Khao Sok N.P.
I am Donna. I love to travel and to help my clients get the most from their travels.
Before joining Travel Counsellors, I worked exclusively in arranging holidays to Florida. I have been fortunate to travel across much of the sunshine state where my favourite places are Anna-Maria-Island and Key-West. I have also spent time in California and New York.
My most recent travels have been to Aruba, Croatia, South Africa, Hong Kong, Mauritius, Antigua, Barbados, St Lucia, Sri Lanka, Marrakech, Dubai and Cyprus. I have also enjoyed recent city breaks in Prague and Barcelona
I have visited all of the Canary and Balearic Islands many times. Particular favourites are Playa Blanca in Lanzarote and Puerto Pollensa in Majorca
I have travelled throughout Europe particularly, Italy, Spain, Turkey and Greece but also France, Portugal, Switzerland and Germany.
I absolutely love the Caribbean islands where I have travelled extensively. I have also taken several Caribbean Cruises and can recommend them as a great way to get a taste of the different islands before deciding which island you are going to fall in love with......for me its always been Barbados.
I am delighted to be able to share my travel experiences, good and bad, with my clients!
Holidays are precious and our time is valuable. Although the internet can often offer a quick fix, you end up having to trust online reviews which aren’t always accurate. My clients don’t have that worry because they are able to trust the advice I give. I treat every enquiry as if it were my own holiday. I always go the extra mile to ensure that I find you the best value at the best hotel in the best location that suits you perfectly.
Travel Counsellors are truly independent therefore you can be assured that you will receive 100% impartial advice. As there are more than 1,400 Travel Counsellors across the globe I have access to their expertise and advice so can often make the impossible possible.
Travel Counsellors are the market leaders in financial protection with everything you book 100% financially protected. So whether you book a flight or a tailor-made holiday with me you can have complete peace of mind.
Take the guess work out of your next holiday or business trip by giving me a call or sending me an email. I work from home so I am always available. Find out how having your own personal Travel Counsellor can make a difference to your next holiday.
Honesty, integrity, care and expertise ~ at the core of everything we do.
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.
12 October 2016
I was thrilled to be given the opportunity by the Aruba Tourist Board and KLM to visit the tiny exotic Dutch island of Aruba on an educational trip with 10 of my fellow Travel Counsellors. It was an intense, five day tour of this postcard paradise island with blond beaches, located just off the coast of Venezuela in the southern Caribbean. Being located outside the hurricane belt, this 19-mile-long by 6-mile-wide island enjoys average year-round temperatures of 30°C and very little rainfall, which makes this island a perfect year-round holiday destination. The trade winds provide a constant cool breeze which...
15 August 2016
Croatia has been on my radar for many years and this summer I got the opportunity to explore this fascinating and beautiful country. A direct flight to Dubrovnik from London Gatwick only takes 2 hours 40 minutes and there are plenty of choice in flight times and departure airports. We found the people to be very friendly, the food delicious and excellent value for money, the Adriatic Sea crystal clear and warm, the landscape breath-taking and so much culture to take in – some places look like the Romans only moved out recently! To get a flavour of Croatia, we decided to...
17 May 2016
Mauritius is an island that truly does have something for everyone and it didn’t disappoint on a recent trip that my husband (Simon) and I took to celebrate our anniversary. Mauritius is best known as a honeymoon destination, and it’s easy to see why with the stunning beaches and turquoise waters. It is however fast becoming a popular choice for family holidays with many choosing it as an alternative to Europe during the summer months or as another option for those who favour the Caribbean in winter months. Direct flights from the UK take 12 hours but we opted to...
17 April 2016
I was fortunate enough to be invited to visit Cyprus with eleven other Travel Counsellors courtesy of the Cyprus tourist board. After we touched down in Larnaca with Aegean Airlines, we headed for the Olympic Lagoon Resort in Ayia Napa. The resort is a collection of pools and rivers surrounded by a variety of rooms and apartments. Some with private pools, some with small gardens. It’s perfect for families with a vast array of things to keep the little ones entertained and across the road from the resort is the beach which boats soft sand and crystal clear, calm waters....
02 June 2015
South Africa has been on my wish list of destinations for some time therefore I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to visit this amazing destination on an educational trip with ten of my fellow Travel Counsellors. We had an intense, whirlwind few days visiting Cape Town, Stellenbosch and Knysna before finally spending our last few days at the outstanding Shamwari Game Reserve. We arrived early on our first morning in Cape Town and went straight on a tour to view the beautiful beach areas of Camps Bay and Clifton. We then visited the wonderfully modern and chic Victoria and...
15 May 2015
We had the fortune to be invited to stay with my fellow Travel Counsellor, Graham Parker and his wife Jane, who recently moved to Hong Kong. We flew direct from London Heathrow with Cathay Pacific. On arrival in Hong Kong we were met by Graham and Jane who took us via the scenic route to their apartment in the lush hills above Sai Kung to the north east of Hong Kong. They have the most enviable views from their apartment. Graham and Jane were amazing hosts and tour guides showing us all the best sights in Hong Kong and it wasn’t long...
04 June 2014
I visited the beautiful Caribbean Island of St Lucia in May 2014 on a whirlwind five day educational trip to experience three different resorts and to explore the islands many attractions. St Lucia is in the Eastern Caribbean chain of islands known as The Windward Islands, 21 miles South of Martinique and 90 miles NW of Barbados. English is widely spoken in St Lucia although a French influence is evident in many areas due to the many periods of occupation by the French as well as the English before St Lucia finally became independent in 1979. The official currency is the...
04 April 2014
Marrakech is a vibrant, colourful city where modern and traditional life are naturally united. At its heart is the ancient Medina, with its myriad of bustling alleyways, souks and the famous Jemma el Fna Square, where you will find snake charmers, story tellers, and the maze of stalls serving delicious, freshly cooked local food. In contrast, there is the new town where you will find sophisticated restaurants, bars and nightclubs, where fashionable locals and tourists mingle together; Marrakech offers the best of both worlds and this is without doubt part of its appeal. Marrakech is a true “year round” destination. Spring and...
19 May 2013
The United Arab Emirates may seem like a whole world away from the cosy shores of the UK, but I was surprised at just how at home I felt while perusing the streets of downtown Dubai. This is a place where cultures collide in a wonderful way – a delightfully cosmopolitan atmosphere where east mingles with west between the souks and the sand dunes. Dubai has so many incredible hotels; this is a country that does chic as though it invented style itself. I chose to stay at The Address Hotel, Downtown which is a firm favourite for its stunning, unique...
05 November 2012
The next morning we arrived at the very pleasant resort town of Kusadasi. We decided not to take the tour to Ephesus and instead enjoyed exploring Kusadasi on foot. We found the many shops much cheaper than in Istanbul and bought several convincingly genuine fake items of clothing for our kids – they won’t know the difference! We enjoyed some good humoured haggling with the local shopkeepers. We were not prepared for the sheer beauty of Mykonos – the pure white low level houses with bright blue doors & windows, the narrow meandering spotlessly clean streets. Apparently the maze of streets...
05 November 2012
I recently went on an amazing 11 night cruise as a result of attaining ‘Admiral’ status in the Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Azamara Club Cruises training. One week before sailing I was advised that I had the opportunity to sail on the beautiful Celebrity Equinox, one of the five Solstice Class ships in the Celebrity Fleet. A hectic week followed organising childcare, flights, hotel in Rome and train tickets so that my husband and I could enjoy this amazing opportunity. We arrived in Rome Fiumicino airport and caught the Leonardo Di Vinci train to Rome Termini station. We dropped our...
17 October 2012
In October 2012 I was invited by our supplier, Villa Select, to visit the beautiful Balearic island of Mallorca. We viewed some of the villas they offer in the resorts of Pollensa in the north of the island and Cala D’Or in the south east. We flew from East Midlands to Palma in approximately two hours and 20 minutes. The transit through Palma airport was fast and efficient as was the collection of the hire vehicle. The hours’ drive to Pollensa was a lovely opportunity to see the beautiful mountainous countryside before arriving at Villa C’an Peric where we would be...
02 June 2012
I spent the Royal Jubilee weekend in one of my favourite UK seaside resorts – beautiful Brighton. I have been to Brighton many times as it just a two hour drive from my home in Oxfordshire. On previous occasions I have stayed in one of the many Seafront hotels, probably the most notable of which is The Grand Hotel - one of the most iconic seafront hotels in the world and it certainly delivers full on five star opulence. On this occasion however as there were a group of five ladies we decided to rent a little house just off the...
04 April 2011
As the idea of Cruising became more intriguing I became quite concerned that I was hurtling towards middle age at break neck speed. Cruising had previously evoked images of the blue rinse brigade, sequins and ceremony. I could not have been more wrong and am happy to report that my first cruise this year was a revelation As we are always looking for the next thing to explore on our Florida vacations it was inevitable that at some point we would investigate the many Cruise opportunities from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Port Canaveral and Tampa. On our trip to Florida last...
13 August 2010
Following on from Key West.... The next morning we set off back to the mainland along US1 and took a left onto Route 41 also known as the Tamiami Trail, which got its name from the Tampa to Miami Trail. This road goes straight through the Everglades, a vast expanse of sub-tropical wetlands and home to the Seminole Indians – it’s a common sight to see Alligators basking by the side of drainage channels. This leg of the trip took 5 hours to reach Marco Island where we stayed at the very luxurious Marco Island Beach Resort and had a one...
09 August 2010
Following on from Miami, we had a 167 mile drive ahead of us along US1 over the spectacular Overseas Highway, where at one point it looks like you are going to drive right into the Gulf of Mexico. The Keys are a string of islands ending with Key West at the southerly most point in the USA and only 90 miles from Cuba. As we wanted to get to Key West as soon as possible we didn’t stop along the way and arrived 2.5 hours later. You notice the difference in the appearance of Key West compared to the other...
06 August 2010
We decided in August 2010 that we wanted to explore the southernmost part of Florida which includes Miami, Key West, the Everglades and Marco Island. We started our trip with a direct flight into Miami. As parking is quite expensive in Miami and there is absolutely no need for a car as everything is within walking distance, we decided on a taxi transfer from the airport to the Loews Hotel on Miami South Beach (SoBe). We picked this hotel as it suited our budget and it was located right in the heart of SoBe with a palm tree lined promenade...
30 May 2010
For our wedding anniversary we decided on a week’s holiday to the popular dive resort area of Sharm el Sheik in Egypt. As my husband is a qualified diver, we were able to combine his interest in diving whilst also enjoying the luxury resort at the Royal Grand Sharm hotel. This was our first visit to Egypt and we were delighted by the warmth and friendliness of the hotel staff and locals. The hotel staff were attentive without being obtrusive and nothing was too much trouble for them. My husband mentioned, in passing, to the head waiter that...
11 April 2010
Swiss Chalet Holiday Overlooking Lake Luzern – April 2010 As my husband (Simon) was brought up in Switzerland as a child, we have always talked about visiting Switzerland to show our daughter where her father lived and for Simon to relive past memories. Simon used to live on outskirts of Zurich, but for our holiday we decided that we wanted to be located somewhere picturesque to experience the true beauty of Switzerland, so we rented a beautiful 3 bedroom chalet with panoramic views overlooking Lake Luzern (about a 45 minute drive from Zurich). As the chalet was self catering, we decided to take...
28 May 2009
This was my second visit to Turkey having stayed many years ago in the beautiful Olu Deniz area on the Turquoise Coast. On this trip to Turkey we opted for Belek which is located about 21 miles to the east of Antalya airport in this fast developing golfing region. We stayed at the Cornelia Deluxe Resort Hotel which was very comfortable and offered us an excellent all inclusive package. We received faultless, friendly and efficient service which we have found to be customary in Turkey. Food choices were excellent with themed dining evenings offering everything from traditional Turkish...
Sent in by Joanna Davies
North Newington, 18 June 2020
I wanted to make public my huge respect for Donna and the Travel Counsellors team during this tough time. I had two holidays booked through Travel Counsellors (TC), who have been my preferred travel agent for a number of years. You don’t realise how good a firm is until a crisis hits. Donna led the TC response to me, communicate throughout the period to ensure I had the most up to date information and was therefore able to make the right decisions regarding the holidays in question. When I had defined that I wanted refunds on both, Donna and the team moved quickly to kick off the process and return my monies which were refunded in full. I am full of admiration for a firm clearly impacted by this crisis, who continued to put their customers first. I will never book my travel with anyone else.
Sent in by Sue Brown
Thorpe Mandeville, 01 June 2020
Donna was recommended to us by a friend, for whom she had booked several trips. She fulfilled our brief within a couple of days, finding a much better villa than I had been able to and also booking flights and hire car, all in a very personal and efficient manner. Since the Covid -19 situation she has constantly monitored our booking which was for the end of June, and now negotiated it to take place next year. I have always booked our holidays before, but our experience with Donna has been so good that I think that will change!
Sent in by Kay Kelly
Glasgow, 01 June 2020
I would like to share my delight in dealing with Donna over many years. During this Covid pandemic we have needed to cancel this year`s holiday and defer it to next year : Donna was most helpful and professional in arranging this for us and as as usual most kind and approachable in everyway Thank you and stay safe
Sent in by Terry Clarkson
BODICOTE, 01 June 2020
We have always found Donna to be a helpful, cheerful and professional person to deal with. Donna gives a personal one to one experience that takes the stress and worry out of booking a holiday, nothing is too much trouble for her. Due to the coronavirus issue she rearranged our cruise to next year which was a great relief to us. The service Donna provides under normal conditions is always good, but it’s when things go wrong you realise how valuable the service is that she provides. We would not hesitate to recommend her.
Sent in by Clio Caley
Santon, Isle of Man, 29 May 2020
‘As soon as we messaged Donna asking for her help to book our trip to Mexico last year she was more than happy to go above and beyond to help. Donna really listened to what we wanted and provided numerous options that suited exactly what we had asked for. She also sent us lots of different excursions and background information on things to do in Mexico and was genuinely interested and excited for us to go away. Unfortunately, our trip got cancelled due to COVID 19. Donna let us know all of our possible options and when we opted for a full refund she kept us updated at all times and was happy to answer any questions we had which were really reassuring. We got a full refund in a timely manner and Donna even personally sent us a note to send her apologies that our trip had been cancelled which was just amazing!! We will definitely be using Donna’s services again as soon as we can book a trip and I wouldn’t think of using any other travel agent from now on. Thank you so much Donna!!’
Sent in by Helen Pollard
GLOUCESTER, 28 May 2020
As a family we were due to fly to Florida in July. The coronavirus had left such uncertainty about whether we would travel or not, so after speaking to Donna our worries were all laid to rest. Donna was reassuring and supportive in me making the best decision on how to proceed. We have decided to postpone our family trip of a lifetime to next year. My deposit is just carried over, i am reassured that we are fully covered if any airlines or companies collapse and know still we have something very exciting to look forward to. We had considered booking flights and accommodation separately and I am so glad now we decided to go with travel counsellors. All our worries are gone! We are very grateful to Donna for the reassurance we have had. I would highly recommend anyone to book with Donna.
Sent in by Teresa Doyle
Banbury, 28 May 2020
I would just like to say Thank you for all your help in relation to my planned trip to Salzburg. From the very beginning when I first enquired you were amazingly professional. You planned my trip to the finest detail taking all the worry of organising it out of my hands. You even posted me a complimentary travel guide for Salzburg which was a very thoughtful touch. More importantly than all the above, you were also there to help and give reassurance when the trip had to be canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Many of my friends have had huge problems trying to get their planned holidays canceled and hours spent on the phone trying to arrange refunds. I didn't even need to contact you, you got in touch with me very quickly giving me all the reassurance I needed and arranged a quick refund. We will make sure we get to Salzburg once this is all over. Without a doubt, I will contact you at that time to help me organise the trip once again. Many thanks
Sent in by Kate Anderson
Banbury, 28 May 2020
Yay! Holiday rebooked to Rhodes next year!! Thank you to the wonderful Donna Meredith - Personal Travel Counsellor who has sorted everything for us. Couldn’t have asked for anyone better! Thank you Donna. can’t wait for 2021
Sent in by Sally Wells
BICESTER, 28 May 2020
“We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Travel Counsellors, We had booked our dream holiday through them which had to be cancelled because of the global pandemic, although disappointed any worries we may have had about what was going on and what options we had, were dealt with by our personal agent Donna Meredith who kept us fully informed at all times and managed a solution on our behalf that we were very happy with.”
Sent in by Chris Murphy
Banbury, 28 May 2020
Fantastic, professional, personal, engaging - You go above and beyond. We can relax knowing we are in safe hands. Thank you so much Donna Meredith for moving our holiday to next year due to it being cancelled because of the pandemic. It’s been a challenging time for us all but for yourself and your wider TC family it must be doubly challenging - looking forward to booking many more holidays with you - take care - Karen and Chris Murphy x
Sent in by Mark Gilkes
Northampton, 28 October 2019
I’ve approached Donna at Travel Counsellors a couple of times now for various travel/trips abroad. The result was a second to none service, responding in a timely manner with suitable options matching both my requirements and budget. One thing I liked was Donna’s willingness and ability to tailor the holidays to suit my specific demands. I would not hesitate in recommending Donna and Travel Counsellors to anyone looking at travelling abroad.
Sent in by SHIRLEY WARREN
BANBURY, 21 October 2019
I’ve already told everyone how amazing your service is, I still can’t believe Donna has managed to book our whole holiday leaving on the day we wanted fitting in everywhere we wanted to go, and the attention to detail is unbelievable I will never book with anyone else again.
Sent in by Richard Aldridge
Yelverton, 04 September 2019
When ever I have a holiday or event to arrange I no longer look any further than for Donna Meredith in my email contact list. My honeymoon, 2 family holidays, a stag weekend and a 60th birthday weekend have all been executed perfectly for me and always with a personal touch. Thank you as ever for your care and expert advice on this most recent trip.
Sent in by Terry Biggs
Chipping Norton, 02 September 2019
This is the 2nd time I have used Donna to book a non standard holiday involving bespoke flights, hotels, car hire and multi centres. The service has been excellent, professional, friendly and accommodating to my various changes. Would highly recommend.
Sent in by Karen Baker
Banbury, 02 September 2019
Donna takes all the stress out of booking a holiday. From initial enquiry to arriving at your destination is a breeze as Donna does it all so you can arrive at your destination already relaxed and ready to enjoy your holiday. :)
Sent in by Richard Barratt
Banbury, 02 September 2019
Fantastic service. Really helpful. Would recommend Donna
Sent in by Cynthia Clarkson
CASTLEFORD, 02 September 2019
Donna is always friendly helpful and professional.
Sent in by Maureen Spurr
Pontefract, 02 September 2019
Donna has always provided us with all the relevant documentation etc. in good time, helping to make the final weeks’ planning to run more smoothly.
Sent in by Keith Shephard
Little Bourton, 02 September 2019
Very happy with everything . Donna takes all the stress away !
Sent in by Alison Shadbolt
Banbury, 14 August 2019
Fabulous personal service which takes the stress out of booking a holiday!
Sent in by Robyn Bagnall
Banbury, 24 June 2019
Just had the most amazing trip to Orlando thanks to Donna, she practically did everything for us and answered all of our questions immediately when asked. And she always went that extra mile for us!! Plan on booking our future holidays through her!! She made our holiday experience amazing and everything went very smoothly! Couldn’t recommend her enough! 5?? most definitely
Sent in by Helen Watson
Bloxham, 24 June 2019
Donna can always be relied upon to provide us with an excellent holiday whatever we are looking for. Her services take the headache out of booking a holiday
Sent in by Patricia MILLWARD
STOURPORT-ON-SEVERN, 15 June 2019
My son and I have recently returned from the most amazing three weeks holiday in West coast USA. Donna was absolutely brilliant, nothing was too much trouble for her, she helped us all the way. She is so professional and friendly. I would definitely recommend Travel Counsellors and most certainly will want Donna to assist us again.
Sent in by Caroline Meadows
Banbury, 13 June 2019
Donna was very helpful, would definitely recommend using her services
Sent in by Mary Wills
worcester, 06 June 2019
Donna has really helped us find what summer holiday we want. We are fairly indecisive and terribly last minute but she has helped us find some beautiful holidays in Greece which are just what we wanted. Donna takes all the hassle out of planning and booking a holiday and I would thoroughly recommend her
Sent in by ROSEMARY MUIRHEAD
BODICOTE, 30 May 2019
Brilliant service. Can't fault it.
Sent in by FIONA HOUSTON
BRACKLEY, 30 May 2019
Donna has already help[ed a number of my friends. She has also given me lots of advice and help for family and group bookings. My first point of contact on any holiday is Donna.
Sent in by CYNTHIA CLARKSON
CASTLEFORD, 30 May 2019
Personal service, friendly & helpful.
Sent in by JULIE BLOOMFIELD
SIBFORD FERRIS, 30 May 2019
Thank you for getting us an up-grade in Sorrento.
Sent in by PATRICIA MILLWARD
STOURPORT-ON-SEVERN, 30 May 2019
Donna has been so helpful and patient because I took a while to make decisions on what my son and I hope will be a holiday of a lifetime! We are so looking forward to visiting the U.S. Thank you Donna! x
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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