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I worked for high street travel agencies for over 25 years and have always had a passion for travel. With the best technology and freedom of choice, I can give you the most professional, stress free, personal service to plan and book your travel arrangements. Let me shop around for you to find the most suitable solution for your holiday plans or celebration trip. Unlike many internet sites, everything I book for you is 100% financially protected - no ifs, no buts. From a no-frills flight to an around the world itinerary, you can have complete peace of mind knowing that your money is in safe hands. During the current Covid crisis we have been voted the best company for customer refunds not once, but twice, which is a very welcome accolade. It’s not what we wanted to be known for, but when things do go wrong, we have a great track record of customer care.
I am a certified Canadian Specialist & Premier Aussie Specialist which have to be kept up to date and renewed each year. I am a Disney International Agent, have attained specialist status for most of the Caribbean Islands and numerous others for destinations and cruise lines. I have arranged weddings and honeymoons in many countries of the world including the islands of the Caribbean, the USA, Australia, Thailand, Bali, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, the Seychelles and closer to home in the Med. I’m always up for a tailor-made challenge and recently I seem to be doing lots of itineraries featuring rail journeys and self-drive too.
I have been to a different country for every year of my life, have cruised several times and been on-board most of the UK's favourite cruise ships. In 2018, we did our first European river cruise from Budapest to Regensburg and had a wonderful trip around St Lucia. We have visited several European cities for the Christmas markets. We visited Canada, the USA and Alaska for an epic 6 week trip last year. I also attended the CLIA 2019 conference in Southampton especially to check out the Celebrity Edge and finally have a peek at the £90 million remaster of Cunard's QM2. Silver Cloud - my first Ice Class vessel experience takes just 254 passengers and visited London very briefly before setting off for Scandinavia, South America and finally arriving in Antarctica last November.
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09 October 2019
I admit, I didn’t know much about Toronto apart from the fact that it’s home to the CN Tower, has one of the largest shopping malls in Canada and is a popular place to stay to visit Niagara Falls. As with our other cities, we took a Hop On Hop Off Tour to get our bearings. The iconic CN Tower is hard to miss as it stands 550 metres above the city and the waterfront. We felt we had to add this to our viewing list and ride the highest glass floor panelled lift in the world which took us...
01 October 2019
By the time you read this, my epic trip North America trip was almost at an end, but I know Boston and New England are on many people’s wish list so here goes.... Boston is known for being a bit rebellious and if you’re interested in history, most people walk the two and a half miles of the Freedom Trails, visit the Boston Tea Party ships and museum and maybe visit the JFK library and museum as this city is where the 35th US president was born and raised. Faneuil Marketplace consists of four historic buildings dating back to the...
20 September 2019
I have to say that Seattle surprised me. As a city they don’t do that much marketing and it’s not often that I meet suppliers that operate there, so we had added it to our itinerary because of a particular attraction and then found so much more of interest! We decided that the best way to experience the great Pacific Northwest would be on the Amtrak Cascades. It’s an early start and a four and a half hour journey from Vancouver, but it passes Mount Everett, Mount Washington State Forest and travels much of the journey hugging the coast, so...
08 September 2019
The time had come - our cruise to Alaska! We joined the ship in Vancouver and I have to say, it was very efficiently done. What we didn’t see as a tourist walking around Canada Place the day before was all the scurrying activity that takes place below. We were whisked inside and down into the underground drop off bays in our taxi where we were greeted and directed towards the check in area. As our luggage was already tagged with our cabin numbers our paperwork was briefly checked over and our cases were taken from us before we made...
06 September 2019
As a Canadian Specialist, I have been lucky enough to visit Canada before, but this was a different trip as it was part of a longer holiday. We were in Vancouver to join an Alaska cruise, but knew that there was so much to do here that we stayed on post cruise for a few nights more. The first thing we do when we’re in a city for any length of time is to pick up a Hop on Hop off bus. Unlike the many red varieties, this one was operated by Gray Line – Westcoast Sightseeing. There are two routes,...
05 September 2019
The Rocky Mountaineer is an iconic journey and one that’s on many people’s bucket list. Nowadays there are three main journeys you can do between Vancouver, Kamloops, Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, Whistler and Quesnel with different variations. They are known as First Passage to the West, Journey Through the Clouds and Rainforest to Goldrush and can be done in either direction. This gives you the perfect opportunity to combine it with a cruise, a land tour or a self drive. We did our trip as part of a larger celebration itinerary, but I thought it deserved a blog of its...
01 September 2019
Everyone knows Calgary as ‘Stampede City’ as this is their most famous calendar event in July every year. Clad in western hats, boots and bandanas, 127,777 people stomped through the Stampede gates on its first full day this year breaking the previous record, but we’ve chosen to visit in September this time round. The sun was shining, the sky was blue and we spent the whole weekend in t-shirts. I was surprised at how pretty the city still was with abundant flower displays on lampposts and around some of the popular buildings. Our hotel was the Hyatt Regency which has an...
25 May 2019
The cruise market is the fastest growing sector of the travel industry and there are ships built to suit all ages. I was excited to attend the CLIA conference in Southampton recently so that I could finally get to see Celebrity’s brand-new ship ‘Edge’ which stopped briefly in Southampton to host us en route from her maiden season in the Caribbean. She’s Celebrity’s first new ship for 10 years and the hype began over a year ago. The innovation starts with check in. For passengers who complete their check-in process in advance — which includes loading a photo and scanning...
05 December 2018
In recent years we’ve taken to visiting some Christmas Markets and this time it was Prague. We arrived on the eve of St Nicholas Day and had to have a quick turnaround at our hotel to be in time to see the traditional St. Nicholas (Mikuláš), the Angel (andel) who represents the Good, and the Devil (cert) mingling out on the streets. They each wear costumes, stopping children and asking them if they were good in the past year. It can be a bit scary for visiting families if they don’t know what to expect, but it’s a fun night...
23 June 2018
I’ve worked in the travel industry for a very long time…. and every time I’ve heard the words ‘Jade Mountain’ it’s made me smile. Usually it’s mentioned as a honeymoon or anniversary treat and then as time went on it also became a repeat visit for some of the same people. It’s one of those unique hotels that has charm and personality and is impossible to copy. Rising majestically above the 600 acre beach front resort of Anse Chastanet, Jade Mountain Resort on St. Lucia’s south-western Caribbean coastline is surrounded by rainforest and the sound of birds. Our driver took...
16 June 2018
Everyone’s definition of luxury is different, and most luxury items come at a price that’s just beyond your normal spend for that item. That’s what makes it a luxury and something people strive to attain. Officially welcomed to the Regent Seven Seas Cruises' fleet on July 13, 2016 in Monaco and christened by Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco, this ship is no exception. It’s all suite accommodation and there’s no such thing as an inside cabin. The ship itself exudes luxury the minute you step aboard to a champagne greeting. I’ve grown to love Murano glass and Swarovski...
19 May 2018
U by Uniworld is designed for those with a passion for exploring and a taste for authentic adventures. They say ‘our ships double as a social club and venue for meeting like-minded travellers’. They’re decked out with a sleek design, contemporary air, and we decided to go and take a look this spring as The A and The B began their brand-new service in Europe. We chose ‘The Danube Flow’ from Budapest to Regensburg on The A. These cruisers are unique on the rivers as they’re elegant jet-black boats with neon running lights that cast a friendly glow to the...
16 May 2018
It’s official – Budapest is now one of my favourite cities. We recently took our first river cruise out of Budapest and decided that we needed to be there for a few days before we sailed away. We flew out of Luton early in the day and were in the heart of the city before lunch. Just around the corner we discovered a delightful bistro and ordered ‘Goulash’ with a bottle of wine. This is hearty fare and deserved a stroll around the neighbourhood afterwards to get our bearings. We were very close to the Parliament building which is the...
20 April 2018
When I saw a tribute break advertising shows for two of my favourite bands with the opportunity to stay in a castle, I was hooked! What this transpired to be was ‘Genesis Connected’, ‘Majesty as Queen’ and ‘Magic – a Kind of ELO’ playing at Warner Bodelwyddan Castle. We opted to stay in a historic room as you don’t often get the chance to stay somewhere with such history. The room had an outdoor staircase and was in the older part of the property, but it was still only a 5-minute stroll from the main entertainment hub. What we had...
04 December 2017
Having travelled to Belgium frequently as a child, I have fond memories of waffles and chocolate goodies. In recent times it has also included beer as Belgium has an amazing beer culture that was a mystery to me back then! Before the second world war, Bruges city centre was home to at least 30 working breweries. At that time beer supplies were delivered by horse and cart to people’s homes and tourists had not yet discovered the city’s old masters, museums and winding canals. Nowadays enough beer to fill 12,000 bottles an hour flows in a pipeline under the cobbled...
05 October 2017
As a Premier Aussie Specialist, I was invited to attend ‘Corroboree West’, held on the Gold Coast, Queensland – also the home of ‘I’m a Celebrity – Get Me Out of Here’ fame. It’s an area I’ve visited before and have been lucky enough to stay in the Palazzo Versace where the celebs retreat to after their exit from camp. Not this time as we were there to work more than play and checked into the Star Gold Coast which is just a few minutes’ walk to the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. I did manage to find the...
05 October 2017
After leaving Canberra we set off to discover the unspoilt beauty of the Snowy Mountains and the Sapphire Coast with Gang Gang Tours. We loaded up our exclusive tour bus and set of for Batemans Bay and were checking in to our hotel 3 hours later. After an informal dinner we set off early to bed to prepare for our next adventure – sea kayaking! I’ve kayaked before and I know it can be hard work, so I was very pleased to see that we were in two-seat kayaks. Getting into the spray skirt at 6am was entertaining, but once...
25 August 2017
I have cruised several times and visited many ships as a Travel Counsellor but this August I had the opportunity to cruise on the newly launched ship ‘Columbus’ belonging to Cruise & Maritime Voyages. This cruise line specialises in no-fly cruising and sails from eleven UK ports in small to medium sized ships. Columbus is now their flagship. As an older ship that has been completely refurbished, I knew my chances of having a balcony cabin were very limited. Another ‘first’ for me was to be visiting and cruising from Tilbury which is her home port for the foreseeable future....
18 August 2017
I’ve booked Warner Breaks for many years and always had good feedback. We had the opportunity to take a ‘Star Break’ recently and the property we chose was Thoresby Hall. This country house hotel dates back to 1865 and is in Budby, Nottinghamshire. As you don’t often get the chance to stay somewhere with so much history, we also decided to upgrade to a historic room. The hotel has 221 rooms altogether, but they also have an annexe which has the majority of the accommodation. The historic rooms (around 50 I think) are all different, with lovely features such as fireplaces...
01 August 2017
Thanks to Oceania for another great ship visit last week on the Marina. Sadly not many outside shots as the weather in Southampton was grey and overcast and didn't do the pool deck justice! Marina is one of Oceania's new build ships and has less than double the amount of cabins as Nautica, but is more than twice the size at 60,000 tonnes taking approx 1250 guests. One of the things that struck me was that the ocean view cabins have floor to ceiling windows that resemble a set of patio doors more than anything else! This makes the cabin...
23 June 2017
In April 2016, Delta Airlines launched a new nonstop service between London Heathrow and Salt Lake City. This was great news for my skiers as Utah offers four world class ski resorts within a 45-minute transfer from Salt Lake City airport or just 20 minutes from downtown. With access to a total of 14 ski resorts across seven different mountains there’s something to offer every level of skier. I had the opportunity to try out the new route last summer and was pleasantly surprised. At an altitude of 4,300ft and a quick transfer from the airport, Salt Lake City sits...
14 June 2017
I was lucky enough to go on a ship visit this week to see Oceania’s Nautica in Southampton. Oceania is a premium 5* cruise line with six ships which are all quite different in size, style and appearance as only two of them were new builds for the line (MV Marina & MV Riviera) and the other four were bought from other cruise lines and refitted. The newest refitted ship is medium in size (MV Sirena) and the two new builds are large at 66,000 tonnes but are only taking around 1250 passengers each. Nautica had her refit in 2005...
05 February 2017
...I can say that now – whereas after my first visit with my family many years ago – I wasn't so sure! The flight from London was just under four hours and I was beginning to think that I should have made better use of my iPad. All around me people were watching films and I was just finishing my latest e-book and the in-flight magazine – so go prepared to entertain yourself for almost 4 hours if you go for the ‘low cost’ carriers! When we travel as a couple, my husband and I like to be quite independent so we’d...
01 October 2016
Kenya holds a special place in my heart and if I see a competition for a Kenya prize – count me in! I visit World Travel Market every year and this trip was just that – a 7nt prize trip to Kenya for two. Loving Kenya as I do… I couldn’t just leave it at a week so I added some extra safari and beach nights so that we visited both Samburu and the Masai. The adventure started with our flight with Kenya Airways. If you think that an African airline is a bit ‘third world’ – think again. Kenya Airways...
08 August 2016
I have quite a few cruise clients who love both river and ocean cruising – but there’s really only one line who offers both – and that’s Viking. They dipped their toes in the ocean in 2015 with the Viking Star which was such a resounding success that she was quickly followed by the Viking Sea. They’re copycat ships with two more on the books for 2017, the Viking Sun and the Viking Sky that will also take a maximum of 930 passengers each. I was lucky enough to spend four days on the Viking Sea recently as she sailed...
10 June 2016
Secrets Akumal – ‘Place of the Turtle’ After a whistle stop touring trip of California we needed a few days of relaxation in the sun – and like many Americans – headed straight for Mexico! I have stayed at and loved Secrets and Dreams resorts in the Caribbean, so decided to head for the adult-only Secrets Akumal. This hotel is roughly an hour from Cancun airport and from the road all you can see is lush vegetation until you spot the gates. Once inside, the hotel follows the same recipe as their sister properties – a very slick champagne check in...
11 May 2016
To friends that know me, it’s no secret that I love the Caribbean and especially Jamaica. On this trip I travelled with two work colleagues for an update. First stop - Half Moon. The is a mega resort set on 400 acres with a stunning 2 mile beach just outside Montego Bay. We stayed here for 2 nights in Hibiscus Junior Suites. These suites in two storey detached buildings run along the back of the beach with glorious sea views. Although the resort is set on such a large amount of land it only has 228 rooms and villas and they’re...
21 April 2016
We recently had the opportunity to take a trip to Finland for a snowmobile adventure. It was an early start flying into Kiruna and then a picturesque drive along the Swedish border 250km into the Arctic circle to Karesuando where we crossed the border into Finland. We arrived just in time to drop our luggage to our cabin and go back for dinner at our lodge. After dinner we had a briefing and found out that our first expedition was going to be that night so - we set off to get fitted for ‘suits and boots’ and to choose...
06 September 2015
It’s been a few years since I visited Italy and I’ve had so many enquiries recently that I thought it was time I did some ‘on site’ research. I travelled with my husband in September and his interest in the trip was to hire a Fiat5 00 to drive the Amalfi Coast - I wasn’t sure whether that would be frightening or fun but was up for giving it a go! We stayed in a beautiful villa in the hills behind Sant'Agnello. I’d recommend arriving in daylight if you do something like this because driving is a challenge enough without...
24 April 2015
As an Aussie Specialist I have just returned from ‘Corroboree Europe 2015’ which involved 300 Aussie Specialists from all over Europe meeting up with over 130 suppliers who look after our clients visiting Australia. The format is very structured to make sure that everyone gets to meet all of the exhibitors face to face to find out more about the services and products they offer. We also leave knowing that if we need help on the ground for special arrangements, we’ve almost certainly met someone who can help us, which is invaluable. As host city, Adelaide gets the opportunity not...
06 March 2015
It’s official – size matters! While Allure of the Seas is the younger sister ship to Oasis of the Seas… she’s a whole two inches longer, which makes her the largest passenger ship ever constructed. Her home port is Port Everglades and I recently had the pleasure of spending a week aboard her on a ‘Seminar at Sea’. We flew into Miami and spent the first night at an airport hotel. This is normal when you join a Caribbean cruise as a flight delay could result in you missing your sailing. After a leisurely breakfast we transferred up to Fort...
06 October 2014
My husband proposed to me in Amsterdam so it’s always been a city close to my heart. It’s been a while since we’ve visited so we returned in October to see whether it’s changed much in recent years. I’m pleased to report that it hasn’t ... and for me that’s great because it had so much character then, and it still has it now. The Dutch people are very artistic and although it has all the big chain stores and designer shopping, it also has an eclectic mix of shops and markets to browse for the more unusual gifts. This time...
06 August 2014
I’ve never had LA at the top of my list for places to visit in the USA but circumstances made a visit essential in 2014. So, with my tourist hat on I set about going and finding out why so many people stay there. We were based in West Hollywood for a week without transport and did the usual things such as the ‘Stars Homes’ tour in Beverly Hills which also took in several iconic movie locations including the Hollywood Hills, Rodeo Drive, Carney’s on Sunset Strip, the Saddle Ranch and Whisky a Go-Go (which helped launch bands such as...
21 February 2014
The Northern Lights have been on my husband’s wish list for years. Having organised trips for several clients this winter, I decided that we ought to join the hunt and we went to Reykjavik in February. Our flight was early in the day so we took the bus to the Blue Lagoon. The thermal pools are closer to the airport than to the city so it’s always a good plan to stop off on the way in or out from Keflavik if your schedule allows. They’re a well organised attraction offering luggage storage, towel rental and electronic wristbands that will...
13 September 2013
I won a trip to South Africa at a training event some time ago and it finally took place in September 2013. We flew in overnight with South African Airways & I was delighted to see that we were due to visit Table Mountain on our first day. We quickly checked in to the Southern Sun Waterfront and had a packed lunch on the way over to the cable car. I did think it was all a bit rushed, but once we arrived we found that the clouds were rolling in and there was a chance that it might be...
03 May 2013
Many years ago when my husband and I got married, the travel world seemed a much smaller place than it is now. We were already fairly well travelled for our age and wanted somewhere special for our honeymoon. We chose Cyprus - dubbed the “island of love” as it is the birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite. Since then I have organised several weddings and numerous honeymoons to the island and felt that it was time we went back ourselves. This time we went to celebrate my husband’s birthday and spent time in both Limassol and Paphos. Limassol is the second largest...
12 April 2013
In April I was lucky enough to travel to Peru for a wonderful trip. After checking in at the hotel we were picked up by our local guide for a visit to the Larco Museum followed by popping into a well-known historic local tavern to be introduced to Pisco Sour – the national drink of Peru. The locals tend to buy the distilled brandy by the bottle, then spend the evening making their own cocktails at the table - the atmosphere was getting very merry by the time we left! As it was getting dark, we headed for the Magic...
24 March 2013
Malta is a country I have visited before so I was thrilled to win a pair of tickets at World Travel Market to visit again. With the ticket and holiday restrictions we had, we decided it would have to be March. We knew it wouldn’t be a lounging around the pool/beach holiday so we opted to stay in Sliema and have a car for the duration so we could easily explore the island. Unfortunately we explored Sliema a bit too much on arrival as we struggled to find our hotel! Luckily there were plenty of helpful people around who pointed...
07 October 2012
Having visited Kenya several years ago and followed the classic Aberdares, Samburu, Lake Naivasha & Masai Mara route we decided that when we returned this time we wanted a more private experience. We would be staying on the Kenyan coast afterwards so chose to visit Tsavo East staying in a luxury camp with just 11 thatched roof, semi tented bungalows on wooden platforms on the southern banks of the Galana River. We flew into Mombasa via Nairobi and it took around three hours to reach the Buchuma park gate. Tsavo East is wilder and much less frequented by visitors than Tsavo...
15 July 2012
Ctd.... After a lovely meal at ‘Mercure’, the French restaurant at Now Larimar, we decided to explore this larger resort in search of some nightlife. There were plenty of places to choose from and we moved between a couple of the bars until we found ourselves in the club. Now Larimar has a fresh, funky style and appeals to younger clientele. You can still have a top quality all inclusive here with plenty of activities on offer to work up your appetite – and keep going into the small hours. If you like the activities but want to retire early –...
15 July 2012
As a Caribbean Specialist I was given to opportunity recently to visit the Dominican Republic with AM Resorts. July is officially hurricane season so the weather was hot and humid, but as it was still cold and wet here – it was no contest! We flew BA with a quick touchdown in Antigua and were dismayed to see four other wide bodied aircraft at Punta Cana when we arrived. Despite having to queue to pay $10pp arrival tax, the airport handled the mass arrival very well and we were soon on our way to Dreams Punta Cana. We were checked in...
24 September 2011
Anguilla – an island that stands by her principles of a ban on cruise ships, casinos and high rise buildings – what’s not to like about this Caribbean gem? This island is only 35 square miles in size and has 33 pristine beaches so it’s not surprising that island life revolves mainly around the beach for accommodation, dining and activities! Imagine my disappointment when I found that my home for our relatively short stay would be the Paradise Cove – a property that’s not actually on a beach! This hotel is owned and operated by a local lady who has won...
20 September 2011
As a member of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation I recently had the opportunity to visit St Kitts. This is an island of history and plantation house properties and has the only (steam) railway in the Caribbean. Our flight was via Antigua but with an hour on the ground to stretch your legs and a short hop on to St Kitts we were wide awake on arrival. I stayed at the Timothy Beach which is the only beachside property on the Caribbean Sea coast at Frigate Bay. It’s a 3* and performs well within grade. The rooms were spacious, there were several...
29 March 2011
I visited Barbados last around 10 years ago and, as a Caribbean Specialist I thought it was about time I gave the island a second look ... We chose to sample the new addition to Almond Hotels first – The Casuarina Beach. This is a typical Barbados style 280 room hotel and, as many an older hotel that’s been revamped – has a lovely beach location with tropical gardens. We had a renovated beachfront room and ate dinner in each of their three restaurants. Unusually for an all inclusive, breakfast is the only meal that’s buffet style and we were impressed...
04 March 2011
Etihad are an award winning airline and the flight to Abu Dhabi was excellent. There's a huge selection of entertainment with their ‘view on demand’ service and the seven hour flight seemed much shorter. The food on board was among the best I’ve had in the air for a long time. On arrival we were whisked off to the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr to settle in. Next morning we were whisked off again – this time by Jetboat!! Yellow Boats Tours offer scenic trips along the corniche and are a great way of seeing the layout of the city. After leaving...
25 September 2010
Celebrity Cruises are celebrating their 20 year anniversary this year and I was lucky enough to join the Constellation for a ‘Seminar @ Sea’. I chose to fly from my local airport and join several of my colleagues on board who flew into Barcelona from Manchester. After a quick check in at the cruise terminal I was ready for the welcome aboard buffet at the seaside café and soon found that everyone else had the same idea! Before we knew it we were being summoned to the muster station for drill and my efficient cabin mate had already checked where we...
30 April 2010
April is not the best time to go…. but it’s also not the worst – so we packed raincoats when we went to Mauritius in spring this year for a quick break. We flew overnight with Air Mauritius and were transferred, checked in and unpacked at the hotel before lunch. Our home for the week was the Veranda Palmar Beach Resort in Belle Mare on the East of the island. Although the Palmar is only a 3* hotel, it has excellent feedback and we had decided to try a smaller property (70 rooms) so were looking forward to a quiet,...
09 April 2010
The launch of a new ship is always exciting - and this one was no different. The sun was shining, the sky was blue and a lovely day to head down to Southampton. When you get close to the ferry dock you can often see the larger ships and Azura was sitting there gleaming in the sun. Check in was delayed slightly as Darcey Bussell arrived and we were all asked to make way for her to go through the procedures in peace. This was expected and handled well as we were all given numbered cards so we didn't lose...
05 May 2009
I have visited small ships before but you have to imagine the great atmosphere at sea - this can only be created once the crew and guests are aboard! My outside cabin was perfectly adequate and I soon got the hang of being greeted by ‘ Good Morning Missy Buckyham’ at 7am every morning as my steward Roland brought in my coffee. When Spirit is full she only carries around 320 guests and it takes no time to find your way around. We felt a bit of a swell on our first night but there is a medical...
16 February 2009
I had promised myself a visit to the Eden Project for several years and decided to take the trip during February half term. As February is a very unpredictable month we opted to find a cottage so that if it rained we wouldn’t have to be in a hotel bar or cramped up in front of a small TV in our rooms. As a bonus I managed to find a property that had access to a heated swimming pool and games room. The ‘West Country’ is surfing country and in the summer towns such as Looe, Newquay & St Austell...
10 August 2008
We arrived into Rome by train from Civitavecchia. The ticket had been cheap but the train was very busy. On arrival in the station we had to get our bearings as we knew we were close enough to walk to our hotel but there are several exits! Ten minutes later we had arrived and climbed the stairs to the first floor reception. This is a common occurrence in Rome and the lift only operates from the first floor so it was a good job we are reasonably fit! Our rooms had been refurbished but the breakfast room was behind schedule so...
03 August 2008
I have cruised several times now and decided that this year I would take the family. My children are teenagers and the ship seemed to offer the perfect solution to being able to give them their freedom, add a bit of culture to their constant diet of TV and computer games and give us all a much needed dose of sunshine! We opted to fly to Rome and join the Navigator of the Seas for a 7 night cruise around the Med calling at Sicily, Piraeus (Athens), Kusadasi and Crete. We had an early start and reached the ship around 1pm....
04 June 2008
South Africa has been on my wish list for a couple of years now and I felt that it was about time I went myself, so I set about entering every competition going! I was lucky enough to win a trip to South Africa’s North West Province. First stop was Lesedi Cultural Village. I didn’t know what to expect for our first night but the ‘warriors’ were all smiling at us and took us & our luggage to the various village rooms. We did a tour which entailed a small group each being given a warrior guide who took us around...
31 October 2007
I was lucky enough to be part of team ‘Denmark’ who won a Travel Counsellors educational trip to Jamaica. Most of us hadn’t known each other before we started but have become firm friends since spending a week away together. We had a very comfortable flight into Montego Bay with Virgin Atlantic and on arrival checked into Sandals Royal Caribbean. The resort is close to the airport so a quick transfer - we could see the aircraft but they weren’t intrusive and after a welcome drink of rum punch we settled in for our 2 night stay. The unique features...
05 October 2007
I had wanted to visit Canada for years – ever since a colleague took a trip and showed me her stunning photos. In October last year I got my chance and travelled to Western Canada on an educational. We flew into Calgary – stampede city! From the Calgary Tower you can see the railway line disappear towards the Rockies and the Saddledome standing proud surrounded by the deserted showground. We took a city tour which included looking round the stampede ground and I could imagine how exciting it would be when it was full of livestock and cowboys showing off...
01 March 2007
Treated like a celebrity! I am an Aussie Specialist and made it as a Qantas Global Achiever in 2007. That meant I was one of the top 20 consultants for sales to Australa in the whole of the UK and Ireland and I was taken out there on an educational adventure. Our itinerary was very busy to say the least! On arrival we transferred to Surfers Paradise and took a 15 minute helicopter tour of the area – wow! – the beaches stretch as far as the eye can see! The idea was to keep us busy so that we’d get...
15 December 2006
As a Hong Kong Specialist I was thrilled when I got the opportunity to visit with the Hong Kong Tourist Office for a long weekend. On arrival we checked into the Marco Polo Hong Kong and I was equally thrilled to find I had been given a harbour view room. These rooms would usually be at a supplement and have wall-to-wall windows with stunning views of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island across the water. The hotel is located along Canton Road in Tsim Sha Tsui. What that means is the Star Ferry and Hong Kong’s tourist office are minutes...
Sent in by Kelly Jagger - McCues & Rossinellis
Watford, 08 October 2020
Dear Linda, Firstly, thanks you for an amazing family weekend for my birthday. It wouldn't have happened if we had not had your help and expertise! It all started last year with you finding us an amazing house to rent and everything was planned and booked. Just three weeks before we were due to go, the house had been flooded and we could no longer stay there. It may noy seem to be a huge problem but when you have 11 adults, 4 children to rebook for the exact same dates at the start of half term, things were not looking good! Some of you would say this was going to be impossible and friends and family said 'not a chance' but not everyone has a 'Linda' So, in less than 24 hours and a few frantic emails, we had found another house that had everything we needed and so much more. We can't thank you enough for what was an amazing weekend away with so many memories. Plus - in the words of my nephew, there was nothing wrong and when can we come back again? So Linda...when anyone tells me that they don't know what to do about their holiday or ask why I would pay someone to help with my booking, my response will always be to use Linda at Travel Counsellors - many thanks for your help planning what was a truely fantastic holiday.
Sent in by SJ Hatchett
Hemel Hempstead, 08 October 2020
Dear Linda, Just a short testimonial to thank you for my latest travel arrangements. I wanted to mention this one specifically as it was for business and not a holiday, but the travelling arrangements were seamless. The trip to Edinburgh was an overnight stay and I needed a hotel close to the meeting points which I had found. You sourced flights from Stansted cheaper than Luton and Heathrow and lounge passes were covered both ways with the savings. The car parking was also taken care of seamlessly - thank you so much! From checking me in to my arrival home you had it covered so whether it's business or pleasure, you're Linda and you're my Travel Counsellor!
Sent in by Christine Black
WATFORD, 08 October 2020
Dear Linda, I am writing to say a belated thank you for your assistance with my visa to the USA earlier this year. You really did go above and beyond the call of duty when you sorted out my ESTA application. What made this particularly of note is that on this occasion you hadn't arranged the holiday I was going on, but you still did everything you could to help me and I am very grateful.
Sent in by Lisa Solomon
NORTHWOOD, 08 October 2020
Dear Linda, A LONG overdue thank you for the two flights you booked for me to Toronto earlier this year. You were amazingly quick to respond to my email requests both times and were able to complete the bookings very quickly. Not only were both flights well priced, but the fact that YOU remembered that I already had insurance was a welcome bonus! In the last 6 years I have recommended your services and will continue to do so as you are an absolute pleasure to deal with!
Sent in by Michael Henderson
Dunstable, 08 October 2020
Dear Linda, this is just a short note to say thank you for organising and booking my recent holiday to America. Everything ran smoothly, both Robert & I had a fantastic time and a wonderful experience. I now know why my dad always books with you and wouldn't hesitate to recommend you to all my family and friends.....
Sent in by Glyn & Kelly Jagger
Watford, 08 October 2020
We would like to thank you for what can only say was and aazing and relaxing holiday. The location and accommodation were both perfect and impressive given all we gave you to work with was Tuscany and some suitable dates. The access to local towns, historical sites and some amazing restaurants ticked all the boxes. We also asked for a food and wine experience whilst visiting the region. The experience you organised for us was a perfect afternoon out, with transportation included so we could both enjoy ourselves. We initially feared that we would be part of a large group but foundyou'd organised for us to have our own personal sommelier with lunch served in the tranquility of the vineyard. A perfect setting to enjoy the eight wines on offer! So, Linda, thank you again for organising an amazing break. We will always use you to organise what we can honestly say are some of the best breaks we have been on. We will always recommend you to anyone we know who is looking to book a holiday.
Sent in by David & Tricia Rowley
Watford, 08 October 2020
We have used Linda from Travel Counsellors to book our last two holidays and must say that once again we were 100% happy with our amazing trip to South Africa as we were with our first trip to Peru. Linda listened to our criteria and excelled herself with her choices of locations and hotels and we had the most amazing holiday... thank you Linda - we look forward to using your services again!
Sent in by Dawn Ayres
Watford, 08 October 2020
Dear Linda, Thank you so much for the two mini breaks you arranged for us in Falmouth and the Isle of Wight. The breaks were very much needed and, as always with you, everything was just perfect! I never fail to recommend you highly to all I know needing a holiday Linda. We all want a perfect trip and you do everything in your power to ensure we have one.
Sent in by Ray White
LEIGHTON BUZZARD, 05 October 2020
Just like to send a massive thank you to Linda Buckingham of Travel Counsellors for arranging the perfect, last minute, holiday to Marmaris in Turkey. We were in two minds whether to chance going abroad in these difficult times. We decided to take the plunge and approx 3 weeks before our planned departure booked a weeks holiday in Portugal. As the COVID levels in Portugal rose and the risk of quarantine on our return became a reality we took the last minute decision to switch the holiday to Turkey. Linda found the perfect, All Inclusive, hotel with everything you would need close by. The flight times, transfers (personal taxi) and everything about the holiday was brilliant. The work Linda put in to arrange the holiday at such short notice was amazing and we can't thank her enough. As for Turkey, It's not somewhere I'd ever thought of going but after our first experience we can't wait to return. Thanks Linda xx
Sent in by David Piggott
Pershore, 26 September 2019
Travel Counsellors invariably come up with excellent destinations, hotels and flight arrangements, and we've had a number of very happy holidays with TC over the past few years. Linda always caters for our particular requirements and very efficiently arranges flights, car hire and hotels. We've never been disappointed yet!
Sent in by John Bines
Hemel Hempstead, 26 September 2019
It's about trusting the person providing the service or product and I trust Linda
Sent in by D Cohen
Watford, 26 September 2019
Linda was very helpful in planning a joint holiday for 4 families and found us a beautiful villa that is the right size, location and most importantly was within our budget.
Sent in by R Barker
Redbourn, 26 September 2019
Excellent service as always
Sent in by James Melrose
Buckingham, 26 September 2019
Have dealt with Linda for a number of years. We have had first class service over those years and we have no doubt that this will continue
Sent in by S Saunders
Guildford, 26 September 2019
We’ve used Linda a few times now she’s always been very helpful and booked us some wondfull holidays, We hope to use her again meny times
Sent in by C Jarmin
Hemel Hempstead, 26 September 2019
Very supportive, super service always.
Sent in by V Brett
Hemel Hempstead, 26 September 2019
Linda is always works very hard for us to make sure we get the holiday we want.
Sent in by E McNulty
Stanmore, 26 September 2019
Great service. Very happy with it. Will let you know more when I return from my trip.
Sent in by Dawn Ayres
Watford, 26 September 2019
I book all my trips through Linda. Every getaway has been first class and bookings seamless. Highly recommend
Sent in by S Baines
Buckingham , 26 September 2019
Brilliant introduction to the ‘service’! Linda was very welcoming and full of ideas to get the ‘best’ outcome for us!
Sent in by D Pratt
St Albans, 26 September 2019
Listened to what and why I wanted various things and gave good advice. I might add to this once I have completed the trip. Seems to be a very nice person
Sent in by P Hayes
Watford , 26 September 2019
Great service that we have come to expect as we have never had anything but....
Sent in by M Skehill
Watford, 26 September 2019
Great personal service as always. With nothing too much trouble.
Sent in by Lucy George
Berkhamsted, 26 September 2019
Linda is fantastic, so helpful and friendly!
Sent in by G De Sylva
Poole, 26 September 2019
Love that don’t have to spend hours researching and confidence that everything is arranged for our needs. Wonderful!
Sent in by Bruce Kennedy
Leicestershire , 26 September 2019
Linda has always provided an excellent service from initial enquiry to sorting any issues whilst on our holiday. Nothing is too much trouble and we are always confident that she will find a holiday to match our criteria at a reasonable cost.
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