All month long we celebrate Ireland. From the music, to the festivals, to its famous coastlines and castles. Book our sweeping castle tour and spend an afternoon at falconry school. To get you ready, our travel experts share some of their best packing essentials. We also welcome three new advisors to the team.
Erika Reategui and Fernando Gonzalez
While she fell into booking bands by accident, music was always in her blood. Early on, the native New Yorker juggled deejaying and booking bands in clubs with being in a girl band herself, called the Fabulous Perms. A chance job at Modern Travel changed everything. The agency quickly began racking up the biggest names in 80s rock as clients – Billy Idol, Peter Gabriel, Modern English, The Kinks, Depeche Mode, Big Country, and Duran Duran.
She remembers, “The Duran Duran groupies would make up the most outlandish stories to try to get info from me. One girl called up pretending she ran a Polish airline and needed to know where they were staying to deliver free plane tickets.” She added, “Another girl claimed she ran Bal Harbor Mall in Florida, and wanted to reach the band because she would shut down the mall for them to shop.” Laura admits it was a crazy, fun time so she didn’t mind getting calls from clients at 2 am to order their room service coffee.
These days, with clients like Sting, Ricky Martin, Rufus Wainwright, and John Hiatt, she can’t think of any job she’d enjoy more. When it comes to tunes, she says she’ll always have a soft spot for the classics like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Motown.