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Welcome to my website. I’m a Derbyshire girl, born, bred and am still based here. Whilst I believe this to be one of the most beautiful counties, I have always been passionate about discovering new places near and far, and I endeavour to help you to do the same.
Since my first trip abroad in my teens to Sweden, I have been fortunate to have visited over 40 countries around the world - my favourites being Iceland, Vietnam, Cambodia, Cuba, Sicily. My trips have been varied - from city breaks to long tours, relaxing beach holidays to skiing snowy mountains, luxury hotels to hostels – so I have a wealth of travel experiences to delve into.
“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list” – Susan Sontag
As a traveller myself, I love to explore and see as much of a country as I can. My philosophy is, “we're here so let's see as much as possible as we may never have the chance to come back.” This means I spend a lot of time researching and planning ahead. Therefore, I would like to offer a bespoke holiday planning service and deliver itineraries, tailored to your personal requirements, packed full of all the details needed, plus additional exciting ideas – saving you hours of time trawling the internet and looking through brochures yourselves.
I am customer-focused and aim to deliver a high-quality service to all my clients. I’m here to help you fulfil all your holiday needs, big or small! As a Travel Counsellor, I’m not restricted to particular suppliers (unlike other travel agents) so have access to a huge range of options in order to meet your criteria and more.
You may want to book something in the UK or worldwide, a long or short break, single or multi centre holiday, package or bespoke, or just a flight. The list of services I can offer include but are not limited arranging:
• Accommodation – hotels, villas, apartments, cottages, all board types
• Transfers and vehicle hire
• Trips and activities
• Family, Couples, Solo, Group bookings
• Activity based e.g. Skiing, Golfing, Cycling
We know there are no guarantees at the moment in terms of restrictions or quarantine when travelling and things can change in the blink of an eye so if the last few months have taught us anything, it's the importance of booking your holiday with someone you can trust.
So please give me a call to discuss how I can help and hopefully I’ll be able to find the holidays of your dreams for many years to come.
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.
13 May 2020
Anyone who has ever planned a wedding must agree that it’s a stressful time. The honeymoon is probably one of the most enjoyable parts of the whole process and I’ve often heard couples say, it’s the thing they’re looking forward to most! Your honeymoon is going to be one of the most special, memorable, and possibly most expensive holidays you ever have. Therefore, there can be quite a lot of pressure to make sure that you make the right decision, which can take the shine off the task in hand. So what is it you have always dreamed...
02 June 2019
When my partner Andy and I started to discuss learning to sail, the thought of the cold English waters was somewhat off-putting. So I started to look at options to do this abroad. We found a great offer at the Mark Warner San Lucianu Beach Resort, Corsica in June 2019. Somewhere I'd never visited and wanted to go, so double tick. This activity based resort offered dinghy sailing courses at various levels and at a reasonable cost, in fact cheaper than doing the courses in the UK. So we decided to stay for 2 weeks and do levels 1 and...
Sent in by Gemma Cayce
NOTTINGHAM, 29 November 2020
Helen organised our staycation this year taking all of the stress out of our hands. Highly recommend her expertise to make your holiday as stress free as possible.
Sent in by Janet Worley
Derby, 29 August 2020
Helen found us a lovely break for our Silver Wedding Anniversary. She took great care in finding us a suitable break that met all of our requirements. We had a wonderful choice of 4 different locations and hotels, and I'm sure each would've been just as good as the one we finally chose. Will definitely use Helen again! Thank you Helen
Sent in by Richard Robey
Derby, 15 July 2020
Suffering from a cancelled holiday and battling with Ryanair I met Helen in a zoom network meeting on Thursday evening. We had a chat on Friday morning and by Saturday teatime Helen had found two cottages in the UK with us previously having struggled to find availability. Super efficient, very helpful and worked on Saturday to find a holiday for us. Made us very happy. Really pleased to find Helen and will be working with her in the future as we all try to support each other in businesses working our way out of lockdown.
Sent in by Ursula Cameron
Derbyshire , 07 February 2020
Helen is a very knowledgeable travel expert with a personable and helpful approach. She is well travelled herself and able to share useful first hand knowledge and experience. She was able to find out our holiday wishes and requirements with ease and efficiency enabling us to narrow down options and choices very quickly. I would not hesitate in recommending Helen for all holiday and travel plans.
Sent in by Carmen Muir
Alsager, 30 January 2020
Helen, was recommended to us by a friend and we've been completely bowled over by the service we’ve received. After a small brief from ourselves, Helen has created a fantastic dream holiday to the USA. Helen quickly produced a number of alternative itineraries for us to consider each of them packed with detail covering a wide range of activities at our preferred destinations of San Francisco, Las Vegas, Chicago and New York. Helen instinctively knew what to include so that we could gain as many experiences as possible such as a visit to the Giant Redwoods, Wine Country and the world famous Alcatraz, followed by a ‘muscle’ car trip down the Pacific Coast Highway to LA, before jetting off to Las Vegas so we can indulge ourselves with a 3 night stay at the Bellagio and a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon. Then we're off to Chicago and the Big Apple where we’ll visit Liberty and Ellis Islands before transporting ourselves to the One World Observatory where we can view the city lights. Helen has been fantastic, organising in advance our seat reservations and flight check-in, along with airport parking UK side. All the other connecting flights Stateside were also arranged along with all airport/hotel transfers. Helen’s knowledge and advice have been invaluable in creating our perfect ‘hassle free’ bespoke holiday. We will definitely be using Helen’s service again as her expertise and world-wide travel experience will ensure we create a wonderful new adventure to Japan and Australia!! Thanks again Helen ....you're the 'Mary Poppins' of Travel Counsellors”
Sent in by Georgina Patel
STOKE-ON-TRENT, 03 January 2020
A very thorough service taking into consideration all of my needs. Helpful and friendly interaction to find the right solution. Highly recommended.
Sent in by Rebecca Shaw
Derby, 05 December 2019
Helen provided me with a range of improved options based on my trip requirements. She bought the cost of my plans in ‘on budget’ with an improved itinerary which reduced the number of flights required. In addition, she researched a host of inspiring activities for me and my family. Helen quickly understands your brief, is quick to get back to you and is a lovely person to discuss your holidays dreams with.
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 01332 960019