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Premium Hampshire travel company specialising in authentic encounters for the discerning traveller. With expert first hand destination knowledge and a genuine passion for travel, I aim to fulfil my clients dreams whilst considering sustainable travel practices.
I plan and organise travel experiences for my clients, not just the run of the mill, but the unusual, the exciting, the adventurous, the off the beaten track. So, if there’s a holiday, trip or adventure you’ve always dreamt of, maybe now’s the time?
It could be visiting the natural wonders of the world, going on a pilgrimage, taking in the beauty of Japan’s Hakone National Park, a Lantern Festival in Thailand, relaxing on the white sands of Mauritius, partaking in a cookery class with a local family, trekking in South America, witnessing the great migration in the Serengeti or taking time out to see mountain gorillas.
Whatever you dream of doing, I will put together the perfect trip just for you.
Every holiday I plan is unique, because every one of my clients is unique. But they all start the same way… with an idea. Just tell me what you want to do, and I’ll plan everything from scratch; the travel, the transfers, itinerary and accommodation. Even the details you haven’t thought of, so your trip runs smoothly.
My job as your personal travel consultant is to use my wealth of travel experience, along with my connections with local ground handlers, to find you the most authentic local experiences so that you can relax and make memories. Together we can make your dream a reality.
I take pride in giving my clients an unrivalled, discrete, personal service, working hard to give them an unforgettable holiday. I’ll pay attention to the detail, take care of any special requirements and can be available outside of normal office hours by appointment.
So, what are you waiting for, let’s get started.
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:-
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.
14 December 2019
With British Airways now offering direct flights between London and Durban, KwaZulu Natal has become even more accessible to UK holidaymakers. Beautiful beaches hug the Indian Ocean, historic battlefield sites dot the countryside and rugged mountain tops frame the bright blue African sky. I’ve visited KZN 5 times in total, twice to the North Coast and three times to the South Coast. North of Durban, I’ve spent time in both St Lucia and Kosi Bay (on the Mozambique border), both are peaceful locations with stunning beaches and great wildlife encounters: St Lucia is a lovely little town and is the hub to the Greater...
08 September 2019
After my trip to Peru last year I couldn’t wait to get back to South America and promptly booked my next foray to the continent! Chile could not have been more different from Peru, despite being neighbours and I found Chile to be one of the most scenically striking and diverse countries I’ve ever visited. A few days in the capital, Santiago, allowed me to recover from the long flight and whilst there we visited the World Heritage city of Valparaiso, just a short drive from Santiago. Valparaiso is a beautiful city, with multi-coloured houses sprawled across the hills. Some fantastic...
08 September 2019
I’m incredibly lucky to visit Southern Africa each year, and over the years I’ve taken my now 8-year-old daughter on a number of safaris. To be perfectly honest, prior to her turning 7, the majesty of what she was seeing was completely lost on her. Her attention span just wasn’t there. It’s worth pointing out that although you do see lots of animals on safari, there can be quite a bit of time that passes between seeing big game animals, and as beautiful as they are, antelope do not keep young children entertained for long! From age 7 onwards she was...
25 June 2019
The idea of travelling solo can be quite a daunting one. Having previously travelled with friends or family, including a three-week trip travelling around Thailand last year just my daughter and I, I had never travelled on my own. I decided to take the plunge and booked a trip to Peru last year with Intrepid. I felt the best way to travel “solo” was in fact with a group of fellow travellers! For me, the idea of travelling with a small group of fellow minded explorers gave me a sense of safety and security whilst also being social. The added...
25 June 2019
Ah, Mozambique. Even it’s name sounds exotic. One of my favourite places I’ve visited in Africa. We stayed in Ponta do Ouro, a sleepy little town just over the border from South Africa. The beach was beautiful and the sea, like a warm bath! There’s a small selection of craft stalls where you can purchase local wares, or if you’re feeling brave pick up some homemade mampoer – a white spirit made from fermented fruit – think moonshine, it’ll knock your socks off! The stand out moment for me, was sitting in a rustic restaurant overlooking the beach sampling the most...
20 June 2019
Peru – just the name invokes mystical images, fascinating history and a melting pot of cultures. Most trips will start off in the capital, Lima (British Airways offer direct flights from London). Stroll atmospheric streets flanked with ornate mansions, palaces and Spanish colonial churches, taking in Plaza Mayor, the Cathedral of Lima, the San Francisco Monastery and the central market. I recommend taking a stroll through Barranco to see the incredible street art. If you’re a seafood fan, you must try the ceviche whilst on the coast – we stopped by a great family run restaurant on the seafront in Chorillos. The...
11 September 2018
The motto of Cape Verde is “no stress”, and it’s so true! The islands are incredibly relaxed, no-one hurries around, and the weather is beautiful. Just a short 6-hour flight, and crucially only 2/3 hours’ time difference – meaning no jet lag – this is the perfect winter sun destination for those chasing the rays. The islands are small and still relatively undeveloped, although they have seen a surge in tourist numbers in recent years. You can book onto a day tour to see the highlights of Sal Island –the salt mines which give the island its name, where you can float...
10 September 2018
I had the pleasure of spending a day aboard Oceania’s Nautica. Catering for just 684 guests she was the epitome of refined elegance at sea. Much focus is placed upon the cuisine, which is curated by world-renowned Master Chef Jacques Pépin. I was completely blown away by the food, it was to die for! The steak was cooked to perfection and simply melted in my mouth. The staff are incredibly attentive and forwarded thinking, and the attention to detail is unwavering. I was really impressed with everything I saw and can honestly say anybody sailing with Oceania is sure to have the...
06 September 2018
I have to say, out of all the ships I have visited so far, this is without doubt my favourite. From the moment you step aboard, you are looked after and waited on hand and foot. The staff are incredible, and bountiful! The ship is opulence at its finest. From the Versace dinner plates to the Canyon Ranch Spa. I loved everything about it. Regent Seven Seas ethos is “all-inclusive luxury”, and Explorer certainly was luxurious. Amazingly, included with every sailing are flights, premium drinks, Wi-Fi, gratuities and a huge range of excursions! For anyone who’s new to cruise, when...
04 September 2018
This summer I embarked upon a South East Asian adventure with my seven year old in tow; it made for many special moments together, and a few moments of madness – but I think that’s normal when travelling with children?! Khao Lak We started our adventure in Khao Lak, just north of Phuket and whilst July is the beginning of the rainy season in this part of Thailand, we knew that beforehand and didn’t let it deter us! Our aim for this part of the trip was to unwind from our busy lives back home and to enjoy complete relaxation. This we...
03 September 2018
Beautiful Queen Mary 2 - what can I say? She exuded elegance and timeless beauty from the moment I stepped aboard. The world's only true ocean liner (all down to the details of how she is constructed - with a bigger hull and stabilisers for those ocean swells) she epitomises traditional luxury, and is an excellent way to travel for the discerning passenger. The service is outstanding, the food sublime and every little detail taken care of. The daily traditional afternoon tea with white-gloved service is a treat you definitely don't want to miss. During the summer months she predominantly sails...
09 June 2018
My first ship visit took place on board Ponant’s stunning ship, Le Soleal. Ponant is the only French cruise ship operator, and the French touches could be noted in the chic décor. The ship was beautifully decorated throughout, with an air of elegance. All the services are offered in both French and English. With a maximum of 264 guests, Le Soleal had an intimate feel about her. All the cabins are exterior with ocean views, and I have to say I was very impressed with the size of all the staterooms, they were all light and airy with comfortable, modern amenities. The...
06 June 2018
My daughter and I visited the UAE for 10 nights and decided to make the most of our holiday by encompassing 3 very different environments: the beach, the desert and the city, across 2 emirates: Ras al Khaimah and Dubai. The Beach We stayed at the Double Tree by Hilton, Marjan Island in Ras al Khaimah and had a very relaxing stay here. Marjan Island is approx. 1hour drive from Dubai Airport (depending on traffic in Dubai!) and is an interesting drive through the desert. The beach here was beautiful, the waters of the Persian Gulf felt like being in a warm...
15 May 2018
The otherworldly scenery in Iceland left me speechless many times during my visit. At every turn of the road there was a new sight to behold, each just as spectacular as the last. I visited in May, which was perfect as it’s before the peak summer season, the roads were empty and other than a few potholes here and there, they were very easy to drive. The weather was very changeable, and on more than one occasion we seemed to experience all four seasons in one hour! Do make sure to pack lots of layers and proper waterproofs, the top...
06 April 2018
I was lucky enough to take my daughter to Lapland a few days before Christmas, and it really was the perfect lead up to the big day. We flew from Southampton to Enontekio in Finnish Lapland, and when we arrived at Southampton Airport we were greeted by two elves at the “Santa’s Flight” check-in desk! Along with our boarding passes, we were given an activity pack for my daughter along with a Christmas song sheet! Upon arrival in Enontekio, we were swiftly taken through to a changing area where we were given snowsuits to don along with snow boots if we...
31 March 2018
I am lucky enough to visit South Africa yearly to see family, but our trip down to the Western Cape was particularly special, and I have to say it is so far my favourite part of South Africa. Whilst many will choose to fly into Cape Town from the UK and travel eastwards along the Western Cape, often finishing in Port Elizabeth for their flight home, we were already in Johannesburg visiting Family and so we drove down over two days, visiting Kimberley and The Big Hole along the way. It was absolutely fascinating to see the turquoise water in The...
20 March 2018
Wow! What a cool destination for a long weekend away with my sister. From the minute I landed, it was apparent the people of Toronto were a really friendly, laid back bunch. Toronto has quite a few local breweries and we decided to try the Amsterdam Brewhouse on the Harbourfront for dinner the first night. We were not disappointed! A buzzing atmosphere coupled with good quality comfort food and local beers made for the perfect first evening. You can try a selection of the beers brewed onsite or even ask their advice on the perfect beer to pair with your meal. We...
Sent in by Kerry Goodwin
Aston Clinton, 08 January 2020
Attentive, patient and forthcoming with some amazing ideas to make our trip so special. Can’t wait to get on the plane, and am confident Jen has compiled us a trip to remember!
Sent in by Teresa Gardner
Dibden Purlieu, 08 January 2020
I found Jen to be extremely helpful. She listened to my requirements and gave me some options that fitted the brief. I felt she looked after me as though she was booking her own holiday. She answered me quickly and went out of her way over a weekend to ensure the booking went through. I would highly recommend Jen and would personally use her again. Thank you Jen
Sent in by Philip Brierley
Lancashire, 08 January 2020
I tell all my friends and family about the excellent service that I receive from Jen. My next trip (Cruise around the Caribbean) will be my third holiday arranged by Jen. Jen is extremely knowledgeable and helpful and I will continue to use Jen to arrange any future holidays.
Sent in by Alanna Cullum
Southampton, 21 September 2019
This is the second trip we have booked with Jen and she has amazed us once again. We told Jen the sort holiday we wanted- she did the rest and got it spot on. We had a wonderful holiday to Crete- thank you!
Sent in by Gerald Palfrey
Taunton, 03 September 2019
Quick clear response, plus very knowledgeable.
Sent in by Lesley Brooks
Dibden Purlieu, 23 August 2019
Jen is very helpful, flexible and contactable, ensuring all my requirements are being heard and taken into account. Great service!
Sent in by Glenn Harrison
Milford on Sea, 05 August 2019
It's not often you come across someone like Jen Bekker. We didn't know her until we asked friends who they would recommend to plan our holiday for us and we were bombarded with her name! We've now booked our holiday through her and, throughout the process, she was professional, helpful, friendly, knowledgeable, patient, understanding.....and all of these things beyond the call of duty. It makes such an amazing change to work with someone who truly cares about 'our' brief, rather than their own agenda which, with Jen, never came into it. She was quite simply, amazing. If we ever see this question asked, our answer will also now be 'Jen Bekker'.
Sent in by Clare Goodchild
Lymington, 05 August 2019
Fabulous service, nothing is too much trouble.
Sent in by Susie Leverton
Winchester, 21 June 2019
Jen has been brilliant with our holiday booking - friendly, helpful, efficient! I will definitely recommend her.
Sent in by Julie Brown
Beaulieu, 08 May 2019
Very helpful and friendly, we had quite a few changes but nothing was a problem and all very efficiently sorted out and at a very good price. Thank you :)
Sent in by Anita Allott
Southampton, 08 May 2019
Jen is a passionate travel advocate who tries her best to match the perfect holiday to the client. I would definitely recommend Jen Bekker.
Sent in by Sue Leach
Lymington, 03 May 2019
As well as being a lovely person, Jen always goes above and beyond. She sorts out any problems that come up quickly, efficiently – and still with a big smile on her face!
Sent in by Joan Salisbury
Isle of Wight, 21 March 2019
I didn't think that booking a holiday for four people, living in different parts of the country could be so easy. Nothing was or is too much trouble for Jen.
Sent in by Kerri Boba
Hampshire, 19 March 2019
Jen was absolutely incredible in every aspect. I cannot recommend her enough and have already told all my friends and family about her amazing service. We would without a doubt use her in the future and cannot thank her enough for her incredible help, support and kindness to create the most perfect family trip to Dubai!
Sent in by Alex Biro
Southampton, 27 February 2019
Jen is a fantastic consultant, she listened to what I wanted and came back to me with a few options. Jens communication was top draw too.
Sent in by Tracey Parkinson
Nottingham, 17 February 2019
Jen was super friendly and professional when organising our holiday. She took time to understand our requirements and has tailored the itinerary to meet our needs. Really looking forward to our holiday!
Sent in by Philip Brierley
Lancashire, 25 January 2019
Jen is absolutely fantastic, Extremely knowledgeable and helpful. She has booked me a fantastic holiday which I cannot wait to go on. I will definitely be booking all my future holidays with Jen and will definitely be recommending her to all my friends and family.
Sent in by Duncan Ward
Lymington, 05 January 2019
Just returned today from am amazing family holiday in Cape Town arranged by Jen Bekker. Having Jen arrange our holiday was a huge success and the first time I've used a travel counsellor for any trip. Happy to recommend Jen Bekker - Travel Counsellor any time.
Sent in by Alanna Callum
Totton, 29 November 2018
Jen booked our trip to the Western Cape, South Africa. New to using any sort of travel agent or travel counsellor, I was apprehensive that the holiday wouldn’t be perfect. I needn’t have worried! Jen booked us a tailor-made trip which suited us so well. She is approachable, friendly and always quick to respond to our queries. She went above and beyond our expectations and we cannot wait to book with her again.
Sent in by Alyssa Stewart
Dibden Purlieu, 09 October 2018
Jen was very knowledgeable and efficient, booking was made very easy and nothing was too much trouble. Would highly recommend.
Sent in by Steve McCracken
Barnstaple, Devon, 07 October 2018
Good friendly service, plus very confident and knowledgeable.
Sent in by Joan Stewart
Glasgow, 25 June 2018
Nothing was too much trouble for Jen. We made quite a few changes to our original instructions and each change was dealt with patiently and humorously by Jen. She is definitely an asset to your organisation. She feels like a friend now.
Sent in by Jane Parsons
Chandlers Ford, 06 June 2018
Jen was so helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. She came back quickly with quotes and updates as we changed things around. I would highly recommend.
Sent in by Kerry Goodwin
Orpington, 06 June 2018
Jen, was really attentive, listening to our holiday desires and building a quote that exceeded our dreams. Jen had fantastic knowledge, amazing ideas, many suggestions and a variety of local alternatives which enabled us to create a truly once in a lifetime itinerary for our holiday. Jen worked promptly and at times that suited a busy working family. I really appreciated the by voice and regular email updates that Jen provided us. I will certainty be picking Jens brain for our next trip. Until then, thanks again Jen.
Sent in by Vicks Ward
Lymington, 20 May 2018
Jen has listened to our requests, been patient with our changing brief and delivered a very exciting holiday solution. She’s always responded quickly and efficiently and we wouldn’t hesitate in recommending her. Thank you Jen
Sent in by Pauline Dorritt
Southampton, 01 April 2018
Jen has just booked us an 11 night trip to Canada, she was very helpful and professional throughout. The service Jen offered was excellent and we can't wait for our trip! Thank you.
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 02380 070 010