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 please either fill in and send the form below or simply give me a call and I can get things started for you:-
Sent in by A Randall
Cambridgeshire, 09 April 2019
Excellent service with a personal touch. Sometimes it’s the little things that make the difference such as the Barcelona pocket lonely planet guide.
Sent in by L Davis
Kent, 10 March 2019
Cornel has been brilliant, she has been exactly what we we’re looking for. Cornel has answered all our questions and done all the hard work for us. We highly recommend Cornel. Hopefully our holiday in September won’t disappoint.
Sent in by A Glekin
London, 07 March 2019
Everything I asked Cornel to find out she did so immediately and with explanations and recommendations.
Sent in by W Chopping
Kent, 06 March 2019
Great personal service. Lovely touch to receive a quality guide book for the destination as well. Highly recommended.
Sent in by S Copland-Jones
North Yorkshire, 05 March 2019
Cornel is extremely professional and brilliant at what she does and has been helping us book our holidays now for a number of years. Cornel is someone who always does that bit more for you to ensure your holiday is just what you wanted. A fantastic exemplary service every time! Many thanks Cornel from The Copland-Jones family
Sent in by C Hickey
East Sussex, 01 March 2019
Excellent service. Friendly, knowledgeable and super efficient and helpful.
Sent in by S Gillmore
Kent, 27 February 2019
Very good service
Sent in by J Brankin
Surrey, 18 February 2019
We really enjoy discussing and planning holidays with Cornel and recommend her at every opportunity we get!
Sent in by E Blakeborough
Kent, 14 February 2019
Amazing, friendly, informative and super quick service. It was lovely not to have the hassle of finding the perfect villa - Cornel found it for us in no time at all.
Sent in by K Jackson
Kent, 18 January 2019
Cornel's personal service cannot be faulted and has taken care of all my requirements. All I did was chose my preferred holiday from the wonderful options she offered me. Thank you.
Sent in by P Nightingale
Suffolk, 12 January 2019
A very professional, knowledgeable, friendly and thoroughly reliable service provided at all times. Already recommended to others.
Sent in by L Bodvin
Kent, 01 November 2018
Cornel did a great job on this assignment, from beginning to end! She helped us plan an amazing holiday with a couple of iterations during planning to suit our thoughts and budget. Whilst we were in Halong Bay, the monsoon came in early and we had to alter plans for safety reasons. We reached out to Cornel and Ms Nga on the ground, who helped us bring our scheduled itinerary a day forward - all in the middle of the night for Cornel! We had a great team on this holiday, definitely recommended Cornel and Ms Nga for organising any trip to Vietnam, and providing support in time of need!
Sent in by A Hutchins
East Sussex, 22 October 2018
Cornel has been extremely helpful and answered all my questions that I have had very professionally. She gave me various different quotes so that I could compare what holiday was best suited to us. Cornel was really efficient and got our holiday booked very quickly and offered us advice along the way. I would definitely recommend her services and would have no hesitation in booking a holiday with her again.
Sent in by I Goldsmith
Kent, 22 October 2018
Our scheduled ferry crossing from Portsmouth to Bilbao was cancelled immediately prior to departure. Cornel reacted immediately and within an hour had booked alternative flights, changed hotel reservations and secured re-funds. This is our third experience with Cornel and Travel Counsellors. Definitely to be repeated again.
Sent in by T Wells
East Sussex, 12 September 2018
Cornel was amazing and spent so much time organising what will be a very special holiday. There were numerous changes on dates, people and itinerary but she dealt with it all with so professionally and made it so easy for me. I can't thank her enough.
Sent in by L Bodvin
Kent, 10 September 2018
Cornel goes the extra mile to accommodate all our requirements- thank you!
Sent in by M Swart
George, South Africa, 04 September 2018
Excellent professional service!
Sent in by I Tolowinska
Kent, 09 July 2018
The helpful advice and taking away the time required for searching/finding the best deals that suited our budget made booking this holiday so easy.
Sent in by B Granville
Berkshire, 13 June 2018
The service that Cornel gave us was exemplary with amazingly speedy replies to all our questions even late in the evening and imaginative suggestions. First Class.
Sent in by K Jackson
Kent, 16 May 2018
I made one phone call to Cornel and from that I have a complete holiday with all the extra care with travelling and hotel arrangements made for me.
Sent in by L Jackson
East Sussex, 16 May 2018
A fantastic travel experience for a short trip again. Cornel made it really easy - I didn't have to think about a thing from start to finish. Thanks!
Sent in by T Parrott
Leeds, 13 February 2018
Highly recommended, Cornel is amazing, truly passionate about travel and booking holidays as if they were her own. A lovely personal service and completely hassle free! Thank you Cornel.
Sent in by N Henderson
Kent, 23 January 2018
Cornel has been amazing. In just one week we had planned and booked a special trip to celebrate our silver wedding anniversary including multiple flights, destinations, transfers and trips. First hand knowledge of destinations offering helpful advice and tips with excellent personal service. Thank you very much and would highly recommend your services to our friends and family.
Sent in by P Mason
Berkshire, 20 January 2018
Cornel has done a great job of helping us narrow down our requirements for our summer holiday and found us a fantastic villa which was exactly what we were looking for. I would have no hesitation recommending Cornel to friends and family looking for a personal service when arranging their next holiday.
Sent in by I Goldsmith
Kent, 17 January 2018
We were delighted with your rapid and thoughtful response to our enquiries.
Sent in by P Nightingale
Suffolk, 16 January 2018
Cornel worked above and beyond expectations to organise a special holiday tailored to our needs. She worked incredibly efficiently to complete our itinerary in such a short time scale and was always quick to respond to any of our queries. Overall, a first class service and we look forward to our holiday with excited anticipation.
Sent in by E Page
East Sussex, 16 January 2018
Cornel understood exactly what we required and very quickly put together realistic options for us, handling our rather complicated wishes with aplomb. She has imbued us with confidence in the arrangements and offered ideas for add-ons to consider without being at all pushy. Thoroughly recommend!
Sent in by A Henson
London, 08 December 2017
Cornel has created us a wonderful honeymoon trip for next year. She carefully listened to all our requirements and then worked hard with the ground team in South America to bring it together. They've provided an excellent service and I can't wait for the actual trip! I would thoroughly recommend her services to anyone. Thank you in advance Cornel!
Sent in by K Leeves
Kent, 31 October 2017
Cornel is a very lovely, thorough travel counsellor who always gives the best advice. She takes time when I don't understand something and makes me feel as if I am her only customer!
Sent in by P Keeley
Surrey, 10 October 2017
Cornel understood my complex needs, as it wasn't just a package holiday. Everything was done correctly, without any hassle and saved me spending hours going through the internet trying to find flights/deals. Would highly recommend.
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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...