Being a Travel Counsellor is my dream job. After 20 years with a high street agent, 10 of those in management, it was liberating in 2016 to get back to basics and set up my own business around arranging holidays. Travel is my passion, and helping customers shape their travel dreams is what makes me tick.
Building a business from scratch has been as rewarding as it has been challenging. There is no magic formula – achieving and maintaining Gold status as a Travel Counsellor has required 3 principle ingredients: That passion for travel, a hard-work ethic, and great communication skills.
Getting to know my customers, and encouraging existing customers to refer their friends and family to me, have enabled me to gain an in-depth understanding of what they want each time I put a holiday together. A relentless attention to detail and my concierge mentality means that I try to find a way to enhance every single trip in some special way. Thinking outside the box and creating unique and unforgettable life memories is what I strive for at every opportunity.
And then there are the tough times – crises come and go in travel with the unexpected threatening the smooth running of travel arrangements. My profound experience in handling such episodes as 9/11, the volcanic ash clouds over Iceland, numerous extreme weather systems, airline strikes, air traffic control disruption, drone activity… has all honed my skills and got me as ready as possible for the catastrophic disruption of this year’s COVID 19 pandemic.
With such a far-reaching crisis as this, anybody with travel booked with me for this year can rest assured that their money is safe, and I will be working tirelessly to ensure their rearrangements are handled efficiently and effectively, and that they can concentrate on staying safe during the outbreak.
With the inspirational back-up of a head-office team packed with experts in their field, I am my fellow Travel Counsellors will navigate this storm, and emerge on the other side with a robust business with which to continue delivering award-winning travel services to our valued customers.
Having my wife and children at home during the lockdown has been a blessing, and knowing I have their unswerving support helps me know that after this temporary disruption, I will be back on a course of growth and happiness as a Travel Counsellor.
I am now getting lots of early enquiries from people looking forward to getting something in the diary for 2021.
Whatever your enquiry, I’d be delighted to hear from you to see if I can help you get as much out of travel as I have done.
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:-
Reflections during lockdown perfectly catured by renowned poet - Tony Walsh
See how we enjoyed a February half-term break in Norway - fjords, trains, dog sleds, camping lots of snow - and the majestic Northern Lights!
Not necessarily what you'd exprect to do in Arabia, but here we zoomed down the world's longest zipline whilst enjoying the TC Gold Award Weekend.
Our first trip to Asia as a family - and what an amazing time we had! Culture, food, temples, animals. Such a friendly place with highlights EVERY day.
A worthy destination in its own right, we added it to the end of our Mediterranean cruise. The romance and magic is everywhere in this city of canals!
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.
26 June 2019
Is this really the dream? If I had paid $100,000+ to join an Everest ascent team, I have to say, I would be devastated if this was my moment being on top of the world. Imagine waking early with an expectation of saying “I’m the highest person on the planet” for a moment… only to find you weren’t the first person there that day. Maybe not even making it in the first 100. Worse still… what if your attempt was thwarted due to log-jams and sheer weight of numbers? Quite apart from the much more tragic reality that some of the people...
13 May 2019
Since becoming a Travel Counsellors and being able to offer M.I.C.E. (meetings, incentives, conferences & exhibitions), it has become apparent how different organisations view the subject of incentive trips. Two opposing camps seeing either “outdated, expensive freebies – not really appreciated by the staff”, or “vital, energising opportunities to reinforce core values with your most valued assets, whilst making sure they know how much they mean to you”. If you work for, or even run, companies that take the former view then my humble opinion is that you need to turn a fresh page and change your approach. Consider just how...
04 June 2018
As a Travel Counsellor, and a dad, this is one of the most popular questions I ever get asked. I will reply, acknowledging that any answer is a subjective one. What is right for one family may well not be right for the next. However, intertwined with my attempt at a response based on our own experiences, are some unavoidable golden rules. For me, king of the golden rules is that if the kids are comfortable and happy, all will be well. Being married to a fellow travel addict, the arrival of two young kids turned our own travel habits on...
20 September 2017
I have spent much of this year learning all there is to know about cruising and the dizzying variety of options available to the UK market. Over time, I have come to understand the benefits of small ships over the behemoth new creations, and vice versa and the meaning of phrases like ‘crew to guest ratio’, ‘on-board credit’, ‘gratuities’ and ‘port fees’. The UK cruise market is vast, getting bigger, and really does offer something for almost everyone, even if they don’t know it. Yet. Having booked over 20 customers onto cruises for this year and well into late 2018, surely the...
01 September 2017
When asked what the highlight was of our recent Eastern Mediterranean cruise – the answer was as unexpected as it was simple. Indeed, when I first saw the itinerary which was laden with established tourist treats such as Venice, Dubrovnik and Santorini, the main appeal to Kotor for me was that I would be ticking off a new country – Montenegro. I barely knew of the nation and had no knowledge of Kotor itself. Unassuming. That we entered the inaccurately described “fjord” under cover of darkness was perhaps the perfect introduction to this gem. Our ship anchored...
Sent in by Ricky Hatton MBE
Manchester, 01 September 2021
Big thanks to Andy at Travel Counsellors for sorting my next trip. Follow him - proper decent service taking the stress away
Sent in by John Howe
Prestbury, 01 September 2021
The quality of the service by MrLa Gette is reflected in that when we change plans-as we have frequently in the past-nothing is too much trouble to him. That said, he is ultra efficient and attentive. We have already told him that he now has established clients who are most unlikely to entrust their travel plans to anyone else.
Sent in by Lee Cammish
Swadlincote, 01 September 2021
Andy was brilliant and extremely quick in responding to my travel request. He gave options and provided his thoughts on preferred destination and accommodation. Great service as ever. Thank you Andy.
Sent in by Sarah Goulbourne
Sevenoaks, 01 September 2021
Andy is great. Really excellent service. Responsive, patient and super helpful.
Sent in by Caroline Rigg
Manchester, 01 September 2021
Andy is amazing at his job and is very knowledgeable and helpful with planning and organising trips and events.
Sent in by Estelle Morris
Nottingham, 01 September 2021
Exceptional service by Andy every time
Sent in by Rachael Fisher
Hassocks, 01 September 2021
Andy takes all the stress out of organising trips and holiday
Sent in by Jeffrey Orford-Perkins
Beeston, 01 September 2021
Andy has always been very helpful, and often goes beyond what you expect.
Sent in by Paul Sharp
Newcastle, 17 April 2020
Andy really takes the time to understand our requirements and as a result has always come up with some brilliant options for us. I really appreciate Andy’s expertise. He makes booking travel hassle free
Sent in by Trisha Braisby
Nottingham, 18 March 2020
Excellent service from Andy Always on hand if we need him for anything
Sent in by Kelly Purdy
Nottingham, 02 March 2020
Very friendly and helpful throughout, listened to what we wanted and found the exact trip we asked for! Will 100% be using in the future and will recommend to friends and family!
Sent in by Terri Good
London, 18 February 2020
Fantastic service. Pricing is always competitive and the 'personal' touch is first class
Sent in by Mike Clancy
Belton, 11 February 2020
On many occasions Andy has ‘gone way beyond the call of duty’ most recently in response to the Super Typhoon in a Japan where his service to all of our group over that weekend was exceptional
Sent in by Georgina Newcombe
Frisby on the Wreake, 05 February 2020
Andy has been so helpful and dealt with any queries very efficiently, provided lots of options and his knowledge has been invaluable.
Sent in by Charlotte Dewhurst
Potterspury, 23 January 2020
Andy has helped us to create and book tailor-made holidays on numerous occasions. Each time, he has been completely able to understand our needs and to personalise the holiday accordingly, making recommendations from his wealth of personal experience. Andy is really focused on getting the best outcome for his clients; he is easy to contact, honest, consistent and reliable. These qualities, along with his expertise, set him aside from anyone else we have used for a similar service.
Sent in by Paul Donnelly
Linlithgow, 15 January 2020
Andy does an amazing good and gets us out a hole when the airlines leave us stuck.
Sent in by Andrea Hawkins
West Bridgford, 13 January 2020
Andy is so easy to deal with and very efficient. Always goes the extra mile with customer service. Takes the stress and hassle out of planning a holiday.
Sent in by Rebecca Salisbury
Shrewsbury, 12 January 2020
Andy is always very knowledgeable and helpful in all our holiday needs. Have used him previously and will hopefully return for his assistance in the future.
Sent in by Simon Walker
Urmston, 02 January 2020
Andy is a brilliant and professional Travel Counsellor - he goes the extra mile; listens to his client requests, interprets everything and comes up with suggestions and ideas that you haven’t thought of. He is knowledgeable, friendly and approachable and very responsive when communicating with his clients.
Sent in by Uzma Johal
Bingham, 12 December 2019
We usually go to Andy when thinking of our holiday plans and he has always been so insightful helpful and helped us find a holiday to suit. In this instance I needed a business trip travel organised fast and Andy helped me sort and book within half an hour which was already taking me days to figure out myself! As always Andy was professional and swift and competitive on any price I could have found!
Sent in by Lyndsay Wright
Cambridge, 22 November 2019
Andy is a brilliant Travel Counsellor. When we come up with an idea of what we’d like to do, we know we can trust the advice he’ll give us is because he’s so thorough in his research and understands us so well. And his attention to detail is second to none - he just gives us a great service from the beginning of the idea to the end of the trip. Every time.
Sent in by Andy Corley
Horsley, 14 November 2019
Simply first rate personalised service, with some jokes along the way!
Sent in by David Belli
Cotgrave, 12 November 2019
Andy has organised two long haul multi centre holidays for my family in the last few years with complex itineraries and we would thoroughly recommend his services when planning such a trip. His extensive knowledge saves so much time when trying to plan such a holiday; every aspect is covered, from identifying the most suitable cost effective flights, arranging airport transfers, the best hotels, planning excursions and even recommending great places to eat. If any issue crops up whilst travelling, Andy is always available to help and make amendments to the itinerary with the minimum of fuss. Andy will also organise less complicated trips and just takes away the hassle whilst saving money by identifying good deals and offering great ideas for your holiday.
Sent in by Paul Kearns
Bristol, 12 November 2019
Only introduced to Andy's services very recently - but just happened to be during the typhoon in Japan, while there for the rugby world cup! What a star, was tireless in sorting out flights for us in our hour of need and totally professional. Will definitely plan to use him again.
Sent in by Edward Middleton
Louisiana, USA, 12 November 2019
Andy was very attentive to detail and accessible. He worked hard to get the best price on flights and made several excellent suggestion which he thought were in our best interest. Andy gets my highest recommendation.
Sent in by Jonathan Connelle
Bletchley, 04 November 2019
Andy has been fantastic for setting up our honeymoon, we cannot wait to go.
Sent in by Laura Brooks
Grantham, 23 October 2019
Fab service!! Would highly recommend and will definitely use Andy again for future holidays!
Sent in by Jude Hicks
Barry, 27 September 2019
Andy is an excellent travel Counsellor Does his absolute best to meet the criteria you have asked for and works to budget Very knowledgeable and always manages to work out any problem We have recommended him to friends and family and we look forward to using him later in the year
Sent in by Elaine Wilton
Barry, 19 September 2019
Andy is very easy to talk to gave me confidence by helping me to organise my holiday for myself and grandson-- He was very prompt in his research and findings, explained everything clearly. I felt utterly confident that he would find me the best possible deal within my budget. While he was away, his colleague Dave Bishop completed the deal very well. However, I have not yet received a receipt for my total payment. Thank you both.
Sent in by Imogen Atkinson
Nottingham, 19 September 2019
I couldn't have planned this trip by myself! Andy was so helpful every point; always making suggestions, flexible when things changed, so responsive and honest in the advice he gave. It was lovely to work with him and I'm so pleased with the trip that's booked!
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 0115 871 9540