Hello and welcome !
I’m Barbara your Personal Travel Counsellor based in Stockport and want to thank you for visiting Travel Counsellors and taking a look at my web page. I would love to hear from you about your travel plans and help to build you a fabulous tailor-made trip that matches your requirements and your budget.
Travel has been a passion of mine since my first package holiday abroad to Mallorca at 17. From then I knew I’d caught the bug! I was lucky enough to spend over 10 years living and working overseas for tour operators in The Balearics, Mainland Spain, Canaries, Portugal, Cyprus and Mexico. On returning to the UK I continued contracting hotels throughout mainland Europe and Scandinavia and then spent many years with travel suppliers working alongside tour operators and travel agents.
I have been fortunate to have visited over 25 countries including Brazil, Mexico, Thailand, Kenya, all the Spanish islands and nearly all of the Greek islands! I’ve experienced many types of travel aside from beach holidays including ski, cruises, city breaks and safari travelling as a couple, then as a family, on business and also with groups of friends so understand the needs of all types of travellers. My personal favourites have to be Santorini for the dramatic scenery and stunning blue domes, Mykonos with its windmills and sugar cube houses (plus Shirley Valentine moments!), Mexico for its excitement, culture and beaches and Gran Canaria for its year-round sunshine. However you can’t beat a cruise to experience a variety of exciting destinations all in one trip!
As your Travel Counsellor I have access not only to brochured holidays but a huge range of additional specialist suppliers, far greater than can be found on the High St, that will help to build your perfect experience. Life is too busy these days to spend hours trawling through various websites – Let me use our state of the art technology and my personal knowledge and experience to take care of everything for you. You can also rest assured that every penny of your spend is protected by Travel Counsellors’ unique financial protection trust.
So whether you’re looking for a beach break, a cruise, special celebration, a global adventure or a business trip, I look forward to hearing from you and talking through your requirements.
Whatever your holiday needs I'm here to help you, so please either fill in and send the form below or simply give me a call and I can get things started for you:-
Sent in by Nicholas Korny
Stockport, 31 July 2019
Barbara was fantastic, she listened to what we wanted from our trip, researched and came back with options until it was exactly what we wanted, nothing was too much trouble.i would recommend her to anyone looking for a bespoke trip. Thank you
Sent in by Sara Crichton
Stockport, 12 June 2019
Just come back from another great holiday organised by Barbara, this time in Fuerteventura. Throughout the process she is always friendly, helpful and organised, even writing out our baggage labels for us and providing a map of the island. Barbara also kept an eye on the seat reservations ready to alert us if we needed to pay to reserve seats in advance of check-in to ensure our family could sit together. In the end we didn’t need to pay as she was able to get us seats together when online check-in opened 24hrs before flying both outbound and inbound. Barbara is easily contactable even when abroad to clarify/resolve any issues. Whilst away she emailed us the boarding passes so all we needed to do was print them out at the hotel and present at the check-in desk thus making the journey smoother and less stressful. Thanks again Barbara!
Sent in by Lisa Greenhough
Cheadle, 30 May 2019
Barbara took care of the booking for our recent holiday to The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun. Nothing is too much trouble for her, both pre and post holiday. I've been booking our holidays online through Travel Republic for the past few years but this involved literally days/weeks of trawling through reviews and just keeping my fingers crossed that everything was going to be OK. It was a delight to not have this responsibility this time around - everything was more than OK it was perfect!! Thanks Barbara x
Sent in by Jackie Bleasdale
Stockport, 30 May 2019
We contacted Barbara to arrange a special holiday to Mauritius for us. Everything was perfect, like clockwork. She was efficient , helpful and knowledgable. Nothing was too much trouble. She even hand wrote our luggage labels! She had even contacted the hotel and had a welcome note put in our room on arrival. Since coming back she rang to have a chat to make sure everything was ok. We have already booked with her again for November as we found her very competitive on prices. We couldn't match her quotes. Would highly recommend her, Thankyou Barbara x
Sent in by Diane Slamon
Stockport, 14 March 2019
Barbara has been very helpful and patient whilst helping us arrange our Honeymoon. With lots to organise with the Wedding, I felt I could leave arrangements with Barbara and have peace of mind, she would find us somewhere lovely to go at the best price available. Thank you
Sent in by Susan Gillespie
Manchester, 31 January 2019
We recently returned from a fantastic (round the world) holiday of a lifetime visiting LA, New Zealand and Singapore arranged by Barbara who made the whole experience so easy for us before, during and after the holiday. I highly commend Barbara for the personal care and attention to detail that made our holiday so special. Thank you I'll be booking with you again.
Sent in by Kathleen Smitham
Manchester, 30 January 2019
Holiday of a life time booked with this wonderful, professional and knowledgeable travel advisor, Barbara Sutton. Thorough, informative and enthusiastic! Highly recommend to anyone wanting an experience to remember....mine was magical and I’ll be booking with Barbara again. Thank you Travel Counsellors
Sent in by Matthew Tancock
Lancashire, 30 January 2019
Barbara sorted us out with a trip to Lapland in December. Really couldn’t fault it, from Barbara’s service and ease of communications to the trip itself. Planning to go again in five years and will definitely use Barbara’s services again.
Sent in by Joanna Russell
Stockport, 30 January 2019
Barbara goes to so much trouble to make sure everything is perfect for your trip. Our recent trip to New York was made all the more special when we got a room upgrade and treats in our room. All down to Barbara communicating with the hotel. Pre booked seats and hand delivered tickets. She even messaged us while we were away to make sure everything was OK. Thank you Barbara. Onto our next adventure!
Sent in by Kimberley Brunskill
Stockport, 19 December 2018
Absolutely fantastic service - we wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Barbara! She oversaw such little details that you don’t get from a high street or online tour operator. She gave us advice on flying into a different airport (which ended up saving us a few hundred pounds). She checked us in online, seats pre-booked, she even wrote out our luggage labels! When we received our tickets she had included local maps/attraction leaflets for our destination which we found very helpful as we could plan excursions before our arrival. We had to go through transit at Philadelphia to connect with our onward flight down to Florida - there was a big storm down the East Coast and Barbara took the time to text us and check that we had connected with our flight as there had been delays. It’s little touches like this that make you believe the Travel Counsellors motto “With us it’s personal”. Barbara’s knowledge of all things ‘travel’ is fantastic. She is very quick to reply to any queries (and we had a lot of them). Can’t see us going anywhere else in future to book holidays - the only problem we’ll have is where to go.
Sent in by Paula Hindley
Manchester, 18 December 2018
Amazing trip to Abu Dhabi planned end to end! Personal and friendly service can’t recommend highly enough. Thank you!
Sent in by Amanda Grieve
Cheadle Hulme, 10 September 2018
Fantastic! We booked our holiday with Barbara for the first time and visited Protaras in Cyprus in August. We asked her to recommend places based on the fact we love sandy beaches, to be near restaurants and a bit of nightlife with 2 daughters, one a teenager. Within hours I had a choice to browse through, mainly Greece which is where I asked for. Barbara added on the one in Cyprus which she said she thinks 'ticks all the boxes'! It was perfect and we booked it straight away. Once there we loved the place. Our 2 bed apartment (Corelli Spa) was clean, friendly and a good size with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms so the kids had their own which was a godsend. Upon our return we asked Barbara to look at Greece for us. Virtually the same day a big list with suggestions came back and bingo..... another gem was there, this time in Elounda, Crete. It looks amazing so we have booked and are looking forward to it next summer. Barbara also came to our house with all the documents and tags for luggage written out. She booked our seats on the plane. I can go on! Thanks Barbara you've really helped take the pain out of looking for holidays. Highly recommend.
Sent in by David Brown
Stockport, 06 September 2018
Thanks Barbara for all your help in arranging a brilliant holiday
Sent in by Jo Rodman
Woodford, 05 September 2018
We were unsure whether to use an agent for our road trip to Brittany or just book the ferry and accommodation directly. It turned out that going via Barbara didn't cost us any more and added a lovely element of personal service. Barbara was thoroughly efficient and helpful at every point from the initial enquiry through to delivering our tickets by hand. We have another holiday booked with her already and wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to others!
Sent in by John Parkinson
Stockport, 05 September 2018
Barbara organised an epic honeymoon for us, with three weeks of travelling through many stops in Western Canada, including the astounding views provided by two days on the Rocky Mountaineer and an unforgettable 7-night Alaskan Cruise. She took our initial ideas and then moulded them along with her excellent suggestions around our desired schedule while fitting in everything we requested and adding in plenty of things we had no idea we could even do! Her experience and access to knowledge through Travel Counsellors certainly made the whole trip far more than we could have ever hoped to arrange by ourselves. We wholeheartedly and unreservedly recommend Barbara's services and will absolutely be using her again for future trips.
Sent in by Angela O’Brien
Altrincham , 04 September 2018
Barbara provided a professional, friendly and efficient service. She found us the twin city break that we wanted at very short notice which removed the stress we would have had if we had booked ourselves. I would definitely use Barbara for the Travel Counsellors service again.
Sent in by Kate Tynan
Marple, Stockport, 04 September 2018
Barbara was beyond helpful during the whole of our holiday booking experience. She found us a variety of different options for accommodation and managed to secure a great price on the one we wanted. She kept us informed throughout the booking process and even hand delivered our tickets for us. We suffered quite a long delay on our return and Barbara was on hand to help, keeping us informed every step of the way. She even helped to advise on securing compensation on our return home. I wouldn't hesitate to use Barbara again or to recommend her to others. A fantastic experience from start to finish. Thank you so much.
Sent in by Svelana Humphreys
Manchester, 04 September 2018
Barbara is a very caring and diligent person who provides an excellent service and consider all different options for travelling to suit your needs. Barbara organised our wedding package in 2017 and holidays to the destination and we can't thank her enough for giving us opportunity to have a dream wedding destination and excellent holiday time. Payment option is flexible, so its possible to pay in installments rather than whole lump of sum. She always have special touch and sometimes little things make a big different in the whole. We asked Barbara to book our second holidays and everything went smooth without hiccups. We definitely recommend Barbara to all our friends and would use her services in future.
Sent in by Kristie McWilliams
Handforth, 04 June 2018
Barbara organised our holiday and saw it through from start to finish. From checking us in down to writing out luggage tags for us and then texting me to warn of a potential delay on our way home. Thank you for choosing the perfect hotel in the perfect location. It was everything that I had requested from you! Skiathos is my new favourite place.
Sent in by Adam McGhee
Manchester, 22 May 2018
Barbara has been nothing short of fantastic throughout the whole holiday booking experience and I can't recommend her enough. Going above and beyond is a rarity in customer service these days, however it appeared that it was a given with Barbara. Everything was made so simple and easy, and little things thrown in to make the experience even more enjoyable. Barbara found us an incredible deal - just to put it into perspective - the price of our trip amounted to what the hotel was costing alone if I was to book direct myself, and best of all it saved me so much time and doesn't cost a penny in fees (even though I wouldn't hesitate to pay a fee as the service is that good!). Thanks again Barbara for all of your help, and I'm looking forward to booking all of my trips with you in the future
Sent in by Joanna Russell
Stockpport, 29 April 2018
Can't imagine using a high street service again. Such personal, prompt, accessible, helpful service. Knowledgeable advice a text or phone call away. Absolutely love TC.
Sent in by Kristie McWilliams
Handforth, 23 April 2018
I had been looking for a holiday on and off for over a month and decided to contact Barbara Sutton after seeing recommendations on Facebook. I was so happy that I did. Barbara was helpful and seems very knowledgeable and sorted it for me within a couple of days. I can know relax on the run up to our holiday!
Sent in by Heather SMith
Bramhall, Stockporty, 03 April 2018
Thank you Barbara for organising a fabulous trip to Disneyland Paris for us! Barbara organised everything for us including accommodation and flights and answered a lot of questions for us as it was our first ever trip to Disney but nothing was too much trouble. Barbara really took the stress out of organising it all for us meaning all we had to do was look forward to it. The day before we travelled our original flight was cancelled due to strikes and Barbara sourced an alternative flight for us in record time at no extra costs to ourselves! Without Barbara I don't even know if we would have made it as I wouldn't have had a clue what to do to find another flight last minute! Barbara is extremely knowledgeable about travel and offers a personal service tailored to the exact holiday you want, I would highly recommend and will definitely be asking Barbara to organise our next holiday!
Sent in by Ruth Maskrey
Stockport, 22 March 2018
I was getting holiday blind searching for a last minute deal then a friend of mine recommended Barbara. Barbara is lovely, asks you the right questions to find the right type if holiday you're looking for. Our flight was fab and we are thoroughly enjoying our hotel. I would definitely use Barbara services again and I've already been recommending her to my family and friends.
Sent in by Kayleigh Jones
Dukinfield, 20 March 2018
Absolutely amazing support and help with planning me husband's 40th. Would definitely recommend. It was our first time doing a multi centre holiday but everything was so well planned by Barbara down to every last detail including a birthday cake for my husband which even I didn't know about. The hotels selected by Barbara were amazing. We went to Hong Kong first, then Bangkok and then onto Krabi all were exceptional. I don't think I'll ever book via anyone else again.
Sent in by Rosie Mason
Stockport, 20 March 2018
Barbara was friendly and very knowledgable, she wasted no time in finding us the perfect holiday and got us a great deal too!
Sent in by Jeanette Evans
Adlington, 22 January 2018
Barbara organised a fantastic Christmas break for our family this year. We travelled to South Africa for a multi location trip, which included something for all the family. A city break in Cape Town, wine tasting in Fransschhoek and topped off with a safari. Barbara’s knowledge of the region and information we received in advance of our trip was extremely useful. Barbara went over and above to make sure we had an unforgettable family holiday.
Sent in by Mairead Hurst
Alderley Edge, 17 January 2018
I have just returned from a holiday sourced, suggested and booked for me by Barbara. I wasn’t an easy one to please and wanted top quality on a reasonable budget. Oh! And I was traveling alone so wanted to feel safe. Barbara suggested I looked at a resort called Ras Al Khaimah (never heard of it before and for those who still haven’t, it’s a fabulous resort about 50 mins drive from Dubai airport) Like most people would, I took her suggestion and trawled the internet to find what I naively thought would be a bargain compared to what Barbara was going to offer me. . How wrong I was, MYTH: Travel Counsellors will be more expensive than booking direct!! NO THEY ARE NOT! I found a b&b version in a hotel of my choice that would have cost me £200 more than the deal Barbara got me in the same hotel, on my dates of choice, fully inclusive with private transfers!! The whole holiday surpassed every expectation I had. . A truly perfect location for me and I am so grateful that Barbara had the experience and insight to suggest the resort that was right for my needs. I am guessing that is the greatest bonus in using Barbara, she offers a wealth of knowledge and insight into resorts and regions that some of us don’t even know exist! Quite simply I can honestly say if I was booking a weekend trip, a spa retreat, a holiday or anything of that nature I will look to use Barbara and suggest everyone does the same. . Her professionalism and personal service sets her above the rest and can’t recommend her more highly.
Sent in by Cath Wilde
Cheadle Hulme, 07 January 2018
Just returned from a family holiday to Gran Canaria. Amazing recommendation for our hotel. The Gloria Palace Amadores Thalasso was amazing with breathtaking views. It was certainly wheelchair friendly. Thank you Barbara for all your help. I'm sure we'll be in touch soon.
Sent in by Jan Foster
Cheadle Hulme, 07 January 2018
Barbara went above and beyond in helping us find a trip to Lapland this Christmas. When our budget didn’t stretch as far as we hoped it would, she suggested alternatives (day trip!) and was very reassuring when we had wobbles due to some bad reviews we read after booking. She knew we were surprising the children and had gone to special lengths to help with the surprise, arriving with the tickets and also invites and presents from Santa when she came to give us everything we needed for our trip a week beforehand. Couldn’t fault the service we received, absolutely no hesitation in recommending and will be using again! Thanks so much Barbara for making our once in a lifetime trip really special from conception to delivery!
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