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Welcome to my page. My name is Anne-Marie Banks and I am a Travel Counsellor based in Redditch (although I am able to book you your dream holiday from wherever you may live!)
From a young age I have loved and been passionate about travel. I am lucky enough to have travelled across four continents and explored a wide range of destinations (though there are still many more on my “bucket list”). My first introduction into the work of a Travel Counsellor was as a customer trying to navigate the complexities of a Disneyworld trip. I was so impressed by the advice, service and overall experience that I received, that I was inspired into becoming a Travel Counsellor myself.
As your personal advisor I can work with you to tailor make and organise a trip which meets your exact travel requirements; from package holidays to bespoke adventures, from city breaks to ski and snow, from cruises to safaris, I really do have it all covered. I can liaise with you at a time and place which fits into your busy schedule and take time to really understand your needs. Additionally, you yourself can rest easy in the knowledge that you have a single point of contact for all aspects of your trip meaning all the small details that transform a break from “good” to “unforgettable” can be guaranteed.
As a busy, working mum I know just how precious holidays are and therefore how important it is to get it absolutely right.
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.
08 August 2019
With its iconic gates (see picture), legendary rice paddies, famous swings and of course miles of golden coastline Bali has, in recent years, catapulted itself to the top of the discerning traveller’s wish list. For my own travels, Thailand had opened my eyes to the endless offerings of Asia and we, as a family, were keen to continue exploring it. However, there are few long haul destinations to the East that offer a dry, warm climate during our Summer holidays so that narrowed our choice somewhat and was a key factor in us eventually selecting Bali. There is absolutely no getting...
11 June 2019
Havana Oh NaNa....Half of my heart is in Havana oh nana. Of all the countries I’ve visited, Cuba is my favourite (unless of course you’ve read my Greece blog). I’ve had favourite holidays, but these are usually to do with a great hotel, or lifelong friends we made or an excursion we took. With Cuba I just fell in love with the actual country. We booked Cuba as our perfect honeymoon destination because the (limited) knowledge I had at that time informed me it had nice beaches and a bit of history (forgive me I was young!) We had married in...
20 November 2018
It is a country that for some reason hadn’t really been on my radar, but I was lucky enough to take my whole family in 2017 for the wedding of my brother (who many of you know lives in China). Thailand sometimes struggles to overcome misconceptions and prejudices of “seediness” and lack of cleanliness, but the truth is there is so much more to this country than it’s often given credit for. On top of that, I found Thai hospitality among the best I have ever experienced, and I’d go back in a heartbeat. Which resorts are best? Thailand is such...
30 October 2018
As I’ve mentioned previously in some of my video posts, it never ceases to amaze me how many misconceptions exist around Disneyworld holidays. In fact, when talking to a friend recently I may have actually laughed so hard that a little bit of lemonade spurted out my nose! The friend in question had set themselves a two-year deadline to save for a Disneyworld holiday in the belief that it might cost their family of 4 £20,000. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m sure (as with any holiday) that you can spend this and more, but it is certainly not the...
09 August 2018
I sit here today on my first day back at work with a little sense of sorrow. Don't worry though, it's sorrow in a good way because it stems from the fact that the big family holiday that I put my heart and soul into organising over the last six months, has come to an end. It was a holiday filled with laughter, tears, nostalgia and new memories made; everything really a holiday should be. It was also a holiday that was so desperately needed by my family after a difficult few years. You see, in the summer of 2017...
31 May 2018
This week myself and Mr B celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary, and so on my social media accounts up popped lots of reminders of our wonderful wedding in Lindos, Rhodes. I popped on my rose-tinted glasses and started romantically reminiscing about the day. This in turn got me thinking about the popularity of destination weddings, and so I thought I’d take a brief moment to share some of my own experiences with you lovely explorers. Why go abroad? Destination weddings are popular for many reasons. They are often a far less stressful experience than a British wedding since most of the organising...
09 April 2018
As you may know, before I found my calling as a Travel Counsellor, I made my living as a teacher. The beauty of that job, as everyone constantly reminds you, is lots of holidays; the downside (that is never mentioned) is that these are confined to the most expensive times in the travel calendar. It was during this life that I came across the amazing revelation that travelling long haul over school holidays often gives you much better value for money. It’s one of the first options I ask clients about when discussing their travel requirements, and nine times out...
Sent in by Lisa Lightfoot
Wokingham, 05 November 2019
Anne-Marie was really helpful, she did a great job of listening to our list of requirements and translating that into a fabulous holiday plan. She was also very patient with all of our questions! Wouldn't hesitate to recommend her!
Sent in by Michelle Radbourne
Stratford Upom Avon, 05 November 2019
Anne-Marie went out of her way to book our holiday to Dubai for myself and two children. This was a very sad trip as it was our first holiday without my husband, who had recently passed away. Anne-Marie made everything so simple, and succeeded in planning every last detail in an incredible short amount of time, 3 days I believe. Nothing was too much trouble and the communication was never a problem for her at anytime of the day. We’ve had the most amazing, relaxing fun time, every small detail was perfect including an incredible room up grade on arrival. She’s amazing at her job and is a really lovely lady to talk to and understands your needs straight from the start. I cannot thank her enough, and yes I’ve already recommended Anne-Marie to most of my friends Already. Thank you so much we all had a very restful family time
Sent in by Samantha Bristoll
Staffs, 07 October 2019
Anne- Marie Banks is a down to earth, caring and attentive travel counsellor. She works above and beyond the call of duty and I would highly recommend her to anyone who wants a holiday planned to spec. Thanks for your time and patience .
Sent in by Kate Finley-Perks
Bromsgrove, 22 August 2019
Anne-Marie is so fantastic. She listens to the type of holiday I want, the things I would love to experience, then goes away and makes it all happen! I am so excited for my next adventure with Travel Counsellors, and it is all down to Anne-Marie. I will always recommend her to all family and friends, and anyone else who happens to mention holidays!
Sent in by Lucy Ryall
Solihull, 11 June 2019
Anne-Marie was incredibly knowledgable and helpful - she listened to us and really understood what we were looking for to provide us with options to consider. She got it perfect first time and made the whole process stress free and enjoyable! We can’t wait to use Anne-Marie again. She is wonderful!
Sent in by Claire Baker
Bromsgrove, 03 May 2019
I would 100% recommend Annemarie to friends and family and will be doing so in the future. She listened and understood exactly what we were looking for and narrowed down the options for us to help us make our choice. We are immensely grateful to her and glad that we found her. We will be using her services again.
Sent in by Therese Hoyle
Worcester, 26 April 2019
Thank you for being so patient with us. So pleased we are off to Bali x
Sent in by Elizabeth Longworth
Northern Ireland, 26 April 2019
Anne-Marie was extremely helpful and found us the perfect holiday. We changed our thoughts about what we wanted along the way and she quickly responded with new ideas. She listened to what we wanted for the whole family and was always available to answer questions. Using the travel service adds a personal touch and keeps planning stress free. Thank you
Sent in by Kay Ryall
Solihull, 09 March 2019
Anne Marie’s attention to detail was excellent and she provided exactly what we asked for.
Sent in by Lindsay Bissell
Alvechurch, 09 March 2019
Second holiday booked with Anne-Marie. Friendly efficient service. I'll be back for my next holiday!
Sent in by Kerry Williams
Redditch, 09 March 2019
Such helpful service, nothing has been too much trouble
Sent in by Kirsty Garratt
Alvechurch, 31 January 2019
A lovely friendly person who will sort you dream holiday and get you the best deal possible for the best price she can. Thanks Anne Marie I will definitely recommend you to my friends and family
Sent in by Neil Jones
Redditch, 31 January 2019
Excellent service and very attentive to our needs.
Sent in by Jonathan Wood
Portsmouth, 24 November 2018
Anne Marie was very helpful throughout, can't recommend her highly enough
Sent in by Maxine Kinchin
Bromsgrove, 19 November 2018
It was wonderful having the stress taken out of finding and booking a special holiday for my family. Anne-Marie Banks was able, with her knowledge and enthusiasm, to find us a fantastic holiday. Her professionalism was spot on.
Sent in by Kate Finley
Bromsgrove, 19 November 2018
Anne-Marie has made this whole experience so easy. To be able to chat to someone who is knowledgeable and excited about our trip is fantastic. Thank you so very much!
Sent in by Jill Creighton
Redditch, 19 November 2018
A group booking with many changes before final itinerary. Nothing was too much trouble and Anne-Marie listened to our requirements. She gave us several different alternatives of hotels and flights. Was efficient and informative. Will definitely be booking through her again .
Sent in by Katie Drumm
Redditch, 09 August 2018
We have been to the same resort for the last 8 years and were anxious about choosing somewhere new, Anne-Marie took the time to find out what we wanted from a holiday and found us the perfect holiday in the perfect resort. We are having a wonderful time and received excellent service from beginning to arrival. I haven’t had to worry about a thing - even the printing of boarding passes was an excellent touch! I will definitely be booking with Anne Marie again and recommending her to my friends.
Sent in by Laura Jayne Harris
Redditch, 27 June 2018
If I could pick a higher number I would Anne-Marie was amazing with what she came up with and under pressure with the time frame to do it in! She went above and beyond with my requests love her xx
Sent in by Karen Hawkey
Epsom, 27 June 2018
Very pleased with the service. Thank you.
Sent in by Kim Boulton
Birmingham, 27 June 2018
So this lady has been amazing over the last few weeks and has helped us to book our dream holiday to Florida next May!! Can’t thank her enough for all that’s she’s done!! Any one looking for a holiday please ask this wonderful lady for help!!
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 01527 970 007