Thank you for visiting my page. I’m Kate Self and I’m a Travel Counsellor based in Winchester, Hampshire. I’ve worked in the travel industry for over 16 years, starting out as an agent in a leading high street travel agency before joining Travel Counsellors.
I’ve been fortunate to visit many countries including: Australia, South Africa, North America, Canada, Jamaica, St Lucia, the Dominican Republic, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Borneo, Thailand, plus a host of destinations in Europe and closer to home. This travel experience enables me to offer you a world of personal knowledge and recommendations.
Being located close to Southampton, I’ve travelled by cruise ship to breath-taking destinations. I regularly take advantage of ship visits, so I can offer my clients considering cruise holidays first-hand knowledge of the ships and their itineraries.
All countries have their own history, diversity and culture which is what makes travel so enriching. Each trip becomes a personal discovery. Some of my most memorable experiences include walking hand-to-trunk with elephants in South Africa, cuddling koalas in Australia, being eye-to-eye with an orangutan in Borneo and standing at the foot of a glacier in the Norwegian Fjords.
Not only am I passionate about my job, I’m dedicated to it. I enjoy doing the research to give my clients competitive options with reliable suppliers coupled with a bespoke personal service. You’re my number one priority, so if you hit a snag on your travels or have a holiday hiccup, I’m on standby to smooth the way and get your vacation back on track.
I’m 100% independent with access to hundreds of suppliers and an array of cruise liners, so whether you’re planning a long-haul holiday, honeymoon, ocean or river cruise, a winter ski trip, a short UK break or a relaxing ‘get-away-from-it-all’ beach vacation; I’m here to help you find the holiday that’s tailored to your needs. Once you’ve chosen your destination, I plan and make all the arrangements, so you don’t have to.
What’s important to me is finding you the holiday of your dreams and taking the stress and time out of the whole experience. We can meet when it’s convenient for you and there’s no consultation fee. Your holiday is fully-protected against supplier failure by ATOL and the Travel Counsellors Financial Trust.
I can also offer a bespoke approach to your business travel needs, whether it is a simple flight only or accommodation, car hire, airport parking and transfers, I can arrange it all and being there when you need me with the support of our 24hr emergency assistance team, so don't just think holidays let me be your business travel assist giving you more time to focus on your business too.
So why not give me a call and turn your travel dreams whether they be leisure or for business into a reality?
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.
01 October 2020
I recently took a trip to one of my favourite hotels in Paphos, the Annabelle Hotel, to see for myself how it is to travel during these pandemic times and I have to say I felt comfortable and safe even though it is a little different to our usual times of travel. On arrival at London Gatwick for my early morning flight, everyone was wearing masks and the queues for security were moving quickly and in the main, socially distanced. The tables where you collect your stuff together at, were marked out so that you were never next to or opposite...
25 July 2019
In March 2018, Australia became that bit closer when Qantas introduced is Dreamliner direct service from London Heathrow to Perth in Western Australia, so in March 2019 I decided to try the journey out myself to see what it is really like, travelling out in Premium Economy and back in Economy. The Dreamliner is a smallish aircraft with just 238 seats (42 business, 28 premium economy and 166 economy) and is actually quite roomy. It has state-of-the-art technology to reduce turbulence, improve noise quality and reduced aircraft vibrations for a smoother flight and to be honest, it actually works. The cabin...
15 May 2019
It was my first time travelling to Alicante on Spain’s south eastern Costa Blanca and I chose to get there from one of my local airports, Bournemouth with Ryan Air. Bournemouth airport is a great airport to travel from as it is small and so relaxed. There are no free stopping spots to drop people off, so make sure you have parking money on you to use the car park! Check in was easy and security didn’t take long at all and we waited for our flight in the Navigator pub which served good food and drink at a fair price. The...
22 October 2017
Uniworld, a boutique river cruise line with a focus on a luxury experience really made special by the crew onboard. With just 120 passengers onboard and a very social atmosphere, my few days sailing from Avignon to Arles and Viviers in France gave me an amazing opportunity to experience the ship, luxury hospitality, and included walking tours with a fun crowd of people. Staying in a category two cabin with French balcony, the bed was extremely comfortable and the L'Occitane toiletries added to the experience. The cabin was spacious, comfortable and with plenty of storage space. Little touches like a stash...
29 September 2017
I'd always wanted to explore more of Canada, the real Canada outside of the cities that everyone has heard of and being part of the Canada Specialist program recently gave me just that opportunity. 8 of us flew out to Charlottetown in Prince Edward Island via Halifax with Air Canada. A very comfortable international flight in business class with great food and service and then on to a small 18 seater plane where the pilot loaded the luggage, gave the safety announcement and then climbed in the cockpit and flew the plane! Our home for 3 nights was the lovely Great George...
20 March 2016
The FUN theme certainly ran throughout our time onboard the world most popular cruiseline’s ship Carnival Dream! We were embarked in New Orleans and were allocated and outside cabin on deck 2. The cabin was a great size with a picture window and a bathroom with a toilet, shower and sink and a separate room with a bath and sink. There was plenty of storage for luggage and a tv which you could switch to cameras looking out from the front of the ship or over the pool. There was also a room service menu with a good choice of...
18 March 2016
On the 18th March I met with my fellow TC’s, Luke from Carnival Cruises and Neil from the Louisiana Tourist Board for our flight from London Heathrow via Atlanta to Lafayette with Delta Airlines. On landing in Lafayette late that evening, we spent the night at the Homewood Suites by Hilton which were lovely suites with a separate lounge and bedroom. The next morning, we went for breakfast at a fabulous little local café serving local Boudin and Biscuit (Sausage and scone) before heading off to Champagnes at Lake Martin for a swamp tour. The swamp tour was fantastic. Unlike many...
26 June 2015
My trip to Gran Canaria blew my expectations of a bucket and spade destination apart on my five day visit in June 2015 as part of a tourist board sponsored Travel Counsellors trip. We flew with Norwegian Airlines from London Gatwick, with easy self check-in and free wifi onboard. The legroom was comfortable and the crew were polite whilst offering food and drink for purchase onboard. On arrival, we transferred to the Seaside Palm Beach Hotel, a member of Design Hotels which was to be to be our base for the next four nights. The hotel is fairly contemporary in design and...
12 September 2014
I'd never been to Jersey before. I guess I saw it as a more mature person’s holiday, but I couldn't have been more wrong. The beaches are stunning, the weather a couple of degrees warmer than mainland UK, the food amazing (especially the seafood), the nightlife vibrant and only 30 to 55 mins away by air from the UK depending on where you are based or an easy ferry journey from Weymouth or Poole if you're not a fan of flying. We left Southampton airport on a sunny Friday morning, flying with Flybe on the 30 minute travelling time. Met at...
28 October 2013
We departed London Gatwick flying with Virgin Atlantic, having pre-purchased emergency exit rows. We had been allocated seats in the upstairs of the aircraft which was fantastic. Sitting behind Premium Economy at the front of only a few rows of economy, it was a very pleasant and quiet journey into Orlando International. We decided to stay on International Drive (I-Drive) close to Wet N Wild and Universal Studios. I-Drive is such a good place to base yourself which an abundance of eateries with coupons galore to make eating out affordable, it's also so easy to get around using the I-Ride Trollies...
15 September 2013
Fred Olsen is a cruise line that has been around for much longer than I had thought. The company has history going back as far as 1848 when a young shipmaster called Fredrik Christian Olsen entered ship-owning on his own account. Today, Fred Olsen has four ships. The Balmoral, Boudicca, Black Watch and Braemar. We flew from London to Gdansk via Copenhagen with SAS who offered a comfortable flight with complimentary tea and coffee and food and other drinks available for purchase on-board. On arrival into Gdansk, we transferred to the Hotel Gdansk located on the edge of the main...
04 July 2013
In June 2013, I was lucky enough to join the Grand Cayman Department of Tourism on an educational trip to their fabulous islands in the British West Indies in the Caribbean. We flew with British Airways in economy from Terminal 5 at London Heathrow via the Bahamas and the total journey time was about 11.5 hours including a one hour touchdown in Nassau to let passengers on and off. The aircraft had seat back TV’s and good leg room. The food was nice and the crew professional. On arrival into Owen Roberts International Airport, we were met by the local representatives of...
02 November 2011
My holiday to Borneo began with a 12 hour flight with Malaysia Airlines from London Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur where I spent one night before continuing for a further 2.5 hour flight to Kota Kinabalu, the gateway to Sabah in Northern Borneo. The flights were very comfortable with an economy seat pitch of 34 inches and the food and service was excellent. I spent the first five nights at the Shangri La Tanjung Aru which was a 10 minute drive from Kota Kinabalu International Airport. On arrival at the hotel, I was met by a member of reception and given a...
20 June 2009
We boarded Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas in Stockholm after flying from London Heathrow with British Airways and than transferred to the Ship by RCCL's ground transport. The view of this 2435 passenger capacity cruise ship, docked in Stockholm’s port on the outskirts of town was a stunning sight and after checking in and dropping of our bags for the porters to take to our cabin, we made our way up the gangway being greeted by crew, had our photo taken for when we disembark and embark the ship at the different ports of call and were then escorted to...
21 August 2008
I flew out of London Heathrow with Malaysia Airlines after starting my holiday experience in the Servis Air Lounge in terminal three; the only way to relax when at an airport. I arrived into Melbourne airport the following evening, after a very pleasant flight. The next day after a good nights sleep, we ventured off into Melbourne city, where we went to the Old Melbourne Gaol, where the famous Ned Kelly was hung. We walked all round the Gaol, looking at the cells and the death masks of some of the prisoners, and then watched Wendi Huggins and Heath Miller in the...
18 July 2008
On Friday 18th July 2008, I boarded a Virgin Atlantic flight from London Gatwick to Hewanorra Airport in St Lucia. After a comfortable 8 hour flight, I arrived to a beautiful and sunny St Lucia. I picked up a transfer for the one and a half hour transfer through the up and down, winding St Lucian countryside to the Almond Morgan Bay Resort, close to the famous Rodney Bay. We arrived on the first day of the St Lucia Carnival, so there was a real party atmosphere which was great. We took a taxi to the Belouis Cricket Ground to watch...
14 June 2006
I went to Cape Town and along the famous Garden Route as part of a training academy where I got to meet suppliers and operators from all over South Africa, not just Cape Town. We flew direct with South African Airways, and on arrival we were whisked off to the Newlands Stadium to watch South Africa v France in a rugby match. The stadium holds over 60,000 spectators and the atmosphere was electric, although South Africa lost. The next day we took a boat trip over to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was held as a political prisoner. We got the most...
Sent in by W Cheung
Essex, 28 February 2020
Kate is superb. Answers queries promptly and never seems to get frustrated with the options being requested!
Sent in by Jo Turner
Surrey, 12 February 2020
I never hesitate to recommend Kate to friends she is so thorough in all that she does, she is thoughtful and really goes the extra mile for us, she really treats us like family. What more could one ask for?
Sent in by Marie Walker
Hook, 28 January 2020
Couldn’t recommend Kate more highly. She is the fountain of all knowledge where travel is concerned, we value her advice enormously and hope to be using her services for many years to come.
Sent in by Rebecca Rogerson
Cheshire, 12 December 2019
Great experience and very friendly and easy to talk to. Very keen to sort anything out and we love the after sales, Kate likes to stay in touch with you and make sure your holiday plans stay on track. Have no doubt in booking my holidays with Travel Counsellor in the future.
Sent in by Mandy Papas
Winchester, 28 October 2019
So impressed with Kate's friendly and efficient service! Lovely to have the personal touch too!
Sent in by Tracy Smith
Wokingham, 02 October 2019
Kate Self was efficient, friendly, quick to respond and in my opinion went above and beyond. Great service and I've already instigated another enquiry with her. 10/10
Sent in by Judith Massey
Farnham, 30 September 2019
Kate is exceptionally helpful and customer focused and gets to know what you want and like - she makes the whole experience stress-free. Highly recommended.
Sent in by Nicola Peck
Winchester, 02 September 2019
Excellent service, prompt and friendly - and happy to make changes requested - a pleasure!
Sent in by Robert Court
Winchester, 02 September 2019
Always excellent service - professional and courteous!
Sent in by Sue Thompson
Wiltshire, 02 September 2019
A service I could not get on the internet on my own. It's nice to be looked after so well and with so much attention. Makes me feel like a VIP.
Sent in by Michelle Trivett
Wiltshire, 17 July 2019
Fantastic service, friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Made the whole process so easy.
Sent in by Debbie Bickerdike
Medstead, 02 July 2019
We've used Kate to book our holidays for the past couple of years - we would never use anyone else or indeed try to book anything ourselves without talking to Kate. Her recommendations are spot on, always above and beyond what we expected and nothing is too much trouble.
Sent in by Hilary White
Swanmore, 19 June 2019
When Roger Walker Travel Agent decided to specialise in only ski holidays they recommended we should book future holidays with Kate Self. Our experience with her has been brilliant – she organised a wonderfully central apartment in Krakow and excellent tours with private taxis. The drivers were impeccable in their timing, their knowledge of the area and their English. When our flight was cancelled Kate let us know when we were re-scheduled to fly. By the time we arrived home she had completed the complicated paperwork for us to claim compensation for the delay – amazing !! She even noticed it was my husband’s birthday on the day we returned and sent him a card. We have no hesitation recommending her as a Travel Agent.
Sent in by Jo Turner
Surrey, 29 May 2019
Kate always gives us the most wonderful service her attention to detail is superb, it is always so comforting to know that she does everything so beautifully.
Sent in by P Thompson
Bishops Waltham, 29 May 2019
Kate always comes up with the best option available at the time and if i want to make any changes she comes up with alternatives, nothing is too much trouble. Kate always gives an excellent, stress free, personal service.
Sent in by A Saunders
Winchester, 30 April 2019
I met with unexpected personal attention, care with details and equally unexpected follow up. Excellent provision!
Sent in by Jim Peach
Hampshire, 23 April 2019
We have found Kate to be very helpful and can answer any question put to her. We have used Kate three times now, have recommended her to friends and will continue to contact her when we are planning another holiday. I don’t think we could have found anyone better.
Sent in by June Peach
Alton, 23 April 2019
Nothing is too much trouble, and Kate has made our Cruising holidays worry free.
Sent in by Vicki Wilson
West Sussex, 23 April 2019
Kate is extremely knowledgeable and helpful and goes out of her way to offer a great service.
Sent in by J Massey
Farnham, 06 March 2019
Always very prompt service and very helpful with silly little questions - I enjoy dealing with Kate and have already recommended her previously.
Sent in by L Sims
Wimchester, 06 March 2019
Kate provided an excellent service in arranging our summer holiday, and her website and payment system was easy to follow. Would highly recommend Kate.
Sent in by W Ashcroft
Winchester, 06 March 2019
Excellent service from Kate. Hotel just suited us for what we needed ie rest and relaxation. Everything worked like clockwork. I think we were very lucky with the weather.
Sent in by Jenny Oakley
Cornwall, 06 March 2019
Nothing is too much trouble for Kate -this is the second time we've booked with her and it won't be the last! She is unflappable and a lovely person,thank you Kate.
Sent in by W Fryatt
Coventry, 04 February 2019
Kate was brilliant and listened to our needs. I have already recommended her service to two friends in the hope that their holiday bookings will be as smooth as ours.
Sent in by S Spanswick
Wiltshire, 28 January 2019
Friendly, efficient and has delivered on exactly what we were looking for. We look forward to booking our next holiday with Kate again soon.
Sent in by Jane Harris-Bland
Alresford, 23 January 2019
Kate checked out our ideas for a last minute booking ski holiday and came back with dates that matched ours and a price that fitted our budget. All tickets and passes arrived a couple of days later, so we are ready to go. As usual with Kate, a great and efficient service, with a cheerful smile. Thanks again Kate. speak for the summer holiday soon!
Sent in by S Judd
Bishops Waltham, 23 January 2019
Excellent, Personal and Professional Service.
Sent in by T King
Coventry, 23 January 2019
Kate was really helpful, responded really quickly and accommodated all of our requests.
Sent in by S Rackham
Winchester, 10 January 2019
It was a pleasure to meet Kate (through several independent recommendations) and she was instrumental in helping our Australia travel plans come together. Kate is enthusiastic and knowledgeable and we would recommend her whole heartedly and we look forward to her help in any future travel plans for ourselves.
Sent in by P Thompson
Winchester, 05 November 2018
Kate takes all the stress out of booking holidays, she does all the 'leg work' and comes up with alternatives. We go away with confidence and i would recommend Kate to anyone, and have done so.
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 01962 659280