Hello! Welcome to my web page. I’m Liz and as an independent travel agent and someone who has worked in the tourism industry for many years, I can provide you with a personal, friendly and bespoke travel agency service which is second to none.
I’m based in Wivenhoe, near Colchester, Essex, but my clients come not just from North Essex and Suffolk but nationwide.
As your Travel Counsellor, I can arrange a holiday tailored to meet your personal needs, dreams and desires. I take care of everything right down to the tiniest detail, so that you can enjoy a stress-free and hassle-free holiday.
Whatever your holiday choice, whether it be climbing Kilimanjaro in Africa, lazing on a beach in the Caribbean, enjoying a family holiday in the Canaries, or a city break in New York, a Christmas market in Cologne, a cruise on P&O’s Britannia, skiing in Colorado, or a cottage in Cornwall. I’m here to help. As I’ve worked in the ski and villa industry I am particularly adept at dealing with special and unusual requests in these areas.
I am proud to work for multi-award-winning Travel Counsellors, a company with a high customer satisfaction score unrivalled by other travel agents. It is the only travel agent to be awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise twice and has four times been voted ‘Best Travel Agency’ by Guardian newspaper readers.
Also, to give you peace of mind, your money is 100 per cent safe with Travel Counsellors as it is protected by both ATOL and the unique Travel Counsellors’ Trust, protection which no other travel agency provides.
I very much look forward to becoming your personal Travel Counsellor. Please contact me by email or phone so that I can get to know you and discuss your holiday needs.
Sent in by Simone Coetzee
Colchester, 20 September 2018
Liz managed to do the impossible and co-ordinate one holiday involving family members in three different countries! She found us a perfect place to gather in Portugal that had something for everyone - peace and quiet, little towns to visit, beautiful beaches and a huge swimming pool. The place was big and clean and very well serviced. Not having to do any of the hours of searching and flight/car booking and co-ordination was the best bit - she sorted it all without any problems and answered questions promptly right up unti the last minute. Thanks Liz - you know we'll be back!
Sent in by Louise Harrison
Wivenhoe , 19 September 2018
Having decided on our first long haul trip abroad with four year old twins we were initially apprehensive as to how we were going to manage. We needn’t have worried - from the outset Liz had excellent suggestions on how to make the trip stress free and was able to guide us on flights transfers and hotel all within our budget. It meant that the holiday itself went completely to plan and we all had an amazing time. Throughly recommended!
Sent in by Julie Dallrd
Maldon, 07 September 2018
Liz took all the stress out of booking our trip to Paris. The hotel Liz found for us was in the perfect location to explore the city and we enjoyed every minute. Thank you Liz it was amazing.
Sent in by Clare Burgess
Reading, 07 September 2018
Once again Liz helped us create a wonderful holiday and made it so easy to organise. We know we can look forward to our holiday with peace of mind as Liz is so good at the finer details. Great service and so reliable. We enjoyed our return to Mallorca and are already thinking where we'd like to book for next year. Thanks Liz for everything as your help really does make a huge difference!
Sent in by Michelle Mersh
Layer-De-La-Haye, Colchester, 05 September 2018
We had a lovely break at Euro Disney organised by Liz, my three children and I loved every minute of it and will definitely be booking our next break with Liz
Sent in by Joanne Lait
Wivenhoe, 05 September 2018
Liz was incredibly helpful in organising our holiday from start to finish. We had a small brief, which very quickly, Liz was able to provide possible holiday destinations. This made the holiday shortlist discussions so easy, whereas from past experience doing it ourself can be anything but! We loved our holiday in Ithaca and made some wonderful memories and to top it off we came home to a beautiful bunch of flowers too! Thanks again Liz.
Sent in by Lea Hamilton
London, 20 August 2018
We approached Liz for help in planning our honeymoon to Japan. Right away, Liz brought enthusiasm and helpful suggestions to the table. She endeavoured to help us work within a manageable budget and paid attention to all of our needs. She was hands on and readily available to discuss the plans both over the phone and via email. This open communication meant that she was able to tailor the itinerary to match our ideal trip and it came together seamlessly! It was a dream of a trip! My husband and I would be happy to call on Liz again for our next adventure and we would recommend her to anyone looking for a hand in planning their next holiday. She makes it easy, stress free and most importantly- you can trust her implicitly! Thank you again!
Sent in by Jeni Noakes
Colchester, 15 August 2018
Liz was recommended to us through a friend. We wanted a celebrate a special birthday with an action packed holiday in Orlando. After speaking to Liz telling her what we wanted and what our family was like, she came up with a few amazing ideas and all we had to do was choose. We were delighted with what she had sourced for us. She understood us so well after just one telephone conversation and had the personal knowledge we needed for such a big trip. Liz arranged everything for us and we had nothing to worry about. Everything Liz had arranged for us was perfect from the accommodation through to the park tickets and flights. I would not hesitate to use Liz’s services again for such a worry free holiday. She had such knowledge and ideas on what we would like and enjoy, and she was right. Thank you very much for arranging a worry free holiday that we all very much enjoyed.
Sent in by Neil Byford
Aldham, Colchester , 11 August 2018
The chocolates were received, thank you. Liz has always been very attentive, obliging and very clear on detail. However, the one negative to our recent trip was the transfer arrangement from Venice airport to our hotel. It has to be said that we don’t think Liz would necessarily be aware of the situation
Sent in by Caroline Clark
Rayleigh , 06 August 2018
Our holiday was amazing! When I spoke to Liz my brief was that I needed a honeymoon/family holiday in one! The hotels she recommended were great but we opted for Lindos Imperial. Liz organised everything for us which was wonderful not to have to worry about anything and always on the end of an e-mail if I neeeded something, or phone! The hotel was perfect for us. We had an amazing two weeks in the sun. Gorgeous food, gorgeous location, great animation for family and children. We were all happy! An amazing holiday with some amazing memories. Jut sad we are not there now! Thank you Liz.
Sent in by Nicola Lockwood-Pugh
Alresford, 06 August 2018
Thanks to Liz for arranging our holiday to Greece. We knew we wanted to be near Athens for a few days before joining family in Crete but not having any idea of hotels or locations, we asked Liz to do it for us. The hotel she chose was perfect in a beautiful little spot, and all of our transfers and flights worked like clockwork. We also received a pack with all of our paperwork which saved me the time and stress of printing it all out and making sure I had everything. We will definitely be using Liz's services again, for sure!
Sent in by Sarah McGloin
Wivenhoe , 01 August 2018
Thank you Liz for arranging our Mont Ventoux cycling trip. We could not have asked for a better service and this was a trip which could not have been organised independently. Stuart Hall Cycling were very well organised, professional and supportive of Steve as he completed his challenge. We will certainly be using your services again for our next adventure.
Sent in by Marsha Robinson
Brightlingsea, 19 July 2018
Thank you for organising our trip away to celebrate my husband's 40th birthday. I had no idea a mini cruise could be such good value for money, and we had a wonderful time. Your idea to combine it with a night in Hamburg and flight back was perfect. It was lovely to have the stress of organising it all completely removed.
Sent in by Laura Gibbens
Colchester/ Wivenhoe , 07 July 2018
Liz booked us our honeymoon to a club med resort in Cefalu and we were absolutely blown away with the service. Liz took into account what we both wanted and met the requirements perfectly. We didn't have to worry about a thing as Liz literally sorted everything out for us. I would highly recommend using Liz to book holidays and I will be using her again for my family holiday next year!
Sent in by Lis McCormick
Colchester, 03 July 2018
We used Liz for the first time this year and were very pleased with the service we received. Apart from suggesting destinations we hadn't considered, Liz took all the strain out of the booking process - including re-booking around French rail strikes. Her service saved us a lot of time, and made everything very easy. She was quick to respond to our emails, too. We liked the Travel Counsellors online facilities (e.g. online payment facilities). We will use Liz again.
Sent in by Jeremy Clayton
Bury St Edmunds, 15 June 2018
We were looking for a last minute trip to Greece for our family of 4 and Liz found the perfect option on the island of Ithaca with a saving of £1700 on brochure price. She also helped with airport parking and finding the jeep we wanted to hire. During the stay we were having such a great time we spoke to Liz mid week and asked her to look into extending the trip. Liz arranged new flights home for an additional £500 that allowed us 4 extra nights on Kephalonia. All in all the perfect holiday thanks to Liz!
Sent in by Margaret Barr
Edinburgh, 30 May 2018
My friend and I are just back from a super trip to Canada and the USA. Liz’s attention to detail was second to none and all our arrangements were done in a truly professional way. I would like to add that Liz’s personality and personal touch gave us complete confidence in our travel arrangements. I therefore have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Liz to anyone. Thanks Liz - you are a star!
Sent in by Naida Redgrave
Wivenhoe, 23 May 2018
Liz was brilliant from start to finish in organising our holiday to Crete. We weren't sure exactly where we wanted to go initially, so she helped find us the perfect destination for our criteria and budget. Liz was knowledgable about the area and was always on hand for any questions we had. When it came to leaving for the holiday she'd prepared all the documents we'd need ahead of time, plus some activity packages to keep the children entertained at the airport. It was completely stress free and a huge weight off our minds, knowing that everything was taken care of. On arrival at our holiday destination we were greeted by a message from Liz at reception, which made us feel really looked after, knowing we could contact her if we needed to. I would definitely book with Liz again and would highly recommend her. Thank you so much Liz for helping us create some amazing family memories!
Sent in by George Brown
Brightlingsea, 16 May 2018
Liz is absolutely superb. She found a trip which was perfect for us to Myanmar. Everything was booked for us with minimal time input from us, just a couple of short phone calls, she even managed a major last minute change (caused by me) fast and efficiently which I could not have done due to my limited time. Thanks Liz!
Sent in by Chris Blackmore
Wivenhoe, 16 May 2018
Anyone planning a fabulous and specific holiday should contact the lovely Liz. I have booked through her a number of times and recently came back from a dream holiday in Sri Lanka. Liz took the trouble to really understand what I wanted from my holiday and came through in style. Nothing was too much trouble. I'm shortly off on a very different break to Prague, also booked through Liz and know it will be amazing. This is true of my holidays with my husband, my daughter and a large family group where many needs were successfully met.
Sent in by Lisa Ricketts
Purfleet, 17 April 2018
I am so glad I met Liz and asked her to arrange our dream trip to New Zealand. My husband and I had some thoughts about what we would like to experience on this trip, but just didn't know where to start. After speaking with Liz and discussing some ideas she worked on our draft schedule with expert and knowledgeable partners in New Zealand. Following further discussions these were refined to create the perfect itinerary for our three week trip, including flights, transfers, hotels and excursions. Everything was so easy and the normal stress of organising such a big trip was completed alleviated - as Liz expertly managed the whole process on our behalf - even to the point of checking us into our flights 48hrs before we departed. It was also reassuring that she would be on hand throughout our trip should we need her support with anything. I would highly recommend Liz and Travel Counsellors to organise your holiday, and I will certainly be asking Liz to help plan and book our next dream trip to Japan in a couple of years time.
Sent in by Natalie Cooper
Colchester, 16 April 2018
I just wanted to say a massive thank you to Liz for organising our Costa Rica trip. From the initial idea through a perfect five stop trip round a beautiful country and back home to a bunch of flowers on the doorstep. This is how travelling should be!
Sent in by Sophie Dalziel
Colchester, 05 March 2018
Just wanted to say a massive thank you for your support and advice regarding our stay in Rome. There is no way we would have found Hotel 21 without you! The hotel was fantastic and they couldn’t do enough for us! We are looking forward to booking our next half term break away.
Sent in by Carol Coppin
Wivenhoe, 05 March 2018
Liz thank you very much for the lovely flowers. Thank you also for arranging our amazing holiday in Vietnam - the personal guides and having our own transport links was amazing. Looking forward to arranging the next trip. We definitely want to go back to the same area, but do something different. Thanks again.
Sent in by Anna Hailey
Great Horkesley, 04 March 2018
We had an amazing time in Lapland. Liz managed to find us a trip within the school holidays that still allowed us to meet Santa. The trip was a surprise for my husband and son so Liz always managed to arrange phone calls for while they were both out! Liz arranged everything and made helpful suggestions, even when two days before I decided we needed travel insurance and a hotel at the airport for the night before flying! The handwarmers Liz sent were incredibly useful in the freezing weather. Thank you Liz for everything, we had a magical New Year in Lapland.
Sent in by Samantha Peel
Takeley, 19 February 2018
Liz Standley made our honeymoon to the Maldives the most perfect once in a lifetime trip! With bespoke touches such as a private lounge at the airport to gifts once we arrived, we felt like royalty. Liz took care of the insurance ensuring our scuba diving was covered, the speed boat transfers to and from our island and having booked our previous two holidays knew the perfect resort to suit us as a couple. Thank you for introducing us to paradise and for the personal touches which made our honeymoon truly exceptional. Looking forward to our future bookings with you.
Sent in by Karen Byrne
Wivenhoe , 18 February 2018
This is our second time booking a holiday via Liz! She listens to what you require gives you several options and even though I changed my mind a few times regarding the itinerary it was never a problem she went out of her way to make it perfect for our needs. Travelling far away but knowing there is someone you can contact who knows exactly what should be happening and knowing exactly where you are is extremely reassuring for me. The attention to detail is very personal and reassuring before, during and after the holiday. All the stress of checking in online is also taken care of! Without hesitation We would definitely recommend Liz to our family and friends!
Sent in by Barbara Tolan
Wivnhoe, Essex, 15 February 2018
Liz helped us throughout the booking process of our trip in India. We visited 10 different places, touring around the Golden Triangle in Rajasthan before spending time in Kerala. Our hotels / homestays were of a excellent standard and we valued the local support that was included within the trip. We would both recommend Liz to help with your trips and will use her again in the future.
Sent in by Bobby Dale
Clacton-on-Sea, 02 February 2018
Back to warm England! Iceland was incredible - and all of Liz's hard work went exactly to plan - from being met at the airport, right through to returning - would highly recommend - thank you Liz! - and yes he saw the lights!
Sent in by Sam Sheldrick
Wivenhoe, 21 January 2018
Thanks for a fantastic week in Lanzarote Liz, my mum had her best birthday ever! The hotel fitted the bill perfectly, perfect location and everything else fitted into place faultlessly! Another thank you from Mum for the flowers, a really lovely thing to do.
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26 September 2017
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20 June 2017
In June I took a short Eurocamp break on the Med at Marseillan-Plage in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of south-west France. It was great to get away for a few days! Eurocamp has a wide choice of locations in Europe (over 180 sites in 13 countries and islands, including France, Spain and Italy). One of the advantages of Eurocamp is that you can arrive and depart on any day of the week and there is no minimum duration. We stayed for four nights from Friday to Tuesday. We flew to Carcassonne where my parents picked us up, but there are other...
09 May 2017
In May I spent a fantastic few days in Rome. It is a buzzing and energetic city where classical ruins and early Christian churches stand alongside Renaissance palazzos and Baroque fountains. Its attractions are endless. They include, for instance, the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Borghese Gallery (with one of the finest art collections in the world), the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, the Spanish Steps, St Peter’s (the largest church in Christendom) and the Trevi Fountain. Most of these are within walking distance of each other. Eating out, shopping and nightlife are also great. Its Mediterranean climate is also...
20 March 2017
At the beginning of March 2017, I had a great holiday with my four year old daughter in beautiful Fuerteventura, one of the Canary Islands. It was our first time there and the experience was fantastic. We had great fun and I highly recommend it. Fuerteventura, the second largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, lies in the Atlantic Ocean 100 km off the coast of Africa. With over 3,000 hours of sunshine each year, it is an all-year-round holiday destination. The weather is similar to the weather in Florida and Mexico which are on the same latitude. We had excellent...
13 February 2017
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10 February 2017
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