Hello my name is Fiona Betteridge and I am based in Aberdeenshire. Thanks for your interest in Travel Counsellors and my web site. I believe booking your holiday should be an enjoyable and exciting experience. I pride myself on offering my customers a level of personal service and attention to detail which you could not find in the high street.
I have lived, worked and travelled abroad for the last 25 years, in such areas as the Middle East, Far East and Scandinavia, and holidaying all over the world especially enjoying Australia, America and Europe.
We now have a unique system in place which no other travel agency/tour operator has access to which enables us to book flights, accommodation and transfers separately which more than often beats standard tour operator packages.
Don't forget about those long weekends in the UK as well, I can book you a trip to the races, a murder mystery weekend, golf breaks and what about lunch on the Orient Express?
Whether it be a flight, city break or a tailor made holiday you are looking for I will be delighted to help you.
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.
11 May 2014
Bermuda is a beautiful location, with a distinctly British feel about it. Close enough to visit as a twin centre with say New York. There are many lovely hotels, pink sand beaches and excellent golf courses. There are a range of attractions to visit such as, Dolphin Quest, boat excursions, Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, the dipping ceremony in St Georges and the crystal and fantasy caves. We stayed at Elbow Beach and Cambridge Beaches which are both beautiful hotels. Elbow beach Hotel is on 50 acres of gardens with a beach front location, only seven minutes from the delightful...
10 April 2014
I went to Iceland to celebrate our daughters 30th birthday and what a great experience it was. Iceland never ceases to amaze - the mouth-watering scenery is an adventure in itself, with volcanic craters, lava flows, hot springs and geysers, glaciers and stunning waterfalls offering a new view around every corner. It is these natural wonders that provide the perfect backdrop to a range of unforgettable experiences from hiking and snowmobiling to bathing in hot pools and gazing at the northern lights. I was lucky with the weather to have 3 days of sunshine but also to have snow. The people...
03 May 2013
New York is a great location, full of things to see and do, plus great restaurants of all prices. We stayed for 4 nights coming from Washington on the Amtrak which was very easy and comfortable straight into Penn station and then a quick taxi ride to The Benjamin hotel on 125 E 50th street, close to many restaurants and shops, we walked safely around at night. This location is midtown Manhattan, the Benjamin is a luxury boutique-styled hotel and well worth a stay. Taxis and the hop on bus were all easy to use so getting around was no...
20 April 2012
We stayed at the Grand Canyon Ranch while on holiday in Las Vegas and it was a great comparison to the Strip. We took the helicopter from Vegas airport, with great views over the Strip seeing all the hotels. Then it was onwards towards Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam. The pilot pointed out all the things of interest and we were able to get some great photographs. We flew below the rim of the canyon and had great views of the Colorado river. We landed at the ranch where we were met by a horse drawn wagon and...
17 April 2012
Las Vegas is a fun city, and you don't have to gamble to enjoy it, I just had a great holiday there. The weather was very good for April 2012, nice and hot but with no humidity. We stayed in two hotels as we went half way in the week to The Grand Canyon Ranch. Our first hotel was the Bellagio, which has a great fountain display outside with music and lights four times an hour. It has lovely large rooms and a nice pool area. Our second hotel was The Wynn, which has great views from the high...
01 June 2011
We sailed on Azamara Journey for a 12 day Mediterranean cruise. Azamara ships are not too big (you never feel lost) and they’re not too small (you won’t run out of new things to do and new people to meet). With a capacity of 686 guests, Azamara’s mid-sized ships really are just right. We loved the club-like atmosphere and the way the staff and crew get to know you. The smaller ships also offer the big advantage of being able to sail to places larger cruise lines can’t. We stayed overnight at some of the ports, which was lovely as...
04 May 2011
Russian May 2011 I have always wanted to visit Russia so decided 2011 was going to be the year. Moscow is one of the few cities in the world that justifies the adjective ‘magnificent’. At first Moscow can dwarf you. Moscow’s past wealth is reflected in its architecture, arts, museums and even its underground railway which is an artistic monument and tourist attraction in its own right we visited about 7 underground stations just amazing. From Red Square to the Kremlin, the Bolshoi Theatre to St Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow is easily treated as a living museum. As were there on...
05 November 2010
You can not beat floating around the Caribbean on a Silversea All Inclusive Cruise. From the moment we boarded the ship- The service was incredible. Every member of staff always greeted us and had a big smile on their faces. We had a veranda suite which included a balcony. We loved having the balcony and used it all the time. The room is lovely, with plenty of closet space and more drawers than you can fill up. Personalized stationary with your name on it. Fresh flowers in your cabin. The bathrooms were fantastic! - double sinks, shower and bath with Bulgaria...
21 September 2010
I was bowled over by Cape Town and surrounding areas. Fantasic beaches, hotels and restaurants. We flew into Cape town with South African airways and went straight to Hermanus for the whale watching. Hermanus is famous for being inhabited by Southern Right Whales every year between June and December. This friendly and quaint town is situated about 120km (one and a half hour drive) from Cape Town. I have to say we where not disappointed, and after a very early start to catch the sunrise we saw lots of whales, and what beautiful creatures they are. Cape town is a lovely, clean, safe...
17 September 2010
Safari in Kruger National Park - The BIG 5 I had an amazing Safari in Kruger in September, Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa. Apart from big five game drives, you can also enjoy bush walks, night drives, sleep-outs under the stars, bird-watching and off road game dives in private areas. The Kruger National Park offers an abundance of wildlife including approximately 507 bird species 147 animals. One of the highlights of my trip was seeing a cheater catch its pray. We had fantastic off road game drives seeing Impala which are the most...
Sent in by Jagat Deo
Leeds, 11 March 2021
We have used Travel Counsellors over the last 15-years on many occasions to arrange a complete bespoke holiday package, but also generally book our holidays offered through other companies. The hotels recommended have been superb and the service of the highest quality exceeding our expectations. A memorable occasion was a three centre trip to Dubai, Singapore & Penang where Fiona organised the complete package. The whole trip went like clockwork, from pick-up at our home and all hotel transfers. We want to thank Travel Counsellors for arranging all our holidays hassle free and we will continue to use this service.
Sent in by Colin Pearson
Orpington, 11 March 2021
Fiona has helped us with a wide variety of holidays over the years. The range includes bespoke family holidays to Florida to exploring Europe on a bike with friends. They have always been a great success. The service she provides is fantastic, very personal. And of course the flexibility of what you can choose is a huge attraction. Just to add the assurance of having Fiona there when something goes wrong is also amazing, she fixed something for us that we could never have done if we had booked ourselves online.
Sent in by William and Marigold Bowman
Drumoak, 11 March 2021
Fiona has arranged several complicated journeys for us over the last few years, being generous with her advice and time. In addition, the events of the last year has meant many changes having to be made, all handled with humour and attention to detail.
Sent in by Douglas Cusine
STONEHAVEN, 11 March 2021
My wife and I have used Fiona as a travel agent for some time. She has always secured for us the best deals, and makes suggestions about alternative arrangements for flights, accommodation etc. she keeps a close eye on our bookings and there is seldom any need to contact her about these matters, as she is “on the ball.” We have used many other agents in the past, but none of them matches the very efficient and personal service we get from her.
Sent in by Bertha Forbes
Kincardineshire, 06 June 2018
The holiday which you arranged for me was one of the best that I have ever had. Being a solo traveller was not a problem because of your attention to detail and the kindness shown. The hotels were very good being centrally situated and both rooms were convenient for lift and reception area. The hotel in Santorini was especially good: the bathroom was tres modern. Breakfast, however was better in the Athens one with more choice. I can never understand why people like to eat cake for breakfast! Thank you again for a wonderful experience.
Sent in by Nicky Harkes
Banchory, Aberdeenshire, 13 June 2014
Hi Fiona, we got back safe and sound last night and we just thought we would let you know what a fantastic time we had. The hotel was absolutely superb! The food was good, the drinks were good. The hotel was spotless, the room was really clean and spacious. The entertainment team were fantastic with the kids, the pool area is great for the kids and really safe as there were numerous life guards. Honestly can't express how good this place is for families and we can't wait to go back, so thank you so much for finding it for us and taking care of everything, really appreciate it. Thanks again, Nicky, Diane, Lily and Finlay
Sent in by Loraine Wood
Aberdeen, 27 May 2014
Just to let you know that we had an excellent time in Cuba. All flights, hotels, transfers etc went without a hitch. So glad we went to Havana as it is well worth a visit with so much to do and see and all within easy reach from the hotel. We also enjoyed Varadero and it was great to relax after the hustle and bustle of Havana. The Cuban people are so friendly it is unbelievable. I don't know how you managed to book it all within budget, well done!
Sent in by Derek Stewart
Aberdeen, 26 October 2010
Just returned from Tenerife after great holiday as usual. Have travelled to other destinations including cycling trip to Majorca after Globespan failure when Fiona responded with package and saved the day. Looking forward to next trip soon.
Sent in by Isobel Yackiminie
Aberdeen, 22 October 2010
Fiona has now arranged several holidays for us, and we have been very satisfied with the prompt service she provides. She is always there at the end of the phone, to give friendly, helpful advice, no detail too trivial. I would not hesitate to recommend Fiona to anyone; indeed the more complicated the reservation, the more you need Fiona!
Sent in by Michael Head
Yateley, 17 October 2010
We're not experienced travellers but needed to fly from the UK to Dubai and then onto Singapore and finally home. Fiona very quickly proposed an itinerary meeting all of our requirements for an excellent price - car parking too. Fiona answered our many questions within hours, on evenings and weekends! We would not hesitate to recommend her.
Sent in by Helen Rowe
Alford, 14 October 2010
Although I haven't used your services for a while, I would certainly do so when I next intend to travel abroad or even somewhere in Britain. I have also given your business card to friends & I know of one who was delighted with your work.
Sent in by Mhairi Hosking
Tornaveen, Aberdeenshire, 13 October 2010
Fiona arranged a fabulous holiday for my family this year in Spain, we had to make a last minute change of plan to our original holiday and Fiona helped us out of a sticky situation. She was really helpful and very quick to come back with some choices for us. We had a fab holiday in Peniscola and my 4 year old son is still talking about it and can't wait to go back. Thanks very much Fiona.
Sent in by Jagat Deo
Aberdeen, 12 October 2010
I have used Fiona's services many times over the last 4 years. The quality of service has been excellent and she has gone beyond the call of duty to help and obtain information to book our holidays. We have not been let down with destinations or choice of carrier and hotels. I will continue to use Travel Counsellors in the coming years.
Sent in by Simon Richards
Strachan, Banchory, 11 October 2010
Fiona has now organised two complicated trips for us involving multiple travellers and differing routes and dates. Fiona really knows how to take the pain out of complicated trips, and for the sake of sanity I would strongly recommend this approach! She also seems to access the best deal to boot by the way!
Sent in by Peter Williams
Ilkley, West Yorkshire, 11 October 2010
Fiona has provided a wonderful personal service on a variety of holidays and short trips and we will continue to book through her.
Sent in by Graeme Nicol
Anguston, Peterculter, 11 October 2010
I have now used Fiona on a number of occasions and have always found her to be very friendly, professional and willing to help. I would have no hesitation in recommending her to others, as I have already done on a number of occasions.
Sent in by William Byth
Banchory, 09 October 2010
Very efficient friendly service. Two occasions stand out. Fiona organised a special birthday trip to Rome and found us an outstanding small hotel in a very convenient location. When Globespan went out of business Fiona reorganised a cycling holiday to Majorca for a group of us, bikes included, at very short notice. Highly recommended.
Sent in by Stuart Barnes
Banchory, Aberdeen, 09 October 2010
I just wanted to thank you for the amazing honeymoon that you organised for us earlier this year. It was truly a fantastic time and we had some great experiences in South Africa and the Seychelles, both of which are absolutely beautiful and we would love to go back for another visit at some point Our accommodation was excellent throughout our trip. Thank you.
Sent in by Paul Garty
Aberdeen, 09 October 2010
Fiona, What a service second to none well done and thank you Best Regards Paul Garty
Sent in by Angela Stewart
Banchory, 08 October 2010
My family and I travel abroad three four times a year and our first stop is always with Fiona. Fiona arranges everything from hotels to transport between airport and accommodation. There is nothing Fiona overlooks, always dealing with the small things we have forgotten. We feel special from the time of planning to the end of our holiday. Fiona stays in touch and we would not go anywhere else.
Sent in by Allan Montgomery
Aberdeen, 08 October 2010
Fiona was extremely helpful, right from first contact through to post-holiday, and everything went very smoothly, even though we were booking almost last minute. The service Fiona gave was excellent and the holiday she sourced for us was highly enjoyable. We would have no hesitation in using her services again and in recommending her to anyone else.
Sent in by Jennifer McTaggart
Aberdeen, 08 October 2010
Myself and my boyfriend booked with Fiona for a holday to Las Vegas and Hawaii. From start to finish, Fiona has done an amazing job, listened to what Neil and myself wanted and also done exactly what we wanted. From travel to and from airports, to advice on luggage I can't fault the service provided. I fortunately have someone to take the hassle out of booking & will go with Fiona in future.
Sent in by D Duncan
Aberdeenshire, 08 October 2010
I thought your service was great, very efficient, friendly and informative. I would use your services again. Thank you.
Sent in by DONALD FRASER
TARLAND, ABOYNE, ABERDEENSHIRE, 08 October 2010
Fiona was recommended to me via two colleagues who had arranged travel with her. I initially spoke with her colleague Heather as Fiona was on holiday, I received excellent service and advice and within 24 hours of our initial contact everything was organised for our trip to the USA (including all hotels & internal flights). I would highly reccommend their services.
Sent in by Fiona Davidson
Banchory Aberdeenshire, 08 October 2010
Booking a holiday, flights or car hire is always stess free for me as Fiona just gets on the case and within days its all organised and booked. Always had a great holiday and the prices are very competitive. Thanks from the Davidson Family.
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 01330 558340