I am Joanne Cowdery a unique travel agent based at home in the Oundle area with over 30 years’ experience in the travel industry, 12 years of which is with Travel Counsellors. My NPS is 100% which reflects the wonderful service I provide. With my expertise I offer a thorough, reliable and personal service to help make planning and booking your holiday or business trip an easy, efficient and enjoyable experience.
Everything I book is 100% financially protected through the Travel Counsellors Trust. I use award winning technology to tailor-make travel arrangements to the clients exact requirements. I am always more than happy to make suggestions if I believe I can enhance the client’s travel ideas.
My personal travels have taken me to Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Mauritius, the Maldives, the Seychelles, South America, India, USA, Canada, many Caribbean islands, Singapore, Hong Kong, Northern Cyprus, Sweden, Norway plus many more places. 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, Peru and Lake Bled in Slovenia. I am walking the Yorkshire Three Peaks in April and the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in September.
However big or small your travel arrangements, complicated or easy, always do ask me for a quote. I love tailor-making / bespoke itineraries to suit your exact requirements. Here are a few destination ideas which are popular – Jordan, Peru, Argentina, Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Hawaii, California, Canada, Borneo, Australia and New Zealand.
Here is a small selection of the arrangements I sell:
Ski & Snowboard Holidays
River Cruises, Hotels, Flights, Private Transfers, City Breaks
Birthday and Wedding Anniversary surprises which can range from a theatre break in London to a holiday to Mauritius!
I also specialise in Honeymoon bookings and Weddings abroad. I understand how important these travel arrangements are to a couple. With the Honeymoon Gift Registry Service from Travel Counsellors, wedding guests can contribute to the cost of the honeymoon. This is popular with many couples as often they don’t want a traditional wedding gift list.
I offer exceptional customer service from start to finish; have a read of ‘My customer stories’ to see what my clients have said about me.
I enjoy a challenge so whether you wish to attend the Sumo wrestling championships in Japan or you want to feed the Orang-utans in Borneo, do get in touch!
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.
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 Alan Thompson
Nr Tyne and Wear, 19 February 2020
Very helpful and respond quickly to queries.
Sent in by Gary Ingrey
Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, 19 February 2020
Joanne takes the stress out of holiday planning from the complicated long holiday to the simple booking of flights. There is always ample choices given and each one has a flavour to it that makes everything interesting. I cannot recommend Joanne to highly, she has helped my wife and I on numerous occasions and with the added bonus that when on your holiday she is just a phone call away should you have any issues or concerns.
Sent in by Catherine Earnshaw
London, 14 February 2020
Always brilliant attention to our requests and energy and enthusiasm put in to finding us ideal solutions. Thank you
Sent in by Sean Nester
Near Stockholm, Sweden, 13 February 2020
Joanne is a star had a delayed flight which got cancelled BA nightmare got me a flight when BA Sweden could not, within half an hour absolutely brilliant very calm does exactly what it says on the tin.
Sent in by Kathleen Speichert
Nr Stamford, Lincolnshire, 13 February 2020
Very fast and professional service. I was well impressed.
Sent in by Alison Coutts
Nr Oundle, Northants, 07 February 2020
Joanne is the best kind of travel counsellor - passionate about travel - hers...and yours! She has a depth of experience, first hand from her own travel, and of the ever changing scene of the travel market. Joanne is friendly and helpful, going the extra mile to get what you want at the best price. And she was patient too when plans changed and she had to start again :). Always go to someone who loves their job, and she does.
Sent in by Joanne Pointer
St Ives, Cambridgeshire, 07 February 2020
Joanne is amazing so helpful and friendly would recommend her time after time.
Sent in by Heather Smith
Nr Thatcham, Berkshire, 07 February 2020
Joanne could not have been more helpful.
Sent in by Peter Bedell
Nr Holt, Norfolk, 04 February 2020
My wife and I have had fantastic service from Joanne over the years, for which we are extremely grateful.
Sent in by Christopher Heygate Goddard
Oakham, Rutland, 01 February 2020
I would have great pleasure in highly recommending the service and advice of Joanne Cowdery. She was extremely helpful when I was making my travel arrangements for a holiday this Summer. I very much appreciated her expertise,her courtesy and her knowledge.
Sent in by Antonio Lloret-Bevan
Rayleigh, Essex, 08 January 2020
Great service and polite manners. All good for me. Thank you.
Sent in by Bernard Reading
Nr Oundle, 30 December 2019
Joanne was most helpful and coped with great patience to arrive at our final outcome.
Sent in by Linda Frost
Nr Peterborough, 21 December 2019
Over the past few years we have used Travel Counsellor (Joanne Cowdery). We have always had excellent service from her and she is meticulous in her planning. We had a big holiday planned in South America this year. She arranged everything, which included several hotels and internal flights and tour guides. Everything went like ‘clockwork’. When one flight was cancelled we were contacted by a local rep who arranged new flights for us. We can’t recommend her highly enough. Each and every one of our holidays has been excellently arranged and left us completely stress free which has then allowed us to enjoy the experiences which we were hoped for. Would highly recommend Travel Counsellors and in particular Joanne Cowdery.
Sent in by Nicola Wills
Nr Kettering, 13 December 2019
Have already recommended Joanne which has resulted in a booking!
Sent in by Andrew Bank
Cambridge, 11 December 2019
Joanne is very quick at responding to our requests and always provides at least two options to choose from different airlines and flight routing. I have recommended her to other friends and business associates.
Sent in by Roy Howes
Nr Peterborough, 11 December 2019
As always a first class service by Joanne. All sorted for three holidays in 2020. Joanne has looked after us for over 10 years now and the service just gets better. No complaints with Travel Counsellors. Thank you Joanne for always looking after us yet again. We'll be back I promise.
Sent in by Mark Short
Rushden, Northamptonshire, 09 December 2019
Joanne remains warm and approachable; her communication is always timely and clear, & I always feel able to ask any questions I may have knowing I'll get a prompt response. I enjoy booking through Joanne as she always takes the hassle out of booking to go abroad, making the whole process as painless as possible. Thanks for a consistently great service :-)
Sent in by John Cliff
Oundle, 05 December 2019
Always get top quality, helpful, attentive service from Joanne.
Sent in by Stephen English
Northamptonshire, 26 November 2019
This booking is our first using Joanne but we found her very professional and knowledgeable.
Sent in by Sandra Digney
Cambridge, 26 November 2019
We always get excellent service from Joanne and I can highly recommend her!
Sent in by Joseph Wells
Earl Shilton, Leicestershire, 21 November 2019
I have used Joanne for many years and have always received excellent service .
Sent in by Carol Tomsett
Nr Lewes, East Sussex, 14 November 2019
Joanne is the only travel agent we would use - experienced, friendly, professional and extremely patient.
Sent in by Kathyrn Morris
Barton Seagrave, Northamptonshire, 14 November 2019
Joanne has been fantastic. From our initial conversation through to booking our trip, I feel she has really listened to our requirements and has gone out of her way to ensure all of the details of our holiday are perfect. I have already recommended her to a number of people and will continue to do so.
Sent in by Jeffrey Barnes
Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, 14 November 2019
Excellent service with a smile.
Sent in by Christopher Beesley
Birmingham, 21 October 2019
Such perfect service and Joanne knows without asking, my preferences for any trip. She makes going on holiday so tremendously easy. Many thanks to her.
Sent in by John Kirkbride
Near Salisbury, Wiltshire, 21 October 2019
Always pleasant, cheerful, helpful and a constant professional.
Sent in by Sarah Steel
Nr Alton, Hampshire, 15 October 2019
Joanne provides great service every time, professional and friendly, she does all the hard work, we just enjoy the holiday!
Sent in by Susan Polhill
St Neots, Cambridgeshire, 06 October 2019
Joanne has organised several holidays for me and my family and I would always recommend her personal service. Brilliant.
Sent in by John Kirkbride
Salisbury, Wiltshire, 06 October 2019
Always pleasant, cheerful, helpful and a constant professional.
Sent in by Georgina Coles
St Albans, Hertfordshire, 06 October 2019
Couldn't have been more helpful.
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 01832 238050