Hello and thanks for taking the time to look me up. I've been with Travel Counsellors since 2004 and every day is a fantastic challenge which makes me enjoy my work more and more. It's such an honour to be part of such an exciting and innovative company where our ethos is firmly rooted in excellent customer service.
For 18 years I specialised in Business Travel and enjoyed creating itineraries which include flights, hotels, cars, ferries and rail reservations but since joining Travel Counsellors, I now have the opportunity to put together some really exciting itineraries for leisure customers as well and my knowledge of the leisure sector is growing by the day.
Of course I have done some travelling myself and have been many times to Europe. I loved the buzz of New York, the 'Summertime' feeling you get in Miami and the clean air of San Francisco. Dubai is fabulous for shopping and sizzling on the beach or relaxing in the desert. I've also been to Hong Kong where the pace never eases up and in contrast, to the Caribbean where nothing is rushed and you'd fare better if you just relaxed!
I'm also an avid cruiser and have cruised with P&O, Princess, Royal Caribbean and Holland America cruise lines and this year I was on board for P&O's Azura and NCL's EPIC inaugural events. Cruising is fantastic these days and really has something for everyone.
So you see, I love travelling and when I'm not, I take pleasure in arranging travel for my friends, and my clients become my friends, and I always arrange a holiday on the basis of ' would I go there'.
Thanks for taking the time to read my page and get in touch when you next want your dream holiday arranged.
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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.
06 August 2019
At Travel Counsellors, we are trusted travel experts who believe in supporting our clients through every aspect of the booking from enquiry, through booking, before departure, during their holiday and even after returning. This also holds true for my business travellers. When you’re thinking of who to send my way, it could be anyone, really but I thought I’d give you some ideas…. It could be a family or couple who like quality holidays – it doesn’t have to be luxury, but you are looking for a good standard of accommodation and maybe like to be a bit adventurous. One of my...
20 October 2016
The Travel Counsellors Gold trip is Travel Counsellors way of rewarding me for achieving my target and retaining my Gold status. This year, the trip was a luxury River Cruise on the Danube. I flew out to Budapest and boarded the Scenic Jewel, where I headed for the bar with its panoramic windows to meet my fellow Gold TC’s. Eventually, Valerio, my butler showed me to my stateroom where my luggage, which I hadn’t seen since the airport, was waiting for me. I’m still amazed at how spacious these river vessels are and indeed they’re actually nicknamed spaceships. After dinner on the first...
08 July 2016
This was my 4th visit to NYC aka The Big Apple and each time has been better than the last. New York is frenetic and exciting and sucks you into its positive energy. There's so much to see and do that I would strongly recommend you do some research before you go. There were still things I didn't get to do but I guess I'll just have to return. We purchased a New York Explorer pass which offers loads of attractions and you choose from 3, 5 or 7 attractions as a bundle, saving you money. I chose 7...
16 September 2015
Villa holidays are becoming so popular now that I decided to experience it for myself. I flew to Palma courtesy of a leading Villa holiday company and they showed me their programme of Villa’s on Majorca and I was able to experience Villa and Resort living. My Villa was a traditional Finca, all thick stone walls and small windows which keep the house cool during the daytime. It was set in a lovely secluded spot, made very private by clever planting of trees and bushes and included a wonderful private pool and barbecue area. This particular Villa is ‘car essential’...
08 July 2013
In May I spent a wonderful 3 days in Switzerland with a few of my Travel Counsellor colleagues. Everything you hear about Switzerland is true – the trains run impeccably (always to time), the air is clean and the roads are pristine. It was still quite chilly in Switzerland when we arrived but it it’s not like the UK – everything is set up for snow! Our first two nights were spent in Interlaken at the Metropole Interlaken. I have to admit that it’s not the prettiest looking hotel but it is in a fantastic location with views over Inerlaken. We took...
22 March 2012
I’ve just got back from a great city break – Porto. Situated on the North coast of Portugal, this fantastic city has so many things going for it. It’s only 2 hours from London, is in the same time zone and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. Porto is very hilly but is quite compact and if you’re fit, the best way to get around is on foot although there is a metro system, trams and a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour. The Portuguese have some wonderful restaurants and really tasty food – of course being on the coast,...
25 September 2011
I’ve just returned from a wonderful tour of the North-Eastern States of the US – history buffs will love this itinerary. I flew into Newark, New Jersey with Continental airlines but there are other airlines operating from London and incidentally, it’s a great alternative to JFK as you can either take train from Newark airport straight into Penn Street Station, New York or alternatively, there’s a shuttle bus which operates frequently into the city for $15. Anyway, we took the train from Newark to Philadelphia – it’s really easy, a direct train with very comfortable seats and we were there in about...
16 July 2010
I’ve just had a lovely weekend in Germany and rather than flying, we travelled by rail. We travelled 1st class on Eurostar from London to Brussels and then changed to the high-speed ICE train to Cologne. We left London at 08.27am and arrived in Cologne at 14.30pm and that’s also taking into account the 1hr time difference. The advantage of arriving by rail is that you’re right in the city centre and so we took the 10 minute walk to our hotel – Maritim Cologne. The hotel’s atrium is beautiful, all glass which is spacious and light with shops and restaurants within....
10 December 2009
I’ve just spent 4 days in Andalucía and it’s captured my heart. Day one was spent in Malaga city. Malaga is the gateway to the Costa del Sol and Andalucía and it’s often overlooked – it’s a beautiful city with a lot of history. I would recommend a couple days spent here to explore the city centre with its typical Andalucían architecture, the palm tree lined boulevards, the narrow cobbled streets and its own version of the La Alhambra called La Alcazaba Palace. Malaga also has a very beautiful Cathedral which is well worth a visit and the...
05 October 2009
I met colleagues at Heathrow and checked in for our BMI flight. We were then taken to the BMI lounge, situated airside. It’s a lovely lounge, decorated in contemporary style. There was a good selection of pastries on offer along with other drinks and snacks. They have a lovely fireplace with comfy sofas arranged around it. The flight is about 4 hours and BMI’s economy cabin offers a tasty menu and a very good entertainment system with video and audio channels. We arrived in Cairo and the next day we visited the Egyptian Museum. Entry fee is...
02 July 2009
While holidaying in Grenada, my Mum and I decided to pop over to St Lucia for a few days. We arrived at Vigie airport on the northwest coast, much closer to the main resorts on the island. If you’re arriving from the UK you will arrive into Hewanorra which is a 90 minute drive from the resorts, but then I suppose you could use that as an excuse to take the helicopter up to the northwest and marvel at the Pitons on the way! The Pitons are 2 conical peaks that rise almost vertically straight out of the sea for about...
27 April 2009
One & Only Reethi Rah is huge in comparison to the other islands we had been to. Two thirds of the island is man-made and has been reclaimed from the Ocean. It has 130 rooms & villas but there is at least 65ft between each accommodation which helps to maintain a spacious feeling. On arrival at your villa, you are introduced to your Villa host who performs a foot bathing ritual with essential oils to soothe tired feet after a long journey. I had a Duplex Villa which was just beautiful, decorated in dark wood and red with...
27 April 2009
I’ve just returned from a fabulous trip to Dubai & the Maldives and I had the most fantastic time. I flew Emirates and was upgraded to business class which gave me the chance to sample their award winning business class cabin. When you board, you are greeting with hot towels and complimentary Orange, Apple juice or Champagne. I arrived in Dubai after the overnight flight and was met by Tariq, our host for the day. Tariq took us on a city tour of Dubai including the Stock Exchange, The Burj Al Arab hotel, the Emirates towers, The Burj Tower, the...
27 April 2009
The next morning it was time to move on again and this time it was quite a journey! The Beach House is reached by a 40 minute flight from Male to Hanimaadhoo then a 45 minute exhilarating speedboat ride. Its well worth the effort, the resort is beautiful. All accommodation has a private pool and a personal butler. Each Beach Villa also offers a private Cabana on the beach. It’s one of a few Islands to offer Water Villas as their lead in category. You get around the resort on buggies and I would recommend...
12 September 2008
I flew from Heathrow to Calgary via Minneapolis with Northwest Airlines. I was impressed with NWA, the plane was modern and spacious and the crew were very friendly and professional. After a long day, I eventually arrived at the Fairmont Palliser in Calgary. A majestic looking hotel, right in the heart of Calgary. This hotel is a good choice if, like me, you are taking the Rocky Mountaineer to Vancouver. The staff from Rocky Mountaineer set up a desk in the hotel reception and I checked-in there, deposited my luggage and it wasn’t seen again until the next evening, in...
15 July 2008
I'd never been to Venice but, as with so many places around the world, it was on my wish list so when I found some bargain flights with Ryanair I persuaded my husband and 6 other friends to part with their money and enjoy a day out with me. I took a flight from Stansted to Treviso with Ryanair. I have to say, you do get what you pay for with Ryanair and that was very evident in the 'scrum' for the seats on board but on the plus side, they were on time and the set-up with the bus...
Sent in by V C
Surrey, 12 February 2019
It would be perfectly possible to book a holiday ourselves via the internet, so why use Gill? The answer is simple: service. She always comes up with the perfect choice that is tailor made for us. She provides excellent support before, during and after the holiday and makes us feel nothing is too much trouble. It's the personal nature of our relationship that makes booking a holiday with her a real pleasure.....and you can't get that on any website!
Sent in by John Titmus
Crowdstrike, 17 January 2018
Gill has provided a fantastic service everytime I have booked with her.
Sent in by Mark Sparshott
Reading, 20 November 2017
Gill is awesome providing a phenomenally fast and efficient service to our company while maintaining a personal touch. On countless occasions Gill was able to change my booking on the way to the airport to get me home on earlier return flight in time to put the kids to bed after all. Invaluable time back - thank you Gill!
Sent in by Renata Clayton
Bracknell, 25 October 2017
Gill is very helpful, polite and great with coming up with ideas for holidays. Trustworthy and I would say goes the extra mile.
Sent in by Sue Kitley
Basingstoke, 24 July 2017
As always Gill is awesome and in this particular trip which was particularly complex, Gill was very patient with us with all the changes to the itinerary and gave us a first class GOLD service! Would recommend Gill to anyone.
Sent in by A Bradbury
Basingstoke, 24 July 2017
Gill is always happy to answer any question and go the extra mile to ensure you are entirely comfortable and happy with your choice and you are making the most informed decision so that any trip or holiday is the best possible outcome.
Sent in by A Y
READING, 06 December 2016
I have completed these reviews but just wanted to say thanks again. It was pretty much a perfect break with spot on choices on your part as you may have already gathered from Facebook . What a star, yet again.
Sent in by Mary Selby
Borders , 19 February 2016
I always mention Gill Nicholls when talking about our holiday last year which was just perfect! The arrangements and itinerary were just what we requested and more! We have booked our 2016 holiday through Gill and she couldn't be more helpful - so more mentions to family and friends.
Sent in by Emma Milligan
Reading, 20 January 2016
Thank you so much for all your help during my trip. This is the second multi-location trip I have booked with Gill. She is an extremely warm and friendly advisor and goes above and beyond to help make your trip run smoothly. It is only when problems arise that you realise how incredibly helpful it is to have a Travel Counsellor to support you. When my flight was cancelled by the airline a couple of weeks before take off, Gill contacted me immediately and changed my flight so I wouldn't arrive late to my holiday arrangements. I would happily recommend her to my family and friends and will use her in the future.
Sent in by Andrea Reid
Reading, 17 February 2015
I contacted Gill with brief information about where and when I would like to book my holiday. The service I received was flawless. Not only did Gill quickly sort out the booking for me, the ticket price was more competitive than expected. Thank you Gill for a wonderful service. I will definitely be booking with you in future!
Sent in by Stuart Sharp
Bicester, 19 November 2014
Gill Nichols is the epitome of efficiency and top class customer service! She handles every request, no matter how last minute, with calm efficiency. It's a pleasure to work with her.
Sent in by Victoria Colclough
Surrey, 02 October 2014
Thank you so much for organising our recent trip to Sorrento. You were a shining example of the personal service Travel Counsellors promise. We were initially disappointed that it didn't look as though we were going to be able to get a sea view in the hotel of our choice, but, dedicated as ever, you dug away and trawled through all the agencies until you found not only a full sea view but also half board for about the price we were initially paying for bed and breakfast. Now that's what I call service!! It was a great week, made all the better by your hard work. We've no idea how you will top this triumph....unless it's finding a hotel that pays us to stay there! Many thanks. We look forward to planning our next holiday with you. Vicki and John Colclough
Sent in by Judith Brailli
Reading, 15 April 2014
We have already recommended Gill and would not consider any other agent for our holiday bookings, she is always prompt, enthusiastic and 'goes the extra mile' for us. Our last holiday she arranged exceeded all expectations!
Sent in by Amy Prentice
Reading, 09 December 2013
Gill was fantastic! We couldn't have asked for more. She was friendly, enthusiastic and helpful in ways other travel companies weren't. Gill was recommended to us through a few friends and we would certainly send our friends and family her way. It was a real pleasure organising our honeymoon through her.
Sent in by Helena Jagger
Marlow, 19 November 2013
I am a travel booker at my company and I also book my own personal travel with Travel Counsellors. I would definitely recommend Gill as she takes all the hassle out of looking for a holiday, it is simple, easy and just all round good.
Sent in by Paul Macbeth
Reading, 08 May 2013
I wouldn’t use anybody else for my holidays. You get what you pay for in life and, although there may be cheaper holidays online, you provide fantastic value together with an incredibly personal, knowledgeable and exceptional service. This has resulted in you building an in-valuable base of ‘clients for life.’ Something that I certainly am!
Sent in by Lynne Rutter
Bracknell, 20 December 2012
Thankyou so much for organizing our trip to Australia...so painless for us! We would highly recommend your service to anyone. Looking forward to hearing from you in the new year! Have a great christmas whatever your plans are.
Sent in by Angie Sanders
Woodcote, Reading, 19 December 2012
I have booked holidays and flights with Gill for a couple of years now, and I can honestly say that Gill takes all of the worry and stress out of the booking, departing and arriving that I used to feel. I know that Gill always finds the best accommodation and locations from me. I recommend Gill Nicholls from Travel Counsellors to all my friends, family and colleagues. I know that when Gill was recommended to me it changed the way I book holidays and flights, I am completely converted! Thank you Gill.
Sent in by Alan Coutain
Reading, Berkshire, 03 February 2010
Gillian has to be one of the most professional, helpful, resourceful people I have had the pleasure of meeting. I used to book my holidays through the high street chains. But after Gillian booked one of my holidays, I never went back to them. Gillian is not just interested in the sale (i.e. give him the most expensive holiday I can offer). She listens to my varied destinations, needs, interests and my budget then gives me recommendations based on a good fact find.
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 0118 391 3890