Sent by Jayne Checkley
Based in Yorkshire
Welcome and thank you for taking the time to read this
Being a Travel Counsellor has been my dream job for many years and I’ve had the privilege to be able to work in the Travel Industry for over 30 years. I remain passionate about what I do and take immense pride in serving my clients to the very best of my ability in order to meet their specific needs and wishes. Overall, I am committed to going the extra mile in order to create the perfect trip to suit their requirements. Getting to know my clients is really important to me, either by phone, Zoom or in person. This enables me to gain a deeper understanding of what is needed to put the perfect holiday together. I work very differently to the High Street and the online companies and am able to work with you at a mutually convenient time but largely at a time which suits you. I also specialise in tailor made itineraries and bespoke holidays. However, I must stress that no enquiry is too small.
Being a Travel Counsellor means that I work individually so you only get myself at the end of the phone or email. In support of my personal and focused service, we have a fantastic customer service backing from Travel Counsellors Head Office. This provides the Travel Counsellors 100% financial guarantee in that all holidays are financially secured. It’s a real privilege to work with an award-winning company and for one of the largest travel providers in the UK with 5 star Trust Pilot reviews and having been established over 25 years.
Being a Travel Counsellor allows me to work independently with many tour operators, and as we have a trusted and long-standing relationship with many ground handlers all over the world, I can put together those unforgettable holiday moments for you. A key part of my job is to enhance and suggest amazing and awesome moments that will stay in your memories for years to come. A few examples which I’ve worked on include arranging for clients to sit amongst 100,000 king penguins in South Georgia, to ‘live local’ on Lake Titicaca in Peru, to island hop in Indonesia or to go rafting on the Zambezi River in Zambia. I can arrange all of these experiences and so much more.
In addition to holiday experiences, I have also worked closely with groups and business travelers over many years. This is an important part of my service and I often work with bespoke needs for travel across a number of continents for both short and lengthy duration trips. I have worked through many of the challenging times which have impacted countries and the travel industry. This includes the impact of 9/11, the Ash Cloud, Tsunamis and of most recently COVID-19 and related Government travel policy decisions. None of us could have imagined the level of disruption on travel which we’ve encountered. I have been able to provide advice on changes to travel, respond to client needs and navigate through the range of often complicated policy restrictions. but being available for my clients allowed me to advise and rearrange around the restrictions in place, giving them the reassurance that they are not alone.
I am delighted to see us returning to a more 'normal' position and I look forward to arranging trips for this year and beyond. It is a pleasure and a privilege to do the job I do. Travel has been a huge part of my life and I would be delighted to hear from you, whatever your travel enquiry. Finally, I am reminded of the words of Saint Augustine: "The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page".
I look forward to hearing from you soon
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.
04 December 2021
Its with great pleasure I share with you my family trip to Morocco. A 3 hour flight from Manchester to Marrakech we were met by our driver and taken a 20 minute drive to our 5 star hotel, Eden Andalou Aquapark and Spa. We were pleased with our standard suite. With myself and older children, this gave us twin beds in the main bedroom and an arched section which converted to 2 sofa beds at night and a lounge area through the day. This opened up to a patio and garden area just steps from the pool. The following day we were pleased with a great breakfast. We were all inclusive and a huge selection of hot and cold dishes. The staff were very courteous and smart. As we were celebrating an 18th (daughter) a 21st (son) and unfortunately a 50th (me!) I wanted this trip to be one to remember so I pre booked excursions prior to departure through Do Something Different. All activities were confirmed by reception and our drivers were on time. Our first 'experience' was quad biking in the desert. Fabulous! A brief 20 minute test circuit and we were off! My son took the lead and I followed with my daughter hanging onto the back of me! We enjoyed a few hours skirting round the dunes and all felt safe and well organised. We finished off with tea and cake. Enjoyed by all! Our time round the pool was as relaxed or busy as we wanted - I showed myself up with the aqua aerobics and had a go with the water polo. For more exhilaration we headed to the waterpark just a 5 minute walk through the hotel grounds to a 'gated' area with many slides and flumes. All managed well with life guards. Great we could dip in and out of here and open till 10pm each night. Our next experience was one I will never forget - Hot air balloon over the Atlas Mountains. We were picked up at 4am, yes 4am!! About an hour minibus drive to the desert where we were served coffee and juice in a Bedouin tent. At about 5.30 we walked across to our balloon and climbed into the gondola. Amazing smooth flight into the air and as our 'pilot' pointed across the mountain range the sun started to rise and this was everything and more than I expected. After approx. 45 minutes in the air we were back on the ground and taken back to the tent to watch (and participate) in donut making which contributed to our prepared hot and cold breakfast. We were transported back to our hotel and back by the pool for mid morning! The following day we had booked a guide to take us round the main Souk in the City. This was called Souk Semmarine and with the many alleys and paths within the walls our guide navigated us round the bakeries, potteries, textile shops, spice markets and antiques.....and everything else. Very knowledgeable and by far the safest for me and my family. We came away with some great gifts and a bit of tat! Evening meals were very varied and a different hot selection with an extensive cold buffet. The deserts were colorful and well presented. My son is a bit football mad so he was happy to watch the open air big screen, whilst me and my daughter were entertained by the animation team - some stuff not to my liking but good to people watch, chill and sing a long ! Our last evening was really special too - horse and carriage round the City at night. Again, picked up at hotel reception about 6pm we were taken to the square by the Medina - it was heaving! A great hustle and bustle. I loved it! We trotted around the walls and were told about the history and landmarks. We wouldn't have seen this on foot for sure! After about 2 hours we finished our night with a meal on a roof top terrace overlooking the square. Our driver picked us up and brought us back to our hotel for late drinks and nibbles at the bar. To summarise, this holiday we experienced, culture, history, water fun, 5 star luxury. I recommend pre booking these trips before leaving the UK. Here's a little video I put together of our 7 day adventures. Enjoy!
Hebden Bridge 07/07/2023
Long Preston, Nr Skipton 20/06/2023
Long Preston 01/05/2023
The Algarve 20/01/2023
Long Preston 06/12/2022
Hebden Bridge 27/07/2022
Leamington Spa 02/02/2022
Great Eccleston 01/02/2022