Hello and welcome to my personal world of travel.
Travel has been a big part of my life, both for work and pleasure. I’ve enjoyed travelling extensively to the Caribbean, South Africa, Far East, Scandinavia and Europe and I have over 30 years’ experience of working in travel, both in the UK and overseas.
There is a wealth of choice out there and it can sometimes be daunting to research and book your holiday – that’s where I come in and take all the hard work and (sometimes fear!) away from you. Backed by a multi award winning company, with market leading technology, I can tailor make any type of trip you wish – from a simple flight only, to a fortnight in the Mediterranean, a cruise, an around the world trip or even your dream wedding and honeymoon.
From your initial conversation with me, I will take the time to listen to you and ask questions that will help me determine what you want from your holiday. I can also add in all the extras you may need - airport car parking, transfers, vehicle rental, rail journeys, theme park and attraction tickets, travel insurance – the list is endless, but it’s about making your trip as individual and complete as you want.
I believe passionately in making travel inclusive for everyone, regardless of ability. If it’s possible to get somewhere in the world, I will not only get you there, I will make sure you have the very best experience possible. Whatever your additional needs or requirements are, I can arrange them.
I have also skied for over 20 years, so if it’s a ski holiday you’re looking for, you will know that you’re talking to someone who speaks the right language!
Being a Travel Counsellor means I am completely impartial and independent and not tied to any particular travel companies or airlines and you can rest assured that your holiday or trip is protected by our ATOL licence and also the Travel Counsellors Financial Trust. Booking with me will also give you access to 24-hour support in the event of any difficulties.
So, if it really is the personal touch you’re looking for, please give me a call or send me an email, I’d love to hear from you.
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.
01 December 2019
I’ve been fortunate to visit Africa on a number of occasions – a safari/beach combination in Kenya and several trips to South Africa, incorporating safari, city and winelands. But I hadn’t returned in over 15 years, so it was with great excitement that I set off on an 8 night trip to Namibia in December. Namibia is easily reached with a connecting flight from Johannesburg to Windhoek, or, depending where you start your journey, you could also connect from Cape Town or Victoria Falls. I was fortunate to travel by private jet with my group between destinations, but...
01 December 2019
Another hour’s flight took us to the coastal town of Swakopmund, so interesting to see from the air, as it’s surrounded by desert on all sides. If you look to the west, the next stop is South America! The town was colonised by Germany in the late 1800s and then taken over by South Africa, gaining its independence in 1990. German architecture is subsequently to the fore here. It’s a very relaxed town, great food with a good variety of restaurants. Worth pointing out that food and drink is very inexpensive in Namibia and the food is great, with a...
06 March 2019
Having been a Travel Counsellor for nearly 15 months, I am amazed at the developments that have happened since I started. The IT team constantly work on refining our Phenix booking system (and, having installed two systems in my previous lives, I know how difficult it is to satisfy everyone!) to ensure we have the best platform to work on, which ultimately benefits you, the customer. Through this, we have access to hundreds of thousands of hotels, airlines, cruise companies, car hire and all the 'extras' you need, such as airport hotels, transfers, attractions tickets like Disneyland and insurance. We...
04 December 2018
Singapore was the last stop on our whirlwind tour which started in Perth, headed to Brisbane and then home via Singapore. With just 30 hours here before the flight to London, we hit the ground running! First stop was the Marina Quay, home to The Shoppes, a huge shopping mall with luxury brands and home to the most iconic of all Singapore hotels, the Marina Bay Sands. Singapore is famous for its nightly light shows on the quay and crowds gathered to watch ‘Spectra’, a magnificent symphony of music, light and water show powered by advanced lasers, fountain jets and...
02 December 2018
Brisbane may be a busier city than Perth, but the locals are just as friendly and helpful and rightly proud of their city. With summer temperatures of around 30C, dropping to only 18C in winter, Brisbane life is lived outdoors. Situated on the Brisbane River (the longest in South East Queensland), it flows through the city, with plenty of businesses and bars and restaurants on its edge. Much of the city is ‘low rise’ with the taller buildings mostly found in the business districts and whilst there’s plenty to do, it’s a relaxed city, without the freneticism of Sydney. One of...
25 November 2018
One of the musts when visiting Perth, is Rottnest Island. Easily reached on the ‘Rottnest Express’ in just under 90 mins, you pass down the Swann River with informative and often hilarious commentary, past Fremantle, before heading across the Indian Ocean for just 20 minutes to reach the island. Originally a prison for Aboriginal prisoners, it became a holiday island in 1903 and, after being requisitioned during the World Wars as a base to protect the Port of Fremantle, it is now a protected nature reserve, home to the ‘Quokka’, many birdlife species, spectacular flora, marine and wildlife. The beaches...
25 November 2018
Perth is situated on the Swann River and surrounded by beautiful beaches. It’s a very attractive city, being mostly low-rise buildings apart from in the business districts and with plenty of vegetation and easy to navigate around. Getting around Perth is easy, with free buses offering a hop on, hop off system. The locals like to describe it as the ‘sunniest Australian capital city’ and indeed summer temperatures average 29c (with gentle breezes to keep the climate manageable) and winter around 19 – 21c. Expect pleasant temperatures during the day with cooler evenings. Just 30 minutes from the airport to...
23 August 2018
Nothing is more exhilarating to me than a ski holiday. The opportunity to escape the English winter and get some fresh air, exercise, good food and have a serious laugh with my ski buddies starts to overwhelm me the moment the clocks change at the end of October and I find myself checking snow conditions and forecasts several times a day on the resorts’ apps. For those of you who haven’t skied before, I urge you to give it a go. Not only will it be the most fun you’ve had on a holiday, it’s the...
Sent in by R Leech
Lancashire, 03 February 2020
Great service from Jo, exceptionally professional and listened to the type of holiday we were looking for. Responsive and adaptable to our adjustments prior to completion of booking. Would certainly recommend to friends and family.
Sent in by V Kershaw
France, 03 November 2019
An excellent service that I would highly recommend. Jo found solutions to tricky requests quickly and efficiently and always with a smile!
Sent in by N Bentley
Yorkshire, 05 September 2019
Great flexible service and so easy to do business with
Sent in by C Harrison
France, 15 August 2019
Jo was super, professional, friendly and it made the choosing of a holiday, with our many varied requirements, a pleasure. Highly recommend her.
Sent in by A Kelly
Dublin, 24 June 2019
Simply brilliant. Jo went beyond my best expectation & made it seem so easy. Looking forward to a great trip. Thank you
Sent in by Z Tennant
Cambs, 27 May 2019
Jo has provided a fantastic and personalised service to make sure we have found the holiday we wanted. Her ideas of different places to suit us have been brilliant and varied and ones that would have taken us ages to find. It has all been so easy from our perspective and very quick.
Sent in by S Baker
Kent, 29 March 2019
Brilliant efficient service and Jo has an understanding ear to bounce ideas off!! It was fun planning this special trip together.
Sent in by Michi Laxton
Oxfordshire, 29 March 2019
Jo is very helpful, patient and knowledgeable. easy to talk too and very thorough.
Sent in by Will Smith
Newark, 05 February 2019
Received excellent service by Jo and will recommend her to others. A real personal service which is so much lacking by bigger companies!
Sent in by J Bates
OXFORD, 03 January 2019
Couldn’t have been more helpful! Highly recommend and you went above and beyond to help us get the holiday we wanted - thank you!
Sent in by Natalie Reynolds
Lincolnshire, 25 November 2018
Jo was absolutely fantastic and went out of her way to tailormake our family holiday.
Sent in by Aaron Caister
Hampshire, 25 November 2018
Jo provides an amazing service, she is knowledgeable and is able to put up with us being picky!
Sent in by Cerys Ford
Suffolk, 13 August 2018
Excellent client service and attention to detail - especially in meeting our needs in terms of a special holiday. Friendly and approachable. Jo understands the pressures we are under too and is very patient!
Sent in by J Marsden
Wigan, 12 April 2018
I would absolutely recommend Jo to my friends and family. Jo was so easy to speak to, she understood my 'must haves' and delivered a number of options all hitting my requirements but with lots of supporting information, so that I was able to make a quick and informed decision. It was a completely painless experience for me and I'm thoroughly looking forward to my trip.
Sent in by Sarah Bentley
Yorkshire, 06 March 2018
Jo is very personable and we received a quick result to our initial enquiry. We would no hesitation in contacting Jo again with any travel requirements. We would definitely recommend her.
Sent in by Nick Roach
Northants, 06 March 2018
Jo is fantastic to deal with, she replies to all e-mails promptly, knows the airlines and schedules inside out and has got me the best connections for my trip. Wouldn't use anybody else.
Sent in by Keri Doble
Somerset, 06 March 2018
Jo has done a brilliant job sorting our Easter holiday and we appreciated all the advice and choices recommended to us.
Sent in by Pam Smith
London, 18 February 2018
So far Jo has really helped us in organising a surprise birthday trip to in August. Nothing was a problem and she is so professional and efficient. On hand by email at any time.
Sent in by Gill Walker
Brittany, 31 December 2017
A big thank you Jo, my 9 year old client from Southern Europe, will be able to fly to Geneva, at very short notice, to the 10th World Transplant Games! Return flights were needed for an unaccompanied minor to arrive and leave within a two hour window either end! What a great result, to the delight of my client and her parents this child will be able to compete in the Nicholas Green Camp for 8 to 15 year olds between 7 and 12 January 2018. Without you Jo, this would never have been possible.
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 01865 930 028