Hello, my name is Karen and I live in Ashford, Kent with my husband, and would like to thank you for taking the time to visit my webpage.
Ever since my first school trip to Paris aged 10, I have had a passion for travel. I have enjoyed seeing new places, cultures, sharing experiences and making many wonderful memories along the way.
I have been fortunate enough to visit many destinations in the Caribbean, Baltic, Mediterranean, Africa and Europe. I have been lucky enough to see the Northern Lights in Lapland, swim with dolphins and stingrays in the Caribbean, go on safari in Africa, but have been equally fulfilled relaxing on a beach!
I have been on numerous skiing holidays and more recently got the cruising bug which has opened up a whole new world of seeing cities around Europe, Russia and also completing the transatlantic crossing to the Caribbean.
My most memorable destination will have to be Chateau Lake Louise in the Rocky Mountains, Canada because I got married here in the ice castle on the frozen lake!
I know how precious time is to everyone! That is where I can assist in organising every aspect of your travel arrangements for you, whether it is a short haul flight, a UK break or a bespoke holiday of a lifetime. You can also be confident in the knowledge that you will be 100% financially protected through Travel Counsellors Financial Trust and ATOL.
I am available anytime when convenient to you, to discuss your travel arrangements, nothing will be too much trouble. With over 30 years of experience in customer service, I pride myself on meticulous attention to detail and the highest level of professional and personal service.
I look forward to hearing from soon and to discuss your travel plans!
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.
11 December 2019
Looking out through the wet windscreen on an early December morning, crawling along the motorway counting the cones to pass the time. A quick look on the phone and the TC app says only 3 hours until our flight and then a check of the weather, 30°c with slight chance of a shower (warm rain!) The Dominican Republic is only 8 hours away. The same amount of time as a normal working day but with a better ending! Landing in Punta Cana at sunset was wonderful, as the doors opened and the topical heat filled the cabin, we knew we were...
29 November 2019
Ever wondered about a Warner’s Leisure break? Coach loads of retirees looking for a quiet location, lots of food, an afternoon tea dance with tunes from days gone by. Well that’s what I thought it would be anyway! My parents wanted to go to celebrate their 75th birthdays, so we booked a four-day trip to Hayling Island on the south coast near Portsmouth for one of their Turkey and Tinsel weekends, as Christmas was just around the corner. What to pack? Not having a clue of what to expect I went for what I would take on a mini cruise,...
28 September 2019
We had an early flight from Heathrow to Vienna on Austrian Airlines, whom I had never flown with before, but was very impressed with. The plane was spacious, and the staff were very friendly. On arrival in Vienna we had a short transfer to the ship, The Amadeus Queen. A few minutes to drop our luggage into our cabins and then we were off into the centre of Vienna for a couple of hours walking tour. A beautiful city but 2 hours was certainly not long enough, but it just gave us a taster, I would love to go back. On...
08 July 2019
Meanwhile back on the ship, the rest of the family happily carried on cruising. Here are the tales from the family: All of the family went to The Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show in Ketchikan and said it is a must see. The history of the logging towns bought to life with real lumberjacks, Axe throwing, Pole climbing, Log running and speed cutting with chainsaws. There are many wonderful excursions from this cruise and whale watching is always a favourite, some of the family did this. Depending on the time of year different whales and other creatures can be seen....
07 July 2019
As we got all the bags packed into two taxis to pick up the BC Ferries Connector coach to head back to Vancouver to the Cruise Terminal, memories of the past few days were discussed and the excitement of what was to come was evident. The expression of wonder on the children’s faces as we approached The Royal Princess, was another memory to cherish. 142,229 Tonnes, 1,083 feet long, 217 feet tall, 19 decks and 3,560 Guests, 1,346 Crew and most important, free ice cream for them all week! For the first time on a ship of this size...
02 July 2019
A trip of a lifetime to celebrate a 50th wedding anniversary With family across two continents, not knowing where the party should be, the grey skies of the UK or the sun scorched African plains. I spoke to my sister and she said “just ask mum” so that I did! The decision was Canada and Alaska! Organising Mum and Dad - easy, getting my sister and family from Zambia to Alaska - a little more effort! A special trip deserves some iconic moments so what better way to start a holiday of a life-time than landing in Vancouver and spending the first night...
15 June 2019
Once in Male the seaplane check in desks are right outside the arrivals area. We were met and taken there to check in our luggage and then taken on a 10-minute bus ride to the seaplane terminal. The seaplane experience itself was amazing. It only seats 13 people, is a little cosy and noisy, but the views were absolutely stunning. Niyama Private Island is spread over 2 islands, Play and Chill connected by a little bridge. Once again we received a very warm welcome and were taken to our amazing beach pool villa by our own personal Thakuru (butler). The room...
12 June 2019
You can either fly direct from London, which is a 10-hour flight, alternatively, if you wish to break the journey up you could opt for an indirect flight. We took an indirect flight via Dubai with only a 1 ½ hours layover. You arrive in Male where you either pick up your speedboat or seaplane transfer or a domestic flight. The first destination we stayed at was Anantara Dhigu. After being warmly greeted at the airport we were taken to our speed boat which seats about 35 people, and then driven ‘James Bond’ style for about 40 minutes to the island....
30 May 2019
For me, the excitement and anticipation of the new Celebrity Cruises ship ‘Edge’ at the Travel Counsellors annual conference back in November 2018. Despite being launched around the same time, it wasn’t until May that she reached the UK – six months later - and I was one of the lucky ones to get the chance to go on-board to have a look round. It was an early pick up on the Wednesday morning to get us to the cruise terminal in Southampton to board Edge, but it was most definitely worth it. She is a beautiful ship, different to...
13 April 2019
For my husband's birthday we spent a few days with lovely friends who live in the south east of Sicily, in the hills between Siracusa and Noto. Sicily is a fascinating island, the largest in the Mediterranean, with a mild climate, colourful history and a wealth of visitor attractions. The first couple of days we spent relaxing at their house, enjoying the beautiful scenery and walking the dogs. We then all took a little road trip to the north of the island to the beautiful town of Cefalu. We drove through the spectacular central regions of Sicily, passing majestic...
06 March 2019
Our first task was to create costumes for my niece and nephew for their show jumping show which took place during our first weekend. The theme was movies. My nephew decided that he wanted to be Maverick from Top Gun and my niece wanted to be one of the pink ladies from Grease. It was a team effort, my sister, my mother in law and my husband set to work to transform a horse into a fighter jet and to make a fighter pilots costume for my nephew. The effort was very worthwhile as they came first! My niece’s costume...
20 February 2019
A few days in Doha, Qatar - Karen Dormady An early start, arriving at Heathrow at 5.30am to catch a flight to Doha for a busy but amazing few days. It was my first flight with Qatar Airways, and I can honestly say that it was the best experience in economy class that I have ever had. I was very lucky to be staying at the Grand Hyatt hotel which is on the shoreline of the West Bay Lagoon district. The hotel has a beautiful 400-metre private beach, indoor and outdoor pools and a lovely spa. Our first morning started with a...
03 January 2019
A beautifully calm evening sailing out of Southampton on board Celebrity Silhouette. On our first evening we were treated to a delicious meal in the main restaurant. We then all headed to the Karaoke bar for a fun evening. Our first day was at sea, spent ‘in the classroom’ learning everything there was to know about Celebrity Cruises and what it has to offer. The different classes of ship, amenities, facilities for couples, families and the kids club, dining options/venues, entertainment etc. In the evening we enjoyed a fabulous show in the theatre. The following day we were docked in Vigo, Spain...
02 September 2018
The summer holidays are over and soon everyone will be talking about C……..! Which for me is a great reminder of one of our fantastic trips to Lapland. On this occasion there were 24 of us on our annual group skiing holiday! We had two cosy, adjoining catered chalets in the woods, each with a log fire and a sauna. It wasn’t until we had the meet and greet with our reps, that we realised that there were so many other activities to do in Lapland other than ski! We did ski every day, but not all day as we usually...
12 July 2018
After a very comfortable flight in Business Class we arrived in Baltimore, where we were met by our host and taken to our hotel, The Lord Baltimore. This is an historic hotel in the downtown area. The rooms are spacious, with a good-sized bathroom, plenty of storage space and very comfortable beds! After a quick change we headed up to its Sky Bar on the top of the building for a cheeky cocktail and a delicious snack whilst admiring the views of the city. Next morning, we were taken for breakfast at Iron Rooster. Wow - there was so much choice...
03 May 2018
After an early flight from Stanstead to Hamburg, where I met one of my colleagues, and then a couple of hours on a coach through the beautiful German countryside, we arrived in Bremerhaven early afternoon, where The Beautiful Norwegian Bliss was waiting for us. Norwegian Cruise Lines had only taken delivery of her at 9.30am that very morning! We stepped on board and the first thing that I noticed was that ‘new’ smell – how lucky were we to be in the first group of passengers on board. We found our cabin and, of course, we were going to be the...
23 March 2018
Our friends have progressed from kayak to dingy to a small touring sailing boat and now they are lucky enough to have a 30-foot sailing yacht. Having been out with them for a couple of exciting trips around the north Kent coast and across the Thames to Essex, although the Kent coast is a beautiful area to sail, there was a certain appeal of a flotilla holiday in the Mediterranean around the Greek islands! On one of these trips a plan was hatched, possibly with the help of a few glasses of wine! The plan was put into action...
15 February 2018
The winter snows may be melting away, but the fond memories of snow-capped mountains are never far from my mind. For many years I have always wondered if I can still fit into my stylish ski wear and every year I manage it, just! Some of the best holidays have been with our close friends whether it has been a small family group with the niece and nephew or to the epic group holidays of 24+. There is something magical about the cold crisp air biting at your extremities that makes these holidays something different from the norm. When in a...
02 February 2018
How time flies – it only seems a couple of months ago that we were enjoying cruising around the Med. We flew out to beautiful Malta to meet our P&O ship Oceana, where glorious warm sunny weather greeted us. We were soon on board, unpacked and it wasn’t too long before we were enjoying our first drink out on deck admiring the beautiful port of Valletta. My husband was soon reminiscing about his ‘lads’ diving holiday he had enjoyed many years ago, however this was going to be a completely different experience as we had our parents in tow! During our...
Sent in by Lindsey Peddle
Ashford, 17 June 2021
Always a fantastic service from Karen, very informative and incredibly helpful with any queries.
Sent in by Lindsey Peddle
Ashford, 17 June 2021
Always a fantastic service from Karen very informative and incredibly helpful with any queries.
Sent in by E Summers
Folkestone, 24 May 2021
Karen goes the extra mile and then some! Takes all the hard work away from us. Highly recommend.
Sent in by Marjorie Clare
Warrington, 16 May 2021
I have spent a lot of time over the weekend trying to find suitable family accommodation for a few days in 2 weeks time with no luck . I contacted Karen and I couldn’t believe after giving her few details how she found the perfect place for us all . I wished I’d contacted her earlier . Thanks to Karen for such a personal and professional service . She’s a delight to talk to . If you want great service and someone to take the stress of trying to book a holiday I would certainly recommend Karen .
Sent in by T Smith
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, 19 April 2021
We would like to thank Karen for the amazing service she has provided to help us rearrange the cruise that we had booked this summer and had been cancelled by the cruise line. She showed patience and determination in trying to get hold of the provider and secure a cruise for us for next year. She has also arranged a week in a hotel in England for this summer which was not easy during lockdown and required a lot of time and persistence on her part to try and speak to a member of staff. We have never had a travel agent who has been so committed to their job and worked so hard to deliver such a caring and efficient service. She has consistently delivered on her promises and exceeded our expectations.
Sent in by Rachel Feeley
Battle, 29 January 2020
I was recently struggling to book some flights and Karen was a fantastic help. She found the specific flights I needed and booking them with her was so simple. Karen always takes great care and attention from enquiry to booking.
Sent in by Gillian Galletly
Woodhall Spa, 26 January 2020
Karen has done a super job of finding me flights to Australia so promptly, always ready to help no matter what time of day. She is a real treasure.
Sent in by Conor Walisko
Lusaka, Zambia, 19 January 2020
I recently had to move a booking forward for a family emergency, Karen moved heaven and earth to make sure I was able to travel as fast as I needed to. Can not thank her enough. It really is a personal experience with Travel Counsellors !!
Sent in by T Samworth
Ashford, 21 November 2019
Karen offers a fantastic professional service. I would highly recommend her to all my friends and family.
Sent in by A Moon
Dover, 18 November 2019
Karen was brilliant and we would not hesitate to ask for her help again.
Sent in by Richard Luker
Woodchurch, Kent, 18 November 2019
Very professional and very helpful.
Sent in by Maxine Stephenson
Staplehurst, 09 November 2019
Karen was very helpful and has booked our perfect cruise hassle free. We are looking forward to booking through Karen for future holidays.
Sent in by S Godden
Marden, Tonbridge, 04 November 2019
Karen was wonderful. She made the whole experience extremely easy and stress free. I will most definitely be contacting Karen for any future holiday decisions and bookings I make.
Sent in by D Whipp
Swindon, 03 October 2019
Karen has consistently provided a level of personal service above and beyond any that we have experienced in many years of travel. We will continue to recommend her to our friends and family without hesitation.
Sent in by Pippa Hammond
Cirencester , 18 September 2019
I was recommended Karen through a friend, this was a blessing. Karen has a lot of knowledge and good advice to give, nothing was too much trouble and she spent a lot of time explaining everything we needed to know as 1st time cruisers. The App is amazing and simple to use as are all the links and information that Karen has sent us. I am total relaxed, excited and confident about our first cruise next year. Thank you Karen we will definitely be using you for our safari holiday one day!
Sent in by Esme Beardwell
Ashford, 09 September 2019
Karen has booked us an amazing honeymoon, which we can't wait to go on. Such a stress free experience! We will definitely recommend Karen to friends and family. Thank you for all you have done! Couldn't wish for anyone better or kinder to arrange our honeymoon and help us!
Sent in by Frank Chambers
DEAL, Kent, UK, 31 August 2019
On Thursday night (29th August) I emailed Karen for help to arrange a flight booking to the USA for a business client visit in 2 weeks time.I happily expected her to follow this up with me the following morning, I Was Wrong! Within 30 minutes of my email (At 9 pm that night!) Karen replied with a list of key considerations for my travel. These were followed up the following morning and my flight was booked! Karen saved me hours of searching giving me the morning back to work! Fantastic service Thanks Karen! I will definitely be a returning customer. Frank Chambers Director Inhalytic Ltd
Sent in by J King
Chippenham, 27 August 2019
Karen was both very efficient and helpful. I would have no problem in recommending her to friends.
Sent in by J Newcomb
Dartford, 21 August 2019
Karen is first class and I would recommend her to anyone needing a break.
Sent in by R Heathcote
Burwash, 06 August 2019
Excellent first class service, any request for information is always without delay and gives great satisfaction to arranging a holiday, journey or flight. The information is always clear by phone and followed up by email. Great service.
Sent in by Pat Ross
Wiltshire, 16 July 2019
Very impressed by Karen’s friendly, professional service, nothing too much trouble. Would highly recommend.
Sent in by Judith Daffforn
Tonbridge, 20 June 2019
Karen dealt with our booking very well, with a friendly approach, expertly dealing with our requests and questions. The whole experience was dealt with quickly and efficiently, we wouldn't hesitate in recommending Karen to friends and family.
Sent in by Alex Rawlinson
Ashford, 05 June 2019
We arrived back from a 10 day Canary island cruise. We sailed out and in to Southampton on the Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas. Karen was amazing from the very beginning, helping us choose the ideal cruise whilst sticking within our budget. We've had an amazing time and thoroughly enjoyed the cruising experience. We will definitely be booking another one as soon as we can. We highly recommend Karen to do this for us and anyone else, she provides a truly exceptional service.
Sent in by G Wright
Burwash, 10 May 2019
Very willing to help with anything we asked.
Sent in by S Gregson
Whitstable, 07 May 2019
Very professional and personal service.
Sent in by S Atherton
Lewes, East Sussex, 28 March 2019
It was such an easy experience from start to finish, friendly, informative and professional. We would recommend Karen without hesitation.
Sent in by A Walker
Swindon, 20 March 2019
Once again, Karen has provided an exemplary level of service. Excellent attention to detail and excellent communication throughout booking. The service we have received from Karen (as a Travel Counsellor supported fully by the Travel Counsellors team) exceeds many recent booking experiences with some other travel companies.
Sent in by C O'Neill
Hertfordshire, 19 March 2019
Karen was super helpful and very efficient. Flexible about times when she was available to speak to me, and great at providing me with a range of options which might suit my needs - without pressuring me to choose any particular one. Great service!
Sent in by Christine Lucien
Sittingbourne, 11 March 2019
Karen was very friendly, professional and made herself available when we had questions about our trip. Very much appreciated.
Sent in by Paul Pontone
Sicily, 07 March 2019
Excellent personal service. Karen paid attention to every detail and demonstrated admirable levels of patience whilst putting together all the elements of our holiday package.
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 01233 380016