I’m Caroline Joyner, an Independent Travel Expert specialising in tailor-made holidays worldwide. Whether it’s a tour of Vietnam, a luxury honeymoon to the Maldives or a bucket list Australian adventure, I will do all the hard work for you leaving you to relax and enjoy the holiday.
I am based in Bourne End, Buckinghamshire where I live with my husband and 2 young children.
Ever since graduating University, I have been a travel junkie, spending my 20’s living, working and travelling abroad and my 30s working as a Product Manager for an educational expedition company. The latter involved travelling to all corners of the world to set up expeditions and volunteer projects and it was during that time I developed a deep appreciation for how travel of all types can help us grow personally. I also saw first-hand how grass-roots community tourism can have a huge positive impact and I am passionate about responsible travel. In 2017 I decided to use my destination knowledge and organisational skills to launch my own business. Having worked in travel throughout all the major obstacles we have faced over the last 15 years such as ash clouds, avian flu, airline strikes, earthquakes etc, I am well equipped to deal with the ongoing Covid crisis and all the challenges that it brings.
I have experience of organising every type of holiday; ski trips, choir tours, beach holidays, adventure holidays, school trips, round the world experiences, cruises and corporate travel. Having children means I appreciate all that makes a great family holiday and I also specialise in family travel. Whether it’s a package holiday to Europe or a family adventure to Costa Rica, I can offer you help and advice.
As both a Travel Agent and a Tour Operator connected to an award-winning global network, I have a huge number of suppliers at my fingertips, as well as long-standing direct relationships with hotels and airlines. I work with all the major tour operators and many small independent, specialist operators whom you will not find on the high street.
I am much more than just a Travel Consultant, I am your personal travel concierge here to help you from your very first enquiry right through to arriving back from your holiday. I am here not only to put together your perfect holiday from the many thousands of options on offer but also to take care of all the pre-travel admin and make sure any special requests or circumstances you have are taken care of once you arrive. Everyone is different and my service is tailored completely to what your needs are.
So, if you like the idea of your own personal travel concierge then get in touch for a consultation.
I am dedicated to creating unforgettable memories for you and your family.
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.
10 September 2021
September 11th 2001 is a day the world will never forget. The 9/11 Memorial Museum is a tasteful tribute to those who lost their lives, to heroism and the to resilience of a city that has somehow picked itself up and recovered. Above ground it's all very serene and relaxing. Water gently cascades into “reflecting pools”, essentially underground waterfalls whose enormous perimeter marks the footprints of the old Twin Towers. The hum of falling water creates a calm, silencing atmosphere. The sides of the pools are inscribed with the names of every victim and roses stand next to some of the...
09 June 2020
Many years ago I spent a year travelling around South America. This is a tongue-in-cheek article I wrote towards the end of that year about South American bureaucracy, an integral part of the Latino culture! In the early days, as a South America Postal System Virgin I would collect my things together, trot off to the nearest post office and presume sending a parcel would be a task no more difficult than lacing up my hiking boots. The first time my innocent illusions were shattered was in a suburb of Buenos Aires one sunny March morning. On my way to visit Evita’s...
07 December 2019
The dogs are barking furiously and there is a flurry of activity, we get into the sledges and the chorus reaches a crescendo. The sledge in front moves and we are off. Instant silence fills the crisp air, only broken by the smooth crunching of the snow as we whizz through the forest of pine trees, each branch holding a thick layer of snow. Two Hundred and fifty miles north of the arctic circle the dusk-like glow in the sky is as light as it gets in deep December. The winter wonderland stretches as far as the eye can see,...
23 September 2019
Vancouver rates as one the world’s top cities on just about every count. A vibrant, cosmopolitan metropolis with diverse and distinct neighbourhoods, it is framed by spectacular scenery. Mountains, forests and blue sparkling waters characterise a stay in Vancouver not to mention the incredible wildlife opportunities. Here are a few reasons to put Vancouver on your bucket list! STANLEY PARK A quintessential city sanctuary, Stanley Park offers a window to some of Vancouver’s best scenery where the mountains meet the Ocean against a perfect cityscape. A mere 5 minutes cycle into the park and you can also be deep in...
13 August 2019
How can I meet the characters? The magic of Disney is undoubtedly created by the characters, but unfortunately wait times to have that special moment and photo with your most dreamed about character can be long. To beat the queues here are 3 tips: • Download the Lineberty App. The App texts you when they’re ready for you • Bear in mind that its relatively easy to meet Mickey and friends in the park, whilst the queue for Princess Meet and Greet is usually a minimum an hour. • Alternatively you can book breakfast/lunch/dinner with characters which means you will meet them whilst eating, though this could...
12 August 2019
So you’ve got your tickets, booked your hotel and worked out how you are getting there, but holidays to Disneyland Paris need some prior think time. Planning and strategy are key if you want to make the most of your time (and all the money you have spent on tickets!) Firstly, have a think about what you want to get out of this visit, are you more interested in the Disney Characters and the parade, or are you all about the thrills of the rides? Depending on how long you have you probably won’t be able to do everything, so setting...
13 July 2018
Day One. “Can I borrow that Llama’s coat please?” Our minibus zig-zagged the dirt roads, clinging perilously several times to the edges of the cliff edge. Whilst trying to get around a hairpin bend the bus driver bumped into a tree and chipped the corner of the minibus. Good start. We had set off from Cusco, already 3400m above sea level before even the roosters were up. Cusco, once the centre of the Incan empire is a beautiful colonial town set high in the Andes at 3400m and from where we had set off before the roosters were even up....
11 July 2018
(Continued) Day Four. Peruvian transport at it´s best We jumped on a bus to get down to a cable we would need to take over the river. Well, it had been a bus once upon a time but now it was a battered heap with no glass in the windows and a piece of plastic for a door. As we arrived near to a river the bus stopped and 30 local men ambushed it, pushing and shoving to get the luggage as it was brought down from the roof. Apparently, they were desperate to carry our backpacks to the river (about...
11 June 2018
Spectacular views are not the only draw card to New York's 541m high One World Observatory. Nearly 20 years since the day the world can never forget, the new One World Trade Centre pierces the clouds in its brand new glass and steel glory. Built on the northwest corner of the World Trade Centre site, it stands where 6WTC once stood before the entire area was decimated by the September 11th attacks. The tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, its 102nd floor opened to the public in May 2015 as the One World Observatory and it promises the best views in...
07 June 2018
Argentina’s capital city, Buenos Aires, pulsates with a glamorous and seductive energy. A combination of rich architecture, cultural heritage, world-class cuisine, electric nightlife, and a vibrant arts scene makes it one of the world’s most intriguing cities. Here are some of the reasons I fell in love with it on my first visit. Getting to know Gardel. It was on the second night that my love affair began. It started with the quaint cobbled streets and ageing mansions of San Telmo, the oldest neighbourhood in Buenos Aires. It was there I had my first encounter with Tango. I was swept off my feet...
18 April 2018
Vast unbroken stretches of golden sand, a wide range of beach accommodation, family-friendly atmosphere and many of Thailand’s true gems within exploring distance. In 1999 Khao Lak had just 3 hotels, now it has 10,000 beds. Completely destroyed by the 2005 Tsunami, 13 years on its access to some of Southern Thailand’s best rainforest, dramatic coastal scenery and world-class dive spots have helped Khao Lak make its mark as an alternative to its island neighbours. Hop between paradises Hat Khao Lak refers to some 8km of pristine beaches which include 3 smaller beaches: Sunset Beach (the southern part), Nang Thong Beach...
20 November 2017
For many years I was fortunate enough to have a job that involved travelling to some of the world's most incredible places. My role was to set up educational experiences for young people in the developing world. I would travel around on public transport and set up volunteer projects, treks and activities checking their safety and suitability. The people I met, the sights I saw and the hospitality I experienced will never leave me and Bolivia was one of my most loved countries. If you are searching for the real South America, it doesn’t get better than Bolivia. As the...
26 June 2017
Almost 90 years ago it Inspired Gerald Durrell’s “My family and other animals”, and in many areas, Corfu's natural beauty and charm has remained intact despite the invasion of tourism. You can still happen across the unspoiled corners which inspired Durrell. With its wooded mountainous interior, irresistible bays and olive groves, Corfu provides a great balance of culture, fun, and relaxation even with little’uns in tow. Culture. The warm, slow paced Mediterranean culture both embraces children and provides a tiny taste of something different for them. Taverna owners welcome children and shower them with attention. One day Baby decided to waddle...
21 November 2016
The Galàpagos Islands, an archipelago of 14 islands 1000km off the coast of Ecuador, is described by UNESCO as “a living museum and showcase of evolution”, being home to more than 100 species found nowhere else on earth. For most, the mere mention of the Galápagos conjures up images of giant tortoises lumbering across the volcanic landscape and various other species cavorting lovingly with tourists on deserted beaches. It’s sometimes a surprise to learn that five of these islands are also inhabited by a soaring human population; government workers, fisherman, tour operators, teachers, refugees from the mainland, dreamers and scientists...
06 May 2016
This article appeared in the Daily Telegraph as winner of their "Just Back" competition. Why Bolivia is using animal onesies to tackle the problem of road deaths Squinting in the high altitude sunshine of downtown La Paz my lungs struggle and all my senses are assaulted at once. Businessmen whizz past homeless people begging, colourfully dressed Cholitas sell their wares from stands, shoeshine boys wait hopefully on every corner, and the noise of omnipresent beeping is almost deafening. Just for a moment, I think I spot a zebra amidst the chaos. Not a real zebra you understand, but someone dressed up...
07 March 2016
Tiny Eswatini (previously Swaziland) lives in the shadow of its big-5 neighbour, South Africa, but a long conservation heritage has left a legacy of impressive yet intimate game reserves. I have had the good fortune of visiting Swaziland a few times to set up volunteer projects (Swaziland has the highest rate of HIV in the world) and game viewing activities during my time as a Product Manager. Its a fantastic alternative to South Africa for safari and has so much unique culture to soak up along the way. Here I talk about the incredible conservation efforts of this tiny country. Bumping...
Sent in by Lisa S
Cheshire, 22 September 2021
Caroline has fantastic attention to detail, she’s proactive, and goes the extra mile. I can’t recommend her enough.
Sent in by Anjali O
Beaconsfield, 22 September 2021
Caroline's communication has been excellent from start to finish. If she can continue to offer competitive travel offers to us, I can't see a reason to go elsewhere in future. Just wish we'd found her sooner!
Sent in by Anna M
Derbyshire, 03 September 2021
During our holiday planning, I always feel like a swan gliding along in a happy holiday bubble and I think I’ve left you to be my feet madly paddling underwater. I would highly recommend planning your holiday with Caroline!
Sent in by Zoe C
Derbyshire, 03 September 2021
It's so reassuring to have someone who understands your needs/preferences etc sorting out every element of your holiday for you. All we have to do is enjoy it!!
Sent in by J Burton
Derby, 16 March 2021
Thank you Caroline for organising our holiday of a lifetime to Singapore and Australia. Caroline’s in depth knowledge enabled us to make the most of our holiday including a trip to the rainforest and diving on the Great Barrier Reef. Her attention to detail meant everything ran smoothly and we had the reassurance that she was on hand if we needed her. Will definitely use again. Highly recommended!
Sent in by R Whitehead
High Wycombe, 16 March 2021
Caroline has booked our last two holidays and from the first brief we gave her she has completely nailed the essence of what we enjoy as a family. She has masses of experience and real attention to detail. Couldn’t recommend her highly enough
Sent in by A Edeson
York, 16 March 2021
Just back from a wonderful trip to sicily. We first spoke with Caroline in 2019 and booked our trip last November. From start to finish, Caroline has been on hand to advise and (at times reassure) us as we really weren't sure if we could of should still go away. Everything ran really smoothly and Caroline's Knowledge of the area and culture helped us to get the best out of our short week! Our flights, hotel and trip were all booked together through Caroline at no extra cost (than had we booked them ourselves separately) and we had the security of ATOL protection too.
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 07801591350