Travel has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. The excitement of travelling continues to grow as I discover more and more beautiful destinations. I love hearing about the places other people have been and their experiences so that I can further build my knowledge and learn what different regions can offer.
I previously worked for British Airways and I was very proud to do so. There is no better feeling than hearing how amazing a trip was, knowing that you put it all together and ensured that every step was smooth, from booking to returning home. My extensive travel knowledge allows me to advise you on all aspects of your trip, from travel to accommodation, excursions, attraction tickets and much more.
As your personal Travel Counsellor, I can offer unbiased advice using many suppliers with whom we have negotiated specialist rates and save you searching through all their websites for comparisons.
I am happy to discuss your travel needs at any time that is convenient to you and I pride myself on the service that I offer. If I exceed your expectations, then I am happy, and I will look forward to doing the same for your next trip. I am fortunate to be able to help you book your trip anywhere in the world. Do you want to…
Stay in the UK and see our own sights, maybe do some shopping, go to the theatre or just relax?
Cruise the Med, the Greek Islands, the Caribbean, the Middle East, USA, Australia…. or all of it?
Relax on a beach in Greece, Spain, France, Croatia, Turkey, Dubai, Florida or the Caribbean?
See the sights in Italy, Iceland, New York, Germany, Abu Dhabi, South America, China or Thailand?
Get married or have a blessing on a cruise ship, Caribbean, Mexico, Italy, Spain or Greece?
Whatever you want, I’d love to help you make your memories become a reality.
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” - St Augustine
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.
09 June 2019
What do we look for when we are trying to find the perfect family holiday? Parents want to know their children are safe & their kids to enjoy activities, pools, entertainment, making friends and eating well & to be able to relax and enjoy their family break & to be able to enjoy a variety of different foods in new locations and try local cuisine with as little hassle as possible. How does booking a family cruise with Royal Caribbean do this? You can sail from the UK so no need to fly The choice of restaurants and bars means there is something to suit all tastes Entertainment shows,...
05 June 2019
I was so lucky to be asked to join many other agents, VIPs and cruise industry leaders on a 2-night sailing to experience all that this amazing new ship can offer. I can honestly say that the food, service, design, cabins and layout of the ship were amazing. Your typical ocean view cabin has a floor to ceiling window instead of the traditional picture window or porthole you would expect. The design is all about space and light with some stunning modern twists. The main feature of the ship is the Magic Carpet. This is a suspended platform that performs different functions...
05 June 2019
I last visited this beautiful island in 2001 and immediately loved it. I have never seen waters so clear. I grabbed the opportunity to return in May this year, this time to include visits to 7 hotels, experience various excursions and learn more about the island, hosted by Antigua Tourist Board. I took lots of photos, but I still think it’s hard to capture the colours and the beauty of the island. My highlights that I would recommend were: Sunday nights at Shirley Heights – watch the sunset whilst listening to steel bands, purchase local crafts and enjoy amazing BBQ food. Kayaking around the...
05 June 2019
We took the opportunity to try a few hotels in Costa Adeje in February. I have never been the biggest fan of Tenerife due to thinking it was all a little bit British! We found some gems and I was proved so wrong. We stayed in Bahia del Duque, possibly the most beautiful hotel in the area. The service was first class, the views stunning, and the food was great. It was also a great location to access the main promenade and walk as far as you wish. We walked along to the lovely little fishing port of Caleta, where...
18 March 2019
Are you wanting to stay in the UK this year and wondering what options you have for a great break? Holiday lodges, cottages and holiday parks - there are thousands of such options to choose from. You can choose to stay in our beautiful countryside and enjoy lovely walks, great views, explore quaint villages and towns. Maybe you want to take the dog? Plenty of accommodation will allow pets. You might prefer to stay near a beach, enjoying the fresh sea air, stay in a cottage or maybe a holiday park with activities for the family. I can help find something...
06 March 2019
We spent an amazing 5 nights in Tenerife and spent a lot of our time walking, investigating and touring hotels. We spent our first 2 nights at Bahia Del Duque which is an amazing 5* hotel and member of the Leading Hotels of The World. I can honestly say that the staff are some of the best I have ever come across. They love looking after their clients and put themselves out to ensure you have an amazing stay. The views were amazing from our room with sea view. We also looked at their luxury rooms in a separate building...
15 February 2019
For our festive break, we wanted some guaranteed Christmas sunshine without having to board multiple flights. We’ve visited Dubai a few times and so we opted for Abu Dhabi. It offers so much for families and golfers so it seemed like a great option. During our five-night stay in central Abu Dhabi, we went down to the Corniche Beach on Christmas morning. We had coffees and ice creams with gold leaf on Boxing Day at Emirates Palace, a stunning hotel but also very relaxed with lovely family atmosphere. One of The Fast & The Furious films was shot in front of...
26 August 2018
Had I ever considered a River Cruise? No Was France on my list of places to visit? No Did my 3-day Uniworld Educational end up being one of the most fascinating trips I’ve ever done? Absolutely yes. Everyone who fancies a relaxing break with some amazing excursions being thrown in should try a River Cruise. We were so lucky with the weather and we couldn’t have asked for better hosts than James Howlett and the team onboard River Royale, we were spoilt, as were all their passengers. The food, drink and service were second to none. The choice of excursions was fantastic and...
07 June 2018
I had always understood that Italy was extremely expensive as a destination until I visited and found some real gems. I was lucky enough to see Naples, Sorrento, Pisa and Lucca. I travelled by train, boat, bus and taxi to ensure that I fully experienced their transport options. We flew into Naples and got the bus to the train station, this was a bit of an experience, as was the train journey to Sorrento so I am happy to offer advice on this. Friends found a lovely hotel in Naples which sits high above the port. We found food far cheaper than...
20 January 2018
We are fortunate enough to have a direct flight with Emirates from Newcastle to Dubai which is great for a holiday to Dubai but also much more. There are great flight connections to lots of Far East destinations, Australia, Indian Ocean and other Middle Eastern destinations. You can opt to stop overnight in Dubai to break up your journey and stay in the International Airport Hotel which means you remain airside ready to depart to your next destination next day. Dubai has been a popular holiday destination for over 20 years and was the first area of the UAE to attract British...
04 January 2018
Don't fancy a long flight? Want sun pretty much all year round Don't have a huge budget? I have the answer. Nerja in the Costa del Sol. Beautiful beaches with water sports, comfortable beds, fish restaurants, clear waters and delicious paella. Gastronomy - Every nationality of restaurant, free tapas with drinks. Some of the cheapest food I've come across. Ice creams are to die for - Oreo, Tiramisu, Nutella and Dime Bar. Sangria and wine cost around 2-3 Euros a glass The views are stunning – there are no other words. Entertainment - street musicians and entertainers perform every evening. Excursions...
12 September 2017
We've been to Belek for the past five summers and this hotel tops everything. As a Travel Counsellor, I thought we should try a different part of the world next year but we have decided to head back to Belek after enjoying the Regnum so much. Food and Drink The main buffet was quite busy but with an amazing selection of food and top quality. The a la cartes were lovely and peaceful with table service and a fantastic selection to choose from. Beach restaurants are lovely for a change of scenery and fantastic choice and quality with pizzas, pasta, salad, calamari,...
Sent in by C Davison
Gateshead, 05 March 2020
We were initially recommended the travel counsellors and we spoke with Alison Auld and we were very glad we did. We told her where we wanted to go and our budget. She came back with several recommendations, properties and prices. We went back to her several times with what was right for us and each time she got back to us with more suggestions and in no time we had the holiday WE wanted booked. Throughout the process Alison was approachable, super professional and very confident she would get us the holiday we wanted. This process for us was excellent because it took away the stress and time of us looking ourselves,our trip includes multiple flights in both directions and having to find and book this ourselves was daunting. Alison took that problem away so for us it was stress free.We would definately recommend Alison as a point of contact at the travel counsellors for all your holiday needs.
Sent in by G Beales
Middlesbrough, 05 March 2020
It's like having your own personal travel agency. Nothing is any trouble to her, Alison always rings back when she says she will, Totally reliable.
Sent in by L Dawson
Newcastle upon Tyne, 27 February 2020
Always communicated very quickly. Nothing too much to help
Sent in by S Smith
Northumberland, 11 February 2020
Absolutely fantastic ,, so much easier than going to travel agent shop or the internet
Sent in by J Quigley
Newcastle upon Tyne, 10 February 2020
So efficient and patient and got us the holiday we were looking for :-)
Sent in by N Marriner
Newcastle upon Tyne, 10 February 2020
Alison has been brilliant!
Sent in by J Eden
Newcastle upon Tyne, 06 February 2020
Very helpful , Alison gave us some great ideas. Nothing was a problem. We felt the service she offer was fantastic
Sent in by S Auld
London, 31 January 2020
Always helpful at any time of day, even for the most ridiculous of questions
Sent in by S Keeler
County Durham, 31 January 2020
Alison has been an amazing help!! We simply couldn’t have managed to organise anything like she has for us!!! Can’t wait for the holiday and will use Alison for every other of our “lavish expensive” holidays in the future
Sent in by A Dalgleish
Newcastle upon Tyne, 07 January 2020
fantastic servce from Alison nothing has been too much trouble shes amazing been very helpful thanks
Sent in by P Storer
Newcastle upon Tyne, 16 December 2019
I have already recommended Alison to my friends,this is the first time I’ve used the services of the Travel Counsellors and I’ve got to say that the service I’ve received so far is second to none from Alison. Holiday is now confirmed, looking forward to August.
Sent in by L Bell
Newcastle upon Tyne, 16 December 2019
Alison has been fantastic from the start of booking and still now helping anyway she can.will be recommending alison to all me friends and family
Sent in by S March
Newcastle upon Tyne, 18 November 2019
Alison has been great - easy and quick to contact, whether phone or email, changed plans to suit our needs as a group and offered to support our school with her expertise! Thank you again Alison - I will continue to call on you for all trips and holidays in the future.
Sent in by Jonathan Cook
London, 08 November 2019
Excellent service at short notice. The hotel was nice, travel was seamless and I was provided with very helpful local recommendations.
Sent in by R Gonsalves
Newcastle upon Tyne, 27 September 2019
Alison is the best at what she does. She makes sure all my requirements are catered to and goes over and beyond to make our holiday a memorable one
Sent in by J Charleton
Newcastle upon Tyne, 16 September 2019
Excellent service - plenty of advice, prompt reply to queries. We weren't left 'hanging' at any point in the process.
Sent in by K Hiscock
Newcastle upon Tyne, 16 August 2019
Alison was efficient and effective with a last minute holiday request. She found the perfect package and managed the end to end process so professionally. Very impressed!
Sent in by L Milligan
Newcastle, 22 July 2019
Sent in by K Oxborough
Newcastle upon Tyne, 22 July 2019
Great personal service , prompt replies. Nothing was too much to ask Definitely recommend.
Sent in by M Sampey
Nottingham, 20 June 2019
Ali takes the hassle out of organising a holiday, together with brilliant advice, knowledge from a network of colleagues, and access to savings to ensure we've had a smooth and massively enjoyable holiday - everytime and within budget. I couldn't recommend Ali and Travel Counsellors highly enough.
Sent in by D Wallace
Newcastle upon Tyne, 09 June 2019
Very professional and knowledgeable as ever !
Sent in by C Ferguson
Sunderland, 29 May 2019
Nothing was to much trouble.
Sent in by M Craig
Salisbury, 26 April 2019
Alison immediately understood my requirement and expertly guided me to the holiday I needed.
Sent in by L Green
Northumberland, 07 April 2019
Alison was a pleasure to deal with she was polite and friendly and genuinely cared about the requirements of our holiday and was very prompt in dealing with our enquiries, she has regularly kept us up to date.
Sent in by N Robson
Newcastle upon Tyne, 03 April 2019
Alison has been absolutely fantastic across the board. She has far exceeded expectation and provided such an amazing experience that I will be using her for EVERY holiday in future. She has made me more excited about travel than I’d thought possible, and I can not recommend her highly enough.
Sent in by J Cook
London, 06 March 2019
Excellent service - many thanks!
Sent in by C Thorburn
Dunbar, 06 March 2019
Very friendly and efficient with no pressure which is great.
Sent in by N Mills
Newcastle upon Tyne, 06 March 2019
Delighted with the service and advice we would strongly recommend Alison to friends, family and colleagues.
Sent in by M Sampey
Nottingham, 03 November 2018
Alison has been first-class in every aspect of her work in finding, arranging and seeing through our holiday experience. Using Alison and Travel Counsellors has taken not only the hassle and worry out of ensuring we got what we wanted and paid for, but provided invaluable advice and knowledge in finding a holiday to suit our requirement AND budget. As a fussy client, I wanted to know what ALL my options were, which was not a problem to Alison at all. I cannot recommend Alison and the Travel Counsellors system enough.
Sent in by P Bain
Newcastle upon Tyne, 08 September 2018
Fantastic service and support from Alison. Would highly recommend.
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 07711000018