As a Fellow of the Institute of Travel & Tourism, I joined Travel Counsellors in 1998 and haven't looked back since. It has allowed me to give exceptional levels of customer service, for which I have been awarded the prestigious title of best Travel Counsellor worldwide in 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. In 2018 I was awarded Best UK Travel Counsellor for Leisure Travel Sales.
I absolutely love the travel business and take pride in going the extra mile for my clients to create the perfect itinerary to suit their needs exactly. It makes me very proud that so many of my loyal customers make it their business to recommend my service to their friends and family.
My extensive travel knowledge has even made me a bit of a media commentator and I have spoken on national radio on travel programmes including BBC Radio Four’s ‘Travellers Tree' and 'Excess Baggage'.
So, next time you’re wondering what to do with your precious free time, take a moment to ponder, the inspirational words of Saint Augustine: “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page”.
If you’re interested in contacting me to discuss your travel plans for the future, or simply to get some expert advice, please don’t hesitate to call or email. Don’t forget, the world’s your oyster!
Whatever your holiday needs I'm here to help you, so please either fill in and send the form below or simply give me a call and I can get things started for you:-
Sent in by Stephanie McGregor
Northampton, 16 April 2019
Thank you so much to wonderful Lisa Hillyard who helped us plan our recent holiday to New Zealand. She listened carefully to our needs, always responding swiftly to our questions, emails and phone calls. Lisa has excellent communication skills - she is professional, friendly and very helpful, sharing her knowledge and vast experience. Her organisational skills are exemplary, efficient and reliable. Lisa made our trip really easy and stress free. We cannot recommend her enough - thank you again Lisa, you are amazing!
Sent in by Robert Bending
Northampton, 07 March 2019
I would just like to thank you for your professionalism and expertise to make our once in a lifetime trip to Australia the success it turned out to be. It was back in September 2018 when we contacted you regarding a sightseeing trip to Australia, we new we had approx. 5 weeks to do it in. We knew where we wanted to go in the time we had, these were forwarded to you and we were told 'leave it to me', the end result was an itinerary that included Hotels, Internal flights, Car hire and attractions, where everything slotted into place perfectly, it was a perfect package. I will certainly recommend you in future, and look forward to planning our next trip with you, thank you.
Sent in by Richard Jenkins
Northampton, 17 January 2019
We cannot speak too highly of the services provided by Lisa at Travel Counsellors. She has planned a number of holidays for us, all of which have been unqualified successes. Her enthusiasm, professionalism and attention to detail are second to none. We would not hesitate to recommend her to others and have done so to numerous friends.
Sent in by Catherine Spokes
Northampton, 10 December 2018
Thank you Lisa for arranging our Trip to Australia. We had a fantastic time and our itinerary ran just as it said. We would recommend you to anyone who hasn’t traveled that far before just fantastic! Thank you so much.
Sent in by Simon Tailby
Northamptonshire, 14 November 2018
I've just recently used Lisa to help me organise a surprise trip to Rome. Just brilliant. Having never used a Travel Counsellor before I didn't really know what to expect, but she took care of everything from start to finish saving me having to check out hotels, wonder if they're were any good, sort flights, transfers and all that stuff that seems to take ages. The end result was that me and my wife had the most amazing trip and literally everything was spot on. It was all so simple leaving us to enjoy our time. If you're looking to book a break (or a full holiday) I'd definitely recommend talking to Lisa. You get her expertise so you know you won't get any nasty surprises, and you save yourself loads of time searching and booking things yourself. Thanks for everything Lisa. We had a fantastic break
Sent in by Margaret Holton
Bucks, 11 October 2018
Many congratulations! It really doesn't seem possible that you have been working in the travel industry for 34 years and it certainly doesn't seem possible that you took the franchise 20years ago. Thank you for all the advise and help that you have given Tony and I over the years. We always new that if you had booked everything we didn't need to worry. Of course, in recent years you have taken the rest of the family under your wing, for which I'm very grateful. Robert and Julia are now home from their trip having had a fantastic time
Sent in by Daphne Adams
Bucks, 10 October 2018
Congratulations! Well done you! Please keep going for another twenty years too! That should see our travelling out! We always feel very safe in your hands
Sent in by Lorna Franklin
Northants, 10 October 2018
We have just returned from a long weekend in New York. It was a 5* service from beginning to end, through the initial booking of the hotel & flights to restaurant recommendations. This was a special occasion for my partners 50th Birthday & was absolutely perfect! I’ve used Lisa for bookings over the past 10 years or so & already have bookings with her for 2019. Lisa is beyond doubt the best in her field & I would never consider using anyone else. Thankyou.
Sent in by Alwayne Wilson
Northampton, 09 October 2018
I want to thank you once again for arranging everything so efficiently and for your very helpful advice. I shall not hesitate to recommend you to others.
Sent in by Cheryl Harrald
Northampton, 08 October 2018
Thank you Lisa and congratulations to you on your anniversary. I can only say that I'm so pleased we heard about you and began to use you for our holidays. We shall continue to do so and always value your help and advice.
Sent in by Peter Russell
Northampton, 05 October 2018
Congratulations on 20 years of your own business and helping to organise holidays for 100s of people. We feel you were put on this earth for this business! You have made our Australian holiday so relaxed, thank you.
Sent in by Andrew Buglass
Essex, 03 August 2018
I am in the lounge in O’Hare waiting for my flight home. Thanks for your help making it happen. After explaining my tale to the customer service agent she replied that I clearly had a good travel agent and she was impressed with your work - I don’t know what she was looking at on the screen but thank you anyway! When things go wrong I.e. my cancelled flight from Minneapolis, you come to the rescue once again.
Sent in by Darryl Rice
Hertfordshire, 13 July 2018
Many thanks once again for all your help in putting together and making all the arrangements for our wonderful holiday in Canada. Whilst everything was done via telephone and e-mail, I was very impressed with your input right from our initial contact when you quickly understood what we were looking to do, and your suggested itinerary fitted our ideas for our anniversary trip perfectly. I was very happy with the prompt planning and arrangements and the smooth efficiency dealing with you and Travel Counsellors as an organisation. The holiday went exactly according to plan and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Thank you for advising the various hotels that we were celebrating our anniversary - the little extras as a result were a pleasant surprise and added to the experience! We were very pleased with the hotels - especially Jasper Park Lodge and the Inn at Laurel Point to finish up - and the experience of the Rocky Mountaineer train journey really was very special. We've returned home with many very happy memories of a superb holiday, so thanks once again for all your help in planning and arranging our trip.
Sent in by Stephen Burnett
Northamptonshire, 13 June 2018
I would like to thank you for all the help you gave us with our trip. Everything ran like clockwork. The hotels, the fights, and the transfers all were brilliant. I would thoroughly recommend you to anyone and will be in touch when we travel again. Thank you once again for all your help.
Sent in by Colleen Thompson
Perth WA, 20 October 2017
Thank you Lisa for your professionalism, dedication, and support in facilitating our first family holiday. Your research and recommendations meant that we stayed in the perfect place for our wants and budget. We had a great time, and an easy time because of your efforts. Thanks!
Sent in by Paul Bevington
London, 16 October 2017
Lisa organised an amazing holiday for us in Vietnam and Cambodia. She took the time at the outset to learn about us and our likes and dislikes before tailoring an itinerary accordingly, which she then tweaked several times in consultation with us. The service didn’t end once we booked the holiday – Lisa was responding to and dealing with my e-mail queries when we were actually on holiday. Always friendly, always proactive, not afraid to give her opinion and nothing is too much trouble. I will be using Lisa again and would highly recommend her.
Sent in by Marilyn Rooke
Northampton, 05 October 2017
I absolutely agree about your care, commitment and all round support and advice Lisa which is why we and I keep coming back again and again. Happy to say that to anyone ( especially those who think otherwise ) In fact we said that if we were stranded we wouldn't want anyone else as our back up - either as a group but especially you personally
Sent in by Carol Carlile
Kent, 04 October 2017
I wouldn't book with anyone else, I used to work in the industry and believe me I don't think I have come across anyone more dedicated and caring about what she does for others. Can't recommend you highly enough Lisa and I have to many of my friends and family who are also delighted, to say the least, with your professionalism. Your memory for detail for each of your customers is astonishing, truly a diamond. Thank you Lisa.
Sent in by Jacqueline Smith
Luton, 11 September 2017
Lisa was recommended to me and she was exactly as I was told she be, friendly efficient and knowledgeable. It is so much better using Lisa's service as opposed to doing it myself and so much more cost effective. I will have no hesitation in recommending her to friends and family. Old fashioned service with 21st Century technology. - Brilliant
Sent in by Nichola Marchant
Buckinghamshire, 01 September 2017
She will go to the ends of the earth, to get you to the ends of the earth!
Sent in by David Ormerod
Northampton, 16 August 2017
I have booked numerous and varied holidays with Lisa over the past 30 years. Her knowledge and experience in the travel industry is excellent. My wife and I rely on her guidance because we always plan our own holidays with Lisa’s support and the contacts she has far and wide. I cannot speak highly enough on the professional way she goes about her duties to ensure that every aspect meets the requirements of the client. The personal approach always ensures full satisfaction that meet the clients needs.
Sent in by Nigel B
Northampton, 07 August 2017
Just a few words to express our most sincere thanks and appreciation in all that you did to make our trip to Australia and New Zealand so very special. Sometimes when the internet was not good, it was so reassuring to know that you were always 'on hand' to assist should the need arise. Also we greatly appreciated your professionalism in ensuring that we were checked in for all of our flights , so nice as it is something else that we didn't have to worry about. Having been a client for many years , we have and do recommended you to many other like minded travellers who desire a stress free holiday. Our sincere and very grateful thanks to you yet again, you truly are a star who goes the 'extra mile'
Sent in by J Shepherd
Oxon, 30 January 2017
It was great to be booking a holiday with Lisa's help, and I am confident to recommend her to anyone else. She is always helpful in choosing and defining a venue and very prompt in getting back to me. Thanks Lisa.
Sent in by Rachel A
Northants, 30 January 2017
I have already recommended her to friends and family several times. She's is friendly, very knowledgeable and professional and it's good to know that your wishes and all the elements of a holiday are considered and taken care of. Thank you
Sent in by J Norman
Berkshire, 27 January 2017
I love dealing with Lisa, she is so efficient and so professional and is always cheerful and has a lovely manner about her. Easy to work with, always responds quickly to any requests I make, this is one of the reasons we give her all our holiday trips to organise and you never have to worry about anything she thinks of everything like checking you in for flights etc.
Sent in by Richard Jenkins
Northampton, 22 November 2016
We cannot speak too highly of Lisa and the service she provides. Her extensive knowledge and dedication to the task helped us build the perfect holiday in South Africa visiting Cape Town, the Winelands and finally going on safari. No detail was too small, no request too demanding, Lisa dealt with everything cheerfully and efficiently removing all of the concerns we would have had, had we tried to do this by ourselves. She even managed to track down a mobile phone we lost on safari! We will have no hesitation in asking Lisa to help us with our next escape.
Sent in by Cheryl Harrald
Northampton, 04 August 2016
Cannot recommend Lisa enough. She has helped us with numerous holidays for some years and has always given us so much advice and reassurance. This year we had a mini crisis when my husband ruptured his Achilles' tendon while we were in Italy. Lisa was wonderful even though it was a Sunday when we contacted her. She advised on everything that we had to do and sorted out flights home for us. Since our return she has regularly checked on how things are going with the injury. Dealing with Lisa is like dealing with a good friend who you know you can rely on.
Sent in by Mary Leeming
Northampton, 04 August 2016
Lisa Hillyard is the best thing to happen to me since I started booking holidays! Everything is personalised to your requirements. She is unfailingly helpful, friendly and caring. But the greatest advantage is she is always there for you if you have problems ...... and they are always resolved! Nobody should travel without a Lisa!
Sent in by Barbara Onan
Northampton, 26 November 2015
Thank you Lisa for all your help in arranging our golden wedding anniversary holiday. As you know, we normally make our own arrangements but as this was such a special occasion involving six flights (including two seaplanes) we were very grateful for your help. Thank you too for informing both Emirates airline and the hotel in the Maldives of my dietary needs which were more than adequately met. It was very encouraging to receive emails from you every step of the way informing us that you had checked us in for the next flight. It was also reassuring to know that you were always at the end of a telephone should we need you. Once again thank you so much for helping make the holiday so stress free. We will have no hesitation in using your services again and have already recommended you to friends.
Sent in by Lynn Blowers
East Yorkshire, 18 June 2015
We have used Lisa several times now and the level of service for travel is just fantastic. She provides us with unbeatable pricing for our chosen destination and her attention to detail and recommendations for what we require are second to none. Highly recommended.
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HHome of the 2000 Olympic games Sydney really is a cracker of a city. For me the highlight of a trip to Sydney is to climb the Harbour Bridge. Although I was rather panic stricken on the run up to it, the experience was exhilarating and certainly one I will never forget! And as I am not too good with heights I loved the fact that you could not see down, only out! The Harbour in Sydney is a colossal size and I can only imagine what it would have been like to have been amongst those first arriving...