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My name is Ann and I am an independent travel agent based in Bury, Lancashire. I have been in the travel industry for over 30 years and joined Travel Counsellors in 2002. Prior to that I was a manager for two of the major high street agencies.
My clients live all over the UK and I even have some clients who live overseas. I feel that the reason for my success is my passion for good old fashioned service, my personal experience of worldwide destinations and my independent advice.
As a Travel Counsellor I use my personal expertise to tailor make exactly the right holiday to suit your needs. Rather than selling you a standard tour operator package, I can quickly search through hundreds of different flight, accommodation and transfer alternatives to find something that suits your needs exactly. Quite often this means I can build you a bespoke holiday at a cheaper price than the standard holiday package you might get elsewhere.
One of my favourite destinations is the Caribbean and I have just been awarded the prestigious 'Platinum Agent' award from the Caribbean Tourism Organisation, which is the highest award they have. It is given in recognition of visits to the islands and completion of tasks and stringent questionnaires. I have also received many other industry accolades such as Cotac, City & Guilds, NVQs and destination awards such as ‘Aussie Specialist’ and many others. I feel that it is very important to keep in touch with all aspects of the industry through various on-line training systems.
My business is based purely on providing my customers with the highest possible levels of personal service and I would be delighted to assist you with any of your holiday plans and dreams.
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.
13 October 2015
River cruising is becoming increasingly popular as a way of seeing culture and scenery of several cities and even countries, without having to pack and unpack your suitcase many times. I was very lucky to be one of the Travel Counsellors to be invited on board the new Tapestry ll to cruise the first four nights of their Paris to Normandy landing beaches cruise at the end of September. We flew from our regional airports to be met and transferred to a central Paris hotel where refreshments are available and an optional excursion to the Eiffel Tower was also available and most...
29 September 2011
I was very excited to be invited to take part in an educational trip to the Rhineland-Palatinate region of Germany in September. I used to visit the Rheingau region many years ago and this area was just across the Rhine from there. We were a small group of six agents travelling from London, Birmingham, Dublin and Manchester and were escorted by the lovely Silke from the German National Tourist Office in London. We flew from our local airports and were all in Frankfurt nice and early, ready to set off on our short trip around the region to discover more about...
08 May 2008
I’d love to tell you a little about a wonderful island that I personally discovered only this year. Many times my good friend and fellow travel agent Chris has told me about her love affair with Grenada, an island in the Eastern Caribbean just 100 miles north of Venezuela………so in May 2008 we decided that was where we would take our holiday. The island is small, roughly 21 miles long by 12 miles wide and inhabited by some of the friendliest people in the Caribbean and that is really going some. Originally occupied by Arawak and Carib Indians it was known as...
Sent in by David Chapman
Scarborough, 21 December 2011
Thanks for confirmation. Brilliant job!!! Good Xmas present. Thanks for all your help and support. We got there in the end!! Have a good Christmas Ann and let's hope 2012 will be a good one and not just the 'year of the Vikings!' for us!!!!
Sent in by Shirley & Len Gough
Tyldesley, Manchester, 21 December 2011
Many thanks for the Christmas card. It was very nice to receive it and we hope you have a good Christmas and a Happy 2012. We can hardly wait especially as the weather is so dank, miserable and cold now; and any day Postie will be delivering all the Hawaii stuff. Then we'll really be excited! It was nice to read in the Bolton News that Travel Counsellors is doing so well. You all deserve it as you work so hard for your customers and provide such a good service. All the best, Shirley & Len Gough xx
Sent in by Keeley Chesworth
Gatley, Cheshire, 19 June 2008
Ann's service really is a godsend, especially for those of us who are short on time and have a budget to stick to. Ann always has great ideas and is able to suggest things that she thinks we might like and may not have otherwise considered. I would recommend her Travel Counsellor's service to anyone.
Sent in by Ian & Gill Dickinson
Garstang, Lancs, 19 June 2008
Just a quick note to say were back and exhausted from the incredible holiday. It really was everything we expected and far, far more. The itinerary was brilliant and we achieved everything we set out to do. The organisation of the whole holiday from Creative Holidays was faultless and ran like clockwork. The staff, including the reps and drivers were excellent and they couldn't have looked after us better. It's probably worth getting together some time so we can give you a proper de-brief. Very many thanks for all your help and assistance in helping us have a memorable holiday. Best regards from a very happy couple.
Sent in by Peter and Jean Murray
Bury, 08 February 2008
Jean and I would like to convey our thanks to Ann and to Travel Counsellors for the wonderful holidays that they have arranged for us during the last few years. Not one of our holidays has met with any disappointment and each has provided remarkable value for money. Arranging holidays through Ann could not be more straightforward. She can plan your holiday to meet your own particular budget. Once the general type of holiday has been suggested, Ann does the rest. She provides the tickets and all the necessary documentation, including theatre tickets where they are required, visits to sights and landmarks, and even advice on local restaurants. Booking a holiday through Ann often has the advantage of her immediate and first hand experiences, which are invaluable. Last minute bookings can sometimes provide exceptional value for money, especially if you are flexible with regard to your destination. Our own children and their families, as well as friends and relatives have benefited from arranging their holidays through Ann, and every one of them has been a great success. Quite simply, we would not consider asking anybody else to arrange and organise our holidays.
Sent in by Ian & Karen Corless
Edenfield, Lancs, 30 November 2007
We have been asking Ann to arrange our holidays now for several years as we like her 'can do' approach and friendliness. We brief her with our destination and ideas, together with the budget and leave her to come up with suggestions. Her vast expereince of the travel business has proved invaluable and we have had some memorable holidays. To date we have been on holidays to Las Vegas/Palm Springs, Bermuda, Thailand and New York, as well as business trips to Abu Dhabi and Dubai. We are also looking forward to a trip to Barbados in January arranged by Ann, so she must be doing something right. We can thoroughly recommend the service Ann gives to her clients - her next task is to research another trip to the Maldives for us!
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 01618 264812