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Katie Styring

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As an independent Travel Counsellor based in Chesterfield, Derbyshire I have the privilege of being part of an impartial, customer focused, personal, travel company. It would be an honour to be your personal Travel Counsellor.

I offer a personal touch and a truly bespoke service tailor-made to your individual travel needs. With in-depth product knowledge and a desire to provide a unique customer service, unseen throughout high street and online travel services, you can be rest assured I will make your journey planning hassle free.

The fantastic buying power that comes with being a Travel Counsellor means I can get you great value for money on all types of travel whilst not being tied to any suppliers. I have access to thousands of flights, accommodation and transport options. Whether your next trip is a family holiday, city break, a cruise, wedding, safari, a Corporate trip, UK Break or a tailor-made holiday of a lifetime - your options really are limitless.

All bookings made with me are 100% financially protected by the Travel Counsellor Financial Trust and ATOL giving you the complete piece of mind your money is safe.

I am here to discuss your travel plans and offer expert advice at a time that suits you. Please call or email with any enquiries you may have.

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South- west USA Top Tips

09 October 2019

Tips on how to plan a visit to the south-west of the USA Planning a fly drive to the south-west of the United States? If you have plenty of spare time on your hands, you can spend time looking at maps, reading travel guides, booking hotels, booking flights, and gauging how far you are able to travel each day in order to be able to see as many places as you can in the time you’re there. Well, we thought we could do that, but in the end, life took over and we realised that we didn’t actually have the ‘spare time’ and it all seemed a bit of a daunting task. We needed help to get us to the places we wanted to visit. So, we got in touch with Travel Counsellors, who came to see us in our home and chatted to us about where we would like to go and how long we had to do it in…there was no ‘hard sell’; the lady who visited us just said to leave it with her and she would come up with a plan for us. The plan: 17 days/16 nights About a week later, we went through a detailed plan, which included flights, hotels, and places where we needed to pre-book tickets, such as Alcatraz. With a few tweaks here and there, the holiday was booked for us. All we had to do was wait for the flight tickets and turn up at the hotels along our route. How do you decide where to visit? It seems a silly question, but when you’re visiting a country as vast as the USA, you have to be realistic and fit in as much as you can feasibly travel to in one day, and think about the route you want to take. Remember that you need to be at the airport in time for the return journey, so don’t get too carried away and drive too far! Travel Counsellors suggested to travel in a loop, so that you know you are heading back in the right direction toward the end of the holiday. We decided to go from California, to Arizona and Nevada and Utah, then start heading back to California. This was a round-trip of 2600 miles. We bought a map of the west of the USA and laid it on the kitchen table. Using the internet for research and a book Travel Counsellors had given us by Lonely Planet (which was also really useful when we were actually in America), we wrote on post-it pads the places we would like to see and stuck them to the map. Then, we got down to actually planning the route on the roads we were going to drive down. We googled from one hotel to the next to see how far we needed to drive each day, so we knew what time we would reach our destination. By the time we had eaten breakfast, we found that we were setting off around 9.00 and travelling an average of 150 miles per day, and around 2.5 hours driving, so getting to each place around midday. Then, we would set off for the next hotel, and if we could see another place on the route, then that was a bonus! Great places to visit in the west of the USA Five of us (4 adults and one teenager) flew in mid-July from Gatwick to Los Angeles and decided to stay there for two nights. Don’t underestimate the size of LA, it is huge! Using open-top bus tours is a great way of sightseeing as it’s a ‘hop-on, hop-off’ system, which means you can see as much as you would like to, or as little, if you just want to pop in somewhere. There’s the obvious things to see, like the Hollywood sign and the studios, and Beverly Hills but there’s also the Griffin Observatory, Venice Beach, and the pier at Santa Monica, where there’s a sign showing the end of Route 66. From Los Angeles, we headed out to Palm Springs and took the revolving cable car up the mountain. You begin to realise the huge expanse of land around you, from miles of desert on one side, to the coniferous forests of the mountains, and how cool it is up there compared to the 30 degrees plus of Palm Springs itself. I guess I could write a book about the sights we saw on our trip around the south-western states of the USA. Driving wasn’t boring in the slightest…the scenery is awe-inspiringly beautiful everywhere! Turn a corner and the vista can change in the blink of an eye. There wasn’t a day when we didn’t see something spectacular; I could write a book about the things we saw and did, but I will just list a few highlights for you here: The Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, The Hoover Dam, Zion National Park, Death Valley, Las Vegas, Yosemite National Park, San Francisco, Monterey, Pebble Beach and The Big Sur, to name but a few. 5 Top Tips for a fly drive to south-west USA: • Prices there are tax free, so remember it will be added on at the till • Tips are usually required – around 20% of the bill • Temperatures change quite quickly depending on altitude, or cold air currents from the Pacific, so take something warm to wear, too: we found San Francisco was quite chilly due to cold air currents from Alaska, even in July. • Buy plenty of water and keep a stock of it in the boot of the car. You will be in blistering heat, at times – it was 52 degrees in Death Valley! • Make sure you start the day with a full tank of fuel – it can be a long way between fuel stations, particularly in the desert areas. The sights you will see are wondrous and breath-taking – not one day went by without us seeing something remarkable. We highly recommend visiting south-west USA; it will open your eyes and inspire you. Written by Brenda Coltman ( A very happy customer)

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Sent by Rebecca Langley

I couldn’t imagine booking a holiday with anyone else! Katie makes every part of your holiday easy and stress free! She should be everyone’s go to when booking a holiday!

Sent by Gillian Wearing

I have booked a few holidays through Katie now and the service has always been excellent. I wouldn’t book with anybody else now.

Sent by Hannah Poulter

This is now the 3rd trip we have booked with Katie and we have now decided we will never book anywhere else again! The holiday itself was fabulous, she managed to find a villa that no one else could find through the usual searches. We missed our flights coming home and I rang her in the middle of the Sunday of a bank holiday and she dropped everything to rescue us. Had us booked in to new flights and accommodation within a couple of hours. If it had been left to me we would of ended up spending thousands of pounds and the journey would have been awful with multiple connections. I recommend her to everyone I possibly can, because everyone needs a Katie in their lives!

Sent by Michael Booth

It’s was our first booking with Katie and Traveller Counsellors and the service we received was first class. Katie kept us fully up to date with all Cv19 requirements and changes as they happened and was always on hand to answer any questions we had with a prompt reply. We have already booked with Katie again for another trip away in May and will continue to do so moving forward. Thanks again Katie, you really did make our trip extra special.

Sent by Maxine Wright

Great service such a quick response and I have confidence all will go to plan , i would not hesitate to recommend or go to Katie for my holidays

Sent by Donna Chadwick - Bloore

Katie has been absolutely fantastic. She booked us a holiday for our honeymoon, very last minute, but it was exactly what we wanted and was within our budget. We were nervous about travelling due to the new c19 restrictions and paperwork but Katie made it easy for us, she even checked us in so we didn't have to do it. As a lovely added extra, Katie called our hotel in advance to tell them it was our honeymoon, so when we arrived our room was decorated. Thank you Katie

Sent by Jack Harpham

Wonderful service and competitive pricing with security and peace of mind included. Couldn't be happier :)

Sent by Linda Stringer

I want to say a massive thank you to Katie for arranging a trip to Dubai as part of my other half's 40th celebrations. From someone that is usually quite confident in booking and arranging things, what with the pandemic I felt like it was definitely best left to the professional. From start to end Katie kept me updated with changes, found a fab hotel and arranged all the transfers in between. The little pack that arrived in the post just beforehand with my ticket information as well as some playing cards really made me excited for our trip and I thought was a really nice personal touch. Always on hand (she needed to be with me at times with the COVID testing!) Absolutely brilliant and I would recommend her to anyone. Completely takes the pressure off. Thanks Katie, absolute superstar!

Sent by Pauline Kerslake

Storm Ciara affected our original plans booked by Katie. She handled the alterations to our schedule quickly and very efficiently. She is always readily available to answer my (many) questions and I will, without hesitation, use Katie for all of our future travels.

Sent by Michael Wells

Late 2018 we decided that we would do a trip to the Munich Oktoberfest 2019. While we were in discussion’s I meet Katie, she explained how she get to understand her client’s requirements and budgets to find the right holiday for them, and that customer service is her priority. We decided rather than spending endless nights trailing through various booking sites to find the best flights and then the best accommodation, it may be easier to leave it to Katie to sort out this year’s weekend away. Katie performed and delivered as she promised. She organised our flights and secured our accommodation all within our budget. In addition to this at the last minute one of the party needed to change his flight to come back a day early. It was so easy to speak to Katie who organised the change very promptly and efficiently. Whether it is a group weekend away or a family summer holiday. Katie will ensure she finds the best deal for you and will provide an outstanding level of customer service.

Sent by Paul Blotheridge

Having spent several hours trying to do this myself and getting nowhere fast, I decided to call upon the services of Katie from Travel Counsellors. Booking a holiday has never been so hassle-free, especially as it was such a last minute thing. After a brief chat with Katie outlining where, when, type of accommodation and which airports we would prefer to travel from, Katie was able provide us with a quote by email detailing everything that was included next day. In addition, private transfers were also arranged to and from the airport in Italy, which took away any hassle of trying to find our apartment and getting to and from the airport. Nothing was too much trouble and even the ability to make payment via the online app made things so simple. Katie even went to the trouble of writing our luggage labels, which is a job normally done last minute or forgotten totally. As we were arriving late on the Sunday evening, Katie contacted the property owners to get us the procedure for an out of hours arrival, which was something we hadn’t thought of.

Sent by Thomas Davison

Katie has been so helpful from the beginning all the way through. Would definitely use Katie again. Thank you!

Sent by Andy Mayers

Katie organised a trip to Malta this year for my wife and I. She provided us with a number of options based on our brief and we chose a hotel we thought would be ideal for our needs. The process was very straight forward and saved us the time and stress of searching for accommodation and flights ourselves, something I personally find a great chore. Shortly before we were due to go, it was discovered there was some building work going on at the hotel and the sun terrace would not be available. On our behalf, Katie negotiated a discount for the inconvenience and the use of the sun terrace on an adjoining hotel. Katie was available throughout our stay ready to deal with any problems we might have. I would have no hesitation in recommending Katie’s services, she made the whole process hassle free

Sent by Simon Newbold

I gave Katie a brief description of what I wanted, as I didnt want the wife to have to sort everything again, our trip has been perfect, from start to finish, really pleased with all communications, will be booking with Katie again

Sent by Ruth Jackson

Recently asked Katie to find a posh, hot relaxing holiday for two. Wow we were not disappointed. Katie found an amazing hidden paradise. All arrangements were sorted. Even down to writing out the case tags. Katie handled it all. So impressed. I will absolutely be using again. Thank you so much Katie for helping us find the perfect holiday. I can’t recommend enough. I will certainly be recommending Katie’s service to everyone I know. Thank you.

Sent by Gemma Shuttleworth

We wanted to say how impressed we were with the service we received. The initial search for a holiday was made much easier as we just told you what we wanted and you went away and did all the hard work! Having small children means doing anything during daylight hours is difficult so your flexible working hours also really suited us, meaning we could discuss things in the evening. You were always at the the end of a phone and really prompt to answer emails, even once we were on holiday and had the minor bed issue your excellent service continued and we thought that was amazing. We chatted to a couple whilst on holiday who were saying that booking through jet2 they had wanted to charge £25 to print their tickets off. I told them how brilliant it had been not only that you printed and sent us all our paperwork but checked us in, informed us of flight changes and sent little goody bags for the kids. Overall we cannot fault your dedication and customer service.

Sent by Dean Jackson

Katies enthusiasm to help , her desire to investigate the best options and her willingness to be patient really is a breath of fresh air ...thank you

Sent by Ruth Jackson

Excellent service. Pleasure to speak to. Thank you

Sent by Becki Spizer

Amazing service and very thoughtful looking for our ideal holiday, would 100% recommend!

Sent by Lorraine Cooke

We would like to thank Katie for the excellent job she has done arranging our annual family ski trip. Booking a holiday has never been so hassle free. We were a little unsure at first as to whether booking with a Travel Counsellor could compete in price from us booking ourselves online. Katie was given the brief over the phone and in return sent us a quotation by email detailing everything that was included. All of our reservations were definitely put aside when we received her recommendation, it actually was far better value for money than we have ever found before! We even had half price ski tuition for our daughter. Nothing was too much trouble and even adding additional luggage and extras after the initial booking was all taken care of with ease. The ability to make payment via the online app made splitting the cost so easy. We have no hesitation in recommending Katie and look forward to booking the rest of our holidays.

Sent by Doug Coltman

Katie was excellent provided a first class service and I would recommend Katie to others without hesitation

Sent by Hannah Kennedy

Katie was quick to respond to my enquiry, followed up with a phone call to check I'd received her quote (totally forgot to check my emails). She completely understood what we were after, kept within our budget and even saved us a lot of money! But didn't scrimp on quality. Nothing was too much for her and she made us feel we were in good hands.

Sent by Vicki Shuttleworth

Katie has been very helpful and thorough. She has dealt with all our requirements and we would be more than happy to recommend her to anyone else

Sent by Elaine Pritchard

I asked Katie for help with finding a UK holiday for my elderly mum. Mum has quite a few specific requirements regarding diet, hotel location and how she travels and Katie wasn’t thrown in the slightest and came back to me within 24 hours and she hit the bullseye first time with a great value trip that ticked all the boxes. There are even two great guided excursion included, which mum is very excited about. It was clear that if this hadn’t suited mum Katie would have come up with other options. It was so easy working with Katie. I know it would have taken me a lot of time to put together the same sort of package as the one Katie sourced and organised. I will definitely be using Katie again for holiday planning and recommending her to friends, family and business connections.

Sent by Kirsty Wright

Brilliant experience thank you - so easy and efficient! Would absolutley use again and recommend to others

Sent by Sean Husband

Katie is very professional and reliable and gives the best solution for the customer.

Sent by Daniella Mulvey

Katie was brilliant. She really paid attention to the type of holiday we wanted, our personalities and kept everything to budget. We’ve got the perfect holiday planned for an incredible price and it was such a sleek process. Any questions we had Katie was always there to answer the phone or an email even at night!