Mary Moriaty

By-Your-Side Service℠ TEAM | Massachusetts

Favorite Tenon Destination: Ireland!
Countries Traveled to: 4
Favorite Quote: “The World is a book and those who do not travel read only the first page.”
Travel Style of Choice: I’m going to go with Escorted Tours! Nothing like convenience and great service as well as meeting new people.
Favorite Hobby: Photography

About Mary

Mary in front of the famous Guinness Storehouse Gate!

Part of what makes Tenon so great is our one-on-one mentality and desire to get to know our clients. We thought it was about time to return the favor and let you get to know us! Mary, a member of our By-Your-Side Service℠ TEAM (Travel Experience and Assistance Managers), has been with us since October, 2016. Below she answered some questions about herself and her journey in the travel business!


Where does your passion for travel derive from?
“When I was younger I loved going on vacations. The idea of packing a suitcase and going to a new place always excited me. AS a kid, I remember being told that some people get paid to go on vacation and when I asked my mom, she explained that travel agents get to go on vacations to promote the products they sell. So 8-year-old me decided I wanted to be a travel agent. While I grew out of that phase and pursued other interests, I always had the desire to travel to different countries, just never really had the opportunity to.”

Mary at our annual Tenon Tours Kick off in Holbox, Mexico. (Her first trip abroad!)

What has been one fun fact about our destinations that you have learned while working for Tenon?
“A fun fact I learned was that in Iceland, the majority of the people still believe in Trolls. When the country needs to build new roads and there is a giant rock (or a Troll house) in the way, a specialist who speaks to trolls needs to go get permission to build a road. If the trolls deny them access, the road cannot be made.”

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?
“If I could spend a week anywhere in the world, I would have to go to Ireland. It is where my passion to travel internationally began (to go visit where my great grandparents came from) and also it’s a country of so much beauty (Castles and rolling hills and cliffs) that it is hard not to resist!”

Mary visiting Markree Castle in Co. Sligo

Tenon Tours is our name and customer service is our game. What do you do to go above and beyond for your clients?
“I go above and beyond for our clients to make sure their documents, travel vouchers, tour admissions, car rentals, and airport transfers are all set and ready to go. I make sure they are clear and easy to understand so there are less questions and more time spent on getting excited for their trip.”

What is your biggest advice to someone traveling internationally for their very first time?
“As someone who just traveled internationally for the first time herself about a month ago, one piece of advice I could give is to make sure you know what the main language the country you are visiting speaks. If you are traveling somewhere that speaks a different language than your own, learn a few phrases in that language- you don’t want to be stuck in a situation where you are not able to communicate with a server at a restaurant for example and order the wrong food!”

Mary exploring Savannah Georgia! at our annual company kickoff in 2017!

How does your education connect to your career? What about personal experiences?
“I graduated from Emmanuel College with a degree in Communications and Media Studies and Photography. My skills in communications has a huge part in my career from communicating with clients and/or vendors, to organizing travel vouchers for the clients. My personal experience also can connect to my career. I always had the passion to travel and learn what it was like to work in the travel industry. I was the one in my family to research and write up daily itineraries for family vacations and weekend trips.”

Any ancestral connections to any of Tenon’s destinations?
“My great grandfather was born and grew up in Ballinasloe, County Galway in Ireland. My grandfather never got to visit Ireland but he was the very definition of an Irishman (he definitely made me really want to visit Ireland someday). I also have connections to Scotland (though I am not sure how far back it goes for relatives who were born there). ”

Mary at the Cliff Walk in Newport, RI.