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My name is Lisa and I would really appreciate the opportunity to become your personal Travel Counsellor.
I have 32 years’ experience working in the travel industry, most of which were spent in an independent agency and now, as a Travel Counsellor, that ethos of independence is able to continue.
I have visited many countries over the years, as a single person, in a couple, and now as a mother, so can give advice from many different perspectives. Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean, Singapore, Hong Kong, America, much of Europe and many more destinations feature on my list of visited countries.
As your personal Travel Counsellor I can help make your dreams come true by completing all the research and arrangements for you. A simple telephone call, Facebook message or email from you to discuss your needs is all it takes. From there I can take the reins and guide you, with my knowledge, experience and personal attention, to book the perfect destination for you.
Although the term 'Counsellor' suggests an advice service, my service stretches far beyond that. I do not *just* advise - I book everything for you and remain a constant support to you in the run up to your holiday, whilst you are away and until you are home again!
This undertaking is made easier for me by the award-winning technology offered by Travel Counsellors. I have access to some 3000 suppliers, which can be searched quickly and efficiently to provide the exact solution to your requirements, be it a tailor-made ‘round the world’ trip, a flight only, a honeymoon, a luxury hotel break or a cottage in Scotland.
Customer service is of paramount importance to me and I appreciate that not everyone may be available to discuss their plans during office hours. This is exactly why I offer the flexibility of evening and weekend accessibility at a time to suit you…and I can guarantee that it will always be me on the end of the line (my own holidays excepted!) You will not be passed from pillar to post, or left in a telephone queuing system, wasting your time!
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The travel bug is incurable! Once it is in your blood you are addicted for life! My love of travel led to my desire to work in the industry, from where I have attempted to spread my enthusiasm to clients and to make dreams come true.
Now I would like to do the same for 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.
10 August 2019
At Christmas in 2018, my brother-in-law and his wife mooted the idea of a group of us going away together to celebrate their significant wedding anniversary. They would sort out the accommodation and the rest of us just had to find our way there! They had sourced the most amazing farmhouse near Sansepolcro in Tuscany where a group of 26 of us would all meet up for a week of celebrations! Well, it would have been rude not to! Gradually, the idea came together and in August of 2019 my husband, my two daughters (22 and 18) and I set off to...
10 August 2018
Last November, I was 50 and, on the same day, my eldest daughter was 21 - cause for big celebration! So, it was decided that we would do a ‘BIG’ family holiday this year. After working through several ideas and itineraries, we finally settled on Thailand and so it was then down to me to create the perfect itinerary! (No pressure then!) Over the past couple of years, I have been very much aware of a fantastic place called Elephant Hills and have always fancied visiting, so that was inevitably built into our trip. The final itinerary was decided as Bangkok,...
28 September 2017
Back in August, my family and I travelled to Sicily, to stay in the south-east area of Marina di Ragusa. Sicily was chosen because we had never been and my daughters (17 and 20) wanted to experience an Italian holiday! We flew from Birmingham to Comiso, which was such an easy trip. Birmingham only being 45 mins up the road from here and the transfer from the airport to the hotel being the same length of time. We were in reception of the hotel by 10am, enjoying a Bucks Fizz! The hotel we chose was the Sentido Acacia Marina and we had...
19 September 2016
My husband, our two teenage daughters (15 and 19) and I stayed at the Cordial Mogan Playa for seven nights at the beginning of July. Over my years working in travel, I have sent many clients to this hotel (some more than once) and always liked the look of it, so this year we decided that we deserved some sunshine and to treat ourselves! We booked the half board plus option which gave us breakfast and evening meal – including our drinks. This worked out better value than paying a drinks bill at the end of the week. On arrival at the hotel...
05 October 2014
My husband, daughters of 17 and 14 and I travelled with Inghams to Kaprun in August and, after a horrendous flight delay, we arrived at the chalet, late in the evening, about 9 hours after our expected arrival time. We were greeted by the happy, smiling, welcoming faces of Dolores and Ebony who had been waiting for us. They whisked our cases away and ushered us straight into the dining room for our wonderful 3 course meal. From that first impression - we knew that we were going to enjoy staying in the Chalet! The girls - Dolores, Ebony, Molly and Natasha...
02 October 2013
In December 2012 we decided to treat ourselves to a weekend break in Chester before the onslaught of Christmas! We stayed on a Friday and Saturday night at a hotel just outside the city centre called The Grosvenor Pulford Hotel and Spa. It was ideally located just a few minutes’ drive from the park and ride car park for the buses into the city centre. We were greeted by some of the friendliest staff and directed to our room. On opening the door we were amazed by what awaited us! An enormous, super-king size bed was located in one area of...
24 July 2012
In my many years of travelling I had never been to Portugal, but after many recommendations from fiends, we decided to try it out. We purposely chose the quieter, less developed, resort of Cabanas de Tavira which has fewer tourists. The resort is only a 40 minute drive from Faro airport, located on the Ria Formosa Natural Reserve. Due to its location, development is not allowed which means that the area is open and free from high rise buildings. Cabanas does not sit directly on a beach, but a fun, two minute boat ride takes you to the most wonderful 7km...
29 September 2011
In September, I was lucky enough to be invited to take part in an educational visit to Germany, courtesy of the German National Tourist Office. This was to be a taste of wine, culture and nature in the Rhineland-Palatinate region. The trip was a mere 4 days duration, but it was so well organised and executed, and covered so much in such a short time, that it felt as if we had been there a week! We travelled at the time of the beautiful Indian summer, which extended from the UK into Europe, and this only served to enhance the entire...
25 August 2011
For this year’s family holiday we were looking for something along the lines of our Austrian holiday a few years ago. We all love beautiful scenery, mountains, rivers, wildlife and being able to get out and about. After much deliberation we settled on Kranjska Gora in Slovenia. It’s not a very well known destination, but somewhere that looked like it could offer all we wanted. We left Stansted in very unseasonable August temperatures of 13.5 degrees and torrential rain and arrived, just a short 1hr 45 min flight later, into glorious sunshine, blue skies and a rather amazing 30 degrees! Our transfer...
26 May 2010
We arrived into Dubrovnik airport at 8pm after a short flight delay, but found a taxi easily and after a 10 minute journey we arrived at the hotel Epidaurus, which is located a very pleasant 20 minute stroll from the village of Cavtat. The check-in was efficient and we were shown to our room on the ground floor. The room itself was incredible with a lounge area with flat-screen TV, an enormous kingsize bed, a second room with twin beds for my daughters and then a huge bathroom with a great shower big enough for two! The decor was modern and...
21 November 2008
Having just completed my first full year at Travel Counsellors, I was given the opportunity to attend the annual Conference which, this year, took place in the swish, up-market resort of Marbella. My husband and I stayed at the 5 star NH Alanda Hotel which is located half way between the resorts of Marbella and Puerto Banus. This relatively new hotel is beautifully clean and efficient and benefits from and indoor and an outdoor swimming pool, spa facilities and a sports area. The bedroom was beautifully decorated and has solid wood floors, which were lovely...until your neighbours, either above or next...
21 June 2008
Austria! Not the first place that comes to mind when you think of a family summer holiday! If you are not a beach person or if you are someone who prefers an active holiday then I can highly recommend Austria. Myself and my family went for a week to the resort of Soll in the Tyrol. This is traditionally a ski resort, but has so much to offer in the summer too. The beautiful chocolate-box scenery is just waiting to be discovered and the walks around are open to any ability. Passing through woods, along streams, open fields, alpine meadows, mountain paths....whatever your...
15 April 2008
Throughout my 20 years in travel I had never given Jersey a second thought! My mind was always wandering much further afield! Being in my first 6 months as a Travel Counsellor, the idea of leaving my fledgling business for more than a few days was unthinkable, but I was under pressure from my young daughters to ‘go somewhere on a plane’! We live approx 45 minutes from Coventry Airport... a tiny, but efficient, airport used mainly by Thomsonfly. I researched where we could fly to from Coventry and decided Jersey would be ideal for a short break. I booked myself, my...
29 May 2006
Krakow is not the first place that we would have thought about for a city break, but we were encouraged to visit by a friend of ours who lives in Poland. We found it to be the perfect destination for a short city break and very reminiscent of how Prague used to be before it found favour with the stag parties. It is ideal for couples looking for a romantic break! The Main Square (Rynek Glowny) is one of the biggest squares in Europe, bordered by many small cafes, restaurants and a wonderful Church. In the centre of the Square is...
Sent in by Patrica ODonnell
Banbury, 20 March 2020
After deciding to book a holiday to Vietnam and Cambodia, we emailed Lisa with a ‘wish list’ of places we wanted to see and dates we were looking to travel. She came back to us within 24 hours with an itinerary including all flights, transfers, tours and hotels, all within our budget starting in north Vietnam finishing in Cambodia. The holiday was more than we had hoped for, all the hotels were excellent, local guides were brilliant and the tours great. We did have some difficulty with online check in for one of our internal flights, which was quickly resolved with an email to Lisa. Communication throughout was excellent and we would not hesitate in recommending Lisa for your holiday arrangements - in fact, we are putting another list together ready for when normal service resumes!!
Sent in by Grace P-H
London, 17 March 2020
Lisa is a wonderfully considerate and proactive travel counsellor who we trust to book all our holidays! Lisa consistently finds the best flight and hotel deals (we've tried to match these deals ourselves through Google but Lisa always beats us!). She is very diligent with making sure every aspect of the holiday is looked after from researching activities, checking in our flights and making sure we're having a great time where we're away! She's also excellent at following up after the trip to make sure it's all gone smoothly. Nothing is too much trouble. We have recommended Lisa to all our friends and family and can't thank her enough for helping us create personalised experiences for our couple holidays.
Sent in by Terry Deane
Banbury, 04 November 2019
Would just like to send out a message in appreciation for Lisa Ratcliffe an Independent Personal Travel Expert at Travel Counsellors. Below is our experience of the holiday that Lisa arranged for us end to end. Lisa handled flights, hotels, excursions, transfers, everything. We would whole heartedly recommend Lisa to anyone booking a holiday with several parts and needing advice and help. Thanks Terry All three of us have agreed it is one of the best holidays we have had. 1) Flights and checking in - faultless 2) Transfers - fantastic. Had great comms and both were early and in constant contact leading upto the pick ups. 3) Excursions - amazing, both exceeded expectations. 4) Hotel - fabulous. Faultless. Everything. Room, staff, food, switching lunch to dinner and dinner to lunch to suit our days. Only fault with hotel was 50% of lifts were given over to refurbishment which means queues and waiting in Ground floor. 5) Attractions, shopping - off the scale 6) Burj Khalif - fantastic. Again limited lifts. Dubai seem to underestimated no of lifts 7) The People - very friendly. Everywhere felt safe even late at night 8) The metro - all we used apart from one taxi ride.
Sent in by George Keith
Dunfermline, 29 October 2019
Yet another far east holiday Lisa has arranged for us, everything was perfect, the flights, airport assistance for my wife even, our choice of hotel room We highly recommend Lisa when it comes to organising that special holiday. She is readily available if you do have any questions regarding your holiday. Thanks again for everything. George & Betty Keith
Sent in by Anna McCollin-Moore
Hastings , 22 November 2018
It was an absolute pleasure organising our holiday using Lisa’s expertise, friendliness and professionalism. She made the whole experience a delight; from listening to our requirements, researching locations and making many changes(patiently) until we were ready to book. Once our holiday was upon us, Lisa took control of everything and the flight/transfer/holiday went like clockwork. I would thoroughly recommend Lisa and her personable and professional approach. Thank you Lisa!
Sent in by M&F McIntosh
Kent, 06 November 2018
We have now asked Lisa to help us organise holidays for over 10 years. She has proved time and time again that having a specialist who will work with you to devise exactly the holiday you are looking for is without doubt the best decision. Nothing is too much trouble for her. We have recommended her to many family, friends and colleagues over the years. You will not regret using her!
Sent in by Malcolm Isbister
Harpenden, 05 November 2018
Lisa organised a weekend in Berlin earlier this year for my wife and I and two friends. We were booked on BA and we stayed at the Henri Hotel. Cost for both was very reasonable. The Henri was excellent and full of character as well as being near the centre. The weekend could have ended badly when we received an email from BA telling us that our return flight on Sunday evening was cancelled and the earliest flight available was Monday evening. As much as we would have liked to spend more time in Berlin, business commitments prevented it. Fortunately Lisa came to the rescue and got us on another flight back to Heathrow. If you want a good and stress free travel experience I would certainly recommend Travel Counsellors.
Sent in by mark rooksby
Rushden, 05 November 2018
I got in touch with Lisa to see if she could arrange a surprise holiday for my wife's 50th birthday. All I had to do was give a budget to work to and a choice of venues. In a very short space of time Lisa came back with various locations to choose from. Once I had picked the venue and informed Lisa what holiday was required, I just sat back whilst she arranged absolutely everything, flights, transfers and accommodation. At all times Lisa kept me updated with how things were going and any other extras that were included. The holiday was a once in a lifetime experience and with Lisa doing all the work it was stress free for me. I would and will definitely use Lisa again. First class service and very professional from start to finish and would highly recommend this service
Sent in by Katherine Brown
Banbury, Oxforshire, 01 November 2018
We had left our holiday to the last minute and because we lead busy lives, approached Lisa to help us sort out a last minute holiday. Lisa came up with various suggestions to different destinations with different price tags. Nothing was too much trouble. Lisa was helpful, efficient and a pleasure to work with. Once we had decided, Lisa booked everything up for us and we enjoyed a lovely holiday in Sicily in 2018. It was everything she said it would be and aside from that, she was not happy until she knew that we had a great holiday. We would have no hesitation in recommending Lisa to others and plan to use her next year!
Sent in by Rob Brooks
Banbury, 31 October 2018
Lisa organised an amazing two week trip to Vietnam for us this summer. To be honest, I wasn't expecting too much as we had a tight budget and very little lead time; but the holiday was amazing, and the service was seamless. I think if we had booked the holiday ourselves we would have ended up spending more and seeing less ! Do yourselves a favour, throw away that travel brochure and give Lisa a call.
Sent in by Andrea Bain
Woodcote, 31 October 2018
We have booked two holidays with Lisa for our 50th Birthdays in the last year. I can honestly say that each holiday, one to Thailand and one to Barbados have exceeded all expectations. The booking process from the initial enquiry to the quotes and eventual booking has been seamless. Lisa is a complete professional who certainly knows her stuff and will recommend activities and things to see. She also shares her own personal travel experiences. She has a fantastic sense of customer service and I'm sure she books the holiday for you as if she were travelling herself. Both holidays were fantastic and we really felt that we were very well looked after during the whole process. I would recommend Lisa's services to anyone and everyone. She's fantastic!!!
Sent in by Rich Beghin
BANBURY, 31 October 2018
In today's world we tend to move towards using everything online. It seems to be quicker and easier and less hassles. However, one thing that I won't do is ever try and book my flights and hotels online. Lisa has been not only been booking all our company flights for the last 8 years, but also my own personal travel. I cannot say enough on how far she goes to make the travels so hassle free. Always three quotes, thus giving me a quick hassle free choice. She assists in making sure the hotel booked is closest to my meetings, and further more ensures that I am correctly booked in and on the plane. All this gives me total confidence when I travel. It takes the stress out of the travel and allows me to focus on my business or personal travels. I cannot say enough on Lisa's attitude to customer service and wanting a successful trip every time we have used her services. Before you book next time give her a go and just see if she makes a difference to your trip.
Sent in by Richard Merrell
Milton Keynes, 30 October 2018
I have been working with Lisa for a number of years both personally and professionally to arrange leisure and business travel. Lisa is friendly, knowledgable and professional so the service I receive is second to none. I would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Lisa for you travel requirements.
Sent in by George and Betty Keith
Dunfermline, 30 October 2018
Having had Lisa organize our holidays on several previous occasions, we had every faith in her doing an excellent job in arranging our latest holiday to Singapore. Everything was exactly as every other occasion, planned top the smallest detail, so once again Lisa thanks a million.
Sent in by George and Betty Keith
Dunfermline, 24 October 2017
Having recently had Lisa arrange our holiday in Singapore, as she has done on past occasions, we have had the same satisfaction with her planning / arrangements. Everything was perfect yet again. Please don't be afraid to let Lisa do the same for your holiday.
Sent in by Kate Gisbourne
Warkwickshire, 11 February 2017
Lisa is so helpful and friendly, she knows exactly what we need from our holiday, and thinks of things we that hadn't even crossed our minds, even choosing flight times to suit our little family. No hassle, no worries - and she always finds us an amazing deal.
Sent in by Clair Robinson
Barnsley, 28 October 2016
Lisa really looked after us from the moment we asked her to find us the dream honeymoon we were looking for. The choice of Resort she recommended and the hotel itself were perfect. She even contacted the hotel to let them know it was our honeymoon which led to a free upgrade to a jacuzzi suite. All in all she helped us make the best two weeks of our life just that. We will definitely be booking through Lisa next year x
Sent in by George Keith
Dunfermline, 30 October 2014
In the past few years my wife and I have got Lisa to arrange our holiday. And yet again she has managed to come up trumps, everything to our satisfaction. Please give Lisa the chance to fix up your holiday/s and I can assure, she won't let you down.
Sent in by George Keith
Dunfermline, 25 October 2013
For the last few years we have had Lisa plan our long haul holiday and yet again, everything was perfect, - we could not ask for better.
Sent in by Deborah Winchester
Battle, 27 August 2013
I am so impressed with the service we received from Lisa that I don't think I will ever book my own holiday again! Lisa listened carefully to exactly what we wanted in our holiday and we were thrilled with the result. We had an amazing time and any small hiccups were sorted out so quickly that we felt we were in safe hands at all times. Lisa was professional, helpful and patient and I trusted her to deliver an amazing holiday. She truly did. Thanks so much to travel counsellors and Lisa in particular. Outstanding customer service!
Sent in by George Keith
Dunfermline, 26 October 2012
Again, we had Lisa Ratcliffe organise our Far Eastern holiday and like before, her organisation was first class and we will have no hesitation letting Lisa plan our next overseas venture.We highly recommend her.
Sent in by Lesley Stubbings
Brackley, 20 October 2011
Always very helpful, cheerful and certainly makes me smile
Sent in by terry eskriett
poole, 20 October 2011
Obviously, getting to the Dordogne in France for our son's wedding without any hitches was of paramount importance and Lisa made it all very easy.With a great deal of communication and reassurance she did a great job.
Sent in by Helen Hammans
Abingdon, 19 October 2011
Lisa sorted my tailor made holiday for me in 2 days! What service! Absolutely marvellous. I have and will continue to recommend her services to anyone.
Sent in by George Keith
Dunfermline, 20 September 2011
For the second time, we had Lisa arranging our holiday to the Far East. Again she had everything organised down to perfection. We will certainly be in touch with her, the next time we go on holiday. She is a pleasure to deal with. George & Betty Keith.
Sent in by Jayne Petyt
Buckhurst Hill, 01 March 2011
We have just returned from a ski holiday arranged for us by Lisa and have also just booked our summer holiday through her. As ever, her service is second-to-none, going that extra mile for us and taking the hassle out of both choosing and booking a holiday.
Sent in by John & Janet Mall
Banbury, 28 September 2010
Lisa has been extremely helpful with our travel arrangements, her knowledge and experience is priceless. She stayed in touch whilst we were on holiday, which gave us a greater feeling of security. Lisa followed up on our return and we would not hesitate to use her again. Cannot praise her enough.
Sent in by Ian & Paula Cardy
Chelmsford, 27 September 2010
This was the third year we've used Lisa. With a very scant brief Lisa went away and within a couple of days came back with a list of possibilities. Despite changing our mind completely several times, Lisa stuck to the task and found us a great package to Zanzibar. What sets Lisa apart from average Travel Agents is the personal touches, a call before we left to wish us well and also when we landed.
Sent in by Jayne Petyt
Buckhurst Hill, 25 September 2010
Lisa has arranged a number of holidays for my family and we have been absolutely delighted with the service we have received. Our latest holiday to Turkey was booked on her recommendation and it was absolutely fabulous. She provides a really personal service - nothing is too much trouble. Consequently we have recommended her to many people who now use her.
Sent in by steve bishop
buckingham, 25 September 2010
Lisa took great care to find what we were looking for and we were very happy with her input. We will certainly use her services in the future and will recommend her to our friends.
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 01295 298380