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 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.
Sent in by Kelly Brooks
Wivenhoe, 12 January 2018
Liz helped us to organise a special trip to celebrate our 25th anniversary, we wanted something that we would remember forever that included taking in some culture, adventure and also plenty of relaxation. Well she delivered with bells on! After looking at various destinations we settled on Mauritius. Our holidays are usually based around villas with all the family, but this was a holiday for two and Liz recommended that we went for the all-inclusive option which we were a little nervous about. We shouldn't have been, the hotel and resort that Liz had suggested for us were perfect. It had great restaurants giving us a great insight into Mauritian style of cooking and flavours. The resort offered us everything we were looking for and more in a stunning location with amazing attentive staff. Liz had booked us in with all the extras she could get and we felt totally spoilt. She had taken into account all of our concerns and wishes and helped to create the perfect dream holiday we were looking for. We can't thank Liz enough and can't wait to start booking more adventures with her! Thank you so much.
Sent in by Clare Burgess
Reading, 07 January 2018
We had a lovely time in Lake Garda in August 2017 although we wouldn't go again in August. Once again Liz took the stress out of arranging our holiday and her focus on the finer details meant we were able to avoid any stress. We stayed in a Eurocamp mobile home in the Bella Italia campsite. We were actually nicely surprised at how clean the accommodation was and we loved the location on the lake especially the views was amazing. I'd recommend this campsite for families who don't mind a very busy large site. Our mobile home was very close to our neighbours. Eurocamp seemed to have some of the best spots on the site though as other operators had homes near the busy road or toilets. The facilities were really good overall. In August, it's busy everywhere you go and the swimming pools are packed so sun loungers are hard to come by and very close together. The kids loved the choice of swimming pools and we spent hours there. In one way the amount of people meant it was a very vibrant place and good for kids but if you are a person who is looking for space and quiet this is not for you. Also, the kids didn't find it as easy to make friends like they normally do because the site was so big we didn't tend to see the same people very much but they liked playing with some of our neighbours in the evening. We liked walking near the lake but it's worth remembering it's not a proper beach so there are ducks, stones and it smells in places. Further north on the lake had nicer 'beaches'. We'd recommend hiring a boat or going on a boat trip to explore the lake as travelling by car in August was too busy with traffic. We loved the little town that's walking distance and found good restaurants away from the tourist places plus there's a great pizza place overlooking the lake on site. All in all, an enjoyable holiday! Thanks Liz!
Sent in by Rabinder Aulakh
London , 19 December 2017
Thank you so much for the best holiday we've ever had. It was amazing and out of this world. I cannot express how brill it was and we all loved every moment of it. You made it happen and I just wanted to give you a massive email hug, you are a true gem and now officially all my holidays will be booked via you. In the new year I'll send you a list of dates and holidays we want to take for 2018 so we can plan properly. Take care and Merry Xmas!
Sent in by Paul Burns
Colchester, 04 December 2017
We turned to Liz Standley of Travel Counsellors, after giving up the struggle to put together a travel plan of our own. We found Liz enormously helpful. We gave her our desired objectives and she very quickly came up with various options, all fully explained, so that it was easy to make a choice. We found her flexible too when our plans changed somewhat, and able to accommodate our needs. Liz kept in touch, sent out clear information and costs and managed our travel booking and things like online check-ins easily and in a friendly, helpful manner. There was no charge to us for her services and all conducted by email, text or phone. I highly recommend Liz and look forward to benefitting from her excellent service in the future.
Sent in by Joanne Stevens
Tiptree, 26 November 2017
I cannot recommend Liz highly enough. As a single traveller with a young child it is important to me to feel safe when I travel. Liz chose the perfect Greek adventure for us, totally meeting what I asked her for. She also pieced together all the connecting travel so we new we would be met at each location. She was on hand to answer my many queries and deal with anything swiftly as it arose. We had a change in timings on route to our last destination pick up point and Liz dealt with this at the time it arose so by the time our Ferry docked our taxi was well on its way to reach us, saving us a two hour wait. The paperwork was easy to follow so I had everything I needed throughout the run up and during my holiday. The extra touches (gifts for my daughter to travel with and a welcome home post card being just two of these) were the extra icing on the cake. Thank you Liz for arranging our perfect holiday. I will certainly be using Liz's services again and highly recommend her to everyone.
Sent in by Adrian Multon
Wivenhoe, 21 November 2017
Liz arranged a recent holiday to Nepal for us, and wow, what a holiday! I had a diverse list of "must do" and "would like to do" items (such as see wild animals, stay in a monstary guest house, fly past Everest), and Liz worked hard to include everything from both lists in our itinerary, resulting in an amazing collection of memories and fun photos of a wonderful country. Thanks Liz!
Sent in by Trevor Rutter
Totnes , 20 October 2017
I had a wonderful fortnight in Venice, Padua ,Mantua and Ferrara thanks to your meticulous planning. All your arrangements went like clockwork, and all the hotels were good. You had been very patient in the planning to ensure that all my specific requirements were met at each hotel, and it all paid off. I particularly appreciated the trouble you took to find me a hotel in Venice where I could stay on 3 separate occasions ( for 2,1 and 3 nights variously ,so that I could leave my heavy suitcase and travel light to Padua, Mantua and Ferrara. This took some finding. Your documentation was very helpful and reassuring as I travelled around. Many thanks for providing the basis for a brilliant holiday.
Sent in by Olwen Goodall
Exeter, 16 October 2017
What a lovely surprise to come back to – the flowers are gorgeous. Thank you so much. Crete was wonderful! Your choice of resort and hotel proved perfect for us; a small resort and nicely luxurious hotel. The stay was made even better by the fantastic staff at the Castello – I couldn’t fault them. And all your arrangements worked perfectly smoothly, though Heraklion airport could do with being a bit more organised! So thank you for organising it for us at such short notice – it was a much appreciated burst of sun before the grey days start.
Sent in by Helen Thornton
London, 04 October 2017
I am very grateful to Liz Standley for the arrangements she made for me to take two European journeys, to France and to Sicily. In both cases the holidays went very smoothly and she was able to deal with all the concerns I consulted her about, sometimes at the last minute. All in all, working through her made the visits much more hassle-free than they would have been without her knowledge and organising ability, and I shall certainly make use of these in the future.
Sent in by Frank Farncombe
Colchester, 03 October 2017
Using Trip Advisor and other internet searches can be fun but nothing can beat local knowledge and organizational expertise to tailor make the perfect holiday. Liz delivered on everything we wanted and within budget.
Sent in by Matthew Jessup
Stansted, 27 September 2017
Liz Standley is a marvel! Having given her a long list of requirements for our holiday cottage along with a tight budget she came up with the goods. From planning our holiday to the trip home Liz has been there making sure everything is organised and satisfactory for us. I would have no qualms recommending Liz to anyone and we will certainly be using her services again in years to come.
Sent in by Sarah Lee
St Osyth, 26 September 2017
Liz arranged my husbands 40th holiday break to Majorca for 9 of us as a surprise. Everything went according to plan and he was over the moon with his surprise and holiday. We had the best time all together and I couldn't have done it without Liz. Thank you so much for making it happen! 5* recommendation for you!
Sent in by Virginia Howard
Wivenhoe, Essex, 07 September 2017
Cannot fault the great front-to-back service Liz offers. Everything is done for you, including extra small touches. All this takes away from the stress of checking in, printing off documents etc! Liz really listens to what you want too - cannot recommend enough! Already using Liz to book our next big holiday!
Sent in by Debra Nutt
Wivenhoe , 06 September 2017
Liz found us a fantastic family holiday in Rhodes after a long consultation of our requirements and many options to choose from. We where given a lovely gift on TC Ted for my young daughter to take on holiday with its own passport, which she absolutely loved. Liz presented us with all our travel documents and completed all our online seat booking and checking in procedures. Our kids were given a card each to open at the airport which contained a voucher to spend, which they enjoyed a lot. On our return we arrived to a lovely welcome back card and fabulous flowers. I can't recommend Liz enough for the stress free booking and personal service you receive. Nothing is too much trouble. Many Thanks Liz xx
Sent in by Helen Edwards
Colchester, 29 August 2017
A big thank you for our wonderful Portugal holiday. We all really enjoyed it. The hotel was just what we were after, it was very 'us'! Thank you as well for the beautiful flowers. Back to reality now and trying to get all the holiday washing dried in this horrid rainy weather. Hope you are enjoying France. Best wishes and we will no doubt be in touch later this year to sort out next year's holiday.
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26 September 2017
In September 2017 I was lucky to be one of a small group of Travel Counsellors invited to visit Holland America Line’s newest cruise ship, MS Koningsdam, when she was docked in Amsterdam. It was also great to spend a weekend break in the wonderful vibrant city of Amsterdam hosted by Super Break who organise inspiring short breaks in the UK and Europe. We flew to Schiphol International Airport and took a train (they run every 10 minutes) to Amsterdam’s Central Station. We stayed at the Movenpick Hotel, which is a short walk from the station and handy for taking a...
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
You may want to take your dog on holiday with you to France– perhaps because she is one of the family or because you haven’t got anyone to look after her or you don’t want her to stay in kennels (because of the cost or potential trauma). I have dog called Saffie and I have often taken her to France. Taking a dog to France (and other European countries) is not difficult. In this blog I provide you with some useful tips and advice about doing so. Driving in France with your dog is much easier than in the UK because...
10 February 2017
With the days here in the UK getting longer and the spring flowers beginning to appear your thoughts may turn to taking a spring time holiday abroad. A beautiful place to go to in the spring is Sorrento, Italy, which I visited with my parents in March last year. We flew from Stansted to Naples and hired a car because we wanted to explore the area, but we found that transport links were so good and transfer and excursions so plentiful that a car was not really necessary. We stayed in nearby Sant’Agnello but our hotel had a regular mini-bus...