Based in Chester

Amanda Rudham

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I’m based in the beautiful City of Chester where I live with my husband and two children. I’ve worked with Travel Counsellors for the last 7 years and run a busy and successful business mainly specialising in Disney, US Road Trips and Cruise holidays – although I'm able to book all destinations near and far.

My favourite holiday destination is Disney World! I’m a specialist Disney Travel Agent and run a popular Facebook Page “Fairytale Holidays by Travel Counsellors”. I’ve been to Orlando 20+ times and visit at least once a year. I’ve stayed in almost all of the Disney and Universal on-site hotels as well as nearby off-site hotels and villas and can give you lots of first-hand advice about where to stay, which parks to visit and the most cost effective ticket options. I’ve also been on several Disney Cruises, to Disneyland California and Disneyland Paris – so I can help with all your Disney trips!

I’ve travelled extensively throughout America with road trips in California, Arizona and Nevada visiting Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Death Valley, Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. I’ve been to New York several times and toured New England from Boston to Maine taking in whale watching and the stunning autumn foliage. Most recently I took a trip to Memphis, Nashville & Minnesota on a music tour visiting Graceland, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Prince’s Paisley Park.

I’ve also travelled all over Europe with holidays in France, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Portugal and the Canary Islands as well as city breaks to Rome, Paris, Venice, Lisbon, Madrid, Barcelona, Munich, Vienna, Athens and Berlin. I'm also a Cruise specialist and have taken Caribbean, Northern Europe and Med Cruises. As a member of the Cruise Lines International Association I have the opportunity to regularly visit ships and have been onboard ships from all the major cruise lines.

Wherever in the world you’d like to head for your next holiday please get in touch and I can help to plan your trip!


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My Blog

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.

Animal Adventures in Canada

15 July 2022

Canada is a country with an extremely diverse ecosystem with lots of wildlife. Here are just a few of the animals you could encounter on your Canada holiday with some advice on where to travel for the best chance to view them. Canada is home to 33 species of whales and these magnificent creatures can be spotted in a variety of different locations. For example, the west coast provides the best opportunity to see orcas and the east, sperm, blue and minke whales. In Nunavut narwhals and killer whales can be seen and in Manitoba you will find belugas. Off the coasts of Newfoundland and Labrador, and in Nova Scotia, you might even be able to spot humpback whales! These amazing animals can be viewed by helicopter as well as on boats of various sizes and zodiacs. However, for an extra special experience, I highly recommend kayaking or paddle boarding alongside beluga whales in Manitoba. The best time of year is July when tens of thousands of them gather to feed and give birth while the water is warm. Canada’s numerous bears are also a must see. You can spot black and grizzly bears and maybe even the rare ‘spirit bear’ if you are lucky. If a bear sighting is essential to your trip, I recommend visiting ‘Great Bear Rainforest’ in British Columbia which is home to a large number of American black bears. If grizzly bears are more your thing, take a trip to ‘Khutzeymatee Grizzly Sanctuary’ between May and September as you are almost guaranteed to see them. Polar bears also roam Canada and can be found in Manitoba. They are particularly prominent between October and November but can also be seen at other times in the year. Opt for a trip on a tundra vehicle or even on foot with a specialist guide for an unforgettable experience. In addition to polar bears, Canada is also home to other arctic wildlife and Manitoba, Newfoundland, Labrador and Nunavut are the perfect places to spot them. There is the possibility of seeing arctic foxes, walruses, caribou and seals as well as many other creatures. You can see these incredible animals by land, sea or air with an expert guide to enhance the experience. I recommend taking an arctic cruise from Baffin Island in Nunavut to see a diverse set of wildlife as the area is home to narwhals, polar bears, caribou, ringed seals and killer whales. Canada is a great destination for any keen ornithologists as it is home to 451 different species of birds, most notably puffins and eagles. In Newfoundland’s ‘Witless Bay Ecological Reserve’, more than 260,000 pairs of Atlantic puffins can be seen and in British Columbia, ‘Brackendale Eagles Provincial Park’ has an astonishing number of wintering bold eagles that congregate annually. If you would like to see a variety of birds, I would recommend a trip ‘Sirmilik National Park’ in Nunavut as it has hundreds of thousands of birds from over 70 different species that either nest there or pass through. Even if animals are not central to your trip, you are bound to see some amazing wildlife no matter where you are. Canada is home to so many remarkable animals which means there is something for everyone whether you want to embark on an arctic trip to spot a polar bear or if catching sight of a moose while travelling from city to city.

Elvis Inspired Road Trip to Nashville & Memphis

28 June 2022

To celebrate the release of Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Elvis’, I’m looking back on my own Elvis inspired road trip with my husband and two teenage children a few years ago. We had an amazing time and I would recommend the trip to anyone, especially those with passions for music and history. Our trip began in Nashville, Tennessee where we visited ‘Studio B’, a recording studio where Elvis recorded over 200 songs! It was incredible to stand in the exact location the legend himself once was and to further understand what went into making the music we know and love today. Right next to Studio B is the world renowned ‘Country Music Hall of Fame’. This was an unforgettable experience as we were able to learn about the history of country music which was instrumental in creating Elvis’ unique rock and roll sound. We were able to see the memorabilia of prominent country artists like Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash – my daughter was particularly taken by the section dedicated to Taylor Swift! Nashville is not only a great place for an Elvis fan to visit, it’s also a must do for any music lover. It is referred to as ‘Music City’ and just walking around, you can really tell why. It’s filled with rooftop and honky-tonk bars that blast live music onto the streets. We went on a trolley tour to get to know the city better and visited famed sites such as ‘Music Row’, the ‘Johnny Cash Museum’ and the ‘Ryman Auditorium’. Nashville is also filled with fantastic restaurants and bars that will satisfy any foodie out there. We then drove 3 hours to Memphis with the main attraction being ‘Graceland’, Elvis’ home. During our visit we were not only able to explore where he once lived, but also learn in depth about all aspects and eras of his life. As well as the house, there are exhibits dedicated to things such as his iconic jumpsuits and his time in the US military. We were able to step onboard Elvis’ planes where we saw his gold toilet! The house itself was smaller than I’d imagined it would be and actually felt very homely. Some of the décor felt very “rock star” though, particularly the Jungle Room with a rock waterfall and green shag-pile carpet! We visited Graceland the day before the anniversary of Elvis’ death and there were many fans visiting to pay their respects and take part in a candlelight vigil. Each year the anniversary is marked during Elvis Week when there are special events to celebrate his life and music. Another must do in Memphis is ‘Sun Studio’, where Elvis recorded his first song. It was also home to other extraordinary artists like Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. ‘Sun Studio’ is a place filled with history and the knowledgeable guides really bring the past to life. Our visit to the ‘Rock n Soul Museum’ was also really interesting. It tells the story of how the musical genres of rock and soul were created. This would be ideal for any Elvis fan as it depicts his role in the development of rock and how he was influenced by both the country music of Nashville and the soul music of Memphis. Not only is this museum great for music fans, but also those who love history. For example, it highlights the impact race had on the making of these musical genres. If the soul aspect of this museum interests you, I would highly recommend a visit to the ‘Stax Museum of American Soul Music’. It is located on the site of the legendary Stax Records and tells the story of this record label and the great soul artists it worked with. Away from the music, a visit to Memphis should also include a visit to the National Civil Rights Museum which is on the site of the Lorraine Motel building where Martin Luther King was assassinated in 1968. The exhibitions take you through the history of the civil rights movement and I found it a very moving experience. Whilst in Memphis, we stayed in ‘The Peabody’, a hotel famous for the fact it houses ducks that march through the lobby every day. It is a beautiful and historic hotel and the fact that there were ducks only made it better in my opinion! If you’re not staying at the hotel, you can still catch a glimpse of the ducks by visiting the lobby in the morning or afternoon. You can enjoy a duck themed cocktail while waiting for the parade. There are plenty of other great hotel options in Memphis but for an Elvis fan, I recommend a stay at the ‘Guesthouse at Graceland’ as this is a hotel right by ‘the King’s’ actual home, where it has taken its inspiration from. A visit to Nashville and Memphis can easily be done in a week but if you have more time, add on a trip to Tupelo, Mississippi to visit Elvis’ birthplace. Or learn more about the US’ musical history by exploring jazz in New Orleans, Louisiana and Motown in Detroit, Michigan.

My customer stories

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Just to let you know we had a wonderful holiday in Orlando. Everything was perfectly planned and organised. Thank you so much, will not hesitate to use your services again and highly recommend you to others.

Sent by F Ingarfield

Always helpful cheerful and informative. Amanda goes above and beyond. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to my friends and colleagues.

Sent by J Lorton

Amanda has been extremely helpful with our booking. I would thoroughly recommend her to anyone. She is very knowledgeable and pays attention to detail to ensure she gets the right holiday for you

Sent by J Price-Smith

Quite simply we can trust Amanda to ensure we have the best holiday from booking through to the return home. After Covid this trust is even more important .

Sent by C Power

Amanda is always extremely efficient, informative and helpful. We have always had a great service from Amanda… no hesitation in recommending her!!

Sent by R Barnes

Very helpful and informative and take the stress out of holiday booking - great friendly service.

Sent by N Adlington

Thank you for all your support Amanda. You have been amazing and we’re so excited to have booked our Disney holiday.

Sent by T Brett

So quick to respond, so knowledgeable, and super efficient

Sent by F Ainsworth

Everything was so easy and professionally done I was left feeling totally confident in their handling of my needs. Very much appreciated many thanks.

Sent by M Rocks

Fantastic service as always from Amanda

Sent by S Hewitt

Thank you to Amanda for making the booking process for our honeymoon very simple. Amanda was extremely helpful with all of our queries and was very flexible when we needed to change our dates in the planning process. Amanda also helped us get some additional discounts and offers after the booking, which shows a great duty of care even after the booking process had been completed. Thank you Amanda!

Sent by L Flanagan

Very knowledgeable & supportive, always ready to help no matter when or what the question. Would not use anyone else. Thank you Amanda

Sent by A Richardson

Always there to answer the simplest of questions and look into any enquiry. Amanda has found us an amazing holiday for our Orlando holiday of a lifetime and she has also found brilliant holidays for our small budget, shorter stay holidays. I wont be going through any other travel agent - they just cannot offer this personal service that Amanda offers!

Sent by J Bramley

Amanda and the team are excellent to deal with, friendly and efficient and go the extra mile to help in any way they can. Would recommend them in a heartbeat. Thanks

Sent by K Larden

Amazing service - wouldn’t hesitate in recommending.

Sent by Sarah Clancy

Great advice for our family holiday to Florida, plenty of tips and recommendations. Amanda made the booking process easy. Thank you for everything Amanda, really appreciate your knowledge and support.

Sent by Stephanie Ward

I recommended Amanda to three of my friends within a couple of days of confirming our booking and I know one friend has since confirmed her family holiday with Amanda for Florida 2018 as well.

Sent by Angela Beeson

Had an amazing week on our Elvis road trip to the states. Everything was taken care of brilliantly by Amanda, cannot recommend her enough. Nothing was too much trouble for her, and all questions and emails answered very promptly. It all went so smoothly, considering we had car hire, and 5 different hotels in 7 nights!! Would definitely book with Amanda again, thanks for helping us make some fantastic memories.