Hi I’m Ian and it would be my privilege to be your personal Travel Counsellor.
I’m passionate about the world of travel and have over 20 years experience working for top UK travel brands. My passion and travel knowledge has helped me win awards for service, sales and leadership.
I love to travel and have visited 77 countries across 6 of the 7 continents through cruise holidays, land tours, city breaks, activity and theme park holidays, fly-and-flop beach holidays and UK breaks. I’ve travelled and organised trips as a solo traveller, couples, families and large groups.
My personal top 5 experiences are:
- The feast for the senses that a tour of India delivers
- The culture and flavours of a Mediterranean cruise holiday
- The romance of a Caribbean beach wedding
- The adventures of a US city, beach and theme park multi-centre
- The flora and fauna experienced from a motorhome in New Zealand
My preferred way to travel is by cruise ship, I’ve been on almost 100 and have amazing experiences to share with you.
I plan my own trips down to the finest detail and would love the opportunity to do the same for you. I treat every enquiry as if it’s my own holiday and being truly independent, I have access to 1000s of options.
What I can arrange for you:
- Low cost, charter and scheduled flights and private jets
- Hotels, villas, apartments, cottages, castles and caravans
- Rental cars and motorhomes
- Cruises from the UK, worldwide fly-cruises and round the world voyages
- Land tours and Great Rail Journeys
- Safari, diving, trekking, ranching, cycling and skiing holidays
- Weddings abroad, honeymoons, stag and hen trips
- Theme park, attractions and theatre tickets
- Excursions and other experiences
- Departure lounges, airport parking, airport hotels and travel insurance
Operating my own business with Travel Counsellors enables me to take the time to get to know you and your travel needs, turning your dreams into reality at a time that suits you and looking after you from your initial enquiry until you return home.
The world is your oyster, so if it’s on a map and open to tourists, let’s talk about the experiences and memories you want to create.
Every journey starts with the first step, so pick up the phone or email me for friendly expert advice and I’ll do the rest for you.
Whatever your holiday needs I'm here to help you, so please either fill in and send the form below or simply give me a call and I can get things started for you:-
Sent in by Wayne Rigby
Lea, 16 July 2019
Thanks for arranging a brilliant holiday Ian, Stoupa was amazing, it was much less developed than other Greek resorts we’ve been to and just what we were looking for. It was like stepping back to Greek holidays of years ago where we got to drink with the locals and eat locally produced fresh and tasty food. Stoupa is somewhat of a best kept secret and we were definitely in the minority with it being our first visit - we met people that had been there 16 times! As you said, the resort is hilly in parts but not the steep hills we were expecting. It was easy to walk around with a good choice of bars, restaurants and supermarkets, with nothing too far away. The weather was stunning, and it was much hotter than we expected. We loved the special touch of flying us home on a plane called Wayne! Thanks again - where to next?
Sent in by Simon Burnett
Rotherham, 13 June 2019
Ian provides a friendly,personal,bespoke and fantastic level of customer service. It was clear from the start his enthusiasm and desire to help was there. I will 100% be recommending Ian’s service again.
Sent in by Paul Borrowdale
Retford, 11 June 2019
Ian has been excellent throughout from my initial query through to booking and sorting everything. He listened to my requirements and gave me a number of options and made sure I was happy and comfortable along the way. I would have no hesitation in recommending Ian and will definitely use him again in the future. Thank you!
Sent in by Maureen Harwood
Doncaster, 10 June 2019
You could not have been more helpful , nothing to much trouble. Thanks for the great service . Already given your business cards out to others.
Sent in by Jackie Robinson
Gringley on the Hill, 18 May 2019
Ian is friendly, passionate about what he does and this translates to a brilliant set of options at a brilliant price. He takes the pain out of booking holidays and that in itself feels like a great break ...thank you.
Sent in by Marcus Foster
Gringley on the Hill, 15 May 2019
Absolutely amazing service with attention to every single detail
With independent access to thousands of travel suppliers around the world, I've got an eye for added value. Take a look through my latest selections below. But even if nothing particularly catches your eye - don't worry! Let's chat and I'll take the hassle away from tailoring a perfectly personalised holiday just for you.
Contact me on 01777 780 004
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.
16 July 2019
In our 20s we were trying new out things, starting careers, sorting life goals and planning for a comfortable future. As we get older we can let go a little and work on the things that keep us happy. Turning 50, 60, 70 and beyond are big milestones and many of us have a 'bucket list' or plan that involves visiting and experiencing places around the globe whilst we are still fit and able to enjoy travelling. Travelling the world has become easier and as we mature we can often afford to splurge a little extra on that special trip,...
10 July 2019
In July, I was invited to spend a few days onboard the newly built SAGA cruise ship - Spirit of Discovery. This was ahead of her naming ceremony by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and before embarking on a new era in boutique British cruising exclusively for the over 50’s. Spirit of Discovery is a boutique size ship which means she can get directly into smaller ports with ease. She carries 999 guests and each of the 554 cabins has its own private balcony. As a comparison Cunard’s QM2 carries 2,695 guests in 1,360 cabins. There are a range of cabins from...
18 June 2019
Following my 7-hour flight from Manchester with Etihad, my Travel Counsellor transfer met me in the arrivals area and took me to my hotel in just 20 minutes. My home for the next 14 nights was the St Regis Saadiyat Island and after just a few days I must say that this hotel is just stunning. The beautifully appointed modern and spacious guest rooms have everything you could need including UK plug sockets - and the bathroom is huge! The levels of service are exceptional and for a larger hotel the staff make it feel very personal, knowing our names, restaurant...
06 June 2019
You don’t want to stop travelling overseas just because you now have children and what’s more you still want quality accommodation, great facilities and a little time for yourselves to relax - the good news is that this is possible! As my customers tell me, '...if the kids are happy I can relax on my holiday too', and I couldn't agree more, great kids entertainment and occasional supervision for your children can be important. Here are some tips from my customers and friends on how to avoid having a stressful journey with the kids - nobody wants to be stressed or fall...
04 June 2019
In February we took a 7-night break to Boston Massachusetts, having visited a few US cities this was next on the list and it didn’t disappoint. We took the train to Kings Cross and then the Piccadilly Line to Heathrow Terminal 5 - this was much cheaper than Heathrow Express at only 30p each, each way, for around an hour’s journey with no changes! Our flights were with British Airways direct from Terminal 5 and took only 7hrs 25mins to get to Boston. On arrival we jumped in a cab for a 15-minute journey to our home for the next 7 nights,...