Based in East Grinstead

Jo Sumner

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Our time on this amazing and wonderful planet is precious and the memories created through travel will stay with you forever.
As a personal travel agent creating and booking unique tailored travel experiences for my clients, it is more than just visiting a destination, it's about uncovering the extraordinary corners of the world, forging connections with diverse cultures, embracing wildlife, and immersing ourselves in breathtaking landscapes. Whether it’s a relaxing luxury beach break in the Maldives, exploring national parks on an epic road trip across USA or cruising amongst icebergs in the Arctic, I can find the right trip for you.
I have over 15 years’ experience in curating unforgettable journeys, specialising in adventure and touring with an emphasis in off the beaten track travel and immersive and authentic experiences that support the local communities, preserve the environment and safeguard wildlife.
As part of Travel Counsellors multi award winning global network of independent travel consultants I have access to an extensive range of travel suppliers and offerings. Every arrangement made through me benefits from full protection under ATOL and the Travel Counsellors Financial Trust. Furthermore, my round-the-clock support ensures your peace of mind throughout your entire journey.
I am committed to providing a good value with a high level of customer service that you won’t find on the high street or online. From your initial inquiry, to the moment you return home, I manage every aspect of your travel. From conceptualizing and researching your dream trip to tailoring the arrangements to your unique requirements and preferences.
An enthusiastic explorer myself I am always looking for inspiration and experiences that transcend the ordinary. My own travels have and continue to be, epic!
I have seen the curvature of the earth whilst stargazing from the summit of Mauna Kea volcano on Big Island, Hawaii.
Watched delicate wisps of vapour, trail from the summit of Mount Everest.
Kayaked amongst pristine blue icebergs in the Valdez region of Alaska.
Had the thrill of drinking in a bar with Basil, a wild hippo, in Kafue NP, Zambia.
Awoken to the most amazing sunrise of Monument Valley from the top of Hunts Mesa in Utah.
Listened in awe at the amazing bird song on New Zealand’s Ulva Island.
These are some of my amazing experiences and memories that I have to share with clients, friends and family.
Everyone's perfect trip is unique, I take great pride in delivering a service that matches your unique requirements. You could take many hours to source the pieces of your perfect trip online yourself, but why have the hassle? I can deliver you an amazing itinerary without the need to compromise on protection, personal service or expertise and give you great value for your money. It would be my pleasure to play a role in enriching your life, to contribute towards building new and amazing memories for you by tailor-making your perfect travel experience. Whether it is for work, relaxation, adventure or a special event in your life the possibilities are enormous, and the experiences extraordinary!
Please contact me by phone or email, I look forward to hearing from you!


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My Blog

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.

My Travels.....New Zealand's Annual Garden Marlborough Festival

30 July 2021

New Zealand is beautiful, no doubts, no buts, it is a superb and stunning country. The landscapes and terrain, the people, and the wildlife, it’s just beautiful. October 2018 was my first trip back to NZ in 15 years, and a first visit for my travel companion, my Dad. This was our 4 week awesome road trip around NZ, a showcase of the best of both North and South islands. I try to incorporate several events or occasions into my trips, something unique to experience and remember. Whether planned or spontaneous, these are the experiences that create the moments that build amazing memories, even the embarrassing ones! The garden festival in early November is at the top of the South Island in the Marlborough area. Famous for the beautiful Marlborough Sounds, with its stunning coastline, superb walking and cycling tracks, water activities and seafood. Further inland are valleys of vines producing award winning Sauvignon Blanc wines, superb food, and amazing unique arts and crafts. The Garden Marlborough festival celebrates this stunning landscape in early summer, a magical time for any country. It showcases the very best the region has to offer with a range of garden tours, and events. I had booked us on the East Coast and Awatere Valley gardens tour. Boarding our bus early that morning it was a beautiful sunny warm day, and our travel companions some very enthusiastic and friendly Kiwis! Our first stop was Barewood Garden, a ‘cottage’ style garden. A mix of formal flower beds and perfect lawn with some other more relaxed planting structure. The best Wisteria you will ever see! But basically, it was just awesome! And very colourful! This was a rockstar of gardens! Our kiwi companions were in full chitter chatter flow as we travelled on to our next garden, Winterhome. Situated on the East Coast this property is the ultimate retirement dream, beautiful formal gardens with a mix of native and tropical plants. A fabulous house with all the usual toys (tennis court etc), looking out over some stunning coastline and the Pacific Ocean. Yep, this was very nice! The next garden was Paripuma, still on the coast this garden was very different to the previous two. Primarily native plants, with a few tropical plants thrown in, it had a Mediterranean feel to it. That sounds weird? But it worked, and it was pretty unique! The Kiwis had started to tire now, the bus was quiet as we made our way back to Blenheim, our last garden was in a beautiful valley. A modest but beautiful house sat in the middle of several acres of huge garden, consisting of perfect lawn and flower beds of roses and other beautiful plants, (I appreciate them, but I not good at knowing the names!). But what I remember the most was the many amazing mature trees and the prolific and diverse bird song. Amazing! And a great end to a superb day.

Vancouver Island Road Trip

11 March 2023

Vancouver Island is located in Canada's Pacific Northwest and boasts the warmest climate in BC and Canada. I first visited this beautiful island 20 years ago and have revisited many times. It is an amazing place for wild landscapes, abundant wildlife, adventure and relaxation! There are several ferries across to the island, and this makes for a fantastic circular fly drive route together with mainland BC or USA. My most recent trip to the island started in Victoria before heading north to Pacific Rim NP and Tofino. Victoria, British Columbia’s capital is filled with gardens and seafront parks, stately hotels and museums, bohemian eateries, and craft brewers. A few days is well spent here, my favourite attraction being Butchart Gardens, which is about 30 mins drive north of Victoria. I had both my parents with me on this trip and the gardens were their favourite highlight. We visited in mid June which was perfect bloom time for the gardens. Butchart Gardens are an 118-year-old internationally-renowned 55-acre display garden located in Brentwood Bay. The garden has with five main gardens, stunning fountains, intriguing sculptures, trickling streams and explodes with wave upon wave of colour for much of the year. The Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is one of Canada’s most cherished natural treasures, renowned for its lush temperate forests, dramatic coastal scenery and long sandy beaches. Established in 1970 this is rugged, unspoilt wilderness at its very best. The ultimate natural outdoor playground you can hike for miles along the breath-taking coastline and through remarkable old-growth rainforest. Kayak in emerald waters among hundreds of tiny islands and bays. Marvel at the diverse wildlife and witness the incredible sight of migrating whales. Or stroll, paddle and relax to your heart’s content along expansive soft-sand beaches. We spent 2 full days in Tofino, a pretty fishing village on the west coast of the island. It is home to some of the best surfing in the country, as well as whale watching, hiking, bear watching. It also has the best fish and chips in North America! On our first day we took a whale watching cruise, dressed in beautiful orange insulated boiler suits there is no chance of going missing or feeling the cold! The highlight of this trip for my mum was the sea otters, the whales were also fabulous, but those furry little creatures are very entertaining! On our second day our small boat cruise hugged the western coast as we searched for bears and bird life, and we were not disappointed! 3 bear sightings and numerous bird species encountered! I highly recommend Vancouver Island as part of a Canada fly drive itinerary, or as a cheeky add to a inside passage cruise. Please contact me if you would like to know more!

My customer stories

Sent by Nicholas Woodham Jones

Jo has been absolutely fantastic at organising everything that we required for our trip to Australia. We cannot thank her enough for her patience and hard work

Sent by Simon Winfield Freed

Jo always goes the extra mile. I know Cruise companies can be very difficult and frustrating to deal with, Jo always gets the desired result.

Sent by Tamsin Webb

Jo has been very patient with us, her help and communication is excellent, she has taken on board all our queries and amendments and has provided extra information including literature and online links to help us get the best from our trip.

Sent by Rasshied Din

Jo was very efficient, and communicated all the relevant information in a clear and precise manner .She was attentive, and went the extra mile to book my flights, as we had a limited window .A very pleasant experience. I would highly recommend her.

Sent by Simon Winfield-Freed

Jo was happy to help will all aspects of our booking. This made us feel relaxed and confident booking with her.

Sent by Mark Shayle

Fantastic to have an expert guide me thru and make all the arrangements of a fiddly trip. Highly recommended

Sent by Emma Wiltshire

We would absolutely recommend Jo - actually we already have! Jo has been brilliant throughout - she really cares about ensuring you have the most incredible holiday and goes above and beyond to make that happen. We will definitely be using Jo again!

Sent by Tara Willmott

Jo has been incredible at arranging our month trip to Vietnam, Cambodia & Singapore. The attention to detail & support creating the tailor made trip has been incredible. Our experience has without question exceeded our expectations & we will not hesitate contacting Jo in the future to organise more dream holidays. Thank you so much! It’s very much appreciated.

Sent by Lindsay Browning

Jo has been amazing at helping us find the perfect holiday. She has been communicative and flexible, and even able to keep the planning a secret from my other half (as its a surprise for him!!). I HIGHLY recommend Jo!

Sent by Kirsty Spain

Jo was really proactive in making recommendations for our US trip, this is our biggest holiday ever and 100% trust that it's going to be amazing due to the amount of research and detail Jo has gone into to make it so. She was always quick to respond, and listened to our needs and any small changes we wanted to make were no problem.

Sent by Sylvia Finch

Jo’s attendance to detail was excellent and she kept us informed of what she was able to arrange and what she had arranged at every stage. She was very easy to communicate with and responded to queries immediately.

Sent by John Wallingford

Jo is very approachable and takes on board her clients wishes and requests. She finds the best solutions to issues and ensures it meets her clients budgetary expectations. Thoroughly recommend her .

Sent by Nicholas Granville

Jo is alway consistent and looks after our interests. Which can not be said about Agents at other companies. Thank you Jo.

Sent by Jane Evans

Jo has been wonderful arranging a trip to our specification. This is third time lucky as the first 2 attempts were scuppered due to the pandemic. Jo listens and puts a lot of work into making the trip personal, any questions or queries were always addressed quickly too.. Just looking forward to taking the trip now. Thanks Jo for all your hard work!