Travel and holidays are what I have worked and lived for all my life, and I am a firm believer of always having my next holiday booked to have something to look forward to. Holidays mean something different to every person, maybe it is quality family time or a romantic breakaway, exploring a new destination, a honeymoon or a well-deserved break after hard work.
Whatever holidays mean to you, I am here to take the headache out of holiday arrangements and make your dream vacation come true.
As an independent Travel Counsellor, my customers are at the heart of what I do and your needs are my top priority. From staycations to exotic destinations, a couples retreat to family get-togethers, safaris to cruises, skiing trips to diving excursions…I am passionate about creating your perfect trip, whilst providing a professional and personal service. Whatever time of the day, I am available to contact for help, and when you are on holiday my assistance is a touch of a button away.
Having grown up in South Africa, I have been on countless safaris and wine tours and have found my passion for nature and animals in my beautiful home country. Once I had spread my wings beyond the South African borders, my journeys took me to the snowy slopes of Scotland, the pyramids of Egypt, the amazing landscapes of Italy, the coast of Portugal, the crazy rides of Walt Disney World, France, Russia, and countless more. I found I had a serious soft spot for islands and beaches and have been to Zanzibar, Mauritius, Hawaii, Maldives, Sharm El Sheikh, Mozambique and Miami to name but a few! In addition to travelling within most continents, I also discovered the exciting world of scuba diving! Words cannot describe the wonder of being face to face with a whale shark in the Red Sea, hearing dolphins under water in Zanzibar or swimming peacefully next to green turtles off the coast of Maui.
I look forward to working with you to create your perfect travel experience!
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.
12 October 2019
In October 2019, I travelled with my husband and three-year-old daughter to Tenerife for a much-needed pre-winter break. I could have picked almost anywhere in the world to travel to, so why Tenerife? Well, it’s easily accessible from the UK with plenty of direct flights every day and flight time from London is only 4.5 hours. It’s warm all year round with average October temperatures in the mid-20s. We went for a week’s holiday, split across two resorts on the southwest of the island. The nearest resort town was Costa Adeje and the area, much like the rest of Tenerife, is...
06 October 2019
Following on from our first two days in Disney, read on for my next diary instalment DAY 3 In my free time in the morning, I went back to Hollywood Studios to meet all the characters and get my autograph book signed. Anyone staying in a Disney resort hotel gets Extra Magic Hours which allow guests access to the parks earlier and later than the general public on certain days of the week. I highly recommend getting to the parks early to make the most of this benefit. I packed in 10 character meetings before meeting up with our hosts again! The rest...
03 October 2019
In July 2019, Travel Weekly, the UK travel industry’s market-leading publication, launched a competition that got the industry buzzing – the 10th and final edition of their famous Cover Stars competition. It was open to all travel agents in the UK and Ireland, including previous winners, and there were 12 prizes up for grabs. 12 of the most coveted prizes going – each winner would feature on one month’s cover of the Travel Weekly magazine with an accompanying article AND be sent on an incredible, all-expenses paid VIP trip to Walt Disney World in Florida. As well as being passionate about...
26 December 2018
Any parent flying long haul with a young child in tow can get obsessive about how they’re going to get their child to sleep for at least some of the flight. Stokke® brand, JetKids™, have a well-designed and clever piece of kit to give your child room to lie down and properly rest, the BedBox®. Hand-luggage sized, there’s room inside for your child’s snacks and in-flight activities, alongside a neatly folded, lightweight mattress. The little case is light enough for the smallest of children to be able to pull it along behind them in the airport, doubling up as a fabulous...
26 December 2018
Travel Counsellors are currently the fifth biggest seller in the world and as such a preferred supplier of Elephant Hills in southern Thailand. It made perfect sense for me to visit while I was staying in nearby Phuket, to give me first-hand experience of this renowned destination. I was picked up early one morning and driven to Khao Sok National Park, the second largest rainforest in southern Thailand. Elephant Hills consists of two camps, Elephant Camp and, a short distance away, Rainforest Camp, floating in Cheow Larn Lake. Transfers to the camps are available from eight places, including Koh Samui,...
18 December 2018
Following a fabulous week in Phuket with my husband and daughter, we flew north east to Koh Samui, less than an hour’s flying time. It is Thailand’s second biggest island, after Phuket, and similarly is a very popular destination as it is well-serviced with its own airport making it very accessible, a massively important consideration when travelling with a child. We stayed in Mae Nam on the north coast at the Santiburi resort. Another well-placed gem, away from the tourist hot spots. The beach here was picture postcard perfect and probably the most beautiful on the island. Soft white sand,...
15 December 2018
November saw me take my first trip to Thailand. This beautiful southeast Asian destination is around 13 hours flying time from the UK and, with direct flights to Phuket available, wholly manageable with children. There is a multitude of places to visit in Thailand on both the mainland and the myriad islands, making it a perfect island hop destination. As I was travelling with my husband and two-year-old, we decided to opt for a two-week twin centre trip in Phuket and Koh Samui. Accommodation Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and served by its own airport. We stayed in the southeast of the...
25 September 2017
Having arranged countless family holidays before, it was still an eye-opener to travel with my own baby for the first time. The amount of luggage you need is staggering, and you quickly adjust to holidaying in the shade, on your sunny beach holiday! During my baby’s first year, we’ve done four countries and time zones, eleven flights, four rental cars, and a number of hotels and self-catering villas. I loved travelling with our daughter and seeing her having so many first experiences in her short life. Experiencing different cultures, seeing different animals and tasting new things, all contribute to shaping...
21 May 2016
I stare dreamily at Isola Bella (which means “beautiful island”) across the rim of my Strawberry Colada, soaking up the sun and relaxing with the sound of gentle waves rocking pebbles back and forth across the beach…and I ponder the location of my next exotic seafood meal! I find myself literally just off the toe of Italy’s boot in the beautiful town of Taormina, enjoying Sicilian hospitality and food. The journey from the airport to Taormina was a strange mix of feelings for me. On the one hand I had the familiar excitement of drinking in the sights of...
21 May 2016
I set foot on Vulcano, quite green in the face after a 40 minute hydrofoil journey from Milazzo. After a week on mainland Sicily, we were heading over to the Aeolian Islands for another week of relaxing. Named after the god of winds, Aeolus, the Aeolian Islands are a volcanic archipelago off the North-East coast of Sicily and comprise of 7 islands: Vulcano, Lipari, Salina, Filicudi, Alicudi, Panarea and Stromboli. From the moment you arrive at the Vulcanello port you know you are close to nature as the sulphur smell of the nearby mud baths hit you in the...
02 December 2015
I am a converted river cruise fan! Why I haven’t done this before is beyond me; river cruising is without a doubt the best way to see multiple destinations in one trip. You unpack once, you get fantastic views right from your cabin, excellent service, good food, exclusive excursions, on-board entertainment and an all-round unforgettable experience. The trip that got me raving like this, was an eight day cruise on the Emerald Sun sailing from Nuremberg in Germany to Budapest in Hungary. I was lucky enough to be chosen as part of a group of travel agents to experience this itinerary...
18 July 2015
Lively, modern and chic – the perfect description for the adult-only haven of Secrets Silversands. Situated in the Riviera Maya on the Eastern Coast of Mexico, this 5 star resort is conveniently located to experience the best that the Cancun area has to offer. Just 15 miles South of Cancun City, the resort is close enough to the city to enjoy the shopping and nightlife, but far enough to escape the hustle and bustle and relax with nature on your doorstep. Further to the South, it is just over an hour to reach Tulum where you can...
07 May 2015
I feel like a little child on Christmas morning, waiting to tear open all the presents. My camera is already working overtime, clicking away, as I walk from the car park staring at the majestic beauty in front of me. As I get closer I walk into the shadow of the newly refurbished….Celebrity Eclipse. I am met with a glass of champagne as I set foot on board, and the journey of modern luxury begins. Every corner of this mid-size ship brings another surprise. Multiple restaurants, numerous bars and endless entertainment. Food is a gastronomic experience on the Eclipse, whether you...
04 October 2014
Hidden in the middle of nowhere, South West of Sri Lanka, the Maldives is an exotic holiday destination. British Airways operates direct flights from Gatwick so it is easier than ever to add this popular destination to your travelling bucket list. However, with nearly 1,200 islands of which almost 120 are resort islands, it can be overwhelming to choose where to go. From a recent visit in October 2014, I can make the choice a little bit easier having seen a wide range of alternatives. A HAPPENING PLACE - KUREDU As the second biggest island in the Maldives, Kuredu really offers something...
30 July 2014
It is one of those places that is on many a bucket list. The city that never sleeps definitely lives up to its name, a pulsing hub of 24/7 activity for young and old. The best way to see Manhattan with its famous sky scrapers is probably by hop-on hop-off bus. Different lines cater for Downtown v Uptown, and often includes a boat trip to the Liberty island. Downtown is an amazing experience! My favourite sites were: 9/11 MEMORIAL I struggle to think of the right words to describe this place... Ground zero is where the twin towers used...
30 May 2014
Italy has been a favourite of mine for a long time. I have a rule never to go back to the same location twice because there is just so much to see in this world. But with Rome, I have broken my rule twice already. When I finally visited the romantic city of Venice I realised that I have to make Italy an exception to my rule. Venice is an amazing place and hopelessly romantic. If it is not already on your bucket list, add it soon before the sinking city disappears beneath the sea. A...
30 April 2014
It’s called the Cape of Good Hope, but in my books it’s more like the Cape of Good Food & Wine! Whilst Cape Town and the surrounding areas are widely known as the wine region of South Africa, I will leave that for another blog...let’s talk food first! From our recent trip to Cape Town in April 2014, I would like to share some of my favourite food spots you should be sure to visit when you get the chance: 1. LA MOUETTE This is an absolute must! Rated as one of the top restaurants in Cape Town and recognised worldwide, I...
15 April 2014
South Africa hosts one of the world’s most famous wine regions in the Western Cape. Without being biased (since this is my home country), it is really a spectacular place to see, with natural beauty, sun, sea and of course...amazing wine! We had the pleasure of spending a whole week in this area in April 2014 and managed to visit seven wine estates in five days, so here is my ranking and recommendations of our adventure: ASARA An absolute treasure and winning my top spot! If you are keen to experience both the Stellenbosch area as well as the calm atmosphere of...
30 November 2013
Hawaii...a childhood dream, an idyllic destination, dreamy white sands and palm trees, picture-perfect sunsets and colourful cocktails next to bright blue water. It’s been on my bucket list like forever! And I finally got the chance to travel there in November 2013. First question you will probably ask is: “Which island to go to?” Good question! Hawaii is made up of 8 islands, three of which I have visited. So let’s start with Oahu and the Big Island, and I will leave my favourite for last...Maui OAHU Oahu is home to Honolulu and the world renowned Waikiki beach. If you fly...
15 February 2013
I’ll admit it; I have a huge soft spot for spas. Getting that stress rubbed out of your shoulders, marinating in thermal water, getting an overload of pampering and a general detox! So here are some of the hidden gems I have discovered whilst exploring these thermal havens... HOTEL VILLA HONEGG, SWITZERLAND Winning the top spot on my list, is Hotel Villa Honegg. What a gem! Against the slopes of a mountain, overlooking Lake Lucerne, this is a stunningly romantic location that will leave all your friends green with envy when you post those pictures on Facebook. Secluded, and hidden away...
15 July 2011
If you are looking for guaranteed sunshine, crystal clear waters and world famous diving sites, Egypt is an obvious choice! Sharm El Sheikh is a popular holiday destination to enjoy luxury resorts and sunshine all year round at affordable prices and we had the pleasure of enjoying this Egyptian hotspot in July 2012. We were sadly reluctant to come back! Now, the first thing to say is that July is HOT!!! We were desperate for warm weather, but the peak of the Egyptian summer is definitely not for the faint-hearted. Temperatures were close to 40 degrees Celsius every day with...
Sent in by R Vale
Kent, 09 December 2020
In January 2020 we contacted Cornel to help us plan our August 2020 holiday. We did not know where we wanted to go, just had a few ideas about the type of holiday we wanted. Cornel met with us and discussed what we were looking for, found out that our daughter was really into archaeology and had loved our trip to Cyprus in the previous year. Cornel then came back with a plan for Mexico. She would arrange everything, the flights the hotel etc and it looked like the perfect holiday for us. If 2020 had been a normal year, then this review would most likely be telling you about the fantastic time we had. However, 2020 was not a normal year, the worldwide pandemic saw to that. Instead, this review is a testimonial about the service we received from Cornel. Because Cornel is ATOL protected it meant that we did not lose our money when the trip had to be cancelled. Cornel kept us informed during the whole process as it become more and more likely that we would not be able to travel. When it finally became obvious that the holiday was not going to happen, we did not cancel – we postponed for a year. This is where Cornel really came into her own. Whilst the hotels were putting the price up for the following year, Cornel was able to negotiate the same price for us. In October, during the brief break in lockdowns, I contacted Cornel about finding a hotel in the UK for my wife and me to celebrate our wedding anniversary together. I fully expected to be paying her a commission on somewhere she found. However, she advised me that whilst she could find and book somewhere for me, there were a few hotels that I would be better off direct booking and then provided me with the list. This level of service is why I would wholeheartedly recommend you book your holiday through Travel Counsellors with Cornel.
Sent in by M Mardell
Hampshire, 06 March 2020
Brilliant service, nothing is too much trouble. Will definitely recommend to friends and family.
Sent in by L de Silva
Kent, 24 February 2020
Cornel has been great dealing with our queries and finding lots of options. She's very responsive and we always feel our enquiry is important to her. Great touches like the travel guide is lovely as well.
Sent in by A Williams
Kent, 24 February 2020
Amazing service, went above and beyond to find what we were looking for, even received a guidebook in the post!
Sent in by A Marris-Flore
East Sussex, 14 February 2020
Would definitely recommend Cornel for any trip that involves long haul, transfers and excursions etc. She just makes it so easy and whilst you may find it a little cheaper by searching for hours online, for me it's about the peace of mind that what you booked is exactly what you get!! Cornel is very patient with me whilst I dither about what to book when! So easy to talk to and discuss options without making me feel bad for changing my mind!
Sent in by W Combrink
Kent, 14 February 2020
Friendly, responsive, informed, helpful.
Sent in by A Lancaster
East Sussex, 30 January 2020
Very helpful. Grate price. Service was second to none. Will definitely use again. Thank you.
Sent in by N Dunn
Kent, 22 January 2020
Cornel has been fabulous!!!
Sent in by J Pierce
Kent, 22 January 2020
Cornel was recommended as someone who would ‘go the extra mile’ and she certainly does! She is friendly and easy to talk to and very speedily arranged every detail of the holiday I requested. Extra details such as checking that we have the necessary up-to-date personal documentation and the surprise gift of a relevant guide book ensure that Cornel and Travelcounsellors stand apart from other companies. We will certainly use them in the future and are pleased to recommend their first-class service to others.
Sent in by S Lawrence
Kent, 20 January 2020
Very helpful in finding me the right holiday for my young family and taken the hassle away with her detailed research and knowledge. Not an easy task when I’m a fussy client with a long wish list!
Sent in by M Swart
South Africa, 24 December 2019
Very professional, always a pleasure working with Cornel :-)
Sent in by J Patterson
East Sussex, 05 December 2019
Friendly, efficient and so quick to respond
Sent in by S Ball
Kent, 04 December 2019
Cornel is brilliant and we recommend her at every opportunity. We particularly appreciate her attention to detail and patience when we change our minds or ask for other options. We also love receiving her notes on arrival at our hotel. Thank you Cornel.
Sent in by N Birt
Kent, 26 November 2019
I have already shared Cornel’s details with a friend following the great service we received.
Sent in by B Bhatti
Hertfordshire, 30 October 2019
We have received a first class service from Cornel and I would not hesitate to recommend her to my family and friends. She was very helpful and understood our requirements therefore provided us with the appropriate recommendations and kept us informed when awaiting responses from third party (hotels, airlines etc) Her service is thorough and efficient and I’ll certainly be using her again.
Sent in by D Harrison-Jarrett
Kent, 29 October 2019
I love the personal touch to your service. Thank you
Sent in by D Butcher
Kent, 21 October 2019
Cornel was very professional and easy to deal with. We would happily rebook and recommend.
Sent in by T D'Avrincourt
Kent, 21 October 2019
Cornel was incredibly efficient at coming up with options to suit my need. It was great to have someone listen and ask the right questions about my ski trip needs and take the time to do the research and come up with options so promptly. Thanks to Cornel ski trip next March all booked. Many thanks Cornel!
Sent in by J Best
Kent, 21 October 2019
Great service. I've already passed your details to a few friends! Thanks again Cornel.
Sent in by A Gombera
Surrey, 21 October 2019
Very efficient service
Sent in by V Drew
Kent, 21 October 2019
Cornel has been amazing. We changed our plans so many times, she was patient and found great alternatives for us. Finding a holiday that meets two families requirements and preferences was a hard task but Cornel gave us the options, answered our many questions and guided us to create our perfect holiday. We can’t wait to go.
Sent in by H Williams
Crawley, 19 September 2019
Cornel has been such a great help I will definitely be back to book more with her.
Sent in by C Tregear
London, 12 September 2019
I’m so grateful for Cornel and her helping me in booking a surprise trip to Euro Disney and Paris for my family next year. Her enthusiasm, energy, organisation and professionalism scores a perfect 10/10. I would highly recommend Cornel’s travel services and I will definitely be calling upon Cornel to assist me with holiday travel in the future. Thank you so much Cornel!
Sent in by D Sanjivi
Surrey, 02 September 2019
Cornel has been brilliant from day 1 when we engage with her to book our family holiday. She sent us a variety of quotes within our budget and matching our spec. Once we decided on a location, Cornel made the booking so easy and been in contact to sort out several requirements, from car seat hire to cots for our baby.
Sent in by T Wighton
Crowborough, 02 September 2019
The service has been fantastic. We have little time to look into and plan such wonderful holidays. Their prompt and personal service has helped so much. We are so excited about our trip.
Sent in by C Veldtman
Buckinghamshire, 16 August 2019
Cornel is very professional and she knows the industry well. Very friendly to talk too.
Sent in by C Veldtman
Buckinghamshire, 16 August 2019
Cornel is very professional and she knows the industry well. Very friendly to talk to, too.
Sent in by K Ames
Kent, 08 August 2019
Friendly, knowledgeable, understanding of our needs, considerate in every aspect of the booking and full of information.
Sent in by C Best
Kent, 25 July 2019
Cornel was very friendly and helpful. We had a chat about what we wanted from our holiday, and Cornel's first suggestion, with some 'tweaks' was perfect and we booked straight away! We're really looking forward to our holiday.
Sent in by G Wixley
London, 04 July 2019
Brilliant swift service took all the stress out of organising a holiday!
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 01892 882750