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.
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 Deborah Martin
Lincolnshire, 17 December 2018
As you know we arrived home yesterday. Anyway the reason for my email is to say a very big thank you from us all. We have had the most amazing holiday, everything was just perfect. We will treasure the memories from this celebration holiday forever, it really did exceed all of our expectations. From the excitement and buss of New York to the peace and beauty of New England it was just perfect. The personal messages and gifts we received from you added a very special personal touch. Thank you Joanne for your help and patience and for your exceptional knowledge and organisation skills. You have been a star throughout.
Sent in by Rebecca Rayner
Cambridgeshire, 16 December 2018
Joanne Cowdery does a super job! A real rarity. A godsend.
Sent in by Claire Awang
West Sussex, 15 December 2018
Very helpful and very understanding that sometimes plans need to be changed.
Sent in by Jane Wozencroft
Nr Peterborough, 06 December 2018
We have just returned from an amazing trip to the Seychelles organised by Joanne. In the planning Joanne listened to our list of ideas and requirements and then put together a trip that ensured we experienced a holiday to remember. Joanne was and is always available to answer any queries promptly, will find the answers to any random questions you may have and takes a personal as well as professional interest in ensuring that from start to finish the holiday will be just what you wanted. We would like to keep Joanne a secret, but that would be unfair to anyone else who would like the assistance of a talented Travel Counsellor!
Sent in by Peter Bedell
Nr Holt, Norfolk, 04 December 2018
Over the years we have had fantastic service from Joanne and would not use any other Counsellor. Yes we have recommended Joanne to friends and family and will continue to do so.
Sent in by Ruth Catlett
Lincoln, 29 November 2018
Used Joanne for years and always done us a great service.
Sent in by John Price
Bedfordshire, 23 November 2018
Have recommended Joanne many times and will continue to do so, excellent service over many years.
Sent in by Christopher Beesley
Birmingham, 21 November 2018
Stunning service - Joanne takes all of the hassle out of booking holidays and does so in such a way that one feels as if the holiday has already started. I can't thank her enough.
Sent in by Lorene Beaves
Salisbury, 14 November 2018
We would most certainly and without hesitation, recommend Joanne to any family or friends wishing to enjoy a hassle free holiday. Being able to talk with Joanne directly ensures that all your needs, timings and paperwork are all safely covered. Making you with nothing to do but enjoy your adventure. That is first class service.
Sent in by Glenda O'Reilly
Hertfordshire, 13 November 2018
We were delighted with Joanne's help and probably wouldn't have found our trip without her.
Sent in by Mandy Davanna
Oundle, 29 October 2018
I had a fabulous time at the Ryder Cup - pefect and hassle free hotel and flight planning for Joanne to make is stress free.
Sent in by Geoffrey Henson
Huntingdonshire, 26 October 2018
Straight forward answers to question within 24 hours of asking. Thank you.
Sent in by David Braithwaite
Wokingham, Berkshire, 11 October 2018
We do recommend Joanne to friends and family and will continue to do so! She’s simply excellent.
Sent in by Philippe Newby
Rutland, 26 September 2018
Joanne provides a knowledgable and efficient service.
Sent in by Janet Edwards
East Sussex, 21 September 2018
Joanne is always very attentive and is able to give advice and answer any questions that we have about our travel plans.
Sent in by Dipak Basu
Gloucestershire, 19 September 2018
Highly impressed with Joanne's help, co-operation, quick service and friendly attitude.
Sent in by Carolyn Walsh
Nr Oundle, 14 September 2018
Joanne found holidays that I had not found during my own online searches, one of which perfectly fitted my holiday needs. So much easier than spending days looking I will just talk to Joanne in future.
Sent in by Tara Sarkar
West Sussex, 13 September 2018
We found Joanne very attentive and very informative.
Sent in by Gerrard Barr
Oundle, 12 September 2018
Joanne was excellent, extremely helpful and knowledgeable. She answered every question and over a number of days made every adjustment we asked for. This is our first time using a personal Travel Counsellor but I have no doubt we will use her again in the future.
Sent in by Cynthia Weeks
Bognor Regis, 10 September 2018
Joanne has responded to all our wishes in a timely and professional manner. The planned holiday has been organised at the last minute, despite this we were given 3 different styles of accommodation to choose from. Joanne has also organised our transfer from the airport to hotel.
Sent in by Laura Hurrell
Nr Spalding, Lincs, 04 September 2018
I would score Joanne a 11 if it was there- her personalised service, approach and dedication to every single trip, however big or small is the best around! We wouldn't book through anyone else!
Sent in by Roy Howes
Nr Peterborough, 31 August 2018
A wonderful experience as always. After several years now Joanne continually comes up with the goods. We are able to tap into all her experience which in turn ends up with a well put together holiday. Thank you as ever Joanne for all your help. We look forward to our next adventure!
Sent in by Shibani Basu
London, 30 August 2018
You are excellent. Thanks.
Sent in by Helen Hiscoke
Orkney Islands, 13 August 2018
Joanne has helped us for many years and we do recommend her to friends and family. Helpful cheerful assistance in everything she does.
Sent in by Judith Todd
Nr Uckfield, East Sussex, 09 August 2018
Not only would I recommend Joanne Cowdrey to my friends but I do constantly!
Sent in by Raewyn Carter
New Zealand, 02 August 2018
Very helpful and obliging.
Sent in by Ashish Dasgupta
Cambridge, 31 July 2018
Joanne is very good at what she does. I have recommended her to a few friends already and am pleased to say that they have all used services from Joanne.
Sent in by Keith Dixon
Oundle, 27 July 2018
Very fast efficient service, all with a smile!
Sent in by Cressida Roberts
Eastbourne, 27 July 2018
I have recommended Joanne to friends and family and she has helped me either arrange or try to arrange holidays for a few years now - first class service always! Thank you Joanne
Sent in by Cheryl Heasman
Cambridgeshire, 23 July 2018
Joanne never fails to get it right. We have just booked a short break in September in Lisbon and we can’t thank Joanne enough for her patience in sorting us all out and for finding us the right place to stay.
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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.
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...
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...
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...