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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Sasha has always had the travel bug. Traveling around the States as a child and being given coins from family who traveled abroad lit a fire that still burns. Sasha lived abroad with her husband in Ireland for a semester during their BA degrees and England for over a year while getting their Masters. Sasha has also traveled to 12 other countries, some of them multiple times. Her favorite memories are being proposed to in Park Güell in Spain and viewing the Northern Lights in Iceland for her 24th birthday. She planned most of her own travel, and now she loves to send people on explorations of their own to visit what she considers her homes away from home.
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 and Media Coordinator
California born and raised, Tony is a designer, 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, he's most likely hiking the hills or exploring city streets with his camera in hand.
Product Bookings Team Leader
Antoaneta has a Masters in International Economics and has been working in the Travel & Tourism industry for the past 20 years, mainly organizing and leading group tours in various destinations across Europe. She loves the bright colours of the Mediterranean but is equally blown away by the scenic beauty of Scotland and Ireland. She is an avid traveller and always has her next 5 destinations planned. She’s based in our Dublin office and in her spare time enjoys the many history and cultural events Dublin has to offer.
Product Bookings Staff
Holly has a degree in Hospitality Management and has been working in the Tourism industry for the last six years. She is currently living in Co. Meath, part of Ireland’s Ancient East with the world famous Hill of Tara practically on her doorstep! She has visited many cities across Europe and the USA. Holly spent some time working abroad on beautiful Cape Cod, Massachusetts where she fell in love with the people and the culture. Holly’s current interests are all things Scotland. From sightseeing in the spectacular Highlands, to simply catching up on the latest season of Outlander! Holly loves being a part of the Authentic Vacations team and arranging once in a lifetime vacations for our clients.
Product Bookings Staff
Amy was born and raised in the west of Ireland, and is lucky enough to have explored almost every part of the wonderful island. Amy is a passionate traveller and has travelled extensively throughout Europe, although her favourite place to visit is still the Irish Wild Atlantic Way. She has also spent a number of years living in London, giving her an intimate knowledge of all the city has to offer. While in London, Amy began her career in travel by working for a large tour operator proving group tours across Europe. Since then, Amy has completed a degree in Social Studies and joined the Authentic Vacations team.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.