My name is Laura and I look forward to becoming your personal Travel Counsellor. I am based in the Thame, Oxfordshire with my husband Anthony and our black Lab, Oxley.
Over my 22 years in the travel industry I’ve experienced a number of different roles. These include 5 years working in a high street agency where I became a senior consultant. My career then took me abroad where I became a holiday rep in Zakynthos, a ski rep in Andorra, and a resort team leader in the west of Cyprus where I controlled the Paphos gateway, as well as arranging weddings. I returned to Andorra for one last season, before moving back to the UK to manage a Going Places store for 3 years. Before joining Travel Counsellors where I have just celebrate my 10th Anniversary.
I’ve been fortunate to visit many destinations in Europe, the Mediterranean, North America, Canada, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Indian Ocean, Bali, Thailand and Malaysia. I have also experienced cruising. My travel wish list continues to grow and I love talking to people about their holidays as it’s a great way to add to my knowledge.
Being an independent travel agent means that I’m able to use a vast number of suppliers which helps ensure I recommend the right holiday for you. Whether it be your next holiday, business trip, or short break, I'll deliver the highest levels of customer service. I can also tailor-make trips so don't be afraid to ask for something different.
Another string to my bow is arranging overseas weddings and honeymoons. The Travel Counsellors Honeymoon Gift Registry service will enable your guests to give you the honeymoon of your dreams. All you’ll need to worry about is choosing the perfect honeymoon to suit you. I’ll be on-hand to offer all sorts of advice and suggestions, whatever your requirements may be.
Above all, my main aim is to ensure that your travel experience, no matter how big or small is a memorable one for all the right reasons.
Thank you for visiting my page. If you like the idea of having your very own personal Travel Counsellor then pick up the phone or drop me an email and I will get back to you.
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.
22 November 2016
Wow what a dream it was. This trip was a works trip that was a road trip to four destinations across six nights. We stayed in Hollywood at the Loews for one night, Santa Barbara at the Harbour View Inn for two nights, Santa Monica at the Le Meridien Delfina for one night and Palm Springs at the Hyatt Regency, Indian Wells for two nights! To get to our road trip we had to fly in to Los Angeles and to get there from Heathrow I flew with Air New Zealand who I recommend in the highest regard. The staff...
18 September 2016
This educational was being held by the Dubai tourist board, Qantas Airlines and Kerzner group. The itinerary was full on but I loved every minute of it. It showed me that you can do Dubai in a weekend if you wanted. The flight left Heathrow at 2pm and we landed local time at midnight. Flying out, my seat was in Economy with Qantas and I was surprised at how much leg room you actually got, the crew were lovely and I had personal seat back entertainment. As we arrived into Dubai it was midnight and we were told it was...
05 March 2016
Abercrombie and Kent (a wonderful luxury tour operator) invited me to spend a weekend in Florence seeing some of the hotels they worked with while getting a feel as to what the company is all about. A week before my departure date I received a lovely ticket wallet with my e-ticket plus a very detailed booklet which included my itinerary, inclusions, exclusions, useful contacts plus much more. So off I went early on a Saturday morning to Heathrow to meet my group at the gate before boarding our BA flight to Pisa. With BA as usual you are meet...
07 November 2015
What’s a minimoon I hear you say, well it’s for those who want a few days away after a wedding but either don’t have the time off, the money or the weather is not right in their dream destination so they have a few nights away after the wedding and then wait until the time is right for the Honeymoon. For Anthony and I we had two of the above, not enough time off and we needed to save a bit more for spending money. After our special day we did not just want to come home, so the...
19 September 2015
I was lucky enough to be invited on a Seine River Cruise with Avalon Waterways to get a feel what river cruising was all about and oh my, did it open my eyes to a wonderful way to travel. This was my itinerary for the next couple of days… Paris Vernon Les Andelys Caudebec for 2 nights Rouen for 1 night The river cruise actually went on but I was only on to get a taste of it and I could easily get a train back from Rouen to Paris to fly home. Firstly if you are a customer of Avalon...
09 October 2014
For those who don’t know, us travel agents from time to time get invited on a fam trips (short for familiarisation trips) that is either arranged by a hotel chain or country that want to show us what wonderful things they can offer to our customers. I was lucky enough to get invited by Sandals to see their hotels in St Lucia. So I meet my group of travel agents, on an early October morning at the Virgin Check in desk, Gatwick South terminal and the fun began. While getting the introductions out the way we did all the normal things,...
08 August 2013
My sister, my Gran and I wanted to give my mum a 60th birthday present that she would never forget so we picked a show and a night in London with a few extras too and she loved it. The 3 of us picked an early show dinner at the Ivy, which is a wonderful venue that has a classic décor and service with a great menu to match anyone’s needs. This was only a very short walk to the theatre where we took our seats for The Jersey boys- a great show that is about the story of Frankie...
20 June 2013
I know how lucky was I to have this invitation and all I had to do was pay for my flight as my friend had a spare room. My friend Charlotte who had sent the invite, was one of the girls I had worked and lived with in Zante and Andorra and while most of us reps gave up after two or three years Charlotte made it overseas for 10 years and actually end up as a health and safety officer for a UK tour operator. But after 10 years and too many airports she was ready to come home...
08 June 2012
I always feel home from home in Greece, especially since living in Zante and Cyprus so I was delighted to be invited to my friends' wedding. I only spent 4 nights on the island of Santorini but it felt like a lot longer. On arriving into the small terminal I was instantly in love with the place. The wedding party was based in Kamari, which was a short drive from the airport. The apartments we had picked were in a fantastic location on the beach front. It was a very typical Greek accommodation, basic with Air-Con and the staff were...
22 May 2011
Like so many of my holiday spots Sorrento picked me instead of me picking it. I had a call one grey and gloomy February from a dear school friend asking me to be her bridesmaid, little did I know through an excited yes that she would then add… and I am looking to get married in Italy. Now if I am truly honest at the time I had the normal dread of getting in the dress. But I soon got over that and in to the dress and arrived a few days before the wedding at a cute old fashioned...
18 October 2010
If you want the best of anything and everything then you need to go to Dubai… luxury, shopping, service, weather, entertainment and all within a short flight. Me and my sister actually went to Dubai for only 3 nights but packed so much in and felt totally relaxed at the same time. We flew over night from Heathrow had a car waiting for us and was taken straight to our hotel, The Shangri La. We drop our bags before jumping on the hop on hop off tour bus. So we could bother get a complete feel of the city. As...
10 June 2010
I went out to the Costa del Sol for a family friends 50th birthday and never having been before I was a little unsure what to expect. I had arranged to have our car collected at the terminal, as it was a family holiday and less hassle - I don’t have children but my parents were coming and can I imagine it will be about on par! As we pulled up a very help for man from the meet & greet company was waiting to take our car once our cases were in hand…a very successful stage 1! Now to...
18 October 2007
I love Thailand, I love Thailand. Have I ever told you I love Thailand! I’m actually not sure how to start this, as I want to tell you everything all at once. Thailand has everything to offer for every type of traveller, it is luxurious, peaceful, hectic, cultural, historical, respectful, crazy, scenic and much more. My Thailand experience was what we travel agents call a multicentre with a stay in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket. For Bangkok we crammed in so much in our 2 full days in the city… Grand Palace, reclining Buddha, floating market, street shopping, night markets,...
02 April 2003
My final stint as a Rep landed me in Cyprus - "The Island of Love", famed for being the birth place of Aphrodite, the goddess of love. I loved working and living in Cyprus and it felt very much like home from home, just with better weather and great beaches to go with it. I was given a car to get around as I was to cover Paphos and Pissouri on the west of the island. The great thing with Cyprus and having a car is that we both drive on the same side so there was no confusion once...
01 November 2002
I landed with a few bumps into Andorra, none of them bad of course; it’s just what happens when you are learning to ski. I can honestly say Andorra was my best season overseas. The whole four months was full of fun and that is what you get when you go on a ski holiday. There is such a passion with this type of holiday that even if you cannot ski the Après will certainly keep you occupied. Little Andorra is a principality between France and Spain sitting in the mountain range of the Pyrenees and although it is tiny...
01 May 2002
As I mention in my ‘about me’ I was lucky enough to be a holiday rep for a few seasons. My first season was spent in Zakynthos and this was also my first time visiting Greece. At the time I travelled out, we had to fly in to Athens and then travel across the mainland to Kilini via the Corinth canal to meet a ferry, as there were no flights direct to Zakynthos in the winter season, and I was arriving in at the end of March to open the resort. I arrived in to a very wet and cold...
Sent in by Zoe Tallis
Bicester, 04 March 2020
Laura Skeats is without a doubt the best Travel Councillor we have used. Went above and beyond to help find us the best place to stay. She was able to answer all the questions I had (I had a LOT) and we are definitely using her again. Definitely highly recommended to others.
Sent in by Sian Powell
Oxford, 20 November 2019
Laura is absolutely great, super helpful and makes travelling with work stress free!
Sent in by Laura Hurst
Watford, 18 November 2019
Fabulous and friendly service. Laura always goes beyond your expectations, thank you
Sent in by Nigel Williams
Bicester, 26 September 2019
Knowledgeable and helpful - as ever.
Sent in by Jane Carr
Southampton, 09 August 2019
We’ve known Laura for many years and this is not the first trip we’ve booked with her; she’s always there for us and understands our holiday requirements. She makes us feel like we’re the only people she works with.
Sent in by Leigh Milner
Epping, Essex, 08 May 2019
I've always come back to Laura, time after time. She is super friendly, reliable and trustworthy. Would definitely recommend!
Sent in by Dinesh Soares
Oxford, 29 April 2019
Laura is consistently quick and professional with finding optimal travel arrangements for my needs. It is always a pleasure to have her assistance in booking my travel. I would easily recommend her to my friends and colleagues.
Sent in by William Cunliffe
Northumberland, 29 April 2019
Excellent, professional and timely response
Sent in by Annette Stannard
Fairford, 11 March 2019
Our Travel Counsellor, Laura, always gives us great advice, she has taken time to get to know us and has always booked holidays for us that have been just what we expected and have been relaxing and worry free. Will continue to use Laura for all our future holiday needs
Sent in by Kerry Goodson
Aylesbury, 20 February 2019
Laura has been amazing as always, giving that real personal touch and finding us the perfect holiday.
Sent in by Jade Bolton
Kidlington, 08 February 2019
Laura is so knowledgeable and I always trust her opinion and advice whenever I book with her. She goes above and beyond every trip we book. Laura is always professional, approachable and personable. I think she is fantastic at her job and wouldn’t go any where else.
Sent in by Margaret Smith
Oxford, 06 February 2019
Laura always goes the extra mile to make sure our holiday travel arrangements meet our needs and goes out of her way to make herself available around our work commitments which is greatly appreciated. I have already recommended her to a friend this week!
Sent in by Susan Chantry
Oxfordshire, 09 October 2017
Excellent personal service taking into account all circumstances to ensure holiday needs are met. Thank you.
Sent in by Diane O'DONOVAN
Kidlington, 01 September 2017
We wanted a trip to Canada which included my daughter's wedding, as well as some touring and sight seeing but didn't feel confident in arranging it ourselves so we contacted Laura who took up the challenge and came back to us with a great package that included all the things we wanted to do. We received a full itinerary that contained vouchers and tickets for everything we had booked including car hire, ferries and trips. We followed the itinerary daily and everything ran very smoothly just as it should. We now recommend Laura to all our friends and won't hesitate to call on her again.
Sent in by Angela Barry
Bristol, 05 September 2015
Laura provided an exceptional service not just booking the holiday to my requested expectations but followed through even after we had left. Checking we were satisfied with everything every step of the way. We would use Laura again in the future & have already recommended her service to friends & family.
Sent in by Hannah Cosier
Oxford, 28 July 2015
Thank you Laura for helping us to plan the perfect Honeymoon! Your patience and fast response with all of our many queries was fantastic. The hotels you booked for us were perfect for what we wanted and needed, and all flights and transfers were great. We have already recommended you to friends and family, and will be sure to come to you again for our next special holiday.
Sent in by Jamie Thorp
Witney, 26 May 2015
Laura is always amazing and we trust her with all out more complex travel and holiday needs. I often recommend others to use her, she really is brilliant!
Sent in by Paul Franklin
Kidlington, 06 May 2014
Laura consistently delivers to a very high standard. She has a knack of finding the right holiday. She is always very helpful and friendly. I always recommend her to friends and family.
Sent in by Anna Tranter
Milton Keynes, 10 February 2014
Laura took the time to talk to me about our request and then even more time running back and forth to gather the correct quotes. We took our time to make a decision with lots of changes on the way but she was always friendly and patient.
Sent in by Laura Carling
Kidlington, 10 February 2014
Laura was excellent in tailoring our dream holiday for us. She was always on hand to discuss ideas and hotels, resorts etc. with an exceptionally wide knowledge of Thailand. We will definitely be back to book again with her.
Sent in by Hannah cOX
Kidlington, 10 February 2014
Laura was absolutely amazing when helping us organise our honeymoon. She was so patient, and really listened to everything we wanted and didnt want. She has found us the most perfect honeymoon and we couldnt be happier! Thank you so much Laura!
Sent in by Alison Watkins-Nash
Swindon, 08 February 2014
We had a wonderful honeymoon that you arranged for us. Our first cruise adventure was a memorable one, the hotel ideally situated and all the transfers ran smoothly. The whole 'Travel Counsellor' service I would thoroughly recommend and will certainly consider using again. Thank you for the time you put in to making our honeymoon so special.
Sent in by Margaret Smith
Kidlington, 21 October 2013
Laura was friendly, knowledgeable and very efficient at dealing with our search. We won't hesitate to book with her again or indeed to recommend Laura to our friend and family. Thank you Laura!
Sent in by Victor Gamboa
Mexico, 07 October 2013
Laura is awesome! I had a problem a problem with a travel agency online and had to book all my flights on last minute! She found very good fares and perfect timing - my traveling schedule was perfect because of her help!
Sent in by Alison Watkins-Nash
Swindon, 07 October 2013
Laura was great. She went above and beyond the call of duty for us to arrange our honeymoon. A friend of mine is already in the process of using her services and booking a holiday for Christmas.
Sent in by Michele Lodge
Kidlington, 07 October 2013
Laura just takes all the hassle away. We haven't got the time (or patience) to trawl the internet. Laura knows what we like and sorts everything brilliantly. We even got upgraded to a junior suite on our recent trip to Sorrento - no idea how she managed that one! We have already booked our next holiday to Sicily through Laura, so thank you once again for all your help.
Sent in by Melvyn Kirtley
Woodstock, 07 October 2013
Due to the excellent service always provided by Laura, we have passed her name on to several other people.
Sent in by Vivienne Burton
Abingdon, 02 September 2013
Had a great holiday that catered for all of us with different ideas of a holiday! I hate trying to find holidays when there are so many different considerations to account for so it was great not to have the hassle. All went very smoothly and bonus was we didn't have any time consuming rep meetings. I will definitely use Laura again.
Sent in by Nigel Williams
Bicester, 01 August 2013
Laura provides a wonderful travel service. She is knowledgeable, helpful and extremely reliable. I had some quite specific requirements and not a lot of time to get the holiday booked, but Laura breezed through the arrangements. I can wholeheartedly recommend booking a holiday through her.
Sent in by Shelley Hopper
Kidlington, 11 April 2013
Laura has recently booked a long weekend in Paris for me. Her service was great and without her help, I know I wouldn't have booked the trip which I was planning as a surprise for my husband. Nothing was too much trouble, and I had plenty to choose from and all at a great price! We had a fantastic weekend away and I can honestly say it was all thanks to Laura. I would definitely recommend Laura if you need help and advice in booking your travel! Thank you Laura!
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 01296 769190