Hello my name is David and I would love to be your personal Travel Counsellor. I have over 13 years-experience as a successful premium travel consultant for an award-winning high street firm, specialising in long-haul luxury travel. I’ve qualified for both the Australian specialist and Canada specialist programs so you can be sure you are speaking to an expert. My customer service focused approach has led to many satisfied leisure and corporate clients over the years.
I’ve lived in Edinburgh for over 17 years now with my wife and 4 year-old daughter and almost 2 year old daughter. I love this city and think it’s one of the best places to live, work and bring up a family.
I have been fortunate to have travelled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America, and I have lived and worked in both Australia and New Zealand for almost two years. I have experienced everything from sleeping under the stars in a swag in the outback to staying in some of the finest hotels in the world.
From my varied travel experiences I know what makes a great holiday and can make that journey special for you too. From extra space on long haul flights to room upgrades, or even a table at an “unbookable” signature restaurant, I’m here to help! I have expert knowledge in the premium cabins of all major airlines and have been very lucky to fly business class with Emirates, Etihad, Qatar, Cathay Pacific, Air New Zealand and British Airways, as well as numerous others in economy and premium economy. So, I’m well placed to give advice on the nuances of seating product, plane types and routes. It is these small details that often can make all the difference.
Whether it is a business trip to Singapore, a weekend break to Venice or a family holiday to Mauritius (my first daughters first and best holiday she’ll never remember!), I’ll be delighted to assist and turn your holiday experience from the ordinary of the internet and high street, to an extraordinary, totally personalised, and unique trip for you.
By booking through Travel Counsellors, every part of your holiday is 100% financially protected either through the Travel Counsellors Financial Trust or ATOL and I’m personally here for you 24/7 if you need anything while you are away.
You deserve the best so please call or email me and let me start your extraordinary journey.
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.
13 November 2020
So 2020 eh? Not been much fun has it so far, I’m always one for looking on the positive side of things, but that really has been put to the test during the last year for sure. But I really do believe that there have been some core elements of this session of general misery for humanity which does lend itself to a different perspective, a dive into our personalities and our focus on what is really important to us? As someone who has travelled the world and has made it his career to send people on journeys of discovery...
01 September 2019
As I walked into the car park in Reims dressed as a pirate and walked past an inflated panda followed by someone who would not look out of place in a remake of deliverance I did question whether I'd not made another serious error of judgement? But here we were in Champagne country getting ready for the travel trade crusade. After enjoying the benefits of this region the day before I'm not sure I was truly ready for 4 days of intense driving but I was here and our team of four were ready to go. A few months previously...
24 June 2019
"Cruising? Really?" I exclaimed as my fiancé floated the idea of doing some of our honeymoon on a boat. Now it wasn't that I was totally against cruising, simply that my travel preferences had previously always been on the less static and more fluid kind of focus. Just rocking up in a place and seeing what there was before moving on, I always preferred to immerse myself a little in the place something which I always felt would be difficult with 1000's of other passengers disembarking at the same point into the same place. But what my now wife (yes,...
02 June 2019
"What’s spring break" I heard one of the group exclaim, as we queued up to get into Coco Bongos, a nightclub with some level of infamy but also with an equal level of fun attached. I'd luckily won a place on a work trip to Cancun and the Riviera Maya and joined 20 of my fellow Travel Counsellors on a trip to explore the region and some of the best hotels around as well, tough gig! The only issue was (unbeknown to us) we'd entered Mexico around the same time as half of America’s teenagers coming to Cancun for the...
01 September 2018
I realised after I'd met Gianfranco my driver, who was about to chauffeur me towards my river cruise, that I was about to be immersed in a world that I was not used to. The immaculate new Mercedes S Class was luxury defined, the handmade leather interior and refreshing towel to cool my sweaty brow was a welcome from the oppressive heat of a Bologna summer. This is how all clients who cruise with Uniworld are met and extracted from the hustle and bustle of the airport and transported into a world of elegance, sophistication and class like no other...
10 June 2018
Most of us who like to slide down mountains for fun have a pretty good gauge on European destinations, what works for us, our families etc and what's the kind of place that suits. Most of us have been on a few of these trips in our time and for some of the lucky few it’s a yearly adventure into the snow. However, with the changes in foreign exchange rates and simply the massive differences in experiences for all levels of slider in the U.S and Canada this market is massively opening up, but where are the luxury resorts, the...
05 June 2018
I'll be honest, I didn't have massive expectations for our first family holiday as a foursome to Majorca. I mean we already have a lunatic raver of a 3-year-old and a 4 month old who quite frankly looks like she enjoys a buffet, so I thought they'd fit right into my perception of how the holiday was going to go as a stereotypical Med trip. I am happy to say my perception was 100% incorrect and we had a fantastic time exploring places I never knew existed in Majorca! We'd decided to pick a family orientated hotel in Costa Da...
13 January 2018
This was one of many adventures I'd done in Australia while I lived there for over a year, and this country has everything to offer the first-time visitor or the frequent traveller. My favourite state is Queensland. I lived in Brisbane for six months and so found the relaxed lifestyle and incredible weather very appealing. There is even a beach in the middle of the city, what's not to love? With the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Whitsundays and Barrier Reef, the aquatic focus is obvious but there are some gems in the interior as well. The Glasshouse Mountains just north...
16 November 2017
Walking into the lobby, Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody moving me closer to the feathered Brazilian Carnival ensemble once worn by Sir Elton, I did question what was I getting myself into. Our next adventure with our daughter Summer was a bit of winter sunshine in Tenerife and more specifically staying in the Hard Rock Hotel initially, before moving to one of the Luxury Hotels of the World, the magnificent Bahia Del Duque. We were only away for a week and this was as far as we'd travelled since our Mauritius exploits when she was 8 months, see previous blog. Obviously given...
21 August 2017
As I sat in a Mongolian Ger in my shorts, with the raging blizzard whirring outside, sipping vodka neat and wondering on my clothing choice, knowing I would soon need to use the facilities and would have to brave -45 temperatures, I did wonder how I had got to this point? And also why there was a board game with Sheeps Knuckles in front of me? But I've jumped ahead a little too far, let me roll back a few weeks. Myself and my girlfriend (now wife) had decided that our first holiday after leaving university was to be something predictable,...
07 May 2016
Were we prepared for a journey of 16 hours to Mauritius? Well if by taking 15 bags of nappies, enough baby biscuits to fill a Mcvities convention and furry toys that could rival a clear-out at Toys R Us, then possibly?! Of course though like all good plans, something was bound to go wrong. My wife alas, the true organiser and in control of everything fell ill on the way out, literally as we passed over the cliffs of Dover - not a good start. What was there to do? Well in the case of Emirates who we were lucky...
Sent in by Emily Hall
London, 13 September 2021
David was a great help when booking our flights to return home to Australia. He was honest and extremely helpful with our long list of questions. We'd gladly recommend him!
Sent in by Denise Matthews
West Lothian, 05 August 2021
Very quick to respond to queries, even at weekends and time off David had visiting his family. Friendly, efficient and accommodating.
Sent in by Elaine Manson
Glasgow, 02 August 2021
Fabulous service. I don’t need to worry about a thing.
Sent in by Joanna Burston
London, 08 July 2021
Absolutely wonderful help and advice
Sent in by Diane Garriock
Dunfermline, 24 June 2021
Dave has been amazing arranging several trips for me over the past year, even though we haven't really been able to travel, he's still managed to get my partner and I to some lovely places and we are looking forward to the next one to London in 3 weeks time :)
Sent in by Kenneth Logan
Edinburgh, 21 June 2021
I would not go anywhere else!
Sent in by Alan Harvey
Glasgow, 28 May 2021
David has extensive knowledge and experience in the travel profession. Always helpful with superb customer skills and personal attention
Sent in by Alan Dickson
Edinburgh, 26 May 2021
David always reacts quickly and efficiently to all of my requests and always comes forward with solutions to issues as they arise. He is also extremely patient with the changes I often make to the arrangements and provides the best outcome possible.
Sent in by Sam Langley
Lincoln, 15 December 2020
Dave is a genuine pleasure to work with and Dave provides CDS Labour with exceptional support. Excellent attention to detail and extremely helpful.
Sent in by Denise Lennox
Church Lawton, Cheshire, 22 February 2020
Friendly, efficient service
Sent in by Rowland Hill
Brechin, 01 February 2020
Friendly, efficient service - every time.
Sent in by James Luigs
New York, U.S.A, 25 January 2020
David Bishop is extraordinarily helpful and responsive. I would highly recommend him to other travelers. And I look forward to working with him again.
Sent in by Elaine O'Brien
Dunbar, Scotland, 25 January 2020
David is always very conscientious and goes the extra mile to help his clients. I would always approach him first when booking long haul flights
Sent in by Allison Whitlie
Edinburgh, 20 January 2020
Really helpful and extremely patient with our questions
Sent in by Melanie Ibbotson
Pittenweem, 20 January 2020
Brilliant service. David was super helpful and tailored everything to our exact needs. Will be highly recommending :)
Sent in by Helen Wright
Edinburgh, 26 December 2019
David took the pressure and stress completely off me, and came up with some excellent prices which reflected exactly what I wanted to do - and made me think of options that I would never have considered by myself. I am definitely going back to him to organise my next travel!
Sent in by Grant Kennedy
Ayr, 27 November 2019
Dave has been very helpful in setting up our account
Sent in by Joseph Kellie
Edinburgh, 13 November 2019
David found the perfect flight for us and we booked with the confidence that in the event of any problems he would be there to sort things out. Peace of mind was invaluable.
Sent in by Mary Brown
South Africa, 09 October 2019
He was quick, professional and helpful and the price of the ticket was good. Thank you!
Sent in by Jonathan Moore
Edinburgh, 09 October 2019
This was my first experience in using this service. David was excellent, listened and understood my specific requirements, then produced various iterations for my trip. Always prompt and polite, ready with alternative options too. I wouldn’t hesitate to reach out to David again to help plan a trip.
Sent in by Scott Liddle
Newport, Wales, 01 October 2019
I would happily recommend David Bishop to anyone, always prompt, efficient and professional - a first class service.
Sent in by Jim Luigs
New York, U.S.A, 19 June 2019
Dave's brilliant at what he does. ALL of what he does; which is a LOT. He has the experience and the attention to detail to do exactly what you need him to do: i.e., to plan the trip YOU would plan if you had the time and the experience and the contacts. It's a complete pleasure working with Dave, and I will recommend him to as many people as I can.
Sent in by Robert Stainsby
Livingston, 05 June 2019
Brilliant service, don’t think I’ll ever book a holiday with anyone else again.
Sent in by Barbara Bon
Edinburgh, 05 June 2019
All of the arrangements were made over a weekend. I told David what I wanted and he gave me some options and that was that. Job done.
Sent in by Roger Thomas
Aberlady, 05 June 2019
David was very responsive and attentive to what my requirements were. I look forward to the holiday being as good as the arrangements were.
Sent in by Gillian Simpson
Edinburgh, 05 June 2019
David is superb- nothing is too much trouble. He is so helpful and goes over and above to assist. I’m recommending him to everyone!
Sent in by James Barrie
Ratho, Edinburgh, 05 June 2019
Absolutely brilliant service and hassle free. Takes the stress out of spending ages looking through dozens of sites and still not knowing if you’ve booked the right place. David listened to my wishes and came back with several options and found our holiday I’m sure I wouldn’t have found on my own. As a result, the family are off shortly on a ‘different’ holiday for us and we’re delighted.
Sent in by Susan Rush
Durham, 30 May 2019
Nothing is a trouble to David and he handles every eventuality with friendly support.
Sent in by Robert Stainsby
Westwood, West Lothian, 30 May 2019
I would like to take this opportunity to thank for the excellent service you provided for our holiday to Ibiza. I was extremely impressed with the service you provided and the hotel we stayed was superb. You yet again removed all the normal stress that comes with booking a holiday. Your professional attitude and approach was excellent and the communication and advice I received was brilliant. You show a vast knowledge and expertise in your line of work and we have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone looking for a perfect holiday.
Sent in by Graham Allan
Edinburgh, 29 May 2019
David was incredibly dedicated, helpful and coped admirably with the ever changing sands of my requests over a number of days to try and get me out to Tibet to join my group on Everest. Freindly, knowledgable, responsive and kept me informed every step of the way. A true professional
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 0131 516 3920