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.
Sent in by Karen Baker
Banbury, 24 July 2018
Why wouldn't you choose a Travel Counsellor? Donna makes time to get to know her clients and their needs. She takes the stress away from booking a holiday.
Sent in by Grainne Allen
Bedfordshire, 10 July 2018
Donna provided us with the most efficient and professional service, she was super patient with us when we had numerous requests and indecision. Thank you!
Sent in by Sally Crump
balscote, 10 July 2018
Excellent, efficient and very friendly service. Thank you Donna we will definitely use you again.
Sent in by amanda Rutherford
MIDDLETON CHENEY, 16 April 2018
Donna Meredith found us the holiday we were looking for in budget. Will certain use again and will recommend
Sent in by Virginia Mullins
BANBURY, 28 March 2018
Fantastic efficient service as always. Especially when you haven't picked a destination.
Sent in by emma Hills
BANBURY, 23 March 2018
I like Donna as she’s very knowledgeable, and her professional manner always makes you feel confident that she is booking you a great holiday!
Sent in by simon corpe
WARWICK, 23 March 2018
Donna was so helpful from start to finish building us a truly custom.
Sent in by stuart VAUGHAN
Birmingham, 23 March 2018
Donna was very efficient and helped us book our dream holiday
Sent in by Joanne READ
DROITWICH, 23 March 2018
Donna was both professional and friendly. Her skill set was perfect, it was my understanding of the process that hindered the process at the start. Donna kept me completely engaged and up to date with was a very efficient listener. I have already recommended Travel Counsellors and particularly Donna. Thank you Donna
Sent in by Sharon Colley
BANBURY, 02 March 2018
Fantastic service. Donna worked until the early hours putting together my quote at such short notice. I am very impressed with the service I received and had no hesitation in booking my holiday with her straight away. Thank you so much.
Sent in by Mary Wills
WORCESTER, 02 March 2018
Donna has been totally brilliant in helping us choose a holiday - no question has been too silly for us to ask and she has patiently guided us whilst we had a good old dither!
Sent in by Julie Bloomfield
oxfordshire, 02 March 2018
Thank you for getting us an upgrade in Sorrento.
Sent in by Christine Lynch
MANCHESTER, 29 January 2018
Thank you so much for all your advice regarding our recent booking to New York. You were so patient handling my many questions and changes of dates, passenger numbers etc. I felt very confident with all the suggestions you made and will certainly be contacting you to book my next holiday. I would highly recommend you. Thank you!
Sent in by Alison Hayes
Wadhurst, east Sussex, 25 January 2018
Donna is very client focused and user friendly. Nothing is too much trouble. As you book more often with Donna, she obviously gets to know you better and better and can make suggestions for holidays which you would be most unlikely to come up with yourself. More importantly, she steers you away from those breaks which you think sound fabulous but she knows you will not like.
Sent in by DONNA HAZLEWOOD
BANBURY, 25 January 2018
I would just like to thank Donna for making my booking to Disneyland Paris. The whole experience was flawless, and I now can sit back, relax and look forward to a lovely break with my grandaughter and her mum. Once again, thank you very much.
Sent in by Toni Smith
BANBURY, 25 January 2018
Donna provides a very friendly and professional service, she found us a holiday that was tailored to our specific needs and was very helpful. We can't wait to enjoy our holiday soon thank you!
Sent in by Ashley Brookes
Woking, Surrey, 25 January 2018
Donna has designed and booked our last few holidays and we’ve been delighted with the service she’s provided. She’s always happy to help, even when it comes to dealing with the detail and is very good at understanding her clients specific needs. Knowing you always have someone personally looking after you whilst away on your travels makes a huge difference, especially if you need to make any unexpected changes whilst away. If you’re looking for someone to create and manage the booking of your next adventure, there’s no need to look any further than Donna!
Sent in by Deborah Smith
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, 17 January 2018
Donna made the whole booking experience easy from start to finish. We always book ourselves via the internet, but this time we used Donna's servces as recommended by my Sister, and we are very impressed with the professionalism and stressless experinece Thank you
Sent in by Gemma Johnson
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, 04 January 2018
Just booked our first cruise through Donna, who was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions. Once we decided to go ahead with our chosen option, Donna got it all booked up for us really quickly and we can't wait now.
Sent in by Nina Webb
Chipping Norton, 18 November 2017
I thought I should write a note to personally thank our Travel Counsellor Donna Meredith, who organised our trip to Vegas and the Grand Canyon. What a trip we had! We had specific things that we wanted to achieve with our break and Donna sorted everything. I probably drove her to despair on a couple of things but she never let any frustration be heard. Our trip was presented with a detailed itinerary with every piece of communication we would need on arrivals at different locations and facilities. This was my 50th birthday treat so a big deal for me and we all had a brilliant time. We wanted some things outside of the box and Donna sorted it for us. Might have been a little more expensive, not much though, but was well worth it and comforting to know that assistance was available 24/7 had we needed it. Thank you so much!
Sent in by Brian Herron
Bedfordshire, 26 October 2017
Always there when needed and helpful. Happy voice when you require any help and support, very good
Sent in by Kay Kelly
GLASGOW, 26 October 2017
Donna is very polite, very efficient and an excellent representative of the Company
Sent in by Amul Elagib
Droitwich, 13 September 2017
Thank you for organising our holiday we had a brilliant time and the kids enjoyed it very much. Regards Amul
Sent in by Patricia Nash
BANBURY, 07 September 2017
Donna arranged a trip to Florida and New York for us, great location for both and nothing is too much hassle. She has fantastic knowledge of Florida and listens to your requests, I would definitely recommend her for a short break or special holiday thanks again!
Sent in by Peter Collins
ALTRINCHAM, 07 September 2017
Nothing seems to be too much trouble-----cheerful with it! I will continue to recommend Donna to my friends
Sent in by David Spillett
Milcombe, 07 September 2017
Very helpful, responsive and professional
Sent in by Julie Stuart
Middleton Cheney, 07 September 2017
Thanks for sorting our family holiday out, excellent service as usual. Back to Croatia next year we think so we'll be in touch
Sent in by Giles Nunn
Middleton Cheney, 07 September 2017
Donna has booked a number of our family holidays and city breaks with friends. The service and knowledge she provides are fantastic. Her help has taken the stress out of searching for the many requirements our family has. Thanks Donna, we will definitely use you again in the future !
Sent in by Jennifer Delaney
BANBURY, 07 September 2017
I contacted Donna when I was planning a family holiday to Orlando and had become completely overwhelmed with all the various options on the market!! Donna is extremely knowledgeable about this area and provided me with many great tips and advice. Nothing was too much trouble for her and she was always on the end of a telephone to answer my numerous questions. I will definitely contact Donna to help me with future travel requirements
Sent in by Mary Geaney
Dundee, 11 July 2017
Donna has booked another great holiday for us. It was a lovely holiday and everything went smoothly. Have asked Donna to book another one week holiday for me in August.
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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...