I have been in the travel industry for over 25 years and have gained a wide range of experience and knowledge covering all types of travel, both leisure and business. With my expertise I offer a thorough, reliable and personal service to help make planning and booking your holiday or business trip an enjoyable experience.
My personal travel experiences have taken me to Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Mauritius, the Maldives, the Seychelles, India, San Francisco, New York, Florida, Canada including Niagara Falls, the Caribbean, Singapore, Hong Kong, Northern Cyprus, Sweden, Norway plus many more places all over the world. I have also been skiing in Canada, Finland, France and Italy. As I love walking and the great outdoors I have been on many Lakes and Mountains holidays to the Italian Lakes, the Austrian Alps and Lake Bled in Slovenia.
Here are a small selection of the range of holidays I sell:
• Ski & Snowboard Holidays
• Tailor-made / bespoke itineraries to suit your exact requirements
• Holidays to Florida or Disneyland Paris for that magical family holiday
• Continental Rail, hotels, flights
• City Breaks
I specialise in Honeymoon bookings and Weddings abroad. I can assist clients with their dream honeymoon or help plan their wedding abroad. With the Honeymoon Gift Registry Service from Travel Counsellors, wedding guests can contribute to the cost of the honeymoon.
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!
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Sent in by Denise Priestman
Tunbridge Wells, 19 February 2018
I just wanted to say a huge thank you for the brilliant holiday you have planned for us this month starting with the wedding in Melbourne followed buy the R&R in Thailand. It is not easy to work with 5 adults all with different requirements, idiosyncrasies and demands! It has been a dream working with you - your attention to detail is amazing, you call when you say you will and work calmly when we have changed our requirements for at least the 10th time! And to cap it all your quote was cheaper than the 3 other travel companies I talked to I have recommended you to many of my friends and will continue to do so. I look forward to “planning” with you again Joanne .
Sent in by John Cliff
Oundle, Northamptonshire, 06 February 2018
Joanne couldn't be more helpful if she tried!
Sent in by Alan Hoffmeister
Hampshire, 06 February 2018
Always a helpful, friendly and efficient service. A pleasure to deal with.
Sent in by Peter Bedell
Nr Holt, Norfolk, 03 February 2018
Joanne has been a superb ambassador for Travel Counsellors, we have been so grateful to her for her expertise when arranging and booking our trips. We have and will continue to recommend Joanne to friends and family.
Sent in by Lisa Bulbeck
Cambridgeshire, 02 February 2018
So far, Joanne has been patient and helpful with our booking experience. We have not booked a holiday in a long time and Joanne has removed a lot of the stress around having to book.
Sent in by Roy Howes
Cambridgeshire, 02 February 2018
As usual Joanne and Travel Counsellors come up spot on with our forthcoming holidays. Super personal service as always. Why go anywhere else when you can go to Joanne? I would recommend Joanne and Travel Counsellors to anyone without hesitation. Many thanks as always. (If possible I would give Joanne a top mark of 100)!
Sent in by Helen Hiscoke
Orkney Islands, 27 January 2018
Joanne is always so helpful even with difficult bookings that include all sorts of requests, she is cheerful and nothing is too much trouble.
Sent in by Michael Curry
Norfolk, 27 January 2018
Always knowledgeable and helpful. Never had a bad experience on any holidays arranged through Joanne.
Sent in by Carol Tomsett
East Sussex, 27 January 2018
We always try and recommend Joanne to our friends! She is the best!
Sent in by Caroline Stark
Rutland, 27 January 2018
We have recommended Joanne to several friends. As well as the friendly, professional and knowledgably service that Joanne provides she always goes that extra mile to make your holiday fabulous.
Sent in by David Tomsett
Lewes, 27 January 2018
We always recommend Joanne - she never fails to impress and sort us out with amazing holidays.
Sent in by Joanna Jesson
Market Harborough, 27 January 2018
Joanne is super, very pleasant very helpful, quite delightful. Very efficient and thorough. Always keeps her word and does what she promises and meets her own deadlines. She is very knowledgable and her travel experience really helps inform my choices. What I really appreciate is that she quickly learnt what I like and what I want. I can trust her to make great choices on my behalf.
Sent in by Susan Polhill
St Neots, Cambs, 23 January 2018
Joanne is always very helpful despite me changing my mind a lot. Several times now she has found a brilliant holiday for us and I always recommend her to friends and family.
Sent in by Lisa Simmons
Oundle, 19 January 2018
Bespoke personal service - you don’t get that by going to a shop. First class.
Sent in by Christine Peach
Cambridgeshire, 19 January 2018
Nothing is ever too much trouble for Joanne. Would always go to her first when considering any trips.
Sent in by Brendon Kelly
Cambridgeshire, 06 January 2018
Brilliant friendly efficient and delivers quickly and replies speedily. Deals with concerns effectively. Deserves every success.
Sent in by Natasha Andrew
Nr Peterborough, Cambs, 02 January 2018
I always recommend Joanne to friends and family.
Sent in by Steve Selves
Peterborough, 19 December 2017
Thank you Joanne for making Sally's birthday trip to Iceland so smooth and stress free. Everything you told us was accurate and your knowledge and understanding of the local area provided us with recommendations which we followed with confidence. We were not disappointed.
Sent in by Christopher Beesley
Birmingham, 11 December 2017
As ever, an excellent service and I'm most grateful to you, Joanne, for all of your help. Always a great pleasure to deal with you. Many thanks.
Sent in by Deborah Martin
Crowland, Lincolnshire, 11 December 2017
Wonderful service, have already recommended!
Sent in by Lorene Beaves
Amesbury, Salisbury, 28 November 2017
Joanne gives a first class service and sees our travel arrangements right through from enquiry through to all the paperwork arrangements and always contacts us to afterwards to make sure our experience was one we wouldn't forget. Joanne not only gives us the compkete package but to us the customer she is our complete package in a travel agent.
Sent in by Brendon Kelly
Cambridgeshire, 30 October 2017
Just wanted to say a huge thank you for organising our holiday to NY - the Best Western was superb, ideally located to nearly everything with wonderful, helpful staff. We had a fantastic time and this is in no small part to the part you played in arranging everything! Thank you once again!
Sent in by Cheryl Heasman
Cambridgeshire, 16 October 2017
Joanne is simply "the best" she's always a pleasure to book holidays, no stress, fantastic advice and we are NEVER disappointed. The attention to detail is really good. Thank you Joanne once again.
Sent in by Peter Turl
Holt, Norfolk, 10 October 2017
From day one the service we have received from Joanne has been first class.
Sent in by Steve Selves
Peterborough, 23 September 2017
Joanne was recommended to me and I contacted her with high expectations, I was not disappointed! She was very helpful and always prompt and professional in her responses. Thank you
Sent in by Mandy Davanna
Oundle, 22 September 2017
I would definitely use the service again to book my travel requirements and recommend to my friends and family. A stress free travel service, with a really competitive price.
Sent in by David Braithwaite
Wokingham, Berkshire, 16 September 2017
As usual Joanne pulled out all the stops to arrange our next ski holiday. She always listens to the customer to understand their requirements and delivers sensible and detailed results. We've used her a lot and have recommended her to lots of others who have had equally good experiences. She's great.
Sent in by Keith Wood
Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex, 13 September 2017
Thank you for your huge effort in making our holiday to Canada so perfect. Everything went brilliantly and this definitely helped to create a holiday of a lifetime for all of us. We did so much each day and have so many lovely memories. Many thanks again we really did appreciate all your efforts.
Sent in by Joseph Wells
Earl Shilton, Leicestershire, 04 September 2017
Very impressed with the service Joanne gives always more than helpful.
Sent in by Elaine Alsop
St Albans, 11 August 2017
Joanne is very friendly, helpful and knowledgable person.
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.
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...