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 please either fill in and send the form below or simply give me a call and I can get things started for you:-
Sent in by Richard Betts
Downham Market. Norfolk, 16 May 2019
Joanne has been fantastic. Delivering exactly what we were after. Nothing was too much trouble despite several changes of minds. We will definitely be using Joanne again. Many thanks.
Sent in by Kay Castle
Nr Oundle, Northants, 16 May 2019
Always very helpful !
Sent in by Joanna Manton
Cambridgeshire, 15 May 2019
Excellent advice and very prompt service!
Sent in by Susan Mack
Cambridgeshire, 15 May 2019
Joanne is always ready to help you with planning your holiday and always give you other ideas if the first ones dont work.
Sent in by Helen Gipson
Huntingdonshire, 07 May 2019
Fast and friendly service - thanks for your help so far.
Sent in by Andrew Poynter
Nr Oundle, Northamptonshire, 02 May 2019
Joanne was very understanding of our requirements and quickly provided us with options, from which we choose our ideal holiday. Would definitely recommend Joanne to friends and family.
Sent in by Cornelia Long
Nr Oundle, 25 April 2019
Joanne has arranged holidays for us in the past and we have just booked another one with her. Joanne is professional, knowledgeable, trustworthy, patient and always caters for our needs/wishes. I would definitely recommend Joanne’s services.
Sent in by Rebecca Laborne
Cambridgeshire, 22 April 2019
Excellent service, really prompt to respond and couldn't be more helpful.
Sent in by Deborah Martin
Lincolnshire, 22 April 2019
Excellent service and advise from Joanne again nothing is too much trouble.
Sent in by David Johnson
Goole, Yorkshire, 21 April 2019
Quick efficient service.
Sent in by Anne Harper
Raunds, Northamptonshire, 15 April 2019
Love the efficient, excellent and sensitive service.
Sent in by Gerry Barr
Oundle, 08 April 2019
We had a wonderful holiday and literally everything about it worked out really well. Have to say your input, knowledge and assistance prior to the cruise was invaluable and although this is the first time we have used your services we would definitely use (and recommend) you without hesitation. You helped our 50th. Anniversary go without a hitch.
Sent in by Roy Howes
Lincolnshire, 25 March 2019
Excellent personal service from Joanne as always. Thank you.
Sent in by Andrew Bank
Cambridge, 20 March 2019
Joanne is incredibly fast at responding to our requests and provides a number of options for us to choose from. I have recommended her services to a number of other companies and as well as work business Joanne has found us holiday accommodation as well.
Sent in by Emma Thompson
Belgium, 08 March 2019
Joanne is brilliant, offering great advice without being over-pushy. She is also very patient going through different options to find out what suits your budget and expectations. We have recommended her several times and will continue to do so.
Sent in by Mary Cowdery
Berkshire, 01 March 2019
Joane is a stickler for detail. She checks everything out, and when she is sure it is all OK she will check again just to make sure.. An excellent ambassador for Travel Counsellors.
Sent in by Kim Raisbeck
Nr Stamford, Lincs, 25 February 2019
I have recommended Joanne and my friend has used her to book 2 holidays.
Sent in by Catherine Earnshaw
London, 20 February 2019
Excellent service from Joanne. I have already recommended her to friends and would do so again. Thank you Catherine
Sent in by Helen Baxter
Waterbeach, Cambridgshire, 20 February 2019
We have always been very happy with the service Joanne has delivered for us. She is competent, conscientious and we value her opinion. We feel Joanne now knows us well as customers and makes the right choices/suggestions that have made all our trips so far very memorable.
Sent in by Anne Marshall
Nr Oundle, Northants, 19 February 2019
As expected very good service and will let you know how it all goes after next weekend. Thanks Anne
Sent in by Donna Hollund
Oundle, 14 February 2019
Fantastic, personal service. Thankyou so much.
Sent in by Mark Short
Rushden, Northants, 12 February 2019
Whenever the subject of booking a holiday comes up in conversation, I always mention the great experiences I had booking through Joanne Cowdery. She is never less than engaging, always polite and prompt in all my dealings with her. She has completely taken the hassle and 'faff' out of booking my holidays. I enjoy being able to arrange everything connected to booking it without leaving the house and Joanne makes that whole process really easy. She is a great asset to Travel Counsellors.
Sent in by Natasha Andrew
Nr Peterborough, 08 February 2019
I never stop recommending Joanne to everyone that mentions that they are looking to book a holiday!
Sent in by Luke Tomsett
Eastbourne, 08 February 2019
Joanne is literally the best most helpful person I have ever dealt with. I recommend her to everyone.
Sent in by Jennifer Polhill
London, 07 February 2019
I'd do a 11 out of 10 if I could.
Sent in by Anita Durban
Bedford, 06 February 2019
Always helpful and supportive.
Sent in by David Johnson
Goole, East Yorkshire, 05 February 2019
Quick efficient service.
Sent in by Richard Kelly
Cambridgeshire, 04 February 2019
If I could give 11 I would. Personal, professional service at its very best. When we talk to friends about holidays, Joanne always gets a mention. Would thoroughly recommend her services.
Sent in by Paul Larner
Nr Oundle, 25 January 2019
Joanne is highly professional, extremely helpful and can match online prices. I would highly recommend her.
Sent in by Clare Fuller
Cambridge, 24 January 2019
Joanne is fantastic - she has been able to offer advice and support even when we have changed our plans! I would highly recommend Joanne for her professionalism, knowledge and support. A big thank you!
With independent access to thousands of travel suppliers around the world, I've got an eye for added value. Take a look through my latest selections below. But even if nothing particularly catches your eye - don't worry! Let's chat and I'll take the hassle away from tailoring a perfectly personalised holiday just for you.
Contact me on 01832 238050
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...