Based in Curbridge

Jennifer Clifton

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Hi, I’m Jen, welcome and thanks for stopping by my page.

My passion for travel began from a very young age, fortunate to be taken on numerous far flung adventures in my early years. Once I’d completed my education, I set off on a solo gap year around the world which led onto a further year living and working on the Pacific Island of Rarotonga. Inspired by my adventures, I returned to the UK to begin a career sharing my passion for travel.

Fast forward, and this year marks my 20th anniversary dedicated to the travel industry. With experience spanning sales, service, operations and leadership for award winning high street and luxury tailor-made brands. I have received global awards for customer excellence and have great friends that started out as customers. I have been privileged to journey to 53 countries, experiencing everything from sleeping under canvas and group touring to completely bespoke itineraries using the finest modes of transports and resting in some of the finest hotels and villa’s.

An incredible travel experience is whatever you want it to be and that’s why I’ve chosen to become a business owner with Travel Counsellors. With my experience and the unrivalled support of the Travel Counsellors family, I have access to a vast array of incredible product and services` enabling me to take care of every aspect of your holiday. And for complete peace of mind, your trip is 100% financially protected thanks to our independent Financial Trust and ATOL protection.

To travel is to make lasting memories. Create moments you recall for years to come. Travel is about connections, broadening horizons, and it can be a time to rest and recharge, or, perhaps an adrenaline filled challenge or an action packed adventure. But most importantly of all, travel should be personal to you.

Whatever your preference, I’d be delighted to take care of you and your families plans. Your journey with me starts from our first interaction and doesn’t end until you return home. I will be your single point of contact, your dedicated personal travel planner. If you have a preference to speak to me in the evening or would prefer to discuss your trip in person, both can be arranged. I am primarily based in The Cotswolds and can regularly be found in my home town of Swindon too.

I look forward to speaking to you and turning your holiday dreams into reality.

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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.

Navigating airlines and airports with a baby

24 August 2023

I’ve been travelling solo with my daughter since she was 6 months old so here’s my advice if you are thinking about flying with a baby. 1. Check your baggage allowance. This may sound obvious but with no standard rules in place, what you can and can’t take for an infant varies from airline to airline. Scheduled airlines are more likely to offer an additional weight allowance for an infant, either as an extra checked bag or, to be spread across the bags of other adults flying. Low cost and charter airlines tend to be less generous and may only give you a weight allowance if you upgrade and purchase a seat. Then there are the additional permitted items. It is common for airlines to allow you to check-in up to two additional items to be carried in the hold. This could be a pushchair, car-seat or even a cot. But beware, there are likely to be a weight and size limits which differ from carrier to carrier so don’t assume because you have taken it on one plane, it will be permitted on another. 2. The restrictions on carrying liquids onboard, doesn’t apply to milk, food, and boiled water. Which means that you can carry in your hand luggage, an amount deemed to be ‘reasonable’ for the length of your journey. In my experience, ready made bottles make taking milk onboard a whole lot easier. Food can be a challenge if you’ve reached the weaning stage with no option to sit as you would at home. I’d recommend suck pouches where possible and loads of snacks. 3. You can pre order ready made bottles of infant milk at many UK airports and collect airside, but you do need to do this at least 7 days before you fly. This means you’ll have less to carry through security and can replace any you may have already used for the journey home. Not all makes are available so if your little one is planning on being a frequent flyer, it’s worth doing your research and starting off on a readily available brand. 4. Take a sling/baby carrier. These are great for navigating your way through security. They are usually designed not to include any metal so you can walk through the scanners without an issue. If you are not taking a buggy on the plane (more on this later) then although you can usually keep your buggy with you until you board, you’ll have to wait for it on the luggage belt at your destination and the walk to get there can be a long one. 5. Surprise surprise, there is no aviation standard for taking your baby wheels onboard so in reality, only a very small number of pushchairs are permitted, despite many brands advertising they are cabin friendly! Whilst being able to use a buggy straight off the plane is a bonus, this is really the only time you will benefit. Instead, I would recommend thinking about your destination, the terrain and how much you’ll use the buggy as you may be better off just to take your everyday option and check it into the hold.

Sri Lanka – Something for everyone

18 August 2023

The teardrop island is one of my favourite countries, and due to a climate that varies from region to region, it’s a destination that can be visited at any time of the year. Small enough to experience the highlights in a two-week trip and offering so much diversity, there really is something for the whole family. Steeped in history, the cultural triangle is a must for anyone looking to experience the ancient Singhalese kingdoms. Visit Dambulla, a vast cave temple complex with 150 well preserved Buddhas, locked away from the elements. Cycling is a fantastic way to see Polonnaruwa, an ancient city of ruins and imposing grand white stupa’s, adorning the temple tops. A visit to the area isn’t complete without time spent at Sigiriya, an imposing rock, once the foundation of a kings palace. I’d recommend getting up early to climb to the top, where you will be rewarded with far reaching views and fresco paintings. For wildlife lovers, choose to go in search of the elusive leopard in Wilpattu or Yala National Park. And if like me, Elephants excite you then Udawallawe is the place to go. A lesser known area is Sinharaja Biosphere, home to much of Sri Lanka’s endemic species which makes it an excellent choice for nature enthusiasts. Head to Galle on the south-west coast and while away the hours wandering around this pretty fort town. Influenced by the British, Dutch and French, there are numerous historical points of interest and buildings with a lifetime of history to admire. When your feet are weary, take a rest at one of the many cafes or restaurants before exploring the variety of boutiques. For me, the central region affectionately known as ‘tea country’ is a magical place. Green, lush and cooler than the low lands. Take a magical train ride through the countryside, visit a working tea factory, hike a mountain or relax and take in views that extend for miles with a cup of soothing Sri Lankan tea. Kandy, a vibrant and bustling city and home to the Temple of the Tooth. Here, what is said to be a relic of Buddha’s tooth is paraded around the complex twice daily. With tourists and locals flocking to the temple, it’s a busy event. I would recommend attending the evening session as I did, as you’ll also get to see authentic singing and dancing. For something a little more sedate, why not head to the Peradeniya royal botanical garden, situated just 5.5km from the centre of Kandy. This tranquil delight is home to more than 4000 thousands plant species, including an exquisite collection of orchids. In my opinion something not to be missed. Of course, there are no shortages of beaches in Sri Lanka, for a standalone holiday or to end a touring adventure. Passikudah is a popular choice for families with its shallow waters and laid back feel. Swimming and snorkelling are both possibilities here. On the south-west coast you’ll find the beaches are more popular with accommodation to suit every style and budget.

5 Vietnamese dishes you won't want to miss!

03 October 2023

There are so many reasons to visit Vietnam: fascinating history, beautiful scenery, and of course the impressive culinary scene. Popular Vietnamese dishes are becoming increasingly available in the UK but nothing compares to trying authentic Vietnamese cuisine in the country itself. Jen (your fabulous Travel Counsellor) and I were chatting recently about the best food we’d had in Vietnam and came up with the top five Vietnamese dishes you absolutely won’t want to miss. 1. Pho No trip to Vietnam would be complete without a bowl of pho. This delicious noodle soup is one of the most famous and popular Vietnamese dishes. There are plenty of variations but in general noodles are served in broth with herbs, spices and slices of meat. Your pho will usually also be accompanied by a bowl of fresh herbs, chilli sauce and lime wedges, so you can tailor it to your own tastes. This combined with the regional variations mean it’s well worth trying pho everywhere you go and finding your favourite. 2. Bun Bo Hue Pho is far from the only noodle dish on the menu in Vietnam. Bun Bo Hue, the traditional dish of the former capital Hue in central Vietnam is a tasty beef and noodle soup, fragrant with lemongrass. Just like pho, once you’ve tried this aromatic rice noodle soup, you’re probably going to have it a few more times and the usual accompaniments of spring onion, lime and chilli sauce mean you can enhance the flavours that suit your taste buds. 3. Banh Xeo Sometimes referred to as ‘Vietnamese crepes’, these thin, crispy pancakes should definitely make your list of dishes to try while in Vietnam. If you come across these sizzling away at a street food stall, don’t be deceived by their simple appearance. These tasty rice flour pancakes, which can be stuffed with a variety of fillings, are one of the best Vietnamese dishes there is. If you’re visiting Hue, be sure to try the region’s speciality Banh Khoai. These pancakes are similar to Banh Xeo but slightly thicker and smaller. 4. Banh Mi Vietnam’s history has had a huge influence on its food culture. One of the most famous examples of this is Banh Mi. This tasty sandwich demonstrates the French-influence as banh mi is a type of baguette. Meanwhile the fillings can often be a real fusion, including a mixture of meats, vegetables and condiments, from pâté to chilli sauce. Whichever fillings you opt for, there’s no doubt that banh mi makes the perfect lunchtime snack. 5. Ca Phe Trung There are so many amazing Vietnamese foods, but no list of Vietnamese dishes would be complete without mentioning Ca Phe Trung, or egg coffee. It might not sound the most appetising idea but once you’ve tried this velvety smooth caffeine hit, you’ll wonder why you haven’t been drinking egg coffee your whole life (and why there still isn’t an egg coffee shop back home!). So, there we have it, five of the best Vietnamese dishes to get your taste buds dancing with delight. This list, however, is far from comprehensive and Vietnam truly offers a unique and tantalising opportunity for foodies. What’s more, there is a huge variety of ways to immerse yourself in a Vietnamese culinary adventure. From thrilling vespa tours in Ho Chi Minh City to cooking classes with local families, street food tours in Hanoi to more rural farm-to-table experiences, there’s certainly something for everyone. Have we tickled your tastebuds? Contact Jen to find out more and get planning your Vietnam tour. Written credit to Sarah Bowtell of Zanjabeel Translations.

My customer stories

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Jen has listened very carefully to what we requested, put a fab package together very close to the tight budget that I gave her. On top of this, Jen has answered my multiple questions & tweaked the holiday a few times to help bring it in closer to budget & to fit changes in our requirements. She has been fantastic!

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Jen turned what was for me a complicated multi-city, 8-week holiday plan into a stress-free and simple process, compared to what I could achieved pouring over the internet for hours on end. At all times, Jennifer was courteous, professional and displayed a good breadth and depth of knowledge of airlines and holiday destinations. We will certainly use her again for our next big overseas holiday

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Jen offered really helpful, quick efficient service. She enabled us to consider things we hadn’t even thought of

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Jen was very thorough and was experienced in the destination i chose and i feel that before we go and during our stay i can message her for advice or information and she wouldn't mind. i have already recommended her to my high spending frequent holiday booking friends!!

Sent by Marian Roberts-Smith

Excellent service and understanding what we were looking for, even when we weren't sure ourselves. Very helpful , good knowledge and easy to talk to. Jennifer did what she said she would and at the time agreed. Very pleased with the service

Sent by K Tucker

Jen sorted my annual holiday insurance for me. Such an easy experience. Will definitely be using her services in the future.

Sent by Harriet Hall

Jen was so helpful, informative, and responsive while we were planning our holiday. This isn’t the type of trip we have done before so her help was much appreciated.

Sent by V Lea

Great communication and recommendations. Listened to and took on board all our requirements. Looking forward to our holiday this summer!

Sent by A Norman

Jennifer is brilliant! Can’t wait to go on our first holiday and book another.

Sent by T A McKinlay

Jen booked all that we had asked for and found great accommodation right where it is needed. She also booked trips and the Amtrak between cities. Brilliant and now looking forward to an amazing trip. Thanks Jen

Sent by Jeanette Godsell

'When we decided towards the end of August that we could fit in a break mid-October, we didn't hold out much hope that we would be able to find what we wanted at such short notice, which was a two week cruise, preferably out of Southampton and going somewhere warm. Despite it being the Friday afternoon before the bank holiday, within a couple of hours Jen at Travel Counsellors had found and booked us on a cruise to the Caribbean. Over the next couple of weeks, Jen sorted out the admin, giving us a gentle nudge when there was something that we needed to do and sending our travel documents within good time. The whole experience was stress-free and we'll definitely be asking Jen to sort out our future trips.

Sent by J E Topliss

Jen was hugely supportive, friendly and managed the challenge of a difficult request admirably. Thank you!