How many people can say they have their own personal travel consultant 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year that finds no request too big or too small and is able to be contacted any way that’s convenient to you?
Welcome to Travel Counsellors, and thank you for stopping by my webpage.
I’m Ben, I live in Finchampstead, just out of Wokingham in Berkshire and have over 15 years’ experience working in the travel and tourism industry so you can rest assured you are in good hands when booking your perfect holiday.
Originally from Cairns, Australia and now in the UK I have been fortunate to travel to some of the most amazing places the world has to offer.
I have travelled Australia extensively including everything from diving the Great Barrier Reef to exploring the outback, touring the wine regions, sailing the Whitsunday Islands and climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge. There is very little in Australia I haven’t done myself.
But my experience does not stop there. To date I have visited New Zealand, Fiji, Tahiti, Cook Islands, Bali, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, USA (Hawaii, California, Arizona, Nevada, Florida, Washington DC, New York), UAE (Dubai & Abu Dhabi), Netherlands, France, Italy, Germany, Poland, Spain, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Greece, Israel, Turkey, Malta, Puerto Rico, St Thomas, St Maarten, Antigua, Barbados, St Lucia, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil. The list goes on and is forever growing.
At Travel Counsellors we have access to thousands of suppliers and the best available flights, car hire, tailor made holidays, weekend getaways, cruises, all inclusive holiday packages and travel insurance policies you will find. All perfectly matched not only to your budget, but also to your dream holiday.
When it comes to booking your holiday (or mine), I believe the journey is just as important as the destination. Whether it be a transfer from your home to the airport, a comfortable pre-flight airport lounge, a stopover for shopping or some advice on day trips and excursions. I will do all of the research and take all of the hard work out of it for you.
I am far more than just a travel consultant, I am YOUR Travel Counsellor. I am here to provide expert advice, confirm all of your arrangements and to make sure that everything from the planning stages of your holiday right through to the time you return back home is entirely stress free and exceed all of your expectations along the way.
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.
29 October 2019
Recently I decided to dash home to Australia to celebrate a milestone birthday with my family. Until recently flying with a Chinese Airline was almost an impossible task as you needed to organise transit visas with the Chinese Embassy and honestly, who needed all that extra effort? However, China have relaxed their immigration law allowing tourists enjoy their major cities for up to six days on a fee free ‘transit’ visa. Couple this with an unbelievable return Sydney flight £475, I would be mad not to take it right! After five days in Australia I boarded my 5th flight in as many...
07 November 2018
Wow, Las Vegas truly is the city that never sleeps, and I can first hand agree with their self-proclaimed title as ‘the entertainment capital of the world’. Las Vegas is a city which does not apologise for being what it is. It’s bright, it’s loud, it’s big and it’s in your face! The mere size of the hotels and themes they replicate is surprising! If you’re going to walk along the strip and take it all in, do plan for most of the day. Not only are the hotel complexes large but you will find amazing little places to stop, eat...
29 October 2018
Cruises, one of those holidays which always strikes a response of positiveness or apprehension, followed by a ‘it’s not for me’. It was two years ago when I was invited down to Southampton for a ship inspection aboard Celebrity Silhouette. A typical ship inspection includes a walk around a selection of room types; inside rooms right through to penthouses, a glimpse in the restaurants with one restaurant usually providing a delicious meal, same as a guest would experience and the chance to see first-hand all the facilities onboard which include bars, art gallery, shopping district, pools, spa, fitness area and a...
29 October 2018
Amsterdam is a city which I believe has two very distinct personas. The first being the one that hits you upon arrival and built a global reputation: the red-light district, the café shops with the aroma, we will say of marijuana and the number of bars and clubs to support the ever-growing number of weekend getaways. The second and less obvious, but if you’re able to look beyond first looks is a beautiful European city, built around quaint canals with a charm like none-other, a city steeped in history and surrounded by countryside rich with natural beauty. My very first visit...
25 October 2018
Whilst planning a trip through California, I had a few days between being in Las Vegas and needing to be in LA for an onwards flight. Knowing the drive between Vegas and LA didn’t have a great deal to offer which I hadn’t experienced already I looked further afield and what a gem I discovered! La Quinta, California, is a beautiful small town nestled within the Coachella Valley with the Santa Rosa mountains creating the most incredible backdrop. To further my excitement, La Quinta Resort and Spa is truly inspiring drawing from the landscape surrounding the resort. A Hollywood royalty history...
22 October 2018
I was recently fortunate to be selected as one of a small handful of UK travel agents to take part in a trip to Dominican Republic, hosted by the Dominican Republic Tourist Board. If, like me, the moment someone mentions Dominican Republic you instantly think of all-inclusive package holidays and Brits abroad - think again! Dominican Republic has so much more to offer than I had ever imagined. Our trip started off with a night at Casa De Campo, this property is huge! 7000 acres of resort, villas, restaurants, shops, marina and even a cinema. A member of the Leading Hotels of...
11 April 2016
Set back from the beach, the Puente Romano is equidistance (for walking) between Puerto Banus and Marbella town. Its location is a gem. The hotel offers the perfect blend of tranquillity and isolation to bask in, with the option to step into the nightlife or go sightseeing. If you are looking for escape and relaxation you can get it by basking in the setting’s replicated architecture of an Andalusian village. It is an unusual feast of loveliness, sanitised in all its glory (the cleanliness is a marvel). The ideal option for those wanting a stress free, indulgent, no need to...
11 April 2016
Cold pressed olive oil. Remember when you hunted it down? Looked frantically to get it for that recipe! Smugly nodded, yes it is cold pressed. Well, it seems we were all sold a pup. Apparently, according to good authority, it was a method last used by the then Arabs in 711. Yes that’s right the Gregorian 8th century. My good authority is the owner, David Gallarado of D.Olivia, a beautiful specialist olive oil shop in Marbella town. As I perch on a stool with an array of dishes with oil in front of me, I feel slightly cheated. It isn’t wine!...
Sent in by Maxine P
Aylsbury, 02 December 2019
Always a relief to have my holidays booked by Ben. Fantastic service, tolerance for my ever changing mind, great ideas which align to me and family, seeing choices and options which are within our budget but most importantly, exactly what we want! Such brilliant service and nothing is ever too much.
Sent in by Michael Moran
Brighouse, 29 August 2019
What an amazing service from Ben, we gave him the requirements and budget for our family holiday and he did the rest. He thought of things that i haddnt even considered and made traveling with a young child a breeze. The pack we received before we went with all the info was amazing and to top it off we were checked in with boarding cards printed. First class service that i will be using from now on. Cant thank you enough ben
Sent in by Maxine Pitchford
Aylesbury, 12 March 2019
Amazing service as always, can never do enough to help make finding the perfect holiday seamless and easy. Will be returning that's for sure.
Sent in by Charlotte Keech
London, 08 February 2019
It's quite simple - bookings are always made accurately and most cost-effectively, and no ensuing issue which can, and sometimes does, arise due to schedule changes and just, well, life! is a problem for my Travel Counsellor Ben. He is always available and able to sort it out and I am so grateful for both his degree of in-depth, up-to-date travel knowledge and his eagerness for it to be used to our benefit.
Sent in by C Chidgey
Lancashire, 20 August 2018
Ben is excellent with advice on anything and he is most pleasant to talk to on the phone.
Sent in by Sarah Murdoch
London, 11 June 2018
Ben is the most patient and helpful travel agent ever.
Sent in by D Ohm
London, 30 May 2018
Speedy, personable, efficient, accurate service!
Sent in by Andy Pike
Berkshire, 30 May 2018
Ben is amazing! The best Travel Counsellor ever! Caring and very responsive.
Sent in by Anita A
Liverpool, 30 December 2017
Just wanted to say a big thanks to you for arranging our flights and hotel for the recent trip down under. We had a great time and the hotel in Sydney you booked us was great, especially the view of the Harbour Bridge. Just trying to get over the jet lag now we are back home together with coping with the miserable British winter weather. Take care and thanks again.
Sent in by J Goodman
Berkshire, 20 October 2017
Very helpful and superbly efficient and lovely to talk to. A real bonus for my globe trotting.
Sent in by M Pitchford
London, 11 May 2017
Absolutely. Great bespoke service, extremely helpful and patient (as I am a complete novice). Everything was timely and the booking was spot on to what we wanted. Very excited about my fabulous holiday in September and will be recommending Ben for sure.
Sent in by Carol Chidgey
Lancaster, 10 May 2016
Ben Burgess has been absolutely wonderful helping me choose my trip and explaining things I wasn't sure about. I have peace of mind with all his help. I would certainly have Ben choose any more future trips.
Sent in by Michael Taylor
Surrey, 02 April 2016
As always very professional and most helpful.
Sent in by J Pearson
Wokingham, 31 March 2016
Extremely helpful. I wouldn't use anyone else. Ben always responds to any questions or concerns straight away. Wonderful service.
Sent in by Maria McNamee
London, 31 March 2016
Ben is excellent! Nothing is too much trouble. He takes the time to find out what you want and then moves mountains to make sure he get's it for you. I have recommended Ben to friends, associates and family members.
Sent in by Charlotte Keech
London, 22 February 2016
I continue to be amazed at the breadth and depth of Ben's knowledge all around travel, his speed and efficiency at delivering whatever request I have thrown at him and his constantly calm and friendly manner in doing so. I have complete confidence that Ben always gets the best travel solutions for me. His willingness to work whenever needed is also noteworthy and has been very helpful on occasions.
Sent in by Mei-Yun Valdivia a l'Onions
London, 02 February 2016
I was grateful that you took the time to look into all the options for our flights. And your lovely friendly service. Thanks Mei-yun
Sent in by Lyndy Lifford
UK, 19 November 2015
We already do recommend you - service is personal and brilliant. Congratulations Ben.
Sent in by Malcolm Rash
Northamptonshire, 27 October 2015
Ben always goes the extra mile.
Sent in by Maddie Potts
London, 08 September 2015
Ben was extremely helpful and made the entire process of booking flights soooooo easy for me! I would definitely be quick to recommend him to any friends or family who are travelling!
Sent in by Maria McNamee
Surrey, 27 August 2015
I was absolutely delighted with the service provided by Ben Burgess and would not hesitate to recommend him to friends and family. I will be using him again!
Sent in by Maureen Clackett
Hampshire, 20 July 2015
Ben is always helpful, comes up with good alternatives when needed and really gives us peace of mind!
Sent in by Bev B
Cairns, Australia, 01 February 2015
Thank you so much for arranging my holiday. It was a pleasure having you help me. I will definitely be recommending you to people when planning a holiday.
Sent in by Clive Halliwell
Suffolk, 12 January 2015
I find my Travel Counselor Ben Burgess competent at what he does. This is not the first time I have used him to find my vacation and it will not be the last.
Sent in by Brian Cottam
York, 31 December 2014
Ben is superb to deal with and goes the extra mile. His advice and recommendations are excellent.
Sent in by Stuart Armstrong
Liverpool, 26 October 2014
Ben was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. I would recommend him to others.
Sent in by Helen Prebble
London, 31 August 2014
Absolutely amazing and efficient at all times. Great service and speed which is exactly what I need when trying to do so many other things at once. Dealing with Ben is a god send as I know be will get it done for me and also very knowledgeable about destinations which is a great help too. Very impressed and I will be recommending you to friends and family.
Sent in by Rose Bishop
Chislehurst, 29 August 2014
Ben is absolutely brilliant! I have come to rely on him to help me over the years with my trips both in the UK and to Australia. He always makes time to come and visit me so we can sit down and work out the best flights for me. I have been to other agencies in the past and none of them even come close to his friendliness and professional service and none of them do it with a smile like he does. I now look forward to booking my holidays. Thanks Ben!
Sent in by Maureen Clackett
Hampshire, 14 July 2014
Always found Ben to be so helpful & patient. A pleasure to do business with him!
Sent in by Clive Halliwell
Suffolk, 06 May 2014
1. Quick to realize what the customer is looking for. 2. Has good diction and so is easy to understand. 3. Gives the punter confidence and security.
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 0118 321 3540