Quench Moments: The Dooher Family

We caught up with traveller Lisa Dooher after her family’s recent Icelandic trip to celebrate her son’s 16th birthday. We learned a few new uses for Banagrams tiles, and that the Doohers’ mountaineering experience already has the family longing for more Quench-designed adventures.


1) How would you describe your travel style or philosophy?
We never go on a trip with any preconceived notions.  We like to roll with whatever happens.We have three strict rules that we apply to our vacations.  No budgeting. No dieting. No fighting. It makes the reality of coming back home hard, but makes the time away magical.

2) What were some of your favourite 'Quench Moments’ (those extra special moments during your travels)?
It's hard to pinpoint our favourite Quench moment as we found beauty in them all. Mountaineering on the glacier was a real highlight and one that left us in wonder, and longing to be back.  

3) What packing item did you use the most or wish you had brought on your trip?
As a rule, I travel light and insist my family do the same.  We bring the essentials with understanding that as long as we have a credit card we can find what we need.  Not the case in Iceland.  My family likes to play poker so we made sure we packed a deck of cards.  We did not lug poker chips as we assumed we could pick some up along the way.  They were impossible to find in Iceland as they are not gamblers.  Our fabulous guide even scoured the city for us. Fortunately we packed our Bananagrams tiles  so they doubled as poker chips (along with peanuts, toiletries and pringles).    So we used the Banagrams the most, but wished we had packed our poker chips!  

4) What would you say to anyone who is considering working with a custom trip planner?
Do it - you will not regret it.  

5) What do you consider the most important benefit of working with Quench?
I really appreciated the ease of working with Quench.  I spent the time up front explaining the kinds of travellers we are and the experience we wanted for my son’s 16th birthday.  Quench designed an amazing package for us, however the day after our arrival the weather forced our agenda to be tossed into the hurricane force winds.  I have no doubt that there was much juggling and behind the scenes work done on our behalf, but it was seamless.  We never once felt any stress and our amazing Icelandic guide Kristjan ensured each day was filled with beauty and wonder.  So the benefit?  Quench made it all easy.

6) How would you sum up your Quench travel experience in one sentence?
Our experience with Quench was beyond our expectations.  We have had some pretty fabulous vacations and moments as a family, but not one of them has stuck with us like this one. 

The 7-year itch

Our new website launched today (about 7 years after our first was born) and we couldn't be more proud.  If you've found your way here to our blog, then stay for a while and peruse our other pages too. It's been a labour of love and we can't thank our friends and colleagues enough their support. Special kudos to our in-house photographer, Jen Deacon, who captures her many travels so beautifully and allows us to live vicariously. 

Jen capturing the moment in essaouira

Jen capturing the moment in essaouira