Have you got an idea in your mind's eye of what your perfect holiday might look like, but are not sure of the best way to research and turn it into a reality? Or perhaps you don’t have the time (or inclination) to trawl the internet for the best deal?
That is where I come in. I am your personal Travel Counsellor - an independent travel guru, here to inspire, research and plan your next holiday.
Over the years I’ve worked for many different types of travel companies and have experience in organising budget over-landing trips to luxury honeymoons. This has led me to appreciate that everyone’s wanderlust gene is different! Being an independent Travel Counsellor means I use my specialist destination knowledge combined with award winning technology and competitive agent rates to plan and book any type of holiday, from an off-the-shelf package holiday to Malta to a tailor-made tour through Mongolia and anything in between. This makes me not only a personal concierge, I am also a walking travel agent!
Once you’ve booked your trip with me, it doesn’t end there. I’ll be with you every step of the way, from the dreaming and scheming stages to when you are on your actual holiday. Unlike high street travel agents, I’m available to talk to outside of traditional office hours so if you need further on-the-go advice on the weather, or want to know about the best restaurants in town, just email, call or whats app me and I’ll be happy to help.
Everything you book with me is 100% financially protected in the unique TC bond.
I have clients around the world - but if you live in Norfolk do let me know and I'd be happy to meet you for an initial consultation. In my experience, sometimes the best adventures are born out of sitting down with a map with a good cup of tea.
I am incredibly passionate and committed to sustainable travel and I am always on hand to give tips and recommendations on how to travel as responsibly as possible. I offer carbon clear flights and tours and as an introductory gift I will send you a 'water to go’ bottle so you will never have to buy a plastic water bottle on holiday again!
Specialist areas include: North Africa & The Middle East, The Silk Route, Georgia & The Caucasus, The Indian Subcontinent.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
To move, to breathe, to fly, to float,
To gain all while you give,
To roam the roads of lands remote,
To travel is to live
Hans Christian Anderson
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.
20 September 2019
I think I’ve found paradise at the Ideal Panchakarma Retreat in Kerala – my home for the next month! Today has been a good day – highlights so far include: - Having my first consultation with the onsite Ayurvedic doctor and learning more about the principles of Ayurveda - Eating masala dosa for breakfast and lapping up the fresh fruit and traditional Keralan food - Having two hours of Ayuvedic treatments which included falling asleep during a full body massage with herbal oils - A rooftop hatha yoga class - Taking a dip with some local families at the beach I can already tell this is going...
08 May 2019
I have always partnered with Ecosphere Plus to be able to offer carbon offset flights for my customers. This brilliant organisation runs projects to preserve and protect threatened rainforests and replant in deforested areas. Now is the time for all of us to strive and protect this beautiful planet of ours. A flight to Rome from London for one person emits an average of 0.7 tonnes of carbon and this can be offset by buying just £6 of carbon credits. If you have some spare time and would like to fly as little as possible on your next trip then even better....
08 May 2019
Did you know that a million plastic bottles are used every minute around the world? On top of that annual consumption of plastic bottles is set to top half a trillion by 2021. It's time to say "no" to the single-use plastic water bottle. As part of my commitment to sustainable travel, I have committed to giving away a complimentary Water-To-Go bottle to every first booking passenger. Their unique water filtration system filters 99.9% of contaminants such as bacteria, viruses, chlorine, flouride and even heavy metals such as lead leaving you with safe, healthy water. This means you can fill...
08 April 2019
I've just arrived back to the UK after an incredible 10 days in Morocco. Wow what a trip! I have been lucky enough to have the perfect contrast of luxury and local experience. I've stayed in some of the most luxurious hotels Morocco has to offer - cocktails, infinity pools and delicious food and for the last week have been staying with some friends in Marrakech and immersed myself in the local culture. Some of my top highlights include: * Being scrubbed to an inch of my life at the local hammam. You really feel a sense of community at the...
08 April 2019
Over the last few years I've explored some incredible places outside of the EU; places with welcoming locals, beautiful architecture, delicious food and importantly are amazing value for money. Here are some of my favourite off the beaten track Europe experiences over the last few years: Ohrid - Macedonia *Exploring Lake Ohrid by boat - Europe's most bio-diverse and ancient lake. *Kicking back with £1 beers at a lake-front Bohemian bars. *Marvelling at historic Ottoman buildings in the old town. *Swimming in the crystal-clear waters of the lake. *Being almost the only British person on the Wizz Air flight out of Luton!...
07 March 2018
You may not know this, but as well as designing bespoke, tailor made itineraries, I can also book holidays and packages with hundreds of tour operators, for the same price that you would pay with them direct. This means that you can come to me with an idea, however vague or whacky and I will take the time to listen to exactly what you're looking for and research to find the best holiday to suit you, for the best price possible. In doing this I may be able to recommend companies or destinations that you hadn't heard of or considered before....
07 March 2018
Turkish cuisine is a rich fusion of Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Central Asian flavours, from barbequed octopus and calamari on the Aegean coast to delicately prepared ‘Sigara Boregi’ cigar pastries, to homemade Anatolian herbed cheese. Turkish is one of the most varied and delicious cuisines in the world. In this blog I’m going to show you how to make Guvec - an oven baked stew, similar to a ratatouille or moussaka and made with meat or seafood, tomatoes, peppers, garlic, paprika and various spices and then the finishing touch of cheese! I first discovered this dish at a Turkish restaurant...
06 February 2018
I've been working on lots of last minute winter sun holidays at the moment, people seem very keen to escape this abysmal weather we’re experiencing in the UK, so I thought it would be a good idea to share some of my favourite ideas with you. Sri Lanka Sri Lanka’s 833 mile coastline is brimming with beautiful beaches which range from being lively and fun to palm-fringed and completely deserted. Nature lovers should head to one of the national parks which are brimming with flora and fauna or take a train into the tea plantations and spend a few days at one...
Sent in by Ian Chalmers
Aberdeen, 31 May 2019
Good friendly efficient service. Good advice and support too.
Sent in by Lizzy Walker
London, 31 May 2019
Helen organised our honeymoon to Vietnam and it didn’t disappoint. We had a fabulous time without blowing our budget!! Thanks so much Helen and I’m using my Water to Go bottle back in the office.
Sent in by Hermann Mueller
Toronto, Canada, 24 April 2019
Helen is very efficient and resourceful and I continue to recommend her to my traveling friends.
Sent in by Jeanne Hill
Denver, USA, 24 April 2019
Helen has been extraordinarily helpful in response to my many questions and changes of my mind. Brava
Sent in by Seth Reeder
France , 24 April 2019
Helen took on board all our requirements and produced the first itinerary. We had a couple of questions which answered. She then waited while I consulted people in the country we were visiting for confirmation of dates and my concerns over visa applications. I am a British national non-domiciled in the UK and it meant surrendering my passport — a complex situation exacerbated by Brexit. There were after this some changes which Helen dealt with effectively and the final itinerary was produced and accepted. Thanks and well done Helen!
Sent in by Mita Shrestha
LONDON, 22 February 2019
A pleasure working with Helen!
Sent in by Amber Zitouni
Marrakech, 06 February 2019
Thank you Helen for really understanding exactly what we were looking for in our honeymoon. Helen listened attentively to our wishes, and researched the best options for us. We feel very lucky to have found her! Thank you also for tweaking the trip for us to match our budget and for being so patient with us.
Sent in by Hannah Wright
Norwich, 06 February 2019
Helen has a vast knowledge of South America and has given me amazing advice and really helped to plan my bespoke trip. Nothing is too much trouble, especially when I kept chopping and changing my mind all the time. I have also used Helen before for a different part of the world (Indonesia) and again, impeccable knowledge and can always seek out hidden gems.
Sent in by Barney Phillips
NORWICH, 06 February 2019
Challenge Helen to find you a holiday with a difference. She'll come up trumps! Evening contact via email and phone are really helpful too.
Sent in by David Pointer
Norwich, 04 December 2018
It was great to have the Helen's ideas as we had no experience of this type of holiday. Really happy with how it turned out!
Sent in by Moira Youngman
Norwich, 04 December 2018
Sent in by Lucinda Evans
Norwich, 04 May 2018
Really helpful and efficient, friendly service. I have been very happy with your services and would gladly recommend you - I am sure I will also be asking for your help with future holidays!
Sent in by Sandra Stark
Norwich, 27 February 2018
Helpful friendly service, solved all the little problems we had and booked us a great trip!
Sent in by Richard Munday
Poole, 05 February 2018
Very knowledgeable and professional!
Sent in by Jesscia Lawton
London, 26 January 2018
I have been booking my holidays with Helen for the last 4 or 5 years and she is amazing. She really listens and finds exactly what you are looking for often before you even know what you are looking for. She is very easy to contact and always 110% helpful and knowledgeable. I will definitely be booking the rest of my trips with this lovely, friendly mind reader. Highly recommend. Helen is very ethical in her travel and advice and you know that you are safe on her trips and leaving less of a impact on the environment.
Sent in by Chandelle Downs
London , 03 November 2017
Helen was amazing from start to finish. She listened and came back with some amazing options. Thoroughly enjoyed liaising with her to book our mini-moon. Can't wait to use her services again soon xx
Sent in by Emma Knott
London, 03 October 2017
Helen was great - we had a few ideas for our honeymoon and she took them and developed some fantastic options for us - the hotel we have chosen is just stunning and we can't wait to go! Thanks Helen!
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 01603 850 590