Our Story

About the Travel Bug

The Travel Bug Vacation Planners is a specialty travel agency based in Red Bank, NJ, known for our customized, luxury and adventure vacation packages especially suited to each client's wishes. The Travel Bug will work with you in planning an unforgettable honeymoon or vacation. Researching is time consuming, but with our knowledgeable staff, we'll help you sort through all your options to find the perfect one-of-a-kind getaway.

Mary McGrath originally established her agency, McGrath Travel, in 2003, emphasizing detailed vacation planning and excellent customer service. In 2006, McGrath Travel became The Travel Bug Vacation Planners.

The Travel Bug Vacation Planners is dedicated to designing a vacation of your dreams. 

Specialty Certifications

We invest in a continuing education and certification program to ensure that we are providing the highest level of service and value that we can offer our clients.

Our specialty certifications: 

  • Special Needs Group Certified Accessible Travel Advocate
  • Certified Tahiti Specialist
  • South Africa 
  • Disney's College of Knowledge
  • Universal Orlando Resort Specialist
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • The Hawaiian Islands
  • St Lucia
  • Cook Islands
  • Certified Sandals Specialist
  • AM Resorts
  • Celebrity and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines

I am a charter member of the Destination Weddings and Honeymoons Specialists Association as well as a charter member of the newly formed African Tourism Board.

Concierge Service

In addition to arranging luxury and adventure vacation packages, our agency can also provide tickets to sporting events, concerts and plays. We will also arrange restaurant reservations, limousine transportation, renewal of vows and other special occasions.

Our agency serves clients in many states and especially in the New Jersey Tri-State area.

We are a Travel Leaders Affiliate and proud members of CCRA, IATAN, NJ ACT, Travel Planners International

Our Team

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Mary McGrath (owner) -  Welcome!  I am a Luxury Honeymoon and Vacation Specialist.  Since I opened my agency in 2003 my focus has been to design a vacation that emphasizes detailed itineraries and excellent customer service. I invest in a continuing and education program to ensure that I am providing the highest level of service and value that I can offer my clients. Some of the destination/specialty certifications I hold are Tahiti Tiare, South Africa, Disney's College of Knowledge, the Hawaiian Islands, the Cook Islands. I am also a Charter member of the Destination Weddings and Honeymoon Specialists Association.

Places I have visited:  Tahiti and the Islands of French Polynesia, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Morocco, Ireland, Belize, Costa Rica, many of the Caribbean islands, Mexico, Canada, as well as travel within the U.S. states, including Alaska and Hawaii.

Rina Messina

Rina Messina - I have been an agent for 9 years with specialties in cruising, honeymoons and family vacations. I enjoy cruising and weekend trips with family and friends. My favorite destination is Bermuda but have also been to many Caribbean islands. I have been married for 34 years and have 2 children ages 26 and 29.

Linda DeLavan

Linda DeLavan - Hi! My name is Linda DeLavan and I have been a travel agent for  years now. The thing I love the most about being a travel agent is having the ability to help someone create their dream getaway. Some dream getaways I have planned include a lovers' paradise for multiple honeymoon couples in Punta Cana, Mexico and Greece. I have worked with Tauck Agency to plan various trips for clients to go to Yellow Stone National Park, New Mexico, and Colorado. My planning doesn’t stop on land but travels to the seas. I have booked clients on Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Silversea Cruise Line with a variety of destinations such as Italy, Bermuda, the Bahamas and Alaska, just to name a few! Feel free to contact me to plan you next adventure!

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Tom McGrath - Hi, I'm Tom and I am the group cruise coordinator for The Travel Bug for both ocean and river cruising. I love to cruise! I find it is one of the best ways to really relax and unwind while on vacation. Alaska was one of my favorites! I also enjoy being outdoors, and I recently returned from a trip to the Grand Canyon with my son. We hiked down Hermit's Trail, camped overnight, and hiked out the next day. We also went mountain biking, fly fishing, white water rafting, and climbed Longs Peak. What a great adventure it was! I have also been to Ireland where I tried my first Guinness, to Hawaii, many of the Caribbean islands, Bermuda and Mexico, and I've been to numerous places to across the United States. I am an avid mountain biker, enjoy kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding, and I am a certified SPIN instructor as well. If you have a group interested in a land-based adventure (cycling, mountain biking, etc.) I can arrange that, too.