Australia & Pacific
Welcome to my page. My name is Debbie Dent and I am based in Norton, Sheffield.
I have been working in travel for 30 years and have been a Travel Counsellor for five 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.
Having specialised in tailor-made holidays as well as being able to access award winning technology, I can ensure that my customers 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. As a Travel Counsellor everything I book is 100% financially protected.
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!
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.
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.
Sent in by Ian Smith
Dorchester, 10 July 2018
The whole experience was better than I expected. The service was very friendly with (it seemed to me) an emphasis on taking away all of the hassle associated with trying to book a business trip overseas. I would definitely make a recommendation and look forward to working with Travel Counsellors in the future.
Sent in by Emma Archer
Sheffield, 22 June 2018
Absolutely amazing service, superbly good price and Debbie has been lovely. Will always book with her in the future.
Sent in by Gary Robins
Sheffield, 18 June 2018
Great service, already recommended Debbie to friends & family
Sent in by Sue Curr
Rotherham, 20 April 2018
Debbie Dent is the most professional travel expert I've ever come across. Knowledgeable, friendly, calm and very patient with regard to the endless questions I had to ask about our trip. Many of the answers she already knew and if she happened not to she speedily found out for us. I wouldn't hesitate to use her services again
Sent in by Vernon Collymore
Sheffield, 06 March 2018
A prompt and efficient response to everything I asked for. I was not pressured in to buying anything. I did change my mind. I also deleted an email with the itinerary and costings but it was resent without any fuss or hassle.
Sent in by Gopinathan Sivakumar
Sheffield, 22 February 2018
Debbie was very friendly and provided good advice and options on booking our holiday. We received a great service from Debbie will not have any hesitation in booking with Debbie again.
Sent in by Gillian Pickard
Doncaster, 06 February 2018
Absolutely first class service. Efficient, knowledgeable & helpful. Will definitely use again
Sent in by Lucy Davies
Sheffield, 26 January 2018
I 100% trust Debbie - and I know she knows more about everything travel than me - so it's fantastic to be able to hand off all the research and fiddling around to somebody else to sort out.
Sent in by Carol Dent
Dronfield, 06 November 2017
Nothing is too much trouble for Debbie, she always finds exactly what you are looking for, no matter if it's a city break or adventure, beach or cruise, Debbie has never failed to find us what we are looking for.
Sent in by David Latham
Sheffield, 06 November 2017
Friendly, very helpful, flexible, very quick and accurate response. Looking forward to further relationships
Sent in by Jerry Griffiths
Sheffield, 30 October 2017
Dealing with Debbie is always a pleasure. Each time we ask her to find our ideal holiday she comes back to us quickly with a deal that meets all the requirements.
Sent in by Liz Croft
Sheffield, 04 September 2017
Debbie is always really helpful and provides an excellent service. She is always prompt in responding to questions and requests but does so in a thorough and careful way. We have used Debbie's help twice in booking holidays and would thoroughly recommend her work both in terms of her knowledge and also the quality of the service provided.
Sent in by Jeremiah Jordan
Sheffield, 30 August 2017
Excellent help and continued support. I really feel that Debbie has my best interests at heart when making bookings for me.
Sent in by Peter Butcher
Sheffield, 27 June 2017
Some services are good, some services are poor, others just give the user a sense of pleasure that goes above good. Travel Counsellors falls into this category. It gives the user a great sense of pleasure.
Sent in by Louise Wainwright
Dronfield, 07 June 2017
Debbie has been absolutely great! She always got back to me quickly, helped sort out flight and transfer arrangements when I was losing the plot about how to organise it, and offered to sort out accommodation and other bits and pieces if I needed it. She's also on top of the admin / organisation side of things, including prodding me by email when I forgot to do important things like send in a scanned copy of my passport to her! Would definitely recommend using her if the logistics of sorting out your travel arrangements are starting to get stressful!
Sent in by Norma Corbridge
Leeds, 22 May 2017
Debbie is an excellent travel agent and we have been on several holidays booked by her, She is always available to help and answer any questions. In Vietnam last year I had an accident, ended up in hospital and had to be brought home by the Insurance company. Debbie was very helpful and sorted out so much for us. I have already recommended her to family and friends.
Sent in by Maggie McLellan
London, 11 May 2017
I am over the moon with my holiday booking. My travel counsellor Debbie was super. She created a totally unique holiday for me, which included everything I asked for. The service was fantastic!!! I would definitely recommend Debbie and Travel Counsellors and I will be using them again.
Sent in by David Millington
Sheffield, 26 April 2017
Debbie has provided an excellent service in booking our holiday. She is very knowledgeable, helpful, friendly and patient! Very pleased so far.
Sent in by Julie Sullivan
Eye, 24 April 2017
We have just booked a second holiday through Travel Counsellor Debbie Dent - she is a wonder, she responds immediately to any queries we have made and always goes the extra mile to check out opportunities and give us options to choose from. We feel very reassured that our holiday booking is in good hands when we've gone through Debbie so many thanks - we have recommended you to others and will continue to do so.
Sent in by Yateka Mwasuku
Sheffield, 10 April 2017
Debbie is a good listener and took on board all our requests. She was brilliant in arranging our holiday.
Sent in by Sue Vintin
Sheffield, 21 February 2017
A great service took away all the frustration. Will certainly use again and recommend to my family and friends.
Sent in by Roy Wood
Sheffield, 04 January 2017
Full support and availability. Charming to talk with and discuss my options. Efficient and looking forward to my break away.
Sent in by Rachel Salway
Sheffield, 14 October 2016
Debbie took the stress out of everything! There was no trawling the internet for ages trying to find the best deal. After a brief chat about exactly what we wanted from our holiday, Debbie was straight on it, and the next thing we were booked with all the details taken care of! She even filled out our luggage tags! We received a 'thank you' for booking card through the post before we went, and a postcard to say 'hope you had a fabulous time' when we got back. These little touches were brilliant, such great customer service! The resort was exactly what I'd asked for, and I could tell she had listened to the smaller details I'd mentioned that would be good to have. The price was excellent! The travel counsellor app was very handy, having all the details of your holiday in one place, all at your finger tips. It even had a fun count down, with days to our trip. I will definitely be using Debbie again for our next trip, the service we received was absolutely first class!
Sent in by Lisa Read
Sheffield, 20 September 2016
Wow! I am just back from the trip of a lifetime. It was a truly amazing and memorable trip to Thailand and Australia with my husband and our three teenage children. Debbie warmly and patiently helped us all the way through. It was such a relief to hand it all over to her to plan and book. Using her expert knowledge and exceptional attention to detail, she created and delivered the holiday of my dreams at an incredibly affordable price. I know that hours of trawling the web myself wouldn't have saved me a penny, and would have cost me a fortune in wasted hours and stress. Debbie made my holiday better by planning every detail, advising me on where was best to go, and even sorting things out for me while I was in Australia. I know I'm gushing now, but I can't recommend her enough! Even my teenagers commented on how brilliant she'd been. I'm recommending Debbie to all my friends and family.
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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
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....
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
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...
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 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...
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...