Hello – we are Claire and Paul, Travel Counsellors from Selsey, near Chichester. We’ve lived here for 5 years, running a 10-bedroom B&B. Being hospitality trained, we put fantastic customer service at the heart of what we do. Between us we have lived and worked in several countries including Australia, Dubai, Japan, France and Morocco – in fact we first met whilst opening a 5 star hotel in Serbia nearly 30 years ago!
Since then we have worked in many different aspects of the travel industry, and for the past 7 years have been independent travel agents specialising in cruises – we love talking about them and helping our clients to pick the perfect cruise.
Being Travel Counsellors means being part of a fantastic network of like-minded people who are passionate about travel.
If you’ve only just started thinking about a holiday or maybe you know exactly where you want to go, we want to take the time to get to know you and exactly what you want from your trip. As independent travel agents we are not bound specifically to any tour operators but can focus solely on finding the right elements to ensure you have the perfect holiday. We have access to hundreds of suppliers and are available to talk travel at a time to suit you – whether that means a chat over the weekend or of an evening, and if you are local, then pop in and see us for a cup of tea.
Once we’ve booked your trip, you’ll have access to our award-winning app – myTC – a personal extension of your Travel Counsellor with access to all your travel documents and itineraries wherever you are in the world, even when you are offline. There’s also peace of mind knowing that everything you book with us is 100% protected with Travel Counsellor’s unique financial protection trust.
So if you know where you want to travel to, or if you only know you want to go, then contact us and let us use our specialist destination knowledge combined with competitive rates and award-winning technology to create the perfect trip for you.
Unpack the world with us, we look forward to hearing from 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.
08 December 2019
We were on a Royal Caribbean eleven-night Canaries Adventure cruise on the refurbished Independence of the Seas. Lisbon was one of our ports of call and one that we were most looking forward to and it didn’t disappoint. We entered the estuary of the River Tagus at dawn when the sun was rising, which made for great photos. There were people gathered up on deck, some even in their dressing gowns, to capture that moment you don’t want to miss. I feel Lisbon offers one of the best European cruise ship arrivals as you sail up the Tagus river,...
26 October 2019
Independence of the Seas recently went through a multi-million pound makeover in 2018 with some new and enhanced facilities. Whilst it is seen as a great ship for families it can also appeal to the adult guests and I want to highlight my top ten features with an adult focus for you to get the best out of your cruise on this ship. 1 – Spacious Panoramic Ocean View staterooms. I stayed in one of these new staterooms on deck 12 and was impressed. They were fitted out as part of the refurbishment and are located at the front of the...
13 August 2019
If you’re someone who has traditionally booked a luxury land-based holiday, then now is the time to consider a luxury cruise as an alternative option. You cannot beat the ease, the glamour and the adventure of being on an ocean voyage. You only need to unpack once and whilst you leave the driving to the captain you can wake up in a different country each day. The smaller luxury ships also have all the facilities of a top hotel and carry you in luxury from port to port, with a balcony and guaranteed sea view. Increasingly, the design of luxury cruise ships...
19 June 2019
Anyone out there who has a food allergy or intolerance will know how difficult it can be travelling with a dietary requirement. There’s the worry you might not be able to eat all the lovely things you normally enjoy, the fear that different language complications can make it tricky to explain exactly what food you can and can’t have and of course the possibility that you might end up with a dish that isn’t safe to eat. Welcome to cruising! One of the best ways of travelling gluten-free that I’ve experienced. As a Coeliac of over 20 years (and having been...
10 June 2019
Did you know there’s never been a better time to take your family on a cruise holiday rather than a traditional land-based holiday. As the number of attractions and facilities on board ever increases on each new ship launch, it’s making it such an attractive holiday option to keep the kids entertained. When it comes to your family’s decision-making process in choosing a family holiday, it’s worth noting that cruises now excel in three main areas. Firstly convenience, cruising takes away the hassle and delays of flying by offering sailings ex-UK out of Southampton, as well as many cruise...
04 May 2019
Hurtigruten are one of the most experienced travel companies in the world with 125 years of explorer heritage. Probably most famous for their Norwegian coast itineraries bringing travellers to the heart of Norway, their experience of exploring polar regions outside of Norway also dates back to 1896. So, in the age of mass tourism, Hurtigruten are a different offering and an exploration company in every sense, able to offer you unique experiences and where they value learning and personal growth over luxury. With their aim to become the world leader in exploration travel, they know this comes with a responsibility...
15 March 2019
We’ve just experienced the launch of the new MSC Bellissima in Southampton. We’re delighted to highlight that the ship addresses three of the top 10 cruise trends for 2019. TOTAL RESTORATION When on a cruise holiday you are now looking to rejuvenate more than ever, taking time for yourself and trying to achieve total relaxation. MSC aim to meet this need with the expansive onboard Aurea Spa, Beauty and Relaxation areas. They are full of the latest amenities and rejuvenating treatments. The Aurea Spa has over 20 treatment rooms and 160 massage/body and facial signature treatments, spoiling you for choice. There...
Sent in by Carolyn Blendell
Selsey, 05 March 2020
We have never used a travel adviser before, & this certainly won`t be our last. We`re not talking High Street Travel agents here, although I`m sure they are really good at their job. We`re talking of people that have gone the extra mile & more, to make our dream holiday come true. All we had to do was lounge around at home & let them do what they do best. Claire & Paul have put together a lovely holiday for us visiting Canada including, Alaskan Cruise, Rocky Mountaineer & have taken into account all that we wanted to do. My husband is disabled but there was no problem at all with them finding & booking airport travel, transfers, hotels, etc - everything to make life easier for us, while always keeping us informed at every stage. We would highly recommend them & will not be traveling without their guidance in the future. I rarely leave feedback, but certainly had to make an exception this time. Thank you so much Claire & Paul
Sent in by Deborah Ling
Essex, 04 February 2020
I was given Claire and Paul's details through a friend of my daughters. My husband and I along with two close friends had decided that we wanted to plan a trip of a life time, around Australia and New Zealand, I first contacted Claire and Paul via email, and they were very prompt in responding. We then arranged to have an initial telephone conversation with Claire and Paul about what we wanted to do and explore. The first draft from our conversation, absolutely blew us away. It felt as if they had known as for absolutely ages, they had managed to capture everything that we wanted to do in terms of luxury, comfort and activities. The service they offer is second to none, particularly if you are looking for a unique bespoke travel experience. We will all continue to use Claire and Paul for any future holidays and I will certainly be spreading the word about the brilliant service they offer. on a personal note , thank you both for the time and dedication in planning our trip
Sent in by P Barnes
Midlands, 02 September 2019
Claire went out of her way to understand my needs and wishes for my upcoming holiday. I'm so grateful for all the advice and care throughout the whole process. I will be booking another holiday through Travel Counsellor.
Sent in by Phil Dunkley
Northamptonshire, 17 June 2019
Friendly and sensible advice but no pressure
Sent in by John Price
Chichester, 10 June 2019
Excellent service took all the stress away from booking a holiday
Sent in by Simon Long
Suffolk, 20 February 2019
This is the first time we have used Travel Counsellors. Paul was very efficient, professional and approachable. He understood our needs and requirements and put together a holiday that was perfect for us, both price and content. We feel assured and confident that Paul will ensure that our holiday goes smoothly. We would definitely use Travel Counsellors as our first port of call. In the past we have always arranged all the elements of our holidays ourselves as we thought this was the most cost effective way, but having now used Travel Counsellors we will let them arrange everything for us in the future.
Sent in by Ria Atkinson
Basingstoke, 03 December 2018
So easy to talk to and was very honest and professional. Made my life so much easier
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