Based in Huntingdon

Kelly Turnock

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From a young age, I have always had a passion for travel.

I was very fortunate to visit several exciting countries with my family. My fondest memory is flying into Sydney with the Opera House and Harbour Bridge coming into view for the very first time. The overwhelming feeling of excitement and adventure has fuelled this passion into my adult years and I have since travelled extensively around the world, taking in some unforgettable sights. The madness of Rio Carnival, cruising down the tranquil waters of the Yangtze river in China and watching the sunrise over the Ngorongoro Crater with a pride of lions right by my side.

I am based in the Huntingdon area of Cambridgeshire and with over 13 years’ experience in the travel industry, I have a wealth of knowledge and experience I would like to share with you. From budget travel in my earlier years, to luxury and adventure trips and more recently, family holidays with my young children.

As your Travel Counsellor, I am here to provide you with a reliable and flexible service to fit around you. It will always be myself at the end of the phone, day or night, so I can really get to know you and tailor your perfect travel arrangements.

If you would like to chat about your travel plans or get some advice, please get in touch and I will find you the perfect trip.

“Travel is the only thing we buy that makes us richer” - Anonymous


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Skiing in Colorado, U.S.A

28 June 2017

With daily direct flights from London to Denver, it has never been easier to enjoy a skiing holiday in one of Colorado’s premier ski resorts. Whatever your skill, budget or desire for adventure, Colorado has a resort to suit everyone. Getting to the Ski Resorts From Denver airport, travelling time to the nearest ski resorts is approximately 2 – 2.5 hours. Transport options include car hire, private shuttle services or uber. Once in the resort, buses run to many of the ski areas including other local ski resorts, and uber is usually readily available. Weather Depending on the snow that year, skiing is possible from as early as late November through until late April. A handful of resorts open until May (Arapahoe Basin tries to open until 4th July), but by then the snow tends to be patchier and slushy by the afternoon. For guaranteed good snow, February and March are usually a safe bet. The weather can be extremely cold in November/December/January, so it pays to bring layers, hand warmers and snoods. Breckenridge is especially known for colder conditions (Brecken-fridge as it’s known by the locals), but of course the weather can change rapidly in the mountains so it’s better to bring plenty of layers to give you options. Main Resorts Breckenridge Varied terrain including plenty of more challenging runs. There are 5 peaks, and you can easily spend a day or two skiing different areas. Learning areas are dotted across the 5 peaks. You can eat at various mountain restaurants on the slopes, and down in the town you’ll find a variety of eateries, ranging from family friendly pubs and diners to smaller, more sophisticated dining options. Hotel options are plentiful, with less high end hotels than Vail but a good selection of mid-range options and apartment/house rentals. Scenes taking place in Aspen in the first Dumb & Dumber film were actually filmed in Breckenridge. Just don’t lick the chairlifts! Vail A huge ski area known for its champagne powder, including the world famous back bowls, meaning you don’t often need to ski the same run twice. Modern chair lifts and a large variety of eating options means that you can spend full days out exploring the slopes. The town has a bustling centre, with a large choice of restaurants and shopping boutiques. A bus runs regularly through the town, connecting east Vail with the centre and further outlying areas. A range of accommodation options are available, from luxurious high end hotels like the Four Seasons and the Ritz Carlton, to smaller independent hotels and guesthouses or apartment rental options. Keystone A smaller resort with a young and trendy feel to it, Keystone attracts a lot of snowboarders and locals. If you enjoy a laid-back, friendly atmosphere, this is the resort for you. Smaller in size than Breckenridge or Vail, Keystone has a range of runs for skiers of different abilities, including a learning slope. The lifts tend to be slower than those in Vail, but the price of the pass reflects this. The resort mainly has apartment and condo rentals, with fewer large hotel chains. Copper Mountain On a different pass to the resorts mentioned above, but another “local’s” mountain. Watch out for local hero Lindsay Vonn flying past practising for World Cup events!! The mountain is laid out with easy runs at one side of the resort and becoming progressively more difficult to the challenging double diamonds at the other end of the ski area. A seventies built town nestles at the bottom of the mountain with a variety of bars, restaurants and accommodation. Aspen World famous, chic, sophisticated Aspen is 4 ½ hours’ drive (or a short hop on a plane to its own airstrip) from Denver. The home of the rich and famous, the town of Aspen is full of high end shopping, restaurants and hotels. Dress to impress on the slopes as you mingle with paparazzi and celebrities in this popular hangout. A wide range of skiing and accommodation is available in this beautiful mountain town that’s well worth a visit. Ready to indulge in your next ski trip? I love fulfilling dreams and creating memories so contact me if you would like more information.

How To Plan A Trip To Walt Disney World

31 May 2017

Have you always wanted to visit Disney World but just didn’t know where to start? Planning your trip can be a little daunting for first-time visitors and a fair amount of planning is involved to get the most out of your days, but once you know what you are doing, it is a truly unforgettable experience for the whole family. I have been lucky enough to visit Disney Resorts as a child (and as an adult too) but I don’t think anything will come close to the feeling of taking my own children to this magical world and seeing their faces light up when they get to meet their favourite Disney characters for the very first time! My planning has started for our first family trip so I understand how confusing it can all seem. With this in mind I thought I would share some helpful hints and tips I have come across along the way. The first things to think about are: - Would you like to spend your whole holiday immersed in the magic of Disney, or would you like to combine it with some time relaxing at one of Florida’s beautiful beach resorts? Twin centre holidays are very popular in this area, providing an action packed first week followed by a week of ‘R & R’ somewhere like St Petersburg, Sarasota, Naples, Miami or The Keys, to name a few. - Flights are released 11 months in advance by the airlines so if you are looking to travel during school holidays, try to book flights as soon as they become available to get the best fare. - Decide what type of accommodation will suit you. Would you like a home from home experience staying in a villa, a hotel in Kissimmee or would you prefer to be at the centre of the action in a Disney Hotel? - Would you like to hire a car to give yourselves the freedom and flexibility to explore at your own pace? - How many parks do you want to visit? This will help you work out which ticket would be the best value. Below are some top tips when visiting the parks: - The Attractions to get a fast pass for to save your sanity: Splash Mountain, Peter Pan's Flight, Space Mountain, Toy Story Mania, Test Track, Soarin, Rockin Roller Coaster, Kilimanjaro Safaris. - Fast passes go very quickly at Toy Story Mania and Soarin so get there early. Take advantage of the single rider’s line at Rockin Roller Coaster, Expedition Everest and Test Track. The line is usually short with hardly any wait. - If you don’t have a huge appetite, buy kids meals at the parks. They're much cheaper and the food amount is not much less than that of an adult meal. - Download and familiarise yourself with the parks map before you arrive. It saves time, confusion and your fellow guests will appreciate you knowing where you are going. - When Park hopping, park at Magic Kingdom and use the monorail or one of the buses to go to one of the other three parks first then once the other parks are closed you can hop on a bus or monorail back to Magic Kingdom and enjoy. Two of my friends and their families have visited Disney recently, and have been kind enough to share a little about their holidays and some top tips to keep in mind: Laura Kirschner and her family visited Orlando and managed to fit in the following parks within their 2 week holiday – Magic Kingdom, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, Blizzard Beach, Busch Gardens, Epcot, Discovery Cove, Animal Kingdom, Typhoon Lagoon, Hollywood Studios & Sea World. Laura says, “The biggest tip I would give is to plan everything. We had to swap a few things around due to weather or tired kids but managed to fit it all in. If you haven’t got time for rest days in between, maybe have a water park day instead. We stayed in a hotel and hired a car but I think next time we would stay in a villa to give us a bit more space and a chance to chill out at the end of the day” Laura highly recommends purchasing the Disney Memory Maker. This is an incredible new way to enjoy unlimited digital Disney ‘Photo Pass’ photos captured at hundreds of locations throughout Walt Disney World Resort to get your park photos straight to your phone app. Victoria Hunter has just returned from a 2 week family holiday in Orlando and shared some fab tips for others wishing to visit: - Download the Disney World app - it shows your photos, dining reservations, fast passes and lets you see ride wait times. If you can get park tickets with Memory Maker - you then get unlimited ride and photo pass photographer pictures. When using the Disney Memory Maker, ask for magic or special photos and they'll add a little bit of Disney magic to the photo. - If you're on a budget, stock up on snacks at a local store rather than buy at Disney as snacks can be pricey. - Make the most of your fast passes. You get 3 per day per person and you can use the Disney World app to book them up to 30 days in advance if you're staying off site, or 60 days in advance if you're staying at a Disneyworld resort hotel. These enable you to skip the long main lines for the big rides. As soon as you've checked into your third ride use the app to book your one additional fast pass. - Dining reservations can be booked up to 6 months in advance. The ever-popular Cinderella's Royal Table and Be Our Guest Restaurants fill up very quickly. For any Disney Princess obsessed child Cinderella's Royal Table is, in my view, well worth the price tag due to the number of princesses you'll get to meet. - Consider taking a pushchair for under 4 year olds even if you no longer use one at home. There is a lot of walking and it also offers shade from the sun. There are lots of stroller rental companies that will deliver your stroller straight to the door of your hotel or villa (we used Kingdom strollers). - We stayed in a villa as loved the flexibility of a morning by the pool then afternoon and evening in the parks. Spending all day every day in the parks would have been too much for us. - The Fantasmic show at Hollywood Studios is amazing – I'd consider it a must see. This is a night time show that features fireworks, characters, live actors, water effects, pyrotechnics, lasers, music, audio-animatronics, decorated boat floats, and mist screen projections. No matter whether you are young or old, everyone loves a bit of Disney magic so get involved and make it a holiday to remember!

My customer stories

Sent by Sam Bosworth

Kelly was really helpful in putting our itinerary together, which involved different airports, four different, and varied, places to stay. She suggested practical solutions, completely understood what we as a family wanted, and we are now looking forward to a great trip to South Africa and Mauritius.

Sent by David Barratt

I would have scored 20 if I could. Absolutely fantastic service.

Sent by Jayne Tooke

Kelly has been extremely helpful and taken a lot of stress away from us trying to book a big trip on our own! She is very pleasant and responds quickly to all emails and requests. Nothing seems to be a problem. Thank you so much.

Sent by Diane Sellens

I wouldn't hesitate to use Kelly again, nothing was too much trouble for her, she was so patient with my constant amendments.

Sent by Wendy Lote

Kelly was extremely helpful on assisting me with my holiday, will definitely use her again on future holidays.

Sent by William Bulloch

Kelly was fantastic even when she was on holiday. She took the time to call me back and inform me what was happening, she kept me up to date which put my mind at rest. Would and will recommend her to others and will certainly book holidays with her again.

Sent by Scott Grant

Great customer service, quick response time and extremely friendly and helpful. Top job!

Sent by Martha Haynes

Very helpful, friendly and very flexible with my needs. Nothing was too much trouble. Would highly recommend.

Sent by Lucy Thiara

Kelly is so friendly, informative and seems to be available 24/7. I love her knowledge of the areas that I wanted to visit which helped me concrete my decision in booking. I would definitely use Kelly Turnock Travel Counsellor again.

Sent by Claire Anderson

We have just returned from a 40th birthday trip in Thailand. We had an amazing time. Our holiday was arranged by Kelly at very short notice and she was absolutely brilliant. Could not fault one single thing from flights, locations and three different hotels. I would highly recommend Kelly to all family and friends and will certainly use her again for our next adventure. Nothing is too much trouble. Just brilliant.

Sent by Claire Eeley

We have recently returned from a family trip to Lapland booked by Kelly. It was an amazing experience and everything ran smoothly. Would definitely recommend booking via Kelly.