. She also spent 11 weeks hopping around the Hawaiian Islands from coffee farms to beaches to cat sanctuaries. Working at Authentic Vacations has been a wonderful eye-opener to the endless possibilities of travel, and has enabled Sabrina to express her passion by helping others make their travel dreams come true.
Junior Marketing Coordinator
After having visited South Korea and Cambodia, Alisha realized her love for travel. She enjoys hiking, road trips to the beach, and finding new places to explore. She also enjoys art, gaming, tea, cats, music, and food. Alisha grew up and studied in Sonoma County for a degree in Multimedia and Design.
Visual Media Coordinator
Having grown up in Africa and living in France for much of her professional career before moving to California, Pauline is passionate about food, graphic design, scuba diving and travel. She lived in and/or visited 25 countries so far, and fell deeply in love with Thailand, where she discovered the underwater world and had special experiences like diving with whale sharks. Despite her many travels, she never stops dreaming about new destinations to visit.
Web Content Manager/Marketing Coordinator
Tony is a designer, jazz junkie, and coffee fiend with significant depth to both his creative and technical skillset. Ever since receiving his first copy of Photoshop at age 13, Tony has become entranced in the world of multimedia design, with a focus on UI/UX. When he isn't pushing pixels, Tony is most likely conversing with his cat or exploring the world with his camera in hand.
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.
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.
Sales & Finance Executive Manager
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 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 Vacations team and is favorably biased towards Bath, London, Tollymore Forest Park, County Clare and cats.
Co-Founder and travel entrepreneur, Allegra began her tourism career creating consumer travel websites for people looking for unique and Authentic experiences in new destinations. Over the last 17 years, she has successfully combined her skills in website design and programming with her experience in digital marketing and product development to provide authentic travel experiences to thousands of travelers worldwide. She believes everyone should have access to local inside knowledge and 5-star customer service whenever they visit a new destination and promises Authentic Vacations will deliver this to all clients.
Paul is the CEO of Tour Partner Group, the holding company for Hotels & More, Trans Nordic Tours, Irish Welcome Tours and Authentic Vacations. His last position was at STA Travel, the world’s largest student and youth travel agency, where for the last four years he was Chief Commercial Officer for the Group, with responsibilities including global partnerships, product development and subsidiaries. Prior to STA Travel he worked for several companies, including eight years at Delta Air Lines in various international commercial roles.