Based in Manchester

Jo McDonnell

It's Nice To Meet You

Hello there. I’m Jo, an independent Gold Travel Counsellor based in Didsbury, South Manchester, and I've been helping customers with their many and varied travel plans since I launched my Travel Counsellors business here in 2015.

I pride myself on being able to get the bottom of what customers are really looking for from a holiday; in understanding their motivations and on delivering great service. I find the personal approach works wonders in getting to the heart of what my customers really want, and I love to talk things through with my clients. I enjoy a very high level of repeat customers and my business has grown enormously, almost exclusively from word of mouth recommendations.

I’ve always (since 1998) adored working in this wonderful industry and I live and breathe travel. My most recent adventures have taken me on a self drive family holiday to Costa Rica, the superb Elephant Hills in Thailand, and to South Africa’s wonderful Inyati and Pumba Game Reserves. Over the years I’ve been fortunate enough to have lived in France and Spain, and holidayed in (to name but a few) Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Croatia, Montenegro, Austria, Slovenia, Switzerland, Holland, Lithuania, Mauritius, Maldives, Mexico, Bali, South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania. I was also lucky enough in the 2010s to spend three long and memorable summers with my young family travelling round Canada, USA and Brazil respectively. I’m a keen skier too, and I’ve matched many happy skiers with their perfect resorts in recent years.

So, whether you’re looking for a family summer holiday, a honeymoon, a last-minute city break, a group ski trip or planning the tailor-made holiday of a lifetime, please do get in touch. I know how easy it can be to lose hours of your life trawling the internet searching through a minefield of information. If you’d just like to talk to a real human being who will curate all that online information for you and distil it into what’s right for you and your budget then I’m here to take the hassle out of booking your next holiday.

I look forward to talking travel with you!


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My customer stories

Sent by Mary Shaw

Jo McDonnell is brilliant. She knows where and when to go away and is super friendly. Jo makes it look easy!! Would recommend completely.

Sent by Sophie Rushton

Excellent and prompt service. I have absolute faith in her advice and administration.

Sent by Andrew Thorp

She's fab. always there for me and keeps me organised. Jo anticipates things too, stuff I wouldn't think of.

Sent by Ella Overshott

Jo is fabulous - she takes time to really understand the type of holiday experience your family is looking for and gives you plenty of options to consider. She's honest about what is and isn't possible within your budget and flexible in finding ways to get as much of the things you're looking for into your time away.

Sent by Brenda Mallon

Excellent service delivered quickly and with careful consideration of our needs. such a delight to work with you

Sent by Faye Longega

Amazing service and knowledge. I completely trust everything Jo says. She immediately understood my holiday needs and made perfect recommendations accordingly.

Sent by Eleanor McNamee

Efficient, brilliant, friendly and highly competent and knowledgeable service. Couldn’t ask for more.