Hello, Welcome To My Travelling World
My name is Graham Townsley I am your Travel Counsellor, I live in North Shields with my wife and sons.
I should have said ‘Travelling the New World’ as having worked for over 20 years in travel I have launched a new podcast. We have had such a strange year and I am sure none of us have not been affected. Many have missed out on holidays and creating memories. So, with this Podcast I aim to help with news, tips, and advice on how we can all start travelling again. Travel has never been so emotional; some people just cannot wait to get on a plane and start exploring. Others a little bit more apprehensive and not sure where is safe to go, what will travel be like. All I can say is I have always taken time to care, understand your reason for travel. This is the least you deserve as when travelling these are your treasured memories.
The caring for your needs and reason to travel is at the heart of what I do. To get to know you, your likes and dislikes, the relationship we create helps me offer a very personal and unique service. I can offer package holidays, cruises and hotels in every corner of the world. I am totally independent, that allows me to care for your holiday needs, sell you what’s right for you adding touches and unique experiences you cannot find on the internet or high street.
I work hours to suit you, I am not 9-5. Although truly independent you are protected 100%, your money is protected. I have also added our Flexible Cover policy, allowing you to plan while knowing if needed changes can be made, please ask for further details. I also offer Travel Insurance that covers Covid. All in all, I believe along with my amazing holidays, we can make plans safely knowing your well looked after. In my time I have travelled and experienced some wonderful places, sampled different cultures, been to all corners of the world, from Europe to Asia, the middle east to African Safari. Caribbean Islands and over 15 different states and still counting in the USA. Been lucky enough to travel in style, sometimes the getting there is part of the holiday experience.
Being a Travel Counsellor and being independent allows not only the flexibility to work the hours to suit you, also allows me the time to research your dream trips, to put the time and care to match your needs. The products I can offer you will not be able to find elsewhere and certainly not able to package together. Along with industry leading technology making it easy to access your bookings anywhere and anytime.
Why not start planning your next trip, you might have exact details and ideas, just have not found the right deal. Or you might just have the smallest thought and trip that has always been on your bucket list. Whatever it is, whoever you want to share that trip, special occasion or create your next memory. Why not drop me a message, tell me your plans and we can meet up to have a chat.
Why not arrange a Zoom Consultation to discuss your travel plans.
Nice to meet you and thank you for visiting my website.
See you soon, Graham
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:-
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I hope you enjoy reliving your travel memories with us as you watch our film, and when you’re ready to travel again I’ll be here for you.
Looking for inspiration, wanting to discover what the UK has to offer. Wheather it's family holidays, trips away with friends. Just the two of you.
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I am here to help you plan, I am with you all the way. I offer Trusted bond protecting your money. Flexibility in case changes are made. Covid Travel Insurance.
Hello 2021 maybe the year where we may need help with travel. I am here to help and inspire. Please have a look at my page. Then why not book a video call.
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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.
03 November 2020
In this never-ending year I have been looking forward with what 2021 and future travel may look like. I have started to think about how our habits may change, how we may book and what we may look for when booking travel. So my first question I am asking is what the customer is looking for and I believe CONFIDENCE will be important, am I being looked after, will it be a hassle if I need to change my plans, what will I need to enter countries and what happens if I book then suddenly that country has a situation...
09 June 2020
Generations & Curly Wires When I think of generations...
10 August 2019
Goodbye Tennessee, passing through Mississippi and Alabama, hello Atlanta Georgia. The drive is about 5 hours passing through 4 states, one time zone and losing an hour in the process. In Atlanta, we stayed in the Ritz Carlton on Peachtree Street. A good location and very easy to navigate yourself around. With quite a late arrival we got a bite to eat then prepared for next day. Coming from Newcastle, football (soccer) is in your DNA, so waking up on Sunday, Atlanta Utd were playing New York in the magnificent Mercedes Benz stadium. This was a stadium costing over $1...
07 August 2019
On to Memphis and what is feeling like a musical journey. The drive was just over 3 hours. You can break this up with stopping in Jackson (exit 80A on Interstate 40), Casey Jones Village, the Old Country Store for Southern Food or quick snack of fudge. Arriving in Memphis the weather had turned and raining, but not to be put off went to explore and walked towards the Mississippi river, we passed The Mud Museum for all John Grisham fans, also during our time passed The Peabody hotel, missed the ducks though, just couldn’t get our timing right. We...
04 August 2019
I don’t know about you but two words in travel stand out for me which just adds to my excitement. Those words being ‘road trip.’ Those words mean to me freedom, mystery and sometimes going into the unknown. This blog is the recent trip I took to the deep south with my family. Travelling were myself, my wife Dawn and two grown up sons Matthew and Liam. We have as a family travelled to the states many times, covering by the end of this trip a total of 16 states. We have though never been to ‘The Deep South.’ This trip...
02 April 2019
This April my son Liam turned 18. For the last few years he has had what can only be described as an obsession with a Spanish player called Iker Muniain. This was with the help of computer game Fifa'14 as it was and now just released Fifa'20. Every Christmas we'd buy Liam the latest replica shirt, this was the away shirt as coming from Newcastle the Bilbao home shirt may confuse. His love for this team grew once he discovered that unlike any other team, they only signed players who came from the Basque region of Spain. I was quite...
10 March 2019
That seems a very appropriate title. You see we always planned to back to Antigua and I am not sure why we have not managed as this Caribbean jewel will always have a special place in our hearts as we got married here in 1994. I am guessing life got in our way to re-visit, bringing up two boys and although we have travelled to many places, we just never had time to go back. That though changed when it came to celebrating our silver wedding anniversary. So, 1994, at that time I was not working in travel and as I...
Sent in by Ben Gash
Tyne And Wear , 12 August 2021
I wanted to give a massive shout out to Graham Townsley, we have a holiday to Dubai booked for September with BA that we were looking to cancel, for reasons, mainly because we feel there is every chance it will be back on the red list very soon. I had struggled on the phone for hours for the best part of 3 weeks, not being able to get through and being instantly disconnected. Twitter messages didn't help, no one was able to come to our rescue. I reached out to Graham, as part of Travel Counsellors but I also knew he used to work at BA and although the booking wasn't made by him, he was more than happy to go out of his way to help, pull a few strings and see what he could do. The whole situation has really made me think about booking directly in the future, next time I think it's safe to say he has my business! I would highly recommend him as a hard working, down to earth guy who just wants to help! Give him a shout when you're thinking of getting away, who knows he might have some cracking last minute deals for you.
Sent in by Aidan Savage
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, 10 August 2021
1. Can you provide an overview of your trip and where you travelled? Myself and my partner travelled to the beautiful Island of Ibiza. Had a fantastic holiday in the sun exploring some beautiful beaches, walking around the historic old town and castle, took a boat over to Formentera which was breathtaking and also had some very relaxing days around the pool. 2. Tell us a little bit about your trip and experience of travelling during Covid? So at first we were a bit aprehensive about all the testing and rigmarole, however it wasn't as bad as we first expected. So long as you organise yourself a few weeks in advance it's easy enough. 3. Why did you take the decision to book through Graham & Travel Counsellors ? Graham has a lot of experience as well as a passion for making sure people have the best experience possible. He was there to provide information and updates every step of the way. He made the whole process a lot less stressful and helped us to stay organised. 4. Would you book through with Graham & Travel Counsellors again? Absolutely. He's been brilliant!
Sent in by Helen Shieber
Nothumberland, 21 June 2021
Tell me a little about your upcoming trip. Graham has sourced a superb trip to Abu Dhabi for 4 nights in December including 2 days at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. A surprise for my partner’s birthday! Tell me why you chose to book with Graham Townsley Travel Counsellor Having met Graham at online networking events during lockdown, he came across as very friendly, knowledgeable and approachable. I found an offer for the Grand prix online but it wasn’t quite right for me, I thought I’d ask Graham for his advice. He was able to source tickets for 2 days at the Grand prix including the after party, included all the transfers, amazing hotel and tailor the flights to my needs. Tell me about your overall experience with make the booking. Booking with Graham couldn’t have been easier, he listened to my requests and made appropriate suggestions to enhance the trip. He also took a proactive approach to current guidelines and made me aware of current covid restrictions that I wasn’t aware about. He was open and honest and more so has managed to arrange extremely flexible terms of booking for us, ensuring that we can revisit the covid circumstances closer to travel and make a decision, without risking the deposit paid. I couldn’t have asked for anything more but hope we don’t have to make use of this flexibility. Would you book again with Travel Counsellors and recommend Graham? 1000% I’ve already told people to get in touch… I’m having to hold back on booking more holidays with Graham it was that easy, we just need the world to return to normal and there’ll be no stopping me (apart from the bank balance ??)
Sent in by Niek Hijnen
GATESHEAD, 31 March 2020
We came to Travel Counsellors in the autumn of 2019 looking for extra help when it came to choosing honeymoon destinations. A thirst for adventure as well as relaxation, the couple chose Iceland as their perfect destination. Graham Townsley created an unforgettable trip that combined the very best of the land of fire and ice to deliver a honeymoon with a difference for this adventurous couple. Well, with it being our honeymoon, we wanted to try some of the more unique experiences that we wouldn’t normally entertain. For example, we wanted to explore and experience as much of what Iceland had to offer. This to get the trip right and with a budget we were happy which involved a few emails, suggestions and amendments until we were happy. Graham showed great patience and knowledge with this. Not only Graham’s own knowledge but he also had access to the support he has from Travel Counsellors and including local tour operators in Iceland. I am sure this helped with planning the trip and relationships he has with these suppliers. We went on an amazing tour of the south of the Iceland which allowed us to see some of the amazing waterfalls, volcanos and the glacier lagoon, also took a ride and tour on Quad Bikes. It’s great being able to book your own trip via the internet but we wanted to ensure we had the the best time with the minimum of involvement by us. We wanted time to enjoy our honeymoon without all the stress of the research, planning and admin of a holiday. Whole itinerary was planned for us and in a place like Iceland, where you will be going on lots of trip We were really pleased with the help of Graham! He really has brought so much value to our trip and his knowledge, patience and experience of the industry. Also, little touches like a bottle of wine in our room and we also received a picture book of our trip.
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 0191 381 0068