Welcome to my page. My name is Debbie Dent and I am based in Norton, Sheffield.
I have been working in travel for over 30 years and have been a Travel Counsellor for six of those, which I love because it allows me to create bespoke holidays for people. Prior to joining Travel Counsellors I worked for independent agencies in Manchester and Sheffield. I always strive to provide exceptional service to all my clients, and you can look at the customer stories on this page for evidence of this. I have extensive knowledge of all the major travel destinations, including Europe, Australia, the Far East, the US and Canada and the Caribbean, to ensure the needs of my customers are realised.
I have travelled to most of Europe and have particular soft spots for Greece, Spain and Italy. I have also been fortunate enough to travel to many long haul destinations including Australia, Japan, Thailand, Oman, Maldives, Mauritius, South Africa, Tanzania, America, Canada and many Caribbean Islands. In fact I married my husband Paul on Grand Cayman in the Caribbean.
I am a qualified Aussie and Canada specialist and was a finalist for long-haul consultant of the year which took place around the Caribbean over the course of a week on the four-masted sailing ship the Star Clipper. It was a wonderful experience.
I can access award winning technology to tailor make your holiday to suit your requirements, ensuring that you will receive the best possible booking and holiday experience. I can also take care of all corporate travel arrangements, including tailor made trips, flight only, accommodation and car hire.
Unlike high street travel agencies I am available at times to suit my customers including weekends and evenings so I can provide the highest personal service.
Being an independent Travel Counsellor means that I am not restricted to using only the major holiday companies and I can therefore locate the perfect holiday for you whether it be a UK break, a weekend in Venice, a family holiday in the Mediterranean, a safari in Africa or a honeymoon in the Maldives. The world is your oyster and everything I book is 100% financially protected.
My passion is finding the perfect holiday to match your budget and make your holiday dreams a reality.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
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.
04 September 2021
After twenty long months without setting foot on a plane, the moment finally arrived. I was off to Spain and I couldn’t wait! There was a bit more preparation required this time, but nothing too taxing. I pre-booked a Rapid antigen test with a clinic not far from where we were staying, which we needed to take before our return flight, and pre-ordered our Day 2 tests, so that they arrived before we left home, ready to take when we returned. You need the booking references for the latter, to put on your Passenger Locator Form, before you come home. Being...
26 November 2019
On our recent holiday to The Gambia, we took the opportunity to spend a couple of nights in Lisbon en route. It’s a city I hadn’t been to before but had heard good things about and with flights from Manchester it felt the ideal time to go. We took a 20 minutes’ taxi ride from the airport to the Dalma Old Town Suites, a small boutique hotel in the Alfama district of Lisbon, which we called home for two nights. It was in a good location and just a short walk to the castle. We stayed self-catering in a studio which was...
09 August 2019
Have you got friends, family or colleagues that have told you all about their fantastic cruise and it’s made you wonder if you should experience this popular travel experience for yourself? Well, here’s a guide to cruises to help you decide. Cruising has really taken off in recent years and I think the main reason for this is that the prices have become very competitive, due to there being so many ships and companies to choose from. There are nine new ocean cruise liners due to launch next year alone, as well as three luxury and eight expedition ships. This is...
27 March 2019
It was back to Thailand for our March holiday this year, but wanting to try a different area, we decided on Khao Lak, staying at The Sarojin hotel, which is a 1.5 hour drive north from Phuket airport. The history of the hotel is written in a book that is provided in each room for guests to be able to read at their leisure. It’s an interesting story about an English couple who had an ambition to build and open a hotel and their struggles to do so, with the tsunami hitting and devastating parts of the hotel in 2004, just...
15 November 2018
Ever wondered what I get up to in a typical day? Here’s a day in my life as a Travel Counsellor, not that there is a typical day as no two are ever the same! One thing I love is working from home and not having to do the daily commute, especially during those snowy days and cold, icy mornings when the car windscreen needs scraping. Brrrr! 0845-0900 I look at my diary to see what I need to do that day and if there is anything that needs doing straight away. For instance, I might need to contact a company in...
27 September 2018
My September holiday this year took me to the lovely island of Crete. I had been before, but it was many years ago, so it was definitely time to return. After a four-hour flight from East Midlands, we picked up our pre-booked hire car and were soon on our way to the quiet resort of Panormos, which is about an hour west from Heraklion airport. It’s a lovely, seaside village with cobbled streets and has three small sandy beaches to choose from as well as some shops, a bakery, supermarkets and about half a dozen restaurants, serving the traditional Greek favourites including...
29 June 2018
Our latest holiday took us to Lake Garda, Italy, staying in the resort of Garda. I had never been to Lake Garda so was keen to see for myself the area that everyone speaks so highly of. It is the largest lake in Italy and the nearest airport is Verona. Once we had landed, our private transfer took 35 minutes to get us to our hotel in Garda, which is on the south east of the lake. This is one of the shorter transfers and if travelling to one of the other resorts on the lake, it is likely to take...
10 April 2018
The Caribbean is one of our favourite parts of the world, and as we hadn’t been to St Lucia in 11 years, it was time to go back. We flew with British Airways from Gatwick which took 8 hours 40 minutes, once they had de-iced the plane at Gatwick! What a contrast in temperature when we walked down the aircraft steps in St Lucia. Off with the coat and on with the sunglasses! We had pre-booked a car and collected it at the airport, the drive taking just over an hour to Marigot Bay, which was where we stayed for the next...
05 October 2017
Having left Banff, (see separate blog) we drove to Jasper for a 3 night stay at the Marmot Lodge. Normally a 3.5 to 4-hour drive without stops, but as there are plenty of things to see on the way including Crowfoot Glacier, Bow Lake, Peyto Lake viewpoint, Columbia Icefield area, Sunwapta Falls and Athabasca Falls, it took a bit longer! It is also a stunning drive along the Icefield Parkway, with mountain after mountain, and as there had been snow while we were there, we had the added bonus of them being snow-capped. I think it’s worth mentioning at this stage...
05 October 2017
After our fantastic stay in Canada (see other blogs for details) we took a 2.5 hour flight from Calgary to Las Vegas, where we had a 6 nights stay at The Signature at MGM Grand, one night of which we spent at the Grand Canyon. Although we bought a couple of monorail passes during our time there, we still ended up doing a lot of walking. It’s a place where everything looks close, you can see the hotel you want to go to, but you walk for a while, and it hasn’t got any closer! We needed to walk though, to...
05 October 2017
For a change from our usual type of holiday, we decided to be active for once, combining two places we have wanted to go to for some time - the Canadian Rockies and Las Vegas. Not your usual combination, I know, but it was certainly an enjoyable one. I have split the trip into three separate blogs, Banff, Jasper and Las Vegas (with the Grand Canyon). We flew to Calgary which took around 8.5 hours. On arrival we picked up our pre-booked hire car and headed for Banff, where we were staying at The Moose hotel for our next four nights....
21 June 2017
We decided on Majorca for a sneaky week away in June this year. It was an island I had never been to but had often thought about going to, and with a short two hour flight from our local airport and good weather likely, the time was right! We picked up a car at the airport and drove forty minutes to our villa, in Pollensa. After a couple of days of relaxation by the pool, it was time to go out and explore. First stop was Cala San Vicente, a small seaside resort close to Pollensa in the north of the island....
28 March 2017
It was back to The Far East for the March holiday this year, and Malaysia was the place we decided on for a two-week break, to escape the cold. We flew from Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur on a 13-hour journey, and then connected onto a one hour flight to the island of Langkawi, where the sun was out to greet us on arrival. After a short transfer, we arrived at the Casa del Mar Hotel, where we were staying on Bed & Breakfast basis, which as the name suggests, is like a home by the sea. It is a small property...
17 January 2017
Whether you have been inspired by recent television programmes, or want to experience a different type of holiday, and perhaps a trip of a lifetime, then an iconic rail journey could be just the thing. When travelling by train, your journey is an integral and delightful part of your holiday experience. What you see from your seat is as much a part of the holiday as arriving at the destination. With quite a few to choose from in various parts of the world, it is an ideal option and can be combined with a stay on land at either, or...
06 January 2017
In need of some winter sun, and not wanting to fly as far as The Caribbean this time, The Gambia, in West Africa, was the ideal destination for us. It was only a six-hour flight from Manchester, and with no time difference it meant that there was no jet lag. With a short transfer from the airport, we arrived at our hotel, Leo’s Beach, and we were sat out in the 32° warmth in no time. A bit different to the 4° we had left behind! The hotel is a small adult-only property, with five standard rooms and a suite, ensuring that...
25 October 2016
Japan is becoming one of the in places to go at the moment, and with its unique culture and diversity, it should come as no surprise. It is such an interesting country where you can visit futuristic cities with skyscrapers one day and traditional villages with wooden buildings another day. The size of Japan can come as a surprise. It ranges over 3000 kilometres across 6,000 islands, from Hokkaido on the northern tip, where Siberian winds bring in heavy snow in winter, to the sub-tropical islands of Okinawa in the south. Three quarters of the land is mountainous and includes one...
26 September 2016
We fancied trying somewhere different for our September holiday this year, so the French speaking island of Corsica was our destination of choice. Just a two hour flight from Manchester to Calvi, and a short 20 minute drive on arrival to the town in our pre-booked hire car, made for a very easy journey. Calvi is a lovely, small town on the North West coast of Corsica. With a 13th century citadel offering fantastic views of the marina and town below, and a good selection of restaurants both in the citadel and in the town, what’s not to like! It also has...
22 June 2016
It’s enjoyable just to get away for a few days sometimes, so my recent trip to Prague for a long weekend was just the job. The flight from East Midlands arrived within two hours and from the airport it took around thirty minutes by taxi to get to our hotel. Perfect! Once we had eaten lunch, we started to explore on foot. The Old Town square is beautiful and dates back to the 12th century. It has buildings of varying styles including Baroque and Gothic that have been constructed through the years. I would say one of the biggest crowd pleasers is...
16 May 2016
If you are planning to get married in the not too distant future, one thing that may have crossed your mind, is whether to get married abroad or not. Of course, it’s personal choice, but for me, tying the knot in the Caribbean was the best decision I could have made. As well as being cost effective, with an instant honeymoon included, the weather was perfect, and all the stress of planning was taken away. I was snorkelling up until two hours before my wedding! There are plenty of countries that you can get married in, and some where you are...
06 April 2016
Our welcome holiday this time took us to Curacao, which is a Dutch Caribbean island, just North of Venezuela. It’s a little off the beaten track for us Brits, with no direct flights, meaning that we had to fly from Manchester via Amsterdam. The journey time including the stop in Amsterdam was about 12 hours, so not bad at all. We collected a car at the airport and headed to Cas Abou on the West coast of the island, our home in the sun for the next two weeks. Starting with the beaches, we discovered three lovely sandy ones by car. Cas...
21 December 2015
We have been fortunate enough to go to Barbados a few times now. With a convenient flight from Manchester and some guaranteed winter sun, it’s hard to resist. With a strong tail wind, the flight only took 7 hours 30, arriving just in time for an evening meal and a cocktail! We stayed at the Sugar Cane Club in the north west of the island, somewhere we haven’t stayed before. It is an all-inclusive, adult only property, and five minutes by courtesy bus to a lovely beach if you like the sea and sand. We were more than happy staying within the...
23 September 2015
As a big fan of Greece and its quieter islands, I decided Skopelos was next on my list. I love trying new places and couldn’t wait to get there. It doesn’t have its own airport, which was another draw, as it retains its charm and hasn’t been developed like some other islands. We flew into Skiathos, and from there caught a sixty minute ferry to Skopelos, where a rental car, that I had pre-booked, was waiting for us. There are two main ports on Skopelos - Loutraki and Skopelos Town, and it may depend on what time your flight arrives in...
24 March 2015
We visited Thailand a few years ago, where we had a great time in Bangkok and Koh Samui. This time we thought we’d try somewhere different, so we missed out Bangkok and had two weeks on the island of Koh Lanta. We flew with Emirates from Manchester, via Dubai to Bangkok, and then caught an onward flight to Krabi with Bangkok Airways. We were met at the airport by representatives from the Layana Resort, where we were staying, and were whisked away for a 50 minute journey by private car to the pier, and then a 20 minute speedboat transfer to...
30 December 2014
Having last visited Lanzarote 19 years ago, it was time to pay this Canary Island another visit, and what better time than in winter, when the nights in the UK draw in and temperatures plummet. So off hubby and I went for some sunshine and relaxation. The flight took 4 hours 20 from East Midlands. I pre-booked a car, which we picked up on arrival, and then off we went for our 40 minute drive to Playa Blanca, in the south of the island, where we spent the next 10 nights. One thing that was apparent from the drive was the...
07 October 2014
If you like your holiday to offer good restaurants and a charming, laid back resort with plenty of sunshine, then Kalkan in Turkey could be the place for you. I have recently returned from a fabulous holiday there, with my husband and parents. We flew from Manchester to Dalaman, but flights also operate from other UK airports. We then picked up a hire car and drove to the resort, taking about 1.5 hours. Transfers can also easily be arranged, if you don’t want to hire a car. For me the highlight of Kalkan is the amazing choice of restaurants, whether on the...
03 March 2014
What an amazing trip this was! A safari in the Serengeti, Tanzania, followed by a relaxing beach on the island of Zanzibar. It all started with an eight and a half hour flight to Nairobi, followed by a short connecting flight to Kilimanjaro. Amazingly, the pilot took us over Mount Kilimanjaro for spectacular views of the snow-capped summit. On arrival, we were met by our guide/driver who we spent the next four days with. Our first venture into animal spotting was at Lake Manyara, which was en route to our overnight accommodation at Ngorongoro farmhouse, near the Ngorongoro Conservation area. Here...
23 December 2013
I have recently returned from a two week holiday in Mexico, with my husband, and wanted to share my experiences of this great destination. It is a 10 hour flight from Manchester but only 8 and a half hours coming back, due to the tailwind. We stayed on the Riviera Maya, where there are a variety of hotels to choose from and there is sure to be one to suit you. Our hotel was an All Inclusive, adult only property with a wide selection of restaurants to dine at, premium brand drinks included, swim up bars and a friendly iguana who...
25 September 2013
Having recently returned from the beautiful, unspoilt Greek Island of Meganissi, I thought I would share my experiences of this lovely destination. To get there, you fly into Preveza on the Greek mainland. From there it’s a 45 minute transfer to Nidri in Lefkas, then you’ll need to board a ferry for the 30-40 minute crossing which will take you to Meganissi. My husband and I had booked car hire in advance, so it was all surprisingly easy and stress free. The ferry journey is great as it’s a chance to take in some fantastic views as you’ll pass various small...
14 July 2013
Seventeen years after meeting my now husband, we re-visited the island of Kefalonia where we first met. Kefalonia is the largest Ionian island located off the west coast of Greece to the south of Corfu. Its flight time from the UK is approximately 3hrs 40mins, with the airport located in the south of the island. The Island has a very varied landscape from dramatic rocky coastline and mountainous regions to remote picturesque coves and beaches. We stayed in the far north of the island in a secluded villa just outside the pretty harbour town of Fiskardo, which was approximately 1¾...
14 July 2013
If you are looking for a relaxing Caribbean island off the beaten track, then look no further than Nevis. With its mix of forest reaching to the top of Nevis peak and gorgeous white sandy beaches it is a wonderful destination. My husband and I spent a very enjoyable two weeks there in April 2013. We arrived into St Kitts and transferred to Nevis by boat in less than an hour, meaning if you want to during the holiday you can take the daily ferries and explore St Kitts with ease. Nevis boasts excellent restaurants including one eclectic venue in...
Sent in by Annie Robins
Sheffield, 05 October 2021
Debbie is Fantastic! She listened to everything I said and took it into consideration to find me the perfect holiday! I will continue to use Debbie’s services whenever I book a holiday!
Sent in by Debbie Evers
Littlehampton, 25 August 2021
Friendly, efficient, knowledgeable and very professional. I know I can rely on Debbie to make planning any trip as easy as possible for me.
Sent in by Liz Croft
Sheffield, 23 July 2021
An excellent, personal and prompt service is always provided by Debbie.
Sent in by Jo Short
Rotherham, 12 July 2021
Debbie has arranged some fantastic holidays for us , always very efficient!
Sent in by Jo Short
Rotherham, 21 September 2020
Just wanted to say a massive thank you for helping organise our little break in the Cotswolds, it was just what the doctor ordered . Every hotel location was lovely and in beautiful settings, I would recommend to everyone.
Sent in by Claire McGourlay
Sheffield, 14 October 2019
Debbie is brilliant, I would recommend Debbie to anyone. Personal service and a service you don’t get anywhere else.
Sent in by Rebecca Boulton
Doncaster, 04 October 2019
Debbie is very helpful, has the patience of a saint and came up with some fantastic recommendations for our family holiday.
Sent in by Carolyn Hufton
Liverpool, 18 September 2019
Debbie is always helpful and caring to ensure she knows what you want and then responds quickly
Sent in by Stuart Kershaw
Mirfield, 12 August 2019
Debbie is extremely helpful and courteous 5*
Sent in by Dave Ashton
Sheffield, 12 August 2019
Debbie makes the process of booking a holiday that is personally designed easy and simple.
Sent in by Julie Sullivan
Eye, 19 July 2019
Debbie consistently offers a first class service with immediate response to any queries and on going contact after making a booking to ensure all is in place and that we are happy. She is very thoughtful and has even been in touch to let us know about a passport about to expire. She inspires confidence and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her (in fact I passed her name to a work colleague just a few days ago!)
Sent in by David Waxman
Beverley, 01 July 2019
We have booked several holidays with Debbie over the last 17 years. Her careful, detailed and caring approach is exemplary - customer care is paramount. She thinks carefully about all aspects of what the customer needs and wants; has a great eye for detail and a very friendly reassuring manner. My wife and I recommend her without the slightest reservation.
Sent in by Carol Dent
Chesterfield, 06 June 2019
Debbie took time in finding us the place/holiday we were looking for, Debbie never fails to get it spot on.
Sent in by Andrea Sanders
Sheffield, 09 May 2019
Friendly and patient, listens to what you are trying to achieve.
Sent in by Rachel Salway
Sheffield, 26 April 2019
I've used Debbie's services many times and every time I have received exceptional service, and I'm looking forward to booking my next holiday very soon!
Sent in by Christine Bills
Sheffield, 23 April 2019
Second holiday booked with confidence, I just give Debbie the details of what am looking for and Debbie finds the holiday to suit, all details taken care of.
Sent in by Faye Smith
Sheffield, 17 April 2019
Debbie usual excellent service - even on the Saturday of my return
Sent in by Sue Vintin
Sheffield, 09 April 2019
Debbie is always very helpful, responds very quickly and finds just what we are looking for. Have used this service before and would recommend it to my friends. Takes away the hassle.
Sent in by Martin Bills
Sheffield, 08 April 2019
Exceptional service already booked the next holiday every detail of the holiday arranged
Sent in by Sarah Wray
Worksop, 04 March 2019
Debbie was efficient, friendly and very knowledgeable, going above and beyond to make sure I got sorted not only with a flight but visa too. Thank you.
Sent in by Claire Whalley
Sheffield, 04 February 2019
Very responsive and provided lots of options. Excellent professional manner. We are very pleased with the service provided.
Sent in by Adam Reynolds
Sheffield, 17 January 2019
Always listens and tailors the holiday to our exact instructions - and offers advice to help us make the instruction!
Sent in by Wayne Percival
Frodsham, 10 December 2018
Very helpful, always quick to reply and very honest
Sent in by Norma Corbridge
Leeds, 01 November 2018
Debbie has booked several holidays for us and it is so reassuring to know that before, during and after the holiday she is always there to answer any questions and help with any problems. Booking with Travel Counsellors takes the worry out of travel.
Sent in by Emma Taylor
Sheffield, 24 September 2018
To experience your support service first hand took the stress and hassle out of our much needed holiday. Wow is all I can say. We are over the moon for all you have done for us. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Sent in by Debbie Evers
Littlehampton, 16 August 2018
Courteous, knowledgeable, understanding, efficient and stress free. Thank you.
Sent in by Louise Parkin
Sheffield, 13 August 2018
Very happy with the quick friendly service. I've already recommended Debbie to friends.
Sent in by Katie Bain
Sheffield, 10 August 2018
Debbie made planning our trip to New York so easy. Not only did we not have to worry about finding an appropriate hotel, Debbie also sent suggestions of excursions and multi-venue tickets, and made sure we knew about ESTAs for travel to the US. I would most definitely go to Debbie again for future holidays, and would recommend anyone who wants to travel to book with Debbie!
Sent in by Lin Debenham
Chesterfield, 03 August 2018
Very professional service with attention to detail. First class.
Sent in by Viv Zeigler
Bognor Regis, 24 July 2018
Debbie was very helpful and efficient at all times in putting together a tailor-made holiday to fit our requirements. Would definitely use her services again.
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 0114 386 3390