I’ve had a passion for travel and exploring different cultures across the world for as long as I can remember. I love inspiring my customers, planning interesting itineraries, and helping them to make the most of their hard-earned holiday time.
My customers will tell you that the reason they book with me is because I care about them and their holiday. I look after all the research, planning, booking, and pre-departure preparation, removing all stress from the process, so they don't need to spend hours getting tied up in knots on the internet or queuing in a shop. All my clients need to do is look forward to putting their out of office on and getting away from it all. Whilst away I'm at the end of my personal mobile phone for anything they need.
I take personal pride in making sure every single one of my clients gets the trip they have dreamed of - whether it be relaxing in the sunshine, or an adrenaline fuelled adventure. I specialise in tailor-made itineraries – so you can have the holiday you want, designed around you.
As well as Travel Counsellors raft of awards for how look after our clients, and our 5* Trustpilot rating, in 2021 I was delighted to personally be awarded Franchise Business of the Year in Trafford Business and Community Awards, as well as being nominated for overall Business of the Year. I was also nominated for Business Leader in the Community in Trafford International Women's Day Awards.
I love everything about cruising and I'm a CLIA Cruise Master- the highest accreditation in the cruise industry, passionate about helping those new to cruise to find the perfect one for them and start them on their cruising journey!
I’ve been specially trained to understand the needs of clients with mobility or other accessibility requirements and I have the tools at my fingertips to make sure their needs are met no matter where in the world they would like to go. I believe in making travel accessible, everywhere, for everyone.
I’ve travelled extensively and have a wide range of experience to draw on to find exactly what is right for you. In 2018 and 2019 I’ve enjoyed mini-breaks in Krakow & Tenerife, enjoyed several cruises in Europe, including a family cruise from Liverpool, a cruise in Arabia, experienced a wildlife safari in Kenya, spent long weekends living in a field at a chilled out music festival in Cumbria, spent a lovely family week in beautiful Wales, visited Thailand - including a stay at the wonderful Elephant Hills luxury tented jungle camp, camped under the stars in Jordan, and been to South America twice – Brazil & Peru, and enjoyed a family adventure holiday in Morocco. During 2020 I managed to get away six times - family skiing in February half term, a road trip adventure in California, a summer villa holiday in Greece, and short trips to Cyprus, Majorca and Lanzarote too. In 2021 so far I have been to Portugal, Ibiza, on a UK Cruise, and am really looking forward to visiting Iceland in October and a Caribbean cruise hopefully in November :)
If you'd like to get in touch about your own travel plans you can book an initial consultation appointment as a time to suit you here https://bit.ly/BookAnAppointmentWithMe, (day or evening) or if you're local we can meet for a coffee. My service always starts with a conversation so we can have a thorough discussion about exactly what you are looking for, or to chat through initial ideas if you’re unsure, so that I can design something that is perfect for you.
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.
17 October 2020
In October I was invited by Constantinou Bros hotels to visit Cyprus and spend some time getting to know their hotels better, which of course I jumped at the chance of - very happy to be able to enjoy a late escape and some hot weather and sunshine to end the summer holiday season. This trip was the 5th time I’ve flown from Manchester Airport this year and the 3rd time since March. All flights are departing from Terminal 1 for the time being and it is fully operational. All the security & health & safety measures you would expect are...
11 August 2020
Villa holidays have been more in demand than ever this year because once there you quickly forget any worries you may have about being in contact with too many other people and really chill out and relax in peace and quiet away from all the troubles in the world. After weeks and weeks of helping my customers navigate their way through the complexities of travel at the moment, as soon as travel to Greece was permitted with no quarantine in either direction, we took advantage of the great prices at the time and got ourselves a villa holiday booked as soon...
09 July 2020
I have a duty of care to my clients as their trusted advisor, to provide honest, accurate, and up to date guidance across all stages of the planning, booking and travel experience. This includes everything from the latest advice from governments around the world, changes in travel insurance requirements, new entry procedures, airport and in-flight protocols, information about accommodation health and safety policies, booking with as much flexibility as possible should plans need to change, and protecting every penny of my clients money. At the moment there are broadly three types of attitudes to travel, depending on personal circumstances – those...
18 May 2020
Lockdown may have you dreaming of distant sandy shores, but the UK has some spectacular beaches of its own. Here are my seven ideas for a sandy staycation in our own beautiful country... Mwnt, Wales Perfectly cut-out from the Ceredigion cliffs, the secluded cove of Mwnt is owned by the National Trust. The sheltered bay is a favourite for dolphins and seals, which are often spotted playing in the turquoise waters. The surrounding hilly cliffs create a natural wind-break for beach-bums while more active types can enjoy picturesque walks along the coastline, passing the charming 14th century Church of the Holy Cross. Luskentyre, Scotland Visit...
01 May 2020
I hope this finds you well. The past two months have without question been a challenging time for all of us at home and at work, and I wanted to take this opportunity to get in touch to let you know what’s been going on in my office during this time. By the end of February the impact of Coronavirus was starting to affect travel on a global scale. As March progressed more and more countries closed their borders, and FCO travel advice was changing hourly, leaving many people's current and imminent travel plans placed in jeopardy. My immediate concern and focus were...
19 June 2019
I was lucky to be invited to be part of one of G Adventures biggest ever educational trips, which involved over 100 travel professionals and G staff from all over the world, coming together to learn more about G Adventures, how they run their trips, and how they work within the areas visited to ensure that tourism is a huge force for good, ethical and sustainable for future generations of travellers and the communities visited, in conjunction with their not for profit partner Planeterra. Peru is a wonderful example as there are many wonderful projects there demonstrating Planeterra's work, which...
25 May 2019
Absolutely GONE are the days of a cruise being an ‘old’ person’s holiday. If you love a land-based resort holiday packed with loads of activities for the children, kids’ clubs and great entertainment, then you will love a family cruise. Everything is included in your cruise fare, often even your ice creams, very much like an all-inclusive land-based holiday, but way better value for money, as not only are you able to access full on family fun on board, you will also be waking up in a new destination every day waiting to be explored! For families wanting to experience a...
27 April 2019
There is most definitely a cruise out there for everyone. If you are an adventurous traveller who is interested in exploring the world, enjoy nature, embracing new cultures, love expanding your knowledge, and sharing your experiences with like-minded people, then expedition cruising could be for you. Where expedition cruises differ from classic cruises is that they are all about the destination and exploring parts of the world that are sometimes so remote that they are only accessible by sea. The onboard experience is generally more low-key (definitely no Broadway shows or waterslides!). The ships used for expedition voyages are much smaller...
05 March 2019
The brand new MSC cruise ship Bellissima has just set sail on her maiden voyage from the UK. To celebrate the launch, I was invited on board to explore the ship’s wide range of wonderful facilities. This ship is big, accommodating over 5.5 thousand passengers – the advantage of this being the amount of space on board creatively designed to keep every single passenger happy on their cruise. From quiet spaces, to kid's spaces, an adult only spa, 12 dining venues serving food from all over the world, 20 bars and cafes, a choice of outdoor and indoor pools and breath-taking...
28 December 2018
In 2018 I’ve created some wonderful trips – including tailor-made adventures, cruises, safaris, road trips, luxury beach getaways, city breaks, honeymoons, school trips, business travel, and ending the year with lots of families enjoying the magic of Lapland. I’ve also been lucky to visit some exciting destinations - seven of these being places I’ve never been to before and one new continent – South America! January Travel Counsellors are at the forefront of making travel accessible for all. In January I completed specialist training and now have the tools at my fingertips to plan travel for anyone with simple or complex access...
27 December 2018
Here’s a brief run-down of what I’ve been up to in 2017. I’ve had a brilliant year in my first year as a Travel Counsellor getting to know some lovely new customers and I’ve had amazing opportunities to myself too – visiting 10 new countries - the most in one year since my back-packing days! January I was excited to start my Travel Counsellors journey with intensive induction training and loved learning about the amazing technology about to be at my fingertips to enable me to create tailormade itineraries for my clients. February I’ll never forget my launch day on 3rd Feb – it...
25 November 2018
I’ve got lots of families booked and getting excited for their Lapland adventures this year – and early bookings in for 2019 too! A trip to Lapland is a magical experience and not a trip that families do over and over again, unlike holidays to sunshine destinations, so I’m asked a lot about what to pack. Here are my top tips to ensure that your trip goes smoothly… • It’s essential that you have adequate insurance place so that you are fully covered from the time of booking should anything happen to prevent you from travelling. It's important that you make...
14 August 2018
I’ve just returned from a family cruise with Cruise & Maritime Voyages where we spent 12 nights sailing the ocean waves down to Gibraltar with plenty of food, drink, pool action, beach fun, jacuzzis, ice creams, family card games, entertainment and sightseeing to keep every member of the family happy. Getting to our ship was really easy as we just hopped on the train to Liverpool. Urmston, where we live, is on the direct train line to the port and it wasn’t long before we were all unpacked and settled into our home for the next 12 nights. Our outside cabins...
16 July 2018
In June this year I set off on an adventure of a lifetime with my favourite supplier of small group adventure travel, Intrepid, to explore Kenya, meet the people of Kenya, and get up close and personal with the abundant wildlife! It was a wonderful experience in so many ways. On arrival in Nairobi we started off by visiting a village where Intrepid’s charity foundation are funding projects to help the villagers alleviate poverty by helping them set up small pig farms. We were warmly welcomed by traditional singing and dancing from the village ladies, who welcomed us into their homes,...
05 July 2018
Here are my top ten reasons to start your cruise from my local cruise port of Liverpool! 1. You don’t have to spend 5 hours+ on the train, or 7 hours+ on the coach down to Southampton. From anywhere in the North West you can leave home and be sunbathing by the pool (weather permitting of course!) and sipping on your first cocktail in under 2 hours. 2. If you don’t like flying or don’t want to put yourself through the airport hassle it is a stress-free alternative AND the best bit is that there’s no maximum luggage allowance. 3. The cruise ships...
31 October 2017
With the cold weather starting to bite in the UK I was delighted to have the opportunity to visit Agadir, Morocco, at the end of October - where the weather is still sunny and warm and the beach resort of Agadir perfect for an alternative half term family getaway, some great value 5* luxury, or as a base for a more active holiday. I flew with Air Arabia who have just launched their twice weekly low cost direct route from Manchester to Agadir - increasing competition with other airlines and keeping prices competitive for travellers. The only downside, for me, of...
21 September 2017
I had a great few hours yesterday at Travel Counsellors HQ getting up to date on the latest developments happening in the largest of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi is home to one of the best airlines in the world, Etihad, the national airline of the UAE, who offer direct flights twice daily from Manchester and three times daily from Heathrow – with a brand-new space age airport opening in 2018. The flight time from the UK is around 7 hours. Abu Dhabi offers a diverse range of attractions for visitors, depending on whether you want luxury, family fun,...
31 August 2017
In August I was invited to Liverpool to visit Holland America’s ship, Ms Zuiderdam, which is one of their Vista Class cruise ships, so called because of the amount of glass used around the ship which means the majority of the staterooms on board have ocean views or balconies. There are four ships in this class which are all named after points of the compass (in Dutch) – the others being Noordam, Oosterdam and Westerdam. The mid-sized Vista Class ships carry around 2,000 passengers. Holland America is an American owned cruise line, so named as it originally operated as a shipping,...
21 July 2017
I recently visited visit Fred Olsen’s ship Boudicca in Liverpool, where she sets off on many of her summer voyages from this handy port - perfect for North West based cruise lovers, or a great place from which to give ocean cruising a try without the hassle of a long flight or drive. Fred Olsen is a family owned cruise company with 4 ships that sail the world – Boudicca, Black Watch, Braemar and Balmoral. One of the main differences between Fred Olsen and other cruise companies is that their fleet is made up of small ships, which has the benefit...
27 June 2017
This week I’ve been lucky to have the opportunity to visit the Ms Magellan ship while she was docked in Liverpool prior to departure on an 11-night voyage to Spain, Portugal, France and Gibraltar. The Ms Magellan and sister ship the Marco Polo often sail from Liverpool to these and various other destinations including Canada, Ireland, Fjordland, Iceland, the Scottish Isles and the British Isles. Liverpool Port is really easy to find and parking is easy too and only a short walk across the road to the cruise terminal. The famous Liver Buildings look down over the terminal and would be...
11 March 2017
It’s hard to organise a group of busy mums for a night away, so this trip has been a long time coming. Finally my friends and I managed to block out a weekend in our diaries for a girls-only night away in Chester. We picked the perfect weekend for it as the weather was lovely for March so we were able to stroll between shops, bars, along the walls, and along the river bank during our short time away from our usually action-packed weekends full of ferrying the kids all over the place. We picked Chester, having been there before...
Sent in by A Grayson
Oldham, Lancashire, 13 August 2021
Great service, very quick replies to emails. Really efficient service!
Sent in by P Harrison
Urmston, Manchester, 12 August 2021
I've told everyone I've booked with Travel Counsellors. Top company.
Sent in by V Tansey-Brown
Urmston, Manchester, 11 August 2021
I recommend Catherine on a regular basis on Facebook. She’s brilliant - I have always arranged my travel myself, but with covid etc she gives me an extra layer of security and expertise.
Sent in by A Murphy
Urmston, Manchester, 08 August 2021
Can’t thank Catherine enough. She is the first person I recommend to my family and friends when they mention booking a holiday.
Sent in by M Stockwin
Urmston, Manchester, 28 July 2021
Catherine has been so helpful, easy to contact and I never have to wait long for a reply. She has put up with all my questions without complaint. Would definitely recommend xx
Sent in by A Elkington
Manchester, 28 July 2021
Catherine is fabulously knowledgeable and goes out of her way to ensure the trip you book is exactly what you want and more! Travelling is complicated at the moment but she arranges everything and makes sure everything runs smoothly. Definitely recommend! Thank you!
Sent in by M McGrath
Manchester, 07 July 2021
I already have recommended Catherine to several friends and family members :)
Sent in by S Kane
Stockport, 06 July 2021
Always friendly and helpful.
Sent in by P McBride
Sale, Cheshire, 06 July 2021
Excellent arrangements and plenty of information. Thank you.
Sent in by A Miskimin
Urmston, Manchester, 05 July 2021
Catherine Mackey is always very helpful, friendly and professional and I thoroughly recommend her.
Sent in by P Flannery
Manchester, 23 May 2021
Excellent service all round.
Sent in by S Moyles
Doncaster, 23 May 2021
Very efficient, professional and helpful. Extremely satisfied with the service provided.
Sent in by J Sheil
Urmston, 11 March 2020
Sent in by S Bould
Urmston, Manchester, 16 February 2020
Great service from Catherine. We flexed our original plan a couple of times and nothing was too much trouble. Really glad I found Catherine.
Sent in by M Mullany
Urmston, Manchester, 07 February 2020
Super helpful and professional service.
Sent in by O Cross
Reading, Berkshire, 07 February 2020
A personalised and highly professional service. Incredibly speedy responses, kept to all scheduled phone-calls and made the whole process as easy as could be for us! Can't wait to get travelling now...
Sent in by V Tansey-Brown
Manchester, 07 February 2020
Nothing was too much trouble. She went the extra mile in a short time frame.
Sent in by G Carruthers
Urmston, Manchester, 07 February 2020
Catherine is totally committed to meeting our exact holiday requirements and will not settle for less than the perfect choice. Given complex requirements for a large group, Catherine left no stone unturned to meet our exact needs. Excellent services as always. Our holiday is in great hands!
Sent in by D Featherstone
Burnley, Lancashire, 07 February 2020
Your service has been fanastic as always ~ you answer enquiries and queries very promptly. Very grateful Thanks so much.
Sent in by W Dove
Warrington, 07 February 2020
Very knowledgeable not pushy.
Sent in by L Swindells
Clitheroe, Lancashire, 07 February 2020
Absolutely brilliant so far, Catherine listens to exactly what we need and is flexible as our needs constantly change.
Sent in by J McCarthy
Wrexham, Wales, 07 February 2020
Catherine was excellent always there to help & provide support.
Sent in by A Bruce
Urmston, Manchester, 07 February 2020
Great service, very reliable!
Sent in by G Jenner
Sale, Cheshire, 07 February 2020
Catherine is very helpful, efficient and personable.
Sent in by T Tolan
Sale, Cheshire, 17 January 2020
Catherine has a wealth of knowledge, our second holiday booked through her services and completely satisfied with every aspect.
Sent in by M Clegg
Urmston, Manchester, 29 November 2019
Really friendly and helpful and quick to respond.
Sent in by C Holt
Burnley, 14 November 2019
Very patient and attentive. Allows you to give your ideas then finds the best way of adapting them to get the most out of your money and dreams.
Sent in by Lisa Clennell
Chorlton, Manchester, 03 November 2019
I loved that we didn't have to trawl through options, hotel details etc - and could deal with someone who knew the location etc. It was all super easy x
Sent in by P Rigby
Urmston, Manchester, 15 October 2019
Fantastic help and advice after our flight was cancelled due to Thomas Cook collapsing. Booked on another flight within a few hours all checked in with boarding passes in the post. Great service.
Sent in by N Horner
Altrincham, Cheshire, 15 October 2019
Really nice friendly personal service.
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 0161 826 4970