Based in Poulton Le Fylde

Dana Dickens

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Travel isn’t just a job to me, it’s my passion and I’m very lucky to be able to combine the two together. I have over 25 years experience and a wealth of knowledge within the travel industry. Some of the destinations I am fortunate to have visited personally are the Caribbean, USA, Canada, Hawaii, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Mauritius, Malaysia, Middle East and many European hot spots to mention just a few.

As a Travel Counsellor I am dedicated to providing my customers with the highest level of service, whether you are looking for a short trip to Europe or a round the world adventure you can rest assured your travel arrangements will be dealt with in safe and experienced hands. Working independently means that I have the flexibility to help you plan your travel arrangements at a time convenient to you, this could be an evening or weekend when other travel agents may be closed.

Being part of one of the largest Independent travel agencies in the UK means I have the latest award winning technology which enables me to source the most up to date travel deals and also offer you the best financial protection in the industry for total peace of mind.

Whatever your travel requirements are, I’m here to offer you a quality service dedicated to your needs, please call or email me with your enquiry I’ll be very happy to help you begin your journey!


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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.

Magical Muscat

28 September 2019

My Educational visit to Oman 19th September 2019 Departed from Terminal 2 at Manchester Airport for our direct flight with Oman Airlines. The flight took just over 7 hours and was a comfortable, smooth journey. On arrival at Muscat Airport we were greeted by a representative from Desert Adventures who escorted us to our air conditioned coach for the transfer to the Kempinski Hotel. Check in was smooth and we were offered a cold towel and refreshing drink. The hotel room was large and luxurious, with a lovely view of the pool and sea. We had just enough time to unpack before a buffet lunch. If you are a foodie then you would have been in heaven, there were various food stations with something for everyone and it was delicious. We had the rest of the day at leisure to recover from our over night flight, so order of the day was to catch a few rays by the lovely pool. Day 2. Muscat City Tour Our first stop of the tour was to visit the Grand Mosque, a beautiful architectural piece of work. There were 2 rooms, one for men and one for women to visit and prey. The mosque is made from a unique Oman marble which doesn’t absorb the heat and stays cool to the touch. The was a enormous chandelier which has 600,000 Swarovski Crystals and weighs over 8.5 tons. From the Mosque we proceeded to the old part of the city to the Muttrah Souk, a traditional Omani market. The souk offers a wide range of goods, especially typical Omani souvenirs like Frankincense, the Omani Dagger or Khanjar and beautiful silver handicrafts and Pashmina shawls. It is always advisable to barter with the salesmen, I was offered a Pashmina for 35 Omani Rial and ended up paying 11! So well worth the barter. Our next stop was at the Bait Al Zubair Museum, the museum is a small town house that has been converted to display the old archaeological findings and Omani traditions such as national dress and jewellery. It was a great insight to times gone by. We then proceeded on the visit the Sultan’s Palace, surrounded by 2 Forts of Mirani and Jalali built by the Portuguese in the 16th century during their rule of the coastal cities of Oman. The Sultan wasn’t in residence whilst we were there as the flag wasn’t up, if it’s down this means he’s not there, as was the case during our visit. Day 3. Coastal Tour Our trip started in the fishing village of Quriyal, the harbour is spectacular and yet completely rural. We proceeded from here by part road and part dirt track to see the Bimah Sinkhole, a spectacular limestone crater that had been created many years ago by a collapsing Mountain. (There is a myth that the hole was actually made by a falling star, I like this version better being a bit of a romantic at heart!) The hole is large and filled with blue green sea water, you can go for a refreshing swim to cool down from the heat of the day. We then continued on to the white beaches of Finns, where you could also swim, it is also here that the green turtle comes to lay it’s eggs during the months of September/October, you can book and excursion to come and see this wonderful bit of nature which takes place in the evenings. Afterwards we reached Wadi Tiwi to view the serene surroundings of this beautiful oasis, you can catch a boat ride which will take you further into the Wadi and you can then go hiking is desired. Our last port of call before our journey back to Muscat was to visit a Dhow building yard (traditional Omani wooden fisher boat), here we saw Dhow’s being build completely by hand, such an amazing craft. The one displayed in my picture was ordered by a Sheikh of Abu Dhabi at a cost of 1.2 million pounds. Day 4. Our journey home to Manchester Airport. We had an unforgettable trip, I made new friends and some lovely memories – I hope you enjoy my photos of this fabulous experience.

Kerala, The Maldives & Mumbai

21 July 2016

Wow!! What an experience - In February 2015 my husband and I along with 2 friends travelled to Kerala. I organized a tour as we wanted to see a much of the area as we could in the short time we had available. Our first port of call the beautiful beach resort of Kovalam, here we stayed at The Leela Kovalam Hotel for 3 nights, built on a cliff top overlooking lush greenery this resort has 183 rooms & suites and enjoys a panoramic view of the Kovalam coastline. An array of speciality restaurants & lounges, it is also renowned for its traditional spa treatments. It has 2 stunning infinity pools overlooking the Arabian Sea. The resort centre is a short walk down quite a steep hill (due to its cliff top location) with lots of shops & restaurants to experience. We enjoyed our stay here very much. Onwards to the back waters, we joined our rice boat experience for a cruise down the back waters and overnight stay on board. This was an amazing experience, to see all the local village life along the river, the wildlife and scenery was just tremendous. We had our own lovely crew on board who supplied us with a lovely lunch, dinner & breakfast and were very helpful to our needs. After disembarking our river cruise we were then transferred Kumarakom which is a resort on the picturesque backwaters. We stayed at the Kumarakom Lake Resort situated on Lake Vembanad. Renowned for its amazing Spa Treatments for every kind of ailment you could imagine. Such a relaxing beautiful place to stay. Next stop Cochin for a tour of the city and overnight stay at the fabulous Brunton Boatyard Hotel, resurrected from the remains of a Victorian shipbuilding yard. Beautifully recreated period building in colonial style. We had one of the best seafood meals of our stay in the elegant dining room with fabulous service. A short onward flight from Cochin to the main island of Male in the Maldives, from here we took an amazing seaplane trip to our paradise island of Kanafushi for 6 wonderful nights Ultra All Inclusive at Atmosphere Kanafushi. We were greeted on arrival and checked in straight away after being given a lovely glass of chilled champagne and cold towels to refresh with. Taken by golf caddy to our private villas, all I can say is WOW!!!! Has to be up there at the top of most luxurious places to stay. Outdoor bathroom with bathtub, shower, his & hers wash basins. The villa itself had privately stocked bar (you choose what you would like it stocked with) super king bed, amazing views with just a few steps across the beach to the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean. The restaurants and choice were fabulous, I can highly recommend this place! Sadly departing our little island paradise we ventured onwards to Mumbai for the last 3 nights of our amazing holiday. Here we stayed at the famous Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai's first harbour landmark and site of the first licensed bar in the city. The hotel overlooks the Gateway of India monument. Our room was in the main building and looked over the beautiful pool area. We arranged a private tour of the city which was a great insight to such a different culture, a fabulous experience and one we will never forget. There is so much more I could add to this holiday experience, this is just the tip of the iceberg but I hope you get a little insight and I would be very happy to advise and guide you should you wish to have a similar experience. Don't hesitate to get in touch!!

My customer stories

Sent by Gay Shaw

Dana has been extremely helpful with two years cancellations of our cruise to Alaska. There are hotel stays and Rocky Mountaineer bookings too, and Dana has been excellent at sorting everything out for us. So glad we booked with her. 10/10

Sent by Duncan Craig

Dana has been our Travel Counsellor for 4 years now during which time she has organised a number of trips for us. We cannot recommend her enough. She listens carefully to what we want then proposes an itinerary based on our desires, her own extensive experience and also other firsthand knowledge from the Travel Counsellors network. She then works with you to fine tune the schedule to exactly what you want and tailored to a budget. We have been delighted with the results on every occasion and if we have been abroad and had a query, Dana has always been on hand to answer any questions and amend our travel plan as required. She is a lovely person, easy to talk to, always responds quickly and you really do get a personal service" I mean every word!

Sent by Andrea Read

Dana has been excellent from start to finish of the whole booking process. With us being a group of 14 there has been a lot for her to do! Great price. Excellent communication. We’re counting down the days to our holiday! Thank you Dana.

Sent by Stephen Dixon

In the past I've relied on the high street travel agents to provide my holiday and accepted they would find the best one for me. I was introduced to Travel Counsellors by a friend and I will be always grateful as I was given the opportunity to tailor my holiday adventure just as I wanted it. The hand picked package included everything I wanted, and the value for money was exceptional. Thank you Travel Counsellors.

Sent by Kim Dorrington

Dana provided an absolutely excellent experience for us, booking a very special holiday. I would recommend her to anyone, she is a real credit to the travel industry

Sent by Allan Caton

My wife and I had searched the internet for a special holiday and we had come to a stalemate for ideas. We asked Dana to give us some suggestions and she responded with destinations we hadn't considered. She was very helpful and answered the many questions that we had and was extremely patient with all the changes that we were making. We are now looking forward to our luxury break in Mauritius.


Dana is very pleasant, efficient and extremely good at her job. I would have no reservations in recommending her to others.


Dana provided a brilliant service, could not be more helpful, nothing to much trouble, attention to detail just seems part off the job. I would recommend all my friends give Travel Counsellors a try. I will be back for more.


I found Dana is extremely well qualified to answer all questions I have ever put to her and has the knowledge to advise on all aspects of travel and holidays. She sure knows her stuff. 10/10.


Dana made all the arrangements for our New Year trip to Budapest. The flights and transfers worked well but what really made the holiday was the hotel. We did not know the city at all so had asked Dana to find us a medium priced hotel with a good location to the attractions. She settled on the Best Western Parlament based on her personal knowledge, and what is clearly a wide network of contacts, and it was perfect for us. We will definitely ask Dana to organise other holidays for us as she is genuinely keen to ensure that her customers have a great experience and she brings a lot of sound common sense and has great attention to detail'.


As we had decided to go away last minute for new year a lot of places were fully booked, flights were either on the wrong days or fully booked or the prices were extortionate, however we gave Dana a couple of options and once again she came up trumps for us, thus the reason why we won't use anybody else. Not only does she realise and accommodate our needs she makes sure we get them. You may think that that should be a given but my daughter is disabled and travelling with her can be quite stressful if things aren't just so. Dana suggested we go to Singapore and gave a couple of hotel options, one being the Shangri-La which we chose. She had looked at all the room types in the various wings and decided we would be best suited for the valley wing, which was first class. We had adjoining rooms and my daughter had a super king sized bed to herself which she was delighted with. Emirates were also chosen as our airline and as my husband is a huge fan of the A380; Dana had booked three of these planes for our trip. All of which were suitably timed and not much hanging around at airports with my daughter. Dana is a fantastic travel agent and always finds us exactly what we need.