Hello, my name is Fiona and thank you for taking the time to visit my page. I'm based between the rolling Sussex Downs and pebbly beaches of the south coast, just 5 minutes from Brighton.
I've been travelling since I was a toddler and have worked in the hospitality and travel industries for over 15 years. In that time, I've lived in England, Switzerland, Germany and South Africa, providing me with plenty of opportunities to explore many different countries.
Since returning to the UK almost 10 years ago, I've had the great privilege of travelling to countries such as Jordan, Morocco, Japan, Panama, Ireland, China and Vietnam to name but a few. In the summer of 2019 I took a giant leap of faith and decided I wanted to do what I most love on my own terms giving myself the flexibility of working from home and being my own boss.
Through Travel Counsellors, I have access to award winning technology and hundreds of suppliers allowing me to offer you the best travel choices to suit your needs. Not only this, but everything you book with myself is 100% financially protected, providing you with that all important peace of mind.
With first-hand knowledge of many different countries and cultures I’m best positioned to provide you with personal tips from my own experiences. Whether that’s for your annual family holiday or perhaps a cheeky holiday extension to that business trip.
Over the last year, which will go down in history as one of the most challenging we have ever faced, I've been working hard to improve my knowledge of various countries around the world and all the fantastic experiences you could be enjoying in 2021.
I will be focusing my attention on specific destinations around the world, including multi-stop trips in the UK, to provide high quality holidays for all who wish to truly get to know the authentic side of a country.
Over the coming months I'll be publishing destination specific blogs on this page to showcase these experiences, so make sure to keep it saved in your favourites and to check back regularly to keep up to date.
When planning your itinerary, I'm creating it specifically for you. I will always want to get to know you personally, so that I know your likes and dislikes. I like to have a good chat and check in regularly with my customers as I find this is the best way to ensure I'm providing you with a holiday tailored especially for you. At Travel Counsellors…with us it’s personal.
I look forward to hearing from you soon, getting to know your personal travel requirements and sending you off to experience some of the most incredible parts of this world.
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.
29 January 2021
Staycation travel has, out of necessity, become the popular choice for many of us. Perhaps the private testing costs are prohibitive or the risk of losing work due to needing to self-isolate on return might be big deciding factors for you in this. In summer 2021, this could again very well be the situation many of us find ourselves in. You’ve perhaps explored closer to home and want to find something different this year. In this blog I’ll focus on England, but will be revealing my favourite destinations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland soon. My top tip for when you’re...
08 October 2020
Delve into the other-worldly attractions of this magnificent northern territory Iceland: The land of fire and ice is home to glaciers, geysers and volcanoes existing side by side. Did you know, it’s the only country in the world where you can actually go inside a volcano? It’s a popular destination for both short winter breaks and more extensive summer holidays and whenever you go there is plenty to see and do. Here is my guide to Iceland’s hottest attractions: 1. The Golden Circle This is Iceland’s top attraction and is pretty much on everyone’s must-do list when planning a holiday in Iceland. This...
25 September 2020
With our travel life as we know it stopped in its tracks this year, this might seem like a weird topic to write about right now. But I want to keep us hopeful and to continue to inspire us in our travel ambitions. Although I would say that the United Kingdom is definitely one of the top destinations for us to explore in the year ahead, there are so many fantastic overseas locations that are primed for visitors when restrictions allow. So here we go: SPAIN Loved by many for its climate, people, food and wine, beaches, culture and history...
25 September 2020
Welcome to part two of my blog looking at some of the incredible destinations you should be looking forward to exploring in 2021 and beyond. If you find yourself here on my blog for the first time, make sure to head back to my main blog page and check out part 1 of this blog all about where I would recommend travelling when you're ready to head out on an adventure again. It might not feel like it right now, but we will get there and I want to be here to help inspire those future travels as well as...
21 August 2020
The last year has been full of ups and downs and just outright unfair situations, affecting us globally. But one positive I think we have gained is a sense of collective responsibility. If we all play our part, we can change outcomes. The same way it has worked for the health of ourselves, it can work for the health of our planet. For years I’ve worked with teams and organisations who at their core have total respect for the communities and environments they take travellers to. So, I wanted to share some of my top tips in travelling sustainably. 1....
05 August 2020
Travel is one of those beauties in life that allows us to connect with others face to face without experiencing technical glitches. It provides a physical change, allowing us to reset - mind, body and soul. One thing I know after this year - I’m going to need a reset! So, where can I travel to right now without invalidating my travel insurance? That’s the question you may be asking yourself as you scan the government list of destinations currently on the air-bridge list. Here’s some inspiration… EXPLORE A LAND OF PLENTY There are several open doors worldwide, but one of the richest...
23 June 2020
During this time of lockdown, myself and all my colleagues in travel will not only have been helping our customers manage their cancelled holidays but have also been steadily keeping up to date with what travel may look like in the weeks and months moving forward. I wanted to start a blog that will likely change and update as times moves along with some key areas of change to be aware of and prepared for moving forward. A handful of my colleagues have been able to head out and experience travel in the time of COVID-19, remember though that...
18 June 2020
I write this at a time where we're advised not to travel abroad, to not hug our friends and extended family and definitely not to stay overnight anywhere. 2020 has brought with it many frustrations and much turmoil that none of us expected, but there is a hope at the end of this tunnel that will get brighter and brighter. We just need to hold on to some wonderful hopes and dreams to look forward to. For me, it's all about the adventure of a holiday - somewhere that I can completely escape my day to day routine. In the...
27 September 2019
Travelling with a baby, where do I even start! Having become parents a little over a year ago Alex and I have stacked up the miles with our little one and so I wanted to share some top tips of things we have learned the hard way. I would like to start by admitting that Amelia is a seriously easy child and I fully acknowledge that no baby is the same. I hope these will be helpful hints for those of you who are new to the game. The passport - I write this in 2019 and currently getting a first...
19 August 2019
Back in 2007 I was living in Cape Town and was half-way through my final year at college, where I was training in all things travel and tourism. The opportunity came up to travel to Namibia with my family so instead of sitting in an exam room I headed out with my parents and aunt on a 3 week self-drive holiday that will remain in my memory forever. Actually, my memory is all I really have to rely on as there aren’t loads of photos left from that holiday but there are few to give you a taster of what...
11 July 2019
Costa Rica has been a firm favourite for families, honeymooners, adventurers, for yoga retreats and even the fly and flop holidays for a good few years now. It’s no wonder since this stunning country has such a lot to offer. Pristine beaches, dense jungles, adrenaline pumping activities, fascinating wildlife and some of the most stunning hotels and lodges to relax in after a day of exploration. Here are some of my favourite parts of Costa Rica and why you should consider including these highlights in your travels there......
02 July 2019
They say opposites complement one another and that marriage is about give and take. Well, the first test for my husband and I was our honeymoon. Alex has grown up in the UK and has done a lot of travelling in Europe whereas I've been travelling here, there and everywhere since I was 18 months old. Alex's idea of a holiday is relaxing in one place for a week and mine is to do as much as possible with one, maybe two days at a push, at a beach with nothing to do except sit in a hammock with a...
04 January 2015
I remember distinctly a feeling of both excitement and fear rising within me as I sat on an airplane somewhere between England and Asia, thinking…what am I doing! I had travelled many times before and on my own, but those trips had been to destinations and cultures I was familiar with. I had never been to Asia before and if I am very honest with myself, fear was just a little bit ahead of excitement for most of that flight to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Having read all about Vietnam, I had decided that I wanted to pack as...
01 January 2015
I might be somewhat biased when it comes to South Africa, having moved there at the tender age of 6 and lived there for over 20 years. It simply is one of those destinations that you just have to go to, at least once in your life. Here are my 5 reasons why I think you should go: 1. The wildlife! A safari is always on the bucket list for any visitor – even though we can see these gracious creatures at zoos dotted around the world, nothing compares to seeing them all gathered around a water hole taking in a...
Sent in by Alison Fox
Brighton, 11 March 2020
Fiona was amazing!! Thorough, helpful with ideas and so patient when we changed our minds!! Loved how she thought of everything, so much more than we did and then it all just happened - perfect holiday all planned and booked! Fiona is amazing!!
Sent in by Melody Grimshaw
Cheltenham, 19 January 2020
Incredibly knowledgeable, quick to respond and reassuring, thank you!
Sent in by Emma D
Battle, 04 July 2019
Fiona was great, I was concerned about booking a trip with so many excursions and Fiona did it all for us, fantastic.
Sent in by Fiona Finch
Brighton, 04 July 2019
Patient, flexible and understood our needs! Perfect
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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