Hi, my name is Adrian and I live in the beautiful village of Lympstone, located on the Exe Estuary in Devon.
Having been born and bred in London, I am happy to call this stunning part of the world my home now, with its lovely beaches, coast and rolling hills which allow me to indulge in my favourite outdoor pursuits such as kayaking, cycling and walking, and even Gig Rowing (look it up, it's a great activity)
Having spent 11 years working for a highly respected and award-winning High Street travel agency, I have been enjoying life as a Travel Counsellor since the summer of 2018. In this role I have organised a vast array of different travel experiences - from UK weekend breaks, beach holidays in Europe and beyond, self-drive holidays in the USA all the way through to cruises in Antarctica.
Catching the travel bug at an early age, I have always loved the feel, noise and buzz you get when visiting somewhere new - or revisiting a familiar destination. Twenty years ago, with my wife Pauline, I left the world of London finance to go travelling for a year and never looked back. I have been lucky enough to visit over 40 countries on 5 continents; from sleeping under the stars in the Sahara, backpacking around China and south-east Asia, to 5* luxury hotels in Bali. There’s never been a dull moment.
My favourite countries are South Africa with its diverse culture and scenery, Thailand for its incredible people and beaches, and Italy, well, for everything else!
Being a Travel Counsellor allows me to share my passion for travel with you, focusing on providing the best possible customer- service, and getting to know your own likes, dislikes and requirements. My goal is to give you the holiday you deserve, whether that’s a dream holiday of a lifetime, a family beach holiday, a romantic city break, a business trip, an adrenaline-fuelled ski trip, or even your honeymoon!
Unlike other travel agencies, I am independent and impartial with access to thousands of leading travel suppliers, major airlines, hotels, tour operators, cruise lines and car hire companies. I am backed by a team of professionals, keeping a 24-hour watch on the weather and global issues, with full financial protection from the Travel Counsellors Financial Trust and ATOL.
The flexibility of working from home means I am there for you whenever you call, and I am happy to come out to meet you to get your trip right from the start. Just call or email me, and I will be in touch.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Whatever your holiday needs I'm here to help you, so simply give me a call or send me an email with your contact details on and I can get things started for you:-
I absolutely live and breathe travel and I love to write about my experiences! Please take a look through my posts - you might find your own holiday inspiration.
28 May 2020
A question I get asked a lot, at the moment, is “When do you think we’ll be travelling again?” It is a pertinent and relevant question for which, sadly, I have not got an answer. For me, however, the more thought-provoking question is - “HOW will we travel again?” As I write, whilst there are signs that we are getting on top of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, and there is an easing of the social distancing measures, with more freedom of movement, there is no doubt the virus is still out there, and will continue to have a major impact on...
21 December 2019
I never get over the wonderful sensation of leaving a cold, damp British morning behind and stepping off the aircraft steps into a warming breeze of a sub-tropical evening elsewhere. Arriving for our recent 7-day holiday to Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands felt no different, other than the fact…… IT’S CHRIIIISSSSTMAAAAS!! I’d previously only spent one Christmas in my lifetime outside the UK, and that was when we were in the middle of our big, life-changing year’s backpacking around the globe nearly twenty years ago. A day spent on the beach in New Zealand, whilst still stuffing our faces with...
27 August 2019
Medieval Mystery, Mountains and Mediterranean For our late summer holiday this year, we decided we wanted to explore an area that was less than two hours from home, but offered spectacular scenery, lovely beaches and amazing culinary experiences – so where better than the south-west corner of France? From mountains to the Med, the Occitanie region of France is less visited than many others, but is full of history, legend, bustling towns and cities, vineyards, hidden valleys and sandy beaches. There are a variety of arrival points, with international airports at Toulouse, Montpellier and Carcassonne to name a few, as...
08 April 2019
I’ve been lucky enough to travel to the beautiful country of Thailand several times, and, though my main purpose is usually to get to one of the beautiful islands or beach resorts for some relaxation, no trip is ever complete without a few days in Bangkok. So, if a holiday to Thailand is on your horizon, here are my tips to make the most of a Bangkok stopover. The “City of Angels” is undeniably a lively, vibrant and colourful city, but its little pockets of culture, calm and peacefulness, make it an unmissable destination. Most flights will take you in to...
03 January 2019
It’s early January and train fares have gone up again!! It’s always an annoying headline at this time of year, but it also made me think how enjoyable train journeys are, and how lucky I have been to experience different rail experiences everywhere I’ve visited. Ranging from the means to get around a country to top-end, dress-to-the-nines luxury experiences, trains are always worth thinking about as part of your travel plans. Here are a few I’ve travelled on, and some I have high on my Bucket List: Asia If you have the time, then traveling by train in Asia is a wonderful...
05 October 2018
If it’s incredible scenery you are after, stunning beaches and majestic mountains, matched with superb food, wines, modern cultural icons and fascinating history, then spend a fortnight like we did in California. If you’ve never done a USA road trip before, then this is the perfect place to dip your toes in to the world of self-drive holidays. To begin with, getting there could not be easier, with direct flights from London to San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego. It is just as easy to include an ‘open jaw’ option, allowing you to fly in to one airport and back...
13 September 2018
Up until a couple of years ago, I did not believe I would ever want to go on a cruise, cruise holidays just weren’t for me. Now I have had the recent pleasure of two very different cruises, one on the luxurious Silversea Silver Wind in the Adriatic, and the other on the larger Crown Princess down to Spain. I thought it would be a good time to dispel some common myths about this great way to see the world: 1) “Cruises are expensive” This may have been true once but with more competition in the cruise market, cruise lines have...
21 August 2018
South Africa is one of my favourite countries to visit, but for our most recent trip we decided to try somewhere different and visit the region of Kwa Zulu Natal in the east. This area is steeped in history, culture and natural wonders, with the stunning Drakensberg Mountains, the battlefields from the Zulu and Boer wars, and the modern city of Durban with its spectacular coastline on the Dolphin Coast. Going in late November we took a little gamble with the weather, but other than a couple of rainy days on the coast, it was a great time to visit...
12 July 2018
Having been captivated by the book and the (slightly cheesy) Nicholas Cage film, we had always wanted to visit the beautiful island of Kefalonia in the Ionian Sea. So, armed with a headful of cinematic images, we headed there in late May. The 4-hour flight from Gatwick landed us at the small, but expanding, airport at Argostoli, and arrivals, luggage collection and car hire pick up was quick and painless, though getting used to driving on the 'wrong' side of the road through tiny Greek villages took a little longer. The island has not yet succumbed to mass tourism and overdevelopment,...
Sent in by Amanda Pardoe
Hertfordshire, 04 February 2020
Adrian was really helpful to us when planning our holiday to Croatia. He gave us advice on the areas to visit, how to get around the country and booked it all including a couple of day trips. I've always booked directly with hotels and airlines before but this was so much easier and stress free. A very good service.
Sent in by Gloria Bristowe
Exeter, 16 January 2020
To Adrian. Meeting with you and planning our holiday with our friends was very good and you reassured us when we asked lots of questions. lt was nicer to be able to meet you in one of our homes then a busy travel agents . Thank you
Sent in by Margaret Cleverton
Lympstone, 12 January 2020
Adrian Walters has helped me in every way to arrange my visit to America. I feel l can travel with complete confidence and security, knowing help is just a phone call away.
Sent in by Shonagh King
St Albans, 25 November 2019
Adrian delivered such a fabulous holiday last year complete with 10 accommodations and various trips/activities. It all ran so smoothly we have booked with him again for next year. I recommended him to a friend who also booked with Adrian and said he did a fantastic job for her too.
Sent in by Theresa Mitchell
Plymouth, Devon, 09 November 2019
Fantastic personalised service. Tailored to our needs and budget. Adrian is very professional and works hard to ensure his customers are satisfied
Sent in by M Perks
Devon, 08 November 2019
We've just returned from a wonderful life time trip organised by Adrian. Orient Express to Venice then 4 nights in hotel, followed by 3 nights in Florence and fly back from Pisa. So why use Adrian and not just pop into a local travel agents to sort? I'd found the basics of most of the trip in the usual travel agents brochure but it didn't quite meet our expectations. So my 5 travelling companions agreed to let Adrian see what he could do. Easy brief!! We want the Pullman train from London, to enjoy lunch. Over to France and then board the Orient Express. Private water taxi to a 5 star hotel, rooms overlooking the Grand Canal, then 4 nights in Florence again 5 star quality hotel, then brief visit to Pisa before flying back to Bristol. Did he deliver? You decide. From the moment we boarded the train at Victoria, we were treated as VIP's. Luggage was all handled by porters or the concierges throughout. Complimentary champagne on the train, private water taxi with personal guide on board. First class hotels with outstanding front line views of the Grand Canal, and complimentary champagne and wine. Vehicle transfers were luxury Mercedes people carriers. To us Adrian, and in this case Kirker travel, who Adrian used, exceeded our expectations. The extras which weren't mentioned when we booked added to our enjoyment and gave the whole trip an unexpected lasting pleasure. Could we have done it cheaper by sorting it ourselves and for what was provided throughout? No I don't believe so. Yes he delivered.
Sent in by Shonagh King
St Albans, 30 September 2019
Thank you to Adrian for organising such a fabulous trip to Eastern Canada. We all had a wonderful time in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick with many memorable moments. The Tidal bore rafting was a huge highlight in the Bay of Fundy and was probably our favourite experience. Hopewell Rocks near Alma were absolutely stunning as was the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton. Kejimkujik NP was beautiful and peaceful and a lovely place to canoe while a drive around Fundy NP taking a few of the walking trails was also a relaxing a beautiful day. The Fundy tides are a true phenomenon and I will never forget watching the tide change direction and rise and fall by 25ft. Seeing minky whales, dolphins and porpoises as well as bald eagles was such a treat too. Niagara Falls was also great in a totally different way - from the stunning Falls View room we stayed in to the firework cruise in front of the falls and ziplining down the falls - all truly memorable but another highlight for all of us was changing the colour of the Falls. We were the only 3 on the trip and Gene allowed us to have a quick go on his personal consul - not just the one for tourists!!! We made football team colours, red teardrops, country flags etc. It was a very special evening. Thanks Adrian for organising it all and for making it all go so smoothly - you did a brilliant job!
Sent in by Bill Harvey
Exeter, 20 August 2019
Adrian has been doing my long distance travel for 10 years now, starting with a previous employer. The fact that I moved with him is an indication of the quality of service.
Sent in by Gillian Goodwin
Lympstone, Devon, 09 July 2019
Adrian has been very helpful in planning our family holiday in France. We value his wide experience of travel and appreciate having the many details involved in our trip taken care of so professionally.
Sent in by Tracy Knight
Paignton, 03 July 2019
Adrian has an ability to work out you as a person (s) and immediately gets what you want. Ever patient to moving goalposts, manages ones expectations mostly to do with your budget! He has huge knowledge about wherever you want to go and if he doesn't know he knows someone who does. We have recommended him to many of our friends and family and will continue to do so.
Sent in by Joanne Haigh
Welwyn garden city , 13 March 2019
We decided to go to the Seychelles. Not knowing much about it we thought we would involve the man that would. From the moment we made contact, Adrian was prompt in replying to us. He ensured he understood our requirements, then delivered on his promise of providing us with quotes within the hour. It was never to much trouble, even when we asked for additional hotels to be quoted. His professionalism, friendliness and knowledge is second to none. Totally re-assured we have booked our dream trip. Thank you so much Adrian.
Sent in by Alec Murray
Cardiff, 13 March 2019
We have found that Adrian will always go that extra mile for you
Sent in by Karen Gallagher
Plymouth, 07 March 2019
We would also like to say a big thankyou to Adrian Walters who put this brilliant trip together. Would highly recommend anyone planning a big trip.
Sent in by Mark Randall
Southampton, 14 February 2019
It was an absolute pleasure dealing with Adrian. I explained what we were looking for and he came back to me with the perfect holiday. It was what we were looking for and more! This process has been completely stress free and we will be using Adrian for our future trips.
Sent in by Anthony Diggins
Market Rasen, 31 January 2019
Quite apart from being a pleasant and competent individual, Adrian has brought a wealth of experience with him and I look forward to dealing with him for all my travel as I did in his previous role.
Sent in by Steve Gallagher
Plympton, Devon, 07 November 2018
Having booked a holiday through Adrian for a our trip to the USA in 2019, I can only congratulate him on his organisational skills, calmness and efficiency on ensuring that our complex journey plans were achieved with thought, cost effectiveness and enjoyment in mind. Certainly the stress levels that can occur in any holiday planning were removed, and he went out of his way to offer us all the potential services we needed such as certain documentation. Nothing was too much trouble and I would fully recommend him to anybody wishing to book a holiday of any kind to whatever destination being planned in people's world journeys. Thank You Adrian
Sent in by louise summers
Exmouth, Devon, 05 November 2018
We had to book a very last minute trip to Norway for medical treatment and working with Adrian took out all the stress of booking flights and car hire. Adrian even managed to deliver our travel documents and boarding passes so we were ready to go in within 48 hours. I was always very skeptical about using third parties to book travel but this is the second time I have used Travel Counsellors and it's completely changes my perspective. We will definitely be using Adrian for our next trip. Many thanks
Sent in by Warren OCallaghan
Knebworth , 11 September 2018
Thanks Adrian for all your help in booking my trip to Thailand for me and my two daughters. Adrian was extremely knowledgeable about all of the areas we were looking at and made some excellent recommendations to cut down on travel and cost. I wouldn’t hestitate in recommending him to anyone. He is extremely knowledgeable and professional in all my dealings with him. Will be back soon to plan the next adventure.
Sent in by Louise Pett
Cornwall, 21 August 2018
We've just booked our honeymoon with Adrian and we could not be more excited! Excellent service, great communication, but above all - Adrian took our requirements, had a chat and then found us a holiday that exceeded all our expectations, in budget and handled all the paperwork. We will definitely use him again - would recommend!
Sent in by Kenneth Williamson
Essex, 15 August 2018
Very happy with the service. Excellent knowledge base of all the areas we considered visiting and came up with exactly the holiday we were looking for, fitting both our criteria and budget. Will be recommending Adrian to our friends.
From the pristine white-sand beaches of Thailand’s idyllic islands to the sprawling wide-open roads of the USA; the historic and breathtakingly beautiful architecture of India to the crystal-clear turquoise waters of the Maldives – there’s a world of wonder out there and it’s just waiting to be explored.
Contact me on 01395 350 017