Hello, and welcome to my webpage at Travel Counsellors. I’ve been helping clients with their travel arrangements; both locally and around the UK for more than 15 years, and in that time I've gained experience in most types of holiday enquiry. I sell anything from the tailor made trip of a lifetime, to a last minute package deal.
I hope to pass on that knowledge and experience to find the holiday that perfect for you - all from the comfort of your own home, or office! We’re all busy these days, and it takes time and expertise to pull travel arrangements together, so let me do all the work in finding that perfect break to suit you, and your budget, to save you the hassle.
Additionally to selling a wide variety of holidays, I also specialize in the following areas
• Canada – I’m a premier level Canada Specialist, and have been to Canada five times myself. It's a wonderful destination for any type of holiday.
• The United States - I have been here many times, and it’s unrivalled for a choice of diverse holidays.
• Far East - I am a specialist in the Far East, specifically Hong Kong, Thailand and Singapore. I have been lucky to visit all three, and Japan, in recent years.
• Australia - I'm also an Australia specialist and have travelled down under three times, both as a specialist and on holiday. My aim is to help you plan all aspects of a trip down under.
• Honeymoon Gift Registry - maybe you are getting married? Why not put your honeymoon on your wedding list. Open one of our honeymoon accounts and the work would be done for you. I’ve arranged many of these for my clients.
• I’m now specializing in the niche market of holidays for the Single/Solo traveller. I was interviewed live on a Radio Solent on this subject early this year.
If you would like regular updates on any of our special offers, or to receive my Singles Holiday news and offers, then please forward your email address via the link above. I'd be delighted to add you to my list.
I’m proud to offer you good, customer service, and value from money that will make your holiday experience a pleasure.
This is the first time I've used Travel Counsellors as normally I would use Trailfinders and I must admit that the service I received from Mags was second to none. I was kept informed at every stage and given so much helpful information on things like how to get from the airport to the hotel. I would highly recommend both Travel Counsellors and in particular Mags to anyone looking to travel. I know from now on this will be my first stop when traveling. It was an amazing service and made sorting out...
This is the first time I've used Travel Counsellors as normally I would use Trailfinders and I must admit that the service I received from Mags was second to none. I was kept informed at every stage and given so much helpful information on things like how to get from the airport to the hotel. I would highly recommend both Travel Counsellors and in particular Mags to anyone looking to travel. I know from now on this will be my first stop when traveling. It was an amazing service and made sorting out the surprise trip for my girlfriend's birthday so much easier. In addition the Segway tour of Rome that Mags organised for us was worth every penny as we got to see so much more of Rome than we would have. Thanks again for a trip that will stay in both our memories forever and I look forward to traveling with your company again.Continue reading
Ian Bridge, Christchurch, 29 August 2014
Mags was very professional and attentive, and kept us informed of the options as we explored the possibilities. It made our decision easy.
Kevin Streets, Dorset, 07 May 2014
Mags is great, like chatting to an old friend. It is nice to know you always have her to turn to in case of problems, and she has given me good advice. The first time I travelled to Australia I travelled alone, but she organised everything for me; now I am off again and this time with more confidence.
Barbara Cumming, Weymouth, 18 January 2014
We have had great, prompt service from Mags, she takes all the fuss and bother out of booking and getting the holiday that suits us, at the right price. When there is a need to speak with the tour operator for anything at all, she knows which channels to use to get the answer quickly.
Anne Shallcross, Lancashire, 18 January 2014
My request was, I think, unusual and complicated, and I had problems in making a decision. In spite of the season and the limited time, Mags remained patient, with suggestions, and finalised the process in time.
Chris Martin, Banbury , 18 January 2014
Whenever I book my holidays with Mags Addison she always gives 100% effort to please. I have total confidence in her.
Virgil Williams, Warminster, 16 January 2014
Mags always gives 100 per cent. We are always happy to book through her - and enjoy the safety net it gives us.
Alma Budd, Poole, 20 November 2013
I have travelled extensively over many years and to numerous destinations, arranging trips by myself, or through various agents. Margaret (Mags) is the very best agent I have dealt with; nothing is too much trouble and she keeps to her word on every occasion. Absolutely the most trustworthy and confidence building experience I have had when arranging a big trip. Please pass on my thanks to Mags.
Lee , Bournemouth, 07 November 2013
Mags has always dealt with our enquiries professionally and is always courteous and friendly. We have every confidence and can always depend on her getting us value for money holidays, and will always deal with her regards our future holiday plans when needed.
Chris Higgins, Bristol, 07 November 2013
Mags went above and beyond her job description to find us flights and accommodation to Ibiza next year. Thank you for all your help, our friends are already asking for her details.
Jude Cage, Leeds, 24 October 2013
Thanks Mags for such an excellent service. My wife was so worried about travelling to America, so this trip to New York and cruise home had to run as smoothly as possible with the minimal fuss. Everything was planned so well for the trip including flights, diabetic meals, hotel, transfers, excursions in New York, and a cruise home on QM2. Any questions and Mags was at the end of the phone, and on the case immediately. We left home with no worries about the trip knowing that the finer details had...
Thanks Mags for such an excellent service. My wife was so worried about travelling to America, so this trip to New York and cruise home had to run as smoothly as possible with the minimal fuss. Everything was planned so well for the trip including flights, diabetic meals, hotel, transfers, excursions in New York, and a cruise home on QM2. Any questions and Mags was at the end of the phone, and on the case immediately. We left home with no worries about the trip knowing that the finer details had all been taken care of. Such a personal, professional, and friendly service has been provided by a top Travel Counsellor, Mags Addison. I would highly recommend this service to anyone. Much better than the high street!Continue reading
Brian Coles, Weymouth, 11 October 2013
Mags is excellent. She's lovely to talk to, contacts you when she says she will, and provides excellent customer service from start to finish. This is our third time booking with her - and definitely WONT be our last. I’ve already recommended her to our friends and won’t hesitate to do so in the future.
Mary Wharmby, Nottingham, 20 September 2013
Mags has been brilliant in helping us with everything. Will be using her service again in the future.
Kjeld Sondergaard, Aberdeen, 02 July 2013
Margaret was so helpful in getting me get the flights I needed, and to do so from the comfort of my own home made it so easy. Being able to e-mail her with any odd questions that suddenly came to mind was really great. I will definitely use her for all my future travel requirements of this nature.
Barbara Cumming, Weymouth, 22 April 2013
I would definitely recommend Margaret Addison ! Her service was greatly appreciated, excellent customer service and telephone manner. My holiday booking was very precise and communication about price and travel times was thought through with great knowledge. I wasn't sure where to stay however, the emails she sent with tourist attractions helped me decide! Margaret even helped by giving me the best options to get to my starting out destination! I would like to thank Margaret and I will definitely...
I would definitely recommend Margaret Addison ! Her service was greatly appreciated, excellent customer service and telephone manner. My holiday booking was very precise and communication about price and travel times was thought through with great knowledge. I wasn't sure where to stay however, the emails she sent with tourist attractions helped me decide! Margaret even helped by giving me the best options to get to my starting out destination! I would like to thank Margaret and I will definitely will be using her service again what a credit she is to your company! Thanks againContinue reading
Chanterlle Aldridge, Liverpool, 05 September 2012
Mags helped to create the perfect holiday for my boyfriend and I when we celebrated my 21st birthday. Affordable holidays at excellent prices. Mags has been a point of contact whenever I have had any travelling enquiries and she always gets back to me with useful information. She was recommended to us by a friend and I have now passed two of my friends on to her.
Carla Duthie, Aberdeen, Scotland, 05 September 2012
Margaret Addison is friendly, easy to talk to, thorough and efficient. I would certainly use her again and will recommend her to anyone who wants to have a tailor made holiday. In fact, I have already passed the information to a friend of mine who is considering going to Africa next year.
Christine Blake, poole, 05 September 2012
Would just like to say a BIG thank you to Mags, she has been so helpful & patience over the last year planning our wedding in the fantasic Icehotel in Sweden. This wasn't the easiest wedding & holiday to plan as this wasn't just the two of us & a wedding but Mags had to sort out eighteen friends & family with flight & acommadation but Mags was wonderful & took it all in her stide, always there to answer any questions. We would highly recommend Mags for holidays & weddings abroad as you know Mags...
Would just like to say a BIG thank you to Mags, she has been so helpful & patience over the last year planning our wedding in the fantasic Icehotel in Sweden. This wasn't the easiest wedding & holiday to plan as this wasn't just the two of us & a wedding but Mags had to sort out eighteen friends & family with flight & acommadation but Mags was wonderful & took it all in her stide, always there to answer any questions. We would highly recommend Mags for holidays & weddings abroad as you know Mags will check & double check everthing so it runs smoothly. Thank you again MagsContinue reading
Jackie & Tony Hinds, Chichester, West Sussex, 14 March 2012
Had the most fabulous service from Mags Addison, she booked my holiday to the Italian Lakes in May this year and recommended we stay at the top of the lake, this was by far the best choice, the hotel was excellent, and to know she was at the end of the telephone gave us total confidence, she ensures all the holiday plans are checked and double checked, so nothing goes wrong. I enjoyed my break with confidence knowing Mags would sort any problem with speed and efficiency, it'll certainly not be the...
Had the most fabulous service from Mags Addison, she booked my holiday to the Italian Lakes in May this year and recommended we stay at the top of the lake, this was by far the best choice, the hotel was excellent, and to know she was at the end of the telephone gave us total confidence, she ensures all the holiday plans are checked and double checked, so nothing goes wrong. I enjoyed my break with confidence knowing Mags would sort any problem with speed and efficiency, it'll certainly not be the last time I book with her.Continue reading
Kathryn Leask , Whitburn North of England , 25 October 2011
One of the most exceptional professional I have come across. Attention to detail, patience when there are changes to plans by the customer, polite at all times, truly an asset to your company and a pleasure to deal with.
Kamini Hegde, Liverpool, 10 October 2011
Mags has been great in booking our holiday and helped us to get a good price - however it did not go according to plan, which was nothing to do with Mags but she has been very supportive in helping us put together a claim.
Paul Deakin, Blandford Forum, 05 August 2011
From the initial contact we found Margaret to be friendly, helpful and above all very professional. Nothing was too much trouble when answering our queries. As we are not seasoned travellers most of our questions must have seemed mundane, but they were all given priority by Margaret. The result was a wonderful week in a wonderful hotel as everything went to plan with Margaret's guidance! We have and will recommend to family and friends in the future!
Christine & Peter Yarnold, Wool, Wareham, 17 July 2011
I have recommended Mags to many people over the last few years. She is always so helpful and nothing is too much trouble. Mags takes care of your every need. It is nice to know you are even able to get her help, if it is needed even when you are away on your holiday. All this and completely bonded by a large company, with an excellent personal service.
Alma Budd, Poole, 04 November 2008
I came across Mags purely by accident, the person I used to deal with had left. My friends and I always like to build our own holidays, sometimes taking quite a time to sort them out. Mags has always had time and patience however complicated they may be, she spends time looking around to get us the best possible deal and has plenty of useful information to help decide.
Denise Cole, Bristol, 01 November 2008
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Posted 01 May 2014
I was lucky to visit Zurich in Switzerland recently, and discovered pleasantly that it is an interesting city and worth spending a few days exploring there. Easy to get to by plane, but I actually travelled via the Eurostar and high sped trains. We left early from the ultra-modern London St Pancras, zipped across the channel to the Gare du Nord in Paris, transferred by RER to the Gare de Lyon, and boarded the fast TGV Lyria onward to Basel and Zurich. Fast speed trains from city to city, without checking luggage in and out of airport carousels. There...
Posted 11 November 2013
I was recently lucky to be picked to go on a Travel Counsellors familiarisation trip - which was a 4 day trip to Kalkan in Turkey. We all met at 4am in South Terminal at Gatwick, for our 6am flight with Monarch Airlines to Dalaman. Some of us had stayed the night at the Gatwick Hilton, which is adjacent to the airport – a good tip to know, if like us, you have a flight at the crack of dawn. It was a swift 3.30 minutes flight on the way out, as we flew towards the sunshine of this part of...
Posted 18 May 2012
I took a local flight from Bournemouth recently for this one week break in the sun - which was really needed in this summer of 2012! The convenience of this early regional departure meant we were in plenty of time for a late lunch at our resort hotel, and we enjoyed relaxing on the terrace with a freshly prepared Greek salad, washed down by a glass of chilled local beer, while taking in our sunny surroundings. I'd been to Corfu some years before and loved the island, for it is truly beautiful with it's green sweeps of lush hillsides, millions...
Posted 03 May 2010
I had a fabulous time on my work trip to Australia this May, courtesy of Tourism Australia and Qantas Airways. We flew to Melbourne, the gateway to Victoria. A laid back, cosmopolitan city with the Yarra River flowing through, and has great attractions, many sporting venues, and terrific shopping. Melbourne is easy to get around with a network of trams, buses and trains. The city centre is peppered with a network of narrow lanes - the heart of Melbourne's cafe society. We caught the tram out to St Kilda, a nearby beach suburb with craft shops, cafes, and wonderful...
Posted 01 March 2010
I've been to the Costa Del Sol a few times in the past, but twice for short breaks in recent years, and neither trip was a traditional sun and sand holiday. Marbella - The first occasion was a couple of years ago at the end of November - Travel Counsellors held their 2008 Conference there, hosted by the Costa Del Sol Tourist Board. And I was lucky enough to stay at the plush 5 star Gran Melia Don Pepe, in the sophisticated resort of Marbella. The hotel was grand with great facilities, and a spacious pool area. The Golden Mile...
Posted 06 October 2008
This time last year I was in Australia. However, circumstance meant I couldn't fly for a couple of months this autumn, so in early October I took the chance to re-discover the magic of our own country. With a couple of girlfriends, I opted for a short cottage break in North Cornwall. I'm originally from the Westcountry, so the pull of home was strong, the nearer we got. This rugged coastline which sweeps from North Devon down into Atlantic Cornwall, is dramatic, beautiful and atmospheric. It's not called the Wreaker's Coast for nothing! Many shipwrecks have happened here in the past....
Posted 17 May 2008
I'd sold Egypt, and the Red Sea many time, but have never visited myself. So, I was keen to find out about an area that was becoming extremely popular with my clients. This May I had the chance to do so, and went to Taba, and then on to Eilat in Israel. This proved to be a great contrast between two nearby resort areas. My first surprise was how far Taba airport is out in the desert, about an hour from the resort itself. Therefore, you need to arrange your transfers before you leave the UK, if you don't want a possible...
Posted 21 December 2007
Japan is a fascinating country. And one I've been too around 4 times. However, I've not visited as a tourist, but stayed with family. So, I have to admit I know little about staying in the hotels, or arranging excursions. I've not travelled widely all over Japan. But I've been to Tokyo many times, to Yokohama, and up to Nikko (World Heritage site just north of Tokyo) and many times up and down the Chiba Peninsula. All of them on public transport. So, I've been lucky to get glimpses of the Japan that few tourists see. However, there are...
Posted 13 October 2007
I'd always wanted to go to Australia! So, I'm delighted to share my experience with you. I'd been to Thailand before, and loved it. So, this was dream come true for me to visit both countries. Due to time restrictions, the trip had to be fitted into 2 weeks leave. So, I planned it around booking our long haul flights overnight - to save time. We flew Thai Air throughout, which was not only helped by their direct overnight services out from the UK to Bangkok, but also those onwards to Sydney and Brisbane. The internal flight between the two in...
Posted 01 October 2006
One country I need no excuse to talk about is Canada. I've always been fascinated by it's vastness, and I've been a Canada Specialist for some years now. I've also been extremely lucky to have visited it three times. So far, that is! I say on my web page, that Canada is a wonderful destination for any type of holiday - and this is true. The majority of my enquires tend to be for holidays to the Rockies. They are everyone's first image of Canada. While there are many other wonderful parts of this vast country to see and experience,...