New York City
I provide a unique travel service, using award winning technology to tailor make holidays, with the support of a world leading, independent travel company.
I will take the time to get to know you and tailor your perfect holiday whether you're looking for a faraway adventure or a weekend escape.
With over 96% of my customers saying they would recommend me personally to their friends and family you can too with the promise that all your holiday plans are in the safest possible hands.
Remember how easy it used to be to go on holiday? When someone else took care of everything? Travel is so personal that I believe everybody deserves their own expert.
At Travel Counsellors we all about you. So, if you’re looking for a holiday to remember – and a uniquely personal service – I’d be happy to help.
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.
21 November 2019
Thinking about making the leap from a mainstream mega-ship to a more intimate luxury vessel? Here's my favourite Luxury Cruise Lines Regent Seven Seas Cruises® offer the MOST inclusive luxury experience. This is cruising as it was meant to be where everything is included; return flights and transfers, unlimited shore excursions, all fine dining and beverages, unlimited Wi-Fi and even gratuities and service charges - without exception, without compromise. Carrying 490-750 guests, their four perfectly sized, ultra-luxury, all-suite, all-balcony* ships offer spectacular gourmet restaurants and with an enviable staff-to-guest ratio that makes queuing and waiting a thing of the past, there’s...
19 November 2019
Ever wondered which cruise operator would be best for your family holiday but never knew where to start - here's my favourites! Royal Caribbean International At Royal Caribbean, family comes first. They've thought of every little detail to give you an unforgettable family holiday, from start to finish. Discover breath-taking family holiday destinations around the world, staying in family-friendly staterooms or suites. There are slides, pools and splash parks, a carousel, rock climbing, ice skating, surfing, ziplining, video games, bumper cars and more. And with almost everything included in the one price, you know you’re always getting great value for money. Disney...
18 April 2019
One of the benefits of this job is that I get to visit some amazing places to help me promote, sell and recommend to my clients and earlier this year I was lucky enough to visit Boston. It's a beautiful city and I got to see it from a different angle and one I would recommend - by bicycle with Urban AdvenTours. The Urban AdvenTours Boston City View Bicycle Tour is a classic tour for those looking to get a great overall introduction to Boston. On this tour, you will discover the unique character and charm of each community...
27 November 2018
I had the opportunity recently to visit Canada, specifically Ontario and Quebec, to experience this amazing country first hand. And it really didn’t disappoint! The itinerary ahead was packed, spending 1 night each in Niagara Falls, Toronto, Ottawa, Gatineau-Ottawa, Vaudreuil-Dorion and Montreal. We were met at Toronto Airport and whisked away for the hour and a half car journey to Niagara Falls for our overnight stay at the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel where we had Falls View rooms (an absolute must, views are stunning day and night) After a short walk around the Falls to take in the atmosphere, noise...
27 November 2018
The second half of the trip focused on Quebec....... A short distance outside Ottawa is Wakefield Mill Hotel & Spa. Imagine a place so serene, yet so conveniently close to Canada's capital. First built in 1838, the Wakefield Mill Hotel & Spa is now a charming, four-star country boutique hotel surrounded by the splendid Gatineau Park and the picturesque village of Wakefield. It offers 42 unique guest rooms, a dining room specializing in fine cuisine québécoise, The Heron Room Bistro restaurant, a full-treatment spa with outdoor massage tent, two outdoor hot tubs and swimming pool, as well as a cosy fireplace...
25 September 2018
The flights and hotel have been booked for ages and finally the time is here for our flight to Palermo, Sicily from our local airport (Liverpool). Not a great start as the conveyor belt was broken so after two long queues we finally cleared security and had a brisk 20 minutes to check out duty free before boarding our flight with EasyJet. The flight was great, took off on time and landed 20 minutes early. The scenery and coastline of Sicily as you land in Palermo is absolutely stunning and really whets your appetite for the time ahead. We’ve hired a car,...
16 July 2018
With this glorious weather we’ve been having, we decided to take a short break and see some of the beautiful countryside we have here in the UK. We’re normally your traditional Lake District visitors, sticking to the usual hot spots, but we decided to try our hand a little further afield and booked a three-night break with Hoseasons on the border of the Lake District in the Cumbrian Valley with stunning views of the Pennines. It was perfect for us and something onsite to keep us all entertained, an outdoor pool, bistro and bar area, games arcade and play areas....
28 June 2018
I was looking forward to this trip. After recent back surgery this short break was a chance to re-charge the batteries and put the past few months behind us. Also, it was the first package holiday abroad we took as a family in the Eighties. My parents used to live in the area and they were keen to show off their old haunt. We loved it then, but would my kids love it now? Going back to a place you went as a teenager with your own children left me feeling a little nervous. What’s changed over the thirty years?...
26 April 2018
This was the first of many events I’ve got planned to interact with you (my clients) to introduce new ideas, destinations and travel providers that will hopefully inspire your future travel plans and achieve those dreams and help make lots of memories. Kelly-Marie from Regent Seven Seas was my first guest speaker and delivered a wonderful presentation to around 30 guests, who as well a lovely glass of Prosecco on arrival enjoyed Afternoon Tea and the chance to question Kelly-Marie in more detail about Regent Seven Seas. I got the chance to spend some much-valued time with my clients. As an exclusive,...
22 May 2017
For our latest adventure, we took a last-minute decision to visit a European city during the May half term school holidays. Available from our local airport Liverpool, we saw Berlin had some great flights to make the most of two nights away. Joanne and I had visited Hamburg in the past to visit the Christmas Markets and I’ve been to Munich, but as family we’d never considered Germany for a break. We chose the Novotel Berlin Mitte, located right on the River Spree, only a short walk to Alexanderplatz and the old East Berlin. The hotel welcome was first class. We...
06 April 2017
For our family holiday this year we decided to go back to the Middle East, after visiting Dubai last May we thought we’d try another Emirate resort, Abu Dhabi. We took the opportunity to visit at the end of March beginning of April, the temperatures were perfect for us averaging 35 degrees and not a cloud in sight. Overall, we were away for a week taking advantage of the overnight flights we flew from Manchester and had the full day ahead to relax around the pool. Likewise, on the return flight left Abu Dhabi in the early hours of the...
24 May 2016
For our family holiday this year we visited Dubai for the first time. Using Emirates Airlines we took the overnight flight on the A380 from Manchester. The service, in flight entertainment and overall comfort were excellent and we arrived refreshed and ready to start our holiday. We stayed in the fantastic Ritz Carlton Jumeirah Beach. With its beachfront location and stunning views of the Palm and Dubai skyline we found it perfect for the whole family. The room was plenty big enough for two adults and two children. There are several swimming pools to choose from and an amazing choice of restaurants...
01 May 2016
I was lucky enough to visit the capital of the UAE and it is a land of true contrasts. Over the few days I was there I experienced the cultural highlights of Abu Dhabi City and its islands and beauty of the surrounding desert. Our base for the trip was the luxurious Ritz Carlton situated on the Abu Dhabi Grand Canal, 20 minutes from the airport with stunning views of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. During the trip we visited some beautiful hotels, each offering something different:- Crowne Plaza Yas Island - Enter the vibrant deep blue, turquoise and gold designed lobby...
24 October 2012
Disneyland Paris is a fantastic short break for all the family. We drove via the Eurotunnel and stayed at Disney's Davy Crockett Ranch. It's a short five minute drive away from Disneyland and gives you the flexibility of self-catering and the ability to drive to the massive Val d'Europe shopping mall with plenty of restaurants and a huge supermarket. Disneyland Paris at this time of year is amazing - decorated for Halloween with the characters in similar attire. It appeals to all ages, adults included!
28 September 2012
Oktoberfest is a must do for all stag parties, beer enthusiast's or simply for an alternative city break weekend. We stayed in the Winters Munich City Centre Hotel, a 15 minute walk from the festival location and right opposite the train station which offers a direct rail service to the airport. Oktoberfest can only be described as huge! The site itself is massive, a huge fairground with 10 beer tents scattered around. The steins are huge, the food portions huge and the pretzels huge. The atmosphere is amazing; the locals take it very seriously with everyone wearing the local Bavarian costumes. Pre-booking a table...
18 July 2012
This is a wonderful resort for families. This resort is perfect with it’s lovely long sandy beach with plenty of activities, fun parks and entertainment for the younger children, pubs and restaurants with family entertainment and great offers to suit all tastes. We stayed in the Morito Hotel, set back one block from the main street and two blocks from the beach. The family room was great for our needs, the food was excellent and the hotel offered evening entertainment. Cala Bona is a short walk away along the promenade and Sa Coma a couple of minutes away in a taxi or...
08 August 2010
The impressive LykiaWorld Antalya is set in a beautiful location overlooking the Mediterranean, with Taurus mountains as its backdrop. It offers a superb range of facilities including waterslides, a vibrant activity pool and a relaxation pool; as well as gourmet cuisine from around the world; plus an extensive spa and wellness centre which provides a haven of relaxation. All this and more ensures that there is no shortage of things to do for both families and couples at this stylish and luxurious holiday resort.
Sent in by James Kenn
Formby , 28 June 2018
We found the experience with David booking our twin centre holiday to Dubai and Mauritius to be very professional. David was very knowledgable on our chosen destinations and the traveler pack with travel guides for the holiday was a nice touch. We would definitely use David again for future travel plans.
Sent in by Jill Fielding
West lancs, 25 June 2018
Usually efficient getting back to me. Nothing is too big for you. I guess you love a challenge. Can highly recommend your service
Sent in by Steve Johnson
Formby, 25 June 2018
Once again David created a great get away package for our family. Nothing seems to be too much trouble for David even when we ask for last minute changes or requests. We constantly provide his name to family and friends for their trips abroad and they are always full of praise for David's recommendations and great attention to detail. You just can't go wrong with David!!!
Sent in by Lisa France
Southport , 22 June 2018
David has always been very thorough, helpful and keeps in touch throughout your holiday experience to make sure all is good
Sent in by Teresa Williams
Liverpool , 18 June 2017
Once again we are planning to travel abroad, and the first thing that comes to mind the minute we talk about holidays is David Ashworth and Travel Counsellors. All we do is say where and when we want to go and David does the rest. I love everything about the service we receive, from booking to flying it couldn't be easier. Thank you for all that you do.
Sent in by Jill Fielding
Haskayne, 16 June 2017
Personal attention to detail Always goes the extra mile. Would definitely recommend his superb service.
Sent in by Ann McCracken
Blundellsands , 16 June 2017
We have used the services of David several times and are looking forward to our next holiday in August. Nothing too much trouble. Why bother with high street when you can have a sunny experience with local expert?
Sent in by Philomena Tulip
Southport , 16 June 2017
David has been so helpful. I would give him a five star rating in every way of travel with Travel Counsellors. I recommend to all my friends as David just gives you that extra personal touch.
Sent in by Pauline Foley
Formby, 16 June 2017
David was efficient and very courteous. He came back very quickly with answers for my travel and nothing is too much trouble for him. He delivers tickets etc personally where he can. I would highly recommend him for your holiday plans.
Sent in by Joan Craven
Aldershot Hampshire, 16 June 2017
I can honestly say your service and attention to detail was spot on - you found just what I was looking for, a tailor made holiday to suit my own requirements i.e. travelling alone. I have already recommended you to several friends and they seemed very impressed. I had never previously thought of letting someone else arrange my holiday, thus removing the hassle and uncertainty normally encountered - particularly for those above a certain age like myself! Well done.
Sent in by Clare Friar
Formby , 16 June 2017
Great service from Dave as usual and a really enjoyable holiday. Thanks.
Sent in by Angela Rohr
Liverpool , 08 December 2015
We had a lovely holiday in Italy, in June this year. David organised it for us, even down to the extra leg room that we wanted on the flight. This is the third time David has sorted a holiday for us. We have always been really pleased with the suggestions he has made and we have always had plenty of places to choose from. Thank you once again David.
Sent in by Jonathan Hart
Birmingham, 04 December 2015
We have been extremely pleased with our holiday arrangements. Thank you David, everything has been delivered to a tee and nothing has ever been too much trouble. You made the run up to our holidays very simple and seamless.
Sent in by Caroline Clark
Wallasey , 04 December 2015
I approached David after meeting him at an event and requested his guidance and services in booking a trip to Dubai and Abu Dhabi for the Grand Prix. As it is a country I am not familiar with I felt David could help take away concerns about local procedures and bookings with the hotels and transfer companies. David offered an outstanding service. He helped find the best deals and we couldn't have been happier with how smoothly the entire trip was. I also requested a change just before our trip and he sorted everything out and sent all corresponding paperwork. I felt completely at ease during the trip and knew if needed I could contact David to support any problems, not that there were any. We will be asking David to help with an upcoming trip and probably many more! Thank you!
Sent in by Susan Jones
Formby Liverpool, 03 December 2015
Thanks so much David for all of your help and guidance, we have not been on a cruise before and it was great to have your support in finding the best one for us. Really looking forward to summer 2016!
Sent in by Tracey North
Southport , 03 December 2015
Dave has arranged a number of family holidays and shortbreaks for us , not only does he take any hassle out of organising your Holiday but he has useful suggestions and is always on hand when you need him. I have recommended him to numerous friends and family
Sent in by Joseph Ainscough
Liverpool, 03 December 2015
Really happy with your service throughout. From agreeing to get us a great holiday (which you have) to sorting out all transfers/ lovely hotel - though most importantly a fantastic price! I would definitely use you again, and recommend you to friends and family in future.
Sent in by John Morshead
Crosby, 12 March 2012
I have used David for a number of my travel arrangements over the last 12 months. I have always found him to be friendly, personable,knowledgeable efficient and professional. David listens to what you need and seeks to tailor the arrangements around your requirements.
Sent in by James Noon
High Wucombe, 13 December 2011
I gave Dave a difficult brief - I called him on the Sunday and said I wanted to a week in the Caribbean leaving in 4 days. Having spent days trawling the internet for deals, I was convinced there were none that matched my budget. Within 24 hour Dave had suceeded where I had failed! He found a great deal and we had a lovely time. What's more, I never felt that Dave was "trying to sell me something" or being pushy. He presented the deal and gave his honest opinion on the pro's and con's. Would recommend Dave and would use him again!
Sent in by Ann Marie Morrissey
Leighton Buzzard, 11 November 2011
I would have no hesitation in recommending David. Prompt, efficient and professional. David provided an excellent service, I have booked several holidays/hotels this year, he is completely flexible and adaptable and I will continue to use and recomend David's fantastic service. Thank you David!
Sent in by Harold Jones
Southport, 27 October 2011
Just to let you know we were delighted with everything. The hotel was even better than last time. You could recommend it to anyone. Everyone was very impressed, which was a big relief to us as we recommended it.
Sent in by Philip Teare
Liverpool, 20 October 2011
We had decided that this Christmas we would treat ourselves to some sun rather than the freezing cold and snow. David Ashworth was recommended to us by a friend of a friend. We did not really have any holiday ideas or budget to work to, and asked David to come up with some ideas for us for a winter sunshine holiday. David gave us some great destinations and good prices as well. In fact we were struggling to choose one but with Davids guidance and patience we have a excellent package put together for us at a great price. Many thanks David.
Sent in by Clare Friar
Formby, merseyside., 19 October 2011
The service we received from Dave was fantastic. Nothing was too much trouble and he searched to find us a great deal. Dave made going on holiday very easy as he had organised everything and all travel documents were very detailed. A very personnel friendly service and would definitely use Dave for all our future holidays.
Sent in by Justin Finn
Formby , 17 October 2011
I would have no hesitation in recommending David's excellent service - prompt, efficient, professional and importantly...affordable! David has provided a service beyond that of any high street travel agent! He is completely flexible and adaptable and I will continue to use and recomend David's fantastic service. Thanks. A*!
Sent in by Helen Shaw
Liverpool, 17 October 2011
This year I have booked two holidays with David, both times he has provided me with excellent service. I would thoroughly recommend him to anyone who is thinknig of booking a holiday or even just booking flights or accomodation.
Sent in by Steve Allcock
Prescot, 17 October 2011
Excellent service from start to finish. Our (not David's) chosen hotel let us down at the last minute due to overbooking. David didn't accept their offered alternative and went the extra mile to find us something much better - for a lower price! I'm sure we had a much better holiday than we would otherwise have done, thanks to David's persistence. Thank you David.
Sent in by John North
Formby, 17 October 2011
I cannot recommend Dave highly enough. Our original holiday fell through with the operator at a weeks notice of departure! I approached Dave, and within a few hours he provided several options at, or less than we were paying previously. We ended up having what I can honestly say was one of the best family holidays we have ever had, even our 13 year old daughter talked to us and enjoyed it, so no higher praise. Top quality service, all personalised - I'll never book a holiday with anyone else again.
Sent in by Michael Kellett
Hightown, 07 June 2011
I gave Dave a very keen price to match an Internet sourced all inclusive holiday at a five star Turkish hotel. He beat the price very quickly. Our holiday was secured shortly afterwards and confirmed in writing Would recommend Dave's service if you are looking for that special holiday or a tour anywhere at a very good price... Dave does all the work and produces a full itinerary for you
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.
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