My name is Gina and I am your personal Travel Counsellor based in Newark-on-Trent, offering my unique travel services to clients all over the UK.
In 2010 I embarked on a one year trip around the world with my fiancé where we visited 16 countries and got married in India. India became a special place for me when I went to work there in 2009 for six months. It was then that I decided I wanted to get married in Kerala. I got together with an event planner at the Leela Kempinski in Kovolam and we arranged my perfect day. Friends and family came to Kerala from all over the UK and elsewhere in India for the wedding and I arranged their travel plans for them; everyone had a holiday they will never forget!
I will be updating my travel diaries so you can find out more about my round the world trip and see my wedding pictures. The world is such an amazing place and I would love to help you discover more of it by becoming your personal Travel Counsellor.
As an independent Travel Counsellor working from home I will be available whenever you need me. Whether you want to take a city break to Barcelona, get married in Mauritius, see a show in London or just spend two weeks on that idyllic beach, I can offer you the best choices from over 500 suppliers and will take the time to find out exactly what you want from your holiday. You will also be covered by the Travel Counsellors Trust so you can relax knowing you’re fully protected.
I look forward to hearing from you all soon.
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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.
27 April 2017
With the winter seeming to take an age to melt into spring this year I was very much looking forward to some welcome warm weather and my educational trip to Paphos in South Western Cyprus was just what I needed. It's very well served with regular low cost flights departing from across the UK and takes around 4 hrs to get to Paphos airport. Our home for the week, The Asimini Suites hotel, is only 15 minutes from the airport and we had a transfer in a Mercedes waiting for us outside when we arrived. It's a beautiful hotel with a...
28 October 2014
Turkey had, clearly unfairly, always been associated in my mind with my younger drunken holidays and perhaps staggering home with a kebab in Bodrum or Marmaris and I’d not considered holidaying there again until recently! Beautiful Kalkan, however, simply couldn’t be further from that stereotype and it fully deserves its billing as a jewel on Turkey’s stunning south western Mediterranean coastline. After a pleasant 4 hour flight we landed into a calm, modern and well organised airport and were immediately greeted by our private transfer with refreshingly cold towels and water. A stunning 1.5 hour drive through the mountains saw the lovely...
06 October 2012
I have always thought Gran Canaria was just a place to grab a quick week in the sun during our winter season, but on a recent trip there, I realised I was wrong! The four hour flight from the UK went very quickly and, on arrival, our private transfer took us straight to the Seaside Hotel Palm Beach in Maspalomas. There was a very warm welcome at the hotel and we had dinner by the pool. The food was beautiful and the service was excellent. Our rooms were very spacious, clean & bright and the balcony overlooked the pool. We...
Sent in by Tim Parker
Newark, 26 February 2020
Gina took a very broad brief from me for a 3-4 week trip over Christmas and New Year. She created a number of great itineraries with a good range of budgets and activities. Meeting a number of times and listening to her in depth knowledge and firsthand experience helped me decide on Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Singapore ?? Had the most amazing trip with wonderful support from Gina throughout, checking in flights, etc. Would highly recommend and will use Gina for my next trip!
Sent in by Nikki Ashe
Newark, 09 January 2020
Gina, you created a truly unforgettable holiday for us. From our first initial contact when we were discussing ideas to the day before heading to the airport you were always on hand with any queries. We have visited places that we never would have known existed without your help, and stayed in the most amazing locations and hotels. We can’t wait to be in touch with you again to plan our next adventure.
Sent in by Sharon Burns
Newark , 09 January 2020
We have used Gina to book quite a number of holidays over the past few years. She is great at taking all our requests on board and always responds positively to our questions. Her wealth of experience is amazing. She has travelled extensively herself so can often give first hand experiences of the destination. For us, knowing that Gina is on the end of the phone should anything go wrong is hugely reassuring. The service Gina offers is personal, friendly and professional. We wouldn’t book our holidays anywhere else.
Sent in by Dawn Crossland
Newark, 23 September 2019
From booking our trip to Las Vegas right through to returning home, Gina has been there for us every step of the way. Her attention to detail and customer care is second to none. I cannot recommend Gina highly enough. The price was comparable to other agents yet we felt we had the personal touch. Check in at both airports was done by Gina and when we had a minor issue, Gina was at the end of the phone to sort it out, which she did quickly. Gina will also be our go to person for these types of trips as I know she will do her very best to ensure our holiday is fabulous and within our budget! Thanks Gina, you’re a star!
Sent in by Sharron Ray
Newark, 18 August 2019
50th Birthday Trip - part 2 make sure you visit the Granville Island Brewery and try the 'full map' which is 8 very different beers with my favourite Raspberry. Gastown has the Steam clock (and also the most amazing cake shop PURE BREAD) but more evident homeless people. San Antonio - not an obvious tourist spot but we have friends there. It's also the home of the Alamo. The Riverwalk is just steps down from the city and we stayed in the Hilton Paseo del Rio. The Riverwalk is beautiful and has it's own outdoor theatre often used for dance shows with the seating the other side of the river. We also took in a trip to Austin. Las Vegas - wow!! We had an amazing suite overlooking part of the strip at the Venetian. Loved the hotel and had a fab meal at Mott. We took in a show Cirque du Soleil 'O'. Would definitely recommend. Gina arranged a hire car for a couple of days. Was really easy to collect from the Mirage across the Strip less easy to return to the MGM when we got back. In fact a real nightmare, not helped by returning to vegas in rush hour. Wouldn't recommend that. Grand Canyon- I was dreading the drive there imagining a deserted road and us breaking down!! Nothing like that. The road is straightforward and so busy and we even took in a couple of scenic stops for Lake Mead and Hoover Dam. Woukd recommend staying more than 1 night though as is v tiring driving 5 hours each way. Thunderbird lodge was basic but perfect for what we needed with amazing views. We got up early (4.30am) and drove to Mather point to see the sunrise really worth it. Our last night in Vegas was in the Signature MGM. Not sure we weren't just tired at this point but it lacked personality. Definitely recommend handing over holiday plans to Gina (will be doing again just as soon as my holiday ban is lifted by hubby! Gina, thanks for the fab hols xx
Sent in by Sharron Ray
Newark, 18 August 2019
50th Birthday Trip - Part 1 We have just returned from our 50th birthday holiday arranged by Gina Barton taking in Seattle, Alaska (cruise), Vancouver, San Antonio (Texas), las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. Couldn't fault the service we had from Gina in the planning & preparation, while we were away and follow up on our return. We had two delayed flights (one resulting in missing a connection) and Gina contacted us both times to check we were ok which,although delays were only a couple of hours, was much appreciated. Everything worked well from the direct flights secured for the main Atlantic flights, to the rooms/hotels we stayed in. We felt like like Gina must have stayed there to have selected such beauty's!! Cruise - concierge class with balcony. The room was much bigger than expected with endless places to store clothes etc. Would definitely recommend the balcony as every morning we were able to sit with a cuppa checking out the new scenery. Only slight disappointment with cruise was the lack of enforcement of the dress code. However met some lovely people. Definitely recommend taking to excursion to the glacier as the small boat gets far closer than the ship is able to it was an amazing sight and made more perfect by passing a pod of hump back whales on the way back breaching out the water. Would not recommend the actual whale watching trips as they seem more contrived and oppressive as we had around 10 boats in the same area. Vancouver- Grouse Mountain is a must-see as homes the two 18year old grizzlys rescued as Cubs. They have a great enclosure and seem oblivious to us mere humans watching them. Also Sunset Beach/English Bay are bot so well known but a real vibe towards Sunset particularly around the giant Inushuck (stone person-shaped tower). Granville Island is a well known tourist spot but worth a visit TBC.....
Sent in by J Hardy
Newark, 11 August 2019
A friend recommended I contact Gina as I was looking for a multi-destination UK south coast summer trip with my husband, 2 kids & 2 dogs and I didn't want to spend hours online searching for places myself - Thank you so much Gina, what a great decision that was! Gina you have been brilliant from start to finish, you sent me lots of options on places to stay, you were very patient when I was undecided on areas and ultimately made my life so easy once we had agreed what and where we would go. With a user friendly app available on my phone showing all my travel info and with the knowledge I could contact you at any point throughout my trip if needed, we had an amazing time with no stress at all. I was delighted with the service and with a happy & friendly voice on the other end of the phone, I know I will be in touch again for my next trip! until then ...
Sent in by Rachel Doncaster
Newark, 22 July 2019
My husband and I have just returned from our first holiday booked through Gina Barton as our local travel counsellor. We couldn’t have been more impressed with the service we received, particularly the superb help and advice given on choice holiday destinations and choice of fabulous hotel (one of the best hotels we’ve ever stayed in) All the stress of booking the holiday was removed as everything was organised for us, including flights and transfers which was fantastic. As a result of this we had one of the best holidays we’ve every had, which was flawlessly organised from start to finish. Gina’s service was very friendly but most professional and we have already recommended her services to several of our friends. We very much look forward to booking with Gina and Travel counsellors in the near future.
Sent in by Kevin Guthrie
NEWARK, 13 February 2018
It was a pleasure working with Gina, she was at all times professional, informative and made the planning of our big day and honeymoon much easier. We were made to feel like she was at our side the whole way through the process, which felt great. Thanks, Gina, you are a star and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Gina to anyone who was planning a trip, large or small.
Sent in by Jacqueline Marshall
Newark, 05 September 2017
We have just returned from another perfect trip organised by Gina. She is excellent at putting together itineraries to suit your own personal circumstances. Everything is organised for you even down to the pre-filled luggage labels! Gina provides a personal service and works closely with you to ensure the holiday suits you rather than you fitting in with the holidays available. I would definitely recommend her services
Sent in by Amanda Watson
Newark, 01 September 2017
Great holiday thank you. Gina organised a fly drive holiday for us in America. The hotel selection was excellent, the route and towns visited were just what we were looking for. Gina always exceeds expectations, she even contacted the British Consulate when we misplaced a passport! I would highly recommend Gina for her professionalism and knowledge.
Sent in by Sabeena Domun
Accrington, 07 December 2016
Can't thank Gina enough for her time a patience, from booking to actually being on holiday, I couldn't think of it being any easier to book with Gina and the attention to detail is spot on. Even whilst on holiday, if we had any problems, Gina was on hand to help us out and goes over and beyond the call of duty. Thank you so much for taking the stress out of booking a holiday and I really couldn't recommend Gina enough.
Sent in by Paul Wilson
Nottingham, 30 November 2016
We have employed Gina to arrange our travel on two occasions. I have recommended her services to a few people and will be asking her to arrange our trips for the foreseeable future.
Sent in by Ann Cleary
Newark, Notts , 28 November 2016
Gina arranged everything for our amazing trip to Toronto, New England and New York. Flights, hotels, trips to Niagara Falls and Ellis Island, airport transfers, Cape Cod apartment, car hire and train from Boston to New York. Even booking us onto flight and sending us our boarding cards. All within our pre-arranged budget! This was the trip of a lifetime for four of us and Gina fulfilled our dreams making it so very easy. Gina also kept in touch whilst we were away. Can highly recommend Gina and will certainly use her services again.
Sent in by Louise Hazelwood
Newark, 05 April 2016
Gina has organised two amazing holidays for me so far and I'll be calling on her services again for our next trip! Her professional, yet friendly manner makes her approachable and helpful - no query or request is too much trouble and you can be sure she will respond quickly to your requests. She offers a service, tailored to your budget and personal needs and wishes, and she does this in an efficient and timely way. Gina will even be available by phone to sort out any queries that may arise when you are on your holiday. For example, we had a query when we checked in at our hotel in Barcelona - we contacted Gina and she took care of it straight away. Gina always goes the extra mile to ensure our holidays are stress-free and ones to remember for all the right reasons! Thank you Gina!
Sent in by Jean Williams
Sheffield, 05 April 2016
Always a pleasure to let Gina take care of my travel arrangements all I have to do is look forward to the holiday everything else is taken care of.
Sent in by Victoria Needle
Newark, 05 April 2016
Thank you Gina for organising yet another fab holiday. The travel arrangements, location and accomodation were just what we were after. Thankyou for the time and effort you spent finding the right holiday for us.
Sent in by Sabeena Domun
Accrington, 02 June 2015
Gina was absolutely fantastic throughout the whole time of booking our dream holiday to Hawaii, we couldn't have asked for anyone better. Gina is patient and will do her best to recommend various hotels, excursions and also gave us options on how to structure our holiday, nothing was too much for Gina and went the extra mile to provide us a top quality service that I would recommend to anyone.
Sent in by Jacqueline Marshall
Newark, 18 September 2014
We have just returned from a wonderful 4 centre holiday in the USA. Everything was planned perfectly including 3 hotels, 1 cottage, 2 train journeys, car hire, attraction passes and especially our wedding in New York. Gina made sure every detail was covered even down to completing our luggage tags for us. This was our first holiday booked with Gina and we will definitely be using her again. Thanks Gina x
Sent in by MAXINE WILLIAMS
BARNSLEY, 04 September 2014
Gina helped find the perfect holidays. At each stage choices were given so that the holiday was tailor made for me and my family. It was totally stress free as every detail was sorted down to the seating on the plane and the parking of the car at the airport. On arriving at the holiday destination Gina checked that all was ok with the accommodation. Any problem and it is sorted for you. It is so easy now to pick a destination or ask for a recommendation and then leave it to Gina to find a selection of hotels that I will like. Through Email and phone conversations she now knows my likes and dislikes and its just down to choosing between two or three hotels. Thank you Gina. Nothing is too much trouble for you.
Sent in by Eileen Barton
Norwich, 15 October 2013
Gina has helped us sort out several long haul holidays to India, China, South America, New Zealand, Thailand, Australia and also short haul to Europe, not to mention the long weekend breaks here in the U.K. She is very efficient, easy to talk to, and always goes the extra mile in making sure that the holidays are just what we wanted. Highly recommended!
Sent in by Sharon Burns
Newark, 14 October 2013
Fabulous service. Extremely helpful and gave us plenty of options to choose from, especially as we were booking at very short notice. We would absolutely use Gina's services again and wouldn't hesitate to recommend her.
Sent in by Richard & Jo Fisher
Cambridge, 18 July 2013
The service which Gina provided was excellent from start to finish. We were really struggling to navigate the amount of information on the internet and thought "If only there was someone who could help us sort this all out" and Gina was that someone! She suggested a number of hotels within our specification and we were absolutely delighted with our choice, it had everything we had asked for and more! Gina also sorted out our travel bookings too and we knew she was always just a phone call away if we had any problems - but we didn't! Our holiday was perfect and we would certainly recommend Gina without hesitation. She provided a very efficient and friendly service and nothing was too much trouble. We shall certainly ask Gina to help us with our next holiday.
Sent in by Jean Williams
Sheffield, 05 July 2013
Gina provides a first class service by going the extra mile. Her customer service skills are excellent. I booked my flights with Gina as I find doing it myself on the internet complicated and confusing, also Gina got me flights which were cheaper than I had looked at. Everything was taken care of and it was nice not to worry if I had got it all right when I got to the airport. All in all a first class service, and I will be using Gina again.
Sent in by Victoria Whitehead
Newark, 03 July 2013
From start to finish, Gina made organising my friend Hollie's hen party a breeze. As chief bridesmaid, I had the task of ensuring everything was in place for the hen do and Gina made sure this was as easy as possible for me. Her hotel recommendation was spot on (4* Andalucia Plaza, Puerto Banus) and exactly what we had in mind (spotlessly clean, very comfortable, a hint of luxury, with great food. Oh and no problems getting a sun lounger! I work in the travel industry myself so am quite panicky when it comes to the fine details, but I had no qualms leaving the booking in Gina's hands - she was very helpful and happy to answer all the questions I bombarded her with. On behalf of myself, Hollie and all the girls on the hen do - thank you Gina! P.S. A tip for anyone wanting to stay at the 4* Andalucia Plaza, Puerto Banus - don't worry about packing a beach/pool towel - the hotel will give you one for a €10 refundable deposit. Ideal if you are travelling with hand luggage.
Sent in by Lauren Oxlee
Leeds, 01 July 2013
We received exceptional service from Gina when planning our Japan honeymoon. She met all our requirements for the trip and changed the itinerary numerous times to accommodate budget changes (and general re-thinks!) We absolutely couldn't have done it without her and would recommend Gina to anyone planning a special trip. Our trip ran smoothly from start to finish. Thank you so much for helping to create the holiday of a lifetime! x
Sent in by Jayne Forysth
York, 30 January 2013
Gina booked us a lovely holiday for my husband’s special birthday. There was heavy snow during our trip and she kept me really well informed of developments at the airports. When there were flight cancellations coming back she took a lot of the worry out of what could’ve been a very stressful situation as we were travelling with a baby. I can’t recommend Gina enough- she’s knowledgeable and passionate about travel and will really go the extra mile to make your trip special.
Sent in by Katie Mathers
Barnsley, 26 October 2012
Gina planned our honeymoon for us and it was fantastic! Gina planned every aspect perfectly and was always available if we had any questions. She helped us research the places we visited and had lots of helpful advice. I would recommend Gina any day!
Sent in by Margaret Illingworth
Barnsley, 21 September 2012
Canada, Rocky Mountaineer", I said to Gina and she fulfilled our dreams with a fantastic holiday. Gina arranged 11 wonderful days liasing with Cosmos Tours who exceeded our expectations. The scenery we saw was breathtaking and the hotels and lodges were perfect. The Rock Mountaineer was an amazing journey and I would highly recommend it. Gina was in constant contact with us when were told at Vancouver airport that our flight was overbooked. She reassured us that the airline had a responsibility to get us home and if there wasn't a flight available they would put us in a hotel. We managed to get on the flight a little later than planned. I would recommend you book all your travel arrangements with Gina as she will look after you. Thank you again Margaret & John
Sent in by Rami Jugpal
Lincoln, 11 September 2012
Gina was very good at listening to what I wanted from my trip and quickly identified the perfect package. She worked to a very tight timescale and nothing seemed too much when I kept changing my mind! Overall Gina’s great organisational skills meant the run up to our departure was stress free as everything had been taken care of.
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 07789642860