Hello! Thank you for looking at my page, let me introduce myself!
My name is Laura Sharples, I am an enthusiastic and passionate independent travel agent with over 8 years experience of booking package holidays, luxury trips, honeymoons and cruises for a variety of very happy customers.
I chose to join Travel Counsellors because it allows me to give each booking more time and personal attention in order to focus on the individual needs of my customers. Whether it’s expert advice, finding the best deals or more bespoke travel arrangements, I research and plan all your requirements to help you start enjoying your holiday as soon as its booked!
I go the extra mile to tailor make all types of holidays, build components together or sell them separately if you are looking for flights, attraction tickets, hotels, car hire or insurance. I can search through hundreds of combinations and can put the right package together for you. I can even book your favourite tour operators packages. I have many testimonials from my happy clients, whom I have got to know and listened to their wishes before putting together their fabulous travel plans!
Having a large family of my own, we love our holidays and can’t wait to go on our next adventure and create memories. We have visited all over Europe on various city breaks, holidays and cruises. We love Disney and have been to Florida where we enjoyed Miami as a relaxing add-on for a couple of nights. Also, a family favourite of ours is Disneyland Paris we have been many times with various group sizes.
I have also been lucky enough to travel further afield to Africa and Caribbean and experience luxury cruises round the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, I’ve cruised part of the Nile and been inside the Pyramids of Giza. I have climbed Dunn’s River Falls in Jamaica and visited Stingray City in Grand Cayman. I'm happily in a position to recommend destinations, cruises, excursions and hotels and book your perfect holiday.
You can contact me any time day or night by phone or email even skype or could meet you if you are local. I will always respond quickly.
I look forward to doing the hard word and removing any hassles you may have had when booking previous holidays.
I promise to get to know your likes and dislikes in order to help me create your perfect break!
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.
28 August 2019
It was a very very HOT bank holiday weekend in London! We have children aged 15,11 &9 who like lots of different things so we wanted to do something that they would all like. We stayed in Bloomsbury as its very central and easy to get around from here. On our first day we went to the Portobello Market and up the Shard- I know, a glass building in that heat! At the top of the Shard the children had ice-creams and the adults champagne! We took our time and walked around levels 68 and 72 seeing who could be first...
07 May 2019
After spending a week learning about Hurtigruten Cruises, I wanted to share some surprising facts. THE FLEET Hurtigruten have two new hybrid ships. In 2019, Hurtigruten will add a brand new ship to its fleet: the MS Roald Amundsen. This state-of-the-art vessel features new and environmentally sustainable hybrid technology that will reduce fuel consumption and show the world that hybrid propulsion on large ships is possible. Next year, the MS Fridtjof Nansen will be the latest addition to Hurtigruten’s fleet of custom built ships – and the next generation expedition ship. She will explore some of the most spectacular corners of...
24 April 2019
Three weeks before Easter, before we knew what the weather would be like, we decided to book Cornwall for 4 nights! Yes, it’s a long way to drive for four nights but we travelled late afternoon to avoid traffic and managed it in seven hours including two stops! Places we visited.... Carbis Bay - stunning and very family friendly, a gorgeous hotel overlooks the bay but there are plenty of smaller hotels or cottages close by or in St Ives which is a walk or short drive away. Lizard Point - the most southerly point of the UK with breath taking views. Although...
04 March 2019
Wonderful New Ship! Lucky me got to go and be one of the first to sample the wonderful new MSC Bellissima ship. We pulled up into the car park and the size of the ship astonished me! Its huge! Embarkation was very easy - printed ticket, passport and that’s all I needed. They took my photo and gave me my room card and tracker bracelet. I had downloaded the app (MSC for me) so just needed to go into it on the ships Wi-Fi and log some details and I was set to go. I could immediately see where I was...
22 June 2018
FFor Bank Holiday weekend we decided to choose to go to London on the train and spend a few days seeing the sights! We stayed at the Radisson Blu Bloomsbury which was a great location, only 10 minutes’ walk from Euston Station and only 10 minutes’ walk to Oxford Street, the hotel was clean, and the children loved the free sweet stand in reception. We had both of our rooms upgraded too - the rooms were a little small, but we weren't in them too long so managed fine. We had breakfast once in the hotel, it was pricey but freshly...
20 June 2018
My family of 5 with children (14,10 and 8) visited Disneyland Paris in February 2018 for the 12th time! We stayed for 4 nights on the 2 nights free offer and flew from Liverpool with private transfers to get us to our hotel. This was our first time staying at the Newport Bay and had upgraded to the Compass Club. The hotel has been refurbished fairly recently and it was immaculate. Very nautical, New England in style, spacious areas and never an overcrowded feeling even though it is a large hotel. When you upgrade to Compass Club you get one free...
07 October 2017
Menorca is my happy place. It is a perfect, scenic relaxing island, ideal for families of all ages and sizes. You will find lots of two bed accommodation here, some three bedroomed and lots of villas. I have been going here for over 25 years and as a child I experienced so many happy holidays. I made friends who I met year after year again and again and played all day in the sun, on the beautiful beaches and in the fantastic pools that all children cannot wait to get into as soon as they arrive. As an adult and now a...
Sent in by Nicola Bailey
Ramsbottom, 07 April 2020
Nothing was too much trouble for Laura .From start to finish Laura made it so exciting to read and hear what was offer I would definitely recommend Laura and Travel Counsellors to all my friends and family
Sent in by Sharon O'Connor
Haslingden, 14 November 2019
I’d been searching for my honeymoon for weeks and found myself totally swamped with possibilities. I contacted Laura and gave her a list of my wishes and we had our honeymoon booked in 24 hours x
Sent in by Kirsty Robinson
Hawkshaw, 14 November 2019
Laura is so committed to finding you the perfect holiday that fits your family. Nothing is too much trouble and she goes above and beyond in ensuring everything is perfect. I would, have and will continue to recommended Laura to others.
Sent in by Vicky Coxen
Hawkshaw, 12 October 2019
Laura always offers a very friendly and caring service. She has been extremely helpful not only with my bookings but with the after care required as well. 5 stars from me!
Sent in by Margaret Morgan
Bury, 12 October 2019
Laura provide a quick service with various option to fulfil our requirements. This saved my time & took the stress out of organising a family holiday with age ranges from 7 to 70. Nothing was too much trouble for her Thank you Laura
Sent in by Shaun Bailey
Ramsbottom, 28 August 2019
Excellent service and Laura was second to none at listening to our requirements and sorting it all for us . We will be definitely be using Laura again and letting all our friends know! regards Shaun
Sent in by Sally Slater
Bolton, 31 July 2019
Laura Sharples is a superb Travel Counsellor. She has been amazing and found us the perfect holiday.
Sent in by Melanie Filidoro
Bury, 31 July 2019
Laura was truly amazing. She researched my options thoroughly and managed to offer me the perfect choice of holiday. She was friendly and professional and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to friends and family. Laura is a real credit to the company.
Sent in by Natalie Heys
Bury, 31 July 2019
Absolutely fantastic service from Laura. I felt she went above and beyond to make our holiday perfect!
Sent in by Liz Hazelwood
Ramsbottom, 10 December 2018
Laura was really helpful in providing us with suggestions within our brief and then booking our holiday for us. A really easy and personable transaction and we can’t wait for holiday next year. We’ll definitely be booking with Laura again!
Sent in by Julie Archibald
Manchester, 25 November 2018
Recently booked a cruise with Laura, nothing was too much trouble for her, she definitely went that extra mile to make sure we were happy with everything before we booked, can’t wait for the holiday now!
Sent in by Jackie Barry
Bury, 09 October 2018
Laura helped us to book a trip with stopovers to Australia. We changed our mind about the dates and stops several times. Laura exceeded our expectations and I would definitely recommend her to anyone planning a trip.
Sent in by Mike Brown
Bolton, 02 October 2018
Laura was very friendly and professional throughout the booking process. Having experience of Orlando she was able to provide excellent advice. She got prices to us very quickly and was happy to work at all hours!
Sent in by Charlotte Hanley
Bury, 27 September 2018
Laura has been fantastic and helped me with everything. Thank you Laura
Sent in by Victoria Gardner
Rossendale, 18 January 2018
I had a tricky itinerary to organise but Laura was extremely helpful and attentive to every detail. I would recommend Laura to anyone looking to book a holiday and will certainly be coming to her for holiday planning in the future!
Sent in by Marie Rayner
Rossendale, 05 November 2017
An absolutely fantastic service. We were booking a first time Disneyland Paris trip including a disabled guest, and Laura not only explained the packages in detail and helped us to pick the right one, she also answered all of the questions we asked in relation to disabilities and provided us with insight we would not have been able to get by just booking through the website. We didn’t know where to start with this holiday and Laura put it together for us in a way that we could never have done on our own. Super friendly and professional too!
Sent in by Paul Oliver
Bury, 30 October 2017
Laura found us a great deal and listened to all our needs and wants. Would highly recommend her. A true Disney expert.
Sent in by Sara Pepperday
Bury, 05 October 2017
Laura was extremely helpful and got us the best possible deal. She listened to what we wanted and gave us a few options to choose from. As the holiday is a surprise for our daughter she has kept it secret and worked around when is best for us to speak. We will definitely use Laura again!
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 01204 896 930