My name is Alison Kent and I’m a Travel Counsellor. I live in Eltham with my partner John, Doris, Bill & Ernie (dogs), Delboy and Geoffrey (Guinea Pigs)
Since I was 5 I wanted to work in the travel industry. When my big brother started dating a very glamorous air hostess, I loved listening to her stories. So here I am now having racked up 42 years in the travel industry.
I started work at Lunn Poly in Vauxhall Bridge Road as a Leisure Travel Consultant, when I left I was Regional Deputy Manager for London South East and Kent. I spent 2 years living in the USA. When I returned to the UK I worked for a student travel company as a Fares & Ticketing Manager.
Then I went to work for P&O Travel as Leisure Manager, from there I transferred to Swan Hellenic Cruises (part of the P&O Group) where I was fly Cruise Manager this role enabled me to work on the ship 4 times a year. From there I went to Travel2/4 one of the UK’s biggest Tailor Made Tour Operators that only sold through the trade, where I was Hotels, Tours and Groups Supervisor, sadly the office relocated to Glasgow and I was made redundant.
I then went to WEXAS Travel, a high end Tailor Made Travel Agent and Tour Operator based in Knightsbridge. My roles were VIP Travel Supervisor then Leisure Sales Manager responsible for 56 staff. My last role there was Product Manger for Indian Ocean, Caribbean and UAE. I got to travel extensively in this role checking out suitable hotels and product for our clients.
I was headhunted by Travel Counsellors in March 2017. It was a bit scary at first however I liked the flexibility it gave me, working from home, running my own business but still having the back up and support of our Head Office in Manchester. Being able to give 100% customer service to my clients and not working a mundane 9-5.30 day.
I have visited 68% of the world and will continue to keep travelling. On my bucket list are Ethiopia, North Korea, Namibia, Botswana, Borneo and Falkland Islands, I had a great time in Albania when I travelled there in October! My favourite destination is South Africa
Here are just a few of my highlights… Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda, swimming with dolphins in Oman and turtles in Barbados all in their natural environment, wolf trekking in Spain, volunteering at an AIDS clinic in Uganda, seeing the big 5 in Kenya and Tanzania, crossing the 80 degrees north in the Artic and seeing a Blue Whale, snorkelling in the Barrier Reef, surfing in Hawaii, Yoga on the beach in Bali, staying in a Rokan at Mount Fiji, travelling on the Orient Express from Bangkok to Singapore, taking the Rocky Mountaineer train from Vancouver to Banff, caving in Oregon USA, coffee tasting in Columbia, backpacking in Syria and only being 90kms from Baghdad, being sold a baby in Papua New Guinea!
I’ve met and made some wonderful friends while I’ve been travelling as well as a few celebrities, meeting the legendary Pele, and my hero Judith Chalmers who introduced me at a cruise conference as more travelled than her!
Always living and breathing Travel....making your dreams come true
I look forward to hearing from you and booking your dream trip!
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.
04 October 2021
We were in need of a breakaway and didn’t want to travel too far so decided to see what Margate had to offer. I hadn’t been here since 1979 and John had never been, we found a house in the old town which we knew had a lot to offer, bars, pubs, restaurants, quirky shops and dog friendly as well as a blue flag beach. Day 1- 4th October – The drive down was fine apart from heavy traffic on the Dartford/M25 turnoff. We arrived at Smugglers Cottage around 17.45, parking is limited so we unpacked the car got the...
02 July 2021
Day 1: Leaving London at 9.00am the aim was to arrive at the Cottage by 3pm but no that wasn’t happening it was 7.30pm before we got here the traffic was horrendous and stressful with 3 dogs in the car. But it was worth the wait the Bull Pen is an amazing cottage, the host Kate is fantastic and so helpful. The cottage has everything you need and very dog friendly the garden is amazing Doris, Bill and Ernie think they are in a park!!! The hot tub is a real bonus. I ordered an on line shop with Tesco’s would recommend this...
27 December 2019
A quick break was needed after the Christmas mayhem! I found a wonderful house on the beach in Pevensey that took my 3 dogs.... Doris, Bill and Ernie. I arrived to a wonderful welcome of mince pies and Prosecco from the lovely host Jo! The house was called 3 Little Ducks and was amazing. The back garden was the beach, the view amazing and I knew I wasn’t going to want to leave! It was very well equipped with 2 double bedrooms, one en-suite and another guest bathroom. The kitchen was very modern and had everything you needed. There was a...
07 December 2019
When you think of Puglia, you think of something a bit different. Well it certainly didn’t disappoint! We travelled to Bari early December with Easy Jet from Gatwick. The flight was great, on time, excellent on board service and without a hitch! The flight was just over 2 hours. Upon at arrival at Bari the airport was pretty empty although I would imagine this would be very different in the summer. We were met by our pre booked driver and taken to our Hotel Mercure Villa Romanazzi Carducci. The hotel used to be an old Italian villa but now has some...
04 October 2019
Check in very quick at Gatwick, the joys of travelling BA Club Europe. The flight was excellent, crew used my name, very professional and outstanding service. We arrived at Tirana and I was met by my driver took about 30 minutes to transfer to the hotel, although traffic was very busy. Arrived at the City Hotel, small hotel in very good location. The hotel was very clean, staff very friendly and professional, room was a good size (single) would definitely recommend as excellent value for money. I took a stroll and did a bit of exploring, there is a Mosque being built...
09 September 2019
I love Paris but Paris in the winter for me is the best time! We left Ebbsfleet on an early morning train, the business first product is great you get a lovely breakfast and great coffee. 2 ½ hours later we arrived in Gare de Nord then headed to the Metro to catch the train to Odeon around 10 stops but direct. When we arrived at the Hotel Baume we were met with the usual exceptional service, this is one of my favourite hotels it never disappoints. We decided to upgrade our room to the Superior room which was well worth it. The...
14 May 2019
I decided to take my annual staycation to Cornwall this year as I hadn't been there since 1978 and I wasn't disappointed! However, I am travelling with my dogs Doris & Bill so decided to break the journey in Somerset. I stayed at the Mason Arms, Odcombe, near Yeovil. It was a lovely hotel within a pub and extremely dog friendly. The food, service and staff were amazing and couldn't do enough to make you feel welcome.... I would recommend this hotel especially if travelling with your fur babies. After a very hearty breakfast I set off for the Village of St...
24 April 2019
This year I decided to spend my birthday at the Hard Rock Hotel in Tenerife! To really celebrate in style, we flew British Airways Club Europe from Gatwick. The lounge is a great experience and it’s always good to have a glass of chilled champagne before you depart! I would definitely recommend Club Europe as Tenerife is over a 4-hour flight. A lovely breakfast and plenty of fizz flowing and the crew were very attentive. On arrival at Tenerife Airport, immigration and customs was very quick and we headed towards the counter for our private transfer to the Hard Rock Hotel, which...
15 March 2018
It had been my lifelong dream to visit Rwanda and trek with the gorillas. I finally made the trip in November 2010 and was not disappointed. It was an amazing country and the people are so friendly. The highlight, of course, was to be with the gorillas, as well as trekking to Diane Fosse's grave in the Parc National Des Volcans. This was truly a once in a lifetime experience for me. Favourite accommodation: Virunga Safari Lodge in Parc Des Volcans – Rwanda When I opened the door from my room, the scenery was breath-taking, with mist hanging over uninhabited islands in...
18 September 2017
We travelled to Island of Antigua in the month of November. I had travelled to Antigua before however to different accommodation. We decided to do a two centre so we could get a different feel for the locations and hotels Our first stay was Blue Waters on the northwestern corner of Antigua. I would thoroughly recommend this hotel, it is set in 17 acres of beautiful tropical gardens and has everything to offer the perfect relaxing holiday together with excellent service from the staff where nothing is too much trouble for them. Our 7 night stay here consisted of relaxing on the beach,...
14 September 2017
I had visited Iceland way back in 1993 so thought it was about time I returned, which I did in December 2016 with a good friend of mine. The flight over was excellent with Icelandair on their new aircraft, customs and immigration is quick and efficient. On arrival at Keflavik airport (50kms from Storm Hotel) airport we caught the feeder bus which transfers you to the relevant bus for your hotel. Quick, easy and efficient as well as good value for money as cabs are extremely expensive! We checked into the Storm hotel which is situated between Reykjavik’s main business area...
14 September 2017
I visited Alabama in the month of May. I flew into Birmingham via Charlotte. Birmingham - Where we visited the 16th Street Baptist Church for sunday service. This was the site of a racial bombing by the Ku Klux Klan, which took place in September 1963. Four children died as a result. The choir was amazing and gave me goose bumps! This church was a meeting place for Martin Luther King. This was followed by a visit to the Civil Rights Museum, which is next door to the church. We only had a brief tour, but you could spend at least three...
12 September 2017
We travelled to the island of Jamaica in the month of November. We had no idea what to expect in Jamaica but we were totally blown away. It is an amazing island with its culture, scenery and people. Nothing was ever too much trouble for the staff in the hotels, they are genuinely passionate about their country and what they do. All four hotels were totally different and such a good contrast. I recommend that you do at least a two centre to get the feel of the island. I can’t wait to return! Our first stay was at The...
03 August 2017
This was my first Crystal and my partner John first ever cruise, we travelled in the month of September. We travelled to Istanbul with Turkish Airlines and was very impressed with the food and service. When we arrived at the port Crystal Serenity looked stunning against the backdrop of a cloudy and rainy night in Istanbul. Embarkation was quick and easy, we were taken to our cabin 10115 (Deluxe Stateroom with Veranda). It was bright and airy had a large Queen sized bed, full bath what I loved most was the wardrobe space! Our cabin stewardess introduced herself over the week...
01 August 2017
It has always been my dream to visit the Arctic and that's exactly what happened in June this year! I left Heathrow and followed the midnight sun to Longyearbyen, a three-hour flight from Oslo. I arrived at 1am to be greeted with daylight which was an amazing experience. The next day didn't disappoint; a morning of sightseeing in Longyearbyen. A must is a visit to the museum where it gives real insight into what the area has to offer and also the history of it. Then it was off to board MS Nordstjernen, the Hurtigruten Expedition ship built in 1956....
Sent in by Nicholas Duffill
Kent , 26 October 2021
Alison has been incredible. Throughout this whole pandemic she has kept us updated with progress both here and in the States. The package she has put together for this trip along with the service and price is superb. I’d thoroughly recommend Alison to all of my friends and family.
Sent in by Michelle Dowsett
Kent , 13 October 2021
Alison is amazing. She found us a perfect UK holiday in Cornwall in the Summer, booked some trips for our break to Iceland and found the perfect holiday destination for our 2022 holiday. She is very knowledgeable and nothing is too much trouble for her! She goes the extra mile to find you the best holiday to match your needs.
Sent in by Gary Johnson
Kent, 10 October 2021
Alison is easy to deal with, professional and prompt in her comms.
Sent in by Sarah Coombs
Kent , 28 September 2021
I have already recommended Travel Counsellors. 10 out of 10
Sent in by Ewa Skoczylas
BECKENHAM, 16 September 2021
Alison always goes the extra mile to accommodate. I've had so many changes with my bookings but Alison is always there to sort any queries out without hesitation.
Sent in by Sally Lindsay
LONDON, 09 September 2021
Alison is very clear and concise in her dealings with us and we believe she tries to get the best possible deal at the best possible price.
Sent in by Sarah Littley
London, 02 September 2021
Always so helpful and very knowledgeable, I’ve booked a couple of holidays with Alison now and can highly recommend
Sent in by Ronald Lee
London , 31 August 2021
I found Alison very knowledgeable, efficient and friendly. I would not hesitate to recommend her to my friends and family.
Sent in by David Child
Yorkshire , 21 August 2021
I have used Alison now on many occasions and have always found her to be excellent. Her score is above 10
Sent in by Stacey Brown
Kent , 12 August 2021
We can’t thank you enough for your personal and professional attention to detail. You have taken the hassle and stress out of booking and arranging our holiday. We are very lucky to have engaged your services, will be highly recommending !
Sent in by Tristan Adams
Kent , 10 August 2021
Excellent friendly and personal service Professional Knowledgeable
Sent in by Nici Gardner
LONDON, 08 August 2021
A pleasure booking with Alison. She was very professional and helpful.
Sent in by Natasha Munday
Kent , 23 July 2021
Quick response, very helpful, great price!
Sent in by Dick Goodwin
Herts , 12 July 2021
Dear Alison A huge ‘thank you’ for all your hard work and energy organising our accommodation in Derby. The Hotel was superb! The patience, courtesy and cheerfulness of the staff was amazing. The rooms and food were magnificent and everyone really did have a fantastic time. We are so glad you could join us and see first hand how much joy your hard work bought to everyone involved. With kindest regards on behalf of the Veterans, Drivers and Committee. Taxi Charity for Military Veterans
Sent in by Sue Lee
Kent , 11 July 2021
I asked Alison if she could find me somewhere quiet to go for a couple of weeks holiday with my (Boxer) dog, I chose Alison because I had heard of her great reputation and also on talking to her, unlike so many other Travel Agents, she has been to so many places and has a wealth of knowledge and experience. She didn’t disappoint, she has so much patience in what is such a tricky time trying to find appropriate destinations for people. She took the time to talk to me and find out what would be suitable for us, not just trying to flog us a holiday for the sake of it! We are staying in a beautiful thatched cottage in Selsey which is well equipped, full of character and perfect for our needs. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Alison for your next getaway, I will certainly be contacting her for our next trip! 5*’s to you Alison. ??
Sent in by Linda Stradling
London , 20 May 2021
Alison is brilliant and can always be relied upon to find the perfect location ...and she is always contactable if there is something that you need whilst on holiday. Couldn't recommend her more highly. Linda
Sent in by Tristan Adams
Kent , 14 August 2020
At a time when you cannot be certain of anything in this world you can rely on Alison Kent to be professional, knowledgeable, helpful and exceptional at what she does! We provided Alison a brief for a UK holiday for our family. She asked all the right questions to ensure that the recommendations she made fitted the brief and provided suitable alternatives when we changed our minds and adjusted our requirements. The final holiday home that we booked through Alison was just stunning and incredible! The facilities and location exceeded our expectations. Thank you very much. We would certainly recommend that anyone looking to book travel in the UK or abroad (hopefully soon!) should speak with Alison.
Sent in by Stacey Brown
Kent , 18 May 2020
Alison was recommended to us by some friends who were so pleased with the service they received from Alison, they encouraged us to speak to her before we booked our main family holiday. We have typically researched and returned to fairly familiar family friendly places. We were delighted when not only did Alison manage to arrange the perfect flights, she also managed to get our family holiday at an extremely competitive price. The service was highly proficient but equally relaxed. Alison has since recommended, researched and priced many further options with patience and care. Her expertise and industry knowledge are second to none. We are very excited and looking forward to booking further adventures with Alison in the future. We would highly recommend for all types of Travel.
Sent in by Julian Cartwrigh
Suffolk, 29 April 2020
Alison Kent has provided us with excellent advice , support and a host of good ideas to help us plan a fairly complex holiday . Which, after all her efforts has now been aborted by the virus. She has helped us unpick and recover our funds and has been a proactive and professional Travel Advisor to us at all times . I would heartily recommend her to any one planning travel once the lock down is lifted, she is a “Gem”.
Sent in by Paula Rutter
Welling, Kent, 02 February 2020
I would just like to say how delighted we were with the service and care we received from Alison in organising, developing and then delivering the most amazing holiday in Japan! From an initial chat with a just few ideas of what we would like to see and do, she planned and organised a detailed itinerary, hotel stays, train and bus tickets etc. We were met at the airport and received a pack with everything we needed in it. We had such a fantastic time! We won’t hesitate to use Alison again or recommend her to any of our friends.
Sent in by Anna Skoczylas
BECKENHAM, 19 January 2020
Alison. The service you gave me was exceptional as you went the extra mile , especially coming back to me on a Sunday. I would not hesitate to recommend you as you are so knowledgeable , efficient and nothing is too much for you. I will definitely use your services again
Sent in by Kim Burrows
Sidcup, Kent , 14 January 2020
My Travel Counsellor Alison Kent was very helpful when it came to my needs and if anyone I know wants a tailor made holiday Alison would be some-one I would definitely recommend. I had specific requests for my trip and Alison looked into everything for me and found exactly what I was looking for.
Sent in by Irene Hobbs - Meyer
Surrey , 31 December 2019
I appreciate all the help and assistance I am being given.
Sent in by Christopher Chapman
Sidcup, Kent , 03 December 2019
Alison was very prompt in dealing with my travel requirements and sourced excellent deals. I would have no hesitation in recommending Alison or Travel Counsellors. I have already contacted Alison to deal with our next family holiday to South Africa.
Sent in by Christine Creed
Bexleyheath, Kent , 24 November 2019
Alison was extremely helpful with different suggestions and ideas and found what we really wanted.
Sent in by Natalie Hannabuss
Kent , 29 October 2019
Alison was very helpful, nothing was to much for her to look into for me and she done her best to accommodate what I was looking for
Sent in by Rosalie Galea
Malta , 24 October 2019
A difficult journey made very easy thank you very much
Sent in by Simon Morgan
Kent, 11 September 2019
Very good and efficient service from Alison
Sent in by Collette Palmer
Kent, 24 August 2019
Alison listened to our needs and found us a perfect family holiday! She was very knowledgeable on different places that would be suitable for our kids! She took the stress away off searching for holidays, when we didn’t really know what we was looking at and could have easy got sucked in to all the hidden cost that some companies hide until the end! Alison was able to find us the best deals and flights! We would definitely be recommending Alison to friends and family, and will be using her for all our holidays in the near future!
Sent in by Deborah Hawkins
Kent, 16 August 2019
Alison understood exactly what we were looking for, the process was easy and the app is really useful - we are really looking forward to our trip to Dublin and know we are in safe hands
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Contact me on 0203 883 7660