Hello and welcome to my page; my name’s Claire and I live in Aylesford in Kent.
I know from experience that booking a holiday can be an almost overwhelming task. There’s so much choice, so many ‘bargains’ and so many operators. That’s why I decided to become a Travel Counsellor, to help people book their perfect holiday, without the stress!
You don’t need to spend hours and hours online or sit in a high street shop all afternoon to get the best deal on your holiday: I can arrange your perfect break to any destination in the world and all you need to do is tell me your requirements.
Just give me a list of things you like (or don’t like) whilst on holiday, as well as an idea on budget, and I can arrange a bespoke holiday for you and your family. You don’t even need a firm idea of where you want to go, just have a chat with me and I’ll help you find your ideal destination.
Using Travel Counsellors’ award winning technology I am able to create unique package holidays at competitive prices from over 400 approved suppliers.
I pride myself on going the extra mile for my clients and my customers know that they can count on me to do everything in my power to ensure their holiday runs smoothly from that first conversation to the final journey home.
Once you’re abroad I will look after you; checking you into flights along the way and dealing with any problems or queries you may have, from having an accident abroad, to concerns over local transport strikes. You can contact me at any time by e-mail, landline or mobile, as well as on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
I can use my own personal experiences to help you get a great holiday deal, places I have travelled to include:
• San Francisco
• Los Angeles
• Las Vegas
• New York
• Gran Canaria
And many more.
I can also source exclusive cruise offers, cheap flights, short breaks, organise weddings abroad, UK hotels and Park holidays, as well as attraction tickets, theatre tickets, car hire, travel insurance or holiday vouchers for birthdays, anniversaries or honeymoons.
The Travel Counsellors’ unique Financial Trust gives you 100% complete financial protection on every single booking. Coupled with ATOL protection, this ensures you have the best financial protection in the industry.
If you or someone you know wants value for money, peace of mind and a hassle free holiday then please contact me for a no obligation quotation - I would love to hear from you.
Claire was able to put together the holiday we wanted, when high street travel agents were unable to. She dealt promptly and professionally with our questions and queries, to ensure we were completely happy with the final arrangements. An all-round good experience.
Linda Taylor, Maidstone, 31 March 2014
Claire made the whole booking process very easy, keeping me updated each step of the way. She even went out of her way to post me some local brochures following her own trip to the same location and provided me with lots of tips and advice. Highly recommended and I look forward to speaking to Claire about my next holiday soon.
Deborah Lewis, Maidstone, 03 March 2014
Having been given a chance to attend a conference in Vienna, all that was stopping me was fear of flying and booking a flight and so on. Claire Summers helped me every step of the way, supporting me and explaining every step, supporting me abroad and helping me with details for the way home. I am very pleased to say that I managed the return trip and I am very proud of myself and grateful to Claire. The commission that Claire earnt was not a lot but the professional service I received was second...
Having been given a chance to attend a conference in Vienna, all that was stopping me was fear of flying and booking a flight and so on. Claire Summers helped me every step of the way, supporting me and explaining every step, supporting me abroad and helping me with details for the way home. I am very pleased to say that I managed the return trip and I am very proud of myself and grateful to Claire. The commission that Claire earnt was not a lot but the professional service I received was second to none. I am very grateful and will not hesitate to continuing to recommend Claire and Travel Counsellors.Continue reading
Gillian Russel, Gravesend, 05 February 2014
Yes we would recommend Claire as she was very prompt in visiting our house and providing us with costings for our itinerary. She was on the ball with providing us with up to date information and did everything in her power to accommodate the changes we made to our itinerary until we got it right. She is very attentive and proactive in looking after the needs of her clients.
Valerie Rickards, Welling, 08 January 2014
We have booked a holiday and a London show with Claire. She made the process so easy and came up with what we wanted speedily and once we made our decision it was booked so we just had to look forward to the event. With no hassle or worries as Claire was there for us at the end of a phone "just in case". We would definitely rebook and recommend others.
Terry Roffey, Maidstone, 08 January 2014
I emailed Claire just a few days before Christmas to try and source a short break holiday to Rome for a Christmas present to my wife. Same day I got hotel options, flight times and costs which gave me time to review and make a decision. After some changes to flight times holiday was all booked and confirmed and paperwork received next day. Karen was delighted with the surprise on Christmas morning which was made possible by Claire's prompt attention.
Christopher Goulder, Tonbridge, 08 January 2014
Claire was a real star helping me to sort out all the details for my daughter’s wedding party next year to Cyprus. Nothing was too much trouble trying to find us the best deal and I would recommend her services to anybody booking future holidays.
Jacqueline Knox, Gillingham, 09 July 2013
Claire was extremely professional and helpful. She was able to confidently talk through my choices and gave sound advice. I would definitely recommend and use Claire again when I book a holiday. She has made the whole experience booking the holiday easy and stress free. Thank you for your help.
Joe Ward, Gillingham, 12 June 2013
Claire is fun, bubbly, exciting and a good person to be around. She knows the industry like the back of her hand, she doesn't give you what she wants but instead she listens and gives you exactly what you want. Fantastic service, Claire is amazing. Thank you
Robert Phipps, Gillingham, 01 June 2013
A1 service. This has been a wonderful hassle free booking experience. Claire your service was second to none and we’re looking forward to booking all our family & friends holidays from now on. Happy holidays - thank you!
Penny Hurd, Eastbourne, 30 April 2013
We would most definitely recommend you and have already passed on your details. We have always found you so very helpful on every occasion; nothing has been too much trouble for you. You've always put the customer first in every booking you have done for us and made our holiday arrangements stress free. THANK YOU
Lesley Munn, Maidstone, 30 April 2013
I want to congratulate you on your outstanding customer service. I was impressed with how you took my initial idea and gave me options I'd not thought about. The process of booking the holiday was easy. The little touches of booking me in at the airport and writing out luggage labels were thoughtful. I am a lone traveller and with your attention to detail I felt secure and safe in an unknown country.
Bev Hillstrom, Maidstone, 25 March 2013
My partner and I have used Claire for the last few years and have always had fabulous holidays. She is efficient, knowledgable and very easy to talk to. On numerous occasions we have recommended her to friends, family and clients. We will continue to use Claire for any other trips we intend on booking.
Zoe Harland, Maidstone, 16 March 2013
Just love not having to trawl through websites trying to find where to stay and the best deal. I feel we have got a beautiful hotel for a good price with great extras such as private transfers and Gatwick airport lounge. Claire has been lovely and very helpful. Will definitely be booking other holidays with her!
Marie Russel, Kent, 12 January 2013
We asked Claire to help us choose and organise a summer holiday as not being experienced travellers we felt that by using her expert experience, we would be able to get the holiday that would suit our needs. We are due to travel on the 7th July and have every confidence that we will have a wonderful holiday, knowing that Claire is only a phone call away if we experience any problems (which hopefully will not be necessary). We have received the tickets and information about our holiday and are very...
We asked Claire to help us choose and organise a summer holiday as not being experienced travellers we felt that by using her expert experience, we would be able to get the holiday that would suit our needs. We are due to travel on the 7th July and have every confidence that we will have a wonderful holiday, knowing that Claire is only a phone call away if we experience any problems (which hopefully will not be necessary). We have received the tickets and information about our holiday and are very impressed that everything has been included from receipt, ticket information, taxi organised at the airports and even the luggage labels have been completed for our outward and homeward journeys. We would have no hesitation in recommending Claire to any of our friends and family.Continue reading
Steven Broom, Maidstone, 25 June 2012
An overworked couple from Kent, Sought a break for a family event, Where their bookings all failed The Travel Counsellor prevailed Whose high standards matched their stay when they went. Thank you very much Claire Andrew & Lesley
Andrew Cowen, Wateringbury, 25 November 2011
Claire organised a trip for myself and my husband around Asia for about 3 weeks. Right from the start she was always incredibly helpful and always responded quickly to any problems or queries we had. She found us brilliant hotels in great locations and tailored our trip exactly how we wanted no matter how many things I had forgotten to mention to her previously! Even when we were away she was available to help and sort anything out, we had a fantastic trip and this was down to Clarie's excellent...
Claire organised a trip for myself and my husband around Asia for about 3 weeks. Right from the start she was always incredibly helpful and always responded quickly to any problems or queries we had. She found us brilliant hotels in great locations and tailored our trip exactly how we wanted no matter how many things I had forgotten to mention to her previously! Even when we were away she was available to help and sort anything out, we had a fantastic trip and this was down to Clarie's excellent organisation and planning! Thanks Claire!!Continue reading
Victoria Ebdon, Maidstone, 31 August 2011
Claire is a breath of fresh air, she is attentive, knowledgeable and efficient. The aftercare provided by her and the company is excellent and she will go the extra mile when called upon in a crisis situation, something which we experienced during the Ash cloud delays. Use Claire to book your next trip you will not be disappointed!!
John-Paul Rafferty, Maidstone, 31 May 2011
I have never found booking a holiday so easy since going through Claire. Not only is she extremely professional but her personal touch is second to none. I wouldn't book my holidays through anyone else.
Deborah Nye, Exeter, 30 May 2011
I would definitely recommend & use Claire for any future travel plans. Nothing was too much trouble for her, from writing out the luggage tags, to booking a hotel the night before the holiday. Claire was also available when I recently had a dispute in Miami, she was in constant contact with me to resolve the issue & even helped with getting a refund. An excellent service & would use Claire again
Richard Boniface, West Malling, 27 May 2011
I wanted to do something very special for our Silver Wedding anniversary and Claire's knowledge and experience helped me decide on a Mediterranean cruise with Cunard. The booking process couldn't have been easier – Claire took care of all the details and answered all of our questions (and some that we hadn't thought of) leaving us to look forward to a perfect holiday!
Maureen Horner, Cranbrook, 26 May 2011
I found Travel Counsellors after a google search and immediately called to speak to Claire, from the start she was friendly understanding and was quick to inform me of the packages and offers available. I had full confidence in her and after many changes and amendments she managed to find the perfect package. Polite, professional and an expert in her field. I would fully recommend her services.
Darran Cornhill, Burham, Kent, 26 May 2011
We have used Claire a couple of times now to book our holiday, but this year we had some quite specific requirements for our holiday as we wanted to try a holiday that was different to our typical break. We gave Claire a list of requirements and a budget and she very quickly came back with a number of different options for us. Nothing is ever too much trouble,cheaper than the high st & highly recomended
Simon Wright, Caterham, 26 May 2011
We have booked a holiday recently with Claire - Excellent service, very knowledgeable and found us a great holiday for our first trip with our toddler! Claire took the pain away from doing all the searching for our holiday, we just explained all the things that were on our wish list and she came back with some options that matched what we were looking for. It was easy!!
Julie Bostock, Epsom, 25 May 2011
It has been a pleasure dealing with Claire, she has helped to arrange a much needed break and a first time cruise. She has gone that extra mile to help with insurance to suit my needs after having had a Kidney transplant in Febuary, and she has always been at the end of the phone with my many questions. Look forward to dealing with Claire in the futher and wouldn't hesitate to recommend her.
David Cantlon, Gillingham, Kent, 25 May 2011
Claire has always been very profesional so very helpful will always do her up most to make your holiday perfect from booking to coming home.
kelly day, rochester kent, 25 May 2011
Claire is brilliant. Always prompt and helpful. She has a font of knowledge and advice about the travel industry. Claire won't just take your money either - she'll always go the extra mile, especially if you have to change the booking arrangments. Always over-delivers and I recommend her 110%. Keep up the good work Claire, Gary & Liz Guillon, Kent, UK.
Liz Guillon, Gillingham, Kent, 25 May 2011
I have recently booked a short UK break and a longer, Summer holiday in Majorca through Claire. Due to my husband's disablement, our needs are quite specific. Unlike other holiday representatives in the past, Claire has listened to our requirements and acted in a sensitive and caring way. We've been extremely pleased with the bookings and accommodation Claire's found. THANKS !!!!!
Angela Aslett, Snodland, 25 May 2011
During the planning of our forthcoming holiday in Canada, Claire has been painstaking in tailoring it exactly to our requirements. She has been very flexible and prompt in making changes in details, as the planning process has taken place. We are now very pleased with the final itinerary and looking forward to our holiday in September. In short we can highly recommend Claire
Peter Lloyd, Maidstone, Kent, 24 May 2011
I have no hesitation in recommending Claire. I have found her company to be extremely helpful. She takes much of the stress out of travelling, which is so important when travelling on business. Chris Mees
Chris Mees, Burwash, East Sussex, 24 May 2011
With independent access to hundreds of travel suppliers around the world, I can pick out exceptional offers with amazing added value. Take a look through my latest selections – but even if nothing catches your eye, let me know what you’re looking for and I’ll do my best to find it for you!
I absolutely love travel! Take a look through my posts - you might find holiday inspiration where you least expected...
Posted 15 August 2014
I went on a P&O adult-only two night cruise as part of a 70 strong wedding anniversary celebration. The two night cruises work really well for any sort of celebration; we saw hen parties, birthday celebrations and family groups which you don’t always see on the longer durations. We embarked from Southampton on a Friday afternoon and we were able to enjoy the ship and the facilities plus a buffet lunch before we set sail. After a mandatory emergency drill, the ship started to make its way to Guernsey. We took advantage of the fantastic spa facilities, with steam rooms, sauna, hydrotherapy...
Posted 23 April 2014
In April 2014, I fulfilled one of my lifelong dreams which was to interact with elephants. I did this by staying in part of the rainforest in Koh Sok (Thailand) at an elephant conservation camp. I had the opportunity to wash them, prepare their food and feed them. The experience was amazing and we even saw the two year old baby called Ha-Ha. The accommodation we stayed in was luxury tents with an en-suite bathroom and we were surrounded by the trees and the mountains. Our food was prepared every day with fresh ingredients. The stay also included various activities including...
Posted 06 February 2014
In February 2014 I went in search of the Northern Lights in Lapland. Well, to be honest I went for the Husky Sledging, Snowmobiles, Reindeer Camp, spending a night in an Igloo and if the Lights came out it would be a bonus! We flew from Gatwick to Sweden, then took the coach to Finland to a beautiful 3 star property in Karesuando, Finland. The staff were friendly and the location was remote and idyllic. There was so much snow, that there was no other colour than white. The trees, buildings, roads all covered in snow! The tour operator we...
Posted 23 December 2013
Over Christmas 2013 I went on a coach tour to Austria. I wanted to spend Christmas in the snow and see some beautiful scenery. The hotel I stayed in was a lovely 4 star property in Kirchberg. The food was plentiful, the spa was amazing with all sorts of saunas and chill out rooms. It had a great swimming pool and fitness room and I would highly recommend some time spent relaxing in the saunas. A few minutes’ walk away from the hotel was a ski run and a toboggan run. We did some late night tobogganing on Boxing...
Posted 19 December 2012
My clients who have visited here have all said how romantic it is and I can see why. Our 4 star hotel was set just back off the main square, so it was an ideal position to be within walking distance of all the sights. The hotel staff were very friendly and helpful and the hotel was very clean and comfortable, it also had free WiFi. The Chocolate Museum is a great place to visit, you get to see how chocolate is made and have a little nibble too! We took a horse and cart ride which takes you around the quaint...
Posted 19 July 2012
As part of our multi centre Italian honeymoon we stayed in a 4 star hotel in Gardone, which is on the west side of the Lake. It was an ideal location as you can take ferries to different towns around the lakes and the ferry pick up point was a two minute walk from our hotel. You can also visit the Theme Park Gardaland which was about 40 minutes’ drive away. Although we love our theme parks, we didn’t visit on this occasion. We opted for a Lake View Room with a balcony and the views were breath-taking. We...
Posted 18 July 2012
We visited Verona after our train journey from Venice. Verona is definitely a place you can shop; there are hundreds of shops with side streets and main shopping areas covering all sort of clothes, gifts and household goods (if you wished). It is a large town and I would imagine you could spend all day shopping if that’s what takes your fancy. Of course in town, you have to see the Opera House, the Arena Verona. This is where they host the summer Operas. Although we didn’t attend one, the area around the Arena is buzzing. There are cafes,...
Posted 16 July 2012
We arrived into Venice airport to be greeted by a representative who walked us to the private water taxi transfer, which was only about a 10 minute walk from the airport. Once we were in the boat, the holiday well and truly started with an exhilarating speed boat ride into the heart of Venice. We stayed in a four star hotel which was set just behind the Grand Canal, so we were within walking distance of St Mark’s Square and everything the city had to offer. The hotel itself had a fabulous roof terrace where you could sunbathe during the day...
Posted 20 January 2012
We stayed in the Newby Bridge Hotel in the Lake District in January on a wet and windy weekend but were greeted with a friendly welcome on reception and as we were early we ordered a fabulous meal in the hotel bar. The food throughout the weekend was amazing. The breakfasts, bar menu and evening meals were top notch and we couldn't fault it. I have been in higher star ratings of hotels and the food was better than those. The chef is willing to get whatever you need, if you are gluten free or vegetarian, they will ensure they have...
Posted 06 September 2011
In September 2011 we stayed in one of the PortAventura Theme Park Hotels for 3 nights and we had fantastic adrenalin filled 4 days at PortAventura Theme Park in Salou. As the park is only an hour away from Barcelona, we flew into Barcelona and hired a car and drove to the city of Barcelona, which is only 20 minutes from the airport. We spent a day walking up and down La Ramblas being entertained by the street artists and we also visited the food market which is massive, before driving about an hour and a half down to Salou. We...
Posted 21 July 2011
I was invited to a wedding in Edinburgh so I took the opportunity to have a mini-break and visit the city as I had never been to Scotland before. It’s incredible to think it’s so close and yet I’ve never been! The architecture in the city is beautiful and unlike other cities where the pretty buildings are few and far between, in Edinburgh it is endless – in a good way! It’s good to see the newer buildings are being built, which complement the older buildings. The Royal Mile is bustling with cafes, bars, restaurants, tourist shops and street entertainers so...
Posted 12 May 2011
Las Vegas is buzzing and is definitely a playground for young and old alike. Whatever you want to do in Vegas is entirely up to you – anything goes 24/7! Every hotel (apart from Trump Tower) has its own in-house casino and the food is plentiful and varied. Whatever you want to eat you can normally get in your hotel or you can visit any hotel to have a sumptuous meal, perhaps the French restaurant at the Eiffel Hotel. There are world famous acts and shows to go and see, plus of course who could go to Vegas and not visit the...
Posted 08 May 2011
Well, what can I say about San Francisco, it is beautiful and I left my heart there. It is everything you expect and more and being by the water gives you that real holiday feeling. We drove up from Los Angeles on the I5 and dropped the car off at Union Square, you wont need a car in SF as Fishermans Wharf and Union Square, which are the main tourist areas, are only about 10 minutes away from each other. We stayed in Fishermans Wharf in a 3 star plus hotel, which was set back about five minutes walk from Pier...
Posted 05 May 2011
We visited Los Angeles just to do the Hollywood thing and as this was part of a multi-centre itinerary we didn’t have time to do the beaches too. But we will be going back as I loved Los Angeles and would love to visit the beaches and have some time to relax and soak up the atmosphere. We flew in from New York and arrived at our hotel and were greeted by some lovely staff and treated to a free room upgrade. The hotel was fantastic, the weather was even better so this was an opportunity to get the...
Posted 02 May 2011
I have sold the destination many times but nothing beats getting first-hand experience, so I decided it was time to see New York for myself so I jetted off on a Continental flight towards the big apple for my first New York adventure! The plane and service was excellent, the on demand video entertainment in the back of the seat was the best I have experienced. We flew into Newark which is only a 30-40 min drive into Manhattan, but I wanted to experience how easy it would be to catch the train to avoid all the queues of traffic....
Posted 26 August 2010
Coral Bay, Cyprus 2010 Wedding In August 2010, I booked my clients a two week honeymoon and wedding at the Coral Beach Hotel & Resort in Coral Bay, Cyprus and I also attended the wedding. The hotel is one of the best on the island and has some fantastic venues in which to get married. The hotel advised of the best location for their privacy and size of wedding party as there was more than one wedding taking place on the same day. The couple had a few meetings with the wedding co-ordinator and the hotel events manager before their wedding day,...
Posted 03 May 2010
In May 2010, I went on holiday to Orlando along with a few friends and family members. We stayed in a good value for money hotel along International Drive, which had very big rooms, twin sinks, a fridge (which became a necessity for us to store cold drinks and make a few sandwiches!), 2 double beds and best of all it was attached to the YMCA Fitness centre with a massive gym and Olympic size swimming pool. We were in the middle of all the parks so it was in an ideal location. We flew into Orlando airport which is only...
Posted 07 June 2008
We travelled to Egypt for the first time in June 2008 as we had always wanted to visit the Pyramids. From the moment we booked, during and after our holiday we were totally looked after. We were greeted in the airport by a representative who sorted out our visas, took our bags off the carousel and escorted us to our hotel, whilst giving us a guided tour along the way. After stopping off for refreshments we arrived at the hotel in Cairo and our greeter checked us into the hotel while we relaxed in reception. The tour operator we booked...
Posted 14 July 2007
Miami is definitely the place where the beautiful people go! We stayed in a low key hotel right on South Beach. It was one of a few hotels that provided breakfast which was just enough to sort you out until lunchtime. I say it was low key as it was not one of the top notch hotels on that strip which were amazing, but the bedroom was huge and as we had a corner room we had views of the beach which was right in front of us and a side view, where we could see the main street. The...
Posted 11 June 2006
Mexico is a fantastic destination – especially during a World Cup! After a stressful house move, we decided to treat ourselves to two weeks in Cancun, just what we needed. We stayed in an Adults only all inclusive complex where the food was fabulous with plenty of variety and choice and on tap 24 hours a day. The hotel was quite a large complex with lots of facilities – gym, beauty salon, spa, sports and the activities around the pool looked quite energetic – you wouldn’t normally see those if kids were around! The hotel had a private beach and a large...