I’ve been a Travel Counsellor for 14 years and have worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. I joined Travel Counsellors because I knew their number one priority was looking after their customers and I wanted to be able to give independent travel advice.
Everything booked with me is covered by our unique Travel Counsellors Trust and your money is 100% safe. Alongside ATOL protection which covers air holiday packages and charter flights, the Travel Counsellors Trust and airline failure insurance protects every other element of your booking, including low cost airlines, scheduled flights, accommodation, and car hire.
Now, whether you are thinking about a holiday for this summer or maybe a winter break for 2021/22, as your own professional Travel Counsellor I can use our award-winning technology and my expertise to tailor exactly the right holiday to suit your needs. These include holidays in the UK, long haul holidays, bespoke tailor-made itineraries, luxury travel, flights, river cruises, small group tours, safaris, honeymoons and weddings abroad, cycling or walking holidays, corporate travel, ski & snowboard holidays, villas with private pools or birthday and wedding anniversary surprises.
I love to travel so I can also offer first-hand advice on places to visit. I have been fortunate enough to travel all over the globe, including Australia, New Zealand, South America, India, USA, Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong, Sweden, Norway and Slovenia. I have also been skiing in Canada, Finland, France and Italy. As I love walking and the great outdoors, trips have taken me to the Italian Lakes, the Austrian Alps and Peru to walk the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. I have been lucky enough to see the Northern Lights in Lapland, swim with stingrays in the Caribbean, go on safari and sail transatlantic from New York to Southampton.
I live and work from home near Oundle in rural Northamptonshire, but I have customers all over the UK. So however big or small your travel arrangements, complicated or easy, please just ask, because I’d love to turn your travel dreams or business trip into reality. Use me for an easy, efficient, and hassle-free experience, plus I love a challenge and I love sprinkling some magic on every booking I make!
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:-
Thinking of escaping this winter or early next year? I can help guide you through all the rules & regulations and make your dream getaway truly special.
I am delighted to share with you some of the new additions to the Travel Counsellors hotel portfolio.
The events of the past year have taught us many things. We’ve missed exploring the world for one; Relive your travel memories with our short film. Enjoy.
As travel arrangements continue to change and caution lingers, we’re looking ahead to start making plans to get excited about, beyond this year.
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.
24 April 2021
Weren’t we lucky? When the lockdown rules were relaxed to allow us to take self-catering breaks in the UK, my husband and I spent a week in North Wales. We had a fantastic time! Our holiday cottage near Trawsfyndd was lovely and the weather was good. Many of the tourist attractions were still closed because of the coronavirus pandemic and we’re determined to go back so we can see and do more. Coast! The North Wales coast is full of variety, with sheer cliffs, rocky headlands, sheltered estuaries, undulating dunes and vast expanses of golden sand. I’d never realised this region had...
09 March 2021
Nowadays, campervans and motorhomes offer a really comfortable, and even luxurious, holiday option. There’s a huge choice available – not just the size of vehicle but the rental package and service as well. And in the current uncertainty of what sort of holidays will be available in the coming months, motorhomes tick all the boxes. The biggest advantage is that you’re answerable to no-one. You have the freedom to move around and explore at your own pace and to your own timetable. So, if you come across a stunning location and want to spend more time there, you can just park...
11 January 2021
It’s felt strange wishing family and friends a ‘Happy New Year!’ after the time we all had in 2020. But of course there are reasons to feel more optimistic about 2021 and I’m sure we’re all hoping our lives will return to some sort of normal very soon. Which is why I caught myself thinking about travel insurance the other day. Traditionally this is a time when the media is full of advertising for holidays and travel. This year things are a bit more muted but there’s no doubt that booking a holiday is one way to feel that the end...
04 January 2021
Last year ‘Staycations’ were the trend. And now we’re in 2021 they should still have a place in your holiday plans, even if you’re just thinking about a short break. For my money, Derbyshire and the Peak District is pretty hard to beat. I admit to being biased because I spent my childhood there. But that aside, its varied and breath-taking landscapes are among the most beautiful you’ll find anywhere in Britain. And you’ll never be short of things to do and see when you visit. Outdoors and more If, like me, you love the outdoors, you can base yourself almost anywhere and...
19 November 2020
We all need holidays! Not just to relax and re-charge our batteries, but because having a break is good for our wellbeing. In the past, if you had a disability or mobility issues, finding suitable holiday accommodation could be tricky. But over the past 20 years things have improved enormously and the choices range from luxury hotels to self-catering cottages and Bed & Breakfasts. Some cottages and lodges have been specifically adapted for wheelchair users and offer a host of options such as lowered kitchen counters, electric beds, hoist rail systems, and large wet rooms. Many others offer accommodation that includes...
10 October 2020
It’s never been easier to enjoy dog friendly holidays in the UK and this year many of my customers have given them a try. They say that being able to take their dogs away with them made the holidays special and, of course, they’ve also saved the money they would usually spend on kennels. So why not think about a ‘Staycation’ with your four-legged friend in 2021? There are lots of pet-friendly hotels which do far more than just offer accommodation. As part of their holiday offer they will provide everything from dog walking maps to personalised bedding, toys and treats. There...
02 September 2020
In 2019 lots of people were excited to hear about the new Caledonian Sleeper service between Scotland and England, which offers passengers a really comfortable journey with some extra luxuries. Then the coronavirus pandemic arrived and the idea of overnight train travel seemed pretty impossible. For two of my customers it was the wait that was the worst. They had booked their trip last year planning to see a bit of the Highlands of Scotland and then finish with a weekend at the Edinburgh Festival. The Festival was cancelled in April, so they had to hold their nerve to see if...
19 September 2019
A truly awe inspiring trek through rugged meadows, to hidden valleys surrounded by snowy peaks to high mountain passes. We walked through hamlets, cactus gardens, and fields of corn, visiting different magnificent Inca ruins along the trek culminating at the phenomenal Machu Picchu. Peaceful, calm & quiet; unbelievable and breath taking in more ways than one! We generally only saw a few other hikers, porters and a few local people. I expected to see more hikers on the Inca Trail, it was a pleasant surprise for us to have the trail to ourselves most of the time and not find...
30 April 2019
After setting myself the challenge to tackle the Yorkshire Three Peaks, I started training in November and accomplished the stunning Three Peaks in 11 hours and 8 minutes on Sunday 28th April. It is a tough challenge and harder than I imagined. With a 5.30 am start, ruck-sack full of provisions and all the bits you should take in the mountains, we set off. The Yorkshire Three Peaks walk is a 24 mile circular walk scaling three of the highest peaks in Yorkshire: Pen-Y-Ghent at 694 m, Whernside at 736 m and Ingleborough at 723 m. The route we took...
23 December 2018
On the 19th December I experienced a day trip to Lapland in Search of Father Christmas. I crossed the Arctic Circle on an expedition to find Santa in his homeland, and most importantly in an authentic setting in the heart of Finnish Lapland. I’ve returned with precious memories that will last forever. From the moment I landed at Enontekio airport, the sight of the snow on the trees and the sudden temperature drop to -10°C, I knew I had landed somewhere special. After getting kitted out with thermal snow suits and boots I was whisked from the airport grounds on a...
29 October 2018
Paris has so much more to offer than just the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Arc De Triomphe, Seine, Louvre Museum and Champs-Élysées. Broad tree-lined boulevards, chic boutiques, elegant stores, iconic monuments all add to the romance and excitement of this wonderful city. Here are a few of my top tips: Book tickets in advance for the lift to go up the Eiffel Tower, it gets very busy. Or for an alternative view, go to the top of the panoramic terrace at the Arc de Triomphe for a fraction of the price. Or for a free view of Paris visit the...
05 October 2018
A break to the Algarve to celebrate becoming a Gold Travel Counsellor made me realise how a long weekend to the sun could be achieved without involving much travelling at all. The flight from Stansted to Faro was just under three hours and the transfer from Faro Airport to Vilamoura took roughly 30 minutes. Vilamoura - a glamourous resort with a magical marina to explore packed with super yachts - stunning bars and authentic Portuguese restaurants. A great resort to people-watch and admire magnificent boats! My stay for the weekend was at the Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort, a prestigious five-star retreat overlooking...
12 August 2018
A week wasn’t long enough for me to take in all that Tuscany can offer. With the rolling countryside showcasing olive groves, vineyards, the iconic tree of Tuscany (the ‘Italian Cypress’), medieval hilltop towns, plus fields and fields of Red Robin and Box trees. There was always something to look at or somewhere amazing to visit. I stayed in Montecatini Terme, a beautiful Tuscan spa town which is a great base if you don’t wish to hire a car as it has a train station. You can visit Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Pistoia, Viareggio all by train independently. Montecatini Terme, famous...
28 October 2017
This was my first visit to South America, and I can truly say I was blown away. I covered a massive area in the 12 days, and for 3 of the days it involved 12-hour long coach journeys. However, if I’d have flown from city to city, I would not have seen the ‘real’ Peru. I am so pleased I saw the countryside and little communities where people live and work. I saw such stunning and varied scenery from the Atacama Desert to the river valleys to the high plains to the Pacific coastline; to fields of cacti, rice and olive...
25 August 2017
Mini-Cruise on Columbus - Cruise & Maritime Voyages I sailed from London Cruise Terminal, Tilbury a historic cruise terminal making the check-in and boarding experience very pleasurable. The cruise gave me a full day in Amsterdam and a full day in Antwerp, and I was pleasantly surprised at how close to the city centres the ship docked. I was onboard for 3 nights and it was great being able to experience 2 lovely cities and to only have to unpack once! The benefits of cruising... Cruise & Maritime Voyages are Britain’s leading independent cruise line with smaller and medium...
22 March 2017
The Enchanting Red City of Marrakech, the stunning Atlas Mountains and the beach resort of Essaouira. On a recent trip with the Moroccan National Tourist Office I experienced 3 nights in Marrakech and 1 night at Essaouira with a day trip in the Atlas Mountains. A visit to Marrakech wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the souks with its bustling charm and exotic aromas. I recommend you take a guide the first time you visit to lead you through the maze of alleyways. Intricate lanterns and men melting metal in their shops, mounds of colourful spices piled up...
25 June 2016
We took the ferry from Holyhead to Dublin Port and then drove down to the South West region of Ireland. I’d describe the area as mountainous, scenic, wild and with absolutely stunning beaches if the weather is kind enough for you to be able to use them. To visit this region Killarney would be a good base as you can easily drive to the main tourist sites from here. We spent most of our time taking in the Dingle Peninsula and the Ring of Kerry. However once the cloud had lifted enough for us to see the Macgillycuddy...
10 March 2016
I’m just back from 4 nights in Swedish Lapland. I loved all the snow, scenery and the activities we did. Ice fishing, husky dog rides, snowmobiling, visiting a Sámi reindeer farm. If you go you are sure to come back with some rather special memories of the snowy-white forest landscape. We spent a night at the famous Treehotel; a collection of designer Tree Rooms perched in the forest. A new experience of living close to nature! I slept in the Birds Nest which was very comfy, warm, and the little windows up high in the tree...
10 October 2015
Sorrento is a maze of alleys crammed with tiny shops selling Capodimonte porcelain, leather goods, linen tableware, lace, plus fashionable shops with designer clothes. The pavements are lined with lively cafes and bars, and it is a place which should be on everyone’s ‘To Do List’. The Church & Cloister of St. Francis, The Old Walls and the church of the Servants of Mary are a few of the historical main sites worth a visit. There are small villages outside of Sorrento which can be explored - S. Agata sui due Golfi, Sant’Agnello or Massa Lubrense; they give you...
27 June 2015
For many years I have wanted to visit the resort of Lake Bled in Slovenia. It’s not a destination people seem to be familiar with, or know where it’s located. Well I can hand on heart say it’s a fantastic holiday destination, very picturesque with much to see and do. Lake Bled is known as 'one of the pearls of Slovenia', 'the Lake with the only Slovenian island' and 'the fascinating medieval castle on the top of the hill' plus 'it’s the leading alpine tourist resort in Slovenia'. Slovenia is the smallest Country in Europe and...
06 April 2013
The Yorkshire Dales is a diverse and dramatic place worth exploring to retreat from the busy world. It has been a National Park since 1954, with each Dale having its own personality and mood. It can be wild and windswept or quietly tranquil. It includes some of the finest limestone scenery in the UK, from crags and pavements to an underground labyrinth of caves. Peaceful ancient woodland, gentle undulating hills, steep ascents and sharp drops, heather moorland tops, powerful rivers and wonderful spectacular waterfalls. Stone-built villages sit amongst traditional farming landscapes of field barns,...
22 December 2012
With snow falling as the coach made its way up the mountain road it was lovely to think that we would definitely be having a white Christmas for once. We stayed in Le Corbier in the French Alps. The nearest airports are Chambéry and Grenoble. The ski area of Les Sybelles covers 310 kilometres of slopes from 1300 metres to 2620 metres in altitude. With six ski resorts linked together it is the fourth biggest skiing area in France. The resort is a paradise for family holidays, as it’s an entirely pedestrianised resort with ski-in, ski-out access...
29 August 2012
Once you get into the Norwegian Fjords there is much to see from the cruise ship. The extensive archipelago and the majestic fjords make for highly varied scenery. Waterfalls cascade down the mountainsides, snow glitters on the mountain tops and lush green pastures and lovely small villages line the fjords. Fishing villages and apple orchards cling to the shoreline. This is a land of contrasts, from gentle and mild to rugged and wild, all natural and unspoilt. Below are some brief details on each port of call I visited. Bergen is known as the ‘gateway to the fjords’. A number...
21 June 2012
I was selected to attend a Wedding & Honeymoon educational trip to St Lucia with the St Lucia Tourist Board. The main aim of the week was to view hotels for the Honeymoon market and to look at some of the many lovely Wedding venues the island has to offer. It’s becoming more and more popular for couples to get married abroad, so it was a wonderful opportunity to see first hand why so many couples choose St Lucia for their Honeymoon or Wedding. During the week I visited 21 different hotels in the North & South...
12 October 2010
After working in travel for more years than I should mention, I was offered an unforgettable trip to Cyprus with Planet Holidays on their Wedding Educational. What better way to visit the ‘Island of Love’ than to look around the many venues and unusual places couples can get married at. The end of May, beginning of June and September/October are great months to visit Cyprus. July and August are too hot and very sticky. February tends to have the most rainfall, so pack your umbrella! Cyprus is a great destination during our winter months, so why not...
10 March 2010
After experiencing skiing in Tremblant a few years ago, I thought it was time to re-visit Canada and experience another fabulous ski resort. I went to Kimberley, the Bavarian city of the Rockies! Once a mining town and now a destination resort, Kimberely Alpine Resort is located in the Purcell Mountains, 4 km’s from the city of Kimberley, British Columbia. With beautiful sun and light Purcell powder snow Kimberley offers stunning scenery and a laid back, relaxed atmosphere that lets you make the most of your ski or snowboard getaway. I went on the 10th March 2010, and to...
07 December 2007
I was lucky enough to be offered a place on the Antigua and Barbuda wedding and honeymoon educational trip which was operated by the Antigua and Barbuda UK Tourist Office. The week was spent visiting the various hotels and villas, attending weddings and wedding fairs, and travelling around this beautiful island. I visited some idyllic wedding photograph locations and saw what Antigua really had to offer away from its 365 beaches! I found Antigua to have many venues and tranquil hideaways which would be perfect for a wedding, or a special occasion. I enjoyed meeting the many wedding co-ordinators...
15 February 2006
Northern Cyprus Northern Cyprus is unique – beautiful natural attractions, unspoilt coastlines and over nine thousand years of history. It’s one of those destinations which is off the beaten track (because all flights were indirect via Turkey). After more than three decades of relative isolation, recent EU legislation and a relaxation of the border controls between the North and South of the island have made it possible for you to freely use airports serving the Republic of Cyprus. Northern Cyprus is well worth a visit, and I would recommend you go before it gets too touristy. I found golden sandy...
20 February 2005
Onboard with Singapore Airlines we soon discovered why we’d paid a little extra to fly with one of the most charming and courteous airlines. 12,500 miles later we’d reached our destination New Zealand…. North Island We explored the North Island by car and stayed in hotels and youth hostels. Some of the main highlights were Auckland - a vibrant South Pacific city, perched between lush hills and glistening harbours. We drove North and discovered the Bay of Islands - famous for its subtropical climate, beautiful bays and beaches. We took a day trip from here with a boat trip...
Sent in by Susan Polhill
St Neots, Cambs, 22 October 2021
Always extremely helpful, prompt at replying and puts up with my dithering ??
Sent in by Kevin Fletcher
Near Oundle, Northants, 14 October 2021
Joanne has been great yet again.
Sent in by Keith Diggle
Nr Oundle, Northants, 12 October 2021
It’s all good!
Sent in by Laura Hurrell
Spalding, Lincolnshire, 09 October 2021
As always, an amazing service! No detail or support when booking is ever too much trouble. Thank you Joanne x
Sent in by Michael Staff
East Sussex, 08 October 2021
This service was highly recommended to me and I can now understand why. The service so far has been exemplary and very personalised which has given us confidence to move forward in booking to European trips in this difficult time. I would have no hesitation in recommending the services offered by Joanne Cowdery.
Sent in by Jacqueline Hall
Oakham, Rutland, 06 October 2021
Extremely helpful and knowledgeable about our request.
Sent in by Eleanor Harris
Sidcup, Kent, 29 September 2021
Friendly, reliable, trustworthy. Didn’t consider anyone else.
Sent in by Michael Snowdon
Nr Oundle, Northants, 27 September 2021
Joanne Cowdery is extremely helpful, conscientious and a knowledgeable person. Will always be booking with her.
Sent in by Elizabeth Crockford
West Sussex, 17 September 2021
Joanne Cowdery absolutely knows the travel industry, she is patient when I change my destination several times and always finds the perfect hotel for us. We always feel safe when booking through Joanne at Travel Counsellors - would always recommend.
Sent in by Ann Morris
Nr Huntingdon, Cambs, 14 September 2021
Joanne found holidays that I had been unable to locate, saving me a great deal of time searching. Thank you.
Sent in by Peter Bedell
Near Holt, Norfolk, 10 September 2021
Have had amazing service for many years! Hopefully, for many more years to come. Thank you Joanne.
Sent in by Keith Frost
Nr Peterborough, Cambs, 09 September 2021
We have used Joanne Cowdery for many holidays both small and large. She has been excellent in all that we have asked of her, especially over this difficult period of the pandemic, when we have chopped and change our arrangements. She has always done this with a friendly voice, nothing is too much trouble for her and we always feel we are her only clients because she makes you feel so comfortable when booking a holiday or simply asking her advice. We have recommended her to friends and they have received just the same first class treatment.
Sent in by John Morris
Bedfordshire, 02 September 2021
Brilliant from the initial query right through to booking, and my fiance and I are looking forward to discussing day trips with Joanne nearer the time. Thank you so much!
Sent in by Katherine Broadhurst
Cambridgeshire, 01 September 2021
Nothing to much trouble. Always so helpful with advice.
Sent in by Kate Crawley
Nr Oundle, Northants, 25 August 2021
Excellent, friendly and well informed as well as extremely efficient. Exact requirements were met and nothing was too much trouble in fine tuning the holiday. Highly recommended.
Sent in by Christopher Beesley
Birmingham, 17 August 2021
Joanne Cowdery has looked after me now for a number of years and has been wonderful. She makes holidays so easy and simple and ensures that one starts and ends trips relaxed and comfortable. Why anyone tries to arrange their own holidays, whether in this country or abroad is now beyond me! Many thanks.
Sent in by Clare Blundell
Nr Folkestone, Kent, 10 August 2021
Joanne is really helpful, thoughtful and patient. Have and will continue to recommend her.
Sent in by April Mills
Herne Bay, Kent, 06 August 2021
If there was a 10 plus you would get it from me Joanne.
Sent in by Glenda O'Reilly
Hertfordshire, 03 August 2021
Joanne is always very professional and helpful and finds just what we need.
Sent in by Timothy Newcombe
Sawtry, Cambridgeshire, 30 July 2021
We have received excellent friendly knowledgeable service. Superb recommendations and many memorable bespoke holidays made possible by Joanne’s passion enthusiasm and commitment to the travel and holiday sector. I have already recommended her to friends and family.
Sent in by Clifford Hickman
Halesowen, West Midlands, 23 July 2021
Joanne is always very helpful, and we are very happy that she organises our vacations. She obviously has a deep understanding of the Travel business and we will continue to ask for her help in the future.
Sent in by Brendon Kelly
Cambridgeshire, 23 July 2021
We always get fantastic service from Joanne. She really is committed to finding us the best deals and best locations within our request. Joanne is always available until the very end of your holiday. First class every step of the way.
Sent in by Roy Howes
Nr Peterborough, 09 July 2021
As always a very high standard of treatment by Joanne. She is the best ever. Thank you Joanne.
Sent in by David Morris
Nr Oundle, Northants, 09 July 2021
Always available and happy to help and answer any queries.
Sent in by Jenny Kirkbride
Salisbury, Wiltshire, 17 June 2021
I don't know how we ever managed our travel arrangements before we knew of Joanne. She is just the best person to arrange all your needs nothing is too much trouble, everyone should have a Joanne in their lives!!!
Sent in by Samantha Henson
Cambridge, 20 May 2021
Joanne has been a great help assisting us with booking our holiday for 2022 to Barbados. We were given all the information needed to make a decision and nothing was too much to ask for. If you are looking for great customer service, expert advice and guaranteed protection for your holiday then Joanne is the best person to turn to.
Sent in by Sally Tulley
York, 20 May 2021
I have recently been introduced to Joanne via my sister. She has assisted Helen on many holidays both in this country and abroad. I am to travel, hopefully, to America with my sister this summer and in the short time (just over a week) I've come to appreciate the care and attention Joanne takes in planning and then confirming all her support by email or whatever method is required. She is very responsive to any questions and is always very reassuring. A very good person to have at your side. I cannot see a time in the future when Joanne will not be the first person I contact for my travel plans. She's a pleasure to deal with.
Sent in by Julie McPherson
Ramsey, 20 April 2021
Joanne was absolutely brilliant, it didn't matter how many times we changed our minds about what exactly we wanted, Joanne was always very patient and there to help with good ideas.
Sent in by Sarah Williams
Clevedon , 16 April 2021
Joanne was recommended by a friend to help out with a holiday choice. With much uncertainty with COVID-19 affecting holidays, we decided late notice to look a family holiday in the South west of England. She identified our requirements and was very prompt with her suggestions. She was prompt and responsive. I would suggest/ recommend her to assist with holiday choices as she can offer the best options available, with minimum fuss.
Sent in by Alan Harding
Brimpton, 16 April 2021
As always we get very prompt and helpful service. When things go wrong she is especially attentive and goes the extra mile. Well done.
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.
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